Book Review: The Far Pavilions

Hello Everyone,

Not the best cover but not the worst!

Book Title: The Far Pavilions

Author: MM Kaye

Series: Book One of Two

Genre: Adult Fiction, Historical, Adventure, Romance

Publisher: St. Martins Press

Page Count: 1000

Goodreads Summary:

A magnificent romantic/historical/adventure novel set in India at the time of mutiny. The Far Pavilions is a story of 19th Century India, when the thin patina of English rule held down dangerously turbulent undercurrents. It is a story about and English man – Ashton Pelham-Martyn – brought up as a Hindu and his passionate, but dangerous love for an Indian princess. It’s a story of divided loyalties, of tender camaraderie, of greedy imperialism and of the clash between east and west. To the burning plains and snow-capped mountains of this great, humming continent, M.M. Kaye brings her quite exceptional gift of immediacy and meticulous historical accuracy, plus her insight into the human heart.

My Thoughts:

This book took me a solid week to read! Long winded, lots going on, a bit sexist here and there but those were the times, and I felt as though I would never finish reading this book. I learned there’s a part two. I’m not sure I’m going to read that, lol.

My Review:

This book was a struggle for me right from the start. While I was liking the adventure and the characters, it felt as though it went on and on and on. A 1000 pages of epic adventure, romance, and historical fiction at its best. While people adored Gone With The Wind this was the epic I wanted! The writing was lush, beautiful, and detailed.

I know a lot of newer book reviewers might not be enthusiastic about reading this 1000+ page time, but I’m insisting that it’s worth it! The ending is bittersweet, and the characters and setting will sweep you away. From India to England there’s something new to devour from each page.

The story starts with a premature baby being born in winter and the mother dying due to her not used to the fiercely cold winds. The story expands. It touches to n war. Cholera takes the baby-main character-father and uncle’s lives. More are lost. Travels are had.

This book does have it’s horribly sexist moments. While it’s a relic of the time it’s set in, there are certain things that are hugely sexist in the book. There’s dry spells here and there when it feels like nothing happened. And the ending was a slow burn that felt bittersweet; exactly as those on Google and Goodreads both have stated.

I feel as though this, while a hefty tome, is well worth the effort in reading. Especially if you’re a fan of Gone With The Wind and Outlander. This is equally as huge and well written as the pair.

My Rating:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

September TBR: I Haven’t Done One Of These In Ages!

Hello all,

Lots of things happening in September. September first is my birthday!!! 🎂🎉🎂 Happy birthday to me!!! (I’ll be 32 for those curious.)

Series September is also going on, meaning you try to knock out as many series as possible.

Magical Readathon is happening but I doubt I’ll participate in that one.

Becca’s Bookopolathon which I think I misspelled lol, is also happening. I’m not sure I will participate in this yet or not?

Big Books September is something I’m doing for myself in reading as many big books as I can seeing as we’re at the home stretch of the end of the year.

Here’s my potential tbr subject to change:

All the books I want to read!

Now I have read Eragon books 1 + 2 but I don’t think I’ve read book 3 and I know I haven’t read the last one.

I have read the Poppy War but not the remaining two.

I have read ALL of Pawn of Prophecy first original set up until the second series midway through.

And I’ve read book one of Sabriel but not the rest.

See a theme going here? Lol. I’m hoping to grab these from my local library and finish these all off hopefully. The rest I haven’t listed are ones that I’ve not read. These are some extras that I’m contemplating for series + big books:

Extra books I’ve been meaning to read!

I probably won’t get to all of these lol. And I’m still struggling in writing reviews, but I really am behind and hopeful that September can be my catch up month. Y’all can join me in #BigBookSeptember. I’d love for you to spread the word! Just tag me on Twitter as @Lovesbookandtea! What’s your tbr looking like? Read any of these? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

Book Review: The Time for Murder is Meow

Time for Murder

Title: The Time for Murder is Meow
Author: T.C. LoTempio
Series: Book 1
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Page Count: ?
Type of Book: Kindle Ebook
Received: Netgalley
Rated: 3/5 stars
Review Word Count: 300
Notes:

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This was a quick enough read for me, read over the space of a day and a half. While the plot was interesting, the middle sagged a bit with not enough to keep me interested in the story overall, and admittedly I skimmed a bit towards the end. It wasn’t one of my favorite cozy mysteries ever, but it was still entertaining enough to read on through to the very end. I doubt that I’ll continue with the series, however. The animals were all fun to read, and the characters definitely had their own interesting points in regards to the plot. While I’ve seen some of the tricks pulled before in solving the mystery and therefore figured out the killer about halfway through the book, it was still a reasonable written novel that’s the first in a series.

