I have been Tagged to do the Disney Book Tag by the wonderful Shivalika from The Whimsy Journal’s.
I have to say that I was very interested and excited to be included in the Tag Game so here is mine.
The Little Mermaid: a character who is out of their element, a fish out of water.
I’m going to go with Billy Blade from Gaelen Foley’s : Lady of Desire (The Knight’s #4) He is a rough and rugged leader of an East End gang, who is forced off the street’s and back into the society he left as a child and Billy has to learn all etiquette all over again.
Cinderella: a character who goes through a major transformation.
I have to go with Sophia Fry from Mary Balogh’s : The Arrangement ( The Survivor’s #2). She start’s off as being called “the Mouse” and being ignored and put down and in the end she end’s up a Viscountess.
Snow White: a book with an eclectic cast of characters.
The Secret’s of A scoundrel by Gaelen Foley for me, it is full of spy’s, pirate’s, kidnapper’s, prostitute’s, and a mix of everything in between
Sleeping Beauty: a book that put you to sleep.
I hate to say it but I have to say Stephanie Lauren’s : On A Wild Night (Cynster #8) which is a shame as I do really like her work but I did feel that this one did drag.
The Lion King: a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood.
This has definitely got to be Ian Mackenzie from the Mackenzie Series by Jennifer Ashley. Without giving anything away, Ian witnessed a awful even as a child that had him detained in a asylum.
Beauty and the Beast: a beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by but found the story to be beautiful.
There are three that are quite big book’s, it’s the Languedoc Trilogy by Kate Mosse. Labyrinth,, Sepulchre and Citadel. Each one has it’s one beautiful story and the way that they are all interlinked together is really lovely.
Aladdin: a character that gets their wish granted, for better or worse.
This for me is definitely Heathcliffe out of Wuthering Height’s, all his life he has wanted to be with Cathy and he doe’s eventually get to be with her. Do I have to say any more about him?
Mulan: a character who pretends to be something or someone they’re not.
In A Year Of Living Scandalously by Julia London, Kiera Hannigan and her cousin Lily swap place’s and Keira end’s up living as the Countess of Ashwood for a year.
Toy Story: a book with characters you wish would come to life.
I would definitely love the entire Knight clan to come to life, from Gaelen Foley’s; The Knight Miscellany and The Spice Trilogy. Pure Heaven!
Disney descendants: your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character.
There are so many Villain’s out there. . .I am going to go with Valantine Napir from the Maiden lane series, he really is quite evil but yet he is so enthralling to read and with him being focus of the next Maiden lane series : Duke of Sin out soon, we will get to know so much more about this intriguing man.
I Tag for The Disney Book Tag
Carol : @RakesandRascals
Rebecca : @Rebeccabookreview
Caz : @Caz’sReadingRoom
La Deeta : @LaDeetdaread’s
I wasn’t able to do a Friday’s Fabulous Five as I haven’t been well for a few day’s but i’m not going to not do my list so here is the Saturday’s Super Six and in honour of all the brave and proud Frenchmen and woman the theme is ~ All Thing’s French!
1. Kate Mosse ~ Citadel
1942. Occupied France. A time of courage, betrayal, loyalty – and love.
1942, Nazi-occupied France. Sandrine, a spirited and courageous nineteen-year-old, finds herself drawn into a Resistance group in Carcassonne – codenamed ‘Citadel’ – made up of ordinary women who are prepared to risk everything for what is right.
And when she meets Raoul, they discover a shared passion for the cause, for their homeland, and for each other.
But in a world where the enemy now lies in every shadow – where neighbour informs on neighbour; where friends disappear without warning and often without trace – love can demand the highest price of all.
2. Charlotte Betts ~ The Chateau On The Lake
After her English mother and French father are brutally murdered, bluestocking Madeleine Moreau travels to France in 1792 in search of relatives she hadn’t known existed. When France declares war on England it becomes unsafe to return and Comte Etienne d’Aubery offers her shelter in his chateau. Impulsive and sometimes self-opinionated, Madeleine favours the people’s revolution in France but her views are shaken after she witnesses Louis XVI’s death by the guillotine.The revolution gathers momentum and as passions of the populace are enflamed, Madeleine sets off on a dangerous race against time to save the man she loves.
3. Lindsey Kelk ~ I Heart Paris
Angela is in the city of love – but romance is taking a nose-dive…
When Angela Clark’s boyfriend Alex suggests a trip to Paris at the same time as hip fashion mag Belle asks her to write a piece, she jumps at the chance.
