Month: April 2012

Cherie Priest, Boneshaker

Cherie Priest, Boneshaker

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest Series: Clockwork Century, 1 My rating: 4 of 5 stars First in the Clockwork Century steampunk series. This particular story is based in…around…1880 Seattle with a focus on Briar Wilkes Blue and her too-adventurous son Zeke. My TakeGrim. Gritty. Claustrophobic. It really is a very good story and is cleverly done, but it took me forever to read it, strictly due to its grim setting. The characters were well-done. What intrigued me were the questions Priest kept tossing about for which I needed answers and, being a gadget girl, I loved reading about the inventions they came up with to survive inside the walls. I’m not sure how Briar figures she’s gonna find her boy in that city when you can barely see the nose in front of your face…in the daytime and it’s safer to spend your time underground away from the rotters and out of the Blight. It was rather fun to read how Priest changed history around to suit her needs as well. Oh wow. The end was not what I was expecting. It’s rather irritating how Priest ended it too. We’re left hanging as to just what they managed to bring out. […]

Posted April 24, 2012 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review; Tamora Pierce’s Page

Book Review; Tamora Pierce’s Page

Second in the Protector of the Small fantasy series for children revolving around Kel of Mindelan, only the second girl to want to become a knight of Tortall. If you’re interested, there is a chronological listing of the Tortall books on my website. My Take We get all the rest of the years Kel spends as a page in this one story. She matures and has all the complications which that entails including coping with falling in love with Neal and some of her school friends starting to see her in a more romantic vein. Kel continues to set the moral tone with support from her friends. Well, those who haven’t graduated into squires and gone off with their teaching knights. The Story Kel certainly fulfills the series’ promise as it begins with Kel rescuing a dog from one of the kitchen apprentices about to lay into him with a meat cleaver when he steals a string of sausages. Nor does it seem that Joren and crew have stopped their harassment of the younger ones. Although Vinson seems too interested in Lalasa. Interested enough that Kel insists her maid learn how to protect herself. Her study group continues and the […]


Stacia Kane, Sacrificial Magic

Stacia Kane, Sacrificial Magic

Sacrificial Magic by Stacia Kane Series: Downside, 4 My rating: 5 of 5 stars Fourth in the Downside urban fantasy series revolving around Chess Putnam. My TakeIt always blows my mind how well Kane does all the dialogs in this series. The primary point of view and the voice in the stories is Chess with her more educated elocution. The residents of Downside, the ratshit neighborhood where she lives, are much more, shall we say, interesting. It’s difficult to switch back and forth and choosing where to stop and start and Kane has got it down. Kane also provides a lovely bit of preaching on books and their covers. Terrible’s looks may live up to his name, but Chess knows that there are so many more beautiful people who are only that on the outside and not inside where it truly counts. Think about it. When you get to know people, do you really describe them as this “gorgeous chick” or that “hunk’a hottie”? Or are you more likely to describe them as “really nice” or “such a jerk”? Okay, this is the first positive I’ve read about the Church…Elder Griffin has fallen in love. With Keith. And it’s no […]

Posted April 24, 2012 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Mira Grant, Deadline

Mira Grant, Deadline

Deadline by Mira Grant Series: Newsflesh Trilogy, 2 My rating: 7 of 5 stars Second in the Newsflesh Trilogy horror suspense series revolving around a group of bloggers interested in truth. The After the End Times blogger headquarters is in Oakland, California. My TakeThis does not have a twist at the end. It has a nuclear bomb. Well, Grant is right about Oakland…it may originally have been named for all the oaks in the area, but when I lived there, it was better known for its guns and crime stats. And Grant points out that this makes its residents much more capable of surviving the Rising of 2014. Grant provides quite a bit of detail to create this post-apocalyptic world of zombies and fear-ravaged humans, right down to the decontamination unit/shower combo. But what I really enjoy is the detail she provides on blogging—the behind-the-scenes detail on ratings, market share, and merchandising. Their ratings permeate every aspect of their lives…fascinating. With all that’s going on and, supposedly, they’re still now-President Ryman’s bloggers, why aren’t they trying to contact him? Why is Grant avoiding the issue of not being able to get ahold of Rick? Why don’t they try to contact […]

Posted April 24, 2012 by Kathy Davie in / 3 Comments