The Scoundrel Takes a Bride – Book review

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Finished reading

The Scoundrel Takes a Bride

(Regency Rogues #5)

by Stefanie Sloane

★★

Expectation

This historical romance was a part of my TBR Jar Draw from December. I picked it out since I was in the mood for a historical romance book. I wanted a nice and silly historical romance with interesting characters. I have never read any books from the Regency Rogues series or anything by this author before. I got the book as a gift from a friend I used to work with.

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Summary

Right at the start this book did not rise to my expectations with the main heroine fainting for some silly reason. That same heroine whose mother was brutally murdered while she was a child has been working with Bow Street Runners and was deeply involved in theory of criminal psychology. And she faints for no reason whatsoever. This made the rest of the reading not so motivating.

Some time in the book the prominent point of the book turns the solving of the mystery murder from the characters childhoods. If it werent for two “romantic” thryst scenes between the main characters this would be historical murder mystery book.

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The tone of the book was not what I was expecting. The title alone was more than decieving with no actual scoundrel in sight – the character it was supposed to refer to was a bit of an alcoholic with kinda heroic background…

Conclusion

I keep waiting on a good historical romance book to sweep me off my feet in the manner of Desperate Duchesses series by Eloisa James. That series set my expectations for a good historical romance a bit high maybe. For some reason this book did not click with me. This will not stop me from trying out some other new historical romace for February if not sooner.

Any suggestions?

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TBR Jar Draw 2017 Overwiev

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I started the project TBR Jar Draw in March 2017 with the idea to tackle on my growing To Be Read list. What I had decided to have the best chances of success with were the books I already own and have not read yet. After searching trough my GR Want to read books list I found 82 titles of books I already own. I proceded to write each on a little pink piece of paper and put them all in a small decorative jar.

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From March 2017. I read eight books after I pulled them from the TBR Jar. I read them with aproximately one a month pace. After I pulled out and examined all the titles in a TBR Jar I found three more titles of books I put in the TBR Jar but have read without TBR Jar Draw. That makes eleven books I have read that were titles I have owned and could be remover from the TBR Jar.

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Considering the pace I used to buy and acquire books has somewhat slowed down since I first started The TBR Jar Draw project I am happy with my results even though the amount of books in my Want to read category on Goodreads is only slightly lower than when I started – In March 2017 my Want to Read category had 382 titles while today it nmbers 377 books. I realized that adding books to my Want to read list is something I do not want to limit is such a way that makes me miss out on some great new books. Instead I am now fully concentrating on making more responsible decisions when buying the books I want to own.

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After anylizing my results I realized I did not think on adding the books I bought in 2017. to the TBR Jar. Now I am left with two choices:

A) Let the TBR Jar get empty completely

B) Add books I bought in 2017 retroactively and continue with adding the books I buy in the future

After some consideration I decided to make the TBR Jar Draw project a permanent reminder to read more of the books I already own and to try to contain the hoarding habits within reasonable and explainable limits.

Therefore I decided to go with the option B) and add the books I bought since the project started. I will continue to be adding new books as I buy them. This made me add another 22 titles to the TBR Jar. I wrote down titles I found browsing trough some of my bookshelves and I do believe there were some I probably missed …

In this manner my TBR Jar Draw project continues and I hope to have even better results next year when I make another overwiev and tally the books I’ve read 🙂

TBR Jar Draw December 2017

First a little update for those who don’t know what my TBR Jar Draw is about. Somewhere at the start of last year I have decided to try and read more of the books I already own. Out of my TBR (To Be Read) pile of books on Goodreads I have selected some of the books I own and wrote the titles on little pieces of paper each. Once a month I draw three titles from the jar and decide to read one of them. This gives me a reason to go trough my bookshelves and find the titles I might have overlooked or forgot about. Here is the link to the post from March 2017 that got me started –> TBR Jar Draw 

 

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I have finally finished reading The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1) by Philip Pullman. While I stated reading it somewhere around Christmas I did not do much reading up until the start of January. It took me longer than I expected and has left an impression on me. I will definetly post a review on it soon.

The two draws I have not read are going back in the jar:

# The Age of Odin (Pantheon #3) by James Lovegrove

# Master of Chains (Forgotten Realms: The Fighters, #1) by Jess Lebow

My three new TBR Jar draws are as follows:

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1# Angel Souls and Devil Hearts (Shadow Saga #2) by Christopher Golden

This is the second time I’ve drawn Angel Souls and Devil Hearts. Described as the Epic Vampire Saga I have read the first book from this series quite a long time ago. What I remember of it is dark and gritty scenes and some come to haunt me in the middle of the night to this day. Contrary to that I am still interested in reading this series trough. I am still not that enthusiastic to start on it.

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2# The Scoundrel Takes a Bride (Regency Rogues #5) by Stepfanie Sloane

I got this book as a gift along with one other from the same historical romance genre. While I’ve read the other one this one was left behind. It actually seems like a good choice at this moment since I feel like reading a romance novel…

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3# Carniepunk by Rachel Caine and various authors

I have mentioned this book before. It is a short story collection from some of the authors I already love and follow. I love reading short story collections since they let me meet fascinating new authors and discover new worlds. Thematically this short story collection is about carnivals and would have been a nice October read. I am very pleased with this drawing.

