Publisher: Random House BFYR

Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Posted May 5, 2016 by Lizzie in Review / 4 Comments

Review: Outlander by Diana GabaldonOutlander by Diana Gabaldon
Series: Outlander #1
on June 1, 1991
Genres: Romance, Adult
Pages: 640
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord...1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Hello, Darlings!

So, unless you’ve been living under a rock or really just missed the memo – Outlander is an amazing book. Not only is it an amazing book, but the STARZ network has also adapted it for television, and that show is a whole other kind of guilty pleasure. But we are here to talk about books! And seriously, you need this in your life. It is an “adult” book, with some significantly explicit scenes and language, so if that’s something you tend to shy away from, or don’t particularly like – this may not be for you. If you don’t mind those things, and are also looking for some Scottish history, bodice ripping, feminism, and lots of adventure – I guarantee you will love this. I watched the first episode of the TV show, that’s what initially peaked my interests – and was immediately sucked into the book. The writing style is gorgeous, definitely more along the lines of period piece literature than YA Romance – which I’m a lot more accustomed to. Claire, the main character, is a phenomenal perspective to read from. She’s witty, hilarious, head strong, and wicked smart. Jamie, our other main character is refreshingly naive, equally as funny, and daringly charming. Like usual, when I love something this much, I want to keep my review brief, so here is the bulk of what I want to leave you with: this book challenged me. The writing style was different, the accents, the characters, the complexity of the plot and the historical elements, the romance, the heartbreak, and the tears shed all wrapped up together created one of the most challenging yet joyous reads I have ever experienced. For a life long YA reader, this series may have just converted me towards adult fiction. Don’t let the sheer size of the book scare you, or the possibility that reading and understanding everything will be a challenge. I seriously think this is the kind of novel that every woman should read at least once in their life, go pick it up!

Lizzie
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The Luck of the Bookish (Stephanie)

Posted March 12, 2016 by Stephanie in Blog Tour, Event / 2 Comments

The Luck of the Bookish (Stephanie)

In the spirit of St. Patrick’s day, the girls and I thought it would be fun to put on a little mini-series of posts. Basically, we are here to answer one very pressing question: if you knew that the Leprechaun at the end of the rainbow was holding one book: ARC, published, special edition, signed, different language, and you had to fight him for it. What book would that be?

I personally couldn’t decide between 2 books. So I will highlight 2 of the many, many books that I desperately want/need in my hands right now! 🙂

The Luck of the Bookish (Stephanie)The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 304
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Stay on the roads. Don’t enter the woods. Never go out at night.
Those are the rules in Rowan’s Glen, a remote farming community in the Missouri Ozarks where Ivy Templeton’s family has lived for centuries. It’s an old-fashioned way of life, full of superstition and traditions, and sixteen-year-old Ivy loves it. The other kids at school may think the Glen kids are weird, but Ivy doesn’t care—she has her cousin Heather as her best friend. The two girls share everything with each other—or so Ivy thinks. When Heather goes missing after a May Day celebration, Ivy discovers that both her best friend and her beloved hometown are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them.

 The Luck of the Bookish (Stephanie)A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
Published by Random House BFYR on September 20th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical
Pages: 416
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Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she's shocked when instead of being executed, she's invited to train as one of Her Majesty's royal sorcerers.
Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.
But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one.As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, what does it mean to not be the one? And how much will she risk to save the city--and the one she loves?
Exhilarating and gripping, Jessica Cluess's spellbinding fantasy introduces Henrietta Howel, a powerful, unforgettable heroine, and an entertaining world filled with magic, monsters, and mayhem.

Why I Want Them?

I want The May Queen Murders because it sounds amazing and I am in need of a great mystery/thriller! I want A Shadow Bright and Burning because it sounds so interesting and different and I have extreme grabby hands for these 2 books!

How Would I Fight For Them?

Well, I’d fight him with my fists of course! How else do the Irish do it? With alcohol and fists! 🙂

Let’s Talk About It!

What book(s) would you fight the Leprechaun for? Leave your thoughts in the comments! 🙂

Stephanie
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