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The Highland Earl Review

Good morning,

This month seems to have flown by and here it is almost the end! We’re already halfway through the year which is amazing to think about.

Speaking of amazing, I have just read my 110th book which has surpassed my goal of reading 100 books for this year and how fitting to reach such a milestone with Amy Jarecki’s latest book in her Lords of the Highlands series which also happened to be one of my most anticipated reads! It’s always such a joy to read Amy’s books particularly when they involve Highlanders! I was generously sent a copy from the publisher which I was very happy to receive because I’ve eagerly waited to receive and devour every one of her Highlander books!

Well enough of my fangirling, I’d like to share with you my thoughts on Amy’s latest book!

The Highland Earl (Lords of the Highlands #6) by Amy Jarecki

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This is the further continuation in the Lords of the Highlands series though each are written in a way that can be read as standalones.

I love how Amy takes real life figures, gives them much happier endings including falling in love, tossing in a mix of the real with fiction and gives them a revamp so to speak.

John Erskine, Earl of Mar has recently been widowed and left to raise two young boys. He’s in need of a Mother for his boys who hopefully comes from money that can go a long way in helping to pay off debts, many of which were inherited from his Father. He finds himself drawn to Lady Evelyn Pierrepont who is a Duchess, well off and has all of the manners and understanding to become his future Countess.

Evelyn knows that she must do her duty despite having misgivings on becoming John’s wife. She would rather spend time cultivating gardens, helping those less fortunate and aiding the cause for the Jacobites than to marry the Scotsman. Evelyn is convinced to marry John, realizing that she could potentially offer more aid to the cause and she has grown rather fond of John’s boys.

Though it is a marriage of convenience, Evelyn and John soon find themselves spending many nights locked in passionate embraces and growing fond of each other.

When John learns that Evelyn is a spy, it throws him off guard and he’s very much hurt by feelings of betrayal. Evelyn feels terrible for causing such hurt, realizes that her spying may not be for the right cause and is soon caught up in quite the debacle.

It’s not long before John is accused of treason which sends him, Evelyn and their boys into hiding until they can figure out a way to be cleared of charges. The boys are safely tucked away into hiding during the search.

Soon Evelyn and John will find themselves on quite the dangerous adventure, coming across help in unexpected places, coming to terms with their differences, realizing what’s really important and determined get to the bottom of the plot they’re caught up in.

I loved how strong Evelyn was despite knowing her husband was upset with her for not choosing to come clean at first.

I also loved how much she immersed herself in the role of being a Countess, genuinely caring about the servants as well as the crofters, bonding with her stepsons and trying to make amends to her husband for putting him in such a difficult situation.

It was wonderful to see Evelyn and John grow together as a couple, overcoming some very difficult circumstances and learning to develop trust as well as a way to communicate particularly after Evelyn revealed being a spy.

Oliver and Thomas are such precious little beans who deserve all the love, support and understanding they can get. Evelyn could understand and relate to their sorrow over losing their Mother and she worked hard to become a second Mother to them.

Full of adventure, steamy scenes, romance, the lure of the Highlands, a dash of politics, mystery and friendship, I had such a fun time reading this book.

I can’t wait to see which Highlander will be next to find his happily ever after!

Well that wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. I am off to more bookworm adventures which will hopefully involve bringing down my current reading pile a bit before the end of the month. I will return soon with more bookish content!

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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N.E.W.T.s Readathon TBR

Good morning,

Happy August 1st! It’s a little hard for me to believe that Fall is just around the corner though it is my favorite time of year!
Speaking of favorite things, one of my favorite readathons starts today which is the N.E.W.T.s Readathon which is a HP-themed readathon created by Book Roast on YouTube
You can learn more info by going to the Magical Readathon Twitter page and it involves lots of reading and fun times!

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I took my O.W.L.S. earlier this year with the intent of trying for Healer and then realized it wasn’t possible this time around. So now I’ve decided to go with either Herbologist or Magizoologist who have similar subjects funnily enough. My TBR is very ambitious but that seems to be something that can’t be helped and I’m not expecting to get to every book.

So here’s my TBR and I may even attempt a bit of bullet journaling. I recently bought myself one and am new at it so should be interesting because my artistic skills are rather limited when it comes to sketching (my attempts at drawing people turn into stick figures) but I hope that I’ll enjoy it nonetheless and get on the BUJO train so to speak. I haven’t figured out a design yet for this readathon so when I do, I’ll be sure to post a picture on my Instagram. I’m so happy I found my stash of HP-themed pencils from an OwlCrate box!

🌿Herbology🌿  O for Herbologist; E for Magizoologist

A- The Border Keeper by Kerstin Hall
E- Emily & Einstein by Linda Francis Lee
O- It Takes Two by Jenny Holiday

💫Charms💫 E for Magizoologist

A- Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
E- Jim Henson’s Dark Crystal: Creation Myths #1 by Brian Holguin, Alex Sheikman (Illustrator), Lizzy John (Illustrator) & Brian Froud

⚗Potions⚗ E For Herbologist

A- Saga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Artist)
E- Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

🐉Care of Magical Creatures🐉 A for Herbologist; E for Magizoologist

A- Aru Shah and The End Of Time by Roshani Chokshi
E- On Luna Time by Amber Crawley
O- Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau-Preto

📜Forbidden Section (Group Book that can take the place of one required book for career)📜

Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell

Subjects I would like to read if there’s time:

🔭🌟Astronomy🔭🌟

A- Love Potions by Michelle M. Pillow
E- A Duke In The Night by Kelly Bowen
O- Saga Volume II by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Artist) 

⚔️Defense Against The Dark Arts⚔️

A- Daughter of The Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller 
E- Legacy The Graphic Novel by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast, Kent Dalian (Adapter) et. al. 

🦔Transfiguration🦔

A- The Tea Dragon Festival by Katie O’Neill 

🖋️Ancient Runes🖋️

A- You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

Well that wraps up my bookish ramblings for now. I’m hoping for a successful readathon and that I won’t burn myself out from trying to read so many books in one month. Looking forward to seeing which books will be the most enjoyable and bringing my TBR down a bit plus all these books is making my Ravenclaw self very happy. Best of luck to my fellow bookish HP nerds!

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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Top 10 Tuesday: July Wrap Up

Good morning,

July seems to have flown by and here it is, the last Tuesday of the month! I read a lot of books this month, mostly because I was attempting to participate in three readathons which made for quite the interesting choices of books to read.

For this last Tuesday, I decided to mention the books that stood out the most for me this month. If you’re curious about all that I’ve read, I have a link at the bottom to my Goodreads account.

So, let’s get to the really good stuff which is of course the books which have been organized according the order I read them in because they were all wonderful! Artificial Condition was a reread and looking forward to a reread of the rest of the books in the series.

Silver Batal and the Water Dragon Races (Water Dragon Races #1) by K.D. Halbrook

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Night of Cake & Puppets (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2.5) by Laini Taylor, Jim Di Bartolo (Illustrator)

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Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse

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The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

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Before She Ignites (Fallen Isles #1) by Jodi Meadows

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Firelight (Amulet #7) by Kazu Kibuishi

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Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries #2) by Martha Wells

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The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus #2) by Rick Riordan

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Seraphina (Seraphina, #1) by Rachel Hartman

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Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians #1) by Kevin Kwan

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So that concludes my bookish ramblings for the time being. I still have a couple of books to finish before the end of tomorrow which I’m sure I’ll be able to. I may not have been very successful with a couple of the readathons I took part in but I participated and pushed myself to read more which was a win in my book! I hope your reading was enjoyable this month and here’s to a hopefully successful month of reading in August!

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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Top 10 Tuesday: Fantasy and Sci-Fi

Good morning,

I have been really busy attempting to keep up with the various readathons I decided to join and now realizing it would have been a good idea to overlap some of the books for multiple readathons. Ah well, it’s inspiring me to get creative with what I read in a short amount of time!

Speaking of reading, I’ve been very much on a Fantasy and Sci-Fi kick which isn’t unusual but certainly isn’t helping my growing pile of to be read books. There’s been several that I’ve had my eye on though keep getting distracted by other books. Some have been on my list for a while and others have recently come across my radar. I thought it would be fun to split my list into five each of Fantasy and Sci-Fi which I hope you’ll enjoy!

 

Fantasy

 

The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

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Phoenix and Ashes (Elemental Masters #3) by Mercedes Lackey

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The Magicians (The Magicians #1) by Lev Grossman

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Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars #1) by Elizabeth Lim

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Rosemary and Rue (October Daye #1) by Seanan McGuire

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Sci-Fi

 

The Fated Sky (Lady Astronaut #2) by Mary Robinette Kowal

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Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1) by Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman

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2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

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Velocity Weapon (The Protectorate #1) by Megan E. O’Keefe

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Of Wars, and Memories, and Starlight by Aliette de Bodard

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So that concludes my bookish ramblings for now. I have several books to read before the end of the month and hoping I’ll finish at least two readathons before then! I can’t wait to see what new bookish adventures I will go on next! I will return soon with more bookish ramblings.

