Queen of Babble (Queen of Babble #1) by Meg Cabot


From Goodreads:

What’s an American girl with a big mouth, but an equally big heart, to do?

Lizzie Nichols has a problem, and it isn’t that she doesn’t have the slightest idea what she’s going to do with her life, or that she’s blowing what should be her down payment on a cute little Manhattan apartment on a trip to London to visit her long-distance boyfriend, Andrew. But what’s the point of planning for the future when she’s done it again? See, Lizzie can’t keep her mouth shut. And it’s not just that she can’t keep her own secrets, she can’t keep anything to herself.

This time when she opens her big mouth, her good intentions get Andrew in major hot water. So now Lizzie’s stuck in London with no boyfriend and no place to stay until the departure date written on her non-refundable airline ticket.

Fortunately, there’s Shari, Lizzie’s best friend and college roommate, who’s spending her summer in southern France, catering weddings with her boyfriend, Chaz, in a sixteenth-century château. One call and Lizzie’s on a train to Souillac. Who cares if she’s never traveled alone in her life and only speaks rudimentary French? One glimpse of gorgeous Château Mirac – not to mention gorgeous Luke, the son of Château Mirac’s owner – and she’s smitten.

But while most caterers can be trusted to keep a secret, Lizzie’s the exception. And no sooner has the first cork been popped than Luke hates her, the bride is in tears, and it looks like Château Mirac is in danger of becoming a lipo-recovery spa. As if things aren’t bad enough, her ex-boyfriend Andrew shows up looking for “closure” (or at least a loan), threatening to ruin everything, especially Lizzie’s chance at ever finding real love…

Unless she can figure out a way to use that big mouth of hers to save the day.



This book was just what I needed to read at the time – something lighthearted and fluffy!  Kind of predictable and a little cheesy, but very entertaining for me. I loved Meg Cabot’s Heather Wells series (as well as her Insatiable series and Abandon Trilogy), so when I saw this one in a used book store, I had to get it. I’m so glad that I did!!

At first, I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it because the main character Lizzie started off kind of ditzy. She also has a problem of babbling on and on, which is sometimes hilarious and sometimes annoying. Anyway, the book starts off with her being “in LOVE” with a guy she only saw once because he was moving back to England the next day. They’ve been communicating all summer via email. After her college graduation, she goes to England to visit with him. Everything pretty much falls apart. At first, she tries to overlook things, but FINALLY she realizes what a lying loser he is and leaves him!! If she hadn’t left him, I probably wouldn’t have continued with the book.

“I hate confrontations. It’s so much easier to walk away than it is to explain to someone that you never want to see them again.”

She travels to France to meet up with her best friend working there. On the train to France, she kind of has a break down because she’s had such an awful day, but thankfully, the nice guy (Luke) next to her is very sympathetic. So sympathetic, that she ends up babbling WAY too much!! That was pretty funny!! Then she finds out that he actually knows who she is and they’re going to the same place – she’s so embarrassed. Although, I did find it to be a little soon for her to start crushing on Luke so soon after dumping her loser boyfriend – Lizzie and Luke were so cute, I wanted them to fall in love.

“Diet Coke does not contain nasty chemicals. It contains lovely and delicious carbonation, caffeine, and aspartame. What’s unnatural about that?”

Lizzie still had her ditzy moments, but she was also quirky, sweet, and passionate. I’m glad I gave her a chance and continued with the book. It’s not a complex book, but it has a lot of quirky characters. I needed a fun, lighthearted romance and this one fit that perfectly! I plan on reading the other two books in the series as well. Very entertaining!!

“Sometimes we need to take big risks if we want to find out who we are, and what we were put on this planet for.”






Voyager (Outlander #3) by Diana Gabaldon

voyagerFrom goodreads:

Their passionate encounter happened long ago by whatever measurement Claire Randall took. Two decades before, she had traveled back in time and into the arms of a gallant eighteenth-century Scot named Jamie Fraser. Then she returned to her own century to bear his child, believing him dead in the tragic battle of Culloden. Yet his memory has never lessened its hold on her… and her body still cries out for him in her dreams.

