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Book Review : Bitterblue

Title : BitterblueBitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3)

Author : Kristin Cashore

Publisher : Dial

Publication Date : May 1st, 2012

Pages : 563

Stand Alone or Series : #3 in the Graceling Realm series

Three Words : fantasy, mystery, royalty

Red Flags : violence including sexual in nature, psychological trauma, some language…(definitely for older adolescents or young adult)

******WARNING: This review contains unavoidable spoilers for the first and second books of this series  – Graceling and Fire  (click for review). YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!! *******************************************************

Summary : It is eight years after the events in Graceling during which King Leck was finally killed. The country of Monsea is still reeling from thirty-five years of horrific acts of physical, mental and sexual depravity that in some cases they have committed themselves. Queen Bitterblue is attempting to heal her country while still trying to learn what it means to become a queen. Under advice from her council, she has pardoned all crimes committed during Leck’s reign and is attempting to forget everything that happened. However, Bitterblue notices that people are acting strangely (including her main advisers) and that maybe revisiting the past is the only way to heal the pain. She decides to sneak out of the castle at night and in disguise. While out and about, she meets two young thieves who only steal what was previously stolen and return it to their rightful owners. They open her eyes to what is really going on in her country. Will Bitterblue be able to help her country become prosperous and move on from their painful past? Can SHE move past what her father did?

My Take : So if you did read my other two reviews for the books in this series, you know that I LOVE these books. I was so excited about Bitterblue that I rushed to the library to pick up my precious copy. And maybe I was so excited that my expectations were slightly over the top….but Bitterblue did NOT live up to it. ( A tear is dropping from  my eye right now….) I spent much of the first two-thirds of this book in a state of confusion. Yes, people were acting strangely and that was mysterious and all but mostly it just didn’t make ANY sense. Bitterblue was just annoying me because she seemed so flighty and unsure of herself ALL the time. Weird things would happen (that didn’t connect to anything else mind you) and she would be all  ” Woe is me….I just don’t know what to do.” I spent a lot of time feeling like shaking her and saying (in my head) ” WAKE UP! Do something for the love of Christ.” Also, the romance with one of the thieves was not what I would call awesome. I just didn’t really like him all that much (not in the way I loved Brigan from Fire or Po from Graceling). All that being said, the last third of the book finally brought things together and was a satisfying ending to the trilogy. So while I was in a perpetual state of confusion and anxiety for the first part of the book, I ended feeling ok about the whole thing in the end. In the end, I wouldn’t give up reading two FANTASTIC books for a less than awesome ending. This makes the whole rating thing hard…..

My Rating : Seven shoes (I averaged a five for the beginning and a nine for the end )

Trina

 
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Book Review : Nightshifted

Title : Nightshifted Nightshifted (Edie Spence, #1)

Author : Cassie Alexander

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publish Date : May 22nd, 2012

Pages : 331

How Obtained : from the library

Stand Alone or Series : #1 in the Edie Spence series (looks like three are published, four are planned- possibly more?)

Three Words : comedy, paranormal, romance

Red Flags : sexual situations, violence and gore, language and drugs (NSFC)

Summary (from Goodreads) : Nursing school prepared Edie Spence for a lot of things. Burn victims? No problem. Severed limbs? Piece of cake. Vampires? No way in hell. But as the newest nurse on Y4, the secret ward hidden in the bowels of County Hospital, Edie has her hands full with every paranormal patient you can imagine—from vamps and were-things to zombies and beyond…

Edie’s just trying to learn the ropes so she can get through her latest shift unscathed.  But when a vampire servant turns to dust under her watch, all hell breaks loose. Now she’s haunted by the man’s dying words—Save Anna—and before she knows it, she’s on a mission to rescue some poor girl from the undead. Which involves crashing a vampire den, falling for a zombie, and fighting for her soul. Grey’s Anatomy was never like this…

My Take : This was one of those books that were on my loooooooong list of TBR books from around Halloween. I got it from the library and it sat in my bag for a couple of months. One day I picked it up and I am so glad that I did. It really reminded me of the Sookie Stackhouse novels which I love….just set in a hospital with a nurse instead of adorable waitress in small town. Edie is a fun heroine. She is very sassy, in control of herself, not afraid to have a one night stand (and not ashamed). She is a very knowledgeable and competent nurse (I like it when women are good at what they do in books.) She is also brave and more importantly sarcastically funny. (Another thing I like in women characters as I like to dwell in the land of Sarcastia). The story is also much like the Sookie Stackhouse novels with lots of interesting intrigue dealing with paranormal creatures and their crazy rules about killing people and dealing with each other. There is plenty of steamy sex plus enough romance to make you smile a little bit when you read it (does anybody else do this??). All in all, this is a fun book. Did it knock my socks off? Well no… but not every book has to. And if you occasionally wonder what the hell she is doing then you wouldn’t be the only one.

