Mini Reviews: Non Fiction #1

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Hello, panda lovers! This is not a training session. Please, don’t’ panic. This is not a scam, this blog hasn’t been hacked. I’m actually writing some reviews after a year and seven days, the legend came back to life! =D

In this post, you’ll find mini reviews for:

• Georg Simmel – The Art of the City: Rome, Florence, Venice
• Jane Merrill, Keren Ben-Horin & Gail Demeyere – The Sweater: A History
• Maggie O’Farrell – I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death

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November’s Wrap Up, Book Haul and December TBR!

Hi, there! Omg, December is really here! I am sooo happy! ❤

November was a slow reading month for me, as I finished my dissertation and had my finals, but I got to read something 🙂 December will be a better month, as I’ll be on vacation after December 04th, haha!

WRAP UP

I’ve read 8 books, 4 mangas and 1 comic book in November.

BOOKS

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MANGAS

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COMIC BOOK

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BOOK HAUL

My haul for this month was almost non-existent again. My family has been going through difficult times, so I’m trying not to be a burden, haha! I got some freebies from Amazon and won a giveaway, so this is my haul:

DECEMBER TBR

I’m still working on my December TBR, but I can tell you that I WILL FINISH EMMA, mwahaha mwahaha! ❤ What I’m sure for now:

  • Shielded Past, from Patti Morelli (currently-reading) [UPDATE: review here]

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  • Emma, from Jane Austen (currently-reading)

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  • Night World, vol. 1, from L. J. Smith [reviews: book 1, book 2 and book 3]
  • The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, from Anne Rice (By the way, I already talked about this book here) [review here]
  • Cemetery Tours series, from Jacqueline E. Smith [reviews: book 1, book 2 and book 3]
  • Braver With You, from A. Hart [review here!]
  • The Carnelian Legacy, from Cheryl Koevoet
  • Roses of The Angel, from Kalee Marshall [review here!]
  • Alice’s Adventures in Underland: The Queen of Stilled Hearts, from DeAnna Knippling

I always end up reading unplanned books in the middle of my selected TBR, so I’ll start the month with those and let’s see how it goes, haha!

That’s it! Thanks for reading! What is your first read for Christmas month??

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December’s new books!

Hi, there! Am I the only one that already is head over heels for Christmas?!! ❤ It’s my favorite time of the year, as I got to be with my family (we live very far from each other, unfortunately), the food is awesome, the weather is great (we are in the middle of summer in my country, haha!) and I’m on vacation ❤ Best time ever!

Anyway, the releases for December are truly hot, we readers will have to sell some organs to have them all this month, haha! (just kidding. Or maybe not ;D) I apologize in advance, as there are MANY mass-market historical romances in my list this month, but I regret nothing, haha!

Those are my highlights:

Day 1

The Captain’s Christmas Bride, by Annie Burrows

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A fast and funny read Christmas themed. Perfect for the month!

Death’s Leash (Hellhounds #1), by J.D. Stroube

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Heavily-photoshoped-cover aside, I found this book very interesting. Since I’ve read Meg Cabot series Abandon (if you haven’t, PLEASE READ, IT IS AWESOME!), I got more interested in this genre that explores Death’s servants and all. The cover could be better, but the book itself promises a lot!

Forgetting August (Lost & Found #1), by J.L. Berg

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I usually wouldn’t pick up this kind of contemporary romance, it’s not my favorite genre. But I don’t know, something in this book just calls my name, haha! Have to read it!

The Holiday Courtship (Texas Grooms #7), by Winnie Griggs

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Another Christmas themed mass-market romance that got me curious. I mean, the female character won’t accept a marriage proposal even loving the man? I need to find out why!

How to Seduce a Scot (Broadswords and Ballrooms #1), by Christy English

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If there is ever a Monthly Hot Releases list in my blog without a mass-market historical romance, call the police because I’m dead and someone replaced me, haha! This one had me with its ever so funny blurb, haha! I already love the idea of Alexander and Catherine together!

In Search of Scandal (London Explorers #1), by Susanne Lord

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I got highly interested on the personality of the main female character, Charlotte. It feels like she will run Will over, haha!

A Lady’s Guide to Ruin (Birch Hall Romance #1), by Kathleen Kimmel

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This historical romance seems slightly deeper than the others of this category that are present on this list, as the main female character is a runaway from a mental institution. All eyes on this one!

Médicis Daughter: A Novel of Marguerite de Valois, by Sophie Perinot

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Historical romance + Paris + The Médicis + Intrigue and Death = I need to read this!

