Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

From Goodreads:

THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS. FOR THE LAST TIME.

A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, from which enough ash spews to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter.

It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.

And it ends with you. You are the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where orogenes wield the power of the earth as a weapon and are feared far more than the long cold night. And you will have no mercy.


This book deserves every bit of the hype it has gotten and more. Here is a list of the awards and nominations it has received:

  • Hugo Award for Best Novel (2016)
  • Nebula Award Nominee for Best Novel (2015)
  • Locus Award Nominee for Best Fantasy Novel (2016)
  • The Kitschies Nominee for Red Tentacle (Novel) (2015)
  • Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fantasy (2015)

Did you know there was a Red Tentacle award? Me either! But now I need to go find out more about it!

I was lucky enough to be at the Hugo Awards when this book received Best Novel last year, and it was so exciting! There was so much happiness in the room that N. K. Jemisin had won. It felt like a love wins victory after the weird political divisiveness that has been going on in the Sci-Fi and Fantasy world that is such a mirror of real world politics.  I wasn't aware of that until I knew we were going to World Con and had started doing some research and ran into articles discussing the different factions.  I would have expected this genre to be the most open minded and accepting of all, considering it is based on magic and imagination and science we haven't achieved yet.  But alas it still has some ugliness to work out.  I think it's dwindling, but it is still there.

That cannot dim the greatness that is The Fifth Season.  This was such a well crafted and interesting world, story and cast of characters.  There are many messages worked in, class systems, prejudice, history being set by the winners, and rewritten to suit the regime, all woven into a story where it fits, it's not forced, it just is part of the world.  Which brings up another idea to me, acceptance of what is, because you don't know any different, and the idea that maybe you need to look further than the surface to see what's really going on.  The world itself is so intriguing to me, the "powers" that certain people have are geology based, and it is definitely a post apocalyptic world, perhaps many times post apocalypse, as is suggested  in the first line of the summary.  This has all happened many times before, they have lore which relates instructions on how to survive it, but maybe that won't be enough this time.  There are mysterious DeadCiv artifacts from long gone times, and strange floating obelisks that clearly served an important function, which has been lost over time.

Enjoy isn't the right word for this, I was fascinated and so interested to see where it was going.  I'm definitely in for the rest of the ride, and highly recommend it!  I wish I had taken notes while I was reading it, there were so many a-ha moments and "I see what you're doing there" that I'm finding difficult to relate now after the fact, universal truths and parallels to our world that make this one changed yet still recognizable to us.  Yes, I'm gushing.  I'll stop now, you should definitely check out this 5/5 book for yourself!


Sunday, May 21, 2017

COYER Summer Reading List Challenge

COYER


It's time for another COYER! I am joining the Summer Reading List Challenge to hopefully get to some of those books I've been meaning to and keep putting off! I've also added my new subscription box books, and my first Netgalley approved reads, so we'll see how I do!

Here is my Summer Reading List. To join us just click on the banner above! You know you want to!

The Sunday Post #1



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Welcome to my inaugural edition of the The Sunday Post! I've had two bookish changes in the last couple months, I've been trying out a few book subscription boxes, and I also joined up at Netgalley, which I've always been afraid to do!

Book Sub Boxes

This could become an expensive habit!  So far I have tried:
These three are all young adult boxes, so I wouldn't mind trying out some adult targeted boxes as well. If you subscribe to any book boxes, which ones do you like?


Netgalley

I was always afraid to try Netgalley because I often heard other bloggers saying how behind they were on their Netgalley reading. Having been in an owed book debt state before, I sincerely don't want to get overwhelmed like that again! I have been using Blogging for Books which allows you one book at a time, and you get to choose a new book once you review the one you have, no time limits, no stress. I have enjoyed that one a lot and plan to keep doing it, but decided to go ahead and give Netgalley a try. The challenge will be to not request too many! I have never been part of the ARC crowd before, so we'll see how it goes and if I can keep ahead of it! I can do this! I have been approved for three books so far, all of which I am excited about, so look for these to come later in the summer!



Last Week on The Space Between


Passenger by Alexandra Bracken


Next Week on The Space Between



That's all for my first edition of The Sunday Post! Next week I'll tell you about the challenge I'm currently hosting, and the new one I'm thinking about hosting, if I haven't talked myself out of it by then! Have a great week!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home... forever.

