This book is about the current Queen of England stumbling upon a mobile library at Buckingham Palace one daThat was fabulous. Really really fabulous.
This book is about the current Queen of England stumbling upon a mobile library at Buckingham Palace one day thanks to her misbehaving corgis and from their discovering a great love of reading.
I enjoyed rest hung her realize she had a hobby and indulging in it for a change. Before discovering reading she did not have any hobby as it might exclude some of her subjects, or her liking versus disliking some thing would be offensive to some. Thus she has always been the utmost neutral party on everything. Now though after reading just a couple of books she is completely sucked into the literature world and soon reading takes over. She always has a paperback in her handbag or tucked under the cushions of the royal carriage.
Only not everyone is happy with the Queens new hobby. And that is mostly because they don't understand it. She doesn't really help either though! Never having had a hobby before she allows herself to let it take over her every thought, conversation, and action. Soon she is bypassing her normal conversational topics and engaging instead in chats about books and authors. She is often running late as she will have forgotten a certain tome she wanted to take with her on whatever journey or outing she was about to do. Thus everything would be held up while she sent her loyal servant Norman to fetch the requested book. Thus while I loved her newfound love in reading and literature I also sort of but not completely understood those around her's dislike of it.
All in all this was a numerous and lighthearted novella which was just absolutely adorable. I inhaled it in less than a day and often found myself completely enthralled by it, either laughing out loud at the Queen's thoughts or thoroughly annoyed with the actions of her staff.
This is a must read for any book lover, Anglophile, or short story reader! ...more
This was a great little novella in the Midnight Liaisons universe. The story progressed quickly without seeming rushed which is by far the most amazinThis was a great little novella in the Midnight Liaisons universe. The story progressed quickly without seeming rushed which is by far the most amazing part to me. Uzsually short stories and novellas are too rushed and don't provide enough info for me. This was the exact opposite.
In just a little over 100 pages I really got to know the characters, understand the politics and thus the main struggle of the story, and see some seriously chemistry build between the 2 main characters. Overall a great novella in general and it definitely rekindles me desire to read this series. Now if only the library would email me to tell me book 3 is ready for me to pick up! ...more
This story takes place between books 4 and 5 of the Iron Druid Series, which is about half way through Granaile's training or about 6 years. She is baThis story takes place between books 4 and 5 of the Iron Druid Series, which is about half way through Granaile's training or about 6 years. She is barely in this story though except to make Atticus a bit uncomfortable from time to time a bit at the beginning and that is it. Poor Oberone too hardly had any face time in this story too, and I missed him and his witty banter.
The story was good as it provided some good information to the series, but I didn't see the need of making it a novella. I feel like it could have been pared back quite a bit and it should have been in one of the regular books. This is because if you are only reading the books and not this mini stories then when you get to book 5 and 6 you are going to have no idea whatsoever as to why Atticus is helping the Norse.
Even still I enjoyed the story, and Oberone for the little that he was present. And I highly suggest reading it for the extra information it provides prior to continuing on with the series. ...more
This was an adorable prequel to Seraphina and revealed how she went from being just plain Seraphina Dombaugh to Maid Dombaugh the music apprentice desThis was an adorable prequel to Seraphina and revealed how she went from being just plain Seraphina Dombaugh to Maid Dombaugh the music apprentice despite being so young, unqualified, and female.
It also revealed a little bit more of Orma and the Princess's respective personalities which I really enjoyed as they are both great secondary characters.
Basically this is just a cute, fluffy, little side read that you should definitely take the 15 minutes to enjoy if you loved Seraphina! ...more
This story is about Chess's first major case for the church while she is in her last year of education. She is still a student, only about 18-19 and aThis story is about Chess's first major case for the church while she is in her last year of education. She is still a student, only about 18-19 and assigned to shadow the Black Squad, the elite in investigating paranormal happenings.
She expected to just shadow them a couple of days and not really experience much, but that was not what happened! Instead she walked into the middle of a grisly series of murders. Not exactly a normal week for her of the squad.
This was such a great peek into Chess's head. We see her dealing with an alcohol addiction, and the beginning of her drug addiction, and what really drove her to it. We also see the beginnings of her relationships with her Elder and fellow debunkers. And of course Kane is awesome enough to give us the tiniest glimpse of Terrible which I loved!
All in all a fantastic addiction of the Downside series!!!...more
So I am a little embarrassed but I was so sure I hadn't read this novella before. I didn't remember it but I knew there was something about it that waSo I am a little embarrassed but I was so sure I hadn't read this novella before. I didn't remember it but I knew there was something about it that was pulling at my brain box. Then about half way through I realized I knew this story was in Must Love Hellhounds, so I looked up my goodreads read list, and sure enough I had read that book and reviewed this story. So yeah, totally embarrassed that I have read but didn't remember a story by my favorite authors. Geeze.
