Sunday, October 26, 2014

An Echo in the Bone (Outlander #7)

An Echo in the Bone (Outlander)


Rating : 5 stars
Read: September 2014
Format Read : Paperback

5 "I still can't believe how brilliant and addictive this series is" kind of stars 

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Claire and Jaime 

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My wonderful and amazing OTP! 

It's quite a great feeling to read a book and/or series that you feel you know the characters, you understand them, you root for them, you're alongside them in each conquest and their misfortunes....as this two are in a special league of their own. They truly are.
Watching the series now, and having all those feelings of the 1st book, I can also see how much they grew and how much they realize they can't live without one another...they share the same soul and it's just a beauty to read about it.

Now, since this books are massive they also gave us an unique take on their lives, and of course a lot happens to this 2.

This book have even more turmoils and perils, it's the peak of the American Revolution and of course nothing comes easy for Jamie and Claire, even when they decided to keep away from it four a while and go too Scotland. Yes, you guessed it..,sea voyages don't come easy at all for them and the sea can be more dangerous than ever, since it haves two different forces trying to control it. And well, until they reach their destiny, they do have a ling way to go.

Despite their usually awesomeness, I loved the developments of Claire's relationship with John [ not the carnal thing...I still can't believe that happened,lol ].

I don't want to spoil much more but in each book I think it's impossible for me to love them more...I prove myself wrong every time.

Brianna and Roger 

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Their story did ended up in a sort of cliffhanger in the last book...they risked it all, their lives and of the bairns, in order to save Mandy. So in a way it was bittersweet to read about their lives in the 80's but quite emotional, their need to not forget their roots and especially to stay connected with the loved ones they left behind, making a home for them in Lallybrook.

I love this two, so it was great to see them building a new life , even if Roger struggled with his calling and Bree had to overcome some 'macho crap' and proved her value as an engineer.

“Would you care to explain to me exactly which aspects of plant inspection require a penis?” 

Bree is awesome,you guys!
I love Jemmy (what a precious little boy) and well, the whole family really.

Now the developments on their story line blew me away...this time around it did end with a HELL of a cliffhanger.


Other characters 

Lord John

Yay, once again we get Lord John's POV and it's amazing! I know I'm biased but still :-)


My dear John,
You're awesome. You should have punched Percy. I do love you to pieces!

Ian 

God damn it, doesn't the lad have a break? Seriously, the whole vendetta against him gave me chills. I get that, but the way that man was lurking around, expecting for Ian to be happy just to be the one to destroy it.
Gosh, how I just want for him to be happy and leave his demons behind.

William 

I always thought it was interesting the whole William story line but it was indeed different to read his thoughts and his life. At first I confess I wasn't really ken in his story but he slowly grew on me. still I can't say that he is a character that I love but I do love his relationship with Lord John and the complexity of his history with Jamie. It's strange and great to see that he have traits of both his fathers.
And well, there were scenes that Jamie broke my hear, having to hide from his son but at the same time eager for a glimpse of him.

The Hunters 

I confess that at first their speech was way over my head but then I get used to it.
I do like this 2 a lot and how their stories is intricate with the other characters...so I can't wait for more of them. Especially Rachel, she is quite a direct and kick ass woman.


Overall 

The plot have lots of coincidences and characters running to each other by chance but well, I didn't thought too much of it... even when we are skeptical, there are coincidences and it did give the plot lots of twists and turns.
I thought it was simply brilliant the way Roger and Bree received letters from the past and the ingenious how the way they read it (and we read it) it's like Claire and Jamie are there in the present, and we are alongside them.
Many people think that this series is way to descriptive but it's one of the aspect that I love about it, I love how detailed the books can be, how much historical tidbits we get, from the lives and customs of that time to historical moments. I now even know what is to someone to pull out a 'Benedict Arnold'....fascinating stuff really.
No wonder I'm so hooked in this series.... Do I regret it? Hell no!!!!!

My motto : "There will never be enough books in this series"
Oh and of course "Je suis Prest"


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Killer Queen (Painted Faces #2)


Killer Queen (Painted Faces, #2)


Rating : 4.5 stars
Read: October 2014
Format Read : Kindle Edition (ARC kindly given by the author)




"Extreme highs, earth-shattering lows 
- I've had them all."


Killer Queen (Painted Faces #2) by L.H. Cosway



"It was a new sensation for me to want to mark my spot, but she brought out my inner caveman. Who'd have thought it,huh? A bloke who wore dresses and lipstick on a regular basis was going all alpha male. There was definitely a touch of irony in there somewhere."


