If I was to start a books podcast focussing on romance/fantasy books discussing my thoughts with a co-host, how many of you would be interested in listening to it? Would love to hear your thoughts!
We would focus on both new and old releases, at first, probably starting with the next FBAA novel, but also ACOSF (because we can’t help ourselves)...
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Romantasy being so good, even if the camera phone wasn't! Apologies for the blur I just had to share since I felt amazing in this outfit yesterday! And apparently it showed since I had multiple people ask me about corsetry and a photographer who really wants me to model (hahahaha WHAT). Excellent corset day all in all, laced in at 22.5 inches external for 6 hours then at 23 for the rest of the night! A bit difficult to see in these pictures but it really nips in right at my waist which is exactly what I wanted. As the under bust is a bit big/my rib cage is deformed (no really), this corset cups my ribs much more than the orchard corset and focuses on the waistline. I'm a fan of the conical rib shape but I also enjoy how this corset is so comfortable and easy to lace down in, it's worth it!
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A Shadow in the Reaping - coming soon!!!!
A siren who must stay silent to survive.
An executioner with a bounty he cannot kill.
Lu has been living a quiet, undercover life in the quaint village of Sanford. Afraid that her voice will give her secrets away, Lu has lived for years without words, speaking only to the one witch she can trust. Except, of course, when it's time to hunt. When it comes to luring in her victims, no song is sweeter than Lu's.
But when Lu's hunt is interrupted by Ashen, a mysterious and striking Reaper, it seems like fate has finally caught up with her. An executioner with a werewolf soul to claim, Ash doesn't realize he's stumbled on the bounty of an immortal lifetime until it's too late. And as the two enemies are forced to work together to solve a crime that shouldn't be possible, it's more than just secrets that emerge between them. But in the Shadow Realm of the Reapers, can someone like Lu survive?
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Any tea you can spill about the podcast?
Only that we will be focussing on Romantasy books and that we will be discussing one book per month, starting with ACOSF. We are PSYCHED to have you guys listen. Once we have launched our official Instagram page and website, we’ll be taking questions and prompts of what you guys want to hear.
We truly believe Nessian has gotten a bit lost thanks to the Azriel chapter, so we’ll be giving Nessian a LOT of love and attention in the first episode, which is exactly what those two deserve!
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The Assassin's Curse - Cassandra Rose Clarke
Ananna is going to get married - against her will. She tries to run away from this marriage, but her future husband sends an assassin to kill her. When she accidently saves his life he is forced to protect her. Whenever she is in danger, it hurts him terribly. Together, they go on a journey to cure his curse.
Okay, it is a terrible summary, but that's about it. Still, it is a great adventure that I read the last two days.
The story is set in an oriental setting mixed with piracy and magic. I really loved this setting, the desert and the other places Ananna and Naji will visit on their journey. What I didn't like was how the author described the surroundings very sparsely - there was much more potential to create vivid places.
Ananna is a great character. She is a pirate princess and the whole book is narrated in her style of talking, which is different, but not too different, adding a certain something to the style of narration. Naji is a character you can easily fall in love with. He is strong, mysterious and still a human being. The author did a great job, even though I really wanted to hit Ananna sometimes (she can be quite impulsive).
The romance proceeds slowly, but there are very sweet scenes - but no kiss in this book! (Don't worry, there is a second book. And a third is planned, I believe) Despite the lack of purely romantic scenes, love seems to be a major subject, especially on Ananna's side. The end of The Assassin's Curse surely promises romance in the next book The Pirate's Wish (which is looking at me at the moment, screaming: READ ME, OH GOD, Read me you will!!!)
To sum it up: I really loved the book, because of the subtle romance, the amazing setting and the two main characters. The description of scenery was somehow missing, but that's not a major problem. It definitely is a good read - and the cover is amazing. That's what made me buy it. I didn't regret it and I don't think I will..
Characters: 4,5 of 5
Romance: 3 of 5
Story: 4 of 5
Ending: 5 of 5
Good read, everyone!
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If you were to write something original would it be a fantasy?
Yes, I’d love to write romantic fantasy! It’s what I love to read, it’s just whether I’m creative enough to come up with an intricate plot 😂
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ROMANTASY: CORSETS - FULL FIGURES
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Wenn euch "Der Kuss der Lüge" gefallen hat...
