My top 3 fave George retorts from The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

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Two sisters competing for the greatest prize: The love of a king

661 pages, published by Touchstone-2003
About the book:

When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family’s ambitious plots as the king’s interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Then Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king and take fate into her own hands.
A rich and compelling novel of love, sex, ambition, and intrigue, The Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamourous court in Europe and survived by following her heart.

I loved George in this book. He had such wit and humor even when he was hurting and felt as though family duty robbed him of his freedom.

So, here are my top three favorite George retorts!

George warns Mary about her relationship with William, he tells her:

“Then tell him to stop looking at you as if he wanted to eat you alive.”

What about the time he catches his wife, Jane Parker, eavesdropping on him and his sisters? He asks:

“You were going to knock with your ear?”

“With your nose?”

When Mary confronts him about his relationship with Sir Francis, she asks “You love him like a woman?” and George in turn responds

“Like a man…a more passionate thing by far!”

I’ve just started reading The Constant Princess and I have a feeling that I am reading these books backwards, but I’m not one to stick by the rules when reading a series 🙂


Casey Griffin’s Playing Her Secret Crush: A Short Review

Playing Her Secret Crush by Casey Griffin

About the book:

All her life, Katie has been chosen last for everything: the last picked on the playground, the last picked by her absent father, and definitely the last picked by boys—even her secret crush, Alex, friend-zoned her. This senior year, Katie is determined to come first. But then Alex asks her to help him find a date?!
Alex has been living life in the fast lane, but he’s ready to slow down—with a girlfriend. The last person on earth he’d consider? The girl his brother developed serious feelings for before he died: Katie. The only way Alex is going to get over Katie is by falling for someone new. And who better to help him find his new crush than the girl he can’t stop thinking about? 
What can possibly go wrong?

My Two-cents!

Such a sweet romance!
I read this book in one sitting because it’s got such a great pace and you can pretty much guess how things might go for both Katie and Alex. It’s as much about friendship as it is about trust and overcoming grief, and whereas the friends are great and brave at playing virtual reality games, they are not as brave when confronting their feelings and fears in the real world.
Look, I know I voluntarily requested and read an advanced copy of this book and that all thoughts and opinions are my own, however, if you are into YA novels that are short and sweet and incorporate a variety of themes then I’d recommend reading this.

Also reviewed on: Goodreads.

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Songs I listened to while reading this book:

  • In My Blood- Shawn Mendes
  • Slide- James Bay
  • Beneath the Streetlights and the Moon- JP Cooper

Books read this month

It’s been a while since I posted anything and my time on the road was awesome all through May.

I got down to some awesome books and here’s what I thought of them:

A Collar for Cerberus by Matt Stanley

If you met your favorite Author what would you say? Better yet, if you had the opportunity to drive them around a countryside for some days…what kind of experience do you think you’d have?
If you think you have an answer or a bunch of them then you’d love reading this book. It’s the first encounter I’ve had of Matt Stanley’s writing and I’m looking forward to reading more of his books. The depth of writing and character development is astounding and having a young man’s naive dreams and an old man’s regrets mixed in this story made it an enjoyable read. (Full review)

Transforming the Clunky Organization by Samuel B Bacharach

It’s true that “organizations get sluggish” and that’s one of the reasons why I really wanted to read this book. I’ve worked in an organization where any new idea proposed is met with either “it’s not in our policy” or “that’s how we do things here,” and that is frustrating. The author uses a lot of examples in making a point and I loved his take on the five challenges of breaking inertia in an organization. He offers pragmatic leadership skills that would help transform any organization that’s either stuck or just not as innovative as it should be. (Full review)

The Lion of Venice by Arianna Giorgi

I’ll say that this book has got the most passionate characters I’ve read in a while. Isabella is the Princess who discovers that her betrothed is in love with another woman and he’s not ashamed to show his infatuation in public, but she’s got a duty to uphold to her people and her family. Then, of course there’s Brando, the rascal, or honorable Soldier depending on who you listen to- and he cannot for the sake of love stand by and watch Leonardo or anyone break Isabella’s heart. (Full review)

The Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory

Oh, how I’d love to read this book again simply because the plotting and drama at court is worth another read. (Reviewed here)

Books read this week

Hey, it’s been a while and that’s what happens when I have more than 10 books to read in my Kindle library. Have you ever felt like you were in dire of a romantic fix? I get that once in a while and I’ll seek out as many as five or six romance novels and binge read…well, sometimes I mix it up then I go right back to literary fiction or my studies.

So, the top three romance novels that I devoured this week are:

A sweet romance, light, fun and it’s got voodoo, mystery, suspense, crime and likable characters. My simple take on it is that this is interesting as it is romantic.

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This story really broke my heart because events can keep you away from the one you love and in this book, being in a Mafia Crime Family, is exactly what did that to Antony and Yvette.
I did not take to how it started and wished the prologue was scraped off, but one thing that I was intrigued by was the presence that Antony radiate wherever he goes-it was both powerful as it was uncertain and that stuck with me. Those who love crime novels with a pinch of romance would devour this book!
Thank you NetGalley for the eARC.

