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review 2019-04-21 14:00
THE LOST PRINCE by Edward Lazellari
The Lost Prince - Edward Lazellari

Now knowing who the prince is, Cal and his band must find him before the others do. Stashing the kid in a safe place, Dredge tries to make a deal with Dorn but realizes Cal is the better option. Both sides find the prince and battle for him.

This was a good read. Cal has a lot of secrets he is hiding from Cat and, unfortunately, they are exposed. Cat becomes a pawn between the two groups. Betrayal rears its ugly head. Lives will change but how. Kept me on the edge of my seat. Cannot wait to read the next book.

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review 2016-05-29 22:44
Book Review of The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1) by Julie Kagawa
The Lost Prince - Julie Kagawa

 

 

Don't look at Them
Don't speak of Them
Never enter Their world

 

Those are the rules that Ethan Chase lives by when it comes to the dark fairies that robbed him of his sister. But they are still on his trail and Ethan can't fight fate forever.

Now the deadly fey are at his school, colliding with his real life, Ethan will sacrifice everything to keep his mortal friends safe, even if it means becoming entangled in the world he's spent his whole life trying to deny. His destiny and birthright are calling. And now there's no escape.

 

Review 5*

 

This is the first book in the Call of the Forgotten trilogy, but the fifth book in The Iron Fey series. I absolutely loved it!

 

Ethan Chase is a fantastic character. I really liked him when I first met him as a frightened four year old when he was kidnapped by The Iron King and taken into Faery. It is now thirteen years since his sister, Meghan, became Queen of the Iron Fey. Now seventeen, he does his best to ignore the fey that pester him and his family. Unfortunately, it's not that easy. When danger threatens, he finds himself in the one place he never wanted to visit again, Faery.

 

I have become addicted to this series. Having read Meghan's story, I was eager to read Ethan's. I started reading this book as soon as I had finished reading The Iron Knight.

 

Ethan has not had an easy childhood, as he has the sight and can still see the fey. Due to this, they have made his life miserable. In order to protect his family and any friends, he pushes everyone away with a prickly exterior. This hides his intense loneliness and my heart ached for him. One person who seems to see through his prickly exterior is Mackenzie. Oops! I mean Kenzie - I don't want her to slug me. She is also a wonderful character. She is extremely brave, though she has secrets of her own and I enjoyed getting to know her better.

 

I also enjoyed meeting the Cait Sith, Grimalkin again, as well as Puck, Meghan, Ash and Leanansidhe, the Exile Queen. The reader is also introduced to some new characters, though one was introduced in The Iron Queen called Razor. He's a gremlin and he's quite taken with pretty girls, especially Kenzie. Keirran is a surprise. I like this impetuous character, but wanted to smack him upside his head for involving Ethan in his harebrained scheme. Okay, he's in love and desperate, but to hide his identity from his uncle was unforgivable in my eyes.

 

This story is full of action, adventure, danger and romance. I love the interaction between the characters. There is the witty dialogue between the characters that I have come to expect, and the vivid storytelling brought this book to life. I could picture the scenes in my minds eye with ease. In fact, I didn't feel like I was reading at all but watching a movie. As the story unfolded I found myself on a roller coaster ride of emotion, as well as sitting on the edge of my seat more often than not. I love how Ethan grows as a character throughout the tale and I can't wait to read The Iron Traitor as soon as I can.

 

Julie Kagawa has written a fantastic Young Adult series. I love her writing style, which is fast paced and exciting. The flow was also wonderful, as each scene moved effortlessly into the next. She has found a firm fan in me and I will definitely be reading more of her books in the future.

 

Although there are no scenes of a sensual nature, there are scenes that are violent or a little gory. Therefore, I do not recommend this to readers under 15. However, I highly recommend this book if you love YA fantasy or paranormal romances. - Lynn Worton

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review 2016-03-17 01:42
Books of 1915 (Part Four)
The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories (Oxford Books of Prose & Verse) - Theodore W. Goossen
The Golden Slipper and Other Problems for Violet Strange - Anna Katharine Green
The Good Soldier - Ford Maddox Ford
The Lost Prince - Frances Hodgson Burnett
A Little Princess and the Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
Daddy-Long-Legs & Dear Enemy - Jean Webster,Elaine Showalter
Victory/The Secret Sharer - Joseph Conrad
Lord Jim - Joseph Conrad
The 39 Steps - John Buchan

 “Sansho the Steward” by Mori Ogai

 

This is a poignant short story about a brother and sister who are kidnapped and sold into slavery. There’s no way there could be a happy end for both of them.