Then Claire discovers that Jamie survived. Torn between returning to him and staying with their daughter in her own era, Claire must choose her destiny. And as time and space come full circle, she must find the courage to face the passion and pain awaiting her…the deadly intrigues raging in a divided Scotland… and the daring voyage into the dark unknown that can reunite or forever doom her timeless love.



This book by far is my absolute favorite and that’s not a statement I often make.

If I enjoyed Dragonfly in Amber, I fell in love with this book and I couldn’t read fast enough.  I was on the edge of my seat with anticipation because I had to know if Claire and Jamie would end up together or if they would even find each other!!  The stress nearly gave me an ulcer and there were moments where I didn’t expect to laugh but I did and did so loudly.

“Do ye want me?” he whispered. “Sassenach, will ye take me – and risk the man that I am, for the sake of the man ye knew?”

While there are POV shifts in the last book, it happens a lot more in Voyager and it switches from 1st person narrative to 3rd person which takes some getting used to.  However, Diana Gabaldon’s writing, in my opinion is flawless and she weaved a story that left me completely and utterly satisfied.


Roughly, the first 30% of the book is about Jaime and Claire and how they survived life without each for 20 years! TWENTY YEARS!!  There is so much longing for each other that I thought I might die on the spot!  But it’s not just longing, it’s a deep feeling of melancholy coupled with loneliness and I felt that to my core.  And all because they missed each other and what they had to do to survive.


Everything they felt, I felt.  I felt every blessed moment as if I were Claire.

“I shook so that it was some time before I realized that he was shaking too, and for the same reason. I don’t know how long we sat there on the dusty floor, crying in each others arms with the longing of twenty years spilling down our faces.”

Don’t even get me started on the re-discovery of one another. OHMIGOD…the secrets of Jamie’s past coming to light was gut-wrenching, not because they were awful secrets but because he wasn’t sure how Claire would react.   And how could he know?  They’re practically strangers who love each other.

“For so many years, for so long, I have been so many things, so many different men. But here,” he said, so softly I could barely hear him, “here in the dark, with you… I have no name.”

This story was the most engaging one yet and I was re-acquainted with supporting characters I missed, new characters were introduced and I’m officially attached to all of them.

And yes, I’m fairly certain I will be reading nothing but this series for the next few weeks. ;)




The Jewel (The Lone City #1) by Amy Ewing

16068780From Goodreads: The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence… and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.

An advance copy was provided by the Publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 


I should warn you right now that if you’re not comfortable with rants, then you should not read this review. There are no spoilers. ;)

If you’ve read Wither or The Selection then you’ve obviously already read this book. Where Wither or The Selection went wrong, this book goes even worse because it includes the most ridiculous amount of insta-love that not only emphasizes the shaky world building and annoying protagonist, but it also includes a cliffhanger that felt added for shock value than anything else.

Violet Lasting is the protagonist of this book. She is a special snowflake. Her eyes are a beautiful color, she’s a beautiful specimen, her cello playing is beautiful, her body is beautiful, and she is all around beautiful. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Despite all the beauty and praise she constantly receives from pretty much everyone, Violet’s life is horrible. She lives in a horrible mansion where she has her own room, her own lady in waiting, marvelous food brought to her whenever she pleases, a huge library that she can visit whenever she wants, and gardens so vast that she can walk around. Not to mention the fact that she attends balls, goes to parties, intoxicates herself with champagne, plays the cello, gets primped and pampered constantly, and is protected from the “horrors” of The Jewel. Violet’s life is absolutely tragic, don’t you think?

Despite reading 358 pages where I’m being told how horrible being auctioned off in the surrogacy auction is, I really couldn’t believe it. Violet’s life is absolutely privileged and she, more than anyone knows it. Never once in all those pages does she ever stop and think, “Wow, this place is horrible. I need to leave here immediately”. Hell, I’d volunteer for that life, since I am never shown any legitimate reason to feel fear whatsoever.

