Category: Reviews

Review: Power of Five by Alex Lidell

Posted May 8th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews /
Review: Power of Five by Alex Lidell

The Faerie Queen’s review So you may have noticed my recent addiction to reverse harem romances. It really takes romance into the world of fantasy for me, entertaining this idea that I could have multiple gorgeous and interesting men all to myself. Add to that the fact that the men in Power of Five are fae and you’ve hooked me. There is a reason I call myself the Faerie Queen. I LOVE FAERIES. And I loved this book. As with all reverse harems, I could pinpoint the stereotypes that each guy played: the serious one, the playful one, the broken one, etc. But I was completely endeared to each and every one of them. They were each sexy and so warm in their own ways, though it took time for each to show this. Yes, ok, there was some insta-ness going on, given how magic had “chosen” them as a quint, […]

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Review: Secrets in the Shadows, a Shifter Anthology

Posted May 7th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews /
Review: Secrets in the Shadows, a Shifter Anthology

The Faerie Queen’s review Anthologies are always a risk for me, especially when published independently. The last one I tried was a disaster, with no proofreading and only half-baked ideas. Writing short stories can often be tougher than writing novels, as you have less time to get the characters, world, and plot together. But I do try to pick up an anthology from time to time, especially when delving into a genre I haven’t read in a while, as it’s a way to almost play catch up with the genre, plus it’s a great way to get to know some new authors. That’s why I gave this one a try. No, I didn’t read all of the stories. I’m a big believer in putting down books you don’t enjoy, and that applies to anthologies. If I wasn’t clicking with the story a couple chapters in, I moved on. In fact, […]

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Review & Excerpt: The Bride Takes a Groom by Lisa Berne

Posted May 3rd 2018 by The GingerSnap in Blog Tours, Excerpts, Giveaways, Reviews /
Review & Excerpt: The Bride Takes a Groom by Lisa Berne

The GingerSnap’s review It is a well-known fact that I love me some historical romance, especially when it involves heroines doing the wooing; marriages of convenience that involve hot, hot sex; and strong family dynamics. Therefore, this book checked every box for me. I’ve been in a major reading slump lately, so I’ve been having trouble sticking with novels that are too detailed or involved. Therefore, this book was perfect. Despite Hugo’s huge family (which includes one hilarious parrot named Señor Rodrigo), each character had their own distinctive personality, making it easy to tell apart all his siblings. I also loved how obvious Hugo’s affection for his family was. He will do absolutely anything to help them, and despite his mother’s difficulty handling the family finances, he doesn’t admonish her– rather, he just sets out to make things right so she no longer has to carry such a burden. He […]

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Review & Excerpt: How (Not) to Date a Prince by Zoe May

Posted May 1st 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts, Reviews /
Review & Excerpt: How (Not) to Date a Prince by Zoe May

The Faerie Queen’s review Royal Wedding month is upon us, and I’m genuinely excited because I think Meghan is awesome, and I’ve also always had a thing for Harry. So it seems appropriate to kick off the new month with a royal romance! Like the heroine, Sam, I (usually) couldn’t care less about royal weddings. (Again, I love Meghan and Harry, so I do actually care this time.) Sam’s ex-fiancé left her at the altar three years before, and she was not interested in writing about love; nope, she was a political journalist. But her editor assigns her to write a “heart-warmer” about the Norwegian prince and his regular girl bride, and in the process, we get a heart-warmer of a story, too! This was a single POV story, and a lot of the beginning was focused on Sam and her life. It took a while for Anders to actually […]

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Review: The Rugby series (so far!) by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid

Posted April 25th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews, Sports Romance Month /
Review: The Rugby series (so far!) by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid

Today is a bit different! I listened to all three books from the Rugby series last month for Sports Romance month and didn’t get round to reviewing them, but then I saw that there’s going to be a fourth book soon (!!!!!!!), and I wanted to make sure you all had a fair chance to binge the series so far before the release! And as an added bonus, . Because this is a bit different to my normal reviews, I’m popping all the book info after my reviews. The Faerie Queen’s series review I am a big rugby fan. Well, international rugby. I don’t really watch too much local stuff, but then I don’t have access to live TV. (I’m a millennial and stream everything, m’kay.) I’m a South African, so rugby is sort of in my blood. Plus, my boyfriend is half English and half Welsh, and he used to […]

