Month: December 2012

Book Review: Meljean Brook’s Riveted

Book Review: Meljean Brook’s Riveted

Third in the Tale of the Iron Seas steampunk romance series. The couple focus is on Annika Fridasdottor and David Kentewess. In 2012, Riveted won the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for RT Book of the Year. My Take This has been an odd sort of series. Most series either follow the same character or a group of characters who know each other. This series is based in the same steampunk world with a casual mention of the cities and a very few of the same, very peripheral characters. Nothing else. Brook’s description of the problems Annika encounters in different port cities was interesting. It’s also a colder version of the Amazonian maidens, the Valkyrie perhaps? Although I doubt the Valkyries had to cope with mechanical trolls! Brook’s revelations about David’s father are extremely vague. I do wonder once we learn more, why Brook has avoided discussing his culpability. This is a lovely story about tolerance and waiting for love with some nice morals. There is honor, loyalty, caring, and sacrifice. Friendship. Family. Doing the right thing. There are some odd bits that Annika has absorbed about sex, but they’re more funny than anything. Our Mary turns out to be […]

Posted December 29, 2012 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review: Mark Del Franco’s Face Off

Book Review: Mark Del Franco’s Face Off

Second in the Laura Blackstone urban fantasy series revolving around a druidess playing two different glamoured roles in Washington D.C. It does play off the same culture and set of events as the Connor Grey series and Donor Elfenkonig is still alive. My Take This was rather disappointing. I did empathize with Laura and her self-assessment about her life. Del Franco slid this in very smoothly and very well. And there certainly was a lot of action — both political and physical — happening in the story. My problem with it is the lack of warmth. Which is weird as Del Franco is doing a lot to interject it with Laura’s escalating interest in Jono and her friendships with Saff, Cress, and Terryn. But Laura still comes off as a cold person. Maybe Del Franco is simply that great a writer that we feel the removed quality of Laura’s life. But I don’t think that’s it. Jono’s perspective on how InterSec operates is causing Laura to take a harder look at how the agency operates and at Orrin’s actions. This could also be a reason for the coldness I feel. If InterSec is not under Guild authority, how can Orrin […]

Posted December 27, 2012 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review: Julie Kagawa’s The Iron Queen

Book Review: Julie Kagawa’s The Iron Queen

Third in the Iron Fey urban fantasy series for young adults. My Take I’m kinda bummed we didn’t get to see how Ash and Meghan would cope with the real world, but disappointment fades quickly when they plunge back into the strife of the Nevernever. I did wonder why Kagawa felt the need to explain writing music, and eventually we found out. I did appreciate Ash’s teaching Meghan how to fight, and she does acquit herself rather well. Lame. Meghan realizes she has Machina’s power and the dreams are telling her she needs to learn to use it. Naturally, Meghan avoids learning anything like the plague. God forbid Kagawa should have to give up her big reveal and avoid this particular cliché. Hmm, interesting discovery of Meghan’s control of the gremlins. Too bad it took her so long to figure out it could be useful. Interesting bit of backstory on Machina and Ferrum. Oh, please. Puck seriously believes that a simple banner will be enough to denote the difference between the allied Irons and the enemy Irons?? Then there’s Meghan poking and denigrating Ash. On the whole, I enjoyed this story even though a bit of cliché is creeping in […]

Posted December 27, 2012 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review: Dorothy L. Sayers & Jill Paton Walsh’s Thrones, Dominations

Book Review: Dorothy L. Sayers & Jill Paton Walsh’s Thrones, Dominations

First in the Lord Peter Wimsey / Harriet Vane historical mystery series that continues from where Dorothy Sayers left off in Busman’s Honeymoon, the last full-length story in the initial Lord Peter Wimsey series (the LPW/ HV marks the point where Jill Paton Walsh has taken on Sayers’ legacy). It’s 1936 and Lord and Lady Peter are coming to London off their honeymoon via Paris. My Take Oh, this was so warmly wonderful. I have adored Dorothy Sayers’ Lord Peter Wimsey stories forever, and I finally took the plunge into Walsh’s continuance of this particular story which Sayers had started but never finished. I so hate having to use my own imagination to determine how a series’ characters continue through with their lives, and I’m so pleased that Walsh is doing it for me, lazy sod that I am *she says with a laugh*. Yes, it has been years since I last read any Sayers, and, yes, there is a tiny, tiny bit of disconnect, and I’m curious as to whether Walsh can continue in Presumption of Death. We’ll see as it’s in the TBR pile of the week. AND, on the whole, it is well worth it as Walsh […]

Posted December 27, 2012 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments