I have to admit that I am always surprised by some of the books that get banned. Don’t get me wrong, as a parent (and older sister who started reading YA novels because I wanted to see what my younger sisters were being exposed to), I agree that some books can be a little graphic in content, too scary for a particular age/maturity level and have some seriously foul language. That being said, I really don’t ANYONE telling me what I can and cannot read. Buzzfeed Books has a great posting here about children’s books that were banned, including Where the Wild Things Are (for promoting witchcraft and another posting I saw somewhere else today but can’t find right now said it was banned because it was considered too scary for young kids).
But the book that makes me shake my head the most is Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I think it would be interesting to know how many people who support banning specific books have actually read the books they are trying to get banned or if they are just basing their opinion on what someone else says about that particular book . Do you have any favorites that have been banned? Have you ever read a book because it was banned somewhere?
Novel Reaction is excited to participate in Jill Shalvis’s launching of It’s In His Kiss the next novel in her fabulous Lucky Harbor series. Let’s learn a little more about Jill Shalvis:
New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
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It’s In His Kiss is the tenth book in the Lucky Harbor series. Now I realize that is quite a few books in a series, but you don’t need to have read the entire series to enjoy It’s In His Kiss, it can be read alone (my review to follow) but I do recommend you read Once In A Lifetime first and follow it up with the soon to be released He’s So Fine which follows the antics and path to love of three best friends who have returned to Lucky Harbor to open up a charter business together. Novel Reaction is excited to offer you an excerpt tfrom the audio book which is being released today in addition to the mass market paperback and ebook. Enjoy!
ONE KISS CAN LAST FOREVER
Becca Thorpe has uprooted her life and escaped to the beach. Now’s her chance to get away from city living, throw caution to the ocean winds, and live in the moment. Especially if the moment includes the deliciously sexy surfer she meets shortly after arriving in Lucky Harbor. Something about the dark intensity of Sam’s eyes and the thrill she gets at his touch convinces her to stay awhile.Boatbuilder and investment genius Sam Brody is a self-made man who knows how dangerous it can be to mix business and pleasure. But he can’t resist offering Becca a job just to hear her laugh and have her near. Yet when her brother comes to town asking for help, will he tempt her back to her glamorous life in the city? Or do Sam and little Lucky Harbor have a chance to win Becca’s heart?
Melody Mackay is an inventor for the Order of the Round Table, while a role not traditionally held by women, Melody isn’t about to let gender stereotypes stop her from fulfilling her calling. But in Dragons and Dirigibles by Cindy Spencer Pape, Melody crash lands on the front lawn of Victor, Earl of Blackwell, too bad she finds herself attracted to the very conservative, very appealing Victor.
Victor is struggling to keep things together at Black Heath, unexpectedly inheriting the title of Earl when his brother dies and becoming guardian to his young niece, Victor doesn’t have time for things like sexy inventors. When things go awry and Victor needs Melody’s help, will they be able to move passed their stubbornly held ideals to allow for love to grow between them.
Dragons & Dirigibles is another fun addition to the Gaslight Chronicles. I didn’t see the twist at the end coming (don’t worry, I won’t spoil it for you) but I loved the various steampunk contraptions used by the characters, especially the submarine at the end of the story. Melody was another great female character from Spencer Pape and fans of Wink will enjoy Melody’s energy and attitude. Once again, I felt like the story was a little short (and maybe a little rushed on how quickly Melody’s health recovered from her horrible crash) but the action was entertaining and the romance delightful.
Zoey Donovan is an Aegis, like her mother before her, a caretaker and safe-haven for the monsters and mythical creatures that live in hiding from the human world. In Golem in my Glovebox by R.L. Naquin, Zoey finds out she is the only remaining Aegis, all the rest have gone missing, so Zoey does the only thing she can think of–she sets out to find out what happened to them. In the midst of her searching she learns that her mother may still be alive, now Zoey must find her before someone captures Zoey as well.
I admit I love the Monster Haven series, a fun mix of fantasy, paranormal, romance, and humor. Golem in my Glovebox, was a great addition to the series. While you can read Golem in my Glovebox without having read the previous books in the series I do think it is less confusing if you read them in order (and you can come to love Maurice, the closet monster). While I love reading about Zoey and everything she goes through (I love her big as life heart) it is Naquin’s supporting characters that steal your heart without upstaging the main characters. Not always the easiest thing for an author to do. For example, I really want a Maurice to take care of me and Gris the Golem who is struggling to find his humanity (because he is a created nonthinking creature who has gained the ability to reason) is a fabulous addition to the series. Like I said, I recommend that you read the series in order for the best experience, they are all quick reads and well worth your time.