Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Young Adult Romance Shout Out! - Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot’s books (at least the ones that I have read) are great fun…well, the first time around anyway, I have come across very few of her books that I have been able to read more than once for some reason. I don’t know why this is as I thoroughly enjoy them the first go around. Any thoughts on why that could be?

Her heroines are so quirky in their own ways that it makes their stories a joy read. From Mia, who agrees to suffer through Princess Lessons to save the whales (her father donates money to Green Peace every day as long as she does), to Sam (All American Girl) who dyes all of her clothes black to shown that she is in mourning for her generations – its brilliant.

And, even if they don’t think they are, each of her heroines are intelligent and view the world in their own ways. Whether they use big words that could slaughter by score in a game of Scrabble or just some witty observation, they know their own minds.

Then there are the relationships with boys.

They aren’t perfect. Although I hate reading about glaringly obvious and cringe worthy misunderstandings, I think it is better than having a crystal clear, plain sailing relationship. It lets the readers – who I would think are mainly young girls – to see that relationships take a lot of work on both sides and may require compromise and a meeting half way on both sides or that sometimes it is up to you to be the bigger person.

(Images from Goodreads)
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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Young Adult Romance Shout Out! - Tamora Pierce

I can still remember when I first discovered Tamora Pierce. It was my first year of secondary school and like all little nerds and bookworms I had very few friends and made a bee-line for the library as soon as I could.
Compared to the library at my primary school I thought I had died and gone to bookie heaven – I mean there was even an ADULT(ish) section as the library had to cater to up to 18-19 year olds.

It was during my perusal of these brand new (to me) shelves of YA books that I found the Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce and I thought they were the best thing since sliced bread! Everyone else was reading about the adventures of a boy wizard while I was desperate to know if Alanna was going to complete her knights training without being found out that she was a girl!

Tamora Pierces writing just swallowed me up and I couldn’t get enough.

Her books have everything and more.

Goodies, baddies, adventure, hidden identities, betrayal, romance, drama, angst…the list goes on.

Her heroines are so strong, they know their own minds and what they want and they don’t let others fulfil their goals for them.

There is also mature content in her books. But, one of the best things that has always stood out to me about that side of things is that her heroines take responsibility for their own bodies and will get themselves that universes version of birth control – this is usually some kind of charm. They know that they might not be ready to take that step with whoever they are with right at that moment but for when they are – either through their own initiative or through another woman’s guidance – they make sure they are prepared.
Although romance is a feature of these books it is not the be all and end all of the stories. Tamora Pierces heroines can prioritise. They know that there are things going on that are bigger than themselves – I’m not saying that they don’t have any emotional break downs or anything – and they don’t let their personal lives become their one and only focus.

I have not read all of Tamora Pierce’s work – I am trying my best though :) – but I cannot imagine her heroines diverting much from the headstrong blue print – other than in their personalities.

Her books are great adventures and I have been recommending the ones I HAVE read for years! If you have wanted a story where it is the girl dressed in chain-mail and brandishing the sword than these books are definitely up your street!

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Monday, 25 February 2013

Some Fantasy Romance

So....the science-fiction romance list went to my head a little so here is a fantasy one. :)

Goddess Summoning Series

If you have a weakness for Greek mythology - like me - then I think you will really enjoy these romances as mortal women get tangled up through no fault of their own with the workings of the gods. 


Raine Benares Series

I LOOOOOOOVE this series. If you want to read about a feisty elf who always seems to end up in the middle of trouble and sexy goblins (goblins can be tall, dark and sinfully sexy - and if you don't believe me read these books and you will be team Goblin by the end) this series is right up your street. 


Young Adult - The Iron Fey Series


Young Adult - Need Series

Want to read about blood drinking pixies? Then go no further. 


Young Adult - Abandon Trilogy

The myth of Hades and Persephone is my all time favourite! I can't wait to see how the trilogy will end this year.


There are SO many more that I could go on with but as Fantasy is a love of mine you could be here forever so I will leave it there :)

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Sunday, 24 February 2013

Sunday Round-Up #7

On the Blog

(sorry, due to my own stupidity a of this weeks posts ended up being uber late! Ma bad!)

Monday - Review - Bunny and the Bear (Bk #1 Furry United Coalition) by Eve Langlais 

Tuesday - Review - Saving Sara by Angela Castle

Wednesday - Review - Shield (Bk#1 New World) by C.L.Scholey

Thursday - List - Science Fiction Romance

Friday - Series Shout Out! Tales of the Frog Princess by E.D. Baker

Saturday - Favourite Romance Shout Out! Petals on the River by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss


(Details for where to find the story are below)

This week with Myra-
Nothing to report in Myra's life this week I'm afraid. 
Although I have shuffled the chapters around so that the flow for the next section works a bit better - I gave been working on the next couple of chapters for weeks but they didn't fit properly. 