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Review & Excerpt: Hot Response by Shannon Stacey

Review & Excerpt: Hot Response by Shannon Stacey

  The Faerie Queen’s review What a way to start a book… From the very first scene, I was on Team Gavin. He was so charming and caring and gaaaaah. I wanted him. His cockiness never came across as arrogance; it was just fun and endearing and sexy. He and Cait talked about how he might joke too much, and that sometimes he didn’t know when to quit, but I never saw that. Gavin was basically perfect; flawed, but nicely so. And maybe one of my favourite things about him? He had so much respect for Cait’s professional competency; there’s a scene that I wanted to share but won’t for spoiler reasons, but a man letting a woman take charge is definitely swoonworthy. Another win for Team Beta! And why did he have to have such a great smile? “See, you’re doing it right now.” “Doing what?” “That smile that probably makes […]

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Review: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Posted April 19th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews /
Review: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

The Faerie Queen’s review I’m going to say something absolutely ridiculous, and I am fully aware of how ridiculous this is. You’re all going to roll your eyes and lose respect for me or something… But I was a little bored listening to this. Emily thinks I would have liked it more if I’d read it, but I don’t know. It’s just… as AMAZING as some of the things in this book were (see below), I felt no compulsion to finish this other than because it was an easy thing to finish. I wasn’t caught up in the romance, in the feelings. I felt nothing in all the positive and empowering sex, and that is always a sad state of affairs for me. And here’s the thing that’s going to make you groan… Everything was so grown up and mature and realistic. Which I know other people will like, but […]

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Buddy Read Review: Company Ink by Kat Colburn

Posted April 14th 2018 by The GingerSnap in Reviews /
Buddy Read Review: Company Ink by Kat Colburn

The Faerie Queen’s review I felt terrible going on to Goodreads to leave my review of this book, since there seemed to be an overwhelming amount of love for the book there. I didn’t want to rock the boat too much. I’m just glad Emily and I were on the same page with this book, though I did make it to the end…kinda. Apparently this book is 247 pages in print, but it felt much longer and slower. So slow that I reached page 74, got frustrated, and skipped to page 200. I wanted to love it all considering the main character was named Dani, was a techie, and didn’t like when people lie. She felt stuck in her job, and she hated how sales was prioritised over customer service. She was basically me. In so many ways. (Just to reassure you, I do like my job, but everywhere I work, sales always trumps […]

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Review: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Posted April 11th 2018 by The GingerSnap in Reviews /
Review: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

The GingerSnap’s review If it was possible to give a book 5+ stars, I would absolutely to do it for this wonderful, wonderful, WONDERFUL book. This is hands-down one of the best books I’ve read this year. The writing is so rich and vivid I felt like I was there in every scene, Monty is so achingly funny that I found myself snorting at inopportune moments, and I was practically jumping for joy when Monty and Percy finally admitted their feelings to one another. I’ve always loved historical fiction, but I’m ashamed to say this is only the second LGBTQ historical romance I’ve ever read. I requested it from the library after literally every reader in romancelandia raved about it months and years on end, and I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to read it again the moment I finished it. Do you ever read a book that makes you […]

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Review: What A Difference A Duke Makes by Lenora Bell

Posted April 9th 2018 by The GingerSnap in Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews /
Review: What A Difference A Duke Makes by Lenora Bell

The GingerSnap’s review This book was exactly what I needed this weekend while I was stuck on the couch with a cold. It’s heart-warming, full of good, honest characters, and will have you rooting for HEAs all around. I devoured it in two sittings and kind of wish I could just read it from the beginning again. Edgar Rochester is a classic grumposaurus, feelings-averse workaholic who doesn’t know how to person when he finds himself suddenly thrust into the role of father to his two vivacious twins, Adele and Michel, after the death of their mother, his former mistress. Adele and Michel are insanely bright and creative kids, but their energy and previous lack of boundaries mean they don’t understand how to fit into their new aristocratic world after a childhood spent frolicking on the beaches of France. Thankfully, Mari Perkins, whose name is suspiciously close to Marry Poppins (and […]

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