The Vorkosigan Saga is one of those classic SF series that has been a little intimidating to me because there are so many books in the series, and the suggested reading order of the series is not the publication order, so it doesn’t naturally lend itself toward easily identifying the “next” book in the series. Cordelia’s Honor is actually an omnibus edition comprised of Shards of Honor (Vorkosigan #1) and Barrayar (Vorkosigan #7)(???) Here’s a short plot description from Goodreads for both of those: Shards of Honor – “When Cordelia Naismith and her survey crew are attacked by a renegade […]
I had an unexpectedly bad reaction to this book, considering that I had relatively enjoyed the previous two books in the Call of Crows series. My impression of The Unyielding was so bad, in fact, that I don’t just think this was a bad installment in the series, but it has me questioning my taste over my higher ratings of the first two books. I’d re-read them to be sure I’m not crazy, but I don’t want to be proven right. I re-read my old review, and the thing is, most of what I said there is still true. What […]
Disclaimer: I received this ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars Lucy Parker’s Act Like It and Pretty Face were a spectacularly good debut and follow-up from a new author, that both guaranteed I’d read anything she delivers. Her London Celebrities series is, generally, a clever setting for a series of romances, with the West End theater scene primed to offer drama from classic artistic temperaments, professional-romantic entanglements, tabloid interference, the world being a little too small, and so on. We’re first introduced to Trix as the good friend of Pretty Face‘s Lily, as she’s in […]
Mary Balogh is a stalwart author in historical romance with whom my experience is very limited. Her Bedwyn Saga appears on NPR’s “Best Romances” list from several summers back, which I am still pretending to tackle in a very time-insensitive fashion. There are a total of six books in the series, and this review is for the first and last of them. If the rest of the books are like the first book, I will probably not read them, but if they’re more like the last one, I’d be more interested. The entire “saga,” in traditional romance series fashion, gives […]
I’ll get this out of the way — I didn’t like this book very much. Explaining why will lead me on several tangents, so before you continue, understand that this is part review and part aimless wandering about random talking points. If you want a straightforward take on this book you’ll have to go elsewhere. I’ll be spoiling major plot points, so be forewarned of that as well. CW: ABUSE I became aware of It Ends with Us when it won the Goodreads Choice 2016 Award in the Romance category. Because romance is such a varied genre and people have […]
One of the best parts of reading Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad books (and there are many best parts, I’ve gotta say) is that you can dive into any of them and get nearly the full experience and feeling even if you haven’t read all of them.
There were a few hot minutes where I was trying to pretend like there was anything I liked about this book. “You finished it,” I said to myself. “There had to be something that made you want to keep reading, right?” Well, yes, of course: hatred. From the very beginning, this book and its poor excuses for “characters” pissed me off. The main character is Scarlett, who is gutless and timid and who would do anything for her sister, Tella, because she loves her and Tella is the only thing important to her in the whole world. She has to […]
I sit down to read A Breath of Snow and Ashes over a year after finishing the last Outlander book, A Fiery Cross, which for the uninitiated is literally just a tolerance test for how long a reader can stand the unabridged minutiae of unremarkable 18th century backwoods living, plus a sprinkling of UTTERLY BONKERS NONSENSE to trick them into believing much more is happening than is actually happening. That last sentence should hopefully provide some understanding as to why it took me so long to pick up this one. So I finally do and I’m all like, In short, […]