Tag: historical fiction

ARC Book Review: Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

ARC Book Review: Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

Last year I read and fell in love with Libba Bray’s writing in The Diviners, so even though its sequel counts a daunting 624 pages, I dove right in and got swept up in it all again. Lair of Dreams cements The Diviners as one of my favorite ongoing series. (We won’t speak about the cover catastrophe going on here.) It’s dark, creative, engrossing, frightening, exciting, and so well-written. Lair of Dreams picks up quite soon after The Diviners ended, and it doesn’t spend that much time catching you up – but for once that’s not much of a problem. Both installments of this series […]

Posted August 20, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson

ARC Book Review: Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson

It’s very hard for me to see a cover and premise that hint at steampunk and then pass that book up – and so it was that Rebel Mechanics entered my eager hands. This alternate history is unique, interesting, and incredibly entertaining – and I can’t wait to see where the series goes next. Rebel Mechanics tells the story of an alternate history where the US never gained independence. This happened because of the existence of magic in the ruling upperclass of Britain – they use their power to dominate the colonies and ruin any chance at industrial revolution. Without machines, the Americans don’t stand […]

Posted July 8, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 2 Comments
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Book Review: The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

Book Review: The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street came pitched to me as “for fans of Samantha Shannon” and came with a blurb by Shannon herself. That definitely caught my attention, but when I heard about what the rest of the book would contain (clairvoyance, Victorian London, Japan, and a heavy focus on characterization), I knew I had to check this book out for sure. This adult historical fiction is something completely different and very imaginative. I definitely enjoyed it. In The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, Thaniel Steepleton, a synesthete telegraphist at the Home Office, narrowly escapes the Fenian bombings in 1884 thanks to an intricate and mysterious […]

Posted June 22, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Tangled Webs by Lee Bross

ARC Book Review: Tangled Webs by Lee Bross

The premise of Tangled Webs instantly caught my attention, as it contains so many things I usually love: London, blackmail, masquerade balls, slight genderbending. For all intents and purposes, I should have fallen hard and fast for this book. But no. And wow, it sure takes skill to make a story about blackmail so boring. Let’s start there, because I feel like more readers will be disappointed by the blackmail aspect of this novel. Arista, or Lady A, is a “notorious blackmailer”, but no – she’s actually only the messenger. She picks up secrets, sealed in envelopes, and trades them for money. She doesn’t actually […]

Posted June 15, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 2 Comments
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ARC Book Review: The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

ARC Book Review: The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

As a true reader of my generation, I’m still tempted any time witches and witchcraft are mentioned. The Witch Hunter popped up on my radar with quite a bit of buzz, but at the end of the day, this is a debut that failed to impress. The Witch Hunter is a kind of historical fantasy. I say kind of, because it’s extremely hard to tell where this splits off from history. The story takes place in “Anglia”, which is obviously meant to be the UK, and “Gaul” is mentioned across the channel, for France… But other than that, and aside from the usual patriarchy, it […]

Posted June 3, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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ARC Book Review: Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen

ARC Book Review: Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen

The Scarlet series by A.C. Gaughen has been one of my favorite ongoing series since I dove into it last year, so obviously I started reading Lion Heart with equal parts excitement and nervousness. Gaughen has been all about the brutal endings so far, but surely she’ll give us a happy ending here, right? Lion Heart delivers a satisfying ending for sure and has cemented this series as one of my all-time favorites. What a wonderful feminist take on Robin Hood! I must admit that I had a bit of trouble getting back into the series when I started reading Lion Heart. It’s been more […]

Posted May 13, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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Book Review: Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

Book Review: Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

Wow. Just wow. I loved Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph, so my expectations for Mortal Heart were understandably high. But it met them. Exceptionally well. This is one of the best series conclusions I have ever read, and the series as a whole has forever gained a place on my favorites shelf. Mortal Heart tells Annith’s story. Annith is quite different from Ismae and Sybella. She’s more innocent and sheltered, mostly because of the convent’s refusal to send her out on a mission. She’s a super hard worker though and has gained skills beyond any of the other novitiates. As such, she’s desperate to prove […]

Posted April 2, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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Book Review: Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

Book Review: Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

I absolutely adored Grave Mercy from start to finish, so I knew that I had to continue on with the series as soon as humanly possible. I’m so glad I did, because Dark Triumph was if possible even better and I just want to flail about like a mad woman with all my love for this series. While Grave Mercy‘s main character was Ismae, in Dark Triumph the focus is on Sybella, one of her sisters from the convent. Sybella is impressive. She’s much darker than Ismae and she actually really enjoys killing people. She’s cold, calculating, and deeply suspicious. She has her heart set […]

Posted March 25, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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