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Liz Loves Books

I love to read and to talk about books. I review many of the books I read. I do not accept any author/publisher submissions for reviews. I do not read or review ARCs. I do not enter any giveaways or contests. I obtain the books I review by purchasing them at the same price they are offered to the general public at the time of purchase. My reviews are intended for the use of my fellow readers. They are not advertising or promotion. They are not beta reads or constructive criticism or editing or advice to the author. My only obligation to the author is to pay the price charged for the book at the time of purchase. My reviews are sometimes critical and I will not stop posting critical reviews just to spare delicate authors' feelings. I am happy to make new friends, but friend requests from authors or promoters who have few or no books (and/or friends) in common with me and write or promote categories I do not read (especially new adult) will be ignored. I used to read more self-published books. After recent meltdowns by self-published authors, I now only read self-published authors I've previously read or who have been recommended to me by fellow readers I trust. I also used to read young adult/new adult books but rarely do so now.

30 Day Book Challenge, Day 30 - Most Surprising Plot Twist or Ending

Cashelmara - Susan Howatch

I was a very young, sheltered and naive 29 year old when I read Cashelmara - Susan Howatch.  I had no idea it was loosely based on the lives of Edwards I, II and III, nor did I know anything about those kings' lives. I was going through a family saga phase. I remember I chose my books partially based on weight during that phase. At 700+ pages, Cashelmara was kind of a lightweight.  Plotwise, however, it was gobsmacking.  I am much less innocent now and I know quite a bit more about the Edwards, but the surprises in this book still sucker punch me when I think about them.