The Florentine Bridge

20170721_214316Exceptional! The Florentine Bridge by Vanessa Carnevale is a beautiful and touching story about young love. I was contacted to review the recent release of the audiobook version of this story and I am so glad I accepted. Continue reading

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Maud by Melanie J. Fishbane

“Fourteen-year-old Lucy Maud Montgomery — Maud to her friends — has a dream: to go to college and become a writer, just like her idol, Louisa May Alcott. But living with her grandparents on Prince Edward Island, she worries that this dream will never come true. Her grandfather has strong opinions about a woman’s place in the world, and they do not include spending good money on college. Luckily, she has a teacher to believe in her, and good friends to support her, including Nate, the Baptist minister’s stepson and the smartest boy in the class. If only he weren’t a Baptist; her Presbyterian grandparents would never approve. Then again, Maud isn’t sure she wants to settle down with a boy — her dreams of being a writer are much more important.

But life changes for Maud when she goes out West to live with her father and his new wife and daughter. Her new home offers her another chance at love, as well as attending school, but tensions increase as Maud discovers her stepmother’s plans for her, which threaten Maud’s future — and her happiness forever.” – Goodreads

31706659.jpgAnne of Green Gables and LM Montgomery have been a huge influence on my life. I often read one of Montgomery’s books when I’m feeling down and need a guaranteed pick-me-up. In college I even chose to do a year abroad in Nova Scotia for the opportunity to visit P.E.I. When I saw that a book about Maud’s young adult years was due out, there was no question about it, I knew I had to read it. Continue reading

A Court of Thorns & Roses

“When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.” via Goodreads

16096824.jpgThese books have been following me everywhere. I see them at the bookstore. I see them poking their spines out when I walk through the library. Even on Instagram they seem to be mocking me. They say “read me, read me,” every time I see it. Finally after helping out at a wedding (where books were the centerpieces, RIGHT?!), I asked the bride if I could borrow A Court of Mist and Fury. She kindly told me “of course! But this is the sequel and though I think it’s better you should probably read the first one beforehand.” I agreed and didn’t take the book. Flash forward a month or so and I finally decided to put A Court of Thorns and Roses on hold at the library. Continue reading

Gateway to Comics, Vol 1

12905248_1715392552032714_1105879978_nLast year about this time I was just completing a move to a new city where I didn’t know many people. One way I’ve used in the past to meet people had been a book club, so I turned to that same avenue. When I looked for a book club there wasn’t one that caught my eye right off. After doing a bit more searching I came up with a ladies comic book club. It appeared to be a newer club but sounded new and interesting to me. I figured what the heck. The first meeting we read a graphic novel, Marbles. This book talked about mental health in a way I was unfamiliar with and didn’t know how to absorb. I approached my first meeting tentatively. I didn’t know what to expect since this was my first ever (trip) into comics and graphic novels. The group was welcoming and filled with ladies of all comic levels. They talked about the book in similar terms to a novel, with a few art specifics thrown in. I was hooked. Continue reading

A Countess Below Stairs

“After the Russian revolution turns her world topsy-turvy, Anna, a young Russian Countess, has no choice but to flee to England. Penniless, Anna hides her aristocratic background and takes a job as servant in the household of the esteemed Westerholme family, armed only with an outdated housekeeping manual and sheer determination.

Desperate to keep her past a secret, Anna is nearly overwhelmed by her new duties—not to mention her instant attraction to Rupert, the handsome Earl of Westerholme. To make matters worse, Rupert appears to be falling for her as well. As their attraction grows stronger, Anna finds it more and more difficult to keep her most dearly held secrets from unraveling. And then there’s the small matter of Rupert’s beautiful and nasty fiancée.” via Goodreads

714569.jpgWhen this book came into my view I was in high school. I remember seeing a friend read it and having her recommend it to me. Nothing ever came of it. When it came time to reassess my wishlist for Round 6 of OTSP Secret Sister, this came up as a suggestion. I figured why not add it, I’d like to read it. When I opened my February box, what to my surprise: there’s Countess Below Stairs! This story fits my style of reading. It’s portrayed as a young adult historical romance and it solidly fits that description. Continue reading

Gateway to Comics: James Bond in Eidolon

“James Bond is trapped in Los Angeles with a MI6 agent under fire and a foreign intelligence service trying to put them both in bags… and possibly more than one foreign intelligence service. And things may not be any safer in Britain, with bodies dropping and ghosts moving in the political mist…” – via Goodreads

32471984The name is Bond. James Bond.

Everyone has a base knowledge of Bond, even if it’s just his catchphrases. My relationship with Bond goes back over 20 years. When I came across the new James Bond run by Dynamic, I was intrigued to see such an iconic character in this medium. With so much blood and action, I wasn’t sure how it would translate to the page. Continue reading