One Rogue at a Time (Rakes and Rogues #2), by Jade Lee

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I liked that both main characters in this romance aren’t from London’s high society. I would love to see what they are going to do to go up on those stairs, haha!

The Painter’s Daughter, by Julie Klassen

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I love historical romances and this one, although having a dramatic tone, seems awesome!

The Rosemary Spell, by Virginia Zimmerman

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I saw that my dear friend Jacqueline E. Smith wanted to read this novel and I got curious, haha! The synopsis could be better, but left me wondering anyway.

Time of Departure: A Novel, by Douglas Schofield

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This sounds like a mystery thriller and I love those! I have to read this genre more in the future ❤

Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour, by Dita Von Teese and Rose Apodaca

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I LOVE DITA VON TEESE! She’s one of my personal idols and I’m totally partial to her: I think she is beautiful, talented, funny, stylish, an example. I need to read this book!

 

Day 8

Ashley Bell (Ashley Bell #1), by Dean Koontz

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I don’t know this writer or this series or anyone that has already heard of this. So, what got my attention? The fact that this cover uses the same picture as one of the Brazilian editions of Twilight, last book of the Mediator series, by Meg Cabot:

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I like this picture, so I had to know what this book was about and sounds nice! If you already heard anything of it, please tell me ❤

Inherit the Stars (Inherit the Stars #1), by Tessa Elwood

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This is a sci-fi dystopian book that I found on Goodreads and sounds different, haha! I’m not really a dystopian person (please don’t kill me) and I read less sci-fi than I wished, but this book, the first in a series, sounds like a good bet!

Lord Dashwood Missed Out (Spindle Cove #4.5), by Tessa Dare

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I’m sure this book will rock! A woman that writes an open letter to all women about the boy next door that has never even looked at her way? AWESOME! I need to read it ❤

Planetary Submissives series, by Amber Kell

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This series was previously released in 2012 and it has passed through re-editing, that’s why I added it to my list 🙂 I know Amber Kell from ads on the end of other m/m books that I already read, but never read anything by her. This series got me curious, so here I go! Nothing like a bit of dystopian BDSM to relax a person, haha!

Queen Victoria’s Mysterious Daughter: A Biography of Princess Louise, by Lucinda Hawksley

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I love to know more about royal families, I find them highly interesting. I didn’t knew of Princess Louise existence until I find this book and the synopsis had me in a cliff already, haha! It will be awesome to know more about her!

The Wilderness of Ruin: A Tale of Madness, Fire, and the Hunt for America’s Youngest Serial Killer, by Roseanne Montillo

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This is a non-fiction book that I stumbled on internet a while ago and knew that would be awesome, haha!

 

Day 11

Maelstrom (Whyborne & Griffin #7), by Jordan L. Hawk

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I’ve become a big hardcore fan of Jordan L. Hawk since her Restless series (you can see my review for book number #2 here), and I’m dying to start Whyborne & Griffin, I even bought the first book and it will be on my January TBR, so I’m celebrating ahead that there are seven books in the series, haha! (I don’t think I made much sense here, oops!)

 

Day 15

Changeling (The Faewyld #1), by Leigh Teale

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Since I’ve read Shattered Blue, from Lauren Bird Horowitz (review here!), I’ve got totally interested in the Fae’s world. When I found this book, I knew it would be perfect!

A Seditious Affair (Society of Gentlemen #2), by K.J. Charles

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I met K. J. Charles through Twitter and I just knew I had to read her work asap! I’m going to buy the first book in this series as a self xmas present and highly recommend this series for anyone that likes gay historical romances, like I do ❤

The Violinist of Venice: A Story of Vivaldi, by Alyssa Palombo

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Hm, I guess it is pretty obvious by now that I really love historical romances, even when they are based on true stories, right? Haha! I love Vivaldi’s music and will love to dive deeper on his world ❤

Untamed (Splintered #3.5), by A.G. Howard

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So, I’m dying to start this series too (such beautiful covers!) and I couldn’t leave this book out, right? Haha!

 

Day 18

Scoundrel of Dunborough (The Knights’ Prizes #3), by Margaret Moore

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My history with Margaret Moore is old and special, haha! The first mass-market historical romance of my life was written by her (The Welshman’s Bride). Not my best read, but it was the one that made me read one after another and find my favorites (I did a post about that a while ago with my top 5 favorite ones). I don’t know this series that she is currently writing, but the theme is the same of the two books that I read from her and I can tell you this: Margaret is AWESOME at Medieval romances, okay? If that’s your genre, give her a go ❤

 

Day 20

Royal Savage, by Victoria Ashley

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At first, I was drawn by this amazing cover, but the synopsis did little to hold my interest. And then, I got curious: how a book with a kind of lame synopsis is rated on 4.94 stars* so far?! I have to see what those people loved about this story! #thespiritofajournalist

 

Day 29

Dukes Prefer Blondes (The Dressmakers #4), by Loretta Chase

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Another one of my historical romances set in 19th century London and I regret nothing! ❤

 

Feeew, that’s it! Thanks for reading! So many books, so little money, haha! Do you already know which books are you buying for Christmas??