My Rating : Seven shoes – Fun but not earth-shattering.

I don’t know if I have mentioned this before but all the cover pictures that I get are from Goodreads. If you click on the picture it will take you directly to the Goodreads page for the book.

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Trina

 

 

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Book Review : The Pledge

Title : The Pledge

The Pledge (The Pledge, #1)

Author : Kimberly Derting

Publisher : Margaret K. McElderry

Published : November 15th, 2011
Pages : 323
Stand Alone or Series : #1 in the Pledge series
Three Words : dystopian, YA, romance
Red Flags : violence, drug use

Summary : So there’s this lady assassin …. HA fooled you. Finally a non-lady assassin book. But it is a dystopian YA romantic trilogy (which seems to be about the only books I read these days.)

Charlaina (known as Charlie to friends and family) lives in the violent country of Ludania. From the context of the book, it is obvious that this is some future America dystopia where rule by the people has been a dismal failure and they are now under the rule of an all-powerful queen. This matriarchy has been set up with a extremely distinct class system where each class has their own special language that only they can understand. It is punishable by death to speak another language or to even look someone in the eye who is from a better class than you. So Charlie is in the merchant class and she has a BIG secret. She can understand ALL the languages. In a county where you are encouraged to “watch” each other and report on your neighbors this is a big problem. Her parents do everything they can to keep it a secret. To keep themselves from going crazy, the teenagers decide to go to secret underground clubs where they are given drugs and allowed to interact with all the classes. There she meets Max, brooding, dangerous, mysterious, hot, etc… Also, he speaks a language that she has never heard before and can still understand. Can Charlie trust Max? As the violence escalates in the city and danger is everywhere, Charlie must protect her secret and her family in a ever more dangerous world.

My Take : One of the great things about this book is the atmosphere and the world that Derting has built. Ludania reeks of distrust, violence and a general atmosphere of nervously awaiting possible detention and death. In the foreword, Derting explains that she used some conversations with a woman who lived through Nazi Germany to inform her writing and you can really tell. Ludania is definitely a dystopia, fraught with danger and fear. I loved the idea of these different languages separating the classes and that Charlie’s big secret was the ability to understand them all. Charlie is an interesting character in that she is fiercely loyal but actually questions everything around her. When her friend treats her badly, she decides that maybe she isn’t that good a friend at all. I feel like this is something that doesn’t seem to happen often enough in books. She is also brave and resourceful, intelligent and kind. All of which I like. My biggest issues with this book were the predictability of the story and her relationship with Max. I pretty much knew where this story was going from the get-go but I’m even willing to deal with that. Some of my favorite books are predictable but they create such a wonderful world around the story that I just don’t care. I did enjoy this world but I have to say occasionally I got bored. My biggest issue was the whole Max relationship. I’m not really sure why she was even interested in Max….there really wasn’t much going on there. She even says she is intrigued and frightened by him…frightened??? Can we please stop putting fear into the equation and pretend like that is a healthy relationship?

All in all, I really enjoyed this book on the whole I just felt that the relationship could have been written a little bit better. I give this book seven shoes – I’m definitely interested enough to continue to read the series.

Enjoy!!

Trina

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Book Review : The Diviners

Title : The Diviners

Author : Libba Bray

Stand Alone or Series : 1st in the Diviners Series

Three Words : occult, historical fiction, different perspectives

Summary : This book is dense with characters so it might be hard to keep track. The “main” characters could be considered Evie. So Evie O’Neill is this totally swinging flapper girl who is being completely bored in her small hometown. She drinks, smokes and in general fools around. But Evie also has a secret ability to know what a person’s deepest, darkest secret is just by holding one of their objects. When she reveals a little too much about one of the town scions, she is carted off to New York to live with her Uncle Will who is the curator of the Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult (or as she calls it the Museum of the Creepy Crawlies).

Then there is Memphis Campbell, a numbers hustler, who used to have the ability to heal people but couldn’t save his mother. Now he just has creepy prophetic dreams…

Next, we’ve got Sam Lloyd. A con man who hits on Evie. He follows her to the Museum but he has a secret ability of his own.

