It’s really nice being nominating for an award and this is the second time I’ve been nominated for one. Ellie from Capitol Books has nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award and you can find her post HERE. She runs a great book blog which talks about some fantastic books! Onwards…
I’m back for the week until my exams start again and I’ve been delaying this review too long. This is going to a spoilerish review because I’m going to talk about some things that may seem spoiler-like but personally I don’t think they are. So a warning nonetheless. I hope you enjoy!!
Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan
Series: Maid of Honor (#1) Genres: Historical fiction, Mystery Publication: May 7th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Pages: 416 Source: Borrowed
Orphan Meg Fellowes makes her living picking pockets—until she steals from the wrong nobleman. Instead of rotting in prison like she expected, she’s whisked away to the court of Queen Elizabeth and pressed into royal service, where she joins four other remarkable girls in the Maids of Honor, the Queen’s secret society of protectors.
Meg’s natural abilities as a spy prove useful in this time of unrest. The Spanish Court is visiting, and with them come devious plots and hidden political motives. As threats to the kingdom begin to mount, Meg can’t deny her growing attraction to one of the dashing Spanish courtiers. But it’s hard to trust her heart in a place where royal formalities and masked balls hide the truth: Not everyone is who they appear to be. With danger lurking around every corner, can she stay alive—and protect the crown?
SPIES! ASSASSINS! MURDER! And historical fiction – literally (almost) all my loves. A fun read but I honestly expected more. It engaged me most of the time but there were some cringeworthy scenes. Set in Tutor times, some events or reactions to certain events didn’t seem plausible, especially in terms of punishments (can you tell I wanted more gore?).
I was very optimistic going into this book because it promised some thrilling adventures, crime and mysteries. Sounds great right? And it delivered to some extent.
This book is set in Tutor times in England where our protagonist Meg gets caught pickpocketing. Yes her situation sounds bad. But her punishment is becoming one of the closest secret spies for the queen, a maid of honour. Not very realistic but I was able to look past that because SPIES. I thought punishments during Tutor times were harsh and I thought this book was going to be brutal – spoiler (not): it was not.
So I have a little thing called exams coming up. Total lie because I have some extremely important sets of exams that are looming in the (way too) near future. That means I’m going on a semi-blogging hiatus for the next few (2) MONTHS (crazy right).
The thing is, I have 2 sets of exams designed to destroy me but they are scheduled very strangely. Sometimes I have full-on exams nearly every single day and then I have weekly breaks??? (I’ve stopped questioning the system) Basically, these exams are my #1 focus currently so this blog is going to take some temporary naps, i.e. there may be blocks of time where I’m rapidly publishing blog posts or complete silence depending on how I’m handling this situation and how much time is running away from me.
Ergo, why this is only going to be “partial disappearances” and all round spontaneous!!
I really don’t want to neglect this blog so this is my compromise. Prepare for irregularity (well, more than usual that is). Whenever I’m on here, I’ll still try to interact with you because don’t worry, fangirling never goes away.
Also I have a mild, *cough* massive obsession with all the internet and its magic, just tell me to get out of here and go back to studying because I am a major procrastinator. In fact, this post itself is me procrastinating.
Another thing I’ll miss is reading. Calm down, I’m not abandoning books… only during the actual exam days because when I start that book, I will need to finish that book. Too bad that mindset doesn’t switch on when studying.
Essentially if I have time, I will blog. If I don’t have time, I will not. Could have just said that instead of making the most lengthy post. But then you would suspect me being abducted because that’s just not how I blog. Failing at balancing life over here.
If any of you have exams (a) coming up – you’ll do great but probably stay off the social medias, or (b) right now – umm… you probably shouldn’t be here unless this is a 5 minute break from studying ;) Don’t miss me too much and read all them books. *
* Yes I’m a bitter watermelon about not having time to read.
Finally I’ve got my review up for Sweet Peril and I feel it’s not as long as some others are. This is a spoiler free review so read without worry about being spoiled! Also this is the second book of a series, but it doesn’t spoil the first book either unless you count me mentioning people that have obviously survived (not died) the first book. If you’re not worried, continue reading!!
Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins
Series: The Sweet Trilogy (#2) Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance Publication: April 30th 2013 by HarperTeen Pages: 371 Source: Borrowed
Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things.
Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.
When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?
I don’t whether I’m just not that fond of paranormally centred books anymore because this book is so loved and I can’t relate. Maybe it’s the large role romance plays. I didn’t like a lot of the characters and there is so much pining (in the book) and eye rolling (that’s me). I was bored for the majority of the book and nothing really happened. I knew the stakes were higher but for me, the suspense was never there. To be fair, maybe there was a little at the end.
I don’t usually do these type of posts but there are a mammoth amount of book releases in the month of September and frankly, I think there’s a conspiracy going on shhh. Publishers and authors trying to kill us with excitement. This is a particularly irritating thing for me because I have exams this month and probably end up like this instead of reading…
This is a bit of a different post because I’ve been nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award! I still consider myself as relatively new to the book blogging community so this came as a lovely surprise to me. I was nominated by the wonderful and fellow Aussie, Ellie from Capitol Books who also (obviously) posts about bookish things.
New month so it’s time to wrap up August. I think I’ve had a semi-decent month in terms of reading, but everything else in my life needs to get in place. Also I’ve been procrastinating like crazy – it’s one of specialities but I’m sure you don’t want to know how to procrastinate :D I never know if you like these type of posts. Personally, I enjoy writing wrap ups so much and looking back to see what I’ve done. They can be long, I guess so let’s begin!!