Quick Thoughts: Stephanie’s January 2016 Reads Part I

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Quick Thoughts: Stephanie’s January 2016 Reads Part ISinfully Ever After by Jayne Fresina
Also by this author: The Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne, Once Upon a Kiss
Series: Book Club Belles Society #2
Also in this series: Once Upon a Kiss, Before the Kiss
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genres: Adult, Romance, Historical, Historical Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eBook
Source: Personal Collection
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Teaching scandalous young men a lesson? This is not your typical book club...

To Rebecca Sherringham, all men are open books—read quickly and forgotten. Perhaps she's just too practical for love. The last thing she needs is another bore around—especially one that's supposed to be dead.

Captain Lucius "Luke" Wainwright turns up a decade after disappearing without a trace. He's on a mission to claim his birthright, and he's not going away again until he gets it. But Becky and the ladies of the village Book Club Belles Society won't let this rogue get away with his sins. He'll soon find that certain young ladies are accustomed to dealing with villains. - via GoodReads

4 Stars

It always takes me a little bit of time to warm up to Fresina’s characters. Rebecca and Lucky were no different. I really enjoy Fresina’s books because she can make me laugh and bring a tear to my eye. Sinfully Ever After was no different. Once I was able to get into this novel it flew by. It also made me pretty excited to read the next book How to Rescue a Rake.


Quick Thoughts: Stephanie’s January 2016 Reads Part IThe Runaway King Published by Scholastic Press
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Pages: 357
Format: eBook
Source: Personal Collection
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Just weeks after Jaron has taken the throne, an assassination attempt forces him into a deadly situation. Rumors of a coming war are winding their way between the castle walls, and Jaron feels the pressure quietly mounting within Carthya. Soon, it becomes clear that deserting the kingdom may be his only hope of saving it. But the further Jaron is forced to run from his identity, the more he wonders if it is possible to go too far. Will he ever be able to return home again? Or will he have to sacrifice his own life in order to save his kingdom?

The stunning second installment of The Ascendance Trilogy takes readers on a roller-coaster ride of treason and murder, thrills and peril, as they journey with the Runaway King! - via GoodReads

4 Stars

Unfortunately The Runaway King didn’t carry the same joy for me as The False Prince. It took too long for me to become invested in the story. Mott is still without a doubt my favorite character. I’ll be glad to wrap up this series with the final book.


Quick Thoughts: Stephanie’s January 2016 Reads Part IBlack-Eyed Susans Published by Ballantine Books
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Contemporary
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
Source: Public Library
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A girl’s memory lost in a field of wildflowers.
A killer still spreading seeds.

At seventeen, Tessa became famous for being the only surviving victim of a vicious serial killer. Her testimony put him on death row. Decades later, a mother herself, she receives a message from a monster who should be in prison. Now, as the execution date rapidly approaches, Tessa is forced to confront a chilling possibility: Did she help convict the wrong man? - via GoodReads

5 Stars

I picked up this book from my local library after reading Kimba’s review. This book was a GREAT thriller. It is told in two perspectives; past Tessa who has survived a horrible event and present Tessa who isn’t sure if past Tessa had properly identified her attacker. I really, really LOVED this book. I definitely need to see if she has written other thrillers.

Quick Thoughts: Stephanie’s January 2016 Reads Part IThe Elite by Kiera Cass
Also by this author: The Heir, The Selection
Series: The Selection #2
Also in this series: The Heir
Published by HarperTeen
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance
Pages: 337
Format: eBook
Source: Personal Collection
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The Selection gets fierce as rivals stake their claim on the Prince.
Six girls, one life-changing prize…

America Singer will leave her pre-destined life for a world of glamour and luxury, if she wins…

But surviving The Selection is tough. Rivals are battling to become Prince Maxon’s bride as the threat of rebel violence just beyond the palace walls escalates into war.

Only six girls are left and sworn friendships are tested to breaking point. America’s feelings for Maxon grow stronger, but she suspects darker mysteries in his royal past. With ex-lover Aspen waiting for her in the shadows, where do her loyalties truly lie? - via GoodReads

4 Stars

I am really kind of loving this series . It is definitely (for me anyway) a bit of a fluffy read and I really just enjoy them. Watching America and Prince Maxon come closer together in this book was great. I am still rooting for Maxon. I never really enjoyed Aspen. I didn’t see him as noble when he broke things off with America in The Selection. I can certainly sympathize but America knows her mind and should have been respected for it. I am pretty excited to continue this series!

Quick Thoughts: Stephanie’s January 2016 Reads Part IThe Queen by Kiera Cass
Also by this author: The Heir, The Selection
Series: The Selection #0.4
Also in this series: The Heir
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance
Pages: 72
Format: eBook
Source: Public Library
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Before America Singer's story began, another girl came to the palace to compete for the hand of a different prince….

Don't miss this digital original novella set in the captivating world of Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series. This prequel story takes place before the events of The Selection and is told from the point of view of Prince Maxon's mother, Amberly. Discover a whole new Selection with this inside look at how Maxon's parents met—and how an ordinary girl named Amberly became a beloved queen. - via GoodReads

4 Stars

I was very excited to read this book. I wanted to know more about Queen Amberly before she was Queen. It was awesome to read about her own selection. It also absolutely cemented my thoughts on King Clarkson. I’m very glad I read this novella. It did offer some insight into Queen Amberly and I hope to get to know her more throughout the series.

Stephanie

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