Monsters, Blackbirds and Lingerie Wars

lingerie-warsIt’s March already? *glances over left shoulder at New Zealand Firefighters calendar* Mmmm. Hel-lo Andrew…. *blinks* Sorry.

It’s, like, almost mid-March? Eeek! That means end of year accounts/taxes, Easter, and DS’s school trip to Japan are imminent. Triple eeek!

And that means I’m running a little late — again! — with my February reading list. In my defense, I have been working really, really hard. And I have some exciting news to share… after I get this post done!

So, to February reading.

I was fortunate enough to come across Lingerie Wars by Janet Elizabeth Henderson.

An English hero who ends up being the not-so-thrilled owner of a lingerie shop, and whose knowledge of lingerie is pretty much limited to how best to remove it. A Scottish heroine who knows everything there is to know about lingerie–being an ex-lingerie model and all–and who’s not going to take our hero’s plans to steal all her business lying down. “It’s Scotland versus England as you’ve never seen it before. It’s lingerie war.”  It was a funny, engaging, clever read — simply delightful.

Next up Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig

Blackbirds-coverDark. Edgy. Twisted. Compelling. Loved it! Unsurprisingly, DD (who loves horrors and all things dark and twisted) loved it, too. I’d recommend you download a sample first, because it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you love anti-heroines with flexible morals — go Miriam!! — then definitely give Blackbirds one a go.

Here’s the blurb:


She’s foreseen hundreds of car crashes, heart attacks, strokes, and suicides. She merely needs to touch you — skin to skin contact — and she knows how and when you’ll die.

But when Miriam hitches a ride with Louis Darling and shakes his hand, she sees that in thirty days Louis will be murdered while he calls her name. Louis will die because he met her, and she will be the next victim.

No matter what she does she can’t save Louis. But if she wants to stay alive, she’ll have to try.

And last, but not least, Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

Dreams of Gods and Monsters is the final book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy. It’s out now, so don’t be put off by the April release date that’s showing on the above link.

How to describe this trilogy?

Fantastical? Whimsical? Heart-wrenching? It’s like no other fantasy I’ve read, and I love that it’s set in both a contemporary world that is immediately recognizable, and a fantasy world.

Here be monsters, of the like you’ve never seen before, whose essences can be captured shortly after death and inserted into new bodies created from pain and teeth and bone. And these are angels like you’ve never seen before — angels that are terrible and cruel and capricious.

So who are the real monsters? And can a monster and an angel ever do more than hope for a happy ending? Dreams of Gods and Monsters kept me guessing right till the immensely satisfying end.

Here’s the blurb:

What power can bruise the sky?

Two worlds are poised on the brink of a vicious war. By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera’s rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her.
When the brutal angel emperor brings his army to the human world, Karou and Akiva are finally reunited–not in love, but in tentative alliance against their common enemy. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves.
But with even bigger threats on the horizon, are Karou and Akiva strong enough to stand among the gods and monsters?

And here’s my full February reading list:

  • Blame The Mistletoe by Dani Collins**
  • Talk Sweetly to Me by Courtney Milan
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Duke of Dark Desires by Miranda Neville
  • Rescued by the Rancher by Soraya Lane
  • Candy’s Man by Jeanette Hornby
  • Mistletoe Wedding by Melissa McClone**
  • Her Mistletoe Cowboy by Alissa Callen**
  • Cowboy, It’s Cold Outside by Katherine Garbera**
  • Lingerie Wars by Janet Elizabeth Henderson
  • A Sapphire For Karina by Imogene Nix
  • Undeserving by Gladys Quintal
  • Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig
  • His Secretary: Undone by Melanie Marchande
  • The Scent of Shadows (Signs of the Zodiac #1) by Vicki Pettersson
  • The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac #2) by Vicki Pettersson
  • Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
  • The Touch of Twilight (Signs of the Zodiac #3) by Vicki Pettersson

**Christmas in Montana; a Marietta Christmas anthology

Happy Reading!



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2 Responses to “Monsters, Blackbirds and Lingerie Wars”

  1. Tez Miller says:

    Seeing since you read three of them quickly, I’m guessing you enjoyed the Signs of the Zodiac books? Me, too! I’ve only read the first three, but the others are on my shelf, waiting :-)

    • Oh yeah. Loved this series. Very dark and twisted and kinda horrifying. Awesome stuff! I’d read the first 5 books a while ago, and had the last one sitting on my Kindle to read, so I simply had to re-read the whole series again before diving into the last book… which was excellent, BTW. You’ll love it.