Teaser Tuesday (Oct-5)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Share the title and author, so others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences.

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!!!

What Happens in London by Julia Quinn

If he could feign a head cold, Olivia decided, surely she could manage plague.

“In order of rank, beneath royalty, of course, there are dukes and duchesses, marquesses and marchionesses, earls and countesses, viscounts and viscountesses, and finally barons and baronesses.” She paused.  “Then the baronets and their wives. Baronets are not a part of the aristocracy, and yet they are not untitled. They are considered part of the gentry… that is why he is called Sir.”

Book Review: Patience by Lori Copeland

Synopsis: A mistaken identity has Patience kidnapped, but she managed to escape only to find herself lost in the Colorado Mountains. Searching for shelter, Patience finds safety in a mining dugout and an orphan boy, Wilson. The boy convinces Patience to claim the mine because it is rumoured to have gold. The only problem is that no one wants to work for a woman or in a “haunted” mine… no one except Jay Longer.

Setting: This novel takes place mostly in the Colorado Mountains at the Mule’s Head mine. Near the mine is a dugout, which passes as a home for Patience and Wilson.

Plot: The storyline was far more interesting than the previous two novels about these mail-order brides, but didn’t fulfil its full potential. All the correct elements are there, yet just miss out on captivating the reader.

Writing Style: For this book, Lori didn’t do her research… on her own work. The novel opens claiming a scene from Glory’s book but filling it with a character from Ruth’s book. From that point on, the reader looses faith in the rest of the novel.

Pacing: Similar to the other books in this series, Lori has a tendency to lead up to a moment and pass over the expected scene to a point later in time. For example, Jay is badly injured and the only scene between that and recovery is a couple moments with the local healer rather than any details about his recovery that had potential for character growth.

Character: Gamey O’Keefe is the man said to haunt the Mule’s Head mine for the past thirty-some years since his death.  He causes accidents with mining tools, cave-ins, and other hauntings. He managed to scare away most prospectors, but Jay suspects he’s a man trying to jump claim on the mine.

Romance: When the Denver Sheriff went looking for Patience, you knew it was he who would capture Patience’s heart rather than the kidnapper. Patience fell in love too easily and Jay should have realized he was in love sooner because it had already smacked him in the face, so the relationship felt a little convoluted for the sake of the plot line.

Character Development: There wasn’t much growth in the three main characters of this novel. Patience became more stubborn; Jay found renewed hope in life and God; Wilson learned about God and about family. There was potential for more, but the end result fell a little flat.

Quote: Wilson rounded the bush a third time, flinging his arms and screeching. The convict threw him a practical glance. “The boy has a rooster after him.”

The Verdict:  The second trilogy in the Brides of the West series falls short of the first set. This book was better than the previous, “Ruth”, but not quite matching “Glory.” If you start this mini-series, do read it, but if you don’t plan on reading the previous two, don’t bother.

Teaser Tuesday (Oct-4)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Share the title and author, so others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences.

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!!!

Chasing the Sun by Kaki Warner

Changes happened all the time, whether he marked them or not, and even the richest life was no more than a long series of hellos and good-byes. 

“You want advice, go to Brady. He’s so overrun with it, if he didn’t give some away from time to time, it would probably send him into a choking fit.” 

Hot Stuff by Janet Evanovich and Leanne Banks

Synopsis: Cate had thought her life was pretty good; she was attending school to become a teacher, working as a bartender to pay for said school,  and had really cheap rent subletting a room from Marty Longfellow, a cross-dressing lounge singer… That is until Marty disappears and weird things keep happening, such as meeting ex-cop Kellen who just might be getting friendly with Cate to get close to Marty.

Writing Style: Janet Evanovich is one of my favourite authors. She writes mysteries (which my mum loves) and romances (that I love), and always with a lot of humour. This time Janet paired up with another author, Leanne Banks, which has made the prose a little different. The novel wasn’t quite as insane or hilarious as Janet’s other books, but you can still find hints of what you’d expect from one of her stories throughout this one.

Pages: Janet Evanovich generally writes fairly short novels that are simple to read. She once said, in her book about writing, that she does this on purpose. This book however is a fair bit longer than usual, probably due to the influence of it being jointly written.

Plot: The storyline of this book is nearly as zany as any other situation Janet has put her characters in. You are never really sure what is going to happen next and you begin to anticipate the craziest things you can think of, which is half the fun.

