Bookish Challenge Day Two

Here’s my answer to the bookish challenge for day two of the Trees of Reverie Readathon (I missed day one, but I’ll probably go back and post it up later).

What’s on your book wishlist for the holidays?

The covers of Heir of Fire, Torn, The Witch's Daughter, and Day of the Triffids

Heir of Fire-Sarah J. Maas, Torn-Amanda Hocking, The Witch’s Daughter-Paula Brackston, The Day of the Triffids-John Wyndham

I don’t really expect any books this year, so I’ll probably buy them sometime next year.

Trees of Reverie Readathon

Books!

Here are the books I am tentatively planning on reading for the Trees of Reverie readathon. As you can tell by the bookmarks, I’ve started all of them; I’m hoping to use the readathon to finish them up.

The Weekend Rec: A Winter Wrong

A Winter Wrong by Elizabeth Ann West

Bored this weekend? Have a book rec!

If you liked my previous rec of Darcy and Anne, you might enjoy A Winter Wrong by Elizabeth Ann West. Jane Austen profic is a guilty pleasure of mine, but I can be a bit picky about it. However, I can heartily recommend A Winter Wrong, which, at novella length, is perfect for a cozy sit-down read to relax with after a long day at work.

The story is an AU of Pride & Prejudice rather than a sequel; it follows the Bennett girls after a tragedy strikes and their father passes away, leaving Mr. Collins in control of Longbourn. The story naturally focuses on the relationship between Lizzy and Darcy, though Jane and Bingley have a romance in the background that is left open, presumably for the sequel(s). I particularly enjoyed watching Lizzy process her feelings for Mr. Darcy while dealing with grief over her father’s death, and the way the story resolves itself is certainly not one I have seen in other profic. It’s a sweet story with some moments of genuine sadness but a hopeful ending, and I highly recommend it for romance fans looking for a quick, satisfying read.

Review: Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up?

Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up? by Ella Martin

Title: Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up?
Author: Ella Martin
Format: Ebook

The Plot: Life’s going great for Westgate Prep sophomore Bianca Sullivan: she’s a homecoming princess, smoldering hot Dante Schwartz is interested in her, and between Bond movie nights, Halloween parties, and drama auditions with her friends, her social schedule is packed with fun. But Bianca soon discovers that Dante’s not charming—and he’s definitely no prince. How will she deal with a troubled relationship with a guy her brother and friends can’t stand?

The Verdict: Not only is Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up cute and intensely enjoyable, it features some well-rounded characters and an unhealthy relationship that—wait for it—is actually written as unhealthy and a bad thing for our protagonist to be in (a refreshing change from a lot of YA/NA novels).

Rating: 9/10

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Assorted Link Roundup

Hello again! Sorry I’ve been away from the blog; I had some health problems crop up unexpectedly and was unable to post last week. I’m glad to be back :).

In lieu of last week’s rec post, have some links!

1. Here’s a giveaway hosted by Of Spectacles & Books to bring awareness a kickstarter for the North Texas Teen Book Festival. Take a look and consider donating, if it pricks your interest :).

2. I’d never heard of Traitor’s Blade before this weekend, but this review makes it sound fab. I’m a sucker for a take on the musketeers, but this sounds interesting even without my bias. It releases in the US on July 15.

3. Not a full-length rec, but if you like Jane Austen profic I can heartily recommend Darcy and Anne, which follows Anne de Bourgh after Darcy and Elizabeth have settled down. It’s entertaining and features an excellent characterization of Anne, although part of the ending (what Lady Catherine does near the end) seemed a bit unlikely.

The Weekend Rec: The Fairy Godmother

Just in time for the weekend, have a book rec!

The Fairy Godmother
This week’s pick is The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey. Fans of light fantasy, cute romance, or fairy tales might enjoy this novel, the first in a loose series set in the Five Hundred Kingdoms verse, where magic tries to herd people into specific destinies and fairy godmothers are required to make sure there are happy endings. While this story is a sort of retelling of Cinderella, the plot veers sharply into original territory and follows our heroine, Ella, as she trains to become a fairy godmother. Although the romance is a bit light, and Ella’s love interest isn’t introduced until far into the story, it is cute, and watching Ella become a cool, confident godmother more than makes up for it.

Perfect for anyone who needs a story with a little magic and a happy ending.

Top Ten Tuesdays : Top 10 Summer TBR Picks

Top Ten Tuesdays is a set of top ten posts hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List.

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