Historical Fiction Romance

Recently, I have been reading historical fiction romances and I may be obssessed with it now.

One of the reasons I like these kinds of books is the setting. I like getting a glimpse of the society back then where getting a woman married is a necessity and getting ruined seems to be the end of the world. I think I like it because it is so very different from what I see in our society today. It’s also refreshing – the dialogues are very different and so is their humor.

Also, let’s admit it, the men in these books are really swoon-worthy. The books I have been reading lately have rakes as the center of interest of the main character. I guess I like that these guys fall in love really hard with their girl. My favorite so far is Rhys Winterborne of Lisa Kleypas’ Marrying Winterborne.

I guess I also liked the premise of the stories. Most books have almost similar plots – innocent girl meets experienced rake. There will be courtship or flirtations and then the girl might be ruined after a kiss or maybe they have slept together. The rake will then marry the girl but in the end he will realize that he is so lucky because he is indeed in love with the girl.

So far, I’ve only read Julia Quinn and Lisa Kleypas and I’ve enjoyed their books immensely. Needless to say, I haven’t had enough yet and will keep reading the Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn. I’ve only read The Duke and I, the first book of the family series, and I want more.

I highly recommend historical fiction romance for people like me who are hopeless romantic and wants something different from contemporary fiction today.

Red Queen

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Revolution needs a spark,” I murmur, repeating what Julian would say in our lessons. “And even sparks burn.

Red Queen is set in a world where people are divided into the color of their blood -Silvers, people who have evolved with powers, rule the reds who are considered inferior to them. Mare Barrow is a 17-year old Red girl steals for her family. “It is the best she can do,” she says, “…before she gets conscripted.” In this world, reds are sent to fight a war when they reach eighteen when they do not have jobs. But an accident turned things around for Mare. Instead of living as a Red, Mare must now pretend to be one of the Silvers and marry a prince.

Red Queen, even with the same elements of a dystopian story is kind of refreshing. Red Queen actually reminds me a lot of The Selection Series by Kiera Cass but with powers and a lot more of rebellion and war. Victoria Aveyard did a good job of creating this alternate world. While I was reading, Norta feels more and more real as I read on. The characters, especially Mare, is actually very relatable.Mare was driven by grief and love for family which for me sets her apart from the other main characters in other books. With her as the center, the book did not revolve about romance. It actually portrayed a lot of inequalities and the effects of war to people and families.

Enough about Mare… let’s talk about the swoon-worthy princes of Norta. Maven and Cal. I loved them both but I loved Maven much much more. Throughout the book, I understood where their princes are coming from. I understood their decisions. Cal, being the heir to the throne, was trained to always do the right thing. And Maven, oh Maven, the often overlooked son, my heart broke for him (though he broke my heart a thousand times more). Their love triangle is not a typical love triangle. I questioned more than once if there is really a love triangle at all. For me, it was clear who Mare reallys loves… but then… that plot twist!

The best (and at the same time, the worst) thing about Red Queen is the plot twist in the end. I sooooooo did not expect that. I was convinced that I would read the next books and let myself get lost in this world but that plot twist hurt me so much. I may not read the next book because of that plot twist. I just feel so betrayed. Even if the book already warned me that

Anyone can betray anyone.

Still, that plot twist is so unexpected.

Over all, I loved this book. Maybe  a bit too much – the reason for my review 0f 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend this book for dystopian book lovers. This book is filled with action, a bit of adventure and a love triangle – the ingredients of a dystopian book.

I Woke Up Dead at the Mall

 

I Woke Up Dead at the Mall

I Woke Up Dead at the Mall by Judy Sheehan

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

 

I read I Woke Up Dead at the Mall because the title and the book cover really intrigued me but I was actually really disappointed with the book.

I Woke Up Dead at the Mall is about Sarah who have just been murdered and now she needs to come to terms with her old lfe for her to move on. She and the other ghosts like her stay at the mall where there is a floor for dead people like her. However, Sarah cannot just let go of her old life especially because her killer is still free.

The concept of the book is actually pretty decent but the reason I hate this book is because of the romance. I just hate it when romance is forced in a story. You know… books can be great even if there’s no romance in it. I would have been contented with Sarah’s soul searching and her attempt to save a person from her killer. And that ending too. I usually like it when books end in a different way other than what I expected but here, the ending is just a way to force the romance again. And Sarah for me is a very flat character and she just becomes more and more annoying as the book progresses.

All throughout the book I was looking for something more but the book was not able to provide it. If you’re after a quick read, this book might be enough but if you’re looking for something interesting that will excite you, this is not it.

One Tiny Lie

 

One Tiny Lie (Ten Tiny Breaths, #2)

 

One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sometimes in life you make a decision and you find yourself questioning it. A lot. You don’t regret it, exactly. You know that you probably made the right choice and that you’re probably better off for it. But you do spend a lot of time wondering what the hell you were thinking.

One Tiny Lie is the second book of the Ten Tiny Breaths Series by K. A. Tucker. Ten Tiny Breaths focuses on Kacey, a broken girl who keeps everyone at an arms length while this book focuses on Livie, Kacey’s straight A sister who is now starting college. Livie has a life plan- become a pediatric oncologist who will save children’s lives someday. But then Kacey convinced her to go to her first college party where she meets Ashton, the man who will help shatter her plans.

One Tiny Lie is an easy read. The words flowed smoothly. The story of book is sort of a typical young adult romance story. A perfect girl meets the bad boy (sort of) who will teach her how to have fun. The perfect girl finds out things about herself that she did not know and she’s changed forever. Plus, the boy is broken is some ways too but is just the perfect boy for her.

For me, One Tiny Lie did not offer more than what is typically read in other stories. It involved self-discovery and healing but the book failed to connect to me emotionally. I enjoyed the pace but I did not really feel anything.

I recommend this book for those looking for an easy read but if you are looking for somethign that will make you laugh or cry or both, this is not it.

Waking Up Married

 

Waking Up Married (Waking Up, #1)

Waking Up Married by Mira Lyn Kelly

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Waking Up Married, for me, is an easy read. It is a light-hearted book with cute and sweet moments. One night, Megan and Connor met in Vegas… and they got married. The morning after, Megan wants a divorce but Connor doesn’t. He then proposed a 3-month-trial, if Megan wants divorce then, they will. Connor believes that marriage is like a partnership and is better without love involved. The story is quite typical and predictable. The characters are quite unrealistic as well. But I liked the book anyways… It might be because the dialogues are really cute and funny. I had a lot of fun reading. So if you’re looking for a light-hearted easy read, this chick lit might be the one for you.