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Historical Mystery Review: A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell, #1)Title: A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell #1)

Author: Deanna Raybourn

Genre: Historical Mystery

Pages: 368

Published: July 12th 2016 by Berkley Books (first published September 1st 2015)

Rating: 3 of 5 stars

This novel took a long time to become interesting. It’s voice is very impersonal, and it tells more than shows you the story. I was also able to discern that the author put a lot of time into the background and history of the male supporting character, more so than she did her female lead. This was disappointing.  Continue reading “Historical Mystery Review: A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn”

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YA Book Review: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

There's Someone Inside Your HouseTitle: There’s Someone Inside Your House

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Genre: YA Horror

Pages: 289

Published: September 26th 2017 by Dutton Books for Young Readers

Rating: 3 stars of 5

I really enjoyed Stephanie Perkins’s Anna and the French Kiss series and was curious at how she would do in the horror genre. This novel reals like a typical teenage horror film, and would be a great read around Halloween. But… Continue reading “YA Book Review: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins”

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Audio Book Review: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, #1)Title: The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage 

Author: Philip Pullman

Pages: 546

Audio: 13:08:31

Published: October 19th 2017 by David Fickling Books

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction

Rating: 5 stars of 5

Oh my god, y’all. I discovered the His Dark Materials trilogy when I was around fifteen and it immediately became one of my favorite books. I have been waiting for the Book of Dust since discovering in 2005 that it was a possible addition to the series. This book did not disappoint and I love this world now as much as I did when I was a teen. Continue reading “Audio Book Review: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman”

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Series Review: The War that Saved My Life and The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The War that Saved My Life (The War That Saved My Life, #1)The War I Finally Won (The War That Saved My Life, #2)

Title: The War that Saved My Life and The War I Finally Won

Author: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Pages: 316; 389

Genre: Children Historical Fiction

Published: January 8th 2015 by Dial Books ;October 3rd 2017 by Dial Books

This is a middle grade series that really captured my attention. The Narrator, Ada, is so unique and her perceptions of life and the history that is happening around her are so purely childlike that it seems as if you are reading an account of a young girl living in England during WWII.  Continue reading “Series Review: The War that Saved My Life and The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley”

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Children’s Book Review: The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange

The Secret of Nightingale WoodTitle: The Secret of Nightingale Wood

Author: Lucy Strange

Pages: 304

Published: October 31st 2017 by Chicken House

Genre: Children’s Historical Fiction

Rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a really sweet and interesting book with deep topics of women’s mental health, grief, imagination, and persistence presented in an interesting format for young readers. Read More… Continue reading “Children’s Book Review: The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange”

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YA Book Review: Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Truly Devious (Truly Devious, #1)Title: Truly Devious (Truly Devious #1)

Author: Maureen Johnson

Pages: 416

Published: January 16th 2018 by HarperCollins

Genre: YA Mystery

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

So I read this book pretty much nonstop until I finished it, but I am only giving it 4 stars. Why you ask? Read on. Continue reading “YA Book Review: Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson”

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Audio Book Review: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Alice NetworkTitle: The Alice Network

Author: Kate Quinn

Published: June 6th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Paperback: 505 pages

Audio: 15:07:09

Genre: Historical Fiction

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

I was surprised by how much I like this book, especially the audio book version. It has lady spies, WWI and WII, and other elements I thoroughly enjoy, and I was very happy in how Quinn portrayed the characters and the topics presented. The reader for the audio book captured each character as well and was very consistent. In fact my short Goodreads review is “I needed this book right now. It includes all the topics I enjoy: women spies, daring young women, Scottish men, WWI and WWII, and putting sexual predators in their place. Highly recommend.” So what’s the deal with this book?  Continue reading “Audio Book Review: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn”

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Audiobook Review of BellWether by Connie Willis

BellwetherRating: 4 of 5 Stars
Pages: 247
Published: 1997

Connie Willis somehow connects RomComs and Sci-Fi, and I love it. She takes the most random topics, like in Bellwether where we have fads, flock mentality, sheep, and scientists.

The Summary, taken from Goodreads:

Pop culture, chaos theory and matters of the heart collide in this unique novella from the Hugo and Nebula winning author of Doomsday Book.

Sandra Foster studies fads and their meanings for the HiTek corporation. Bennet O’Reilly works with monkey group behavior and chaos theory for the same company. When the two are thrust together due to a misdelivered package and a run of seemingly bad luck, they find a joint project in a flock of sheep. But series of setbacks and disappointments arise before they are able to find answers to their questions.

Connie Willis is one of my favorite SciFi writers. Her protagonists are generally female, and authentic which is so rare in science fiction. I whole heartily recommend Bellwether to those you are not sure they like SciFi or just like light SciFi.

Buy from Amazon($7.99), here.

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Upcoming Reviews

I have a couple of upcoming reviews for audio books and print books.

BellwetherBellwether by Connie Willis

Genre: SciFi

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Quiet: The Powerful of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Genre: Non-Fiction

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

A Madness So Discreet

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

Genre: YA Historical Fiction

My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

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Review: Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger

Manners & Mutiny (Finishing School)Manners & Mutiny (Finishing School, #4)

My Rating: 4 Stars of 5
Amazon’s Rating: 4.5
Pages: 352

The final book of the Finishing series by Gail Carriger is packed full of excitement, fluttering eyelashes, and deadly acquaintances.

Sophronia is an young lady of good graces, as far as appearances go, but appearances are deceiving.

Taken from Goodreads,

If one must flirt…flirt with danger.
Lessons in the art of espionage aboard Mademoiselle Geraldine’s floating dirigible have become tedious without Sophronia’s sootie Soap nearby. She would rather thwart dastardly Picklemen, yet her concerns about their wicked intentions are ignored.

Who can she trust? Royal werewolf dewan? Stylish vampire Lord Akeldama? Only one thing is certain: a large-scale plot is under way. Sophronia must be ready to save her friends, her school, and all of London from disaster.

If you’ve been following this series, the final book is fun and a satisfying close. There is even an epilogue that helps put some of the “I wonder what happen to…” questions to rest. All in all, I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys steampunk, Victorian easy reads.

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