That blurb really told everything that happens...then again, I already knew what would happen. And not because this was a variation, but because theseThat blurb really told everything that happens...then again, I already knew what would happen. And not because this was a variation, but because these things happened already in book 1. Just in the background because that was Lizzy's and the others story. While here the background people come into light and share their POVS.
Here Colonel Fitzwilliam gets his chance to find true love. Their story was nice, even if Belinda was all no, no love for me! Because she had loved and lost.
His brother Viscount Arlington does his duty to the family. But that story does not really get a conclusion here, and I think Anne really well step up in the next book.
And then there is Caroline, arghh, I hate when I like her. I want to despise her, but here, oh she is tired of it all and she wants to change. And I like her. Poor Caroline. She needs love too, she just have to stop caring about money and power first. Good for her to go for love.
Book 1 and book 2 is sort of the same then. Just from different POVS. We get to see Darcy in the background while he hunts for Lizzy. But it is not his story, it is the other's. Though it did bother me that we sill got no real endings here. There will be more. I would have liked an ending since I already read their story two times.
I did not really know who to root for at first. The Barbarian Horde was all kill them all! BUT they claimed that they had been attacked before. As forI did not really know who to root for at first. The Barbarian Horde was all kill them all! BUT they claimed that they had been attacked before. As for the people of Dara I only had Oria's opinion and she had no idea why they were attacking. Except for them being barbarians. So I was not too happy about the Destrye to be honest. And not at all when things comes to pass later on.
It's not a fantasy romance, there is not an inch of romance in it. But I guess there will be in coming books. Cos duh, you read the blurb and think that they will hook up. But he keeps thinking of someone else and I am so not down with that. But then he thinks of Oria too, and I am all no you didn't! It did not really make me love Lonen. He has to prove himself in book 2 if he is gonna win me over. He does better himself, but in another way it just makes it all worse.
Oh and you should see him go all but she said! Oh man, she is not the ruler of this place. Silly little Destrye. You will see.
As for Oria's family, they do not show that much redeeming traits. Maybe the city really should burn.
I have no idea where I am , let me see. Oria aka stuck in a cover, can't use the magic she should, never leaves said tower. And Lonen the barbarian who goes all I trust her.
Fighting. Trying to make peace. Inviting trouble. The foundation for the whole city cracking...
It was an interesting story, there are some...things I would like to learn more of. The romance part seemed utterly doomed and hope not. I'd like some romance, maybe some happy banter too....more
This could be UF, but I do not want to group it with that, because it is just so much more and different. The author herself says she writes dark fantThis could be UF, but I do not want to group it with that, because it is just so much more and different. The author herself says she writes dark fantasy, so dark urban fantasy mystery then. If you read UF you know how those go, kick-ass, fast etc etc. But this was fiction traced with the weyrd. Read it find out.
First we do have to start with Fassbinder, I had to google it, it means Cooper. What? I had to, mostly to see if it had something do do with her dad's occupation. Ahem. No, but he was a kinderfresser, and if you want to know what that is then you have to read this book. If you are well versed in German myths you might have heard of them.
When I have that out of the way. Verity can walk both worlds, Weyrd and Normal. She is the one the Weyrd sends out to deal with things, she is the one that deals with the cop that knows about them. The two mysteries she has to solve is who is stealing children and who is killing sirens. The first one brings her back to her past, the second one, well who can make a woman with wings fall to her death? Intriguing. It was a good mystery, and it brought us deep into this world. Which was great because I wanted to know more about the Weyrd and I did.
Verity herself was a nice heroine, mostly because even though she has quite the strength inherited from her dad, she was just normal you know. There are those heroines that are all kick-ass, but Verity felt normal. Which is why this book was more fantasy fiction in that aspect. It felt like there are this underworld to the streets of Brisbane. Oh, which I totally loved too.
I lost my train of thought, in the middle of my review! It was a good book, one that you have to take your time with. Some books should not be rushed, which does not mean that I did not read it in a day. Sure I read it in a day, but I took it slow.
I look forward to more in this world. Great potential there....more
"Perhaps their love is doomed after all… " The blurb does say it all. Poor Lizzy and Darcy, they do have to struggle. But that is why I like variations"Perhaps their love is doomed after all… " The blurb does say it all. Poor Lizzy and Darcy, they do have to struggle. But that is why I like variations, they have to work a bit to get it right ;)
Darcy is simply wonderful in this one, he does not back down even though there is setback after setback. And even another engagement! But he loves her so, awwww. And do not worry about the engagement, there is something fishy going on.
And Lizzy shows her strength too. She refuses to believe anything bad about him when those setbacks comes around. She fights for him and wants to prove herself.
It's part of a series, and book 2 did end with happily, but a lot can happen before you get engaged as we will see in this one. I must say though that it works excellent as a stand alone. It's the road to their happy ending. Sure things happened before, Bingley and Jane, Wickham, and more, but it still works well like this too. But hey, the road is always the fun thing so read book 2 too ;)
A lovely variation where they fight for their love....more
I did not read book 1, but I felt it worked anyway. I quickly got into the world, of course when this guy showed up I did wonder what had happened betI did not read book 1, but I felt it worked anyway. I quickly got into the world, of course when this guy showed up I did wonder what had happened between them in book 1.