 

The Golden Slipper, and other problems for Violet Strange by Anna Katherine Green

 

A fun detective novel! The detective is a beautiful, rich, popular heiress. So why is she solving crimes simply to make money? Her special ability is to understand people’s characters. There was a single thread or plot about Miss Strange running through it, but it was also a series of basically stand-alone mysteries. The cases started out being the kind of crimes a society girl might potentially encounter, like a missing necklace, but became increasingly more atmospheric and gothic, involving hidden chambers and tunnels and caves and spooky old houses with dozens of clocks and a blind doctor who is a top gun shooting ace.

 

The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford

 

I read this when I was a teenager and I don’t remember it well, just that it was about a group of friends who are having marital problems. I remember that the real story was revealed somewhat slowly, and that I liked it. I looked it up just now on Wikipedia to make sure I was even thinking of the right book, and I learned that Ford originally wanted to call it “The Saddest Story.” His publishers asked for a new title (very properly, in my view—I don’t want to read a book called “The Saddest Story”) and as a joke he came up with “The Good Soldier” in view of the war. I can only ever think of a joke title for my books too, so I really identify with this.

 

The Lost Prince by Frances Hodgson Burnett

 

A poor little boy lives in London with his beloved father, who is working to return to the rightful king of his homeland to the throne. You may have figured it out from the title, but in the final pages of the book the boy is astonished to discover that his own father was the missing heir to the throne. I liked that there was a plucky character with a disability who neither died nor was cured; actually, that character reminded me a bit of Becky from A Little Princess. Not Burnett’s very best book, but I enjoyed reading it.

 

Dear Enemy by Jean Webster

 

This is the lesser-known sequel to Daddy Long Legs. In this epistolary novel, Judy, a rich socialite with lively and original ideas takes over the orphanage that the Daddy Long Legs heroine grew up in. I was charmed to learn that the orphanage is in Dutchess County, where I live. The orphanage is cheerless and unhealthy when Judy arrives, but she manages to transform it into a place where the children can have nice clothes, affection, a gentle education, up-to-date (for the period) medical treatment, and the chance to play outdoors. It’s understood that Judy will just run the orphanage for a little while, and then marry her rich boyfriend and stop working forevermore, but later Judy is not so sure. Judy comes into conflict with the orphanage’s crabby Scottish doctor, the “Enemy” of the title. However after a while their animosity turns to friendship and then to...? But the doctor is guarding a sorrowful secret.

 

This part of the book mirrors Jean Webster’s real life. I don’t know much about her, but I did read her Wikipedia page from top to bottom. In addition to being a supporter of women’s suffrage and various reform movements and education for women, she had a boyfriend who couldn’t divorce his wife because she was mentally ill. (I hear this story over and over, and yet I never hear about the undivorcable mentally ill husband.) Webster’s boyfriend also had a “mentally unstable” child. And it sounds like the boyfriend was not the picture of mental health himself.

 

Anyway, the least appealing part of Dear Enemy is the lip service granted to the eugenics models of Galton and Goddard, with discussion of the feebleminded Jukes and Kallikaks. Judy eventually concludes that there’s nothing in this heredity business, but because it was the “scientific” idea of the age, Webster gave eugenics quite a bit of air time. It does seem that the whole question of inherited mental illness was one that she had a real personal interest in, and I think she was honestly trying to figure it out rather than just being sensationalistic.

 

This is one of the books of 1915 that’s still read today, as a fluffy fun book for young people, not as a towering literary classic assigned in school. I think the reason for its endurance is that the main character is spunky and is more like a contemporary woman in terms of her attitude toward education, career, and love.

 

Victory by Joseph Conrad

 

An Englishman whose business concern in Asia (I think Indonesia?) has failed ends up living “all alone” on an island. (Actually, he has a servant and in addition the native inhabitants of the island live there, but he is quite isolated.) But when he rescues a musician who is being abused by her boss and brings her back to the island to live with him, the boss hires thugs to exact a horrible revenge. This novel was suspenseful and weird. I think Conrad managed to say something racist about every ethnic group on earth, but it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. Spoiler:

EVERYONE dies at the end.

(spoiler show)

 

I never read any Conrad before except for “The Secret Sharer” which I quite liked and the first few pages of Lord Jim. But the way everyone talks about him, I was expecting something very dreary and “important.” Instead it was the sort of shlocky melodrama that I enjoy. So I will definitely read his next offering.

 

The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan

 

I always liked the Hitchcock film, and the book it is based on is fairly similar. It’s a thriller about a man who has to clear his own name by catching the real killer, and in the process he unmasks a ring of spies, with a lot of picturesque running through the Scottish highlands. There’s an extended soliloquy by one of the characters about Jews who control finance and the world (“The Jew is everywhere, but you have to go far down the back stairs to find him... to get to the real boss, ten to one you are brought up against a little white-faced Jew in a bath-chair with an eye like a rattlesnake.”) I’m not sure if the reader is supposed to take that seriously or think it’s ridiculous, but it was rather creepy.