My main issue with Violet is the fact that she is so compliant. She never stands up for herself, never acts rebellious, and never tries to escape her household situation. She was sold in an auction. She is treated as no more than a uterus to bear a child. And yet she does absolutely nothing. Katniss she is not. Never once does she ever make a decision for herself. Everything that happens is because someone else decides it for her or because she’s told that it’s the best decision she can make. She was more preoccupied in admiring the mansion or walking through the gardens than about her own life. Was she even a little bit distraught because she was going to have to bear someone else’s child? Absolutely not.

The world-building is very poor. We get some small details here and there from info dumps conveniently placed within the story, but other than that we know little to nothing about the setting. How did the world come to be like this? Since when has it been like this? Is this even set in America? We’re expected just to take this as it is because Violet’s story is apparently much more important than actually building a believable setting.

The surrogacy theme is by far the most unbelievable part of the book, and this has to do with the fact that the world building was so flimsy. We are never given a legitimate and believable reason as to why girls from poor cities must be used as surrogates to give birth to Royalty. There’s also a small paranormal aspect that is used as a way to try to explain this, but it was also completely vague and basically looked over until it was necessary to keep the plot moving along again.

Then to add icing to the cake, as if the annoying protagonist and flimsy world building were not enough, we have a case of insta-love that’ll make you question Violet’s sanity (if you weren’t already).

One, very short, conversation between Violet and Ash about music begins this love story. Violet’s every thought is consumed with Ash just because he totally understands her. His beautiful eyes can see right through her. Violet becomes possessive and jealous from one little conversation about cellists. She’s jealous when he does his damn job of accompanying the Duchess’s niece; she becomes possessive when he doesn’t glance at her when she knows that they can’t have a romance because it is forbidden. BECAUSE THEY CAN BE KILLED IF ANYONE FINDS OUT.

“He doesn’t look at me. His eyes seem to skip over me, as if I’m not even there. Like I’m invisible. The pain of this is a sharp, physical thing.”

It doesn’t matter if later on in the story we can actually see why they love each other and “cannot live without” the other, because by that point I was already annoyed with the couple who can go from “my favorite cellist is…” to “I think I love you” based on one conversation.

The story in itself was very simplistic. There were many repetitive descriptions and similar situations. The dialogue seemed contrived and superficial when Violet wasn’t the one speaking, and it really felt more tell than show.

Nothing much happens other than Violet angsting over Ash and going to parties and getting makeovers. There are actually a lot of descriptions of dresses and makeup and hairstyles.

At one point I really believed that this book was going to be amazing. And I’m pretty sure I would’ve forgiven most of its flaws if it weren’t for the ending. We reach the 300-page mark, and suddenly everything is going at break-neck speed, there is plot twist after plot twist after plot twist and revelation after revelation after revelation until all of a sudden, it ends. I felt like everything was still left out in the open and like pages were missing from the book.

Absolutely done with this book

I honestly cannot recommend this because I couldn’t find anything about it that I could like or that I could say I had never seen before. If you’ve read Wither or The Selection, then you’re not missing out on this one.

If you were somewhat entertained by my review, then please consider “liking” it on Goodreads. ;)






Bookish Things

I love my book page wreaths that I posted about a few weeks ago. I enjoyed making them, and I love the finished products. I don’t know if I’ll ever make another bookish item, but I love browsing them via Pinterest. I thought I’d share a few of the handmade bookish things I’ve found. Some things are pretty cool and some things are pretty weird!

Here’s a different style of book page wreath, found here:


This is another beautiful book page wreath:

book page projects

Ooh, these flowers are gorgeous! Found here:


Here’s a headboard made from books (yes, that’s right a headboard for your bed made from books!!!) here:



Clocks made out of books, seriously they look so cool!! Here’s the info:


A bookish lampshade found on etsy:


I love this Christmas tree made out of books, I think it’s sooo cute!!