BUT, I know they said she was not big, but still, how does a 17 year old get away pretending to be a 12 year old? See I never get that in books, mostly cos when I was 12 I could not have played a 12 year old boy. Damn, they were short, it took them to like 16 to get near me in height. And then there is the whole thing that something recognizes her and likes her and I was all euwww, she is dressed and pretends to be a 12 year old boy. I know you know she is a woman, but still, that is nasty. I could not get behind that budding maybe one day romance.
As for the book...Mary is part of an agency of spies (women), and she is on a case. Who killed this guy, wow, the road there was long and I did not really get how they found any evidence. It was all too sudden. The mystery part was lacking.
But hey, it was still a good book. A bit of a mystery, spying, weird maybe romance...still on the fence about that. And not to mention a cool heroine....more
A short story set in the north where a young boy faces down a prophecy. I can't really say a lot, it was short. A good MG? novel. Maybe it was YA, bu A short story set in the north where a young boy faces down a prophecy. I can't really say a lot, it was short. A good MG? novel. Maybe it was YA, but a younger crowd can read it too. Learn a bit about seal hunting, whale hunting, the first northmen coming.
The dangers of ice, water, cold and starvation. And not to take more than what nature can give.
I had to read this one after having read Duke of Sin and seeing poor Hippolyta running away in the dark. It seems she got lucky and someone took pityI had to read this one after having read Duke of Sin and seeing poor Hippolyta running away in the dark. It seems she got lucky and someone took pity on her.
Oh yes Matthew, but he was an ass about it. Yes I get that she looks and smells like shit, but why would you think she is a whore? Wouldn't like runaway farm girl be more of an answer? And yes actress that he thinks too, but the whore think. I did want to hit him there.
But this is a novella and things move fast and I do forgive him because he wants her anyway. Just being an ass at first.
And then they lived happily ever after! After some drama and passion....more
To think that bees could be that interesting. It's a sad fact really, the bees are dying, we should all look out for our buddies the bees! We truly neTo think that bees could be that interesting. It's a sad fact really, the bees are dying, we should all look out for our buddies the bees! We truly need them. And in this book, oh I liked how much Maria loved her bees. They were her family.
Maria is a former nun who is now the manager of a retreat and she also makes honey products. She has a secret, a dark one that we slowly learns. It's a book that ultimately deals with some heavy subjects.
Tansy is happily married, but at a crossroads, and she reaches out to the aunt she has never known. It was really sad how the family had lost contact, and I got it. There were secrets, but at the same time, so sad. Maria loved her family and she lost it all. They get to know each other and a story will be told.
And Tansy is dealing with her own things too.
And there are bees!
The only thing I misses was, hmm, perhaps a recipe? Yes a honey themed recipe would have been nice, but let's face it, I never make anything from those recipes. I just look at them and long.
Secrets, family and bees. All good and bad things come together in this sweet book. But like a bee can sting there will be darker things than just honey around too....more
Miss Lane was a clever and practical woman, all good things in a main character. She realised that the woman she worked for was a fraud and left beforMiss Lane was a clever and practical woman, all good things in a main character. She realised that the woman she worked for was a fraud and left before everything fell apart. Not the most practical thing to do, I confess, but Miss Lane is lucky and found a new job.
Mr Jesperson was more the Sherlock Holmes of the two. He sees things other misses, he is an original to be sure. But also a perfect gentleman, and gives her a chance as his assistant.
They were a perfect mix and completed each other so well. She was the yang to his ying. I also kind of wish now that in future books they will fall madly in love with each other and have cute clever babies, awwww.
These two set out to solve their first crimes. A sleep walker, and mediums disappearing. Two cases that proves hard to crack. And it was nice watching them trying to solve these cases and the heat turns up at the end of the book.
A great story, and I do want to read the next book to see what kind of case they get. Two great main characters and a lovely atmosphere through out the book....more
The way Florrie talked about the moors sure made me want to visit them. And I loved her connection to them, and nature in general. How she longed forThe way Florrie talked about the moors sure made me want to visit them. And I loved her connection to them, and nature in general. How she longed for it all when she was stuck inside. She was not a city girl, and that never changed. But I am getting ahead of things.
The book was told through first person and it worked so well, it was also as if she told the story looking back at things. The story flowed and it was hard to put down, I really needed to know how Florrie's life would turn out.
Because we all know there will be sadness. She is an orphan living with her gran. Then she finds out she is related to the mighty Grace family and they want her back. A notorious family, and not a kind one. Well there were a few kind ones, but still those years will not be easy. From rich to poor. From her beloved countryside to stiff London where you can not go out. But there will also be love, but this is not a romance, I will leave you with that.
There are sure some interesting characters in this one, good ones, bad ones, rotten ones, strange ones. And as for Florrie, she stays true to herself, and I liked that. Through good and bad, and at last, finding her own destiny.
This would make a great tv-series btw, I'd watch it. Do you hear me Britain?