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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Top 10 Tuesday: Bookstacks on Desk Edition

Good afternoon,

I’ve been adding a lot to my TBR pile lately between book sales, library holds and some back lists that I’m trying to make as a priority. The easiest way for me to notice them is to place on my desk which has become a rather interesting way of organizing. So I’ve decided that the best way to tackle my precarious piles is to make a list and hope it will slowly but surely dwindle.

I have many more books than ten but it seems like a good number to start with and a number that isn’t too overwhelming. Oh the trials and tribulations of a bookworm! Without further ado, I present to you my rather eclectic list.

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Mythic Journeys: Retold Myths and Legends by Paula Guran (Editor)

 

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Public Library and Other Stories by Ali Smith

 

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Queen of the Amazons by Judith Tarr

 

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Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles #1) by Tamora Pierce

 

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The Hills Have Spies (Valdemar: Family Spies #1) by Mercedes Lackey

 

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To the Waters and the Wild: A Novel by S.C. McGrath

 

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The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2) by Brandon Sanderson

 

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Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

 

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Royal Assassin (Farseer Trilogy #2) by Robin Hobb

 

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Save the Date by Morgan Matson

So that wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. There’s so many books I want to read and yet so little time. Though I’ve read a lot of books so far this year, it feels as though I’ve fallen very much behind but I’m determined to tackle some of my books that are on my various lists of books that have caught my notice. Speaking of books, I am off to the Library to pick up my holds and hopefully get in some reading. Wish me luck!

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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Top 10 Tuesday: Read June Books Edition

Good morning,

It’s a little hard to believe that it’s already the beginning of July and soon it will be Fall. I read quite a few books in June, some of which I’ve been meaning to for a while and others that I finished which had been on my currently reading list for way too long. I’ve managed to narrow down my top ten favorites, some of which I’m surprised I waited so long on.

So without further ado, let’s get to the books! Please note that I didn’t put them in any particular order of favorites because it’s always hard for me to number them!

 

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Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

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Tin by Pádraig Kenny

 

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City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare

 

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Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim

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Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy #1) by Robin Hobb

 

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Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

 

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Sabriel (The Old Kingdom #1) by Garth Nix

 

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The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus #1) by Rick Riordan

 

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City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare

 

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The Highland Earl (Lords of the Highlands #6) by Amy Jarecki

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Well that wraps up my bookish ramblings for now. I was not very successful with attempting to participate in most of the readathons I was interested for June but still did very well for the amount that I read. It would seem I don’t do so well with most readathons if they are a week particularly when several overlap each other. Hopefully the month of July will be much better in that aspect. If not well, trying is half the battle and so long as I’m reading, that’s winning in my book!

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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Top 10 Tuesday: Summer Edition

Good morning,

Hard to believe that we’re over halfway through the month! I’ve been reading quite a bit, attempting to finish up books that I’ve been in the middle of for a while and making some progress.

Trying not to be distracted with new releases and those that are soon to be released is really hard to resist. Speaking of new releases, some of them are just around the corner which is why I decided to make a summer list of some of the books that I can’t wait to get my hands on. Release dates have been included so you can add them to your to be read list if you’re so inclined.

 

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Wicked Fox (Gumiho #1) by Kat Cho

Release Date: June 25th, 2019

 

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The Highland Earl (Lords of the Highlands #6) by Amy Jarecki

Release Date: June 25th, 2019

 

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The Plus One by Sarah Archer

Release Date: July 2nd, 2019

 

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The Storm Crow (The ​Storm Crow #1) by Kalyn Josephson

Release Date: July 9th, 2019

 

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Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars #1) by Elizabeth Lim

Release Date: July 9th, 2019

 

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The Wedding Party (The Wedding Date #3) by Jasmine Guillory

Release Date: July 16th, 2019

 

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A Highlander Walks into a Bar (Highland, Georgia #1) by Laura Trentham

Release Date: July 30th, 2019

 

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The Duke Is But a Dream (Debutante Diaries #2) by Anna Bennett

Release Date: July 30th, 2019

 

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House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Release Date: August 6th, 2019

 

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The Last Post by Renee Carlino

Release Date: August 20th, 2019

 

I’m so looking forward to the next couple of months and hoping I will read some books that will become a part of my favorites. That wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. Hopefully I’ll manage to finish even more books before the end of the month that I’m currently in the middle of and may your reading being a success as well!

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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