Now in my defense I don't think this isn't their best novella story, but it still pretty damn good. I do enjoy Andrea as a character and Raphael, i mean come on how can you not love that guy.
This is the story about them coming together and the case that brings them (or well Andrea) to the realization that they should be together. And it takes place during Kate's rehab time after her showing in the midnight games, so it is all up to Andrea to save the day.
As usual the mythology behind the story was amazingly researched, in depth, and full of detail. This makes the plot so much more suspenseful and believable.
All in all a must read for any Andrews or Kate Daniels fan and a fantastic addition to the series. Read it! ...more
I always loved the character of Jim in the Kate Daniels books and Dali definitely intrigued me when she was fiOH MY GOD.
Like seriously. OMFREAKINGG!
I always loved the character of Jim in the Kate Daniels books and Dali definitely intrigued me when she was first introduced. And getting such an in depth glimpse into them was awesome. I knew Dali had issues and some insecurities, and to see her cultural background, family, and her ancestral past they are all totally understandable now. And Jim. Oh Jim. The team this is Andrews were able to write him so perfectly that he was still a complete and total BADASS while also showing just a hint of a sensitive side. LOVED IT.
The plot of course was awesome and their impecable research into mythology which never ceases to amaze me reveals itself in every scene.
By far this is my favorite Andrews novella so far, and the story actually competes with Kate's stories! I have seen a rumor that Andrews will be writing a book based solely on Jim and Dali and I cannot explain how excited that makes me - even more so that when I heard about Andrea's and Raphael's book!
This isn't a necessary installment in the series, but it is fun to read what is basically a lot of fluff with Chess and Terrible. The whole story takeThis isn't a necessary installment in the series, but it is fun to read what is basically a lot of fluff with Chess and Terrible. The whole story takes place after the 3rd book in the series, and Chess and Terrible are definitely in the honey moon phase of their relationship and it is adorable.
The plot (or really just a background excuse to read some fluff!) is pretty thin. Chess is investigating a possible ghost in a suburban part of town, and it is super convenient, easily solved, and not really up to Kane's or Chess's standard, but whatever. This story is all about the fluff!
So if you love Chess and Terrible together (which I do!) then go ahead and read the story, and be prepared for some sugar shock from all the sweetness. ...more
When I requested this from NetGalley I completely failed to realize that this was a short story, and I think it is pretty obvious by now that I am notWhen I requested this from NetGalley I completely failed to realize that this was a short story, and I think it is pretty obvious by now that I am not a short story kind of person. I usually find them rushed, flat, and a bit too straight forward. So I have to premise this review with that because obviously I am going to sound a bit biased here.
The plot revolves around a cursed artifact in Elspeth's possession that causes any person that becomes close to her or has affection for her dies. But her father who is trying to help James, a man dying from a heart defect claims that this same artifact can save his life.
The relationship between James and Elspeth was way too overly familiar way to quickly given the Victorian time period and the fact that Elspeth has been raised to not get close to anyone, yet within 24 hours is flirting with James quite a bit. And yes, he is majorly flirting as well. Then after only a day together, he sends her gifts - one of them being a corset. A CORSET! He is an unmarried man sending an unmarried woman an undergarment. WTF? Inappropriate much?! Oh and he gifts a music box whose "dancer" inside is a burlesque dancer who strips. I am not a prude but I do expect a tiny amount of historical accuracy. (view spoiler)[And of course there is the fact that the first time they meet they are together for less than a full day, then the second time they meet they are only together an evening before having sex (Elspeth's first time!) on the floor or her parlor! And he was so not caring or gentle with her - it was described as "forcing her down on the floor and tearing her skirts and undergarments aside". This is a woman who as been taught to fear getting close to anyone and instead of trying to prove her wrong by being as loving as possible he damn near rapes her...which he threatened to do earlier in the evening. Disgusting. (hide spoiler)]And another thing! (view spoiler)[ The annoying man is having what is probably a heart attack on her floor just after having sex and instead of running for help or trying to make him more comfortable she runs from the room, destroys a clock, and spends 15 minutes redressing herself before going back to the parlor to check on him. Really?! My god she sucks and keeping herself composed under pressure. (hide spoiler)] And finally, (view spoiler)[they both apparently have fallen in love with one another after having spent about 36 hours together - so much so that James, who is an Earl, changes his will to leave all his money to her! I mean, COME ON!! Where is the believability in all of this?? (hide spoiler)]
And what was the most annoying this that there is NO ENDING. LITERALLY. She is waiting at the front of her house for her demented visitor and then it ends. They never arrive. There is no explanation for what the hell happened to him in the first place. And no supposition as to what is going to happen. WHERE IS THE ENDING?
