The third book of the series has a lot more to discuss than the second (which I also mini-review here).
I finally read Outlander, and liked it, but also had reservations.
Charming, romantic short stories set in Regency England.
The second volume of this series is still fun, but raises the bar, in terms of magic system detail, in character development, and in height of stakes.
I’m trying out video reviews. Here’s my first, Shades of Milk and Honey, by Mary Robinette Kowal.
It’s that time again: when I’m so behind, I have to do Quick Takes. Here’s what I thought of the last few books I read in 2013. There’s kind of a lot of them, so buckle up! Continue reading
Palace of Spies by Sarah Zettel
Ugh. They paid someone to design this? Actually, my biggest problem is not the actual design, it’s more that it doesn’t fit. To me, this says, “Time-travel or costume party novel for 11-year-olds”, when actually, it’s a historical novel (no time-traveling involved), more for 14-year-olds. Three years makes a huge difference at that age! But also, it’s ugly.
Sixteen-year-old Peggy is a well-bred orphan who is coerced into posing as a lady in waiting at the palace of King George I. Life is grand, until Peggy starts to suspect that the girl she’s impersonating might have been murdered. Unless Peggy can discover the truth, she might be doomed to the same terrible fate. But in a court of shadows and intrigue, anyone could be a spy—perhaps even the handsome young artist with whom Peggy is falling in love…
History and mystery spark in this effervescent series debut.
Ten Cents a Dance by Christine Fletcher
Oooh, I like. Because this book is really about Ruby more than anyone or anything else, but the men in her life are important to her journey, I really like the juxtaposition of her face with their backs.
With her mother ill, it’s up to fifteen-year-old Ruby Jacinski to support her family. But in the 1940s, the only opportunities open to a Polish-American girl from Chicago’s poor Yards is a job in one of the meat packing plants. Through a chance meeting with a local tough, Ruby lands a job as a taxi dancer and soon becomes an expert in the art of “fishing”: working her patrons for meals, cash, clothes, even jewelry. Drawn ever deeper into the world of dance halls, jazz, and the mob, Ruby gradually realizes that the only one who can save her is herself. A mesmerizing look into a little known world and era. Continue reading
The Iron Wyrm Affair by Lilith Saintcrow
Urban Fantasy, odd couple who become partners and probably fall in love, Steampunk variation. It’s attractive, though.
Emma Bannon, forensic sorceress in the service of the Empire, has a mission: to protect Archibald Clare, a failed, unregistered mentath. His skills of deduction are legendary, and her own sorcery is not inconsiderable. It doesn’t help much that they barely tolerate each other, or that Bannon’s Shield, Mikal, might just be a traitor himself. Or that the conspiracy killing registered mentaths and sorcerers alike will just as likely kill them as seduce them into treachery toward their Queen. In an alternate London where illogical magic has turned the Industrial Revolution on its head, Bannon and Clare now face hostility, treason, cannon fire, black sorcery, and the problem of reliably finding hansom cabs. The game is afoot.. Continue reading