But even as she’s falling for the joie de vivre of Paris, someone’s conspiring to sabotage her big break. And when she spots Alex having a tête-à-tête with his ex in a local bar, Angela’s dreams of Parisian passion all start crashing down around her.
With London and her old life only a train journey away, Angela can’t decide if should stay and face the music or run away home…
4. Lucie Hart ~ A Valentines Kiss
This Valentine’s day Imogen is going to meet the man of her dreams.
If only she can discover who he is…
At a gloriously over-the-top house party in the balmy South of France, British trainee chef Imogen finds herself playing blind man’s buff with a host of impossibly handsome men. And then one of them kisses her.
It’s the most perfect kiss she’s ever experienced in her short – and frankly, to date romantically disappointing – life. Sweet, sexy and full of promise. Imogen wants more, but by the time she recovers her wits sufficiently to remove her blindfold her mystery kisser has disappeared.
Could her Prince Charming be one of her fellow-chefs, Dimitri or Bastien? Both are clearly interested in her. But there’s also enigmatic Latino hunk Enzo, good-times-guy DJ Cheyenne, aristocratic Amaury, and the American visitors – Archer and Everett… So many men, so little time. And Imogen can’t just keep kissing men until she finds the right one… can she?
5. Kate Mosse ~ Labyrnth
Three Secret’s, Two Women, One Grail. . .
July 1209: in Carcassonne a seventeen-year-old girl is given a mysterious book by her father which he claims contains the secret of the true Grail. Although Alais cannot understand the strange words and symbols hidden within, she knows that her destiny lies in keeping the secret of the labyrinth safe…
July 2005: Alice Tanner discovers two skeletons in a forgotten cave in the French Pyrenees. Puzzled by the labyrinth symbol carved into the rock, she realises she’s disturbed something that was meant to remain hidden. Somehow, a link to a horrific past – her past – has been revealed.
6. Freda Lightfoot ~ The Queen And The Courtesan
Henriette d’Entragues isn’t satisfied with simply being the mistress of Henry IV of France; she wants a crown too. Despite his promises to marry her, the King is obliged by political necessity to ally himself with a rich Italian princess. But Henriette isn’t one for giving up easily. All she has to do to achieve her ambition is to give Henry a son, and then do whatever it takes to set him on the throne . . .
I have seen quite a few weekly book list’s out there since I started this blog and I do like the idea of every week doing a Themed list. I’m not going to do the Tuesday Top Ten as a lot of people do, not when whole point of this blog is to thing’s my way and so every week I will do my own version’s of a themed must read list starting with this one Friday’s Fabulous Five, I’ll probably mix it up a bit and do a different day here and there just so it doesn’t get boring. So here’s my first themed must read list, and in honor of Halloween the theme is Spooky/Paranormal/Magical. . .But don’t worry there isn’t so much as a hint of a certain boy wizard.
1. The Third Circle (The Arcane Society Series #4) ~ Amanda Quick
Leona Hewitt, disguised in men’s formal evening clothes, has secretly made her way into Lord Delbridge’s private museum to find a relic stolen from her family. But someone else is in the dimly lit gallery on the same errand – a tall, black-cloaked man whose very voice is enough to put her in a trance. The first on my list isn’t so much scary but it doe’s fall in the Paranormal bracket, it is a fascinating story and not something that I would usually pick, but a friend lent me her copy and I was hooked. Definitely worth a look.
2. The Mistletoe Bride and Other Haunting Tale’s ~ Kate Mosse
A wonderfully atmospheric collection of short stories, rooted deep in the landscape and inspired by traditional folk tales and country legends from England and France. These tales are richly populated by ghosts and spirits seeking revenge; by grief-struck women and haunted men coming to terms with their destiny – all rooted deep in the elemental landscapes of Sussex, Brittany and the Languedoc. I love Kate Mosse her Languedoc Trilogy is stunning but this one is just right for Halloween, there is some very spooky little tale’s in this book.
3. The Night Circus ~ Erin Morganstern
In 1886 a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, Le Cirque des Rêves delights all who wander its circular paths. But behind the scenes a dangerous game is being played out by two young magicians. My librarian introduced me to this one and it is an interesting story but some time’s it can get a little confusing as it jump’s from one era to another, it’s not scary but it is very magical. It is an enchanting read.