This book was only 22,000 words. They couldn't have added just 1,000 more to give it an ending?!
I'm really am sorry but for me this was a total waste. The steampunk elements consisted only of the servants being mechanical men, and people traveled on dirigibles. The romance was rushed and fucking disturbing. The paranormal aspects were not explained what so ever, and OH THERE WAS NO ENDING! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Interestingly enough this actually has some historical fact woven into the story. Still the world building was rushed, the characters wooden, and theInterestingly enough this actually has some historical fact woven into the story. Still the world building was rushed, the characters wooden, and the plot overly simplified. Maybe I just went into it expecting the richness and depth of Carriger's Parasol series which is just not possible in a short story format. ...more
This story is about Alec, a gay werewolf, and his new relationship with Marvin, a merman. First off, Alec is not out to his family or his pack - and tThis story is about Alec, a gay werewolf, and his new relationship with Marvin, a merman. First off, Alec is not out to his family or his pack - and this is a crucial plot point as Carriger specfically describes the rest of the pack so they seem damn near homophobic. Yet as soon as Alec meets Marvin he is flirting openly at a pack gathering at his fathers house.
And the entire subplot of the merpeople being on land to track a bunch of selkies, who are also the irish mob, was just weak and always took a backseat to the romance plot.
Oh and they eat sushi together - isn't that like feeding chicken soup to a chicken or something??? Then Marvin gives Alec a tin of sardines as a gift. And then when they kiss Alec likens kissing Marvin to eating sushi! Geeze.
Oh and this entire story takes place in about 24 hours. Huh?!
Gay werewolves can be done well - just look at Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series - but this was disappointing. Not worth the 99 cents....more
This was a cute short story that accompanies the book Cinder. It reveals Cinder's childhood once she joins her new family after her accident, and giveThis was a cute short story that accompanies the book Cinder. It reveals Cinder's childhood once she joins her new family after her accident, and gives you a glimpse into how she was treated from the very start by her step mother and step sisters.
I feel like it provided a lot more understanding of the characters motives and the reasons for their actions. Still though it wasn't exactly necessary. I don't think we really learned anything too new from the story, just had some things clarified.
I am glad though that I read this book AFTER reading Cinder. If I had read it before the full length novel I think I would have been a bit confused and not understand why anyone treated Cinder the way they do.
If you have already read Cinder though I would recommend reading this as well. Mostly just to read about her youngest sister and the creation of Iko! ...more
This is a short story told from Granuaile’s point of view and takes place while Atticus is off in Asgard during the 3rd book Hammered.
This is a fantaThis is a short story told from Granuaile’s point of view and takes place while Atticus is off in Asgard during the 3rd book Hammered.
This is a fantastic little foray into her adventures and mindset while helping the Earth elemental Sonora and involves a major stand off between her and some of the members of the Tuatha Dé Danann. Oberon cannot communicate directly with words in this story since Granuaile doen't have that ability yet so it was a bit less humorous but still very good.
You also get to learn more about what it takes to really be a Druid initiate and some of the tests involved so that you can prove yourself worthy of such powers.
So in this story it all comes down to GIRL POWER! And Granuaile does not disappoint! Atticus definitely picked the right girl for the job and I cannot wait to see her grow more over the next 3 books in the series. ...more
This is a FREE novella available on Ilona Andrews's blog until January 7, 2012!! Go here to download it in kindle, epub, or pdf format: http://www.ilonThis is a FREE novella available on Ilona Andrews's blog until January 7, 2012!! Go here to download it in kindle, epub, or pdf format: http://www.ilona-andrews.com/magic-gi...
This was such a tease, but a great tease!! I loved getting an entire story about Kate and Curran since the next book is going to focus on Andrea and Raphael. We got such a great glimpse into more of their personal lives (away from the pack, from the People, from everyone).
The plot was pretty good. I liked the back story, and the addition of another pantheon of Gods. We also got a lot more insight into the pack and how seriously they take the care of a child. It was pretty crazy to think that Curran could ask those in the pack to basically go into a situation where they would die to save a child that wasn't even a shapeshifter and they would do it.
Apparently events in this book will also link up with Andrea's book so it will be cool to see the two story lines link up and work off of one another.