Then there is Jericho who works for Uncle Will at the museum. He is a giant and somewhat dull and dry. He’s got a secret past though, as well as some strange medicinal issues.

Or there is Theta Knight, real-life Ziegfeld girl. She is running from a bad marriage (and even worse circumstances of her leaving). Although she likes the money, she doesn’t love her life. One night she meets Memphis and he changes her life forever.

These are just a few of the cast in this book. All of this is set against the backdrop of a murder mystery, murders which have occult overtones. Uncle Will, Evie and Jericho think they can solve the murders but at what cost? Will their secrets be learned?

My Take : I really enjoyed this book but I definitely had some reservations. I loved the historical aspects of this novel. I loved all the little Roaring 20’s sayings and vernacular that peppered the book. It made me want to go to a speak-easy! The book was long but things in general moved along at a quick pace. The mystery was an interesting mystery and I was invested in learning if they caught the killer and how. My problem with this book was the intense amount of  characters in the book whose stories didn’t always seem to go somewhere. At times the narrative seemed to wander a bit. I think that maybe much of this book is setting up future books in the series but because of this it felt at times like it didn’t know where it was going at that moment. All in all, I enjoyed the book but I think it could’ve used some direction. I give it seven shoes : cute menswear-inspired mary janes like they would wear in the 20s.

Have you read this book? What did you think?

Trina

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Book Review : The Stepsister Scheme

For those of you with little daughters who are coming up on Halloween, you are probably in the midst of dealing with princess mania. For those of you who don’t have girls, count yourselves among the lucky. I NEVER wanted to know this much about princesses….we know so much that I recently heard myself correcting somebody else on the color of each princesses’ dress in very serious tones. My feminist self rails against all that the princesses stand for (i.e. helplessness, waiting for a man to rescue them, wicked older women etc….) but my mommy self cannot deny that my girls love it and it is extremely hard to be all wicked mommy on them. This review is therefore to those other mommies (and possibly daddies) who are sick of the sacharine sweet Disney princess….

Title : The Stepsister Scheme (Bk. 1 of the Princess Novels)

Author : Jim C Hines

Three Words : Fantasy,  fairy tale , action adventure

Red Flags : Some Violence (not gory) , some sexual situations

We meet up with Cinderella or Danielle Whiteshore (nee Danielle de Glas) AFTER her happily every after. She has married her prince and everything went great (if you don’t count a certain crazy pigeon incident). Soon after the wedding, Danielle is attacked by her stepsister Charlotte and being all princessy she is not so good at the defending herself. Luckily, Talia (aka Sleeping Beauty) comes to her rescue. But even she can’t fight Charlotte’s brand new magic powers, and the stepsister gets away. It is at this moment that Danielle discovers some disturbing facts : her husband has been kidnapped and magicked away to the faerie realm, she is pregnant and her MIL runs a secret spy agency that includes Sleeping Beauty and Snow White (hereafter called Snow). The three princesses band together to conduct a secret mission into the dangerous fairyland to rescue Danielle’s husband. Can they rescue Armand, get back before the baby comes AND maintain the delicate diplomatic relationship with the fairies?

Sound pretty good, right?? If you are like me, it is refreshing to read a story with princesses where not one man comes to their rescue. I really liked how differently this story is told using many of the old Disney fairytale conventions that we are familiar with.. Talia has all sorts of crazy fairy graces or abilities and is a fighting machine. Snow White uses magical mirrors to perform her feats of derring not to mention killed flirting abilities. Another thing that made it a fun read is that the princesses are totally bad-ass. However, this does come with a price…..The princesses all have some sort of intense PTSD issues from their ordeals – Talia views her fairy “gifts” more as curses due to the horrific way she was woken up and Snow lost the only man she loved (the huntsman) when her mother had him killed. Hines adds some new twists to the story – an unrequited love story from an unexpected character and the fairies being kinda evilish. All in all, the biggest thing I can say about this book is that it is fun. There is a lot of action here from one fantasy locale to another. Having said that, I think this is the book’s only downfall. This book is heavily plot-driven but very light on character development. While we do see Danielle develop from passive princess to a more forthright lady, we don’t get to see much more from Talia or Snow. And while you end up liking all the princesses just because they are fun, you don’t really develop the same interest in their well-being that you would with more developed characters.

