The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.
Another slowish week, mostly full of work and just relaxing. I’m almost caught up on my (need to read to review) TBR List, so that’s kind of nice.
✖ Teaser Tuesday: Pantomime by Laura Lam
✖ Waiting on Wednesday: Pivot Point by Katie West
✖ REVIEW: Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
✖ REVIEW: The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke
✖ Teaser Tuesday: (Whatever book I’m reading on Tuesday!)
✖ Waiting on Wednesday: (it’s a surprise!)
✖ REVIEW: Blaze by Laurie Boyle Crompton
✖ REVIEW: Pantomime by Laura Lam
✖ Potentially a fun swarm of posts to celebrate my love for romance novels because February seems like a good time for that with Valentine’s day and all that 😉
In My Mailbox post! Hosted by The Story Siren, In My Mailbox is a chance to showcase new books, ones checked out from the library, bought, won or received for review.
One super awesome book from Netgalley for review; and two from the library for fun reading.
(01) Cinnamon and Gunpowder: A Novel by Eli Brown
A gripping adventure, a seaborne romance, and a twist on the tale of Scheherazade—with the best food ever served aboard a pirate’s ship
The year is 1819, and the renowned chef Owen Wedgwood has been kidnapped by the ruthless pirate Mad Hannah Mabbot. He will be spared, she tells him, as long as he puts exquisite food in front of her every Sunday without fail.
To appease the red-haired captain, Wedgwood gets cracking with the meager supplies on board. His first triumph at sea is actual bread, made from a sourdough starter that he leavens in a tin under his shirt throughout a roaring battle, as men are cutlassed all around him. Soon he’s making tea-smoked eel and brewing pineapple-banana cider.
But Mabbot—who exerts a curious draw on the chef—is under siege. Hunted by a deadly privateer and plagued by a saboteur hidden on her ship, she pushes her crew past exhaustion in her search for the notorious Brass Fox. As Wedgwood begins to sense a method to Mabbot’s madness, he must rely on the bizarre crewmembers he once feared: Mr. Apples, the fearsome giant who loves to knit; Feng and Bai, martial arts masters sworn to defend their captain; and Joshua, the deaf cabin boy who becomes the son Wedgwood never had.
A female pirate, a kidnapped awesome chef, a swashbuckling adventure, aaaaaand maybe a touch of romance!?!?! YES PLEASE, SIGN ME UP! This book actually might have everything I could possible love *sigh of pure bliss. I can’t wait for the food descriptions, also, the cover! Gorgeous.
(02) Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.
That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine — and I will do anything, anything, to avoid SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.
He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France — an Allied Invasion of Two.
We are a sensational team.
I figured I join the party after seeing it on so many people’s top reads of 2012. I have no idea that it was a spy book (which upon reflection, the title does hint at that haha)! I think the hands cover threw me off 😉
(03) The Husband List by Janet Evanovich & Dorien Kelly
Based on the family from the bestselling Love In A Nutshell, the story of an heiress longing to marry for love or not at all
From The New York Times bestselling writing duo Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly, comes the story of a young woman’s search for true love. Caroline Maxwell would like nothing more than to join her brother, Eddie, and his friend, Jack Culhane, on their adventures. While Jack and Eddie are off seeing the world, buying up businesses and building wildly successful careers, Caroline’s stuck at home frightening off the men her mother hopes will ask for her hand in marriage. When her mother sets her sights on the questionable Lord Bremerton as a possible suitor, Caroline struggles with her instincts and the true nature of her heart. She longs for adventure, passion, love, and most of all . . . Jack Culhane, an unconventional Irish-American bachelor with new money and no title. A completely unacceptable suitor in the eyes of Caroline’s mother. But Caroline’s dark hair, brilliant eyes and quick wit have Jack understanding just why it is people fall in love and get married.
Set in New York City in 1894, The Husband List is an American gilded age romantic mystery. It evokes memories of the lavish lifestyles and social expectations of the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers—a time when new money from the Americas married Old World social prestige and privilege. Dresses by Worth, transcontinental ocean voyages, lavish parties, a little intrigue, and a lot of romance await in, The Husband List.
I usually always enjoy Janet Evanovich’s screwball romances (though I have never read any of her Stephanie Plum series, except for one Plum Christmas one time haha). But since I’ve read Love in a Nutshell, I figured I might as well give this a go. I’ve never read any historical romance by Janet Evanovich before so this will be a new experience for me (: