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text 2018-04-18 20:11
A Queen from the North by Erin McRae 99 cents!
A Queen from the North: A Royal Roses Book - Racheline Maltese,Erin McRae


Lady Amelia Brockett, known to her family as Meels, is having the Worst. Christmas. Ever. Dumped by her boyfriend and rejected from graduate school, her parents deem her the failure of the family. 

But when her older brother tries to cheer her with a trip to the races, a chance meeting with Arthur, the widowed, playboy Prince of Wales, offers Amelia the opportunity to change her life -- and Britain's fortunes -- forever.

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review 2018-04-16 16:43
Great Prequel to The Star-Touched Queen
Death and Night - Roshani Chokshi

Not too much to say here besides how much I loved the beginning to Death and Night or how we know them, Amar and Maya.

 

We read about both of these characters in "The Star-Touched Queen" but we get to read about how they met, how Death courted Night, and how she loved him. We know what will happen next (I read the first full book and only came back to read this prequel now) but it was great to read about how they came to love one another prior to Night choosing to leave him in order to be re-born. 

 

Death is cursed to fall in love with a woman who will leave him. So he decides to just marry, but now love his wife. Until he meets Night and knows that she is the right person for him. They have a great dynamic that consists of challenging each other as well as realizing that the other person is truly who they want to be with.


I did like that we got some backstory on the friendship between Night and Nritti. You get to see why Night loves her so much. She's one of the few who is not afraid of Night. 

 

I also loved how we got to see how playful Gupta was with Death. I maybe laughed at him trying to teach Death how to properly court. 

 

The writing was lyrical and made me laugh at times. You can easily see why Death and Night fell for each other. 

 

"We turned our gaze to the heavens and waited. There was beauty in the night, if you chose to see it. Some did. Some didn’t. For some, night was the time of dreams and rest, of balance reasserting itself. For others, the hours crowded between dusk and dawn belonged to the ghosts. I knew what they feared: the uncertainty of nighttime, the lightlessness of those hours that were not the black comfort of sleep but the shadows at the bottom of a monster’s throat. I glanced at my reflection and saw their fear staring right at me. Why could I not be dreams and nightmares both?"

 

“That I think she would make an excellent consort. I want a companion. She wants recognition. It’s a victory for us both and sound reasoning too.” I started walking toward the door when Gupta jogged up to me. “That will be your opening statement? You need to make a good impression. Bees are drawn to flowers, not rocks, for a reason. And that is a ridiculous number of assumptions about someone you don’t even know.”


We get to see how things go in the Night Bazaar which was fun to follow-up with as a setting in this book.  

 

Not too much more to say since this is a novella, but definitely a welcome addition to "The Star Touched Queen" series. 

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text 2018-04-14 00:24
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Death and Night - Roshani Chokshi

Wonderful!

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text 2018-04-13 21:11
Reading progress update: I've read 36%.
Death and Night - Roshani Chokshi

Yeah happy to be back here reading about Night and Death.

 

“I am rarely a guest. Merely an inevitable occurrence.” Her husband did not stir in her arms. His breath had grown soft. While the woman had kept her eyes trained on me, I had taken away his pain, siphoned it bit by bit. I was in a generous mood. “You have come for him.” “As I will for you, one day. I could tell you the hour, if you wish it.” “No.”

 

Yeah I am good Death.

 

"He may not even come back as a human. Believe me. I’ve remade emperors into cockroaches and cockroaches into kings. You seem like a reasonably intelligent woman. Would you truly like to keep house for a bug?"

 

....damn. That's a no from me.

 

"We turned our gaze to the heavens and waited. There was beauty in the night, if you chose to see it. Some did. Some didn’t. For some, night was the time of dreams and rest, of balance reasserting itself. For others, the hours crowded between dusk and dawn belonged to the ghosts. I knew what they feared: the uncertainty of nighttime, the lightlessness of those hours that were not the black comfort of sleep but the shadows at the bottom of a monster’s throat. I glanced at my reflection and saw their fear staring right at me. Why could I not be dreams and nightmares both?"

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review 2018-04-07 01:22
Coming of Age Angst and Agony
Queen of Corona - Péter Esterházy
Queen of Corona is a book aimed at teen/ young adult and is about a girl coming of age. Roza is from inner city New York, from a one-parent home and growing up with all the challenges that come from both. She is trying to figure out who she is, what she wants out of life and what she believes. One thing that angers her is the shoddy education children in her income strata and location are offered, which only helps to keep generation after generation in the repeating cycle of poverty. Wanting to make a difference and to make her voice heard, she gets involved with an activist group who has a protest planned for their high school graduation ceremony and things go awry. The cops horribly overreact and innocent life is lost, and Roza is sent to her mother's native Poland to avoid being punished for the unfortunate event. 

The tale takes a painful look at issues many youth are struggling with: drugs, sex, insecurity, social ills, friends in difficult situations and the growing pains associated with adolescence. There is alot of street language/ slang so if one is not aware of some of the meanings-- reading could be a challenge at times to understand exactly what is meant. My thanks to the author for the copy of the book.
 
 

 

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