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review 2017-12-24 03:13
Saving Shadow
Saving Shadow (The Beckett Files, Book 1) - Laura Beers
Lady Elizabeth Beckett has been trained as a code-breaker and spy for the English Crown from an early age.  Elizabeth watched in envy as her brother Jonathon took on dangerous missions and soon forced her way into accompanying him.  Being adept at the longbow and a dagger, Elizabeth excelled in the field and earned the code name Shadow.  When young ladies begin to disappear around London, Eliza makes it her personal mission to stop the man responsible for selling the women off.  However, to complete the mission, Eliza must partner with the agent, Benedict, who believes his step-brother is responsible for the missing girls.  When Eliza and Benedict meet, sparks fly, but the mission must come first. 
Saving Shadow is a fun, intriguing, historical spy-thriller with just the right touch of romance. I absolutely loved Eliza's character, for a story set in Regency London Eliza is a good blend of a lady of high society and a woman who gets to use her intellect while not being pigeonholed into the image of a proper woman.  I enjoyed that her intelligence and unique talents of memory and coding were utilized and promoted instead of stifled.  I do wish we could have seen some of the examples of the encryptions that she decoded.  My favorite scenes were those where Eliza was in action, it is truly her element.  The theme of being in control was prevalent throughout the story.  Eliza wanted to continue having control over her life after being banished from the control of her mother's household.  All of the men in Eliza's life attempted to establish control, however quickly learned that it would not work with Eliza.  The man responsible for the kidnappings of the young women also wanted to feel powerful and in control.  The pacing of the story was just right, I savored the scheme leading up to Eliza and Benedict finding the stolen women and bringing down the man responsible.  Not to mention the super-sweet romance with a wonderful amount of witty banter that added some spice. I'll look forward to reading more about the Beckett's in A Peculiar Courtship.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
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review 2017-11-23 01:44
A good quick read, a second chance story
Saving Grace (Fair Cyprians of London) - Beverley Oakley

A quick good read! I enjoyed this tale of second chances. Grace has fallen but accepted her life. She is a strong woman. David is not the man she remembers. I loved how innocent he was and how his love was still there. I look forward to reading the rest of this series.

I received a copy of this story through Candid Book Reviews, and this is my unsolicited review.

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review 2017-11-13 04:31
Short Historical Romance
Saving Grace (Fair Cyprians of London) - Beverley Oakley

Saving Grace by Beverley Oakley is a fairly short read, a great choice for those with limited time for reading.  Ms. Oakley has given us a book that is well-written and filled it with fantastic characters.  Grace and David's story is a second chance romance packed with drama, sizzle and just a bit of action.  I enjoyed reading Saving Grace and look forward to reading more from Beverley Oakley soon.  Saving Grace is part of the Fair Cyprians Of London Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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review 2017-11-12 01:42
Impatient to read the next one
Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth - Judd Winick
Hilo Book 2: Saving the Whole Wide World - Judd Winick
Hilo Book 3: The Great Big Boom - Judd Winick

In an effort to expand my repertoire of graphic novels and maybe be more helpful when recommending books to my library patrons I took a trip to the shelves. I came upon a set of 3 books in a series written by Judd Winick and their covers were so eye-catching that I decided to grab all of them to binge. I'm grateful that I did because I breezed right through them and it's left me impatient for book 4 which comes out at the beginning of next year. The series centers around a character called HiLo (arguments could be made that it's written Hilo or HILO) who crash lands onto earth (and into our hearts) with The Boy Who Crashed to Earth. The title pretty much says it, right? HiLo looks like your typical kid except that he's super strong and extremely weird. He doesn't get why clothes are mandatory or that not everyone has superpowers like he does. Luckily, he makes friends with D.J. who is more than happy to show him the ropes and to absolutely have his back...even if that means fighting robots from another dimension. By the second book, Saving the Whole Wide World, their duo has expanded to include Gina who used to be D.J.'s best friend before she moved away. She's struggling with her own identity so it's challenging to try and sort out just what kind of a creature HiLo actually is...and if he's a hero or a villain. The stakes are higher and the danger is 100% real but it doesn't seem like there's anything that HiLo can't defeat...which brings us to the third book titled The Great Big Boom. There are magical warrior cats in this book. I don't think I need to say anything else because MAGICAL WARRIOR CATS. HiLo and his friends are going up against the ultimate baddie and it's only going to get worse which is why I'm practically vibrating with excitement over Waking the Monsters which is set for release on 1/16/18.


These books are full of heart and what it means to be a loyal friend no matter what (even if there are killer robots). The illustrations are 99% of the reason why I love these books. The colors, characters, and layouts are perfectly married to the hilarious, heartwarming prose. This is a solid 10/10 for me and I have been recommending it so much that now we only have book 2 sitting lonely on our shelves (they're going like hotcakes is what I'm saying). So catch up so that like me you can sit in anticipation for the 4th book to hit the shelves!


What's Up Next: Matt Phelan Masterpost


What I'm Currently Reading: Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything by Kelly & Zach Weinersmith & I'm rereading Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie because I just saw the film :-D

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2017-11-03 05:29
Saving It - Monica Murphy

Eden & Josh have been best friends for so long.  They share each other's secrets.  When a new secret arises, can Eden help Josh to solve his problem?


Josh wants Eden to help him find a girl.  She does not want him finding just any girl.  So he enlists her help.  Along the way, they see their relationship in a whole new light....


These characters are just such a joy to read.  I love their solidarity.  The banter is so much fun too.  I found myself eagerly absorbing every page.  Such a great read.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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