Category: book reviews

When a woman and her best friend have to go to a hotel that welcomes dogs, they have to film there for the woman’s cooking show where they made food for different pets. Once there a man dies and it up to her, to figure out what happened since, her friend is the prime suspect.

This is the fifth book in the Outlander series. Jamie, Roger. Brianna, and Claire and settling down in Fraser’s Ridge, when Jamie gets called to help out with fighting with the regulators. Can Jamie keep the peace or will the American Revolution happen early?

When a woman named Jane, has three suitors, she quickly realizes that she is pregnant. She feels like that is her last chance at becoming a mother so she wants to keep it, and she doesn’t care if she find the baby daddy or not.

When Annie finds fake costume jewelry for her friends to use for a mask fundraiser, someone steals them. Annie doesnt know why since their fake, but a shocking discover makes things all come together.

Title: The Queen of Nothing

Author: Holly Black

Age Group: Teen/Young Adult

Genre: Fantasy

Series: Folk of the Air, book three

Star Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

               I borrowed this book from my local library and reviewed it.

               Holly Black and I have a bit of a strained relationship: Some of her books I’ve fallen heads over heels for, and others just weren’t my cup of tea. I loved The Cruel Prince and its sequel, The Wicked King. If I’m being totally honest, I put it off for as long as I could because I’d heard that there were quite a few people who disliked the series’ last book. I just finished it yesterday and I’m still shocked that it’s all over! This book had everything: romance, dangerous secrets, political intrigue, magic, and shocking twists and turns! I loved it. I was screaming, crying, tearing my hair out the whole time I was reading it. And I’m more than a little sad that it’s all over! But I enjoyed every crazy, emotional minute of it all.

               The Queen of Nothing starts where The Wicked King left off, with Jude being exiled to the mortal realm and stripped of her title as High Queen of Elfhame. Forced to return to her sister, Vivi, who lives in the mortal world, Jude is resigned to a fate worse than death: to be exiled from Elfhame and the land of faeries forever. But when her twin, Taryn, arrives, pleading Jude for help, she finds herself once again within Elfhame. Forced to disguise herself, she infiltrates the castle, determined to plead her case to Cardan, her husband and former lover. But time stops for no one, not even Jude, and she realizes that while some enemies are closer to home than others, she must force herself to confront the darkness inside, or risk losing everything she’s ever fought for and everyone she’s ever loved…

               I really, really liked this book! As I said, I was nervous (and if I’m being totally honest, I was putting it off), so I held it off as long as possible; I didn’t want to be disappointed. But I’m very happy to report I wasn’t! The pacing was breakneck, and despite not rereading the first two books, within ten pages I knew what was going on. I loved Jude, Cardan, Taryn, and Oak, as well as their parents, Madoc and Oriana. To be honest, there wasn’t a character that I didn’t love in this trilogy’s finale. There were twists and turns, political intrigue that had me gasping and almost full-on screaming, romance that had my heart fluttering, and several other surprises I won’t go into detail revealing, in case any of my readers hasn’t read it yet. I wasn’t upset about the ending; in fact, I really don’t know how Holly Black could’ve ended this explosive trilogy any other way. I loved every single nail-biting moment in The Queen of Nothing, and I’m so, so sad that one of my favorite series of recent years is over! Cue the major book hangover, slump, and the eternal question: What to read next? The bottom line: Richly detailed, meticulously plotted, and surprising, I loved The Queen of Nothing!

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This book is about the man that helped King George VI with his speech impediments. But, but the man really cure him, or just simply rewrite speeches that had trouble words in it? You be the judge

The book goes from George Washington to George w. Bush, Bob Doyle ranks the president’s from the most to least funny. It’s basically just a book of some of the presidents funny moments/quotes.

This book is all about a small town in England far away from London where the author takes us into a world free from high tech technology. He takes us on a journey of how its likes to run a sheep farm and how to judge and compete in a sheep show. Plus, there’s some awesome pictures.

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Lots of delicious tension– at least for the first half. 

Unmasked by the Marquess by Cat Sebastian

Robert Selby knows the only way to save his sister Louisa from destitution is to arrange for a great marriage to someone important (and wealthy). But Selby is actually Charity Church, the onetime housemaid for the Selbys and now conman extraordinaire, so she’s walking a pretty tricky tightrope by bringing Louisa to London. She goes to Alistair, Marquess of Pembroke, for help introducing Louisa to society, knowing that she just needs one chance to make it big. But Alistair is the most rigid, uptight, snobby man in the world– even if he finds his “Robin” devilishly attractive and amazingly lovely. What’s a woman living as a man and a marquess to do? Fall in love, of course!

I found this book mostly delightful, very charming, and even moving, on occasion. The first half, when Robin Selby is laying out her con and maneuvering through society while Alistair fights his attraction to the supposed man is marvelously well done. There’s a lot of sexual and emotional tension between the two, some of it before they discover who the other really is, that is fun to read. Alistair doesn’t object to Robin because she is a man– no, he’s upset because she is so uncouth (yet oddly charming) and low class (yet so beguiling)!

So we have a bisexual marquess and a nonbinary heroine just dying to fall in love with each other, but being held apart by a myraid of circumstances, not the least of which is that the real Robert Selby is dead and his estate is supposed to pass to his cousin. Once the circumstances start to come together to keep the lovers apart, I started to worry. Even knowing this is a romance novel and happy endings are guaranteed, I really spent the middle part of this book thinking there was no possible way for them to get to that happily ever after. Robin could not live as a woman (or explain away the dead Robert Selby without going to jail) and Alistair could not lose his position and power in society by marrying a cross-dressing nobody impersonator. 

The circumstances are impossible! And Robin refuses to hurt Alistair! And Alistair is trapped by his rigidity! And I got a little tired of it and all the self-sacrificing both had to do to keep the other from hurting even a little (even though they totally hurt a lot because they were in love and being kept apart). And then we get to the end, and it’s a magical happy ending! 

SPOILER STOP READING NOW—

Alistair just uses the power of his name to declare Selby dead, Robin his wife, and everyone happy. No one challenges him, not the law, not Robert Selby’s cousin, not society at large for having a wife in men’s clothes who impersonated  a dead man for years! It’s a very magical kind of happy ending that ties up all the lose ends without any consequences for anyone. It’s satisfying on some levels, but also unrealistic. 

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Anyway, its a mostly enjoyable book featuring queer representation often missing from mainstream romance and its got some great swoony moments. And a kitten!

4 stars.