Chapter 5 - The First Entry
Easy - 10 mins 45 secs
Easy - 11 mins 58 secs
Easy - 10 mins 6 secs
Medium - 13 mins 16 secs
Easy - 9 mins 22 secs

So dad plopped this book down on my hospital bed last week...
I will admit it is a pretty cute little thing, all floral and girly. It stuck out like the proverbial sore thumb against the stark white of my hospital bedding - I think I might wake up one morning and go blind from all of the white glaring at my eyeballs if I don't get out of here soon. 
As cliche as this sounds, my dad is not a brilliant communicator. He gives amazing hugs - the great big bear kind that make you feel like you are being surrounded on all sides - and is a great listener and advice giver when you give him the time to think over an issue. But when it comes to general communication, not so much. The words just don't seem to happen the way that I am sure they were laid out in his head. 
Bearing this in mind, how the heck was I supposed to get "Treat this book like your new BFF and tell it all of your deepest and darkest secrets," out of "Sweetie this is for you, I'll see you at visiting time tomorrow,"? 
Really! How?
 I just thought it was a random gift and that maybe my little brother had picked it out for me from the gift shop or something - he's a cute kid and has been filling up my side-table with all kinds of little presents he has been talking my dad into buying for him to give to me. Besides, you don't give someone a present and tell them what to do with it. You just don't do that kind of thing. My dad does. 
After finding out that I have been using the notebooks - sorry Journal - to keep track of my Sudoku solving times - don't judge me! - he was quick to inform me on how I am supposed to be using it. 
This book is now to be my bestest friend EVA!
Kill me now. 
Maybe I'll go for a paddle and let the shark finish me off. 
Yeah, that is why I am in hospital right now. Shark attack. And that is also the reason for this journal. Dad has been talking to shrink and apparently I need to get my feelings out. I have never been one to talk about things and I have a feeling that dad told the good Dr that and this was he next best thing they could think of. Of course it isn't stopping the shrink from coming to pay me a visit in a few days. 
I don't need to talk about anything! I mean, what am I going to say? It's not like I can complain about the shark bullying me and then taking it too far one day...
Besides, if I told him what really happened I would be out of this hospital bed quicker than I can spit and in a padded cell. Although I think there would be a higher entertainment value to the padded cell than the ward I am in right now I don't think I would like it in the long run.

You can find the rest of the story here ---> Sink or Swim (NaNoWriMo 2012) my pen-name is SleepyScribbler there.~~~

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Saturday, 23 February 2013

Favourite Romance Shout Out! Petals on the River by Kethleen E. Woodiwiss

The fiery and outspoken adopted daughter of one of England's most formidable women, Shemaine O'Hearn has made powerful enemies. And now her adversaries have found a way to remove the hot-blooded beauty from her life of privilege: by falsely convicting Shemaine of thievery, and sending her in shackles to America, where she is to be sold in indentured servitude to the highest bidder.

In a bustling port city in the colony of Virginia, she becomes the servant of Gage Thornton --- a shipbuilder with a young child in need of a nanny. And despite whispered rumors condemning the handsome widower for the untimely death of his wife, Shemaine cannot ignore her desire for this caring, generous and enigmatic stranger who silently aches with his growing need for her --- even as grave peril reaches out from across a vast ocean to threaten their flowering love.
(Image and Description from Goodreads)

Petals on the River by Kathleen Woodiwiss went to the top of my favourite romance list as soon as I finished the first time around. And the terrible thing is that I very nearly never read it as my first experience with the authors work was The Elusive Flame where the ‘hero’ rapes the heroine and he sees no problem with this. Of course everyone gets their happily ever after (well those deserving of one anyway) but I just couldn’t forgive the hero for his actions and I would have loved it if the heroine had killed the rapist swine in his sleep – wishful thinking on my part obviously. BUT something made me give Kathleen Woodiwiss another try and thankfully Petals on the River was the one that I picked up.

Shemaine (heroine) is framed for stealing and after not being given a fair hearing she is shipped off to the colonies as criminal. She survived several attempts on her life and manages to ward off unwanted attentions to be bought as a bondslave when she reaches America.

Gage Thornton is a widower with a young son (because, do widowers in romance novels ever come any other way?). He isn’t interested in marrying again (yet! *wink wink*) and decides the best way to get a care for his home and his son is to buy one. So her buys Shemaine and is, of course, almost immediately taken with her. But there are some who are dead set against a beautiful young woman living under the same roof as him, and then there are the accusations that he had something to do with his wife’s death.

