Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Historian

Title: The Historian
Author: Elizabeth Kostova
Reading level: Adult
Paperback: 642 pages
ReceivedFrom: I Bought it
Publisher: Time Warner Book Group
Genre: Historical Fiction
Cover: C
Overall: B+
"Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters addressed ominously to 'My dear and unfortunate successor'. Her discovery plunges her into a world she never dreamed of — a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an evil hidden in the depths of history.An adventure of monumental proportions, blending fact and fantasy, history and the present with an assurance that is almost unbearably suspensful, THE HISTORIAN is utterly unforgettable."
This novel drew me in for one reason: Vlad Tepes otherwise known as Vlad Dracula. The book itself is a complicated mystery with many twists and turns that can become quite confusing to a non-advanced reader. (Even I had to reread a chapter or two to figure out who whose perspective I was in) However; set the confusion (which is part ofe the excitement) aside and you have an innovative take on vampires throughout Romania, England, Amsterdam, Bulgaria and yes good ol' Trannsylvania. In this portrayal Dracula is not an evil Bram Stoker image but a true Historian. His passion leads the hunt and the mysteries that unfold page by page. Reader be warned : you will be sucked in to this book ( no pun intended)! Don't let the stuffy cover fool you "The Historian" offers an enthralling adventure to find the real Vlad Dracula.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Mademoiselle Boleyn

Title: Mademoiselle Boleyn
Author: Robin Maxwell
Reading level: Adult
Paperback: 355 pages
From: I Bought it
Publisher: New American Library/ Penguin Group
Genre: Historical Fiction
Cover: B-
Overall: A

"When young Anne Boleyn is sent to French court with her father and sister Mary, she believes she's
going for an innocent adventure. But when the
ambitious Ambassador Thomas Boleyn leads them
into the highly sophisticated and sexually permissive court of Francois I, Anne quickly learns that they are merely pawns to be used for their father's own political purpose. Since all good English girls are expected to do their father's bidding, Mary becomes mistress to the outrageous French king and is ultimately seduced into his dangerous world by
the luxuries of court. But Anne has a different fate in mind.Anne is younger, cleverer, and stronger willed
than her elder sister, and with the guidance of chosen, powerful allies and unlikely friends, such as Leonardo da Vinci, she learns how to navigate the
challenges, passions and betrayals of court. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Anne undergoes her own sexual awakening, each daring exploit taking her one step closer to the life
that is her destiny. "

I love that a book has finally given a vivid glance into the life of a young Anne Boleyn, it portrays the clever childs twisted life before she ascends to Queen of England and one of the most hated woman in history. I must warn readers
though this book is not for children due to the
sexually explicit nature of the novel. ADULT historical fiction avid readers do not let this book go unnoticed!!! Honestly, I could barely put the book
down, so enthralled was I, I cannot wait to read the rest of the authors sizzling series in the historical Rennaissance period.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Book Collection

These are all the books I own.
* I have read
If it has a link it means its been reviewed by me

Categorized by title of book:


Atonement by Ian McEwan*
All Acts of Love and Pleasure Are Her Rituals by Rachel Adair*
Alice In Wonderland And Philosophy by William Irwin*
Between Two Kingdoms
by Joe Boyd*

Countess of Scandal by Laurel McKee*

Divine By Mistake by P.C. Cast*


Elphame's Choice by P. C. Cast*


Fanged & Fabulous by Michelle Rowen*

Goddess Of The Sea by P.C. Cast*
Goddess Of Spring by P.C. Cast*





Loving Mr. Darcy by Sharon Lathan*
Mademoiselle Boleyn by Robin Maxwell*
Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy by Sharon Lathan *
My Dearest Mr. Darcy by Sharon Lathan*

Nefertiti by Michelle Moran*

O'Shaughnessey by Jeremy McGuire *
O' Juliet by Robin Maxwell*

Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen*
P&P&Z:Dawn Of The Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith*

Queen Victoria Demon Hunter by A.E.Moorat*


Stressed in Scottsdale by Marcia Fine *
Signora da Vinci by Robin Maxwell*
The Historian by
Elizabeth Kostova *
The Other Queen by Phillipa Gregory *
The House Of Night Series by P.C Cast and Kristin Cast *
The Soul Of A Chef by Michael Ruhlman

To Shield the Queen by Fiona Buckley *
The Queen's Bastard by Robin Maxwell *
To the Tower Born: A Novel of the Lost Princes by Robin Maxwell *
The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry *
The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran *
The Amber Room by Steve Berry *
The Boleyn Wife by Brandy Purdy*
The Chase by Clive Cussler*
The Merchant's Partner by Michael Jecks*
The Wild Irish by Robin Maxwell*
The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker*
The Scarlet Lion by Elizabeth Chadwick*


Virgin: Prelude to the Throne by Robin Maxwell *
Virginia by Susan Hughes*

Wish Stealers by Tracy Trivas*




Review Policy

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- Paranormal
- Cookbooks
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My Reviews

This is where you will find all of my reviews I have ever written! So please take a look around and see if you find anything you like. I will try and update this as frequently as possible. If you are looking for a review to be done on your book please contact me.

Elizabeth Kostova
The Historian
Robin Maxwell

Mademoiselle Boleyn
Phillipa Gregory
P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Michael Ruhlman
Michelle Rowen
Fiona Buckley
Steve Barry
Ian McEwan
Michelle Moran
Marcia Fine
Jane Austen
Sharon Lathan
Jeremy McGuire
Rachel Adair
William Irwin
Steve Hockensmith
Brandy Purdy
Clive Cussler
Michael Jecks
A. E. Moorat
Laurel McKee
Tiffany Baker
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