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Monthly reading review – December 2017

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Monthly reading review – December 2017

This December I have read:

The Magician’s Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #1) By C.S. Lewis ★★★★

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #2) By C.S. Lewis ★★★★

Sweet Ruin (Immortals After Dark, #16) by Kresley Cole ★★★★

Kings Rising (Captive Prince, #3) by C.S. Pacat ★★★★

Shadow’s Seduction (Immortals After Dark, #17; The Dacians, #2) by Kresley Cole ★★

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1. How many books you’ve read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?

For the first part of the month my reading was really high and I’ve read all five books somewhere around that time. Around Christmas I was down on my reading and the number of the books I’ve read remained five for the whole month. I’m happy for the great books I’ve read but not soo much with the amount of them.

2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in December? Any scenes or characters that made a lasting impression?

I enjoyed first two books from Narnia chronicles series and was very pleasantly surprised by Sweet Ruin (Immortals After Dark, #16) by Kresley Cole which I had really low expectations from start. Among five books I’ve read in December four were rated with 4 out of 5 stars yet none of them don’t stand out so much.

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3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

I had such high expectations for Shadow’s Seduction (Immortals After Dark, #17; The Dacians, #2) by Kresley Cole mostly because I really like the Dacian cycle in the IAD book series. I was super hyped about it but could not get into the book. For some reason male and male pairing did not deliver on the lovable starcrossed lovers against the world theme I enjoy in all other books in the series. The saving grace of the book for me were some Lothaire scenes with few sarcastic remarks that lightened up the book for me.

 

4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?

I was very hopefull with my reading hype at the start of the month. Last few months in 2017. were very good for my reading and I hoped to continue with in that tone. I had plans on finishing some more books I own and getting those book series up to date as well. On the positive side I did good on my book club reading and had fun with those books in December.

5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?

I’ve brought Captive Prince series to a close and might look out for some short stories from the same world. Immortals After Dark is now up to date for me with the next book comming out in mass market paperback I opt for buying soon this January. I’m not to fond of the cover though…

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6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?

Chronicles of Narnia ooks really brought out the magic for this December. I recommend them for anyone who enjoys a little magic in their books. Finishing a book series gives me a positive boost for reading more and feeling better and that is also my recommendation for this December.

Final thoughts on December reading

I have posted two book reviews on three books this December:

The Magician’s Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #1) By C.S. Lewis ★★★★

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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #2) By C.S. Lewis ★★★★

 – REVIEW

Sweet Ruin (Immortals After Dark, #16) by Kresley Cole ★★★★ – REVIEW

I am finishing this year with two books reading in progress one of which I expect to finish up soon and another that will be a longer reading project to finish.

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1) by Philip Pullman

A Man for Himself: An Inquiry into the Psychology of Ethics by Erich Fromm

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Chronicles of Narnia 1 & 2 – Reading review

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Finished reading:

The Magician’s Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)

★★★★

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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)

★★★★

By C.S. Lewis

Expectation

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was unexpected book club reading assignment. When I realized there is one other book that can be read before it I decided to give it a try in two for one deal. I remeber the old BBC tv show I’ve watched and remeber the movies being a part of Christmas programe before Harry Potter took off. I never realy had the chance to read these books so I was happy for the opportunity. I went in both books without any expectations.

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Summary

I was glad for picking up The Magician’s Nephew as a first book as it gave me information that made the whole series a lot more interesting to read about. I did find some discrepancies between the books but did not let that spoil my enjoyment. There were some very interesting details in the The Magician’s Nephew that helped me better understand The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. It is beyond doubt a book meant for children but it still had some hold for me as a grownup reader.

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It turns out we had a very good time at our book club meeting and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe had much to give to bring out our festive mood. As a group some did not understand it and some did not like the sparse writting style meant to cater to children readers. We went all in with the Christmas spirit and munchies. We brought out cooked wine and Rahar Lokum candy. We even brought in a little Christmas tree with the lights and all just for the occasion. There were gifts of sweets and bookmarkers for everyone and we had fun.

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Conclusion

Even with the writting style as it is I enjoyed both books and came to appreciate the depth that is hidden in the world of Narnia. Usually I have some reservations with novles that tend to bring out religious motives. In this instance I had no problems with that and everything went smoothly. I am curious on continuing the series with the rest of the books some time next year. I loved Ben Barnes as Prince Caspian and that gives me extra incentive for reading!

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Sweet Ruin – Book Review

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Finished reading

Sweet Ruin

(Immortals After Dark, #16)

by Kresley Cole

★★★★

Expectation

As I have already mentioned my motivation while buying this book was largely due too being a long time fan of the series. This book is one of the more recent additions to my collection from this summer. I actually started reading it only because I am really looking forward to the book Shadow’s Seduction that is the next one in the Immortals After Dark book series. I had no particular expectations and I really wanted to be done with it so I could continue with the Shadow’s Seduction and the second book from the Dacian storyline.

