Finishing February on a Red Note: The Ascendant, Red Rising, and Romancing the Duke
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Finishing February on a Red Note: The Ascendant, Red Rising, and Romancing the Duke

In a new feat of subliminal book cover messaging, it seems as if books with red covers provoke added interest in the month of February. Looking back at the books I read this month, I was surprised to find a not insignificant quantity of red-covered titles up for review: Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You, Hilary … Continue reading

Pass, Check Out, Buy: 2013 Noteworthy Novels Year-End Wrap Up
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Pass, Check Out, Buy: 2013 Noteworthy Novels Year-End Wrap Up

The hour of year-end reviews is upon us. In this post, I will be briefly covering each of the 2013 titles that I did not review in full length earlier in the year. Most of these titles are from established authors and were heavily hyped. A number fell short, but there are definitely books worth … Continue reading

Eloisa James Scales Her Best Fairy Tales Romance Yet in Once Upon A Tower
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Eloisa James Scales Her Best Fairy Tales Romance Yet in Once Upon A Tower

The fifth book in Eloisa James’s Fairy Tales series, Once Upon A Tower breaks in part with a pattern of fanciful, largely jovial courtships, opting instead for a darker, more serious angle that adds a zest of originality to the romance genre and the series. It would be interesting to know if the more somber … Continue reading

Callihan Stokes Searing Paranormal Historical Romance in “Firelight”
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Callihan Stokes Searing Paranormal Historical Romance in “Firelight”

In her debut novel and the first book of her Darkest London series, Kristen Callihan pushes the limits of the romance genre. On a conceptual level, Callihan carves out a unique space. Part paranormal romance novel, part historical fiction, and part heavily-plotted action-packed adventure story, Firelight does not fit neatly into either the major romance … Continue reading

Hoyt Steals Hearts With “Thief Of Shadows”
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Hoyt Steals Hearts With “Thief Of Shadows”

The fourth book in Elizabeth Hoyt’s much acclaimed Maiden Lane series artfully combines action-packed escapades, intrigue, and romance into a powerful cocktail, served up with sterling prose and witty repartee. In Thief of Shadows, Hoyt pits the wiles of society socialite and leading lady Baroness Isabel Beckinhall against the earthy, stubborn Winter Makepeace, stolid headmaster … Continue reading

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New Adult Fiction: A Budding Genre Picking Up Steam?

Since the start of 2013, New Adult Fiction has been making a splash in the mainstream media. ABC News Nightline featured a segment on New Adult Fiction in late February, highlighting the rags to riches stories of several popular genre authors, including Colleen Hoover of Slammed and Cora Carmack of Losing It. The New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times, and … Continue reading