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Muse of Nightmares

When you read a book so good that it leaves you speechless? This is definitely one of them. The plot here isn't clear cut. But even then the story moves, there is direction. It isn't easy to follow and it is something subtle. Most books from the get go are explosive in their plot points,… Continue reading Muse of Nightmares

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5 stars · Books · Contemporary · Reviews · Young Adult

A Thousand Perfect Notes

This was entirely beautiful. There is something about this work, even as it is all about a pianist. As much as it is to not have your children live out your dreams. Something that resonates with me far more than anything else. I have grown up with expectations placed on me even as they waned… Continue reading A Thousand Perfect Notes

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The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

If anything this was a far more entertaining piece of work than her first book. Perhaps it was the lack of connection but this just worked. The main thing was how the story divided between three females. Each of them being different. Felicity was as intelligent as she was stubborn and fierce. Johanna revealed herself… Continue reading The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

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The Romanov Empress

This was a story of a woman who tried her best to save the monarchy of Russia. Even if it will not be successful. If anything, she was a brave woman. Beginning from the time she was a princess, and slowly to becoming a Russian Dowager Empress. The change as she grows is astounding, wise… Continue reading The Romanov Empress

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Circe

In all ways, this is a slow piece of work. With Circe as the centre of it all, the one who is not only flawed, but also condemned. It is a slow piece of work. Taking time to build Circe, and time passes very very fast. For a girl that has been outcasted, she wears… Continue reading Circe

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The Poppy War

If anything, this is not for the kind hearted. It is reading about war, and what drives people to commit atrocities. How much are you willing to do to commit them. It begins from a girl who escapes. It is a struggle for her to survive, that she chose to take the test km holes… Continue reading The Poppy War

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World Without End

I feel that this is the strongest entry in the series. Unlike Pillars of the Earth, where it was at times dragging here I feel that the world came alive, and I cared for almost every character here. Regardless of who they were. And it all begins when a boy becomes a carpenter's apprentice. Merthin… Continue reading World Without End

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Legendary

If anything, this was a book that I could not put down. For a series that begin with me not really liking it, this took it to a whole new level. Perhaps it was the shift in main character. Donatella was always more interesting than Scarlett ever was. As well as the fact that she… Continue reading Legendary

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The Confessions Of Catherine De Medici

If anything, this is one of the most human accounts of her. She is portrayed as the scared little girl, the woman who was queen in all but name, and of course the mother who did her level best to save her country and family. She isn't perfect, then again, who is. She has her… Continue reading The Confessions Of Catherine De Medici

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State of Sorrow

Surprises aside, this was one of the most satisfying and incredibly entertaining series. Each character has their own characters, I have never felt that any was an extra. And each of them had their roles to play. And instead of a kingdom, we get a family dictatorship. Which was still incredibly entertaining st the end… Continue reading State of Sorrow

5 stars · Adult · Biography · Books · Historical · Literary · Reviews

Ecstasy

If anything I was enthralled by the story. The writing came alive, as much as Alma did. The various things that defined her and where she will go on next. The climax being a triumph, the ability for her to learn to compose again. The feeling that she was back to being who she was… Continue reading Ecstasy

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Blood For Blood

This book grabbed me from the moment it began. Everything fell into place, and by the end I was never more surprised nor satisfied. Exploiting the biggest weakness of Germany at that point was that all power was concentrated on just one man. Just one man was holding the power, and if he dies the… Continue reading Blood For Blood

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A Skinful Of Shadows

If anything, this surprised me as I began to turn the pages. The main character was someone with reason, someone with much thing going for her, and this is a tale about a girl finding her own brother. As much as it is escaping from danger, and a horrible environment. And yet, such a simple… Continue reading A Skinful Of Shadows

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Bright We Burn

Satisfying, every bit of the word. As all things must come to an end, I can't deny that this was one of the best ones to end the trilogy. Everything comes full circle. What does Lada feel about Radu, Mehmed, what ends will she go to achieve them. Regardless of what it is, I always… Continue reading Bright We Burn

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Fatal Throne

If there was anything that I can say stood out so well in this, it was how each queen was different, and instead of defaulting to a few very well known characteristics, it expanded upon them. Each of his Queens feels real here, as they should be. Katherine, isn't just her loyalty, her piousness or… Continue reading Fatal Throne

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The Chilbury Ladies Choir

Well, I was surprised at how a series of letters and journals could make me love a story more than the actual story. Everything here is narrated and has happened. But it doesn't take it away at all. In fact, if it was done normally I might have been bored to tears. As here, I… Continue reading The Chilbury Ladies Choir

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The Optickal Illusion

This was a book which kept my attention, most of the time. About a scandal which happened in the late eighteenth century, and was so much more than that. It began from a girl's dream, a girl's need, and finally a tribute to a person that was dear in her life. The story is all… Continue reading The Optickal Illusion

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Godwine Kingmaker

This was far more than what I anticipated or even felt about it. A time where I was unfamiliar, but instead of a king it was through the eyes of an earl. A very powerful one who controlled much of the power at the time. This was his story, as his rise and eventual fall.… Continue reading Godwine Kingmaker

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The Cruel Prince

This was one big surprise and met all the expectations I had on the book. Not to mention worth every cent that I spent on it. If you think this is another book about fairies, you're wrong. Dead wrong. This is all about intrigue, the political plays. There isn't even that much magic here that… Continue reading The Cruel Prince

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Thr Queens Of Innis Lear

If anything, I was surprised by this book. Perhaps it was the writing or perhaps it was the fact that it had one central character, and the story began quickly, with actual things happening that made me enjoy it, despite the fact that most epic fantasies I read end up being no more than 3… Continue reading Thr Queens Of Innis Lear