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Malin’s CBR-III Reviews # 78-93

I really suck at updating regularly, so here’s another massive list of my book reviews since last time. I keep promising myself to be better about updating on the group blog, and then it all goes to hell again. 11 books away from my double Cannonball now.

Book 78: Delightful young adult book. http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/10/78-folk-keeper-by-franny-billingsley.html 

Book 79: Book 2 in Kate Elliott’s epic fantasy series. http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/10/79-cold-fire-by-kate-elliott.html

Book 80: What if Cleopatra became a vampire? http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/10/80-queen-of-kings-by-maria-dahvana.html 

81: Another wonderful book by Franny Billingsley. http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/10/81-chime-by-franny-billingsley-read.html 

82: The most recent Discworld novel, starring Sam Vimes. http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/11/82-snuff-by-terry-pratchett-read-thon.html

83: Historical romance from Courtney Milan. http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/11/83-unclaimed-by-courtney-milan-read.html

84: Amazing paranormal fantasy, set partially in Prague. http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/11/84-daugther-of-smoke-and-bone-by-laini.html

85: Young adult fantasy with a slightly unusual heroine. http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/10/85-girl-of-fire-and-thorn-by-rae-carson.html

86: A persuasive argument for romance reading, wittily and cleverly written.  http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/11/86-everything-i-know-about-love-i.html

87: I finally discover Tamora Pierce. http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/11/87-alanna-first-adventure-by-tamora.html 

88: Awesome Steampunk adventure romance. Archeology! Kidnappings! Zombies! http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/11/88-heart-of-steel-by-meljean-brook.html

89: Alanna grows older and starts noticing boys.  http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/11/89-in-hand-of-goddess-by-tamora-pierce.html

90: Alanna joins a desert tribe and becomes a shaman. http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/11/90-woman-who-rides-like-man-by-tamora.html

91. Amazing historical romance from Joanna Bourne. http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/11/91-black-hawk-by-joanna-bourne.html

92. Terminator meets My Fair Lady in this sci-fi/fantasy/romance. http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/11/92-no-proper-lady-by-isabel-cooper.html

93. What if Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett were rock stars on tour with each other? http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/11/93-fitzwilliam-darcy-rock-star-by.html

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Malin’s CBR-III Reviews # 55-68: Too many to actually name here

So because it’s summer, I’ve been reading a whole lot. My last update here on the group blog was in early July. I’m Norwegian. I live in Oslo. Most of you know what happened here on the 22nd of July. Because of the news reports, varying from truly unbelievable and horrifying in the beginning, to just plain depressing now, in addition to reports on the English riots (my husband’s from Newcastle), I’ve not been in the mood for a lot of heavy reading over the last month or so. So there is a lot of romance here. Books that guarantee a happy ending. No unhappy rioting youth or crazy right-wing mass murderers.

55. After 11 long years, I finally know what happens to Jon Snow, Tyrion and Danaerys: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/55-dance-with-dragons-by-george-r-r.html

56. Book the fourth in Gail Carriger’s entertaining Victorian Steampunk adventure/romance series: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/56-heartless-by-gail-carriger.html

57. Victorian mystery with romantic undertones: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/57-dark-enquiry-by-deanna-raybourn.html

58. Contemporary romance with a fairly ridiculous premise. Fun, though: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/58-yours-to-keep-by-shannon-stacey.html

59. Contemporary and historical fiction, both in the same book!: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/59-winter-sea-by-susanna-kearsley.html

60-62: Trilogy about the three sons of a notorious widowed Duchess. They’re all very good in bed: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/60-62-londons-greatest-lovers-trilogy.html

63. Twelfth and rumoured to be penultimate book in Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/63-spell-bound-by-kelley-armstrong.html

64. Second book in Rick Riordan’s entertaining young adult series. Even more Egyptian gods!: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/64-kane-chronicles-throne-of-fire-by.html

65. A teenage girl gets abducted and taken to the Australian Outback. A strange relationship with her abductor develops. Budding romance or Stockholm Syndrome?: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/65-stolen-letter-to-my-captor-by-lucy.html

66. Book 1 of Julie Anne Long’s Pennyroyal Green series: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/66-perils-of-pleasure-by-julie-anne.html

67. Book 2 of the Pennyroyal Green series: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/67-like-no-other-lover-by-julie-anne.html

68. Book 3 of the Pennyroyal Green series: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/68-since-surrender-by-julie-anne-long.html

I think I may have reached my saturation point for historical romance for a while, and will probably read something completely different next. We shall see. I will endeavour to update on the group blog a bit more often, so my link and tag lists don’t become quite so long.

 

 

 

 

 

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Malin’s CBR-III Reviews # 51-54: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan, A Lady’s Lesson in Scandal by Meredith Duran, Silk is for Seduction by Loretta Chase and Naamah’s Blessing by Jacqueline Carey

So I’ve finished the first 52 books of CBR-III, and have obviously decided to try to complete a double Cannonball by the end of the year. It shouldn’t prove too difficult, although I’ve taken much longer to finish and blog 52 books this year than I did last year, probably due to a much higher workload, and teaching a graduating class of school children. I shall have to read as much as possible this summer to stay on schedule.

51. The first book in Rick Riordan’s new adventure series for kids – now with Egyptian demi-gods!: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/07/51-kane-chronicles-red-pyramid-by-rick.html

 

52. I do like my romance, this is a particularly good one (although yes, I admit the title is a rubbish one) : http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/07/52-ladys-lesson-in-scandal-by-meredith.html

53. More romance, much more light-hearted (again, it’s better than the silly title suggests): http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/07/53-silk-is-for-seduction-by-loretta.html

54. Some epic fantasy as well: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/07/54-naamahs-blessing-by-jacqueline-carey.html

I’m currently re-reading Jane Eyre, and should have finished it in time for my six-year-long wait for A Dance with Dragons to be over. I just hope it lives up to my expectations.

 

 

 

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Malin’s CBR-III Reviews # 44-46: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews and Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn

I’m yet again way behind on my blogging, so expect quite a few links here in the next few days. Here are the first three:

44. Award winning historical fiction about the Sexy Tudors (not really): http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/06/44-wolf-hall-by-hilary-mantel.html

45. Fifth installment of my possibly absolute favourite paranormal fantasy right now: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/06/45-magic-slays-by-ilona-andrews.html

46. Frothy Regency romance, very disposable: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/06/46-just-like-heaven-by-julia-quinn.html

 

 

 

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Malin’s CBR-III Reviews # 36-38: The Ralston trilogy by Sarah MacLean

Trilogy of historical romance, all review in one loooong post:

http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/05/36-38-ralston-trilogy-by-sarah-maclean.html

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Malin’s CBR-III Review # 29: Unveiled by Courtney Milan

I’ve finally caught up on all my blogging, so be prepared for a lot of review from me today:

http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/04/29-unveiled-by-courtney-milan.html

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Trudi’s CBR-III review #11: “Dark road to Darjeeling” by Deanna Raybourn

Excellent Victorian crime-romance set in India – a full review is available here

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