This was an awesome addition to the Kate Daniels universe and I loved every page of it and am so thankful to the amazing team that is Ilona Andrews for this great Christmas gift! ...more
God I wish they would make these into full fledged books! I love this universe. It is well thought out, beautiful, full of political intrigue, prejudiGod I wish they would make these into full fledged books! I love this universe. It is well thought out, beautiful, full of political intrigue, prejudice, and abilities. This is a bit longer than a short story and is more novella length, but I wish it had been longer.
Claire and Ven were fantastic characters with real and complex emotions, thoughts, and backstories. The worlds they live in are beautifully described, and always left me wanting more. Thier relationship evolved naturally, was well paced, and totally believeable.
I love basically everything the Andrews team writes but wow I super love this! Please please please make the kinsmen into a full length series!!!
This is a short story that takes place a little bit before the events in the first book Hounded. It was very quickly paced but still full of action anThis is a short story that takes place a little bit before the events in the first book Hounded. It was very quickly paced but still full of action and humor of course (thanks to the always hilarious Oberon). Basically it revolves around a clan of gnomes hiding amongst the humans while waiting for a showdown between their enemies. And to blend in the gnomes are playacting as little people dressed as elves in Santa's village! And you have to love Oberon's take on this!
Oberon - "You’re telling me those are gnomes pretending to be dwarfs pretending to be elves? Are you trying to play Six Degrees of Bilbo Baggins again?"
All in all its a pretty good story with some new species to learn about, and laughs to be had!
This is a short story that takes place a couple of weeks prior to the events in the 1st book, and had I read it back when I read Hounded Iprobably wouThis is a short story that takes place a couple of weeks prior to the events in the 1st book, and had I read it back when I read Hounded Iprobably would have enjoyed it more. At this point I have read 4 books in this universe so this story did not really tell me anything new about the characters or the universe in which they live in.
Still, Oberone was amazing and funny as always. I will never stop enjoying their banter and relationship. Atticus is his normal paranoid, evaluating, and brave self, who ran to help when he was needed.
Since it didn't really give me anything new though I gotta admit I just wasn't as impressed. Others though will totally enjoy it I am sure. ...more
I love reading other perspectives for my favorite books (I mean I have read several books about Pride and Prejudice written from Darcy's perspective!)I love reading other perspectives for my favorite books (I mean I have read several books about Pride and Prejudice written from Darcy's perspective!)
This has little snippets from Curran's POV from Magic Bites, Magic Burns, Magic Strikes, and Magic Bleeds. Each reveals just a bit more about Curran's reasoning, and fills in some of those holes that occur the first person character isn't present for a time period.
Seriously, if you love the Kate Daniels series AT ALL you need to read this. Besides it is free! The Gordon's are so kind to be offering these little snippets in the form of a free ebook! ...more
This was a sneak peak into the goings on of Haunted week before the trilogy of books begins. It would have been much more informative and interestingThis was a sneak peak into the goings on of Haunted week before the trilogy of books begins. It would have been much more informative and interesting if it was just a tad bit longer than 5 pages.
While I get this was a free little dribble for fans it wasn't really enough to let me understand the terror, fear, confusion, and death that Chess alluded too when talking/thinking about the first Haunted Week.
I didn't get a clear grasp on the characters, their abilities, or purpose. They seemed to basically just describe what was happening although without revealing anything you didn't already know if you have read the trilogy of books.
Basically reading this is not necessary to understand or better enjoy Chess, Terrible, and their craziness, and was more just disappointing than anything....more
What a great little snippet. It started out tense and suspensful, but things weren't what they seemed. Things quickly heated up and it proved to be quWhat a great little snippet. It started out tense and suspensful, but things weren't what they seemed. Things quickly heated up and it proved to be quite an enjoyable story. Too bad it was so short. The characters would make for a super suspensful and sexy novel....more
This is the first thing I have read by Shayla Black and found it pretty entertaining. It was offered free on her website so I thought I would try it sThis is the first thing I have read by Shayla Black and found it pretty entertaining. It was offered free on her website so I thought I would try it since I have been wanting to read Tempt Me with Darkness (the first in the Doomsday Brethren series) and of course Wicked Ties which is supposed to be so deliciously wonderful.
I really enjoyed Black's style of writing. Even knowing nothing about the Doomsday world I felt I understood enough to appreciate the characters and their environment.
Kari seemed like the typical sweet and perfect girl next door. But Black managed to create both a complete cad and tortured soul in the character of Ronan which was doubly potent! The romance, which had a bit of history didn't feel rushed by the effort to tie this novella into the overall arcing plot of the series (or what I think is the overall plot) was a bit of a stretch.
Overall a good read, and now I definitely want to read more of Black's works. ...more