2012 – My Reading to date…
So it’s July already. The year is speeding by. To date I’ve read 55 new books. This doesn’t include re-reads – I’m constantly rereading favourite stories and scenes. Looking at my personal review database, it’s been a so so reading year so far. The majority of my reads, I’ve graded in the ‘ok’ range but there have been a couple of keepers and a few disappointments.
Elfhome – Wen Spencer (Tinker #3)
See my review but in essence I adore the Tinker books and again Ms Spencer has delivered an exciting adventure with great characters and world building.
The Governess Affair – Courtney Milan (Prequel to Brothers Sinister)She will not give up… Three months ago, governess Serena Barton was let go from her position. Unable to find new work, she’s demanding compensation from the man who got her sacked: a petty, selfish, swinish duke. But it’s not the duke she fears. It’s his merciless man of business—the man known as the Wolf of Clermont. The formidable former pugilist has a black reputation for handling all the duke’s dirty business, and when the duke turns her case over to him, she doesn’t stand a chance. But she can’t stop trying—not with her entire future at stake. He cannot give in… Hugo Marshall is a man of ruthless ambition—a characteristic that has served him well, elevating the coal miner’s son to the right hand man of a duke. When his employer orders him to get rid of the pestering governess by fair means or foul, it’s just another day at the office. Unfortunately, fair means don’t work on Serena, and as he comes to know her, he discovers that he can’t bear to use foul ones. But everything he has worked for depends upon seeing her gone. He’ll have to choose between the life that he needs, and the woman he is coming to love…
The Governess Affair is a novella prequel to Ms Milans new series Brother Sinister. I really enjoyed the setting of this story, it featured interesting and unusual characters. I’m sick of Dukes –are there no other titles in Romance-land these days.
The Fault in Our Stars – John GreenDiagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now.Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.
The Fault in Our Stars was my first John Green novel but it definitely won’t be my last. This genre isn’t my usual fare but the many many recommendations on other blogs convinced me. Boy, was I glad they did. I thought it was an amazing story with a beautiful sweet romance. Loved it.
For Darkness Shows the Stars – Diana PeterfreundIt’s been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot’s estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth–an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret–one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she’s lost him forever.Inspired by Jane Austen’s “Persuasion”, “For Darkness Shows the Stars” is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.
Persuasion is my favourite Jane Austen novel. I’ve watched all the various TV adaptations multiple times, so I was really excited about this futuristic retelling of Persuasion. Alas I was disappointed. Perhaps my expectations were too high but my main gripe was the two leads. The story was very well written and there was some really interesting ideas but I didn’t feel there was sufficient chemistry between Elliot and Kai. I just didn’t buy into their epic romance.
The Duke’s Perfect Wife – Jennifer Ashley (Highland Pleasures #4)Lady Eleanor Ramsay is the only one who knows the truth about Hart Mackenzie. Once his fiancee, she is the sole woman to whom he could ever pour out his heart.Hart has it all–a dukedom, wealth, power, influence, whatever he desires. Every woman wants him–his seductive skills are legendary. But Hart has sacrificed much to keep his brothers safe, first from their brutal father, and then from the world. He’s also suffered loss–his wife, his infant son, and the woman he loved with all his heart though he realized it too late.Now, Eleanor has reappeared on Hart’s doorstep, with scandalous nude photographs of Hart taken long ago. Intrigued by the challenge in her blue eyes–and aroused by her charming, no-nonsense determination–Hart wonders if his young love has come to ruin him . . . or save him.
Again, perhaps my expectations were unreasonable but I was sorely disappointed by The Duke’s Perfect Wife. This is the fourth volume of the MacKenzies, the hero here is the oldest brother Hart who we had previously met and who played a prominent part in the other books in the series. My appetite was whetted by glimpses into his romantic past in the first three books and I had great expectations – I’m a big fan of plots concerning reunited lovers. The first few chapters of the story were brilliant. Unfortunately after this, I felt the story dragged and ultimately in the end I didn’t really believe in the HEA. To be honest, I felt the heroine deserved better.