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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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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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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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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.

Buy from Amazon ($10.97), here.

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Review: Waistcoats and Weaponry by Gail Carriger

Waistcoats & Weaponry (Finishing School, #3)London. Supernaturals. Petticoats. Bladed Fans. Espionage. That’s all it took for me to be interested in this series, and book Three, Waistcoats & Weaponry does not disappoint.

Sophronia is back at finishing school (a.k.a. Espionage School) and is faced with a whole new set of problems. Add to a young teen girl trying to save the British Empire, annoying boys are vying for her affections. Sophronia doesn’t let this stop her, fluttering eyelashes or no.

Need more depth? As summarized on Goodreads:

Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style—with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Such a fashionable choice of weapon comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland.

No one suspected what—or who—they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train. Sophronia uncovers a plot that threatens to throw all of London into chaos and she must decide where her loyalties lie, once and for all.

Check out the Finishing School series on Amazon.

More Books in the Series:

Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1)Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School, #2)Manners & Mutiny (Finishing School, #4)

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Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series

Rivers of London (Peter Grant, #1)Moon Over Soho (Peter Grant, #2)

****4 Stars out of 5

The Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch is a series I have wanted to read since 2012, when I was studying in London. As you can see from the cover, Diana Gabaldon pitched it as grown-up Harry Potter. I mean, come on. How could I not love this series?

I started reading this series a couple of months ago, and yes, I love it. It is not Harry Potter by any means, but that’s okay. The main character, Peter Grant, is a young police constable, who by happenstance of meeting a ghost, is appointed an apprentice to a magician investigator. There are vampires, and river spirits, ghosts, and of course magic, all this fantasy is mixed in a very believable depiction of the London Metropolitan Police.

This is a light read series, of course. It is intriguing and the main character is very likeable. Peter is a POC, which is refreshing, and the novels do mention that fact in ways other than just character descriptions.

All in all, if you like Urban fantasy, I would recommend this series. So far, I have only read the first two novels, Midnight Riot (Rivers of London-UK name) and Moon over Soho, but I will continue with the series.

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Update: What I Read in March…


March was a slow month for me. I read most of my To-Read list, but not all of it. April will be a better month. In March I read:

Mini Review: “The Last Flight of Poxl West” by Daniel Torday

Review: “Legend” by Marie Lu

Review: “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr

Review: “Afterworlds” by Scott Westerfeld

Review: “Making History” by Stephen Fry

ICYMI: All the above titles are links to reviews.

Review: Denton Little’s Deathdate (Review coming in April)

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Review: “Legend” by Marie Lu

3.5 stars of 5 ★★★★☆

I thought I was over dystopians. Well, I was wrong. There’s just something so satisfying about tyrannical governments losing their sh*t all because of the actions of some normal, but extremely capable, teenagers.

Legend is fast-paced, original, and the book design is stunning. It’s rare that a book gets the approval to use different fonts for different character’s POV, much less different colors. That means marketing really liked this book. They though it was going to soar over The Hunger Games knock-offs back in 2011. That didn’t really happen, and you know why? Divergent was also published in 2011. Legend is a younger teen read, whereas Divergent is an older teen read, and for whatever reason, it eclipsed Marie Lu’s work and her series fell under the radar.

I think that’s a damn shame, too, because I see teenage boys( a demographic that it’s virtually impossible to get interested in reading) really enjoying this series.

This series is not unknown by any means, and it has gained popularity since the movie versions of THG, Divergent, The Giver, and The Maze Runner have piped interest into the genre.  I hope it continues to draw interest, because it really is an entertaining read for younger teens.

For those who are wondering, here’s the summary( via Goodreads):

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

I definitely recommend this series to folks that love dsytopia, but aren’t looking for anything too complicated. This is a straight the government is bad, we have the power to change that, and it’s going to be hard but worth it. I’ll be staying with this series until the end.

Here are the other books in the series:

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Update: What I read in February…


Y’all. I actually read the books I said I was going to read for February! I did it! Yay! *Pats self on the back*

Here’s to hoping March will be just as productive!