Thursday, September 22, 2011

Review of Shattered Dreams by Laura Landon

Synopsis: "Brentan Montgomery, Earl of Charfield has one love - his stable of Arabian horses. When he is offered breeding rights to the Marquess of Fellingsdown’s prize Arabian, El Solidar, if for two weeks he acts as companion to Fellingsdown’s sister, he doesn’t care if the reclusive Lady Elyssa has three chins and a dozen hairy moles, the prize at the end is worth anything he has to endure. But when he meets the elusive Lady Elyssa Prescott, all thoughts of gaining a prize Arabian colt disappear. He realizes he’s met the woman of his dreams - if only he can keep her from discovering the deceit that brought them together and convince her that her imperfections don’t matter to him.

Lady Elyssa Prescott knows what it’s like to be ridiculed and shunned. But when Brent Montgomery lets her glimpse a world where her limitations aren’t important, she believes it’s possible for her dreams to become a reality. Until she discovers the man with whom she’s fallen in love was ‘hired’ to offer her everything she’s always dreamed of having.

The cruel reality of a love built on deceit shatters both their dreams and threatens to destroy their lives forever."

My Review: Wow, Shattered Dreams will send your emotions rolling, your heart fluttering and the tears flowing. It sucks you in within the first few pages with beautiful descriptions and fantastic characters. You can't help but care about every character and fall especially in love with Elly. I was drawn in by the Arabian horse element which quickly fell to the back burner as I dove into the story. You see how misunderstandings and assumptions can destroy hearts and lives and how love can sometimes mend those. I really can't wait to read more of Laura Landon's books!

My Rating: This is definitely a Four Paw book for me!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Review of Stone Cold Seduction by Jess Macallan

Synposis: "When a regular night of Robin Hood-ery results in the manifestation of some, um, unusual paranormal abilities, perfume-maker Elleodora Fredricks realizes the normal world she lives in isn't quite... normal. And neither is she, thanks to her father, king of the shadow elves. Not only is he evil incarnate and the reason Elle moonlights as a burglar-someone has to take care of all his victims-he's stolen her memories.
And only reading her fate can fix that.

Good thing she's got a trio of hotties willing to help her find said fate, but only if she gives them something in return. Saving her oracle BFF's fiance, falling in love with the gargoyle, and making up for breaking the phoenix's heart ought to be a piece of cake for the princess of the shadow elves.

If only the king didn't want his daughter dead..."

My Review: I thoroughly enjoyed this one, I could not put it down and read it all through work and finished it when I got home. Now I can't wait for the next book to come out! I loved the characters, and the story line. When I first started I was a little confused but I believe Jess Macallan meant for it to read like that because we learned what was going on along side of the MC Elle, it helped connect with her. Jax, oh my *fans self* total hottie, possessive hottie but when he come with wings and turns to stone who cares! I really really cannot wait for the next book to come out soon! I want to thank Erika from Badass Book Review Blog who hosted the giveaway I won this book from and also Danielle from Entangled publishing for sending it to me and allowing for the giveaway!

My Rating: I could not pull my eyes away from this one and I am anxious for the next book so I give it a rating of Four Paws and a Stump Wag!

** also fun note - this was my 100th book this year!!

Review of Wildwing by Emily Whitman

Synopsis: "When Addy is swept back in time, she couldn't be happier to leave her miserable life behind. Now she's mistaken for Lady Matilda, the pampered ward of the king. If Addy can play her part, she'll have glorious gowns, jewels, and something she's always longed for—the respect and admiration of others. But then she meets Will, the falconer's son with sky blue eyes, who unsettles all her plans.

From shipwrecks to castle dungeons, from betrothals to hidden conspiracies, Addy finds herself in a world where she's not the only one with a dangerous secret. When she discovers the truth, Addy must take matters into her own hands. The stakes? Her chance at true love . . . and the life she's meant to live."

My Review Well I did enjoy Wildwing. I loved the time periods but I didn't really connect with the characters. While I enjoyed them, I seemed to like the sub-characters more than the main characters. Also I felt that I had read the book before, and well before the end of the book I could see how it would end, but I kept reading in hopes that something different would pop up. It was still an interesting book and one that could be a favorite for some people, I just found it a little predictable. The feature of "hawking" was a great addition to the book and one thing I loved about it

My Rating: While it wasn't my favorite book it was still enjoyable, so I give it a rating of Two Paws and a Stump Wag.

It's Not Monday - again

Its Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey. Share what books you have finished in the last week, are currently reading and what might be coming up next!

Okay, so I got a little distracted yesterday by the book I was reading and forgot to post!

What I Read Last Week:

Links will take you to my review
Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare
Wildwing by Emily Whitman (review coming soon)
Stone Cold Seduction by Jess Macallan (review coming soon)

Currently Reading:

Sabriel by Garth Nix - PB - on page 179 of 496
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke - PB - on page 18 of 348
A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin - on my Nook, page 20 of 1439

Next Books to be Read:
Catundra by Stephen Cosgrove - Childrens/Bedtime stories
Holes by Lewis Sachar - Middle Reader/ 2011 Challenge
She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron - Poetry/ 2011 Challenge
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs - Rhodie Readers Book Club