There’s even small items, such as a book page light switch plate found here:

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And jewelry too!! Rings:






What about a gown made  from those little Golden books we all read as kids:


Would you wear that? I think it’s awesome, but I don’t think I could wear it!!  Or how about this one?

fairytale book dress

This and others found here.

As you can tell, I really enjoy browsing Pinterest, LOL!! What do you think? Would you like any of these bookish things? Would you wear any of it? Have you found any other bookish things?



Are You A Series Reader?

I think read a lot of books that are part of a series. For the most part, I love series books. I can find out more about the characters and spend more time in that world. It’s awesome!! However, once in awhile I might change my mind about reading a book because of the fact that it’s part of series – another 6 or 10 book series? Nooooooo, I can’t commit to another one, there’s still so many series that haven’t finished up yet!! Too many stories!! Can’t get sucked into another world!!


 So, sometimes I’m thrilled to start a new series and sometimes I dread it. Don’t want to get sucked in to something else and have another obsession. I think that’s why I’ve been dragging my feet on reading more of the Outlander series. I really liked the first book (and I read it a few months ago), but I still have yet to read the rest of the series, even though one of my friends (who’s been totally in love with this series for years) gave me the 7th book for my birthday. But there’s 8 books so far, and they’re HUGE!!! I know once I start reading them, I won’t want to stop. I’ll love them and become obsessed, and then I’ll wait anxiously for the next one. I know I won’t get anything done that needs to be done once I get into the series. And I know I’ll have a book hangover once I finish the series, LOL. Because that’s what happens, at least with me, when I get hooked on a series.


It happened with the Harry Potter series and (confession time) ……the Twilight series. I know, I know, I know, there’s so many mixed feelings and reviews for the Twilight series. Don’t hate me, but I was one of those that loved it and got obsessed. Seriously. I didn’t even want to read it to begin with – I was a 30+yr old mom of 2 kids, why should I read a YA book about vampires??? But it kept getting brought up as a book club suggestion and finally got picked. I started reading it reluctantly and then couldn’t put it down. Thankfully, the last book in the series had just come out, otherwise I don’t know how I would have survived waiting a year (or more) for the next!! I read all 4 books (plus the half book on Stephenie Meyer’s website) in a ridiculously short amount of time (like less than a week). I don’t know how I manage to take care of my family in that time because my head was so foggy. And I really wished there had been another book or 2. And then the movies came out!! So, I had to watch them (as cheesy as they were), and sometimes re-read the book before I saw the movie. Also, I got several friends into the series as well, felt kind of like a drug pusher or something, LOL!!

The same thing with the Harry Potter series except, I’d read the book, then watch the movie, then read, etc. Thankfully, the last book had just come out when I got into the series because waiting on those last movies was painful enough – can’t imagine having to wait a year or more for the books!! And again, once I completed the series, my head was so foggy with that world. Such great books, so hard to move on to something else. I did, eventually.

Then there are series books that I lost interest in and didn’t finish. Like the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. I don’t even remember the last book or point where I stopped reading the series. It started out good and entertaining. However, somewhere along the road, the series just became ridiculous, and I totally lost interest. Normally, I HAVE to know how something ends (one of my quirks – kind of like Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory), but this time I don’t care. I really struggled with the last Sookie Stackhouse book that I read (whatever it was) – my disappointment with the series outweighed my need to finish.

I’m still plugging away at the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. Just recently read the latest and 21st book in the series. It’s pretty much just like reading the rest in the series. It’s predictable, but it is entertaining – the books are pretty funny. I keep thinking that this will be the last one in this series that I read. But a year later when the next book comes out, I change my mind, mostly for the laughs.

