Sadie by Courtney Summers Review: undefined
Currently Reading: People Like Us by Dana Mele!
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 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.
Quirky and interesting!
Dr Greta Helsing is a monster doctor, she serves London’s undead and otherwise non-human population. Vampires, ghouls, and demons, oh my. And when some rampaging monks start killing off humans and monsters alike, Greta is on the case!
This fun little mystery revolves around Greta and her ensemble of monster friends. What I really liked was that Greta was not a kick-ass, take no prisoners, all-powerful, all-magical heroine. No, she was a doctor. When there was a medical emergency, she kicked ass because that is what she was supposed to do. When there was a monster emergency, she was human and did her best within the limitations being human imposes. I loved the cast of characters around Greta, the relationships she built with both humans and monsters, and the very vivid London scenery that Shaw built in the narrative. I had a lot of fun reading this book and am looking forward to the next one in the series.