Monday, October 13, 2014

What I've been reading lately - part 1

Although I haven't had the time to write reviews I have been reading. It the seem the more stressful the period the more books I grab to read. I have been updating my Goodreads account but I thought of posting them here too.

So here's what I have been reading:

Once Upon a Tower - Eloisa James
One can always depend on James for a nice story and this was no exception. Nothing memorable but nice.

Forbidden Falls- Robyn Carr
The latest books in this series feel a bit like more of the same but I have keeping up and that means they are still working for me.

The Sins ofthe Wolf - Anne Perry
I don't know why it takes me so long to grab Perry's books because by now I know I am going to love them. This one was very good especially because Hester was in the spotlight and not in a good way. I guess it because they are full of susbstance and make think that I can' t manage one after another. I like to have some time between reads so I can keep savoting them after closing the last page.

Rainshadow Road - Lisa Kleypas
I decided to give another try to Kleypas contemporaries and while did not love them completely it made for an intereting read. (it's the paranormal element that's holding me back I think). After this one I grabbed Dream Lake and Crystal Cove and felt the same. My favourite ended up being Alex Nolan because I felt he had the most difficult path ahead of him and quite liked his girl. 

A Very Long Engagement - Sebastian Japrisot
A great premise but a not so great execution. I never warmed up to the main character, thought that a more substantial eplanation was needed for what had happened and felt the ending was a bit meh.

Shield of Winter - Nalini Singh
Loved this one. Yes it's similar to Heart of Obsidian but I quite enjoyed it nonetheless. Looking forward to the next book!

The Escape - Mary Balogh
It is not a good thing that a few weeks after having read it I can barely remember the story. I am a bit Balogh fan and I haven't enjoyed her latest books as I used to I'm afraid. Gone back to me notes and I can say it was an ok read (much like the James I mentioned earlier) but I am always hoping for more from her.

Haven - Kay Hooper
I really disliked this one. The main characters change in the middle of the book ( or at least that how I saw it) and I felt a bit manipulated by what happened.

Angel's Peak - Virgin River
A really good one with a secret baby plot. Not my usual favourite but it worked out ok.

There's more to come but I'll save it for another day. The fact that I organise my reads wth Fictfact has made me read more series books than stand alones and I still have lot's of them to catch up with.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

2014 Desafio Ficção Histórica Portuguesa / Portuguese HF Challenge

And here is another update for this challenge.

E cá está outra actualização deste desafio.



8 books read so far for this challenge. / 8 livros lidos para este desafio até ao momento
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Book list / Lista de livros:
  1. Verão Quente by Domingos Amaral, reviewed by Ana T.
  2. Nação Crioula by José Eduardo Agualusa, reviewed by Inês Montenegro
  3. D. Afonso Henriques by Diogo Freitas do Amaral, reviewed by Ana T.
  4. Padeira de Aljubarrota by Maria João Lopo de Carvalho, reviewed by Inês Montenegro
  5. Inês de Portugal by João Aguiar, reviewed by Ana T.
  6. A Filha do Barão by Célia Correia Lourenço, reviewed by Inês Montenegro
  7. Filipa de Lencastre by Isabel Stilwell, reviewed by Inês Montenegro
  8. Segredos de Amor e Sangue by Francisco Moita Flores, reviewed by Inês Montenegro
  9. The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon by Richard Zimler, reviewed by SavvyVerse&Wit



Reading suggestions for this challenge can be found here I'll update the list as I find more titles. 

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Algumas sugestões de leitura para este desafio podem ser encontradas aqui.

The list of books read for the 2013 challenge can be found here. A lista dos livros lidos em 2013 pode ser encontrada aqui.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

What I've been Watching

Things have been hectic around here lately and I haven't read that many books. I do plan  to record here the ones I did read even if with shorter reviews. In the mean time here's what I have been watching:



Seasons 7 to 14



Thursday, July 31, 2014

2014 Desafio Ficção Histórica Portuguesa / Portuguese HF Challenge

And here is another update for this challenge. It hasn't had as many entries as I hoped for and I have been considering whether to continue with it or not. I have decided to go on and keep it going till the end of the year.

E cá está outra actualização deste desafio. A adesão não tem sido a esperada e ponderei desistir. Mas resolvi continuar até ao final do ano e esperar por melhores dias.



8 books read so far for this challenge. / 8 livros lidos para este desafio até ao momento
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Book list / Lista de livros:
  1. Verão Quente by Domingos Amaral, reviewed by Ana T.
  2. Nação Crioula by José Eduardo Agualusa, reviewed by Inês Montenegro
  3. D. Afonso Henriques by Diogo Freitas do Amaral, reviewed by Ana T.
  4. Padeira de Aljubarrota by Maria João Lopo de Carvalho, reviewed by Inês Montenegro
  5. Inês de Portugal by João Aguiar, reviewed by Ana T.
  6. A Filha do Barão by Célia Correia Lourenço, reviewed by Inês Montenegro
  7. Filipa de Lencastre by Isabel Stilwell, reviewed by Inês Montenegro
  8. Segredos de Amor e Sangue by Francisco Moita Flores, reviewed by Inês Montenegro



Reading suggestions for this challenge can be found here I'll update the list as I find more titles. Recently a portuguese publisher has announced a series called the history of Portugal in romances that I think might be interesting

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Algumas sugestões de leitura para este desafio podem ser encontradas aqui. Acrescentarei mais titulos à medida que os for ncontrando. Recentemente a Editora Saida de Emergência anunciou uma coleção chamada a História de Portugal em romances que me parece poder ter alguns titulos de interesse.