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Now, where do I start with this book?
How about the heroine? Samantha also known as Sam, the seventeen year old going onto thirty five who is as smart as she is vulnerable but you’ll never see it. Her brother, Jace, is home for the weekend and promises to spend time with her, but when a girl walks by him, he forgets her and goes after the girl. Joseph, or better yet, Joe is heir of MIC a big tech company that Sam’s set her eyes on since she was thirteen. However, the one thing she doesn’t intend to do is fall in love with Joe worse off to have him reciprocate her feelings- but if there’s one thing that’s certain about love, it’s go no brakes.
I loved the sequencing of events, how each scene flowed into the other and it showed different sides to the characters as the story progressed.
On the other hand, Joe’s hesitation in pursuing Sam, was noble and I liked him for that- it’s the people around him, especially Jace, that I really wanted to slap once or twice for not seeing Joe’s dilemma and supporting him. I wonder, what would book two have in store?
Speaking of the second book, I’d love to thank the author for telling me to keep reading and then vanishing into thin air in the end! Thank you very much!
I’d also love to send a big shout out to the publisher and NetGalley for the eARC, because how else would I feel the strong need to read the second book?

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8 simple reasons why you should read this book

  1. It’s got one of the longest titles I’ve ever come across.Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon: A Novel of the Embraced by [Sparks, Kerrelyn]
  2. It starts with an historical account and then bham! Launches into an abduction.
  3. It’s got dragon shifters and elves, and well…kingdoms.
  4. Did I mention the interesting story line?

    Gwennore is an Elf able to track down the cause of a certain illness and heal it—a valuable asset to her people. But when she is thrust into the realm of the dragons, she discovers a haunted place of power, passion, and magic—one that is plagued by an ancient curse. When she meets the smoldering General Silas Dravenko, Gwen knows she’s entered a whole new world of trouble. She’s been raised never to trust a dragon. So why does making a deal with the devil feel so good?

    Silas has no way of saving the royal family he’s served for years. But when a beautiful, innocent elf comes bursting into his world, Silas is awakened to desire in a way he’s never felt before. But how can he trust a sworn enemy. . .and how can he live without her?

  5. The lead characters are fierce.
  6. There’s a battle for the throne so there’s quite a serving of villains and an age old curse looming in the kingdom.
  7. Oh, the romance! I should have started with that one, but hey, you’ll have to read it to know who’s called “Snookums.”
  8. Great writing.

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About the author: Kerrelyn Sparks apparently has issues with reality. After writing more than a dozen books about vampires, she has now completely gone off the deep end and wound up on another planet. But how thrilling that she can share this magical new world with her readers! Although she is best known (so far) for the Love at Stake series, which has hit as high as number 5 on the New York Times list and 22 on the USA Today list, she hopes her readers will love The Embraced as much as they did her merry band of vamps and shifters. To learn more about her please visit Kerrelyn her website at Kerrelyn Sparks

A Short Review of Immortal Coil by C.I.Black

Immortal Coil, an urban fantasy / paranormal romance and the first book in the Dragon Spirit series by C.I. Black

Dragon Spirit Series Book 1

Terrible news has turned Anaea Salis’s life upside down. There’s nothing she can do to make it right, and the stranger who stops to talk to her can’t help. But when that stranger, Hunter, an ancient dragon spirit, is viciously attacked and forced to transfer his spirit into her body, Anaea’s life takes a new terrifying twist.

Hunter should have known by now not to get involved with human affairs, but there was something about the woman that drew him to her, and he just couldn’t help himself. Trapped in her body all he wants is to get out, except whoever is trying to kill him is now after her.

Two souls. One Body. Sharing is not an option…

My take: 2615261526152615

I loved the plot. You’ve got two souls in one body and they both want to be in charge! One’s a dragon, the other is a woman who’s just been told she’s got cancer. There is quite some action involved, a bit of history, a prolonged grudge and then there’s the attraction and it all builds up at some point.

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Book Review: Jack Was Here by Christopher Bardsley

I was hooked the moment I read“It used to make me really angry when I got that question.”

Jack Was Here by Christopher Bardsley
I was curious about two things: what the question was and who it was that it angered. At the beginning, the author introduces us to Hugh, he’s back home from a mission, he’s now an Ex-Military officer and he’s surviving on pension from the government and is difficult to be around because he’s never sober and he doesn’t open much to his therapists and family. So, he is pretty much a jerk, up until his brother Nick, a teacher, gets him to meet the parents of nineteen year old Jack who went backpacking in Thailand and so far is missing. They ask him to go in search of Jack and offer to pay him more than he’s getting or making-and the next thing he knows, he’s on a plane to Thailand to bring Jack home.

The plot thickens and you cannot help but be on the edge of your seat as Hugh finds that he’s immersed in a dangerous world and finding Jack might lead to either death or never making it out of where they are. He’s also got his own issues to deal with and drowning in alcohol or getting high doesn’t seem to get him there.
What I loved about this book is that Hugh is not your dashing knight in armor. He’s a pain, pessimistic, rude, self-absorbed but he’s also afraid, hurting, guilty and when this other side of him is revealed, you cannot help but empathize with him. 
There’s a man in one of the bars in Bangkok who asked him “Yes. You will find him. But will you save him?” This was the one question that ran through my mind until I finished the book.

The story has a great flow, the action of each character adds to the thrill and perhaps, the one man, whom Hugh was so afraid of, is the one who helped him reach a turning point and that there is what made this story intense.
I’ve got to give a huge shout-out to Thistle Publishing for sending me an eARC to read and review. It sure did provide an insight to both the day and nightlife of Thailand and was such a great read. Fans of Mysteries, Thrillers and Crime are going to devour this.


Reviewed also on: Goodreads and Amazon.

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About the authorBorn in 1987, Christopher Bardsley was raised in Melbourne, Australia. He undertook his studies at the University of Melbourne, where he received a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education. In 2012, Christopher was the recipient of Melbourne University’s Above Water prize for his short story Little Rock. He also received an honourable mention in the 2011 competition for his story Cripple Creek. Christopher has also published poetry and cultural criticism through Farrago magazine.Christopher Bardsley