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The Swan Thieves

The Swan Thieves

When looking for something a little more literary to read to get away from the pressures of school and keeping up house and the unending list of things that I do, I came across this title, The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova.  The name intrigued me and when I read the description I decided to give it a try.  The description of the book said there were painters, psychiatrists and French Impressionism.  I was hooked. Read more…

Come Unto These Yellow Sands

Come Unto These Yellow Sands

There are many people that believe contemporary romance or romance erotica are trash.  Well, here is the book to prove them wrong.  Come Unto These Yellow Sands is one of the best romance books I have ever read, and that includes regular romance.  I should qualify, that it is one of the best books of romance I’ve read written by an author of contemporary times.   I was introduced to Josh Lanyon, the author of Come Unto These Yellow Sands by a friend writer of mine. This author writes GLBT fiction (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transexual fiction), although to be fair it is mainly gay romance and erotica.

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Daughter of the Forest

Daughter of the Forest

Juliet Marillier brings us a lovely mixture of fantasy, Celtic lore, paganism and the wonderful retelling of the Six Swans legend as told by the Brothers Grimm in Daughter of the Forest.  She brings about a new kind of historical fantasy romance where there is an actual plot to the stories.  I admit it, I am a sucker for romance, sometimes I just want to read a saccharine story and read about a happy ending.  Like literary refined sugar, it gives you a momentary high, and a bit of energy to keep going, but too much of it and you will start becoming sluggish, used to fast, happy endings, the avoidance of important issues, and most importantly, it makes us addicted to pop-style books that drain our wallets and add nothing of value to our brains.  Not bad for  occasional reading, but it should not be the main body of the things you read. Read more…

Ivory

Ivory

Lately, I’ve been reading many e-books that have been published independently by their own authors.  Ivory, written by Steve Merrifield is one of them.  It was listed on the Science Fiction section of the Barnes and Noble website, and it was FREE!  Since it was free and I was curious, I decided to give it a try, and I am very glad I did.  It has been a long time since I have gotten a little uncomfortable while reading a mystery/horror book.   This book managed to make me squirm a little and look over my shoulder. Read more…

Sins of the House of Borgia

Sins of the House of Borgia

Ah, the Borgias!

I am into this historical fiction kick, and I wanted to read something related to the Borgias since Showtime is premiering a new original series about them.  I found this little book while browsing in my Nook Store (I love my Nook, haven’t I said that enough?).  It seemed interesting, decadent.  I mean, it is the Borgias, one of Catalonia’s naughtiest exports and they had Rome right under their thumb for the longest of time.  Who wouldn’t want to read about them?  Well… I do, and when I saw this title I hit “purchase” and just went on my merry way reading it.  I also noticed it has a lot of red in the cover… maybe this is a trend in publishing now a days?  Lure your readers using the colors associated with the things the story promises for your covers.  Red for blood, lust, love, passion, rage, qualities well associated with the Borgias. Read more…

2012 Reading Challenge

2012 Reading Challenge
Vivian has read 23 books toward her goal of 100 books.
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