So, I enjoy reading books in a series, but I think I prefer shorter series. Even though I loved the Harry Potter books and would love more, I wouldn’t want to have too many – I’d be afraid I’d get burned out on a favorite series. Do you enjoy reading books in a series? Have you given up in the middle of a series? What makes you decide to stick with it or not? What are some faves?


My Life Next Door (My Life Next Door #1) by Huntley Fitzpatrick

12294652From Goodreads: “One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time.”

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.

As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.


I got the hype, you guys! I totally got the hype!

My Life Next Door was such an amazing contemporary! I couldn’t help buy eat it up as soon as I started reading it! This book was all kinds of cute, and it was about so much more than the romance!

So this book is about Samantha Reed, the girl with the supposed perfect family. She lives next door to the Garretts, who according to Sam’s mom are not perfect. However one day Jase Garrett climbs up Samantha’s balcony and irrevocably enters her life.

If there’s something I loved about this book, it was the Garretts. They were such an amazing family! It made me long for a big, messy, and loud family like them. Their dynamics were so adorable because they all helped each other out and supported each other, like a real family. Also, no matter how big the family was, each character had their own distinctive voice. I especially loved George! I want a George as my brother, lol.

“Is Jase already gonna marry you?”
I start coughing again. “Uh, No. No, George. I’m only seventeen.” As if that’s the only reason we’re not engaged.
“I’m this many.” George holds up four, slightly grubby fingers. “But Jase is seventeen and a half. You could. Then you could live in here with him. And have a big family.”

Sam was easy enough to get along with. She was very down to earth and I could really relate to her. Her issues were very real and I could feel really strongly the emotions she was.

Jase Garrett is THE BEST YA book boyfriend out there. He’s sweet, he’s kind, and he’s charming. He never had a secret agenda. He was completely adorable and I could totally see why Sam would be interested in him!

“You have to kiss me,” I find myself saying.
“Yeah.” He leans closer. “I do.”

This book has a lot of twists and turns, and it was so emotionally draining! There were moments where I was laughing, moments where I was fangirling, sad moments, and moments where I wanted to yell out in rage. I think I even cried in one part because I was so enraged at something that happened.

The only reason I didn’t give this book 5 stars was because I was left with a lot of questions at the ending. I’m hoping the sequel will address this, but still I wish it could’ve been addressed here.


Anyways, overall this book is really awesome because it’s a different kind of contemporary that deals with different realistic issues. I loved the family aspect, and the romance was completely adorable and swoon-worthy.

“In movies, it’s never half so lovely as it is here and now with Jase.”

Like my review? Would you consider voting for it on Amazon or Goodreads? ;)






Gemini Moon (A Lella York Mystery #1) by Maria Grazia Swan

From goodreads: Italian-born Lella York leads a very predictable life as an average housewife in Southern California… until a strange encounter on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy predicts a very different future.

Upon returning from her vacation, Lella is shocked to find that her best friend, Ruby, has not only accidentally shot her own husband, but also mysteriously disappeared. To Lella’s horror, her son Kyle is accused of kidnapping the missing woman. And the fact that he is driving around in the dead husband’s Ferrari Testarossa is not helping his case. With her son in jail, her best friend vanished, and her life turning into a soap opera, the last thing Lella expects to encounter is a police lieutenant who gets her heart racing in more ways than one. Homicide Lieutenant Devin stirs feelings in Lella that she hasn’t felt since becoming a widow four years ago. But can she trust his agenda? Lust, guilt, and confusion mix together in a dangerous game of cat and mouse as Lella tries to untangle the web of lies and deceit that’s quickly closing in around her.


This is one of those books that I’m really not sure about. I liked some things about it, but I also disliked some things about it. This book was equally confusing and engaging. Frustrating yet interesting. Yep, one of those kinds of books. I think it’s an adult mystery/romance book, but that was one of my issues – liked the mystery but not the romance. I like some mystery books, and I like some romance books, and I even like some mystery/romance books. I prefer mystery/romance styles similar to Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, Gemma Halliday’s High Heels series, Victoria Laurie’s Psychic Eye/Abby Cooper series, etc – lighthearted, fun, romantic mysteries (if that makes any sense). Anyway, I thought this book would be similar to those, so maybe I went into it with the wrong expectations. It’s not a bad book, it’s just not as good as I hoped.

