Words cannot express my disappointment with this book. The idea of this book was intriguing, but the story was very underwhelming. It could have been...moreWords 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.(less)
A delightful historical fantasy tale that I expect to come back to in the future.
Told in letter form, Sorcery & Cecelia is the correspondence betw...moreA 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.(less)
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 o...moreLoved, 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.(less)
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!(less)
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 of...moreNot 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!!(less)
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 Chene...moreBook #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.(less)
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 runni...moreNot 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.(less)