The Pirate Lord by Sabrina Jeffries

I usually do not read paperback romance novels; mostly because I think of them as the sappy, corny, and predictable soap operas my mother obsesses over every weekday afternoon. But I willed myself to read this book, against my instincts, because I like pirates in general and I always root for the cliché “villain” in literature. As cynical as I am I have always been known to have sympathy for the devil or the outsiders. Princes, Kings, Knights, and all the usual “good” guys were, to me, very boring, predictable, and definitely pretentious. Besides, there’s something alluring about any villain acting out of character.

Anyways, the book is not some corny smut—a dainty woman in the arms of Fabio—rather it is somewhat a historical account (albeit it’s fictional nature) of a world when the golden age of piracy was gradually fading into oblivion. Lady Sara is held hostage—well not really—on the Pirate Lord’s ship and soon she will be a hostage on his island. Let’s see: two individuals experiencing the salty air, the beautiful sunset, and no television—yeah, draw your own conclusion. What I generally look for in romance novels is the banter between the lovers. Rose petals and doves are great and all but heated arguments over trivial things is what true love should look like. Right before passionate savagery ensues—draw the blinds and lock the door please.

Yes, the Pirate Lord is arrogant, scary, and irresistible according to Sara. And she’s a stubborn, moody, and desirable goddess according to our pirate. Thank goodness the book is not too heavily into drama. There are moments of laughter and intrigue—and don’t forget there are definitely moments of heated, clutch-your-pearls…interactions. I recommend you read this book in a cold environment just in case you burst into flames—fabulous, adulterated, corrupted flames.


Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch

A very intruding read. Seeing how this world is divided, and how items will fall to work when moving over a simple line marking two different places was quite interesting. I didn’t like how Hirsch ended this book. I didn’t see it as a solution to any problem that was created/presented within the plot.


Breath of Iron By Kate Cross

An awesome steampunk novel. It is the third book in this series (Clockwork Agents). I love how the suspense is built up over the course of the book and how neatly Cross wraps up. She  leaves room for more novels; however there doesn’t have to be anymore. Cross does an excellent job at describing a life on a airship could be when two special agency collide for some top secret information.


The Goddess Test By Aimee Carter

Great book, I loved how the story kept the Greek gods in their typical natures but also fit on a modern day earth. I so can’t wait to read the next book to see how Hades will have a wife and queen.


Heroes of Olympus: The Mark of Athena By: Rick Riordan

Love the plot of this book, Riordan is keeping the two camps together, however showing how well they could work together to keep the world from ending. I cannot wait for the next book, I am curious at how the Doors of Death can be closed, and who will be closed on the inside, if anyone.


The Darkest Mind by: Alexandra Bracken

The mind is indeed a powerful tool, it is where secrets, thoughts, and dreams are held. Bracken shows how dangerous the mind can be, and how the darkest of minds have light and abilities that are controlled and uncontrolled.  With the youth having extraordinary powers fighting for a place with choices. Besides, what is the worst part for these children?


Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta

I enjoyed this read. Marchetta has pulled the characters and plot together again.  I hope there is more to the stories of Lumatere and its neighboring nations.


Dark Triumph By: Robin LaFevers

Awesome sequel to Grave Mercy.  LaFevers has kept with the theme, and characters from Grave Mercy. I love how LaFevers not every daughter of death has the same talents, or gifts. I cannot wait for the next book.


The Runaway King By: Jennifer A. Nielsen

Loved this sequel to the False Prince.  Nielsen has done a great job at keeping the characters the same, and making the plot fascinating. I can’t wait until the last book is out in this trilogy. I want to see how things play out.


The Language of Flowers By Vanessa Diffenbaugh

This was not my first choice to read; however, it has been an interesting read. I loved the dual story lines.  The different time frames that we see between Victoria’s life helps the character become more alive and real. I do not care for the ending of the novel, it was way to quick. However it was one I would recommend to someone who know flowers, and would want a touch of romance.

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