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Widdershins - Jordan L. Hawk

*** Audiobook Edition ***

 

Review: "Battle Dawn" (The Chronicles of Arden, #3) by Shiriluna Nott & SaJa H

Battle Dawn - SaJa H., Shiriluna Nott

 

~ 4 stars ~

 

Review: "Nightfall" (The Chronicles of Arden, #2) by Shiriluna Nott & SaJa H

Nightfall - SaJa H., Shiriluna Nott

 

~ 4.5 stars ~

 

Reading progress update: I've read 86%.

Nightfall - SaJa H., Shiriluna Nott

Oh boy. If the mis-/non-communication trope is a pet peeve of yours, then this book is definitely not for you.

 

Hot Dudes Reading, #53
Hot Dudes Reading, #53

Review: "A Call to Arms" (The Chronicles of Arden, #1) by Shiriluna Nott & SaJa H

A Call to Arms - SaJa H., Shiriluna Nott

 

~ 4 stars ~

 

Reading progress update: I've read 27%.

A Call to Arms - SaJa H., Shiriluna Nott

Really enjoying this so far. :-D

 

Review: "Axios: A Spartan Tale" by Jaclyn Osborn

Axios: A Spartan Tale - Jaclyn Osborn

 

~ 1 star ~

 

 

This was a 3.5 star, maybe even a 4 star read for me, until the last chapter.

 

MASSIVE SPOILER!

 

Apart from the never-ending discussion about whether a love story that doesn’t have "an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending", or in other words: a happy ending (HEA or HFN) can be labelled as a "romance" or not (personally, I think: NOPE), I prefer my MCs at least to be ALIVE at the end of my books. I DON'T want to witness them being slaughtered on the battlefield, historically accurate wartime romance or not.

 

IF IT DOESN’T HAVE AN HEA (OR HFN), IT’S NOT ROMANCE!

 

 

You also might want to check out this blog post, which perfectly sums up my feelings regarding this issue.

 

Update: Just to clarify (because I feel awful to give such a low rating to such a nice author):

 

- as a "romance" novel: 1 star

- as a "(tragic) gay love story": 3.5 - 4 stars

 

The writing was good, the research was well-done, and the MCs and secondary characters were all very likable.

 

But I finished this book today with a heavy heart and it left me sad, and that's not what I am looking for when I choose to read a romance novel. 

 

(show spoiler)

 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 24%.

Axios: A Spartan Tale - Jaclyn Osborn

This book is in desperate need of a dual-POV narrative.

 

Review: "The Pillar" by Kim Fielding

The Pillar - Kim Fielding

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

 

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First read: March 1st, 2015

1st reread: September 23rd, 2017

Review: "We Met in Dreams" by Rowan McAllister

We Met in Dreams - Rowan McAllister

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

Reading progress update: I've read 71%.

We Met in Dreams - Rowan McAllister

Reading progress update: I've read 22%.

We Met in Dreams - Rowan McAllister

Wow. So far, this book is ama...

 

Reading progress update: I've read 6%.

How to Save a Life (Howl at the Moon Book 4) - Eli Easton

"The thing about dogs was, they were incapable of artifice or guile. They just wanted to be loved. They were far superior to humans in that regard, and in pretty much every other way besides."

Yep. Dogs are just 100% better than people.

 

 

Review: "Crescendo" (Song of the Fallen, #2) by Rachel Haimowitz

Crescendo - Rachel Haimowitz

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

Reading progress update: I've read 60%.

Crescendo - Rachel Haimowitz

 The suspense is KILLING me!