It was the cover of this one that caught my eye first, with the city in a bottle and the reflection of a ship under the water, such neat artwork! It was suggested as a possible group read in a Goodreads group that I admin, and while it didn't win that round, I was intrigued enough to still give it a try.  I will definitely keep it in the running for the group read! Adventure, time travel to exotic locations, some romance, an artifact hunt, roller coaster feelings, there is a lot here!

The main draw after the cover caught me was time travel, I'm a sucker for the ability to pack history in with that nifty mechanism, and I enjoyed looking up images of the places they traveled to online.  I won't say where they went, that's part of the fun!  Also, you need a good hunt through time with a puzzle, and a handsome and conflicted pirate (ahem, legal thank you very much), while being chased by who knows how many different factions.  For not knowing anything like this was possible, Etta really took the whole thing very well! 

I enjoyed the characters, except for Sophia, you aren't supposed to like her though, and every time you almost feel sorry for her, yep, she says something that just makes you want to strangle her.  Papa Ironwood is of course super evil, though even he you can feel a smidge of empathy for when you know what he's up to, although it's still all for his own gain.  Nicholas and Etta fit together almost immediately, in fact so well that he is afraid to believe it.  Etta meanwhile is just bulling through the whole adventure like a bat out of hell that will not be stopped! She's got moxy for sure!

On the whole this was a great YA adventure with a lot of my favorite elements included which I would definitely recommend to you if you're looking for some treasure hunting, time skipping fun!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

May TBR List Winner - The Ghost and Mrs. McClure by Alice Kimberly



 And the winner is...


Book Synopsis:

This spirit is willing -- to catch a killer

Young widow Penelope Thornton-McClure and her old Aunt Sadie are making ends meet by managing a mystery bookshop -- a quaint Rhode Island landmark rumored to be haunted.  Pen my not believe in ghosts but she does believe in good publicity -- like nabbing Timothy Brennan for a book signing.  But soon after the bestselling thriller writer reveals a secret about the store's link to a 1940's murder, he keeps over dead -- and right in the middle of the store's new Community Events space.

Who gives Mrs. McClure the first clue that it was murder?  The bookstore's full-time ghost -- a PI murdered on the very spot more than 50 years ago.  Is he a figment of Pen's overactive imagination?  Or is the oddly likable fedora-wearing specter the only hope Pen has to solve the crime? You can bet your everlasting life on it!


I'm actually glad this one won, as I am a Mrs. McClure myself in real life, so I already have affection for this book! My Dad had read this series also and enjoyed them, so I think I'm in for a treat!



39% of the votes


33% of the votes


28% of the votes

Saturday, May 06, 2017

My To Be Read List - May 2017 - Paranormal Cozy Mysteries



Welcome to my May 2017 edition of My To Be Read List, hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading. This is a monthly meme where we offer up 3 choices from our TBR pile for our readers to pick from to help us make the super hard decision of "what do I read next?" a little easier and to whittle away at the ever growing TBR Mountain! 

Theme: Paranormal Cozies -  Here are three paranormal cozy mystery series I've been meaning to start for a long time, so this month at least one of them will happen!

The poll will stay open through Friday 5/12, and I'll update this post with the winning book on Saturday 5/13, then post a review on the last Saturday of the month, 5/27.

If you think this sounds fun and would like to join (the more the merrier, because we love voting!) please head on over to Because Reading where Michelle lays out the rules for us!

And the choices are...


Book Synopsis:

M. J. Holliday's a medium with a message -- her business is helping lost souls cross over to the other side. But what if the ghosts want to stay put?

M. J. Holliday has two rules. One, she and her partner, Gilley Gillespie, work alone; and two, she doesn't date clients.  But when handsome Dr. Steven Sable needs her help, the specter-spotting sleauth is ready to break both of her rules.

It seems the hot doc's grandfather jumped from the roof of the family lodge in an apparent suicide.  But Dr. Sable knows in his bones it was foul play, and strange things keep happening at the lodge.  He'll hire M. J. and Gilley -- but only if he can come along.  Hey, the duo needs the money -- and looking at eye candy all weekend doesn't sound too bad either.

