Monthly Archives: August 2015

Review: Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Chang Jung

Synopsis (from Goodreads): The story of three generations in twentieth-century China that blends the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness history—a bestselling classic in thirty languages with more than ten million copies sold around the world, now … Continue reading

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Book review: Radiance (Wraith Kings 01) by Grace Draven

Synopsis (from Goodreads): THE PRINCE OF NO VALUE Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur … Continue reading

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Review: Banquet of Lies (Regency London 02) by Michelle Diener

Synopsis (from Goodreads): A Secret Treaty and a Secret Life LONDON, 1812: Giselle Barrington is living a double life, juggling the duties of chef with those of spy catcher. She must identify her father’s savage killer before the shadowy man … Continue reading

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Review: Time Salvager by Wesley Chu

Synopsis: James Griffin-Mars is a jaded chronman (a rare, high-profile specialists in time-travelling) with a lot of bad experience. He’s seen it all: historical battles, the bloodiest wars, catastrophes, explosions, disasters, some of them several times. It’s left a mark … Continue reading

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Review: The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman

Synopsis (mostly from Goodreads): Some call the prize ring a nursery for vice . . .some have no better choice. Born into a brothel, Ruth’s future looks bleak anyway until she catches the eye of Mr. Dryer. A rich Bristol … Continue reading

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Review: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

I found this one while reading a review published on Carole Rae Random Ramblings blog – thank you very much, Carole and Blodeuedd for featuring it!  Synopsis (mostly from Goodreads): Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought … Continue reading

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Money won’t make you happy – a story of a marriage

Despite those ironic smiles of people who say it, money really doesn’t bring happiness; if you don’t believe it meet a woman who had every opportunity to check that claim. Mary Eleanor Bowes, Countess of Strathmore, one of the richest … Continue reading

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Review: Choke by Chuck Palahniuk

This book was recommended by Carole Rae on her blog – thank you, I owe you again! Synopsis (in a form of a pastiche): Victor Mancini is a recovering sexaholic. Perhaps “recovering” isn’t the right word but it’s the first … Continue reading

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