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review 2017-04-30 20:51
Review: A Collegiate Casting-Out of Devilish Devices (Discworld "Book" 44 of 49ish)
A Collegiate Casting-Out of Devilish Devices - Terry Pratchett

This was cute and a little bit funny, but it was also very short and it didn’t really have any substance.  It was basically a meeting of the Wizards of Unseen University in which they discuss an inspection report for their university.  Alas, Rincewind was nowhere to be found, nor was he even mentioned.

 

This short story can be read for free here.

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text 2016-05-24 19:57
Show me the glint of light on broken glass. . .
My Lady Notorious (Mallorens & Friends series Book 1) - Jo Beverley
Tempting Fortune - Jo Beverley
Something Wicked by Jo Beverley (2005-01-04) - Jo Beverley
Secrets Of The Night - Jo Beverley
Devilish - Jo Beverley

 

Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
― Anton Chekhov

 

 

 

My heart is sad. I read last night that Jo Beverley has passed away. She was one of the first historical romance writers I read after I 'rediscovered' histroms. My introduction to Ms. Beverley was Devilish, and though my copy was a battered and bent, a less than pristine copy bought for pennies at a used book store, I knew I was holding gold in my hands. I finished it in one sitting. That was the beginning of my reading love affair with her Malloren world. Since then I have re-read those original five books many times, and, yes, I replaced my tattered original copy of Devilish with a brand new crisp clean copy. But I've kept the old one, and it will always have a place of honor on my keeper shelf. 

 

She will be missed greatly. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends, and colleagues, and I hope she knew what a treasure she was to a reader like me, one who had never met her, but felt as if I knew her, just a little, from the stories she spun so eloquently, from the characters who peopled her books, and from the hours of reading joy she gave me over the years. Safe journey, Ms. Beverley. 

 

http://wordwenches.typepad.com/word_wenches/2016/05/in-memoriam-jo-beverley.html

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review 2016-02-05 14:24
A Most Devilish Rogue
A Most Devilish Rogue - Ashlyn Macnamara

*Book source ~ NetGalley

 

Isabelle Mears made a bad decision during her come out season and ended up pregnant by a dandy who disappeared right after deflowering her. Six years later, after being disowned by her family, she’s living in backwater Kent with her son Jack when George Upperton rescues Jack from the ocean. George is smitten with Isabelle, but she’s rightly wary of any man, most especially one of the ton.

 

George has lived up to his father’s expectations of gambling, women and booze, but he’s not happy. With a mother hounding him to marry and a pregnant mistress hounding him for blunt George runs to his friend’s house party in Kent where he meets Isabelle. Running away from his problems solved nothing and now he can’t get the fallen Isabelle out of his mind. When Jack is kidnapped he throws himself into the search thus spending a large amount of time with Isabelle. Will George and Isabelle get their happily ever after? Or are they doomed?

 

This story started out pretty good, but was soon bogged down with long boring passages and contrived conflict. George and Isabelle aren’t very interesting, the kidnapping was just plain stupid and George is a moron. Also, Jack is gone and Isabelle spends the time either dithering or screwing George. Wow. Some mom she is. I couldn’t connect with any of the characters in this book. I almost DNF’d it, but hoped it would get better. Nope. I won’t be carrying on with this series.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/02/netgalley-review-most-devilish-rogue.html
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review 2015-11-29 10:19
Tituba, Reluctant Witch of Salem: Devilish Indians and Puritan Fantasies by Elaine G. Breslaw
Tituba, Reluctant Witch of Salem: Devilish Indians and Puritan Fantasies (American Social Experience) - Elaine G. Breslaw

Tituba is a slave known for being at the center of the Salem witch trials.

What this book does is trace Tituba's pre-Salem life, from her likely origins in South America to her time in Barbados, and also shows what impact her confession had on Salem and Puritans as a whole.

This book also dispels that Tituba was African. She was clearly identified as Indian in documents during court and before.

Although the book isn't extremely long, it is a lot of information to take in. I also felt that it was very well researched. I have read a lot about the Salem witch trials, Tituba, and her involvement is always mentioned. But this book really goes in depth and I really like the author wrote this book about Tituba. I have always wanted to know more about her, but there is only so much books on Salem tell you. If you wish to know more about Tituba, I definitely recommend this book.

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review 2015-07-26 00:00
My Devilish Scotsman
My Devilish Scotsman - Jen Holling This book is a rather unusual read. I usually stay away from novels with paranormal elements. But occasionally I can read a witchy or fairy book. The entire series is about how 3 witches found love. I was curious so downloaded one of them.

I like the writing a lot. It is not a chore to follow through. That helped me with the paranormal sections.

Nicholas was the unfortunate jilted groom from the heroine of the first book. Now he is to be paired with the 2nd sister, Gillian. Their encounter was rather uneventful. Looking back, I don't think there was anything remarkable about it. What I liked the best about the book was Nicholas. He was supposed to be dark and evil and he was. But his interactions with Gillian made it all up.

Because it was a rather pleasant read I gave 4 stars. In terms of content I think this is a 3 stars book. It could have been a great book. I really enjoyed it and did not want to stop reading it. A few things to add:

1. Love potion: they are witches mind you. What is a witch without a love potion? I was exasperated reading about Gillian giving Nicholas a love potion. I would so hate her if I were Nicholas. Nicholas being the suspicous man that he was did not drink it but made Gillian think that he did. That saved this idiotic plot for me. But come on! A love potion was really testing my paranormal-averse boundaries.
2. All the paranormal elements: I knew what I was getting into so I was prepared for it. But I skim-read when they went on and on about witchcraft and ghosts. I think I am with Nicholas on this.
3. Nicholas: I like him. haha. (secret smiles)
4. Gillian: kind of blah but at least she was calm and was not angry a lot.
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