3.5 stars From Goodreads, because I’m a month and a half behind on my reviews: After her livelihood slips through her fingers, Alexandra Mountbatten takes on an impossible post: transforming a pair of wild orphans into proper young ladies. However, the girls don’t need discipline. They need a loving home. Try telling that to their guardian, Chase Reynaud: duke’s heir in the streets and devil in the sheets. The ladies of London have tried—and failed—to make him settle down. Somehow, Alexandra must reach his heart . . . without risking her own. Like any self-respecting libertine, Chase lives by one […]
“I don’t care if I’m the one who captures him. I just want bracelets on his wrists and a cell door slamming behind him.” Michelle McNamara died in April 2016 halfway through the writing of I’ll be Gone in the Dark but her husband, Patton Oswalt, editors and research assistants completed her book and published in February of this year. Two months later, on April 24th, the Golden State Killer was found using a DNA profile uploaded to a genealogy website. There was a lot of hubbub surrounding the book both when it first came out and after the revelation that former […]
Episode 1-38: I Punched Satan! Wherein I review: 144. The Fall of the House of Cabal (Johannes Cabal #5) by Jonathan L. Howard 145. Post Captain (Aubrey & Maturin #2) by Patrick O’Brian I bid adieu (temporarily, dark forces willing) to my favorite necromancer and I continue the swashbuckling seafaring adventures of Captain Jack and his doctor pals. And I continue to bust through two other wonderful but long books.
This is the Award Winner. The Dorothy Canfield Fisher award is a Vermont state award that the books are picked by adults (though I am not always sure why they were the pickers as one was a professor at my college who had no English or child background that I knew of) and then voted on by the kids. Of course, the year I did this award the “cool kids” pick won. But that is the perfect lead in to this book. It is 1943. Germany is winning the war. Mostly. Or at least that is what they say. Actions […]
While I enjoy her recent work, which is usually set in the present day, I wish Megan Abbott had written more books with settings in 40s and 50s LA and Vegas. She was really onto something. I suppose comparisons to James Ellroy’s The Black Dahlia are inevitable with this one. Like Ellroy’s work, it’s a murder mystery based on a true murder of a woman working the fringes of Hollywood. But unlike Ellroy, who likes to muse about social affairs and masculinity, this is a straight-up whodunnit. And Hallelujah, for the reader is better off for it. Most of the book centers […]
Bingo Square: Listicles I had actually seen this novel on at least one Book Riot list, and downloaded it a while back since it was part of Kindle Unlimited but it wasn’t going to be my original selection for Listicles. I played with making it “And So It Begins” but read another book that fit that category first. Still, I wanted to include this novel somehow (especially since I liked the idea of having three pirate related novels on my Bingo card), and when I realized my original two potential Listicle selections weren’t working for me (Origin Story and Everything […]
CBR 10 BINGO Square: Home, Something, Home: I’m from the USA, as is Mr. Woodward. Best for: I’m not sure. I guess, anyone from the US who wants a little bit more of the story? In a nutshell: A bunch of people who have worked in (and possibly still do work in) the White House tell their tales of a completely inept President and some horrifying policies. Worth quoting: “In the car, Trump described his advisers, ‘They don’t know anything about business.’” “Trump gave some private advice to a friend who had acknowledged some bad behavior toward women. Real power […]
Confession: I took this book out of the library no less than twice before I managed to read it. I was intimidated by the book, both by its content and its acclaim. It has a near perfect five star rating on Cannonball Read and high rating on Goodreads where literary fiction doesn’t normally do so well. I shouldn’t have been hesitant – the book earns its high rating by being one of the most accessible works of literary and historical fiction I have possibly ever read. In her debut Yaa Gyasi tells a story which is both grand in scope […]