Tag Archives: TBR Challenge

Still here (April has been a slog)

29 Apr

This really has been a hard month here at casa aztec, which is why there have been so few posts, little-to-no reading (or reviewing), and why I’m still stitching the last few of the pouches for #RomancingTheVote.

Still quilting pieces denim/royal blue/red pouch
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Cold-Hearted Rake, by Lisa Kleypas

16 Mar
Cover for Cold-Hearted Rake; background shows part of a medieval-ish stone house and some gardens, in a blueish tint. Foreground shows a white redheaded woman wearing a pink gown, with the back mostly open and no underpinnings, looking at the reader over her soulder

I am trying to keep up with Wendy the SuperLibrarian’s TBR Challenge and struggling some to find novels that fit the themes; not because I don’t have entire cordilleras of TBR tittles, but because I have done nothing but over-commit this year. So when I realized how little time I had to get the reading done and the review written, I went off what I remembered of the “look inside” sample, wherein the male protagonist appears to be a callous and resentful ass.

Spoiler: turns out that neither of the main characters are all that grumpy by nature; rather, they’re reacting to pretty shitty circumstances. BUT I DON’T CARE, IT FITS THE THEME.

(Also, there are letters)

::ahem::

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The Last Wolf, by Maria Vale

16 Feb
Cover or The Last Wolf; the face of a wolf, yellow eyes watching out the cover, superimposed over the bare torso of a man, his head bowed.

I’m trying to do SuperWendy’s TBR Challenge this year, and the theme this month is ‘fairy tales’. What could be easier, right? Genre romance is chock-full of Beauty and the Beast retellings 1 , to say nothing of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and all the rest.

Of course, as I scrolled through my digital TBR shelves and scanned the print TBR cordillera of Doom, not one title jumped out and yelled, “me, me! I’m an obvious fairy tale retelling”. 2

Which is why I have decided that wolf shifters in the woods totally works. (Because Red Riding Hood. Work with me here, people.)

Reader beware: abusive parent, graphic violence, graphic language, sex on page, maternal death, stillbirth. Narrated in first person present tense.

Also, I go on a bit of a rant.

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“Agnes Moor’s Wild Knight”, by Alyssa Cole

19 Jan
Cover for Agnes Moor's Wild Knight. The bottom half shows a medieval keep; the top half is a partial shot of a knight wearing armor, holding a shield at his feet.

The theme for this month’s TBR Challenge is “Quickies”, and honestly this 23 page novella absolutely embodies the letter if not the spirit of it.1 (I’m still thinking about it.)

And, would you look at that! it’s also absolutely an Unusual Historical, both in setting (1508 Scotland) and characters (our heroine is Black, in 1508 Scotland)

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