Book Review, Fae, Paranormal Romance, Vampires

Victorian Mistress by Jesse Stuart

My Rating: 5/5 Stars (Can I give it 10 stars?!)

Summary via Jesse Studio: “Charlotte Maguire gets you right in the heart. Literally. 

Charlotte ‘Lot’ Maguire is a thief on the streets of Victorian London until she meets Brandon O’Connor and spies a route to an easier, well paid, life. Except Lot isn’t made for the life of a Victorian lady and can’t resist the lure of trouble. With corrupt businessmen in the drawing rooms, vampires in the gentlemen’s clubs and her old associates in the alleys she doesn’t have to look far to find it.”

My Review: Full of clever metaphors, unique vampire romance and a badass female protagonist, you won’t want to miss out on this fast paced freebie! 

Lot is one of my new favorite female characters. She’s independent and strong, but still opens up little-by-little to the idea of love. She’s everything you wish you were and everything you beg for from a female character. 

Victorian Mistress is brilliant and beautifully written. Edited by the author, there are little-to-no errors and mistakes throughout, which is impressive. The story isn’t bogged down with unnecessary narrative or dialogue. It all flows well together, moving the plot and building the palpable world Stuart created. Each character has a unique voice. The tension throughout the dialogue and narrative pulls and pushes you from scene to scene with little room to breath. It’s fantastic! You won’t want to put it down until you’ve consumed the ending. 

You can read this book for free at Victorian Mistress on Wattpad, or on the author’s blog, Jesse Studio. Follow Jesse Stuart on Twitter @sisterquill

Book Review, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Young Adult

And I Darken by Kiersten White

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Short Summary: A fictional retelling of Vlad the Impaler, with a gender flip. Lada is a brutal princess. She bides her time in the Ottoman Empire with her brother, Radu, until she can return home to claim her throne. 

My Review: Pleasantly surprised, though not at all what I was expecting it to be. I’ll be honest, I preordered this one for its beautiful cover and was hooked by the first few pages of the sample. 

I love the idea of gender swapping Vlad for Lada. She’s ruthless as a child. However, as she gets older there’s a bit of a lull where her character starts to change because of a potential romance building. I think this tenderness takes away from the unlovable Lada, who the readers are hooked by in the beginning. I’m hoping book two brings back her fiery passion, the unrelenting princess–since, in the end, she’s decided to sacrifice the one thing that might have tamed her. 

I didn’t enjoy Radu nearly as much as Lada, though I did appreciate the feelings he develops for a man close to him. I thought this conflict added great tension to the story and pushed Radu to be braver and stronger. 

There’s nothing I didn’t like about the author’s writing style. However, there were times the pacing slows, and I skipped full paragraphs of drawn-out explanations or backstory, which I would have cut out completely. 

Overall, the writing is fantastic, the story is unique, the title is badass and so is the main character. I’ll be purchasing the second book (and repurchasing this one since it’s full of sand and salt water from the beach). 

Book Review, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, Time Travel, Uncategorized

North by Lizzy Ford

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My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary via Goodreads: “Josie Jackson is whisked further into the past, to the era of Vikings and the (almost) eternal winters of Norway. Carter, the mastermind behind her foray through time, reveals that she’ll be remaining there for six years – assuming she survives the first winter. To complicate matters, Josie has an unexpected health condition, one that threatens her life more than the frigid cold, Viking raids and wild animals.”

My Review: Lizzy Ford’s done it again! ♥ I sat down to read this book last night and couldn’t put it down until I finished it.

The pace, tension, and nonstop action kept me glued to the page and huddled under my covers (I was worried my cat might come attack my foot at the worst possible moment, and was terrified with no tall tree to hide in. lol). 

The biggest difference between this book and the others is Josie’s character change. She’s changing to adapt to her surroundings to protect those who are precious to her, instead of relying on a man/husband to protect her. 

Carter, the evil genius who’s been throwing her around in time, is as infuriating as ever. However, this is the first time I made a prediction about his characterand I’m excited to say, “I KNEW IT!” Love the kink Lizzy threw in at the end, adding to the tension. Readers are going to flip out over this, especially since she leaves you you hanging. 

Even with the mini cliff-hanger at the end, the conflict of this particular story in the series is met by the ending. The book is well written and characters are well developed. Lizzy Ford’s writing style is one of my all-time favorites, and the book covers for all three of the History Interrupted series are beautiful.

This has become a series I impatiently anticipate release dates of. Grab a copy of these three books immediately and get on the Lizzy Ford crazy, fan-train with me! I’m obsessed with all her books. She’s fantastic.

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You can see all three of my reviews of West, East, and North HERE.