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Book Review: R. Cooper’s “A Little Familiar” (2015)

26862609Reading A Little Familiar is like curling up on an armchair with a fluffy blanket and drinking a warm, sweet cup of tea. It’s the kind of book that’s best read on a rainy, lazy day. It will leave you feeling contentedly blissed-out and at ease with the world. …or, at least, that’s how I felt when I read it!

Cooper’s book is unapologetically domestic, taking place almost entirely within Piotr’s home- and a cosy, warm place it is! An apple orchard out the back, a wooden porch covered in cats, fresh bread and muffins in the oven- it’s utterly charming. And the characters are just as charming: silent, stalwart, steadfast Piotr and quick, bright, glittering Bartleby. As much as poor Bartleby’s name irked me, that character himself was delightful- all sparking, bold, gender-fluidity. The chemistry between them is fantastic, with the two characters sparking against each other from the very beginning. There’s no mystery here: it’s clear what will happen, and when it does you’ll enjoy it. A lot.

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Book Review: Ginn Hale’s “Lord of the White Hell: Book Two” (2010)

61ne6qyjhel-_sy344_bo1204203200_It this second half of Lord of the White Hell we see the completion of Kiram and Javier’s story as they learn to understand and control the “White Hell” and face its consequences. The book picks up directly where the last book left off and the action begins at once, with no unnecessary “previously-on” to bog down the reader. The pace is swift and pleasing with never a dull moment. I am certain you won’t be able to put this book down! Plan for a late night- it will be worth it.

Book Two has approximately 2000% more action than Book One, both in terms of violence and sex. None of it is gratuitous, however, except for one upsetting, bloody scene towards the end. Kiram and Javier’s physical relationship progresses quickly, as does their emotional connection. That they are deeply in love is clear to anyone.

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Book Review: Ginn Hale’s “Lord of the White Hell: Book One” (2010)

51ctv21i5ul-_sx322_bo1204203200_I get weak in the knees for a good Boarding School story! And this one has everything you’d expect, plus more: a charming setting, a cast of entertaining fellow students, villainous and virtuous teachers, a roommate who’s both startlingly attractive and troublesome…yes, it doesn’t get much better than this! In short: this is a delightful read, thoroughly engaging and enjoyable.

This book is a pleasure to read from the very first page. I guarantee you’ll be hooked before you even finish the first chapter! The action begins almost at once, and is very well-paced, while still having plenty of time for slower, more intimate scenes. The characters are exceptionally well-written and likeable, even the “love-to-hate” ones.  Hale’s writing is sheer perfection; smooth, clear, and concise, and without any unnecessary flourishes or flowery description to distract from the story. I could honestly praise Hale’s writing style for days. Reading her work is sheer bliss.

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Book Review: Ann Somerville’s “Hidden Faults” (2011)

11958498It’s been a long time since I’ve read a whole book in one sitting. Even if I wanted to, who has the time to do that these days?! Well, with this book I had no choice: I kept reading, and it was 4:34 am by the time I finished. …oops? But I’m sure I won’t be the only one compelled to keep reading and reading this story, and then feel bereft when it’s over.

Hidden Faults is set within Somerville’s vast (truly vast) “Periter” series, which spans centuries and jumps from one continent to another from book to book (and sometimes within books). I love visiting this world, but I don’t think readers will need to have read the others to become immersed in this story. Savvy readers will get right on board with the standard dystopian-like, repressive-manipulative government that the characters are fighting against here. If you have read other stories in this ‘verse, though, then this story will be a welcome addition, and a logical progression in its timeline.

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Book Review: Angel Martinez’s “Wild Rose, Silent Snow”(2016)

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Wild Rose is a dreamy, cozy, fairy-tale read, wonderfully domestic and homey, with a swift, satisfying plot. The book’s wintery setting, with the snow outside and warmth inside, heightens the magic. The brothers seem all but cut off from the outside world in their rural home surrounded by trees and ice. They seem to be under some strange, isolating spell, which makes the appearance of the bear all that more magical. The mystery of Bear and the other compelling, intriguing strangers who appear form the main action of the story.

At the heart of the story is the caring, empathetic relationship between the two brothers. Though over the course of the book both brothers have their own love interests, it’s their friendship and connection that provides the most warmth. With one brother who struggles to talk, and another who struggles to read, the two rely on each other to get by and to be each other’s best friend. If only we could all have such a person looking out for us, someone who’s totally devoted to us!

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