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*data consulted on Nov. 29th

October’s new books!

Hello again! I decided to make a monthly book list with the hottest releases of the month (in my humble opinion, of course <3). So, here we have the October releases! ❤ You can check the previous list here 😉

Day 1

 

Once Upon a Zombie (Book One: The Color of Fear), by Billy Phillips & Jenny Nissenson

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The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1), by Rick Riordan

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Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell

23734628I’m dying to start to read Rainbow’s novels, truly. This one follows Fangirl ❤

A Madness So Discreet, by Mindy McGinnis

24376529You can count me in all books about madness of that discuss madness itself, it’s a fetiche of mine, haha!

The White Rose (The Lone City #2), by Amy Ewing

24585267I want to read the first book of this series, sounds awesome! And now book 2 is here too ❤

The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World, by David Jaher

24724228The supernatural beliefs of the old also are another field of highly interest for me, so this book is a must-have for me ❤

Cleopatra’s Shadows, by Emily Holleman

24819536Ancient Egypt and a good intrigue. I’m in!

Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion, by Jody Hedlund

24605318I’m Lutheran, so I can’t wait to see what the author made of his story with Katharina ❤

The Tournament at Gorlan (Ranger’s Apprentice: The Early Years #1), by John Flanagan

23846048I started the Ranger series by John Flanagan earlier this year (check out the review for the first book here!) and I’m in love! I didn’t like this cover, but oh well. The book will be awesome!

Good Earl Gone Bad (Lords of Anarchy #2), by Manda Collins

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[UPDATE] Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined, by Stephenie Meyer

Cover of the new book, from Goodreads

You can read my detailed thoughts on this one at this post 🙂

Day 13

The Favorite (The Selection #2.6), by Kiera Cass

22917292I finished The Heir some weeks ago and it’s never enough, haha!

Happily Ever After (The Selection 0.4, 0.5, 2.5, 2.6), by Kiera Cass

24465724I already have the blue book with The Prince and The Guard, so I need this one too. Besides, look at this flawless cover!

The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt, by Kara Cooney

24724236Ancient Egypt, biography. COUNT. ME. IN.

Day 20

 

Velvet Undercover, by Teri Brown

18658082First, this cover. Then, a breathtaking blurb at Goodreads. I need this book.

Day 26

 

The Merchant and the Clergyman, by Bonnie Dee & Summer Devon

PROJECT_COVER_IMAGE_1._SX800_My ALL TIME FAVORITE FROM ALL THIS LIST! I NEED TO READ THIS BOOK! Ok, sorry. I have it bad from Bonnie and Summer, haha!

Omega (Omega #1), by Lizzy Ford

25198255Sounded interesting and a friend gave it a good review. Let’s see 🙂

Day 27

 

I’ll Never Let You Go (Morgans of Nashville #3), by Mary Burton

23526241This blurb got me so hard… I love horror thrillers, but read so few of them… A shame!

The Wrong Bride (Highland Weddings #1), by Gayle Callen

24805344Again: give me any historical romance in England, truly lol.

After Alice, by Gregory Maguire

24331115I didn’t read his previous works, but this book sounds nice. I like fairy tales gone bad and inspired by fairy tales books!

The Witches: Salem, 1692, by Stacy Schiff

24819449This is another book that talks about the beliefs of the old, so I need to read it. I talked a bit about my weird romantic notions on this review.

Cold-Hearted Rake (Cold-Hearted Rake #1), by Lisa Kleypas

24431358Yes, another one ❤

Falling Into Bed with a Duke (The Hellions of Havisham #1), by Lorraine Heath

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Diamonds are Forever (The Secret Diamond Sisters #3), by Michelle Madow

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I don’t know this series, I just met it actually. My attention was totally draw to this cover and I needed to learn more, haha! The series sound amazing and I want to read them now ❤

Day 31

 

Drown, by Esther Dalseno

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I met this book on a giveaway at Instagram, it’s mermaid themed. I looove mermaid themed books, but only read one so far. Why? 😦 Besides, it’s a fairy tale gone bad book! *–*

For now, that’s all for October. Another full month for readers! Which is your most anticipated release for this month? 😀

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