Posts Tagged beauty

10.20.2015

Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

Our favorite spy-to-be has begun her second year at Madame Geraldine’s Finishing School and she’s already tracking another evil plot purported by someone that will affect someone or something. As usual, she doesn’t entirely have all the details…yet. She’s no long a novice—personally, I don’t think she was ever one since her entry. So far […]

09.15.2015

Claimed by Tarah Scott

I am not ashamed to admit, I love—er, enjoy reading romance novels. I guess it’s because it soothes the raging cynic in me, who is more inclined to read about practical topics such as Science, Finance, and celebrity melt-downs. I don’t really care for the “boy-meets-girl” context of most romance novels. I’m more interested in […]

09.15.2015

Helen of Sparta by Amalia Carosella

I love Greek mythologies! I love mythologies in general. The epic tales of heroes, monsters, magic, and trials are what Hollywood movies hope to recreate, visually. (Obviously I am on the “book” side of the book vs. movie debate) My prejudice aside, the story of Helen is not a new one. There are different versions/interpretations […]

03.25.2015

Heartless by Gail Carriger

In all of the books, Heartless clearly illustrates Aleixia finally settling in to her social and political roles in Victorian London. Despite her ever increasing girth, Lady Maccon—mujah, female Alpha of Woolsey, and close friend of the fabulous Lord Akledama—continues to waddle around London investigating an assassination plot against the Queen. But first she has […]

03.11.2015

Changeless by Gail Carriger

The adventures of Alexia Tarrabotti, now Lady Maccon, continues in this second book and it picks up where Soulless ended—after the wedding. It has been three months since Aleixia and her beastly beau tied the knot with the endorsement of the Queen—for political reasons—and her insufferable mother. I have to credit Aleixia for not lashing […]

02.18.2015

The Legend Mackinnon by Donna Kauffman

I found this book in a bin full of other paperback books and I was immediately drawn to its cover design. People find it surprising that I like plaid; probably because I wear mostly solid colored hoodies and jeans. Yes, it’s another fiction book but without vampires and werewolves or any overdone brooding supernatural. I […]

02.10.2015

Soulless by Gail Carriger

I often wonder what kind of world would it be if the dark creatures of the night (vampires, werewolves and ghosts—mummies?) lived among us—the normal, fragile, meat-bags mortals. Well for one thing—the current pop obsession over suave vampires that glitter in the sun and the insanely ripped werewolves would probably never make it on television […]

11.28.2014

The Sultan’s Harem by Colin Falconer

I had this friend in high school who vented his problems out to me almost every week—usually Mondays. And 98% of the time the problem is his girlfriend or something involving her. After the umpteenth time of him complaining, I just had to ask him the obvious question: “Why are you still with her?” His […]

11.28.2014

Scarlet in the Snow by Sophie Masson

It is a tale as old as time—and this book is a remix…or pre-mix? Scarlet in the Snow is a retelling of “The Beauty and the Beast”. Although it is not new for classic fairy tales to be rewritten, they are generally horrible or pale in comparison to the “original”. It is safe to assume […]

11.20.2014

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

The Japanese Geisha: Most westerners believe that geishas are generally prostitutes—culturally accepted prostitutes. They sing; they dance; they make you feel welcome into the country or at least in the tea house. However, Arthur Golden’s tale of Chiyo transforming into the fascinating maiden Sayuri goes in depth to describe geishas as true artists who live […]

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