Tag: historical

Review: The Trouble with True Love by Laura Lee Guhrke

Posted February 17th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Reviews / / 0 Comments
Review: The Trouble with True Love by Laura Lee Guhrke

The Faerie Queen’s review I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but contemporary romances have typically been my thing. You see, I adore Jane Austen, and though her books are very tame by today’s standards, they nevertheless have a power over me, one that brings me back time and again for more Darcy. (I love other classics, too, but I am an Austen fangirl.) I had an unfortunate experience with the first historical romance I read, back when I first became a blogger three years ago, and it has coloured my view of the genre. I have, for the most part, avoided it since then. This book was completely unputdownable. I haven’t eaten in 16 hours, aside from a couple pieces of dark chocolate. I managed to pull myself away long enough to get 5 hours of sleep and go to the bathroom when I couldn’t hold it in any longer. […]

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Review: A Duke in Shining Armor by Loretta Chase

Posted January 29th 2018 by The GingerSnap in Reviews / / 0 Comments
Review: A Duke in Shining Armor by Loretta Chase

The GingerSnap’s review I tried. I really tried. I tried to read this whole book, but 40% in, I had to DNF. The reasons? There are so many. Number one: The entire time I was reading this book, I felt like I was missing some piece of the puzzle. This book is the first in the “Difficult Dukes” series, but there are so many off-handed references or hints to things the Dukes had said or done previously that I felt left out like I wasn’t privy to some aspects of the characters’ lives, which made it hard to really get into the story. Number two: The heroine, Olympia, is described in the book synopsis as “bookish, bespectacled”, which is problematic in and of itself because this description is used to contrast the gorgeousness of her soon-to-be husband, which is so not feminist, and we all know that being bookish and […]

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GingerSnap Recommendations: Regency Romances

Posted January 27th 2018 by The GingerSnap in Recommendations / / 0 Comments
GingerSnap Recommendations: Regency Romances

Regency romance was the sub-genre that turned me on to romance. The history, the costumes, the societal rules constantly being broken by badass women – it was the genre I needed in my life but didn’t know how to look for. Thankfully, this is where Goodreads came in handy. I started using Goodreads right before I started reading romance, and its “Readers Also Enjoyed” function led me on to some of my favourite regency romance series. These include: The Bridgertons series by Julia Quinn Oh, how I love this series. I love the strong family bond between all the characters in the Bridgerton family, I love the strong heroines in these books (especially Violet Bridgerton, the family matriarch), and I love that these books are easy to navigate even if, like me in my romance-reading infancy, you don’t know many, or any, of the rules governing the aristocracy in the […]

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Teaser: It Must’ve Been the Mistletoe by L.P. Dover

Posted December 18th 2017 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Teasers / / 0 Comments
Teaser: It Must’ve Been the Mistletoe by L.P. Dover

Hiya, and welcome back! In one week, those of us who celebrate it will be opening Christmas presents, but you don’t have to wait that long to open up It Must’ve Been the Mistletoe by L.P. Dover! Have a taste and enter the international giveaway at the end! About the book Giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 240 other subscribers. Email Address

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Review: The Twelve Days of Seduction by Eva Devon

Posted December 4th 2017 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Reviews / / 0 Comments
Review: The Twelve Days of Seduction by Eva Devon

The Faerie Queen’s review This novella was a surprisingly good read! It started out a bit weird, but then I got into it. At 120 pages, it’s very quick, and as you can imagine, things don’t get as developed as they could. I could have actually read a full version of this, but then I also loved how easy it was to get through. I could just enjoy it without getting too bogged down. I was also not feeling too great when I started it, but because it was quick and light, it was a great pick-me-up. The story is told over twelve chapters and swaps narration between Adriana, a “governess”, and Alexander, a duke. Adriana is quite scrappy but very caring underneath it all, while Alexander is your typical brooding hero. After discovering that Adriana isn’t who she says she is, Alexander threatens to throw her out on Christmas […]

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Review and Excerpt: The Duke by Katharine Ashe

Posted October 9th 2017 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts, Reviews / / 0 Comments
Review and Excerpt: The Duke by Katharine Ashe

The Faerie Queen’s review Talk about a slow burn. This book made me wait. I’ll admit that I am not the most patient with books, and I did find this really difficult in the middle, but I’m glad I stuck it out because the last 30% was worth it. I don’t really read historical romance, but it’s a very popular subgenre of romance, so I naturally have to try a book every now and then. I find that it can be a bit OTT with the language of the time, and the last one I tried reading for review basically took a bunch of Austen characters, gave them new names, and threw them into a different historical setting. Yes, there are commonalities that are acceptable across the genre, but there should also be originality. And I think that’s why I made it through The Duke when I haven’t been able to with other […]

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