Category: historical fiction

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland Review

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Fatal Throne by M.T. Anderson Review

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Currently Reading: Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All by M.T. Anderson, Candace Fleming, Jennifer Donnelly, Stephanie Hemphill, Linda Sue Park, Lisa Ann Sandell, and Deborah Hopkinson!

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Currently Reading: A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge!

Currently Reading: Stalking Jack The Ripper by…

Currently Reading: Stalking Jack The Ripper by @kerrimaniscalco! One of my book club buddies begged me to read this for her, and so I ordered it. I’m about three-fourths of the way through it, and honestly, I don’t know how I feel about it yet. The love interest is problematic at best, it seems like the main character is feminist and then something happens or is said to contradict that. If I wasn’t already so invested, I would’ve shelved this a long time ago. Maybe the next entry in the series will be better? I’m also not sure who The Ripper could be, but I have a few guesses. I’m hoping the ending saves this one. Shout out to my buddy and my local library for getting it to me! What are you guys currently reading? I hope you all had a happy holiday, whatever you may celebrate! <3 <3 <3 Love you all!

I’ll admit, I totally went head-over-heels for…

I’ll admit, I totally went head-over-heels for the book cover. And then when I found out it involved the daughters of famous mad scientists like Dr Frankenstein and Dr Jekyll? Sold. 

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

Mary Jekyll is hanging by a thin thread after her mother’s death. There is very little money in her accounts and she doesn’t have a lot of prospects for earning an income. But then! She finds clues that Mr Hyde, her father’s former friend and noted murderer may still be alive. And she could use the reward money! And then she stumbles upon a conspiracy involving a secret society of alchemists, Sherlock Holmes, gruesome murders, and other abandoned daughters like her!

I wish the book had either been a little bit more of a murder mystery or a little bit more of a rollicking adventure story. It was somewhere inbetween, and the pacing and tension suffered for it. However, it was great fun getting to learn about and know Mary Jekyll, Justine Frankenstein, Diana Hyde, Catherine Moreau and Beatrice Rappaccini. The Victorian setting is immersive and strongly portrayed, and Goss obviously knows her source materials quite well to incorporate so many different fantastical elements into one story. 4 stars.

Odd and True by Cat Winters Review

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The Custard Protocol series by Gail CarrigerThis is a…

The
Custard Protocol series by Gail Carriger

This is a spoiler-free series
review of the first two books in the Custard
Protocol
Series: Prudence and Imprudence. In case you were
wondering/confused.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Synopsis

From New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger comes a new novel
in the world of the Parasol Protectorate starring Prudence, the daughter of
Alexia Tarabotti.

When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama (Rue to her friends) is given
an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female would under similar
circumstances – names it the Spotted Custard and floats to India in pursuit of
the perfect cup of tea. But India has more than just tea on offer. Rue stumbles
upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier’s wife, and some
awfully familiar Scottish werewolves. Faced with a dire crisis and an
embarrassing lack of bloomers, what else is a young lady of good breeding to do
but turn metanatural and find out everyone’s secrets, even thousand-year-old
fuzzy ones?

(from Goodreads)

Thoughts

This is such a funny series.
It takes place during the reign of Queen Victoria, in a steampunk/supernatural world.
This is a parallel universe to our own except with dirigibles or airships
galore and vampires and werewolves living in plain sight in high society. The
vampires live in hives, with one queen and several drones. They have a great
influence in regard to fashion and etiquette. The werewolves live in packs with
an Alpha. They have close ties to the military. Both groups are immortal, can’t
be out in daylight, and have a big role to play in her majesty’s government.
This may seem like quite a complex world to grasp, and it may be so, because
this is the third series Gail Carriger has written about this world. The first
series was the Parasol Protectorate (with
this series main character’s mother as the leading lady) and the second being
the Finishing School series (which
takes place before the events of the first series), which I have read and
reviewed before. You do get the basics of the world in the first book of this
series, but if you would like to completely understand this world you should
read the other two series as well.

The main character Rue is the
daughter of Alexia Tarabotti, the main character from the Parasol Protectorate and Lord Conall Maccon, Alpha to a powerful
werewolf pack. She is also the adoptive daughter of Lord Akeldama, one of the
most influential vampires in England. Confused yet? As far as I understand it,
this arrangement was put into place to make sure Rue would not be partial to
one species of supernatural over the other, because she herself in very
powerful. She is a Metanatural, meaning she can steal the supernatural shape of
anyone she touches, turning herself into a vampire or werewolf while also
nullifying the supernatural person in question into a mortal, for a limited
time. This ability means she gets to live quite a different life from your
normal British aristocratic lady during the Victorian era.

The characters are what makes
this story so entertaining. On her airship Rue assembles a crew with some of
her best friends, the Tunstell twins Primrose and Percy, whose mother is a
vampire queen, and Quesnel Lefoux, slightly irritating and very charming French
engineer. Together the four of them get up to some crazy adventures, but
nothing that can’t be solved with Rue’s special abilities or a nice cup of tea.
Seriously, these people drink tea like it’s the answer to everything. Also,
they of course abide by the proper manners of their time-period. It makes me
want to start drinking tea with my pinkie high up and speak like a proper lady.
It’s hilarious to see how meticulous they are about etiquette and proper dress.
They are a great and quirky group that work of each other beautifully. My only
complaint is that the two ladies are nicknamed Rue and Prim which constantly
makes me think I’m reading the Hunger
Games
.

I liked both books, but I feel
like the second was even better as I had gotten to know the characters and the
world a bit better. I realize this series might not be everyone’s cup of tea
(see what I did there?), but I hope you will still give it a go. It may very
well surprise you. I was not sure about it at first either, but I ended up
loving it. I’m very excited to read the next book in the series when it comes
out (there are two more in the works). It’s such a hilarious read and really
takes your mind of things. It’s light and fluffy and just plain whimsically
funny.

//love from L

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