Saturday, May 15, 2010

Hush, Hush and The Spanish Pearl

I'm going to start doing things a bit differently from now on. I have realized that almost every book I review, I start out by saying what a good book it was, how much I love it,and how I cant wait for the sequel. I cant change that, its an automatic response for me. See, I'm actually really bad at criticizing books, so even if they suck, I would try to sugar coat it so it doesn't seem so bad, because others may be interested in something I'm not and I don't want to turn other people off to certain books just because I don't like it. So from now on I'm going to post the title and author, a brief description, probably the one off the back cover, then a 1-10 rating system.   

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
9 out of 10
For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her...until Patch comes along. 
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment, but after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is far more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel. 

The Spanish Pearl by Catherine Friend
10 out of 10
When Kate Vincent and her partner travel to Spain, Kate is accidentally transported back in time...way back in 1085. What does a woman like Kate do in a world of no antibiotics, no feminism, no Diet Coke? She denies it as long as possible, then sets her mind to getting home. Tricky with her now useless twenty-first century skills. Things don't go well. Kate is captured by a band of mercenary soldiers and becomes an unwitting pawn in the violent conflict between the Catholic kings and the Islamic Moors. In her struggle to stay alive and return to the future, Kate must flee exotic harems, filthy dungeons, and treacherous Moorish courts. But when a sword-brandishing woman with an astonishing secret sweeps into Kate's life, Kate is suddenly torn between two women, and between two centuries. 

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