"Der Kuss der Lüge" war eines der letzten Bücher, das ich im Genre Romantasy gelesen habe. Zahlreiche andere Romane waren dessen Vorgänger und verdienen es ebenfalls hier aufgelistet zu werden. Eine Rezension, in der ich auf die grundlegenden Details eingehe, wird möglichweise noch folgen.
1. Obsidian. Schattendunkel - Jennifer L. Armentrout (erster Teil einer Pentalogie, es folgt eine, vermutlich ebenfalls fünf- teilige Reihe, aus der Sicht von Daemon)
2. Dark Elements. Steinerne Schwingen - Jennifer L. Armentrout (erster Teil einer Trilogie)
3. Selection - Kiera Cass (erster Teil einer Trilogie, es folgt eine zweiteilige Weiterführung mit einer anderen Protagonistin)
4. Federleicht. Wie fallender Schnee - Marah Woolf (erster Teil einer Heptalogie, 5 Bücher bereits erschienen)
5. Morgentau. Die Auserwählte der Jahreszeiten - Jennifer Wolf (erster Teil einer Quadrologie)
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I love you. Remember. They cannot take it.
Lauren Oliver, delirium
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Do you think Feyre and Rhysand would still have fallen in love if it weren’t for the mating bond?
Oh 100%. I think that’s partially why Maas doesn’t have them really get together until chapter 55, after they have time to know one another and fall in love properly. Their love is based on so much more than the bond—friendship, humor, mutual attraction. Feyre doesn’t know about the bond and she still feels for Rhys quite obviously prior to chapter 55, and Rhys himself doesn’t feel it definitely snap into place until she becomes fae. But his attraction to her and desire to protect her UtM is clear and obvious before the bond.
I think the whole point of acotar is that mating bonds can be really good, Feysand, or really bad, Rhys’s parents. Feyre and Rhys have more than a mating bond, they have all the stuff that a healthy relationship should be built on: friendship and mutual trust. Rhysand’s parents just had the mating bond, and little in common, and no friendship, and we know that his mother and father were quite unhappy together. Also, Elain and Lucien. At this point in the story, the bond is really not enough to make them happy together and fall in love. imo, Elucien isn’t going to work out because like...all signs in acofas point to it not working, and Elain seems quite unhappy with the idea of a bond at all. I think Elucien will sort of serve as an example of what happens when the bond is rejected—though I have no doubt both of them will end up happy, just not with one another.
Honestly, all the moaning people do about the mating bond bothers me because acotar is pretty much the only romantasy/paranormal romance series I’ve read that includes mates and also critiques the idea of a mating bond. It seems to me that SJM wanted to take a well known and loved trope and make it...well, better, healthier, more feminist. Like we know she really enjoys pnr and JR Ward’s black dagger series, so she’s familiar with mating tropes. And her take on it is honestly the best I’ve seen: that it’s not enough to sustain a relationship, that fate can put two people together and they can still be unhappy, and that actual strong, healthy relationships have to be based on friendship. And not just a predestined desire to fuck a lot.
This is also part of why I wish acotar was NOT YA. If it was pubbed as adult romantasy, then it’s readership would be more likely to understand where SJM is coming from with the whole mates idea and not just criticize without thinking of how intelligently she’s reworked the trope. Sure we could say get rid of mates completely, but tropes are fascinating for a reason and they work well in some instances for a reason, they aren’t just useless. Imo, acotar successfully rewrites the mates trope to show how bad it can be, but also how good, ie, it can strengthen an already healthy relationship.
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“Ithicana would pay for its crimes against her people, and by the time she was through with its king, he’d do more than bend. He’d bleed.” - The Bridge Kingdom . . 🌟QOTD: what’s a book you love to feature? . . Hello friends and happy Friday!! My work schedule is all over the place this week so I’m exhausted!! But I am never too tired to gush about my favorite book!! The Bridge Kingdom is one of my all time favorite fantasy romance books and I am so excited we are getting more books based in this world!! I cannot wait to see what Danielle comes up with next!! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! . . #CourtofReading - Romantasy #BookishRoadTrip21 - Landover: epic fantasy reads . . #flatlayfriday #thebridgekingdom #daniellejensen #acourtofcandles #bookandcandle #bookblog #unitedbookstagram #bookpics #instagramreads #fantasybooks #readersofinsta #vscoreads #bookster #yalovin #readreadread #ireadya #bookaddicted #totalbooknerd #idratherbereading #bookrecs #readeveryday #rainbowbookshelf https://www.instagram.com/p/CQjD2CGrP07/?utm_medium=tumblr
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