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review 2016-01-05 00:00
The Prince Lost to Time
The Prince Lost to Time - Ann Dukthas I found the second novel featuring Nicholas Segalla (Is he a time traveler? Is he a cursed immortal? Does he just have a really good doctor?) to be a brilliant follow up to [b:A Time For The Death Of A King|1718810|A Time For The Death Of A King (Nicholas Segalla, #1)|Ann Dukthas|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1311999358s/1718810.jpg|1716153]. Part of the reason may be my knowledge of the French Revolution versus my knowledge of Mary, Queen of Scots. I know significantly less about the French Revolution than I do Mary, Queen of Scots. I have to confess I didn't even realize there was a mystery surrounding Louis Charles, Dauphin of France. I had just assumed he died while in the care of the Revolutionaries and that was the end of it. Apparently that's not the case. I can't even recall if we covered what happened to anyone not named Marie Antoinette in high school history.
At any rate, my lack of knowledge made this mystery much more enjoyable. Following along as Segalla fleshed out the various theories was a very educational experience for me. With the previous novel, I was already pretty well versed in the various theories surrounding the death of Lord Darnley. The addition of Tallien also made this story better than it's predecessor. I was not a big fan of Segalla's two forced companions from the previous novel. I can't even recall their names at this point.
I look forward to following along with Segalla as he travels to Austria and investigates the tragedy of Archduke Randolph.
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Peter Pan Themed Romance
Neverland: Adventures in Neverland 1 - Anna Katmore
Tiger Lily - Jodi Lynn Anderson
Second Star to the Right - Mary Alice Kruesi
A Modern Wicked Fairy Tale: Wendy - Selena Kitt
A Pirate's Dream, Kingdom Book 11 - Marie Hall
Seduced by a Pirate - Eloisa James
Hook, Wine and Tinker - Mardi Ballou
Death in Neverland: Book 1 in The Neverland Trilogy (The Neverland Series) - Heather C. Myers,Desiree DeOrto
Rise of the Lost Prince (Lost Boys Book 1) - London Saint James
Forever Found (Beyond Neverland Series Book 2) - Nazarea Andrews

You think Captain Hook is sexy? Peter Pan or any of his lost boys all grown up would make a great hero? 

 

I have always felt Tiger Lily is the best princess of all. 

 

Check out these Peter Pan Themed Romance

 

My lists are never in any particular order. Enjoy! 

 

1. Neverland by Anna Katmore

 

Although Angelina McFarland loves reading fairytales, she never dreamed of falling right into one herself. But that’s exactly what happens when she slips on her balcony and a flying Peter Pan catches her mid-fall. 

Ending up in Neverland where no one seems to age and laws of nature are out of control, Angel has no idea how to get home. Worse, the ruthless Captain Hook captures her and keeps her trapped on his ship, the Jolly Roger, where she gets caught between the lines of a timeless battle. But the more time Angel spends with the captain, the more she sees beneath his ruthless façade. The feelings she’s growing for him are as intense as shocking, and soon she can’t stop thinking about how soft his lips felt on hers when he kissed her under the stars. But Angel and a pirate? That’ll never work. Or can it? 

As Angel desperately tries to find a way to return to her real life, she discovers a train ticket to London in her pocket. It won’t be any help in getting off the island, but as her memory fades away the longer she stays, this is all she has left to remind her of her former life and why she can’t give up trying. 

Or is staying in Neverland forever the better choice after all?

 

2. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

 

Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair… Tiger Lily. When fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan deep in the forbidden woods of Neverland, the two form a bond that's impossible to break, but also impossible to hold on to. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. However, when Wendy Darling, a girl who is everything Tiger Lily is not, arrives on the island, Tiger Lily discovers how far she is willing to go to keep Peter with her, and in Neverland.

 

3. Second Star to the Right by Mary Alice Kruesi

 

Faye O'Neill has learned the hard way that marrying Prince Charming only happens in story books, and now she's got her feet firmly planted on the ground. A fresh start in London has Faye creating a safe, secure life for herself and her two children, even if it's a life with no surprises...until she meets Jack Graham, that is. Jack charms Faye's kids and seems determined to woo--and win--the ravishing yet reluctant single mom.

 

Jack recognizes in Faye a heart that yearns for adventure and a chance to trust once more in fairy tales. He believes in a world where anything is possible, and where broken hearts can be healed with just one kiss. But can his tenderness restore Faye's faith in herself, and carry her away to a place where love is the sweetest magic of all?

 

4. Wendy by Selena Kitt

 

Peter finds his Wendy while looking for a rare book on “shadow” in the library. After hearing Wendy’s tale of woe, he invites her and her two little brothers, Michael and John, to come live at his house in south Florida—a place he calls Neverland. 

