To Read or Not to Read … Read! – January 2019

Posted January 19, 2019 by Shari in To Read or Not to Read / 11 Comments


Sophia's To Read or Not

Each month, I will post up a pair (or more) of books.  I would like you to vote on a choice.  Yes!  You will have the job of telling me what to read from my pile each month.  I welcome your vote no matter what reason you choose (frivolous, serious or otherwise) that particular book and do share your reason in the comments just because I’m nosy.  I will of course share my thoughts on the book itself in my review post.

We’re going with Young Adult Historical as the theme this month.  But that is the extent of their similarities.

Candidate #1

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
#1 Dark Days Club
YA Historical Fantasy Romance


London, April 1812.

On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?

Candidate #2

Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey
YA Historical Romantic Suspense


Miss Lydia Whitfield, heiress to the family fortune, has her future entirely planned out. She will run the family estate until she marries the man of her late father’s choosing, and then she will spend the rest of her days as a devoted wife. Confident in those arrangements, Lydia has tasked her young law clerk, Mr. Robert Newton, to begin drawing up the marriage contracts. Everything is going according to plan.

Until Lydia—and Robert along with her—is kidnapped. Someone is after her fortune and won’t hesitate to destroy her reputation to get it. With Robert’s help, Lydia strives to keep her family’s good name intact and expose whoever is behind the devious plot. But as their investigation delves deeper and their affections for each other grow, Lydia starts to wonder whether her carefully planned future is in fact what she truly wants…


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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Hey all! Leave me your vote in the comments, pretty please!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Shari

LOL No worries! Thanks for figuring it out. 😉 Now, we’re good to go.

Mary Kirkland
3 years ago

Duels and Deception sounds more intriguing with that kidnapping.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Yes! A good good kidnapping to make things interesting. 🙂

3 years ago

I went with Duels and Deception. I don’t know why?

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Lorna

LOL! It just jumped out at you, right? 😉

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I voted for The Dark Days Club because I have that one sitting on my shelf waiting to be read and would love to know your thoughts 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Happy to be your guinea pig if it wins. And hey, I can top that since I have the first two on my shelf. LOL

3 years ago

I didn’t realize YA historical books were a thing, I don’t think I ever read a YA historical book. I voted for The Dark Days Club. It sounds intriguing with how it sounds like there’s a paranormal element as well.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Lola

It is definitely a thing especially when paired with the paranormal or fantasy. 🙂 So good!