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The Masked Songbird (Scottish Songbird #1)

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Mildly hapless Edinburgh accountant Gwenllian Maule is surviving. She�s got a boyfriend, a rescued pet bird and a roommate to share rent. Gwen�s biggest challenges: stretching her last twenty bucks until payday and not antagonizing her terrifying boss.

Then Gwen mistakenly drinks a mysterious beverage that gives her heightened senses, accelerated healing powers and astonish...more
Published September 2014 by Harlequin (first published 2014)
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Martin Reaves
Man, what a ride. The Masked Songbird is the most fun I’ve had between the covers (book covers that is) in a good long time.

Emmie Mears’s heroine, Gwen Maule, is a fantastic character, and resonated with me as truly authentic from page one.

There’s a good deal of whimsy between these pages, but also a surprising amount of heart.

Mears is a wonderful writer. We can only wonder what she’ll do next.
This is a great read for anyone who enjoys a solid, action-packed thriller with compelling characters. The Scottish setting adds depth and credibility to this urban fantasy.

A strong effort by author Emmie Mears, the book is just the first of a hopefully long and profitable series. Readers will probably be casting the film version in their minds as they read.

I'm looking forward to Shrike #2.
This is a really excellent first novel. It took me a few chapters to get into it, but then it really hit its stride and I was gripped. I love Gwen as a heroine - she's so relatable it almost feels wrong to call her a "superhero", but she is, and she's a great one. I also love that the explanation for her superpowers wasn't just dismissed with a wave of a wand, but had a realistic explanation - with associated side effects, like constantly needing to eat.

I felt like this book could have been a bi...more
I loved this book quite a bit. The debut from Emmie Mears was everything I could have hoped for. Without being spoilery, this was a fantastic trip through the origin of a woman superhero. The main character is flawed in a way that feels true, and by the end you are rooting for her to find her path and win the day. There is a romance element to the story, but it definitely plays second fiddle to the greater love story of a woman discovering herself, which is really my favorite kind of love story...more
Lydia Aswolf
The scary thing about bearing heavy burdens is that at any moment the weight can shift.

Adjusting the weight on her back would never occur to Gwen. She’s carried her burdens for so long that they’re almost comfortable; a home away from home.

What Gwen forgets Mears doesn’t in this mesmerizing debut: weight shifts. The greater the weight, the farther and harder Gwen will fall. And fall she does, into a dark shaft filled with painful truths she’d rather not face. Bogged down by a vicious boss who...more
I loved this book. If you like origin stories you'll love this. If you like political intrigue you'll love this. If you love birds you'll probably cry, but it's okay because vengeance will be yours in the end. Seriously. Go out and grab this one.
Sam (EvaNadine)
Emmie Mears has a very gentle hand with language, and her first novel, the Masked Songbird, displays her writing skills brilliantly. Timely, with its references to Scotland's referendum debate, the Masked Songbird is peppered with history, politics, and socioeconomic guideposts, yet one needn't be fluent in the topic, as Emmie walks the reader through the fine points. Meanwhile, the story is painted with the brushstrokes of a comic book master, keeping the action moving and the humor and wit off...more
Full disclosure: Emmie was my teammate during GISHWHES. So I'm not even going to pretend to be neutral about this book, but I am going to say, THANK GOODNESS IT'S GOOD! Because you know there's always that worry when you read a book by someone you know that it isn't and you won't know what to say. This book is a gritty, realistic take on a superhero story. I don't mean gritty in the Batman Begins way that has broad strokes of gloss along with the darkness of the story. There's no gloss here. Thi...more
This was a really good book. It wasn't just about a girl becoming a superhero accidentally. It also involved friendship, romance, and self-discovery. There was action, suspense, and drama. I never got bored while reading, and in the end, I found it quite unputdownable.

Gwen was an interesting main character. She wasn't immediately likable, since she started out the story with no backbone. She let both her boss and boyfriend walk all over her. However, that all began to change. Over the course of...more
This book came on my radar after it was mentioned by a couple of high-profile book blogs. Set in Edinburgh in the run-up to the Independence Referendum, we follow the adventures of accountant Gwen and her transformation into something of a Superwoman. As a Scot who enjoys fantasy/UF, it sounded worth a look.

Overall, I enjoyed the book but with a few minor niggles. The author has a very engaging style of writing and the plot moves along at a rapid pace. I liked Gwen's character and found myself s...more
Rose Wraith
This book was a lot of fun. It's really nice to see a lady hero, and even nicer to see one who's more concerned about kicking ass than she is about getting a boyfriend (for a change). I thought it was gonna be all fun and games but there was actually some pretty heavy stuff in here. I shed a few tears. Marvel should probably get on this...
Daniel Swensen
A modern superhero epic that hits the spot. Gwen Maule is a fantastic protagonist, and Mears does a great job of creating a realistic plight and a vivid sense of time and place. Brisk pacing and unexpected twists. Overall, a very rewarding read and I'm looking forward to seeing what's next from Gwen Maule.
THE MASKED SONGBIRD by Emmie Mears is a fantastic read that sweeps you into Gwen Maule's world from the very first page and keeps you invested through the very last page. Strong writing, diverse and beautifully voiced cast, and a blast to read.
This book has everything you can dream up for the genre: super heroes (or heroines, as the case may be), mysteries, science experiments gone awry, Scottish accents, silly banter, costumes, fight scenes, political intrigue, love, loss and plenty more.

I was caught up in the fast pace of the book; feeling with the characters and trying desperately to solve the mysteries. Many of the issues are very serious, but they are often approached in a lighthearted way. This does not diminish the issues, onl...more
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Emmie Mears was born in Austin, Texas, where the Lone Star state promptly spat her out at the tender age of three months. After a childhood spent mostly in Alaska, Oregon, and Montana, she became a proper vagabond and spent most of her time at university devising ways to leave the country. After successfully tramping through Scotland and Poland for a few years, the bungee cord that is her US Passp...more
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