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Summary

Again I feel compelled to clarify a bit on the progress of the book series I am reading. Immortals After Dark started out back in 2006. with a first book A Hunger Like No Other. I am very glad that it was not the first book from the series I’ve read since I did not think that much of it after did read it. For me the first was actually a prequel story Warlord Wants Forever. I still find it that it perfectly summarises the tone and the theme of the whole book series. And the premise which is neatly tucked in packages of steamy and fantastical books with highly eroticized characters is strong and simple:

There is someone for everyone

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Trought the books in this series a long line of fantastical characters  of all kinds come to life. And for all of them there is that special someone who is made to be their other half. There is something endearingly comforting in this underlying theme of each of seventeen books so far. The characters and the mythology of the worlds that these characters come from is rich and impressive. While most of the creatures have some root in known myths some are more original than others. At the begining of each book there are few quotes from the “Book of Lore” and they are usually a little snippets that provide information on the type of characters that will be focused on in the book ahead.

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While I have some characters that I love more than others most of the characters and their love stories have some part to play in the bigger background plot that spans trough each book and builds on the mythos of the Immortals After Dark universe. Some books end on a cliffhanger and some provide a bit more subtle transition from one pair of characters to the next.

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The steamy scenes of all pairings are definitely mature in content and the amount of swear words trough the books is high. Some scenes are downright porn. Yet with all things considered there is something lovable about these books. I enjoy the badass female characters that are fearless and downright unstoppable when it matters the most. Humor is tinged with sarcasm and action is out of this  literally world.

Conclusion

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. When I started reading it I did not care much for the characters but by the end of the book I grew fond of the main characters. The story was filled with sexual tension. There were some crude moments in there but it all fit quite nicely. The story added to the backstory of the series and it was interesting to read the scenes from different perspectives. I love how intricately the characters grow trough the books and enjoy when they reappear from book to book.

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Reading in progress December 2017

Lifestyle-Blog_CozyWarm-1030x582This December I’m counting down how many books I’m behind on my reading goals for GR and how did I do for this year in general. I’m barely half trough my reading goal and I’ve made my peace with the fact that I will not complete my GR reading goal. This year was not a good reading year for me. Some big changes happened and I had trouble copping. Out of 100 book goal I read only 52 so far. For now I’m making myself busy with reading more books at the same time this December.

Here are the books I am reading at the moment:

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Sweet Ruin (Immortals After Dark, #16) by Kresley Cole

This book is one of the more recent additions to my collection from this summer. I actually started reading it only because I am really looking forward to the book Shadow’s Seduction that is the next one in the Immortals After Dark book series. I’m halfway trough and I did not expect to enjoy it this much. There are some cringe worthy phrasing but I’m having fun reading this book and that is all that matters for me right now. Hopefully I will make a book review on this one soon.

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Kings Rising (Captive Prince, #3) by C.S. Pacat

Not that long ago I’ve devoured the first two books of this trilogy. I had some problems getting the third book. I went trough first two books at a fast pace and now I had some trouble getting into the third book. I’m halfway trough and this is a very suspenseful book.

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A Man for Himself: An Inquiry into the Psychology of Ethics by Erich Fromm

I’m taking my time with this book. It takes concentration and I’m trying to savor some thoughts while I evaluate the meaning they carry. So far most of this book can be used as motivational/demotivational quotes one can find across the Internet. Contempalting and meditating required.

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The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1) by Philip Pullman

This month’s TBR Draw has been on my reading list for a few years now. I put it on the pile with the other books I’m reading this month but have barely openned it so far. I’m kinda apprehensive about starting this book since I will probably want to finish off the whole trilogy right away.

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Aside from the books above that I’ve already started here are some books I’m planning to squeeze in my reading this December as well:

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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia (Publication Order) #1) by C.S. Lewis

This is actually one of the books for my book club! I’m looking forward to it and at the same time I’m thinking about how could I add other books from the series to my TBR. I just hope mix the movies or the TV series with the books too much…

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Shadow’s Seduction (Immortals After Dark, #17; The Dacians, #2) by Kresley Cole

While I did not expect to enjoy Sweet Ruin as much as I’m hoping to enjoy this one I really want to read Shadow’s Seduction by the end of the year! Immortals After Dark book series brings me joy and I love reading this series. The reason I’m soo looking forward to this books is  that one of my favorite characters of all time is in it!

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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

This is the last book I’ve bought! I waited for the super fancy Croatian edition to come out. Croatian edition one the right in the picture glows in the dark and has a custom box. This edition is the first book from a new publisher and they are trying to set some new standards in the publishing industry by creating a really beautiful book editions. Every book is numbered and they are published in a limited quantity. This book is like a delicate piece of art to be enjoyed on more than one level!

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The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #3) by Rick Riordan

This book goes in hand with Norse Mythology. I’m not sure if this series is meant to be just a trilogy and if that is so this could be the last book! I’ve loved Magnus since his first book and hope to read more books about him.

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The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo #2) by Rick Riordan

Thematicaly I wish to finish this years reading in fun and adventure. While not so high on my reading list by the end of the year; this book will be a perfect fit for my reading repertoire. Festus and Leo making an appearance is an added bonus!

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