Character: Julie Lamb is one of Cate’s best friends and lives on the floor below in the apartment building. Julie is a down-south girl who dreamed of moving to Boston and decided to just do it even though she is poor. Julie spends most of her time people watching and writes down the things she observes. Cate had no idea how smart Julie was until she found Julie’s notes and Cate was sure it would make a great book. Julie just makes you really want to write a book yourself.

Character Development: Patrick Pugg is a furry little man who tries to hard to either get laid or get a girlfriend or both, I’m never sure which. At first he just seems annoying, but once he meets Julie she brings out the best in him. By the end of the book, Pugg actually grows on you a little bit to the point where you actually kind of like him and hope he has a good life rather than wishing he’d get hit by a car.

Romance: Cate and Kellen fall for each other pretty quick, but that is fairly expected in a Janet novel. Even though they fall, the characters never admit it or, if they admit it, they end up in the oddest situations because of it.

Quote:  Kellen wasn’t an expert on fairy tales, but he was pretty sure the knight in shining armour wasn’t supposed to be guarding the distressed damsel’s dragon.

The Verdict: If you like to laugh, then you’ll like this book. Janet Evanovich is always a must read!

Which would you choose: the man who tries too hard to be loved, the man who is gorgeous but has secrets, or the big slobbery yet cuddly dog? 

W.W.W. Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.  All you have to do is answer these 3 questions: 

1. What did you recently finish reading?

2. What are you currently reading?

3. What do you think you’ll read next?

To do something a little different with this, I thought I’d find out what my friends are reading and post that whenever I can get answers out of them!

Kodie is finished reading “Hex Hall” by Rachel Hawkins
Kodie is reading “Demonglass” by Rachel Hawkins
Kodie is next reading “Spell Bound” by Rachel Hawkins

Book Review: Rhiana by Michele Hauf

Synopsis:  The village of St Renan has not seen a dragon for years, but now a dozen of them dwell in the caves below the seaside town. Rhiana Tasson will do whatever it takes to protect her family from being killed by the dragons as so many other villagers have been. Rhiana pairs up with Macarius Fleche another dragon slayer who is the son of the man who trained Rhiana to kill dragons. Rhiana needs to figure out why the Lord of St Renan has banned dragon slaying and why so many dragons have been attacking the village.

Author: Michele Hauf has been writing for over fifteen years, books filled with romance, action, and fantasy.  She apparently uses snow in most of her books, she does live in Minnesota after all, but I don’t recall any in these three books.

Location: No surprise that the third book of Michele’s trilogy also takes place in France. Yet this time it is a distant village very closed off from any nearby towns, rather than in and around Paris. But then, dragons in Paris just wouldn’t work as well.

Character: Lady Ann is a mystery. Delicate and fair, yet incredibly obsessed with dragons to the point she wants one as a pet. Everyone considers her to be “luna-touched” because she has to be chained up each night or she will sleepwalk toward the dragon caves. Lady Ann’s moods change quickly and it is as though she lives in an imaginary world of dragons… Thankfully, we do discover the truth about the dragon-lover’s madness.

Subplot: Rhaina tries to discover the facts of her birth for she knows she is “unique” and that Ulrich wasn’t her birth father though he gladly claimed the role and married Rhiana’s mother.  When Ulrich arrives she learns the reason behind his disappearance twenty years prior (read Gossamyr), but Rhiana can only get the truth about her sire from her mother.

Pondering: At the end of the story there is no concrete finish, but the setting up of another tale. There are more adventures to be had on the part of three women –Seraphim, Gossamyr, and Rhiana- plus that of the Lady Ann.

Quote: Meet all challenges for in the end you will then look back and know you did truly live before death.

The Verdict: A wonderful conclusion to the trilogy.  The books in this series just keep getting better.

W.W.W. Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.  All you have to do is answer these 3 questions: 

1. What did you recently finish reading?

2. What are you currently reading?

3. What do you think you’ll read next?

To do something a little different with this, I thought I’d find out what my friends are reading and post that whenever I can get answers out of them!

Jessica is finished reading “Debutante Divorcee” by Plum Sykes
Jessica is reading “The Hobbit” by JRR Tolkien
Jessica is next reading “Harry Potter series” by JK Rowling