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Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

I typically don’t like steampunk novels.  I really want to, but I’ve never connected with them.  There’s always been far too much cheesy romance and swooning and belittling of women.  I almost removed this from my TBR when I reached it. Then, I took a deep breath, and borrowed the book from Overdrive. So glad I did. This one was a delight.  That’s the absolute best word that I can conjure.  Etiquette & Espionage is everything I wanted from a steampunk fantasy.  On the surface, we have a coming-of-age tale with airships and female friendships and getting into just the right amount […]

Posted May 14, 2018 in Reviews // 12 Comments //
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

Ahhhh, complicated reviews are complicated, y’all. On one hand, The School for Good and Evil is a fun fairy tale world with quirky, interesting characters and a secret you spend the whole book impatiently waiting to find out. One the other hand, it’s all very shallow and slow-paced and the little feminist in me dies a bit every time there’s an inference that the princesses watch their waistlines. So, depending on the particular page or chapter, I either enjoyed this book… or it made me cringe. In the beginning, we are introduced to our two main characters (Sophie and Agatha) and […]

Posted May 10, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Everybody seems to really enjoy this book, but it sort of made me angry. I have such limited tolerance for Spoiled Rich Brat Is Sad stories.  Lockhart tries to humanize Cady sometimes – she has chronic migraines and is sad and gives her stuff away.  But she’s so fake and selfish; other characters call her out on her selfishness sometimes, which is a bit satisfying, but it’s not enough for me to like her.  The tragedy in her life is genuinely horrible, but she is so disconnected from it… I couldn’t be bothered to care, either. Reading this novel, I felt […]

Posted May 9, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery

Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery

My heart is so thoroughly tied to Anne of Green Gables, I did not think I could fall any deeper in love. I was so deliciously wrong. Anne of the Island was like finding a piece of my soul tucked away in a a novel.  Anne has always been a kindred spirit, but it still surprises and delights that a novel written a century ago can tug so sweetly at my heart.  I grew up with Anne’s story, but did not indulge in the books until recently.  When I read Anne of Green Gables, I forced myself to be patient as I waited […]

Posted April 13, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
1906 by James Dalessandro

1906 by James Dalessandro

When I borrowed this book from Overdrive I thought it was going to be entirely about the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906.  I was a bit surprised when the story opened with an arts correspondent and a fledgling cop.  For a moment, I thought I had borrowed the wrong book.  But I was hooked fast. Dalessandro opens by introducing us to a web of characters convening in San Francisco.  With so many different personalities involved, it would have been easy to get lost.  Dalessandro wove the multiple perspectives perfectly.  We learn about the deep lines of corruption in government […]

Posted March 12, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Stand by Stephen King

The Stand by Stephen King

DNF @ 13%. I do realize there’s a bit of irony in saying this, as I’m going through the Dark Tower series for the third time, but this book is long and I am so, so bored.  I know 13% may not seem like much of a chance, but the book is 1400 pages long and I’ve already committed about 7 hours to listening to it. I know this sort of makes me a traitor.  People love Stephen King, and The Stand is the book they love best.  But I’ve read science-fiction thrillers related to germ warfare.  I read The Andromeda Straina few years ago […]

Posted March 11, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //