Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Vacation Reads Review

Just returned the other day from a fabulous, nine day vacation in Virginia.  If anyone is looking to do the Williamsburg, Busch Gardens, Water County USA trip, I highly recommend staying at the Kingsmill Resort. Beautiful! Such a fun and relaxing trip.

Anyway, in addition to all of our adventures, we had some downtime too so I was able to lay around and read a bit at the pool and on the balcony.  I finished two books, The Midnight Queen and Frigid.  Rather than write two lengthy reviews, I am just going to mini-review both books in one post.  

This is Sylvia Izzo Hunter's debut fantasy novel.  While it isn't a fast-paced story, I still enjoyed it.  It takes place in Britain but in an alternate history where there is magic, romance, and a treasonous plot to kill a very important person. Sophie is the main character, a young woman who wants to study magic in a time when women were not considered scholars.  Her growth in the story was well developed by the author. I liked how she began as someone who didn't know herself or her potential and slowly grew into a stronger, more confident person/magic user.  Gray, who is our other main character, was a student from Merlin College who comes to stay at Sophie's home when falsely accused of a crime and the two connect immediately. Gray sees magic in Sophie and helps her to learn how to use it.  Once they find out that her stepfather is part of a conspiracy, they gather their allies and do their best to stop it. There are a few action scenes that propel the story forward but it did take me a few chapters to really invest myself in the book. Once I did however, I was hooked and I look forward to reading the sequel.

The second book was a quick read that I knew I would be able to finish in one night. I am very picky with my romance novels because it isn't my favorite genre.  I need a story to focus more on plot with romance as a back story to really enjoy it.  I loved Jennifer Armentrout's Lux series however, so I thought I would give this a try.  Frigid is one of those perfect beach reads. It does have a plot, but not a particularly deep one.  It was also a bit predictable and at times as I find many romances are. However... it was a fun read too and did have a bit of humor and drama to elevate the story.  I liked the characters and the romance developed at a decent pace. If you like new adult romance, you will enjoy it. Click on the photo to see the synopsis on Amazon.  

I'm adding both of these books to my 2015 Where are You Reading Challenge Map and this brings me to 15 books so far this year (out of my goal of 60).  I'm so behind.  :(
I blame my new job and my son's Xbox One.  I will reach my goal!

Have a great reading week!

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  1. I am so behind my reading challenge as well! Don't worry we still have a few months to get back on track!
    The Midnight Queen sounds so interesting. I've never read a Jennifer Armentrout book before but I have heard so many good things about it.
    Great reviews! :)

    -Kimi at Geeky Chiquitas

    1. If you have never read her books and like YA, start with the LUX series. So good. :)