Category: Reviews

Review: Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata

Posted June 15, 2017 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews / / 0 Comments
Review: Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata

The Faerie Queen’s review I LOVED THIS BOOK. The timing of its release was perfect. I had a group project to work on and was getting stressed, and this helped me to escape into romantic lalaland. I found myself drawn to my Kindle any time I had a free moment to spare, and I sure as hell did not get as much sleep as I could have. I found Ruby relatable as a 23/24yo. She had certain skills, but she didn’t really believe in herself or have it all together. She was ok-ish with her looks, not hating them but not thinking she was Hot Stuff. There was just enough clumsiness and funny reactions to make her believable without her being The Clumsy Stereotype. I could also understand Ruby’s relationships with family members, and how living at home made her feel and behave like a kid, as even though I […]

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Review: Some Kind of Magic by Mary Ann Marlowe

Posted January 25, 2017 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Reviews / / 3 Comments
Review: Some Kind of Magic by Mary Ann Marlowe

The Faerie Queen’s review I knew I was going to like this one, but I didn’t realise I would like it as much as I did! What a pleasant surprise! I liked both Eden and Adam from the start. Eden was relatable in so many ways, from her interest in biology and genetics (YAY STEM) to her desire to find a guy with a stable job (but, ya know, that goes out the window fairly quickly). I loved Adam and how down-to-Earth he was (now). Their chemistry was really well-written, though I never felt consumed by it. I LOVED that Adam wasn’t Broken, which is the rock star stereotype in books. In fact, I think part of the conflict in the book came down to Eden thinking he’d be like a rock star stereotype, partying all the time and sleeping around, even when his words and behaviour showed he wasn’t. As with 90% […]

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Review: Playing Pretend by Juliana Haygert

Posted January 20, 2017 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Reviews / / 1 Comment
Review: Playing Pretend by Juliana Haygert

The Faerie Queen’s review This was a quick, easy read. Starring Charlotte –a reluctant rich college girl– and Mason –a Masters student on the rebound after a failed relationship– who meet on spring break, have an obsessive fling and then split, not sharing personal info because they believe they’ll never meet again. And yet they do meet, and the truth comes out. Both Charlotte and Mason were likeable enough, and they worked well together, except when there was drama. (There’s always drama.) While there was some heat in this book, it wasn’t too graphic, at least compared to some other NA books I’ve read. My main issue with this book was that it was a bit too formulaic. Petite heroine (seriously??? Again???); towering hero (ok, not complaining about this one); repetitive, “perfect” sex; secrets that, if they came out, would ruin everything. I know NA books do tend to have a similar basic plot structure, […]

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Review: Dark Desires by Eve Silver

Posted October 27, 2016 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews / / 0 Comments
Review: Dark Desires by Eve Silver

The Faerie Queen’s review I read Dark Desires as part of my challenge to read a different subgenre of romance each month, and the first month happened to be gothic romance, just in time for Halloween. I wasn’t entirely sure what “gothic romance” was going in, so I did some reading and basically got “old school mystery with a dark, dangerous, brooding hero”. Apparently, Jane Eyre falls into this category? Yeah, I didn’t know that either. Anyway, I chose Dark Desires for two reasons: It was a fairly recently published gothic romance, and I really wasn’t feeling a desire to read old school stuff. Partly because I wanted steaminess. Don’t judge. Also, it was free on Kindle. Eve was doing the whole ‘make the first book free and they’ll come back to pay for the rest of the series’ trick. It might just work for me… Let’s see! Full disclosure: […]

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Review: Drive Me Crazy by Tracy Wolff

Posted September 30, 2016 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews / / 0 Comments
Review: Drive Me Crazy by Tracy Wolff

The Faerie Queen’s review Drive Me Crazy started out a bit strange for me, but it quickly picked up after a few chapters. Before I get started, a few trigger warnings to mention: there is past child abuse, physical fighting and cheating in this one. At first, the interactions between Quinn and Elise felt awkward and forced, with the words claiming an intimacy and sizzle that didn’t come off the page. The author jumped right in and said that there should be something there, but we hadn’t had enough time to first get to know the characters. BUT THEN. It quickly escalated. The whole book takes place over several days, really, so it did seem a bit like insta-love, though this was tempered by the knowledge that, even though the two hadn’t seen each other for a decade, back in their teens, they had years of messing with each other – and then messing […]

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Review: 12 Steps to Mr. Right by Cindi Madsen

Posted September 20, 2016 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews / / 0 Comments
Review: 12 Steps to Mr. Right by Cindi Madsen

The Faerie Queen’s review My first introduction to Cindi Madsen was also my first introduction to sports romances, with Anatomy of a Player, and it was the start of a beautiful friendship. I thought this one started a little awkwardly. For one, I don’t think I totally grasped who the hero would be from the blurb, though it makes looking at it now. Just to clarify for y’all, 12 Steps to Mr. Right centres around Savannah Gamble, a blogger turned dating coach, whose bad experience with a guy in college set her on the path to creating a 12-step program for women to meet long-term relationship prospects. However, her program comes into question when she runs into said Bad Experience, Lincoln Wells. Former baseball player Linc has too many red flags for her to genuinely consider, but the chemistry between them is hard to ignore. Savannah must fight to stay […]

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Review: Demon Hunting in Dixie by Lexi George

Posted September 15, 2016 by The Skeptic in Reviews / / 0 Comments
Review: Demon Hunting in Dixie by Lexi George

The Skeptic’s review DNF @ 10% Wow what the eff happened there. Not only was there some TRIGGER WARNING rape-esque scenes in the first 10%, but it moved SO quickly. I honestly had no idea what was happening or supposed to be happening because I was so caught off guard by how awkward this whole situation was. Then there were quotes like this: “In the bright light of her living room he was devastating, a god, a wet dream on steriods.” Keep in mind she has known him for 0.000001 second by this point of the story because at that point, we are still in chapter one. I couldn’t take any of this one seriously and I could not continue past the rape-esque scene so I am DNFing it. I would recommend this book to… Absolutely no one

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