Waiting on Wednesday: “Starling” by Fiona Paul

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StarlingfpTitle: Starling (Secrets of the Eternal Rose #3)

Author: Fiona Paul

ETA: March 20, 2014

Summary from Goodreads: In the final book in the trilogy, Cass and Luca are back in Venice trying to find the Book of the Eternal Rose to clear Luca’s name and keep them both out of prison. But the hunters become the hunted when the Order of the Eternal Rose figures out their plan. Filled with twists and turns, danger and torrid romances, this novel brings the Secrets of the Eternal Rose novels to a thrilling, heart-pouding, sexy conclusion.

Why: Did you miss my reviews of Venom and Belladonna? Read them for more as to why I can’t wait to see how this series ends!

Weekly Wrap Up + Stacking the Shelves for 7-20-13

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Welcome to this week’s wrap up and Stacking the Shelves! Over the next couple of weekends, I probably won’t be doing videos because I’m working like a crazy person and just don’t have time. So here’s the lowdown, in text form!

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ARC Review: “Belladonna” by Fiona Paul

BelladonnaBelladonna (Secrets of the Eternal Rose #2) by Fiona Paul

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In the second in the stunning Secrets of the Eternal Rose series, Cassandra Caravello is trying to forget Falco, the wild artist who ran off with her heart, as she grows closer to her strong, steady fiancé, Luca. But Luca seems to have his own secrets. When he’s arrested by soldiers in the middle of the night, Cass’s life is once again thrown into chaos. She must save Luca, and that means finding the Book of the Eternal Rose—the only evidence that will prove he’s innocent.

So begins her journey to Florence, a city haunted by whispers of vampirism, secret soirees and clandestine meetings of the Order of the Eternal Rose. And home to Falco, who is working for the Order’s eerily stunning leader, the Belladonna herself.

Can Cass trust her heart to lead her to the truth this time?
Nothing is as it seems in this seductive thriller, where the truth may be the deadliest poison of all.

Four and a half stars

Thanks to NetGalley and Philomel for this eARC! This title will be released July 16th.

WARNING: This review WILL contain spoilers for the first book, Venom. Read my review of that one HERE!

I don’t know what I was expecting when I started this book, but lemme give it to you straight: I was NOT expecting THAT.

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Review: “Venom” by Fiona Paul

VenomVenom (Secrets of the Eternal Rose #1) by Fiona Paul

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Cassandra Caravello is one of Renaissance Venice’s lucky elite: with elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, her own lady’s maid, and a wealthy fiancé, she has everything a girl could desire. Yet ever since her parents’ death, Cassandra has felt trapped, alone in a city of water, where the dark and labyrinthine canals whisper of escape.

When Cass stumbles upon a murdered woman—practically in her own backyard—she’s drawn into a dangerous world of courtesans, killers, and secret societies. Soon, she finds herself falling for Falco, a mysterious artist with a mischievous grin… and a spectacular skill for trouble. Can Cassandra find the murderer, before he finds her? And will she stay true to her fiancé, or succumb to her uncontrollable feelings for Falco?

Beauty, love, romance, and mystery weave together in a stunning novel that’s as seductive and surprising as the city of Venice itself.

4 stars

When I first heard about this book, I knew I had to have it. I’m a huge historical fiction buff, and this was BEGGING to be on my shelf. So I picked it up. I opened the pages. As it turns out, the historical fiction was not the only complex piece of the puzzle – the plot surprised me, the main character made me smile … and I had a weird reaction to the love triangle.

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Weekly Wrap Up + Stacking the Shelves for 6-30-13

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Welcome to this week’s wrap up and Stacking the Shelves! This week’s posts on the blog ran the full gambit of reviews to giveaways, so you aren’t going to want to miss out! I also got some interesting ARCs this week AND won a giveaway, so happy dance time! As always, the video will explain it all. Otherwise, read on!

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