The list of books read for the 2013 challenge can be found here. A lista dos livros lidos em 2013 pode ser encontrada aqui.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Reading and Blogging Pause

I am so sorry for this unexpected pause in my reading and blogging. Sometimes life happens and our daily routine changes. My professional life has been full of ups and downs lately and I am trying to make something of it. 

I'm afraid I won't be able to post much in the near future but I hope to came back to it eventually. I will post an update on the Portuguese Historical Fiction Challenge soon. It hasn't exactly been a success this year but if someone would like to pick it up and continue it just let me know.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Turn My World Upside Down - Maureen Child


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Josefina 'Jo' Marconi's world just shifted out of orbit. Both of her sisters are pregnant, she's facing finals in her quest to at last get her college degree, the man who traumatized her in college is running for a Senate seat, and she has to move back into the family home and watch over the boy whose very existence shattered her nice little world. Ten-year-old Jack is the product of an affair her father had while her mother was dying of cancer. Ever since Jo found out about this, she and her father have been walking a wide berth around each other. As if that wasn't enough complication, Cash Hunter--the man known as "The Woman Whisperer"--has moved back to town. He has a reputation: once a woman sleeps with him, she's completely satisfied, and she immediately heads off to save the world. As Jo becomes more and more interested in Cash, she learns that he's determined not to sleep with any woman he wants to stick around--especially not Jo. And Jo becomes just as determined to seduce him and prove that she's the one woman who will stay by his side. Together, Jo and Cash have to teach Jack and each other the true meaning of family and trust.

I have to admit I was a bit worried about reading Jo's book because reading the blurb Cash didn't seem the least bit appealing (woman whisperer???) but I have to give it to Child. Despite a few problems I really enjoyed reading this. In fact it may well be my favourite.

There was a lot going on in this story. Jo's past for one. We finally find out what happened to her that shaped he in who she is today and it is not pretty. While I cheered when she finally dealt with it I am not sure all that bonding is totally believable.

That she is the way she is is what keeps her from forgiving her father as fast as her sisters and what keeps a barrier between her and her half brother Jack. I did like it when she finally addresses those situations and feels free to move on.

Seeing as Jo had so many baggage I really don't think we needed a hero with the same amount of problems but there you go, that what Cash was. I loved how he bonded with Jack and how despite their sparring he and Jo manage a friendships of sorts over the boy. That he was there to support her when she needed was really well done and while I think it took him almost to long to see reason it didn't bother me too much because I knew he would turn up eventually.

I read somewhere that Child is Irish. That is funny because these books feature a very loud and proud Italian family. Sometimes I felt they were a bit too loud and proud but, not being Italian, I hesitate to say if it's overdone or not. That they love each other and fight with and alongside each is a wonderful testament to any family and I couldn't help appreciating that.

Grade: 4/5

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Countess Conspiracy - Courtney Milan

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Sebastian Malheur is the most dangerous sort of rake: an educated one. When he’s not scandalizing ladies in the bedchamber, he’s outraging proper society with his scientific theories. He’s desired, reviled, acclaimed, and despised—and he laughs through it all.
Violet Waterfield, the widowed Countess of Cambury, on the other hand, is entirely respectable, and she’d like to stay that way. But Violet has a secret that is beyond ruinous, one that ties her irrevocably to England’s most infamous scoundrel: Sebastian’s theories aren’t his. They’re hers.So when Sebastian threatens to dissolve their years-long conspiracy, she’ll do anything to save their partnership...even if it means opening her vulnerable heart to the rake who could destroy it for good.

It took me a long time to write this review because I really had a hard time collecting my thoughts about this book. I wanted to love it. The idea of female scientists in the past appeals to me and I would love to see them recognised. I also liked the idea of someone as steadfast in his feelings as Sebastian apparently was. The thing is, I didn't really like Violet!

I'm thinking that it might be because I felt little empathy with her character. I couldn't help feeling sorry for her and her past but I never warmed up to the character.

On the other hand I loved Sebastian. I loved his sense of friendship, how strong his love for her was and how that made him  better person. I couldn't understand why he had fallen in love with her but I liked him.

Surprisingly I also liked Violet's mom very much. I only realised it more than halfway through the book but she was  very intelligent lady and with the courage required to save herself and hr daughters.

I am curious about the next book but I am not sure if I will be in a hurry to get it as Milan's heroines don't seem to work well for me.

Grade: 3/5


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