Friday, April 19, 2013

Review: Assassin's Gambit by Amy Raby

Sigh, so once again, I've been neglecting my blog. I'm sure you're tired of my excuses - curling, work, being busy, etc. I mean, I am too ^_^; However, I have to say, at the end of the day, the real reason is I'm just not in the mood to blog. Lately, the moments I can still away from real life, I'd rather read than blog... I'm not saying I'm done with blogging, because I'm not. However, I think I need to stop pressuring myself about blogging all the time. I mean, who really expects it? And it's especially hard to stay motivate when everyone else seems to also be busy with real life or affected with the blogger blues. Anyway, all to say that I'm going to try my best to blog, but there'll probably be some quiet times :)

In the meantime, I do have a review for this week :) It's a buddy review over at Breezing Through :) Joining me is Jan from Notes from a Readerholic! Head over to Breezing Through or click here to find out what we thought of Ms Raby's debut novel, Asssassin's Gambit.

Assassin's Gambit by Amy Raby
published by New American Library (Signet) in April 2013

Vitala Salonius, champion of the warlike game of Caturanga, is as deadly as she is beautiful. She’s a trained assassin for the resistance, and her true play is for ultimate power. Using her charm and wit, she plans to seduce her way into the emperor’s bed and deal him one final, fatal blow, sparking a battle of succession that could change the face of the empire.

As the ruler of a country on the brink of war and the son of a deposed emperor, Lucien must constantly be wary of an attempt on his life. But he’s drawn to the stunning Caturanga player visiting the palace. Vitala may be able to distract him from his woes for a while—and fulfill other needs, as well.

Lucien’s quick mind and considerable skills awaken unexpected desires in Vitala, weakening her resolve to finish her mission. An assassin cannot fall for her prey, but Vitala’s gut is telling her to protect this sexy, sensitive man. Now she must decide where her heart and loyalties lie and navigate the dangerous war of politics before her gambit causes her to lose both Lucien and her heart for good.
Genre: Fantasy romance
Series: Hearts and Thrones, Book #1


  1. I think we've all been there, life gets very busy and when we do get a free moment we want to escape into a book. The blogging mojo will come back and we'll all still be here. :)

  2. Blogging should be something you want to do, not something you feel as though you have to do! Don't stress - sounds as though you're working out a new balance for yourself, which is great.


  3. The story of my blogging life, nath! Take comfort in knowing that many of us are in the same boat. We have other recreational interests outside of blogging as well as jobs, families, chores, etc. that just take up a lot of time and energy so something's got to give. Plus most of us would probably choose to let the blog slide before we'd let READING slide, right? Most days I have at least 2-3 things I could blog about but I just don't get to it and then when I do have sit-down time at the end of the day I'm too tired to do it and just want to relax with a book. Anyway, definitely don't pressure yourself.. once blogging becomes a chore the joy gets sucked out of it.

  4. I really understand where you're coming from. I had a blog before the one I'm doing now and stopped blogging when it became a chore...something I felt I had to do. I felt like I should be blogging instead of reading or doing all the other things I enjoy in my life. This time I'm trying to take a middle ground...writing shorter reviews and only reviews that I want to do! As everyone has commented don't beat yourself up about not blogging more. We enjoy it when you do blog and I'm going to read your posts whereas someone who blogs once or twice a day just makes me

  5. Leslie - I hope the mojo will come back and everyone will still be here, Leslie! But sometimes, you have to wonder :(

    Li - True, true. The thing is, I want to blog, that's the crux of it. I want to blog, but don't have the time or the inspiration for it. I think I need to go to a more relax rhythm as well. Don't need to blog about everything I read, just the ones that call to me.

    Christine - LOL, Christine :) The thing is, you have a family to take care of... and well I don't. So where does my time go?!?

    Jan - I'm glad you came back to blogging, Jan! I thought your name sounded familiar, but when I went to your blog, it was fairly new!

    I think you're right. Go back to blogging the books I want to blog, instead of forcing myself to blog about every book.