But once they reach the lodge, the three realize they're dealing with more ghosts than just Grandpa Sable's.  And the spooks keep playing nasty tricks on their human visitors.  To the untrained eye, it would appear that the ghouls just want to have fun.  But M. J. knows they're communicating their distress -- and it's up to her to figure out why.
Book Synopsis:

Bringing a little culture to Stony Mill, Indianam Enchantments is one of the area's finest antique shops.  But shop clerk Maggie O'Neill and her employer Felicity Dow do more than conjure up curios for the locals -- they each possess a talent for spellbinding sleuthing...
 
Bored with her office job (and subsequently fired for excessive tardiness), Maggie jumps at the opportunity to work in Enchantments.  She was a little weirded out when Felicity described herself as a witch, but if her boss wants to play with broomsticks and cauldrons, where's the harm?  However, Maggie's first day on the job may turn out to be her last when police question Felicity in the murder of her estranged sister.



With everyone in town proclaiming Felicity's guilt faster than the Salem Witch Trials, Maggie finds herself wondering if she'll also be tied to the stake.  And lately, she's been receiving messages on a spiritual frequency guiding her to prove Felicity's innocence -- and to embrace her own charmed life...

Book Synopsis:

This spirit is willing -- to catch a killer

Young widow Penelope Thornton-McClure and her old Aunt Sadie are making ends meet by managing a mystery bookshop -- a quaint Rhode Island landmark rumored to be haunted.  Pen my not believe in ghosts but she does believe in good publicity -- like nabbing Timothy Brennan for a book signing.  But soon after the bestselling thriller writer reveals a secret about the store's link to a 1940's murder, he keeps over dead -- and right in the middle of the store's new Community Events space.

Who gives Mrs. McClure the first clue that it was murder?  The bookstore's full-time ghost -- a PI murdered on the very spot more than 50 years ago.  Is he a figment of Pen's overactive imagination?  Or is the oddly likable fedora-wearing specter the only hope Pen has to solve the crime? You can bet your everlasting life on it!


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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Bout of Books 19 - May 8th - 14th, 2017

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Join me and some other awesome readers for Bout of Books 19! Click on the image above to learn more!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team


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Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley

From Goodreads:

The Invincible Ninth Roman Legion Marches from York to Fight The Northern Tribes. and then Vanishes from the Pages of History.

Archaeologist Verity Grey has been drawn to the dark legends of the Scottish Borderlands in search of the truth buried in a rocky field by the sea.

Her eccentric boss has spent his whole life searching for the resting place of the lost Ninth Roman Legion and is convinced he's finally found it—not because of any scientific evidence, but because a local boy has "seen" a Roman soldier walking in the fields, a ghostly sentinel who guards the bodies of his long-dead comrades.

Here on the windswept shores, Verity may find the answer to one of the great unsolved mysteries of our time. Or she may uncover secrets someone buried for a reason.

This book had some of my favorite elements, Archaeology, ancient history, a ghost, local folklore, I really enjoyed it. This is my first read by Kearsley though I have considered a few of them several times and I'm glad I finally tried one! I chose this book as one of my three for the My TBR meme because we're doing an animal challenge in my Goodreads group, so of course it fits with Horses in the title. What I thought was funny is that one of the other books I picked out, before I had ever read the backs of them, was The Eagle of the Ninth, which is about, you guessed it, the same missing legion they are hoping to find in The Shadowy Horses!  I'm definitely looking forward to reading that one as well later on and seeing this story from a different perspective, as it takes place very near the time of the disappearance rather than nearly 2,000 years later.

I enjoyed the character building and interaction, they are all very distinct in personality.  Robbie, Kip and the ghost, loved them!  Also the archaeology detail, which is general enough not to bog down someone not familiar with a dig, while still giving us a variety of different tasks that would take place, the mapping/surveying, cataloging and cleaning of finds, the sifting of dirt to find tiny items and pieces of pottery, etc.  We also get to see a little bit of life in the village, have some romance, and even fall victim to some sabotage!  

This was an atmospheric and interesting mystery.  I especially like a mystery that isn't about a current murder, so that was another point in it's favor.  I'm looking forward to more from this author!

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

From Goodreads:

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

The Raven Cycle was my first encounter with Maggie Stiefvater, and it made her an immediate favorite author.  She is talented in so many different ways, writing, art, music, cooking, she just constantly amazes me.

