In case my rating left someone in any doubt I'll just go ahead and say: I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this
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In case my rating left someone in any doubt I'll just go ahead and say: I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this novella!!!
I'm one of the stingiest reviewers out there, I'm not proud of this because it means I usually don't get to enjoy things to the fullest over sometimes trivial matters, but THIS BOOK!
Lady Amelia is a very straight-forward and practical kind of lady. She anticipates contretemps, unexpected guests, dire changes of menu at the very last minute.
The thing is, as much as she enjoys managing her brother's estate, she can't help feeling as if she's holding him back from finding a wife - being completely devoted to his sister's happiness, he couldn't endure replacing her in the household - furthermore she's approaching her thirtieth birthday, so she should apply herself to finding a husband. Preferably before the New Year since it would be a waste of time to dawdle more than that.
The problem is that the crush of the year, the Sheffield's Christmas Ball, during which she'd planned on making an appropriate match for herself, has been cancelled after lightning struck Viscount Sheffield's ball room.
There is only one thing to do: go to Lord Sheffield and offer to organise the whole thing herself at a new venue.
Lord Sheffield is a rake with a schedule: from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. he is the most dutiful estate manager. From 8 p.m. onwards... it's time for debauchery in the demimonde. Having come upon his title by chance, he's always very strict about managing everything for which he is now responsible, so the thought of having Lady Amelia try to take what should be his responsibility in the first place is understandably upsetting.
But as he'll soon find out, once Lady Amelia has something on her mind you might as well let her manage it, and you along with it. ...That's not to say that Lord Sheffield is in anyway reluctant to do a bit of managing of Lady Amelia himself.
If you love lighthearted historical romances, where everyone is reasonable and there are no miscommunications to drag the whole thing into unnecessary drama, the protagonists are equal and likeable, and you spend the whole book with a silly smile on your face...
One day Patricia A. McKillip will write a bad book and that'll be the first sign of the impending apocalypse. I have no idea how I went through so manOne day Patricia A. McKillip will write a bad book and that'll be the first sign of the impending apocalypse. I have no idea how I went through so many years of my life without having read her books. Actually, that would probably be because there are no Portuguese translations and I have to buy the originals from the UK.
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld is, in a word, delightful. Like all of McKillip's books the reader is lost in her magical worlds from the very first page. She writes things and they seem to come alive, to leave the written paper and surround you, wherever you may be reading.
Honestly, this book was so wonderful I was almost run over by a car while reading it and walking on the street. ...more
I've re-read this book (and the others in this series) so many times my paperbacks are starting to look pitiOriginally posted at Paperback Wonderland.
I've re-read this book (and the others in this series) so many times my paperbacks are starting to look pitiful.
Honestly, I don't understand how this book isn't topping all bestseller's lists, is it lack of promotion? I really don't know and it bothers me because the universe Ysabeau S. Wilce created is so amazing, so flawless, so addictive... Her characters are just perfect, her plots -- look I'm a picky bitch and I cannot find a fault!
For the love of whatever you hold sacred, go read these books! It breaks my heart to see mediocrity topping charts while jewels like these are ignored. ...more
Anyone who's lived their whole life by the sea will tell you that it's hard to successfully write a story that will give you the sense of wonder and possibility it brings. A Menina do Mar comes to mind, and though it's a children's book it's absolutely perfect, perhaps because I read it when I was a little girl and those books always have a special place in our hearts. The Changeling Sea through what I can only assume to be some freaky magical powers Patricia McKillip possesses, managed to be placed into that same corner of my heart even though I've read it as an adult. I guess that's the highest praise a book can get. ...more
Okay, I know I totally signed up for this once I downloaded it from Netgalley, but I spent the whole
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Okay, I know I totally signed up for this once I downloaded it from Netgalley, but I spent the whole story going, "I DID NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS!" because OH MY GOD.
We all have our favourite X Files episodes, you know, the creepiest ones, like Home - with the amputee mother kept under a bed who kept popping out babies conceived by boinking her own deformed sons. I remember closing the shutters that night and screaming my lungs out because my cat was innocently (if cats can ever be innocent...) sitting on the windowsill. That was 17 years ago and it still freaks me out.
This volume was very much like one of those creepy episodes. It tricks you: Mulder and Scully are living together under false identities, everything is happy and normal then BAM! - CREEPY CHILD! HORRIFYING SHAPE SHIFTERS! SOMEONE IS OUT TO GET SCULLY'S BABY!
Listen, I was freaking out reading this, I read it all in an hour, tops, I couldn't stop scrolling to find out what came next. I'll tell you what came next: pure AWESOMENESS. It really was like one of those X Files episodes that haunt you for years to come.
So as soon as you can, GO READ IT! I'll just be here, languishing until the next one comes out. ...more
So in the last issue we ended up with a huge cliffhanger where Kamala actually turns into her media imposed idea of beautiful, you know, all white,
So in the last issue we ended up with a huge cliffhanger where Kamala actually turns into her media imposed idea of beautiful, you know, all white, blonde, and blue eyed. How does that work out for her?
Kamala is absolutely ADORABLE and FUNNY. Once she kind of gets over what happened to her (though still distressed that the transformation into a super hero reveals that the costumes don't include underwear) she decides to try and see if she can transform again at will.
As it turns out, it takes Kamala's feeling of inadequacy to trigger her powers, which include switching from different looks and sizes - as she finds out after she makes herself tiny and is faced with a giant (actually normal sized) cockroach:
We see Kamala try to work through her new-found powers and responsibilities, and what they entail. Trying to figure out how to do the right thing, drawing wisdom from her upbringing - and we still have time for a very important lesson:
And I cannot wait to read the next issue!!! ...more