And who is responsible for framing Shermaine, and what about her family?

Well, you’ll have to read to find out all that ;)

One of the things that I loved the most about this book was is Andrew, Gage’s son. He is adorable.

Shemaine is a strong heroine who tries to make the best of the situation she finds herself in. My favourite part is when she doesn’t think twice about confronting the man who was a constant threat to her during the voyage when she sees him abusing someone who can’t defend themselves. She hits him with a stick! I loved it.

Gage is a strong and honourable hero- he had plenty of opportunities to take advantage of Shemaine and he leaves her alone. He tried his best to protect her from everyone who tries to abuse her, either physically or verbally.

And then there is the colourful cast of good, bad and indifferent characters.

There are some points that make me roll my eyes, like the unintended feel up (which made me cringe and laugh at the embarrassment factor) and then there are points when they talk like they walked out of the middle of a Shakespeare play.

This is still one of my favourite favourites after 6 years!

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Friday, 22 February 2013

Series Shout Out! The Frog Princess by E.D.Baker

These books are fantastic fun! 

Emma is the princess of her kingdom, but she is just not princess material . She doesn't have a tinkling laugh like she should have, she is clumsy and she doesn't want to marry the person her parents have chosen for her. 

Maybe her mother could forgive her for all of these faults, if she hadn't taken after her aunt and had the magic ability that runs through the family. And then there is the curse that was placed on all of the women in her family...

I admit to being a little shallow with this series as it was the lovely, quirky, front cover that drew me to it at the start... I mean look at it! It is just so perty ;)

And then I started reading it. 

This series is a twist on the traditional tale of The Frog Prince - and if you watch the credits at the end of The Princess and the Frog (Disney) you will see that this book had an influence on the film. 

Emma the awkward non-princessy princess stumbles across Eadric - a prince who was turned into a frog by a witch. After being talked into kissing him to turn him back the spell back fires and turns her into a frog instead! Draaaaaaamaaaaaaaaa.

There is a whole cast of colourful character, from the animals Emma and Eadric meet when they are frogs to the Dragons and the banshee that lives in an abandoned castle and loved having visitors.  

*whispers* But want to know what my favourite part is?

Li'l is a bat that Emma 'rescues' from a nasty witch and she tags along on some of the adventures. And then Li'l becomes twitterpated when she meets a lovely gentleman bat. 

Guess who the bat is?

You'll never guess...

He is a vampire prince!

A vampire (who can turn into a bat) falls head over fangs in love with Li'l. I thought that their whole storyline was adorable. 

These books are great for pre-teen and teen girls I think. 

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Thursday, 21 February 2013

Some Science Fiction Romance

Yay! Its been a while since I have done a list, but here goes :)

In no particular order her are some space-cruising, hover-board romances!

Katherine "Kitty" Katt Series

I LOVE these covers!

Kick-Butt heroine and drool worthy (alien) hero save the world from aliens...


Books 1 - 6 are all available and Book 7 is due out this May (2013) so there is a whole big pile for you to go on if you like book 1!

In Death Series

There is a huge back lists with this series so if you want to stick with the characters in this futurist crime/romance series after book 1 there are 36 books so far for you to get going with :)


This is another series with a wonderfully strong (and hard boiled) heroine. Eve is a cop from the future and her life can get more than a little complicated when her husbands less than crystal clear history pops up from time to time. 

(I have read the first 6 books in the series and I have thoroughly enjoyed them!)

Outlander Series

There are 7 books in this series so far and each book is well over 800 pages apiece. 

This time hopping romance series is filled to the brim with larger than life characters and covers some well known historical happenings - from the Jacobite Rising to the Moon Landing!

Acorna Series

I loved Acorna back in the day! What isn't to love about a girl who has a horn (like a unicorn) and hooves who travels across the galaxy? Exactly! And there is some slight touches of romance to it also. To my knowledge this is a series with 10 books in it - some of the books cover Acorna's children.


Sirantha Jax

I can't remember when, or by who, but this series was recommended to me. I have the first book sitting in the ever growing TBR pile so if any of you guys have read these books I would love to know what you thought :)

Young Adult - Across the Universe


Young Adult - The Chemical Garden

I found the first book in this distopian series a little too disturbing to read the rest but I might pick it back up in the future. 


Young Adult - The Hunger Games 

Yip, I couldn't NOT mention The Hunger Games! 

Who else is looking forward to Catching Fire this year?


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