Going back to Shiver, which was not her first novel, but at least one of her earlier ones, I was interested to see how it compared to The Raven Boys, and while TRB is a much more complex story, there is plenty in Shiver to like.  I actually ended up listening to this one, and the voice for Grace just seemed too young to me, but then it's been quite awhile since I was that age.  Yes, it is an angsty teen werewolf story, there is romance, and friend troubles, but the main characters are well done, with back stories and family challenges that add depth to their story.  The method of becoming a werewolf is traditional, being bitten, but there's more.  Grace herself is an anomaly, having been bitten in her childhood, but never turned.  Turning isn't moon driven in this story, it's based on temperature, but they can still only hold it off for so long, and there comes a time when they may not turn back, so there is the tragic aspect of losing your humanity forever. While some revel in the wolf and never want to turn back, Sam wishes he could stay human, to be with Grace.

I can definitely see Maggie has matured and grown as a writer over time, but I feel like whatever she does, she adds a unique spin, and I'm looking forward to the rest of this series, and catching up on everything else she has done, and will do!  In fact, I had to pre-order  All the Crooked Saints because she was offering to draw doodles on a limited number and I couldn't resist! Here is artwork she made for the Raven Cycle books, along with music she wrote for The Raven King, which I believe they used in the audiobook:


I may just be a little bit of a Stiefvater fan girl. ;)

My TBR List Winner April 2017 - The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley



 And the winner is...


From Goodreads:

The Invincible Ninth Roman Legion Marches from York to Fight The Northern Tribes. and then Vanishes from the Pages of History.

Archaeologist Verity Grey has been drawn to the dark legends of the Scottish Borderlands in search of the truth buried in a rocky field by the sea.

Her eccentric boss has spent his whole life searching for the resting place of the lost Ninth Roman Legion and is convinced he's finally found it—not because of any scientific evidence, but because a local boy has "seen" a Roman soldier walking in the fields, a ghostly sentinel who guards the bodies of his long-dead comrades.

Here on the windswept shores, Verity may find the answer to one of the great unsolved mysteries of our time. Or she may uncover secrets someone buried for a reason.

There are so many of my interests packed into one book!  Scotland, Archaeology, Roman History, Ghosts!  I'm really looking forward to it, thanks for the pick everyone!



50% of the votes

33% of the votes

17% of the votes

Saturday, April 01, 2017

My TBR List April 2017 - Animals



Welcome to my April 2017 edition of My To Be Read List, hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading. This is a monthly meme where we offer up 3 choices from our TBR pile for our readers to pick from to help us make the super hard decision of "what do I read next?" a little easier and to whittle away at the ever growing TBR Mountain! 

Theme: Animals -  Each of these has an animal in the title, and a mystery to be solved!  You may in fact notice that two of them appear to be about the same mystery, at different times, and I swear I didn't even notice that until I did this write up, I just picked them from my voluminous shelves because they had animals in the title, synopsis unread!

I still owe you last month's review as well, for Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, coming soon!

The poll will stay open through Friday 4/7, and I'll update this post with the winning book on Saturday 4/8, then post a review on the last Saturday of the month, 4/29.

If you think this sounds fun and would like to join (the more the merrier, because we love voting!) please head on over to Because Reading where Michelle lays out the rules for us!

And the choices are...



Book Synopsis:

The Ninth Legion marching into the mists of Northern Britain -- and they were never seen again.  Four thousand men disappeared and their eagle standard was lost.  It's a mystery that's never been solved, until now...

Marcus has to find out what happened to his father, who led the legion.  So he sets out into the unknown, on a quest so dangerous that nobody expects him to return.
From Goodreads:

The Invincible Ninth Roman Legion Marches from York to Fight The Northern Tribes. and then Vanishes from the Pages of History.

Archaeologist Verity Grey has been drawn to the dark legends of the Scottish Borderlands in search of the truth buried in a rocky field by the sea.

Her eccentric boss has spent his whole life searching for the resting place of the lost Ninth Roman Legion and is convinced he's finally found it—not because of any scientific evidence, but because a local boy has "seen" a Roman soldier walking in the fields, a ghostly sentinel who guards the bodies of his long-dead comrades.

Here on the windswept shores, Verity may find the answer to one of the great unsolved mysteries of our time. Or she may uncover secrets someone buried for a reason.