Killer Queen takes place before, during and after the previous book, Painted Faces.
And it's Nicholas time to tell a story, in a sort of journal, letting us know some of his lowest and highest point...and how meeting this beautiful, witty and snarky woman left him on his knees and feeling fully accepted of all the things that make him quite the "unique snowflake".



So this book not only gave a new perspective to the story it didn't the feel the whole book all over again (like it seems to be the norm this day) and many times it was quite intense and emotional to be on Nicholas shoes but what a pair of heels those are! (sorry couldn't resist the pun)
But it was also so entertaining, our Nicholas does have one dirty mouth (not that I'm complaining) and like before he can be amusing and just hilarious. Oh and jealous Nicholas? Priceless!
So yes, it was a whole new experience to read his perspective...


And it have given a lot more about him and how this woman made him see himself and try to really LIVE and not merely exist. Made him see that he is worth of every happiness and even if the memories shape us, is left to us to not let them overcome the life we can have.

(and one a quick note, Phil totally deserves the best friend award. I f I liked him before, now I completely adore the man for all his done.)

So do I have to say how much I LOVED this book?

Even though I've read Painted Faces in April (and only posted my review yesterday...damn procrastination) , it was a book that absolutely made it's mark on me.
 I loved this unconventional, sassy and emotional story. It's one of those books, that even if you not sure at first is totally worth the leap. 
Killer Queen can be read as a standalone but I would recommend to read Painted Faces to have the whole experience, and for that I don't mean just more of Fred and Viv, because let's face it, you won't get enough of them....but it's also because L.W. Cosway it's one great writer.

And that ending?...PERFECTION.

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Oh and Nicholas?

This Is For Anyone Who's Thirsty For Michael Sheen

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Painted Faces (Painted Faces, #1)



Painted Faces (Painted Faces, #1)


Rating : 5 stars
Read: April 2014
Format Read : Kindle Edition





...when in the fast embrace their limbs were knit, 
they two were two no more, nor man, nor woman - 
one body then that neither seemed and both."
Ovid, Methamorphoses 


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"Every memory makes me who I am right now, in this moment. 
Good or bad, all experiences shape you" 

This is Freda aka Fred and Nicholas aka Viv story.

Freda is used to speak her mind, to let her snarky sense of humor to hide the shy and insecure woman she is. She is not used to have a handsome man to focus his attention on her...and well, that man is Nicholas, who just moved next door to Freda.
From the start he was a burst of color in Freda's world, besides being devilishly handsome, he is funny, intense and a flirt...and quite surprising when she goes to his show and discover the type of performer he is. At night the beautiful Nicholas transforms in the diva Vivica Blue.
And then one proposition arises for Freda to become Viv's assistant, where she emerge in the world of drag and most of all in all the complexity and the beautiful mess that is Nicholas.

"We all paint on a face to show the world. 


For some of us that's quite literal" 

This story is an unconventional, controversial and BEAUTIFUL love story.
It actually made me look past the box, past the stereotypes and focus in this amazing characters and their story.
I related so much with Freda (although I'm not that snarky or funny) and i loved how nonjudgmental she is.
And Nicholas? My dark and handsome man, my beautiful mess. This man can talk dirty and be a shameless flirt and then be all intense and passionate.

Painted faces is a story of discovery...of self worth, purpose, joy and love. And of course, that love do came in all shape and forms. 
Even if the man look better in a dress than you :D



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

When We Met (Fool's Gold #13)

When We Met (Fool's Gold, #13)


Rating :4 stars
Read: October 2014
Format Read :paperback (ARC kindly given by Harlequin)



**4 shinning stars**

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They were a couple of broken souls.
A man who had loved and lost and a woman who didn't believe in romantic love at all. 

Angel and Taryn have noticed each other since they moved to Fool's Gold...so when Angel approaches Taryn at the coffee shop and says they're inevitable she (and we) believe him!
And so the wooing and courtship begins, Angel is a patient man (i think he is more like a tease) and he knows exactly what he wants and he is willing to wait for it. And Taryn? Used to flings and the one more assertive, is quite attracted to Angel, who knows what he wants but at the same time,truly respect her and her independent ways.
And so the seduction begins, both agreeing that it would be just a fun time together, nothing too serious down the road..they both have scars that won't let them see a future with love for themselves.

But what happens when they realize, that the path they never thought to cross, is right in front of them?

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Gosh, I had so much fun reading this! It starts with a bang, their banter in the coffee shop, that left me grinning like fool.
First of all I think I need to move too Fool's Gold, Cupid is getting way to busy there...and let's just say that the men over there are damn FINE!!

