Monday, August 31, 2015

The Virgin's Daughter by Laura Andersen

Anne Isabella, Daughter of Queen Elizabeth and King Phillip has grown up with the children of Minuette and Dominic Courtenay. Lucette, the oldest Courtenay and possible Tudor, is sent to France to help unmask a plot to set the captive Queen of Scots free. On the continent, Princess Anabel is stuck in the middle. Her parents are divorcing and she will quickly become a pawn in the marriage and heir game. Things turn dangerous as the stakes increase in this debut novel of what is sure to be an amazing trilogy.
I loved The Boleyn King trilogy. LOVED. now the new trilogy focuses on the children on Minuette, Elizabeth, Dominic and William. The children all have similarities to their parents, but are different in many ways. People and themes follow into the new series. All in all, I love this book too! Can't wait to finish it, but I'll be sad when I do!

Thanks to the publisher for a review copy!

Friday, August 28, 2015

The May Bride by Suzannah Dunn

Young Jane Seymour is pleased when her older brother Edward marries the lovely Katherine Filliol. At first, the love match seems perfect. After the birth of two boys and a long absence, Edward makes a shocking allegation against Katherine and has her sent to a convent. The shocked Jane is sent to serve Queen Catherine. At court, she once again witnesses a wife set aside. And another, when she finally becomes Queen Jane. 

I found this book to be well written and well researched. I had never heard of Katherine Filliol, but found myself feeling the same as Jane. I loved how Jane was able to feel the change in her environment. I also enjoyed Katherine too. If you're looking for a book that focuses on Jane and Henry, keep looking. If you're looking for a good book, pick this one up.

Thanks to the publisher for a review copy!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sisters of Treason by Elizabeth Freemantle

After the execution of the beloved and pious sister and short lived queen, Jane, the Grey sisters become more involved in the English Court. Catherine is the imperious one, while quiet Mary seems to be closer to Elizabeth. Their one friend at court seems to be artist Levina Teerlic. As the Grey sisters balance their lives, loves and freedom, readers hold their breath.

I enjoyed this book, as the focus was on the surviving Grey sisters. Mary especially gets swept under the rug. But in this novel both girls have an equal voice, though I far preferred quiet Mary. I loved their yearning for freedom. I also enjoyed seeing Levina's life, with all its ups and downs. I really enjoyed this book!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Tudor Bride by Joanna Hickson

Catherine of Valois finds herself loving the English court and her new English husband, Henry V.  After giving birth to England's heir, Catherine doesn't have a care in the world. Her husband is winning the war against her brother, but Catherine is safe and happy. But not all is as it seems, England doesn't trust her French Queen. When Henry falls ill, Catherine comes to his side, only to follow his funeral procession through France. Soon King Henry VI is stripped from her by England's regency council and Catherine finds herself alone at Hadham. But her steward, Owen Tudor, brings the young widow back to life and secretly marries her. Her marriage can only bring danger.

Told by Catherine's servant, Mette, this novel spans a lot of Catherine's life. I loved how readers were in Catherine's life, but it wasn't told by her. I also liked how long the book spanned. Owen is a great character and I enjoyed reading about their love affair and the beginning of the Tudor Dynasty.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Wolf Winter by Cecelia Ekbäck

Maija and her small family move from their native Finland to Sweden in 1717 to farm in the shadows of Blackåsen, a foreboding mountain. While herding goats, Maija's daughter finds a mutilated body of a neighbor, whose death is quickly blamed on a wolf. But Maija knows it was no wolf, but a man. Compelled to investigate, Maija soon finds herself almost alone in the shadow of Blackåsen, facing a wolf winter. 

I enjoyed this book. The twists came a lot at the end, almost feeling like "Atonement" in some respects. The book could be slow. I liked how the mountain seemed to be a presence or person. I also liked Fredericka's reaction to the mountain, as I felt it moved the book along. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Descent by Alma Katsu

Adair, forsaken by his love Lanny, has retreated to a island home to become a better man. When Lanny shows up in search of a favor Adair would rather not grant, he knows this is his one chance to save his love for her. He must send her to the underworld for her first love Jonathon, who has been taken hostage by the Queen of the Underworld. As Lanny fights to free Jonathon, Adair battles himself and his past. 

The end of the trilogy (tear) is full of twists and turns. I was happy to read it, but sad to see it end. I loved the mythology mixed it and the scenery was amazing! I wanna live in Adair's house. I enjoyed the book, loved the trilogy!

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Reckoning by Alma Katsu

When Lanore imprisoned Adair 200 years ago, she did so to save her childhood friend and crush Jonathon. But now Lanore is trying to atone for her past and live simply. Her new lover, Luke, who saved her is now helping her give away her possessions. But something is wrong, and Lanny can feel it the moment in happens. Adair is free. Traveling around the world and weaving the past into the present, Lanny attempts to save herself and Luke. 

I loved this book. It was a great read. Lanny is a great narrator and I really enjoyed her past, but liked her present too. Luke is a sweetie and a life saver. I liked watching Adair adjust to his feeedom. A really good book. Highly recommended.