The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky by Mackenzi Lee

The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky by Mackenzi Lee

  This was just… utterly delightful. The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky was a sweet and humorous foray into the aftermath of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.  As fans of the trilogy know, this little novella was originally offered as a pre-order perk to those who pre-ordered The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy.  I did miss out on that pre-order perk, unfortunately, but back in December MacKenzi worked with her publisher to release a proper, hardcopy edition and honestly it is sweet and heartwarming and perfectly saucy and awkward. Despite Monty’s prior promiscuousness, The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky never […]

Posted February 4, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
New Books, New Hobbies, New Look: My January Wrap Up!

New Books, New Hobbies, New Look: My January Wrap Up!

January is the month that lasts forever. Here in the northern hemisphere, January is the first full month of really, really cold.  Well, at least it is in Massachusetts.  I’m looking forward to the thaw – I’m tired of shivering and numb fingers.  Grateful to have a home and a place with heat, so I try to focus on life’s small blessings instead of the single digit temperatures. I am not a winter person, I swear. But there’s been a lot of things going on this month, so that can also be exciting! The Monthly Haul Um. So.  I tripped […]

Posted February 3, 2020 in Checking In // 0 Comments //
Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

  Red Rising is positively fantastic. This is one of those books with a lot of hype.  And you know, hype isn’t always trustworthy?  I’m so pleased to say that Red Rising is a solidly good book with an imaginative world, striking characters, and a whole lot of grit and spirit. One of the foundations of a good science fiction novel is the science itself.  Pierce Brown did a great job at striking balance with this.  He didn’t over-explain scientific elements (that can be a sci-fi downfall), and he didn’t create anything too unreasonable.  The society in Red Rising felt distantly futuristic, but […]

Posted February 2, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Redwall by Brian Jacques

Redwall by Brian Jacques

  When I was growing up, Redwall was very popular.  I remember my peers carrying around the books, but they never really interested me.  I think it’s because I’ve never really been into animal protagonists, as a rule.  I added this to my TBR from a bit of a nostalgic impulse, wondering what all the hype was about back in the late 90s. I think I can see why people liked Redwall.  The storytelling and world building is decent.  It feels very much what a siege could feel like from epic fantasy, but bringing it down to animal protagonists makes it feel […]

Posted February 1, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron

Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron

  I really, really wanted to love Kingdom of Souls.  I wanted to love it because I absolutely adore the African-inspired magical setting of Children of Blood and Bone and because Twitter is right – epic fantasy is far too whitewashed.  But I can’t good conscience say that this was an amazing fantasy story or that it answers Children of Blood and Bone and that I love it because… I didn’t.  I struggled through Kingdom of Souls.  I appreciate the diversity and I want ALL of the different cultures in fantasy novels because to me… fantasy is fantasy and I want to devour it all.  But […]

Posted February 1, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

  I love books with all this political intrigue.  I never know who’s being honest and who is plotting and I still think there may be more plotting and honestly I’m just quite pleased about all things.  The Diabolic was a delightful read and really, the only thing I’m upset about is that I didn’t read it sooner. Okay, so, this is a dystopia.  I know most people are sick of dystopias, but this is one of the good ones.  The stakes are high, the world is well-built, and the characters are interesting and unpredictable.  When many books decided to emulate The […]

Posted January 31, 2020 in Reviews // 2 Comments //