Jun 22, 2011

WWW Wednesdays #36

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?
This weekly meme is being hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading!

What are you currently reading?

The World House

What did you recently finish reading?

The Kite Runner (Riverhead Essential Editions)

Ok, I finished The Kite Runner a month ago, so not quite recently, but it's the last book I've finished ;) Haven't been reading lately...

What do you think you'll read next?

book cover of 
Dust & Decay 
 (Benny Imura, book 2)
Jonathan Maberry

Probably this one. I got the galley a few days ago & I loved Rot & Ruin, so I can't wait to devour it.

Jun 21, 2011

#63 - "When Beauty Tamed the Beast" by Eloisa James

When Beauty Tamed the Beast

Eloisa James

Happily Ever After..., Book 2

Read on the 29th of April.

Miss Linnet Berry Thrynne is a Beauty . . . Naturally, she's betrothed to a Beast.

Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, lives in a castle in Wales where, it is rumored, his bad temper flays everyone he crosses. And rumor also has it that a wound has left the earl immune to the charms of any woman.

Linnet is not just any woman.
She is more than merely lovely: her wit and charm brought a prince to his knees.

She estimates the earl will fall madly in love - in just two weeks.

Yet Linnet has no idea of the danger posed to her own heart by a man who may never love her in return.
If she decides to be very wicked indeed . . . what price will she pay for taming his wild heart?
My rating:
5 of 5
My thoughts on the book:
Although I enjoyed a lot the first book in this series: A Kiss at Midnight, I absolutely loved this one. Now it's one of my favourite historical romances & definitely a book that I'll re-read again & again. Now, what do I liked about it? Everything. I really liked the author's take on the Beast. It's different then all the other re-tellings that I've read. Piers isn't really a beast, he just acts like one. Just imagine younger Dr.House from the tv series House M.D. Actually, Piers's character is inspired by Dr.House. I absolutely loved him as a character. I loved Linnet's character, also. They were just really fun & lovable characters & I really connected with them. I have to admit that I even cried a little in this book. Also, I laughed out loud so much while reading this book. Just so funny & fun, so I couldn't put it down & read it in a few hours. Now Eloisa James is one of my favourite authors & I can't wait to read her other books! I highly recommend this book! 

#62 - "A Kiss at Midnight" by Eloisa James

A Kiss at Midnight

Eloisa James

Happily Ever After..., Book 1

Read from the 27th of April until the 28th of April. 


Miss Kate Daltry doesn't believe in fairy tales . . . or happily ever after.

Forced by her stepmother to attend a ball, Kate meets a prince . . . and decides he's anything but charming. A clash of wits and wills ensues, but they both know their irresistible attraction will lead nowhere. For Gabriel is promised to another woman - a princess whose hand in marriage will fulfill his ruthless ambitions.

Gabriel likes his fiancee, which is a welcome turn of events, but he doesn't love her. Obviously, he should be wooing his bride-to-be, not the witty, impoverished beauty who refuses to fawn over him.

Godmothers and glass slippers notwithstanding, this is one fairy tale in which destiny conspires to destroy any chance that Kate and Gabriel might have a happily ever after.

Unless a prince throws away everything that makes him noble . . .

Unless a dowry of an unruly heart trumps a fortune . . .

Unless one kiss at the stroke of midnight changes everything.

My rating:
4.5 of 5

My thoughts on the book:
I love fairytale re-tellings & I love historical romances, so I enjoyed this book a lot. It was just so much fun & so funny, with lovable characters & it was a book that I couldn't put it down. This was the first book by Eloisa James that I've read & I fell in love a little with her writing style while reading it. Definitely a book I'll read again. I highly recommend this book.  


#61 - "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen

Water for Elephants

Sara Gruen

Read from the 22nd of April to the 27th of April.

An atmospheric, gritty, and compelling novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the circus world circa 1932, by the bestselling author of Riding Lessons.

When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, grifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town. A veterinary student who almost earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her.

Beautifully written, Water for Elephants is illuminated by a wonderful sense of time and place. It tells a story of a love between two people that overcomes incredible odds in a world in which even love is a luxury that few can afford.

My rating: 4 of 5

My thoughts on the book:
I liked this book, although I wasn't as amazed with it are some other readers. Although I've read really great reviews for it, I still wasn't expecting too much of it, and that was a good thing, because then I probably would've been disappointed. Overall, it's a good book. I have to admit that I didn't really connected with the characters & their romance, but I still enjoyed the book a lot. I especially liked the insight in the circus life. The author did a great job in that aspect. I recommend it.


Jun 9, 2011

Hey, everyone!!!

Just a quick post to tell you all why I haven't been around! I'm in Sweden, visiting family :) I'll go home in August. I have lots of reviews piled up (since the end of April), but I still haven't gotten around to writing them, but I hope to do that soon! Also, I haven't been reading a lot in the last month, but I have my laptop with me, so I have lots of galleys for reading & I brought one book with me, too, so I hope I'll start reading & blogging again soon ;)

Happy blogging & reading everyone!!!