Genre: Fiction

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

I’ve read and listened to The Amulet of Samarkand many times since I was first introduced as a high schooler, and so help me, I still love Bartimaeus. This series has a world-feel all it’s own.  It feels like a bit later than Victorian England, but there’s no element of steampunk.  There was a similar aesthetic to Ink and Bone but where that version of the world had fallen apart, this one is tightly held together, like a fine tapestry foretelling doom.  The stiffness of the humans (magician or not) is the contrast needed to make Bartimaeus himself so funny.  Where even young […]

Posted June 29, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

I loved this book and I hated this book and literally nothing in between.  Rather than have a completely ranting review, I’m going to try and sandwich the good and the bad together so we end up with a towering sandwich of Scooby Doo fame. First of all, the book talk.  I loved all the conversation about books. There were phrases and sentiments I related to so thoroughly, I wanted to reach out and embrace Jenny Colgan for just getting it.  There was a moment where Nina reflected back on her childhood, and how her parents used to usher her out of the […]

Posted June 20, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

I’ve always found the conspiracy and the theology and the science in Angels and Demons fascinating.  It’s been over a decade since I have read the book, so most of what I remembered of it comes from the movie (which, in all fairness, I still think is a fantastic interpretation).  It seemed time to revisit, so here I am! Most of this is still very good.  The pacing keeps you on your feet the whole time.  The treasure map through Rome is fascinating – even though there’s murder, Dan Brown has done a fantastic job making the reader excited for the next stop.  As […]

Posted June 19, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy

Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy

Marilla of Green Gables is one of those books that I requested so fast.  I absolutely adore Anne of Green Gables – no other story has captured my heart quite so much.  So, even though I knew that Marilla’s story would be different, everything in my heart and soul needed this book. I confess – it took me a little while to get into Marilla of Green Gables.  I was immediately disappointed that it wasn’t as charming as Anne’s version of the story.  Marilla felt like a different person, and I was grumpy, and I didn’t like it.  Then enter Rachel White – to become […]

Posted June 17, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

Ehhhhh. So conceptually, this sounded really interesting.  This is a world where people don’t have to die.  If you’re murdered, you get to come back in a place that feels comfortable and safe, reverted to a few hours before your death.  Our protagonist is a Dispatcher, meaning that he’s on call for things like medical emergencies, tidily “dispatching” the patient so they don’t die from the procedure. I expected to learn more about this world, but honestly, this is more like… an episode of NCIS.  Someone is missing, so a law official connects with another dispatcher to understand how the […]

Posted June 16, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Soulless by Gail Carriger

Soulless by Gail Carriger

I need to be honest straight into this and say – Soulless is a bit silly. This is a book about a declared spinster – a young Victorian lady in her twenties – who just so happens to have no soul.  It’s an unfortunate side-effect of her birth, as her father is also soulless.  She’s also half-Italian, which is a constant source of difficulty for her in civilized society.  She doesn’t really talk about her preternatural state, but she does argue with werewolves, flirt with vampires, and stab people with parasols. Really, Soulless is a typical cheeky paranormal romance with a steampunk edge, […]

Posted June 15, 2019 in Reviews // 5 Comments //