Enjoyable, and would recommend to new cozy mystery fans. Therefore, I’m giving this a 3.5/5 stars, and I feel that anyone who likes ‘the cat who’ series would enjoy this one.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Book Review: Courage to Be Counted

Courage to Be Counted

Title: Courage to Be Counted
Author: Elerie Grace
Series: Book One
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Bugle Call Books
Page Count: 400 pages
Type of Book: Arc, Kindle Ebook
Received: Netgalley
Rated: 3/5 stars
Review Word Count: 500
Notes: Interesting, just not for me.

Not for me, sadly. I wanted to like, I really did, and I give that cover 5/5 stars but the story itself just didn’t work for me. There’s nothing wrong with it, and the writing was perfectly fine, but I just didn’t care or connect with any of the characters. It seemed to be meant for a different audience, though I’m not quite sure how to explain it. My grandmother read it and very much liked it-more than I did-so perhaps it’s an age thing? While I appreciate historical fiction, and have an special fondness for WWII stories, I just wasn’t enthused about this one.

Vivian was still a likable character, but there was a fair bit of sexism in this story, as well as unrequited love between characters at the beginning of the story (poor Hank), and I didn’t like how the army/military treated women as though they were only there because they had no other men available. I get that it’s historically accurate, and as mentioned before, I appreciate historically accurate stories.

As the bombs fall on Europe, their new love must survive a deadly war…
Vivian Lambert wants to do her part. When she wins a coveted overseas post with the Red Cross, she focuses on her war service. Falling hard for a sexy pilot wasn’t part of her plan.
Jack Nielsen has a mission. Motivated by patriotic duty and desire to avenge the death of his best friend, Jack commands a ten-man B-17 crew. Keeping himself and his men alive in the fire-filled skies over Europe will require Jack’s full focus. Romancing a headstrong Red Cross Girl is a distraction he knows he shouldn’t indulge.
While Vivian’s work takes her across France and into the heart of Nazi Germany, mounting casualties drive Jack to confront his dwindling odds of survival. As Allied forces converge on all fronts, can Vivian and Jack’s relationship withstand an excruciating battle between love and duty?
Courage to be Counted is the first book in the Clubmobile Girls series of thrilling historical romances. If you like brave military heroes, trailblazing heroines, and romance under fire, then you’ll love Eleri Grace’s page-turning tale.
-Description As Seen on Goodreads

I hope to try this book again in the future, and see if I have a different opinion when I’m older. I thank the publisher as well as Marzie for introducing me to this book. It was an interesting read, even if it wasn’t to my tastes. Overall, I’m giving this 3/5 stars, and a DNF at 65%. Good luck to the author, and may the odds be ever in their favor.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

ARC Review: A Brazen Curiosity

A Brazen Curiosity

Title: A Brazen Curiosity
Author: Lynn Messina
Series: Book 1
Genre: Historical Mystery/Romance
Publisher: Potatoworks Press
Page Count: 175
Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Ebook, Netgalley Read
Review Word Count: 400
Rated: 4/5 stars
Notes: Apparently, I’m in the mood for historical books, instead of all the fantasy I’ve been reading!

This was a fun book, almost as delightful as The Highlander Who Protected Me! With smart characters, a charming heroine, and an equally amusing hero (duke), I really liked this one and will probably add it to my list of favorites on Goodreads. It’s not a completely original mystery-body in the library, who did it?-kind of theme going on, but it’s well written, enjoyable, and completely believable.

