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review 2016-11-02 00:00
Charming - Elliott James

This was by far and away one of the best breakout books I have read in this genre in ages. It is not to say that Mr. James does not have a few kinks to work out, but with time, I think he really is going to be an author to watch.

If you like the books and character types of authors like Kevin Hearne, Ilona Andrews and Rob Thurman, then I really think you are going to enjoy the world building and dry humor of this new series.

This book is split into almost equal parts between mythology/world building and action. There is a bit of romance thrown into the mix also and I for one cannot wait to see how Mr. James is going to handle this aspect of the series.

I did find myself laughing my socks off at the sly humor in this book and I find it interesting to see an author of Mr. James youth (I am assuming) and his use of history from my generation to fine-tune his dry wit. It really works since this character John was born in 1937 and to have him just spout modern language and jokes would have been annoying at best.

If there is anything that I am disappointed with, it is that there are some huge information dumps. These dumps can be a little dry, and dare I say, at times a bit boring. They are necessary for the story itself but I hope it is just going to be something we only see with this set up novel.

The author has taken his time with his research and it shows.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. May I just say I really hated how some of the others treated John on occasion? I know it had to be this way or this wouldn’t have been as realistic a novel, but it still affected me emotionally.
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review 2016-04-10 03:24
Charmed, I'm Sure
Charmed I'm Sure - Elliott James

This seems to be what happens when a fairy tale prince goes terribly wrong.


I picked this up from the library without realising it was related to Charming, which I have had on my TBR list for quite some time. I may possibly have immediately raced through all of the rest of the short stories and then put a hold in for the novel as well.


I'm really tempted to describe this story as "charming," so I feel like I should get bonus points for not technically doing so, as it kind of is. There's plenty of action, an interesting take on the ubiquitous fae, and a main character that manages to walk that always-awkward line between "confident with a Tragic Past" and "cocky as hell and annoying to boot". Figuring out which side he falls on is probably going to take the entirety of the series, but I'm certainly willing to enjoy his snark and the rather ridiculous shenanigans he gets himself into until a clear answer surfaces. 




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text 2016-04-03 06:49
Ramblings Regarding March Reading
The Squire, His Knight, and His Lady (The Squire's Tales) - Gerald Morris
The Divergent Library: Divergent; Insurgent; Allegiant; Four: The Transfer, The Initiate, The Son, and The Traitor (Divergent Series) - Veronica Roth
Charmed I'm Sure - Elliott James
Poison - Sarah Pinborough

Favorite book of the month: The Squire, His Knight, and His Lady by Gerald Morris, which never fails to cheer me up. 

Longest in pagesThe Divergent Library by Veronica Roth at 1,888 pages (okay, yes, it is a series, but I read it in one volume and counted it as just one!)


Total books ingested: 47

Re-reads/listens: 10


Total books read: 45

Total pages read: 11,989

Average pages per book: 266.42

Average pages per day: 386.74


Audiobooks ingested: 2

Minutes spent listening: 1715

Average minutes per day: 55.32



1: 0

2: 0

3: 32

4: 15

5: 0

Did not finish: 1


Average: 3.31, which is pretty markedly high.


Reviews Written/Published: 7


The large number of novellas I devoured this month probably have something to do with the sheer number of books I managed to read, but the page count is still firmly in support of this month consisting of exactly what it felt like: reading all the time. 


I'm kind of okay with that. 


My reviewing habit is slowly kicking itself back into gear, and I'm hoping to get even better about it in April. I've made a good start on things, and I have an awful lot of books to choose from to review now!


The "theme" for March reading was supposed to be reading books based on their cover. This may or may not be how I choose books all the time (for better or worse...), but all of the Elliot James novellas and the Sarah Pinborough novels were definitely chosen based on that. I do love the elegance of their covers. There are quite a few other books I read this month with beautiful covers, but they were all chosen for other reasons.


April's theme is "read the genre you own the least of," and the first step of that for me is going to be figuring out what in the eclectic wonderland that is my reading life that genre actually is


How did March reading go, everyone? Anything interesting? Plans for April?

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text 2015-11-10 07:01


Elliott Saint James
Releasing January 8th, 2015
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs 
A heart warming story about love, loss and second first chances.
Moving to New York City might have been the biggest mistake Emerson Richards ever made, but she's determined to show everyone - namely, her parents - that it's the best one too. Emmy isn't giving up, and if that means she has to bus tables to make ends meet, or deal with rude New Yorkers, then so be it. 
Then Emmy lands an office job at one of New York's top engineering firms. Everything seems to be going according to plan - until she's forced to work with Ryan West, an architectural genius. And the man she's been literally running into all over the city.
Gorgeous, quiet and arrogant are three words Emmy could use to sum up the mysterious Mr West. Yet as their strange relationship begins to turn into something more than she can handle, Emmy is forced to take a hard look at her life and figure out who she is.

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Elliot Saint James is a twenty something Australian moonlighting as a university student. She has a penchant for Nora Ephron films and sexy romances. When she's not writing, she's usually reading or abusing her Netflix privileges.
Her debut novel, Second First Chances, will be publishing in January 2016.


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review 2015-10-13 02:52
Charming (Pax Arcana #1) by Elliott James
Charming - Elliott James

Ah, Charming. You know, I was looking for something fun and light when I picked this up. Color me surprised at how much magical lore, relationships, and actual emotions are packed into this book. It's still a seriously fun read. Is it perfect? No. However I can say that the entire time I was listening to this on audio, there was something that kept me going. Either some snarky banter, an interesting female lead, or John Charming without his shirt... erm... I mean emotional depth. Yup. Emotional depth.


I think Urban Fantasy is my new go-to for books that are easy to get lost in. While there's definitely a fair bit of explanation into certain mythical creatures, their habits, and their communities, it doesn't feel heavy handed here in Charming. It blends in nicely with everything else going on. Actually, it kind of balances out the action scenes. Add in a bit of awkward but adorable relationship building between John and our female lead, and you have a book that held my attention.


Has anyone moved on in this series? I'd love to know if I should continue on too :).

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