From Goodreads:

Long retired, Sherlock Holmes quietly pursues his study of honeybee behavior on the Sussex Downs. He never imagines he would encounter anyone whose intellect matched his own, much less an audacious teenage girl with a penchant for detection. Miss Mary Russell becomes Holmes' pupil and quickly hones her talent for deduction, disguises and danger. But when an elusive villain enters the picture, their partnership is put to a real test.


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Saturday, March 11, 2017

My TBR List - March 2017 Winner: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater



 And the winner is...


From Goodreads:

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

You all were clearly into werewolves this time!  I'm really looking forward to any and all of Maggie's books, so here we go!  Check out this blog post from Maggie herself talking about what it's like to be on her side of the signing table.



9 votes


4 votes


2 votes

Saturday, March 04, 2017

My TBR List - March 2017 - Maggie Stiefvater



Welcome to my March 2017 edition of My To Be Read List, hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading. This is a monthly meme where we offer up 3 choices from our TBR pile for our readers to pick from to help us make the super hard decision of "what do I read next?" a little easier and to whittle away at the ever growing TBR Mountain! 

Theme: Maggie Stiefvater.  Maggie's The Raven Boys series really caught my attention and now she's an automatic buy for me. Help me decide what to start next!

The poll will stay open through Friday 3/10, and I'll update this post with the winning book on Saturday 3/11, then post a review on the last Saturday of the month, 3/25.

If you think this sounds fun and would like to join (the more the merrier, because we love voting!) please head on over to Because Reading where Michelle lays out the rules for us!

And the choices are...

From Goodreads:

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.
From Goodreads:

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.
From Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She's about to find out she's also a cloverhand—one who can see faeries. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin. An equally hunky—and equally dangerous—dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen's sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren't so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn't exactly what she had in mind . . .


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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster

Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Synopsis:

When Nowhere Is Safe

Most people avoid the dreaded Whitechapel district. For Honoria Todd, it's the last safe haven. But at what price?

Blade is known as the master of the rookeries—no one dares cross him. It's been said he faced down the Echelon's army single-handedly, that ever since being infected by the blood-craving he's been quicker, stronger, and almost immortal.

When Honoria shows up at his door, his tenuous control comes close to snapping. She's so...innocent. He doesn't see her backbone of steel—or that she could be the very salvation he's been seeking.


My Review:

I was a little confused at first with the vampires but not vampires Blue Bloods, but quickly sorted that out. I liked Blade and his motley crew of humans and not humans, who of course are all more noble and loyal than the actual Nobles. His cockney accent that appears and disappears depending on his mental condition was a little irritating, but overall Blade is the type of damaged, doomed hero that I just love. Honoria is a great character too, taking the weight of the world on her shoulders until it finally falls apart and she has no other choice than to ask for help. Of course she should have asked so much earlier, but then we wouldn't have the emotional story that we have that showcases our characters honorable to a fault, but afraid to trust because they've been hurt in the past, tendencies. Not to say that they don't have their wicked sides, we get to see plenty of that too. ;)

I do think it's funny how Honoria is portrayed on the cover here, as she was actually quite modest and concerned about how she looked except when they were alone.  I'm quite certain she would have not been caught dead outside in fishnet stockings!  Not to mention the chiding she would have received from her sister, "You're not going to go out in that are you?!"

This was an enjoyable Victorian London, vampire romance with an interesting batch of side characters that I'm sure we'll see more of in the rest of the series. I'm looking forward to them!

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

My TBR List - February 2017 Winner - Kiss of Steel



 And the winner is...


From Goodreads:

When Nowhere Is Safe

Most people avoid the dreaded Whitechapel district. For Honoria Todd, it's the last safe haven. But at what price?

Blade is known as the master of the rookeries—no one dares cross him. It's been said he faced down the Echelon's army single-handedly, that ever since being infected by the blood-craving he's been quicker, stronger, and almost immortal.

When Honoria shows up at his door, his tenuous control comes close to snapping. She's so...innocent. He doesn't see her backbone of steel—or that she could be the very salvation he's been seeking.

I'll eventually get to all of these, but for now you've chosen Kiss of Steel for me!  Check back on 2/25 to see what I thought!


8 votes6 votes5 votes
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