4. The Nosferatu Scroll ~ James Becker
Holidaying in Venice, Chris Bronson and Angela Lewis discover a desecrated tomb. Inside is a female skeleton and an arcane diary dating back hundreds of years. Written in Latin, it references a scroll that will provide an answer to an ancient secret. This isn’t your usual James Becker Thriller but it is a good one and in place’s quite scary with Vampire’s rampaging around Venice and the not so famous Island of the Dead, just right for Halloween.
5. Macbeth ~ William Shakespeare
Hubble Bubble Toil and Trouble. . .I think everyone know’s this so I shouldn’t really need to tell you what it’s about, there are ghost’s, witch’s, murder and paranoia at every turn what more could you want for a Halloween story, but beyond that it is such a classic. This was the first Shakespeare that I ever read and I was hooked from start to finish it is so good, this one has always been my favorite and I can read it again and again and not get bored.
I am a fan of a good series’, I find them more compelling and fascinating then one-off novel’s, I love how you get to know more and more about each character as the series’ goes along. I know some don’t like to commit themselves’ to them but I love following a certain character as they make they way through the book’s, it’s fascinate’s me how their personality’s unfold’s and grow’s into some thing that you can treasure and say “Yeah! I’ve read them” I have been through so many series’ everything from Thriller’s to chick lit and Historical, Personally the best series’ are the one’s that you know are only going to have so many episode’s and that way you know that eventually they are going to finish. A lot of series’ do go on and on for far too long and the problem with those is that you do get bored with them.
So here are six of my favorite’s.
#1 The Inferno Club ~ Gaelen Foley
This is the best thing that Foley has ever done, they are so good that you can re-read them again and again and again and you will never get bored. These follow the stories’ of seven special agent’s working for a secret society for the king, they protect the king and the realm from every outer and inner threat’s especially the evil secret society called the promethean’s, the agent’s are stunning in every respect, they are wonderfully drawn up that you do fall in love with them, unlike a lot of series’ I don’t really have a favorite because each one is just as good as the one before. This is by far my favorite series’ ever and I cannot stress this enough but this serie’s has to be read. Amazing
#2 The Languedoc Trilogy ~ Kate Mosse
I love this trilogy it is amazing, Kate Mosse is such an amazing writer her imagination and her skill is unbelievable, these are really long book’s but please don’t let that put you off because these are very special. I love the fact that while you are reading each one you don’t realize that you are reading a trilogy as each one is set in a different era with different charecter’s but then something pop’s up and you remember that yes that was in the last one, they really are stunning, my personal favorite is the last one Citadel, it is so moving that at time’s you can be sitting there with tear’s streaming down your face. Simply breathtaking.
#3 The Hathaway’s ~ Lisa Kleypas
This is so soothing and calming that you do instantly fall in love with the adorable Hathaway’s, this follow’s the individual live’s of the Hathaway sibling’s as they try to gorge out a life for themselves’ through many trial’s. Like Foley Kleypas is a wonderful story-teller and you really feel like you are living these very trial’s with this band of uncivilized and unruly set of sibling’s, this is so enchanting that you just need to read from start to finish.
#4 The I Heart Series’ ~ Lyndsey Kelk
This is definitely a Chick Lit favorite of mine, the character Angela is so normal and down to earth that nearly every girl on the planet can relate to her in some way. This basically follow’s Angela’s wacky adventure’s as she start’s a new life in New York, she is a very real character she has flaw’s that we all have she is clumsy and not very civilized and she is hilarious at time’s. This is ultimate Chick Lit, Kelk has done another series’ but this is the one that you need to read, unlike a lot of series’ where you can dip in and out when you like you have to read these in order to understand the story.
#5 The Payne & Jones Series’ ~ Kris Kuzneski
This is the first thriller on my list and it is so good; What I like about this is that even thought the characters’ Payne and Jones are the same the plot is always different with each book, which off course keep’s you hooked as you never know which direction the story is going and you never get bored, you have the series’ aspect’s with following the two main character’s which you do see each character evolve as the series goes along and as each book is so different each one is a lot like a stand alone series’ and another great thing about these is that you don’t need to read them in order. This is perfect for new reader’s who like a bit of action but also like great plot’s.
#6 The Maiden Lane Series’ ~ Elizabeth Hoyt
This is yet another historical Romance but the difference between this and a lot of other’s is that you have to read this from book one if you don’t you will get confused about who’s who and what’s going on. This follow’s the tale of a select few Aristocratic family’s in London which as you will soon see are all linked in one way or another. These are a lot darker than what is usual for Historical Romance, but that make’s it stand out and get’s you hooked. I do admit that the first one’s are better than the newer one’s; but’s it’s still a worthy series’.