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review 2018-04-20 21:31
Witches of East End (The Beauchamp Family #1) by Melissa de la Cruz
Witches of East End - Melissa de la Cruz

It was hard to put this book down, even to just fold laundry. However, it should be noted that de la Cruz has a particular writing style - very short chapters, heavy on plot, rotating third person POVs (in this case Freya, Ingrid, and Joanne), and for an adult book, very little sex on the page. I was familiar with de la Cruz's writing after reading three books in her YA vampire series (with one of those vampires making a guest appearance in this book), and it suited to the story she was telling in this book.

 

And what a book it was - a mix of lessons from early American history (the Salem witch trials in particular), Norse mythology (yeah, with names like Freya and Ingrid kind of give it away), and straight up paranormal. Joanne, Freya, and Ingrid are witches and mother-daughters that were exiled by The Council and banned from using their gifts. After a few centuries, each woman was tired of keeping herself on the down low and starting using her gifts for the good of others - honest intentions to help people. As they continue to use their powers, equally crazy shit happens and it is up to the women to find the source and stop it. 

 

I just loved this book. The women were intelligent, thoughtful, and worked together while still being themselves and the romantic elements were there, but not the focus of the book. It was a joyride with heart. I am definitely going to continue reading this series. Forewarned: you have to read the series in order because the end of one book sets up the next book. So although the problem the women faced ended at the end of this book, the epilogue dropped a big plot line for book two.

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text 2018-04-02 22:59
Getting my reading mojo back
Death on Tap - Ellie Alexander
Once Upon a Spine - Kate Carlisle
A Perfect Proposal - Katie Fforde
Witches of East End - Melissa de la Cruz
Dark Harbor - Stuart Woods
The Miner's Lady - Tracie Peterson
One Wish (Thunder Point) - Robyn Carr
Island Girls - Nancy Thayer
Family Tree: A Novel - Susan Wiggs
Night Road - Kristin Hannah

This weekend I downloaded three contemporary romances from OverDrive. Two I read in about 24 hours each; the third I DNF at the 9% mark. I think I got my reading mojo back. Today I went to volunteer at the library (something I haven't done all March because of adult taskings); after, I decided to browse the fiction side for a change. 

 

I came home with 12 books (8 adult fiction titles, 1 middle grade that will fill a PS prompt, 1 graphic novel) plus I still have four books coming to me via ILL. In my defense, I was left unsupervised in a library.

 

Here's what I brought home:

1. George by Alex Gino (the MG for PS prompt)

2. Paper Girls (Book One) by Brian K. Vaughn et al (collects the first 10 issues)

3. Death on Tap (Sloan Krause Mystery #1) by Ellie Alexander

4. Once Upon a Spine (A Bibliophile Mystery) by Kate Carlisle

5. A Perfect Proposal by Katie Ffjorde

6. Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz

7. Dark Harbor (Stone Barrington Novel) by Stuart Woods

8. The Miner's Lady (Land of Shining Water #3) by Tracie Peterson

9. One Wish (A Thunder Point Novel) by Robyn Carr

10. Island Girls by Nancy Thayer

11. Family Tree by Susan Wiggs

12. Night Road by Kristin Hannah

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review 2018-02-12 00:00
Blue Bloods
Blue Bloods - Melissa de la Cruz This was a good read - simple, clear and well crafted,
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review 2017-10-19 03:55
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe - Melissa de la Cruz

With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.

 

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe is a festive retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

 

The book starts with Darcy Fitzwilliam returning to Pemberley, Ohio because her mother has had a heart attack.  Eight years earlier, Darcy had a furious row with her father because she did not want to marry her boyfriend Carl who came from a well connected family in Pemberley.  When her father threatened to stop financially supporting her she fled to New York.  Darcy is now a partner in a hedge fund and is the third wealthiest woman under 29 in New York.

 

Her mother is recovering well from her heart attack and insists they should still hold their annual Christmas party.  At the party she is reunited with her best friend from high school Bingkey Charles who now lives in LA.  She gets very drunk with Bingley at the party and she meets her neighbour Luke Bennett.  At school she hated Luke and he thought she was selfish and entitled, as they start trading insults under the mistletoe he kisses her passionately.  Darcy is shocked because she felt sparks.  Luke is a simple carpenter happy with his lot in Pemberley, how can she be with a man like that?

 

In my twenties I only read chic lit books.  Now I am older I read psychological thrillers mainly but I still read Marian Keyes, Katie Fforde and Holly Martin . However I love Christmas and I enjoy festive romcoms this time of year.

 

This was not a bad book, however I thought the plot was unsophisticated and lacked any humour.  The explanation for Darcy becoming estranged from her whole family in the first place was ridiculous.  I could understand why she wanted a career before marriage but why did she allow herself to be cut off from her family for 8 years. Also Darcy was supposed to be a successful 29 year old million heiress but I found her immature and tempestuous. I think this booked is aimed more for teenagers then adults 

 

 

 

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review 2017-10-12 21:28
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe - Melissa de la Cruz

Title: Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe

Author:  Melissa de la Cruz

Publisher: St. Martin's Press 

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Four

Review:

 

"Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe" by Melissa de la Cruz

 

My Thoughts...

 

If you are looking for a 'feel good' quick read for the holiday you may like this one by this author focusing on Darcy Fitzwilliam and Luke Bennet.  We find that a lots will happen as Darcy returns home for the holiday after her mother has had a heart attack.  Darcy was quite a successful woman however she also had a life that was full of insecurities.  I enjoyed how this author was able to deliver a modernized retelling of 'Pride and Prejudice' and let's not leave out the Mistletoe where there will be a 'complete flip of characters.'  What will happen when one of the richest women who doesn't have time for nothing but work...comes home after been gone for eight years, having to deal with her strained relationship with her father, mother's illness and having to attend her parents's yearly Christmas party? Will a lots of the events that take place in this story set off some events from the past that seem to collide with Darcy's future? What will happen when Darcy meets up with Luke Bennet...the carpenter?  What happens when Darcy begins to think that maybe living the simple life would be better than the one she now has?  Now to get all of these questions answered and so much more you will have to pick up this novel [Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe] and understand that its a spin off/flip of the original 'Pride and Prejudice,' a Jane Austen Classic however, this will be a quite a different story that is full of  twist and turns, 'lightheartedness, self discovery and second chances.'

 

 

 

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