Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Books I've Read But Won't Be Reviewing (2)

It's time for another round of books I'm not reviewing! Remember, this is different from a DNF. This is a book that I don't know how to review or don't feel qualified to review or whatever.

And Then He Kissed Her
Laura Lee Guhrke
Avon Books
[February 27, 2007]

Supremely sensible Emmaline Dove wishes to share her etiquette expertise with London's readers, and as secretary to Viscount Marlowe, Emma knows she's in the perfect position to make her dream come true. Marlowe might be a rake with a preference for can-can dancers and an aversion to matrimony, but he is also the city's leading publisher, and Emma is convinced he's her best chance to see her work in print...until she discovers the lying scoundrel has been rejecting her manuscripts without ever reading a single page!

As a publisher, Harry finds reading etiquette books akin to slow, painful torture. Besides, he can't believe his proper secretary has the passion to write anything worth reading. Then she has the nerve to call him a liar, and even resigns without notice, leaving his business in an uproar and his honor in question. Harry decides it's time to teach Miss Dove a few things that aren't proper. But when he kisses her, he discovers that his former secretary has more passion and fire than he'd ever imagined, for one luscious taste of her lips only leaves him hungry for more.

This was another historical romance (duh) that sucked me in. I intended to read a review book and instead I read this almost entirely in one night. I read until 3:30 in the morning. Then the next day, I looked to see if this was part of a "series" (it is, the Girl-Bachelor series). The second books is being tracked by me for a price drop, but I might give in and grab it at it's current price anyway.

A Rogue By Any Other Name 
Sarah MacLean
Avon
[February 28, 2012]


What a scoundrel wants, a scoundrel gets . . .

A decade ago, the Marquess of Bourne was cast from society with nothing but his title. Now a partner in London’s most exclusive gaming hell, the cold, ruthless Bourne will do whatever it takes to regain his inheritance—including marrying perfect, proper Lady Penelope Marbury.

A broken engagement and years of disappointing courtships have left Penelope with little interest in a quiet, comfortable marriage, and a longing for something more. How lucky that her new husband has access to such unexplored pleasures.

Bourne may be a prince of London’s underworld, but he vows to keep Penelope untouched by its wickedness—a challenge indeed as the lady discovers her own desires, and her willingness to wager anything for them . . . even her heart.

As with every Sarah MacLean book, this was lovely. I really, really enjoyed it and I loved Penelope. Definitely looking forward to the other books in this series!

Embracing Ashberry
Serenity Everton
[September 23, 2005]


The Marquess of Ashberry had never planned to marry or have children, but there is something about Ella Whitney he can't quite ignore. Her skittishness, her inclination to overlook his existence and her vulnerability has him re-thinking his future.

Ella Whitney is skittish, and for very good reasons. But she can't avoid Ashberry's company all the time with her brother marrying his sister. Instead she has to face her fears, stand up to her family, and remember her dreams.

This was different from my usual historical romance read, but still very enjoyable, if predictable. Not the best, but I didn't pay for it, so I don't mind.

The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins
Scholastic Inc.
[October 31, 2008]

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

I actually already read and reviewed The Hunger Games, but I reread in preparation of the movie. It's just as amazing the second time around. I still love it and I loved the movie too.

Spell Bound
Rachel Hawkins
Disney Hyperion CH
[March 13, 2012]

Hailed as “impossible to put down,” the Hex Hall series has both critics and teens cheering. With a winning combination of romance, action, magic and humor, this third volume will leave readers enchanted.

Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. Now Sophie is defenseless, alone, and at the mercy of her sworn enemies—the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down the Prodigium. Or at least that’s what Sophie thinks, until she makes a surprising discovery. The Brannicks know an epic war is coming, and they believe Sophie is the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending. But without her magic, Sophie isn’t as confident.

Sophie’s bound for one hell of a ride—can she get her powers back before it’s too late?

This is the final book in the Hex Hall series, which I love. As this is a sequel and it's not a review book, it's not getting a review, but I can feature it anyway. YAY! Honestly, I love this series and I love Sophie. She's one of my favorite heroines. She's snarky and uses sarcasm and humor to get her through tough situations, and this book is no different. Rachel Hawkins also totally rocks the writing of attractive boys and kissing. A wonderful ending to a fabulous series. If you haven't read the first/second book, a.) I feel kind of bad because you might've just gotten spoilers from that summary and b.) GO READ THEM NOWZ. My reviews of Hex Hall and Demonglass.

And, unless my math fails me, that brings us to five. Any thoughts on these books?

--Julie 

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