These ‘about me’ sections, or even sections that inform you about blogs, have never been my forte. Much to my chagrin, I was never taught the unwritten rules of what you are supposed to say. The links at the side of the blog – Twitter and Goodreads, for example – are liable to tell you more than I could ever say in words.

Mostly, this will be a book blog. I read a lot, and I love to share my views on my most recent reads. I try to read a little bit of everything, but if you look closely you’ll notice I will occasionally become obsessed with one specific genre for a short period of time. Old books, new books, yet to be released books – I read them all. If you’re an author looking for advance readers or just wish for more reviews of a book you’ve already released, please feel free to contact me. There is a contact form at the side of my blog – if you scroll down below the Twitter and Goodreads sidebar you will find it – so drop me a message and I’ll be sure to get back to you in double time. After all, finding new authors is what makes the book world go around.

Thanks for taking your time to read this. With a little bit of luck, you will find my blog much more interesting than this mundane introductory section.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Review: The Marquess' Angel

The Marquess' Angel The Marquess' Angel by Julia Sinclair
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Marquess’ Angel is the first book in Julia Sinclair’s Hart and Arrow series, and it was a great debut novel that has me more than willing to see where the rest of this series goes. With so many books planned for this series, I’m more than a little bit curious to see how things will play out.

Before I start writing up my views towards this one, I wish to make a quick disclaimer. Although I have given this book a four-star rating, it is more of a three-point-five-star rating. However, it was a strong three-point-five-star read, thus I opted to round up. I more than believe the books will grow stronger the deeper into the series we go, and this was a solid enough start to the series – hence, the rounding up.

The Hart and Arrow series promises a Romeo and Juliet style hatred between families, set within regancy England. Being a fan of historical romance, I was more than intrigued by the promise of such a series. Not to mention, the synopsis of The Marquess’ Angel sounded like a lot of fun.

At first, I was a little bit unsure about this one. We’re thrown straight into a story that grabbed my attention, yet it took me longer than I would have liked before I was sucked in. The first few chapters I spent being intrigued, rather than being in love with the story. Therefore, I certainly recommend giving this book a bit of time to grip you. Once it does grip you, once things do start to move, the story is a lot of fun.

There is plenty throughout to keep you interested. The characters are so much fun – both the main characters and the side characters. I adored the relationship between our main characters, watching how things developed between them, watching as they grew throughout. I also really enjoyed the insights we got into the side characters, and cannot wait to find out more about the story that is hiding there. The story was also a lot of fun – there was plenty happen throughout, more than enough to keep you entertained. It didn’t quite have the level of action and drama I like in these kinds of stories, but there was more than enough to keep me entertained, even if some things were a bit predictable. The romance was also really enjoyable – as I mentioned, I really enjoyed watching the relationship bloom between the characters. There wasn’t as much steam in this one as I had expected – in fact, it was extremely tame compared to a lot of historical romance I have read (I have a habit of jumping into bodice rippers) – yet it was an enjoyable story.

I’m hoping the next book goes even deeper into the hatred between the two families, as I feel as though it was never quite explained in full. There is such potential there, and I would love to get more details rather than it just being an element that is constantly pointed towards.

Overall, The Marquess’ Angel was a fun read, and I’m more than ready to dive into Julia Sinclair’s next Hart and Arrow release.

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