Book Review: Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks

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Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks
Series: The Montgomerys and Armstrongs #1
Published: 2012
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Kindle
Pages: 418
Source: Library
Dates Read: January 23-26, 2019
Grade: C
Synopsis:Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her “touched.” Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn’t speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Content with her life of seclusion, Eveline has taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft. But when an arranged marriage into a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, Eveline accepts her duty—unprepared for the delights to come. Graeme is a rugged warrior with a voice so deep and powerful that his new bride can hear it, and hands and kisses so tender and skilled that he stirs her deepest passions.

Graeme is intrigued by the mysterious Eveline, whose silent lips are ripe with temptation and whose bright, intelligent eyes can see into his soul. As intimacy deepens, he learns her secret. But when clan rivalries and dark deeds threaten the wife he has only begun to cherish, the Scottish warrior will move heaven and earth to save the woman who has awakened his heart to the beautiful song of a rare and magical love.

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Book Review: Feminism Is for Everybody by bell hooks

fifeTitle: Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics
Author: bell hooks
Published: 2000
Genre: NF
Format: Kindle
Pages: 138
Source: Own
Dates Read: March 29 – April 7, 2018
Grade: C
Synopsis: hooks applies her critical analysis to the most contentious and challenging issues facing feminists today, including reproductive rights, violence, race, class, and work. With her customary insight and unsparing honesty, hooks calls for a feminism free from divisive barriers but rich with rigorous debate. In language both eye-opening and optimistic, hooks encourages us to demand alternatives to patriarchal, racist, and homophobic culture, and to imagine a different future. (x)

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It’s the Great Catch-up Round-up of June/July 2017, Charlie Brown!

So you may have noticed that I’ve been a bit AWOL lately, and that’s because I just haven’t been in the right head space for a few weeks.  But now I’m back in action, okay?  Am I forgiven?

Because of this, I’m really behind on reviews.  What I’ve decided to do is combine all of my remaining June and July reviews into this one post.  It shouldn’t be toooo long because I’m going to make the reviews short, but we’ll see.  (Spoiler: It’s kinda long.) Continue reading “It’s the Great Catch-up Round-up of June/July 2017, Charlie Brown!”

Book Review: The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

8Title: The Duke and I
Author: Julia Quinn
Series: The Bridgertons #1
Released: January 5, 2000
Genre: HR
Format: Kindle
Pages: 340
Source: 
Own
Dates Read: June 6-8, 2017
Grade: C
Synopsis: By all accounts, Simon Basset is on the verge of proposing to his best friend’s sister, the lovely—and almost-on-the-shelf—Daphne Bridgerton. But the two of them know the truth—it’s all an elaborate plan to keep Simon free from marriage-minded society mothers.  And as for Daphne, surely she will attract some worthy suitors now that it seems a duke has declared her desirable.

But as Daphne waltzes across ballroom after ballroom with Simon, it’s hard to remember that their courtship is a complete sham.  Maybe it’s his devilish smile, certainly it’s the way his eyes seem to burn every time he looks at her…but somehow Daphne is falling for the dashing duke…for real! And now she must do the impossible and convince the handsome rogue that their clever little scheme deserves a slight alteration, and that nothing makes quite as much sense as falling in love…

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Book Review: The Story of Hong Gildong

Title: The Story of Hong Gildong
Author: Unknown (Trans. Minsoo Kang)
Year: ?? (ed. 2016)
Pages: 77
Date Read: April 3, 2017
Format: Paperback
Genres: LFM
Rating: ★★★

Note: Minsoo Kang, who translated the text, states that, although the story mentions that it is during the reign of Seonjong, it could either be a misspelling of Sejong or a fictionalized king.  King Sejong created Hangul, the Korean alphabet, and the country was fairly peaceful during his reign.  It is possible that the story takes place during this time, but it was most likely written later.  As the real author is unknown, there is only conjecture as to the exact time of its writing.

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