Words cannot express my disappointment with this book. The idea of this book was intriguing, but the story was very underwhelming. It could have beenWords cannot express my disappointment with this book. The idea of this book was intriguing, but the story was very underwhelming. It could have been SO much better....more
A delightful historical fantasy tale that I expect to come back to in the future.
Told in letter form, Sorcery & Cecelia is the correspondence betwA delightful historical fantasy tale that I expect to come back to in the future.
Told in letter form, Sorcery & Cecelia is the correspondence between cousins Kate and Cecy. Kate is off enjoying a London season while Cecy is stuck at home in the country. However, there is no lack of things for her to do, as she soon finds out. Both cousins find themselves thrust into some sort of magical feud.
It's no fun and games. Both cousins have found themselves in the devil of scraps, that they were lucky to get out of with all their limbs.
The writing was witty and fresh. I love historical fantasy done right, with just enough fantasy not to overwhelm you. And my favorite kinds of historical fantasy are the ones involving magic. Kate and Cecy are very amusing. This book was originally a letter game between the two authors, but they soon realized that they had something here. How fun, a letter game! I'd like to try that with someone.
This had been on my wishlist for ages, and was so happy to see Open Road reissuing it, and I scooped up a galley as soon as I saw it. It was all I was hoping for and more. I wasn't expecting a book written in entirely letter form to be so engaging, but I soon realized I had trouble putting my nook down to stop reading. After just a few letters, I was thrust into this magical and exciting world. I loved how the magical bits just crept in when you weren't expecting them. For example, Kate was at the Royal College of Wizards, and opened a door and found herself in a mysterious garden... with a odd woman who tried to poison her with a chocolate pot. That came out of nowhere, and I found it clever.
Enchanting, whimsical... I'm running out of adjectives. I don't know how else to describe it. If you like magic in your historical fiction, and don't mind epistolary novels, then I highly recommend this....more
Loved, loved, loved this book much more than the first installment The Secret History of the Pink Carnation. The Masque Of the Black Tulip was full oLoved, loved, loved this book much more than the first installment The Secret History of the Pink Carnation. The Masque Of the Black Tulip was full of characters that did not irk me. I already loved Henrietta and Miles from the first book, along with the modern day heroine Eloise, but I even loved the smaller characters like Geoff and even Turnip; he was hilarious.
Some of the romantic bits made me want to gag, but there wasn't really a whole lot of them. This book was full of mystery that had me guessing until the end. Brava! I expect the series to continue to get better as I go....more
My reading plans have been awesomely interrupted by Julia Quinn's Bridgertons series.
In The Viscount Who Loved Me, book two in the Bridgertons series,My reading plans have been awesomely interrupted by Julia Quinn's Bridgertons series.
In The Viscount Who Loved Me, book two in the Bridgertons series, we are thrown into the world of the oldest Bridgerton: Anthony. I thought I may be disinterested in this book because Anthony annoyed me a bit in the first book, but I wasn't disinterested in the least! Anthony was a misunderstood young man, haunted by the death of his father 12 years earlier.
Kate Sheffield knows Anthony Bridgerton is a rake and rogue, anyone who read Lady Whistledown's Society Papers knows that! She and the eldest Bridgerton often find themselves bumping heads because Kate discovers that he has targeted Kate's youngest sister Edwina as his future wife. However, Edwina will marry nobody that her eldest sister does not approve of and Kate most definitely does not like the Viscount.
But, of course, the views that Kate and Anthony have for each other starts to change and Kate finds that she can no longer disprove of him for her sister, but her heart aches. She kind of wants him for herself!
I love this pair of hero and heroine. They are both haunted by events from their past, and together they overcome them. As I've come to expect, the banter in the Bridgerton books are hilarious and delightful. And the heroine is a strong, no nonsense gal. I love this series!...more
Not as good as The Masque Of the Black Tulip, but still a delightful book. Nobody can beat Miles and Henrietta - and I was very sad of the absence ofNot as good as The Masque Of the Black Tulip, but still a delightful book. Nobody can beat Miles and Henrietta - and I was very sad of the absence of them in this book - but Geoff and Letty, while a different sort of pair, were just as funny and cute together, although in a different way. Lord Vaughn continues to peek my interest. And excuse my French, but Miss Gwen kicks ass!!...more
Book #2 in The Dark Queen Saga, and wow! I loved it even more than the first book.