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From the beginning, I had trouble connecting to the main character Donatella (Lella for short), and I’m not sure why. She is an older character (even older than me, LOL), but I think it was more her attitude that I had trouble with. It seemed like she was constantly apologizing for things that were out of her control, and she just seemed clueless in general (not just from the mysterious circumstances, that part I could understand). Anyway, at the beginning of the story, Lella’s been a widow for 4 years (still grieving) and returns from a vacation to Italy to find that her cat is almost starved and other things were not as they should have been. Her best friend was supposed to be stopping by often to care for the cat, check the mail, and check on things around the house. It’s obvious that her friend had been there at some point, but hadn’t been by for days. She can’t reach her by phone, and before she can go to her best friend’s house a detective shows up. Her best friend’s husband is dead – accidentally shot – and her best friend is missing.


Even though she’s worried about her friend, she immediately becomes interested in the detective, Larry. And vice versa. The romance started so fast, it just didn’t feel right to me. She was still having issues and grieving her husband, then BAM – she’s in love again. I didn’t warm up to the romance or the boyfriend. There were a lot of confusing things that made me suspicious of him, and I don’t know if I was supposed to be suspicious or not! He was a detective, but come to find out he had actually just retired and was just helping out on this last case. He wasn’t always up front with her about things, not completely explaining himself or what was going on. His actions would make her mad and upset, yet she ends up the one apologizing. It frustrated me, I just didn’t get that part. I think it would have been better if they had been friends longer and not immediately lovers. Sometimes the “insta-love” works and sometimes it doesn’t – in this case, for me, it didn’t work.

“Was this fiery turmoil an age thing? How would I know? Underneath the battered ego, I wanted him so bad I would run to him if he called out to me.”

So, while the romance part frustrated me and fell kind of flat, the mystery part kept me intrigued. There were several other twists in the story, suspicious activity, lots of clues that may or may not be related, and the best friend Ruby was the key. But how was she involved? A victim? A suspect? Is she innocent, crazy, or evil? Did she kill her husband? Did Ruby and Nick (Lella’s husband) have an affair before he died? Did she have something to do with Nick’s death too? So many questions and twists!!! So, the mystery part kept my interest because I HAD to know how it was solved!! I HAD to know what else was going to happen!! I HAD to know the truth about Ruby!! And so, now I know, but I’m not going to spoil the mystery for everyone else.

 “What kind of person is Ruby? What does she like to do? What kind of places does she like to go to? You should know.”

So, again I’m not sure how I feel about this book. The romance frustrated me, but the mystery intrigued me. What it lacked in romance, it made up for in mystery, I guess. Have you had mixed feelings about a book lately?





Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) by Diana Gabaldon

dragonfly in amberFrom goodreads: For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland’s majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones … about a love that transcends the boundaries of time … and about James Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his….

Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire’s spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart … in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising … and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves….


I read Outlander (#1) last year and I rated it 3 stars.  With that being said, I enjoyed it, the writing was fabulous but I didn’t get the hype because I wasn’t in love with it and I wanted to be…

Part of the part problem was that I had recently read The Bronze Horseman trilogy before starting Diana Gabaldon’s book.  If you know me, I’m obsessed with TBH series and they are epic books but someone said if you like that series you will love Outlander. I should have known better and waited a few more months before reading it. *shrugs*

When I found out that it was picked up for a series on Starz I thought…hmmmm, maybe I should give this series another shot.  And shame on me but I never paid attention to the casting, I mean, have you seen Sam Heughan??? *fans self*



But I never did pick up the second book until two weeks ago when they aired the first episode for free on cable.  I’ve been consumed by this book and haven’t been able to put it down. *whispers I’m on the third book*

“I talk to you as I talk to my own soul,” he said, turning me to face him. He reached up and cupped my cheek, fingers light on my temple. “And Sassenach,” he whispered, “Your face is my heart.”