Rating : 7 out of 10 shoes (stilettos that you really love but you can never wear cause you don’t really have any place to wear them 😉 )

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Dark Inside or Zombies without the brain-eating part just the killy part…

I’m back! Yes I thought I would be able to keep up the daily post of book reviewage but I was sick…so it didn’t happen. But I’m back in the posting saddle and ready to share with you another of my reviews. This book is one of those YA trilogies but in this one we are around for the apocalypse…exciting fun! In this one we get to follow different narrators throughout the demise of all society….

The basics are this : everything is super crazy all at the same time. There is massive earthquake AND everybody gets really kill-happy all at the same time. Not just random kill-happy but lock people in an assembly hall and massacre them kill-happy. We start our story with Mason, whose mother was just killed in a car accident. While he is at her bedside, his high school is bombed and everybody he knows has been killed. Meanwhile, Aries (worst name ever) is on a bus with her best friend when an earthquake hits. She is saved by a mysterious stranger but must learn to survive the aftermath on her own. Clementine is in a town-hall meeting that goes terribly wrong and now is on the run from the killers. Michael is driving down the road when he witnesses a brutal crime, only to have the police who show up turn murderous and start hunting him down. We follow these four people (and some strange chapters thrown in by Nothing) as they contend with this new world and eventually meet up. How do you survive in a world where everybody is out to kill you, food and water are scarce and you don’t know where to go?

So, this is kind of a zombie book without the zombies. While this first book doesn’t delve into the reasons why all this happened there is some talk about an ancient evil culling civilizations out through time i.e. Rome, Aztecs, etc… I expect this will be prominent in the forthcoming books. I enjoyed the tense feeling throughout the book, there are no guarantees on who survives. Also, the characters are really interesting. They are not always heroic or even good. The females, for once, manage to be competent and feminine. I couldn’t tell where the story was going but I was anxious to find out. ALSO, I love that there is no romance because honestly that can seem so manufactured sometimes. This was a good YA book and I would recommend it. Some of the names are ridiculous and some of the dialogue is a little overly dramatic but I enjoyed the story and the characters. I give it seven shoes – a functional cute pair of riding boots.

If you are interested here is the book trailer for Dark Inside :

Three Appeals : apocalypse zombie story without the zombies, strong female characters, fast-paced tense writing

Red Flags : Violence and gore

If you like Dark Inside try :

1) Legend by Marie Lu

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. (taken from Fantastic Fiction)

2) Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.(taken from Fantastic Fiction)

3) Unwind by Neal Shusterman

An unsettling futuristic novel set after the Second Civil War. Connor Lassiter, age 16, runs away from his suburban Ohio home after discovering that his parents have scheduled his “unwinding.” His body parts will go to other people who need them. He will be both terminated and “technically” kept alive, only in a separated state. The constitutional amendments known as “The Bill of Life” permit parents to choose “retroactive” abortion for children between the ages of 13 and 18. Connor meets another Unwind, Risa, and they kidnap Lev, who is a Tithe (the 10th child born to a single family with the express purpose of being unwound). Their escape and survival stories interweave as they struggle to avoid harvest camps. Luckily, an underground network is helping Unwinds escape to safety. (taken from Novelist)

I really liked the book trailer…what did you think??

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Trina

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Hark! A Vagrant or And Now For Something Completely Different…

Kate Beaton is this awesome, funny, satirical cartoonist who loves history so she combined the two into one fun blog : www.harkavagrant.com . The blog got so popular that they combined some of her best comic strips into a book called Hark! A Vagrant. It’s kind of hard to review a book based solely on the cartoons within but they are extremely witty…my favorite was the Suffragettes and the City – a combo of Sex and The City and suffragettes. The only thing that I have to say that is bad about it is she uses a lot of history from her native Canada so I don’t get those references…I’m not sure if this is really a fault in the book or just that I am woefully uneducated when it comes to our neighbors to the north. Of course, I am an American so I am woefully under-educated about my own history as well 😉

So if you need a break during your day, take a couple minutes and check out Kate Beaton’s website. If you like what you see take a couple more minutes and check out her book. You will not be disappointed. I give the book seven shoes – very enjoyable but certainly not great literature.

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Dead Reckoning or My regular dose of vampire porn

If you know me at all then you know I loves me some True Blood. So naturally, I started to read the Sookie Stackhouse books after watching the first season. The 11th book came out a little while ago and I hadn’t gotten around to it because of the thousands of books already on my “to read” list. (Also we gave up HBO about a year ago and I thought that reading the books would only bring up the pain of missing my TV vampire porn.) Well now I have and you, my dear readers, get to hear all about it. For those of you who don’t know about Sookie Stackhouse, first crawl out from under that rock you’ve been living under. Sookie Stackhouse is a Southern girl , she works in a bar and she lives with her grandma and brother. Also, she can hear people’s thoughts. A Japanese company has made a synthetic blood beverage that has enabled vampires to “come out” and live in mainstream society. Still hidden but sort of part of society are the werewolves and the shape-shifters. Now, if you are remotely interested in keeping up the surprise of these novels then I suggest you stop reading right here and go to your library and check out the entire series….