Taking place two years after the first book, we find Gabrielle CheneBook #2 in The Dark Queen Saga, and wow! I loved it even more than the first book.
Taking place two years after the first book, we find Gabrielle Cheney, the middle of the Cheney sisters, a famous courtesan in Paris. As she seeks out the heart of Henry, the King of Navarre, her world is soon shook up with the reappearance of someone from her past; witch hunters in the area; and a few other nuisances.
Overcoming painful memories, Gabrielle gains confidence she hadn't had in years, but she soon gets into a mess with the lead witch hunter where there seems to be nowhere out.
So far, the character development in this series is just amazing. The progression of Gabrielle and her younger sister Miri has been most noticeable and brilliantly done.
The Courtesan was a breathtakingly paced book full of darkness, honor, intrigue and of course, magic....more
Not as good as the first installment, I thought. Although, unlike the first book, Sebastian did have a lot more freedom, seeing as how he wasn't runniNot as good as the first installment, I thought. Although, unlike the first book, Sebastian did have a lot more freedom, seeing as how he wasn't running from the law.
The fact that throughout the book Sebastian was being followed kept my interest. The thought that there was someone hiding behind a bush or in a dark alley ready to off him at any minute him was pretty exciting.
They were a lot of action, chases and close get-aways to keep my attention peeked throughout the book.
Questions were left unanswered, but seeing as how this is a series, no doubt those we come afloat later.
The repeatedness of certain facts drove me a bit batty, but that's my only real complaint with this installment....more
Read for the first time this well-loved novel that I liked well enough.
This is a beautiful story with beautiful descriptions of a manor with a musicaRead for the first time this well-loved novel that I liked well enough.
This is a beautiful story with beautiful descriptions of a manor with a musical sounding name. Manderley. Just rolls right off the tongue, doesn't it?
I admit I did not become fully engrossed until about halfway through. Right along the fancy dress ball did I start not reading fast enough. Before that I was just enjoying the seemingly flawless writing style, but now we were cooking!
I had seen the old Hitchcock film years ago, so unfortunately, the mystery was gone. I kept picturing Laurence Olivier as Maxim while reading - I am not complaining! However, knowing what happened did not make it any less intense. I found myself holding my breath at some points and I stopped to ask myself, "Why?" du Maurier is no doubt a master at suspense!
This book is invaluable to someone either simply curious about the home in the Victorian era or someone who wishes to write in that era. I fall into bThis book is invaluable to someone either simply curious about the home in the Victorian era or someone who wishes to write in that era. I fall into both categories. The book will immensely help me in my writing. I love how each room was split up by chapters and that there was even a chapter for 'The Street.'
This book very much de-romanticizes the era and provides a real look into the ins and outs of an upper middle-class home during a single day in Victorian times. ...more
There are going to be more books with these characters, right? RIGHT? Because I need there to be!
Ahem, anyway, yes, I loved this book. It had everythiThere are going to be more books with these characters, right? RIGHT? Because I need there to be!
Ahem, anyway, yes, I loved this book. It had everything, really: history, mystery, romance, and sadness. Yes, there was some achingly sad parts, I almost shed a tear.
Kate is in England covering a murder trial when she meets an old man named Andrew Deacon. This sets her off on a path involving his connection to her grandmother, their pasts, and some shady business that went on during WWII. People are turning up dead, people are following Kate, and she expects to be next.
Kate changes her appearance and jet sets from Canada, to Portugal, to London, to America, and sometimes more than once. She meets people who worked with her grandmother and Deacon during WWII, and through their memories, finds herself transported to a different time, filled with secrets and shady dealings.
All the parts to this book were neatly woven together and the story flowed well. As far as the mystery goes, I loved how things started to unfold bit by bit, and by the end, everything fit together. The characters were engaging, and I loved Kate as a protagonist. I hope there's a sequel in the future!...more