The only reason I didn’t  give 5 stars to Dragonfly in Amber is because the pacing felt a bit slow at times. The author clearly wants us to understand how the French court operates and the politics of that history, obviously the information is important but I didn’t  find it always necessary which sounds a bit contradictory, I know.

Jamie and Claire have new connections, political connections that give them the ability to infiltrate the Jacobite circle but this story is so much more than that.  It’s about Claire in 1968 and trying to put the pieces of history together, it’s about loss, it’s about Claire finally being able to be honest with her daughter and it’s about finding out what happened to Jamie and Claire.  The stress I experienced while I read this book gave me heartburn.

Beautifully written, I was lost in a story that was all about Jamie and Claire.  If I enjoyed many of the characters in the first book, I was all sorts of thrilled to be re-acquainted with Murtagh who was Mr. Moody half the time but that’s what made him so endearing.  But new characters were also introduced and my absolute favorite was the French orphan boy.  And guess where they found him???  You’ll never guess because to tell you would be to take away from the beauty of the story. *dreamy sigh*

“Blood of my Blood,” he whispered, “and bone of my bone. You carry me within ye, Claire, and ye canna leave me now, no matter what happens, You are mine, always, if ye will it or no, if ye want me or nay. Mine, and I wilna let ye go.”

Not only do I feel a bit smarter after reading this book but it’s safe to say I’m obsessed like everyone else. ;)






Weekly Question: Do You Read More While On Vacation?


This is our first Weekly Question at Cristina’s Book Reviews and the idea came from Rabid Reads.  If you don’t follow that blog, you should because they are fabulous!

Back to the question at hand…

Unfortunately, no I don’t.  I actually think I read less on vacation. Vacations are relaxing and rejuvenating, they’re also busy for me.  While I’m not having the usual day-to-day stress and activities, I’m still busy in a different way. We’re usually sightseeing and exploring, and there’s too much to see and do. Then at night when I usually do a lot of reading, I’m too tired from exploring or traveling to stay up too late reading or we’ve got to get up REALLY early the next day, so I can’t stay up too late.  There are times when we stay with family, so we’ll spend the evening chatting and visiting with them (and I don’t want to be rude and pull out a book, LOL). Plus, we usually travel by car (we love road trips!) and I can’t read in the car anymore – gives me headaches. So, I usually end up reading less on vacation. However, I still bring a couple books with me and my Kindle – just in case! ;)


Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

oppositionFrom goodreads: Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.


This series is like a guilty pleasure for me.  There’s a decent amount of humor coupled with action and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every book, some more than others.  And who doesn’t love a good alien romance story? *raises hand*

When other book friends ask me if it’s a series that will blow their mind…it’s like, ummmm, no?  I always feel like it’s a trick question, you know?  I don’t think that every book experience needs to be a mind altering one but it can be, simply put…fun.

There were plenty of moments about Opposition that I loved and other parts that I felt were weak because it felt too simple.  I think the part that bugged me the most was the subplot with reference to Dee.  Her dialogue and actions felt a little out of left field and it didn’t really add richness to the story so it felt unnecessary.   Also, the ending felt rushed.  Like really rushed and I hate that.

As far as things that worked: I loved that Luxen and Arum were able to work together for a greater good because that was AWESOME.  Katy is just a little spitfire who doesn’t disappoint and those moments with Daemon??  Loved it.  Luc was probably my favorite supporting character and I thought he could have been in the spotlight a tad bit more but that’s just me. *shrugs*

“We were supposed to have tonight and tomorrow, and many weeks and months, but we didn’t have even another minute.”

If you are in between books and have no idea what to read next, you might want to take a gamble on this one.  And what’s better than reading a completed series in one sitting?  That’s right, nothing. ;)