But although a large cross-dressing blonde named Tink, who lives with Peter and his band, The Lost Boys, isn’t too happy about Wendy’s arrival, it’s Peter’s nemesis, James Hook, who proves to be the new couple’s greatest challenge. 

 

5. A Pirate's Dream by Marie Hall

 

Nimue, daughter of Hook, is desperate to prove to her parents that she’s just as brave and as much of a pirate as they are. So when she serendipitously spies the hidden isle, she knows what she must do. A fearsome creature know as the Sea Hag is reputed to be hiding thirteen soul orbs within its sands and rumor has it any pirate brave enough to trespass there and snatch one up will be able to harness the power of the hag as his or her own. And that’s just what Nimue aims to do. But, as is often her lot in life, things go horribly awry. 

Sircco, King of the Sea, has no time for leggers. Those vile creatures in the Above also known as humans, and pirates are the worst of the lot. But when a feminine cry reaches his ears, his curiosity gets to him and against his better judgment finds himself offering the hag a trade for the wild, little legger with eyes of blue and hair the deepest color of his seas. 

Human and merfolk do not fall in love with each other. It is simply impossible. But in Kingdom, there is no such thing as the impossible, merely obstacles a certain fairy godmother can easily overcome with a little fairy magic and some help from a few friends in very high places… 

 

6. Seduced by a Pirate by Eloisa James

 

s. Sir Griffin Barry is one of the most feared pirates on the high seas, piloting the Flying Poppy, a ship he named after the wife whom he fondly (if vaguely) remembers, since they were together only a matter of hours.

 

What happens when a pirate decides to come home to his wife…if she is his wife, given that the marriage was never consummated? And what happens when that pirate strolls through his front door and is met by…

 

Well, that's a surprise!

 

7. Hook, Wine & Tinker by Mardi Ballou

 

Gwyn's landed in a once-in-a-lifetime fantasy. 

 

Donning the costumes of Peter Pan characters, Gwyn and boyfriend Peter go to a Halloween party—where Tink meets a very seductive Captain Hook. Gwyn gets up close and personal with A-list bachelor billionaire Dominic and his cabinet full of the type of toys Tinkerbell never dreamed of, but that Gwyn can't wait to try for just one night of exotic pleasure. Then she'll go back to her "real life". 

 

But Dominic wants more—and Captain Hook doesn't hesitate to compete with Peter. In the end, Gwyn must choose—the pirate or the lost boy.

 

8. Death in Neverland by Heather C. Myers

 

n the Neverland, people don't grow up. Because they're dead. 

Remy Cutler dies, and somehow escapes certain death. She returns to the land of the living with nothing but a ripped gown and a fear of heights. 

Two years later, she plans to escape her arranged marriage by stowing away onto a ship in hopes to leave her home with no one none knowing. However, she is found out, and the sailors aren't happy. Before any damage can be done, she is yanked from her predicament back to The Neverland, a place where death resides - the very place she escaped from years ago. Souls are ferried by her savior. To her, he's known as Nick, but to The Neverland, he's the slippery Nicholas Grey. 

The more time Remy spends with Nick and his crew, however, the more she realizes he's shockingly misunderstood. Pirates aren't all bad the way gentleman aren't all good. One such gentleman goes by the name of Peter, and he has nothing but power on his mind and revenge against Grey in his heart. And then there are those that are completely indiscernible, like James Hook, a Viking and ruler of The Other World, whose sole ambition is attaining more souls to rule over, no matter what the cost.

 

9. Rise of the Lost Prince by London Saint James

 

They fight to protect those who would never welcome them into the human world... 

Petúr always knew he and his brothers-in-arms were different. Something more. Something not human. Yet, he never expected to find out the truth of their origins, nor fall for a human woman whose father was set to destroy Neverland. 

Ever since she was a child, Wyndi dreamed of an angel with eyes of the purest gold, although she never really believed such a man existed until she met the hauntingly beautiful Petúr of the lost boys. 

With a prophecy to fulfill, a woman to protect, a portal to find, and evil darklings out for blood, will Petúr be strong enough to rise up and claim what’s rightfully his, or lose everything to a long-time nemesis, Grapple the Dark?

 

10. Forever Found by Nazarea Andrews

 

Losing Gwen was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to survive. I’ve never loved anyone the way I love her. 

But finding her was never about that. And now that I have found her–now that she knows the truth about me and the Island, I have to trust her to believe. Because her leaving me didn’t just destroy me–its killing Neverland. 

I need her to love me. But we all need her to believe again. 

 

Do you have a recommendation? Let me know!

 

Vote on my Goodreads list: Peter Pan Themed Romance.

 

 

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