About the characters?
I LOVED Taryn and Angel...as individual and as a couple (oh glorious sexual tension)!
One of the things that I love in this series (besides each book can totally be read as a standalone) is that the romance isn't rushed, they get to know each other and of course truly liked each other.
The dark and dangerous Angel with a heart of gold,braiding little girls hair? 
It's like kriptonite you guys! Now you're wondering how in the hell a scene like that happens? Haha, I'm so not telling!

Then we have strong, independent, sassy and fashionista Taryn, a perfect and so not obvious match for Angel.
She was so understanding of Angels "scars" and so when she opened up about her own vulnerabilities and fears, it was so emotional.

Anyway, I won't say much more, just that it's a great read!
If you're looking for romance, give this book a try.


Monday, October 20, 2014

A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander #6)



A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander, #6)



Rating : 5 stars
Read: August 2014
Format Read : Paperback


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" Give anything enough time, and everything is taken care of: 
all pain encompassed, all hardships erased, all loss subsumed.
Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.
 Remember, man, that thou art dust; 
and unto dust thou shall return.
And If Time is anything akin to God,
 I suppose that Memory must be the Devil" 

More than ever, that remote clipping from a newspaper still feels like a guillotine looming over their heads...it's the curse of having a bunch of time-travelers in the family, not only for that but knowing for sure that the Revolution is coming and the wining side is the side no one was beating on. But this time Jamie have the chance to not only follow ideals but also stick in the winning side, not only for his family but for all the families depending on him.
But they can feel the powder and the violence in the air and dangers and perils are headed their way.


Jamie and Claire 


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A lot happens with Claire in this one,quite a LOT.
At the beginning of the book I was quite angry/upset with her, regarding her attitude towards Lord John. She implied something monstrous and despicable about him, and I do get it she said it out if jealousy...I do believe she didn't even believe her own words. But still, that situation pained me not only because of John but also because of her, I know she is better than that, it's no wonder she is one of my favorite characters ever, So yeah, I didn't stay mad for long. 
Even more because of that she goes through some despicable things that I kept wishing it wouldn't happened, and hoping a certain someone would get to her in time.
But one thing we know for certain, together this 2 can go through EVERYTHING...they are strong individuals but together they are a force to reckon with. I love how they understand each other and how they can't even imagine a world without the other.

I said it several times but Claire and Jaime are just amazing...I LOVE THEM TO PIECES!


Roger and Brianna 

“All I want”, 
she said softly to the dark,
"is for you to love me. 
Not because of what I can do or what I look like,
 or because I love you 
- just because I am.”
"Perfect, unconditional love?" 
he said just as softly.
"Some would tell ye only God can love that way 
- but I can try" 

Roger Mac and Bree, another beloved couple.And do they go in an emotional roller coaster? YES!
From Roger finding is calling or I must say, his purpose, to Bree get caught up with some despicable persons....with everything that will lead them to a path where they have to risk everything so save a love one.


Other characters 

The award for most surprising storyline, goes to.... Lizzie! I think mainly because I didn't expect it at all! It's true what they say of the shy ones.

Malva, Malva. What to say about her? She was Claire's apprentice, eager to learn, eager to be free of the restraints of her circumstances. Many times I didn't knew what make of her and then all hell went lose. I couldn't believe the things she said and how people believed her. Now do I think she deserved what she got? Not at all but at least in the end we find out the betrayal wasn't what it seemed.

Ian...we get to know a lot more about his time with the Mohawks and it's just breaks my heart. I just wish him to find some happiness and inner peace.

Jemmy and Germain are ADORABLE! I love this 2 cutie pies. And Jemmy is so precious, he is the protagonist of one of the sweetest scenes ever, that actually made me cry! [ When he sees his grandad back and ends u kissing his shoulder, to make it better...my precious lad T.T 

And Fergus? I don't know why but half of the time I still keep picturing the wee lad from Paris...and it pained me the inner struggle he was going trough,especially when he feels we could not protected and support his family. And I did understood his reaction to his new born baby but thankfully he saw above it and finally found a path to be happy and to prosper with his family.

And last but not least...Lord John, you're amazing! :D


Overall 

It's getting harder and harder to write reviews for this series...how can I convey my love for it, this page turner, time consuming, emotional roller coaster, an epic love story,without repeating it over and over?
Well, I can't.... So you must bare with me :-) 
This book, like the others is massive.... I mean, nearly 1450 pages, full of stories, character's developments, twists and turns. But above else, we as readers have the unique opportunity of reading about their lives, triumphs and misfortunes....choices and fates, happiness and sadness.
It is a ride for the long haul but oh so worthy...