Another good read for the start of fall, I found myself really loving the main heroine, and how she was eager to solve the mystery of who killed Mr. Otley in the library. Coming upon the body and the Duke, she sets about to see if it was the Duke who killed Mr. Otley, or someone else. Of course, the Duke doesn’t want her to interfer because she’s just a woman and doesn’t need to go diving into such a grim business as murder, but doesn’t try to really stop her either which I found a refreshing change.

There were a few women in the book that I found rather annoying. The elderly women who fainted at the mere mention of a dead body, or having to be ‘soothed repeatedly for five minutes’ before getting to the confession of the killer. Come on, really? I mean, I know it’s the time period, but it just makes me feel rather annoyed at them all for being such insipid characters.

Overall, it was a fun mystery with a hint of romance towards the end of the book. I really liked the characters, the way it all turned out, and the satisfying feeling it gave me at the end. I’m rating this a 4/5 stars, because while it was a fun book overall, there were times when the characters were just annoying. I definitely look forward to the next book in the series, and may even attempt to get an arc of it. If not, I’ll see about picking it up some other way.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

ARC Review: Halls of Law

 

Halls of Law

Title: Halls of Law

Author: V. M. Escalada

Series: Book One

Page Count: 500

Publisher: DAW/TOR/ACE

Type of Book: Arc, Mass Market Paperback

Review Word Count:

Rated: 5/5 stars

Notes: Darnit cliffhangers!!!!
What a cliffhanger. I’m so glad that I have book two ready and waiting, though if book two has as terrible a cliffhanger, I might wait for book three to come out because sheesh, the drama! the Romance! The life and death situations!

In other news, I want a baby griffin please.

Kerida’s story is one that fans of First Green Rider from Kristian Brittian as well as the Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey fans will definitely enjoy. It’s got some of the same elements-traveling by horseback to survive enemies that are chasing after the main character for reasons unknown except they end with her head beneath that of an ax.

Can I say, I HATE the Hillarians (spelled right?-I don’t have the book with me to check). They’re system of getting rid of women because they’ve been controlling men with their witchcraft in their bodies, and keeping only a few that can be nothing but cattle is utterly ridiculous. I am seriously hoping that Kerida can defeat these arrogant hateful men with their idiotic system.

They are capturing men of high power and brainwashing men with a red jewel that completely changes the mans thoughts, actions, and makes them into an entirely new person that also hates women and witches that Kerida has always known as “Talents”.

It’s a complex, exciting, dramatic filled world-building that I really loved and enjoyed. I read through the book the entire day yesterday because I could not put it down. It was intense, and exactly the kind of thing that I love to read. Adventure, fantasy, a very slow burn kind of romance where both are oblivious of the other loving them kind of plot.

5/5 stars, and I’m off to get book two and start in on it immediately!

{Review also posted on my Goodreads.}

Kindle Review: We Own the Sky

WeOwntheSkyCover

What could you create if you fell in love with your muse?

Title: We Own the Sky
Author: Sara Crawford
Genre: YA Contemporary
Series: Book 1
Page Count: 510
Publisher: CreateSpace
Type of Book: Amazon Temp Freebie, Kindle Ebook, New Release, Book One of a Series
Rated: 5/5 stars
Review Word Count: 250
Notes: Another cover that I love!

Music, passion, and muses play a big part in this unique fantasy contemporary alternate world in which muses were once greek gods that inspired us to write, create, and come up with original ideas. The main character is a girl who can see the muses…something that no other human can do. The plot is what made me really want to read the book, but that gorgeous cover definitely helped push me along!

I really loved the many different songs that popped up throughout the book, several of which I recognized being a big music buff myself. I liked the rapid pace of the book, how one could fly through each chapter and without warning come to the end of the book and go-did I really just finish that in a few hours? I want more!

This book is adorable, beautiful, unique, and fun. Filled to the brim with teenagers, music, drama, adventure, and romance it read like that of a movie, and I could definitely see this book hitting the big screens, if it gets the attention it deserves.

I cannot wait for book two, which I hope comes out soon. I highly recommend trying this book out, it’s definitely worth the time to read.

Overall, I’m giving this book a very well deserved 5/5 stars!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

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