For those of you still with me, I will go on about Dead Reckoning. So Sookie is still working at Merlotte’s. She’s still dating Eric Northman (yum….). Sam and the rest of the shapeshifters have come out and people are not so cool with it. While she’s working one night, Merlotte’s gets firebombed and the anti-shifter movement is suspected. Sookie has other suspicions but she is pre-occupied with other issues. Eric and Pam (his child) are having bad relations with their new boss. So, as vampires will do,  they are planning on killing him which could result in happy times or possibly total annihilation for all associated.

I enjoyed this book as I pretty much enjoy all the other Sookie novels – pure fun. It is basically vampire porn mixed with soap opera. We are not going to be solving any of the world’s issues with this one but if you are looking for a entertainment of the vampire variety then I highly recommend it. Charlaine Harris has a tongue-in-cheek style so it keeps it light and not so dramatic. Crazy stuff is always happening but with vampires, werewolves and shape-shifters thrown in it doesn’t seem too crazy…So ladies don’t be ashamed of needing an occassional dose of vampire porn, it is all in good fun. I give this book seven shoes – intense gladiator wedges that border on dominatrix shoes – pure club/going-out shoes.

Three Appeals : supernatural setting, familiar characters and SEX!

Red Flags : Violence, gore, language and SEX!

If you enjoy vampire porn then I suggest you check out these authors :

Sherrilyn Kenyon – Her Dark Hunter series also infuses some humor with paranormal romance which in this case focuses on Greek mythology as a basis. Check out this for more info.

J.R. Ward – If you want to live in the world of vampires then check out The Black Dagger Brotherhood which follows a world of half-breed and purebred vampires. This is more dark than the Stackhouse novels but still packs plenty of romance and paranormal goings on.

Kresley Cole – Also writes about paranormal romance with a humorous edge. Check out her Immortals After Dark series.

What’s your favorite vampire/supernatural porn books?

Trina

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Revenger or Methinks Thou Didst Strike Me Verily Upon the Head

I am a huge sucker for historical fiction from two time periods : first, anything in Ancient Egypt but more specifically the era when Cleopatra, Caesar and Marc Antony were kicking around (I will be reviewing Cleopatra : A Life in the future) and second, anything Elizabethan era. So when I found out there is a series of historical fiction mysteries set in the Elizabethan era where Shakespeare’s older brother solves mysteries I had to check it out. I didn’t realize there was a previous novel so I missed the first book of this series but I enjoyed this book enough that it didn’t bother me as much as that usually does.

So John Shakespeare is Will’s older brother, super intelligent and formerly a spy for Walshingham (the Queen’s spy master). Now Walsingham is dead, the Queen is fast fading and there are intrigues aplenty at Court as people are jockeying for positions and Spain is getting all assassiny. John is approached by the Earl of Essex who wants him to investigate a report that a woman has been spotted in London who was known to be a colonist at the mysterious colony of Roanoke ( you know the one where everybody died, and all that was left were mysterious markings on trees). Then he is approached by Sir Cecil (the Queen’s NEW spymaster) who wants John to spy on the Earl of Essex because he suspects him of wanting to kill his queen. Meanwhile, John is dealing with plague in the city and his wife possibly hiding a priest (which is very much against the law). Who is the mysterious woman and was she at Roanoke? Is the Earl of Essex really plotting treason? How do several strange murders around town connect to both of these things? As Shakespeare said “The game is afoot.”  (Interesting sidenote : Shakespeare is responsible for more sayings than any other individual in history, at least 135 including “The game is afoot, good riddance, and wild goose chase.” )

I really enjoyed this mystery novel. The plot was intricate and detailed, with nothing being overly obvious. The historical accuracies of the novel made me feel as if Clements put me right into Elizabethan England. The characters were interesting and varied from lower class whores to aristocratic nobles. If you are looking for a literary novel then you should probably look elsewhere – there are no intense subtle contexts to this book. But if you are looking for a solid historical mystery novel then this should be on your list. I give the book seven shoes – a pair of green wedge moccasin shoes that I love but don’t get bust out as often as I would like.

Title : Revenger by Rory Clements

Three Appeals : Detailed historical setting, intricate and interesting mystery, well developed characters

Red Flags : Some sex and violence

For more historical mysteries try :

1) An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears

Opinionated, influential Dr. Robert Grove is poisoned with arsenic in his New College lodgings. A missing signet ring leads his colleagues to his former servant (and rumored strumpet) Sarah Blundy, who, swiftly brought to trial, confesses and is promptly hanged–and dissected by enthusiastic physician Richard Lower. But the crime, evidently so simple in its events, is presented through the distorting lenses of four narrators whose obsessions place it in dramatically different contexts. Visiting Venetian Marco da Cola, a dandy mined in medicine, who has been treating Sarah’s ailing mother Anne, grieves for the ruin of mother and daughter and the wreck of his own friendship with Lower. Sarah’s former lover Jack Prestcott, an undergraduate jailed for attacking his guardian, is consumed with proving that his exiled father was hounded to his death innocent of the charge of treason the returning monarch Charles II’s supporters had lodged against him. Dr. John Wallis, mathematician and divine, sees no inconsistency between his endless petty intrigues on behalf of Charles’s scheming minister Henry Bennet and his vituperative condemnation of Sarah. In the brilliantly illuminated world in which medical experiments, religious and political debates between Roundheads and Royalists, and the founding of the Royal Society bring debates about the nature of science, history, religion, and authority into a focus whose sharpness has a special urgency for our own time, each of these narrators has his own slashingly conflicting claims to make. But it’s not until the final narrator, burrowing historian Anthony Wood, weighs in to judge among the sharply competing visions of the earlier narrators that Pears produces his most memorable surprises, or unveils his deepest mysteries. ( taken from Kirkus Reviews, 1997).

2) Firedrake’s Eye by Patricia Finney

London, 1583. The loyal courtier Simon Ames is viciously beaten. Is the attack random, or has Ames been the victim of a subtly treasonous act? A nonsense poem written by the lunatic Tom O’Bedlam has become a favourite of London’s ballad sellers. Who has taken the meanderings of a madman so seriously and why? Following a trail of murder, treason and terror, Ames sets out to find the truth. But as he digs deeper into the human midden that is Elizabethan London, the puzzle becomes an enigma, then a riddle. (taken from Fantastic Fiction)

3) The Poyson Garden by Karen Harper

The letter came in secret, with a pearl eardrop from an aunt long thought dead, resurrecting the forbidden past. Banished by her spiteful half sister, Queen Mary, to Hatfield House in the English countryside, twenty-five-year-old Princess Elizabeth cannot refuse the summons. The Boleyns are in grave danger. And Elizabeth, daughter of Anne Boleyn, is marked for death by a master poisoner whose reign of terror may have royal sanction. With her few loyal retainers, Elizabeth escapes to Kent. Here, in her ancestral Hever Castle, now held by the Queen’s loyalists, Elizabeth seeks to unravel the plot against her. And here, in the embrace of intrigue and betrayal, the princess must find a brilliant, powerfully connected killer-before the killer finds her…. (taken from Fantastic Fiction)

Are you a fan of historical fiction/mysteries? What’s your favorite time period?

Trina

 

 

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WHAT DO WE WANT? – Dystopian YA novels (preferably trilogies) WHEN DO WE WANT IT? – NOW!

I have a few weirdo obsession in life : pigs, Mormons, eating canned frosting on saltines, Mormon pigs….and of course YA dystopian trilogy novels. My appetite was whetted by the amazing awesome Hunger Games (and if you haven’t read it yet – what are waiting for??), I really liked The Mazerunner, Matched, Divergent and now – Variant. Are they all kind of similar? Do you sorta know what’s gonig to happen? Yes. But they are super fun to read and I love them – so here is another one for you to peruse.

Benson Fisher is a foster kid. He’s been shuttled from home to home, never finding a place that he felt he belonged in. When he gets a scholarship to Maxfield Academy, he figures that this his chance to get out of the foster system and make something of his life. But things get all screwy as soon as Benson is dropped off at the front door. There are no adults – not in charge and not anywhere to be found. The kids are trapped behind barbed wire fences and subjected to strange tests – one day they are left outside for the night, another day they are given no food. Because there are no adults, the teens have organized themselves into three groups – The Society, Havoc and Variant. Guess which one Benson is in?? Our hero is bent on escape from the school and in so doing stumbles on the school’s crazy secret. He is in even more trouble now but will he get out alive?

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