★★★★½ Soulless is my first foray into the world of “steampunk.” Well, other than the writings of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, read to me by my adventur★★★★½ Soulless is my first foray into the world of “steampunk.” Well, other than the writings of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, read to me by my adventurous mother.
Dirigable from Ms. Carriger’s website.
I will be honest and say I just didn’t see the appeal until somewhere around the middle of the third chapter. Maybe I was too focused on figuring out the subtle world building to sit back and enjoy the ride until then. (Unsure what a claviger, drone, or dewan was, I do still wish there had been a glossary provided. At my age, I need to read things more than once to comprehend them. Scroll about half-way down the page on this link and these terms, and others, will be explained: Soulless on Shelfari.)
And the world building is subtle at first. It took a while to see things take off or even understand why this was considered steampunk instead of paranormal. However, when things do take off – they zoom! I will tell you Miss Alexis Tarabotti, a preternatural, and Lord Conall Maccon, the Alpha leader of the Woolsey pack of werewolves, are delightful and their witty dialogues entertaining. Each feels the other is in the way of their investigation, all the while denying their mutually growing attraction. There is evil afoot in Victorian London and these two are bound and determined to find it and root it out.
For those of you, like me, who find the going slow at first, stick with it; it’s well worth your time. Amazing secondary characters too!
★★★½☆ I have mixed feelings about this one. I received it from a GRs friend who tossed it into the package with something else she was mailWillow Tree
★★★½☆ I have mixed feelings about this one. I received it from a GRs friend who tossed it into the package with something else she was mailing me. I love stories of small town lovin’ and upon cracking the book, couldn’t put it down… until later. Then I could, as it became a bit repetitive. The main characters, which I liked at the beginning, kept harping on the same issues. This is what we all do with the people we love, but still. And Amy and Logan have certainly loved each other since the sand-box, if love in a different manifestation. If I thought the set-up was for the protagonists to get closer, they took two steps back; if I thought the set-up was for them to pull apart, they took a giant step forward. Sometimes this was not so much a surprise as a little strange.
Also, not to give any spoilers away for those of you who are reading this series, but a character that will be the focus of the next installment of Destiny, is a bit of a b!tch; I don’t care to get to know her any better.
Still, the author could certainly hold my attention, for the most part; the love scenes are sweet and sexy. I’m going to have to try the other books in this series....more
★★★½✩ to ★★★★✩ Pretty entertaining for a start of a cozy series and I was looking to fulfill my owing a small town bookstore fantasy. I couldn’t figur★★★½✩ to ★★★★✩ Pretty entertaining for a start of a cozy series and I was looking to fulfill my owing a small town bookstore fantasy. I couldn’t figure out why the female sheriff was so hostile, but that was answered by the end. I’d be willing to read the next in the series....more
Ranch in Colorado, USA ★★★★½ Poor Will Tucker. He not only has to put up with his cantankerous, widowed, elderly, step-mother, but now the cook and hoRanch in Colorado, USA ★★★★½ Poor Will Tucker. He not only has to put up with his cantankerous, widowed, elderly, step-mother, but now the cook and housekeeper his sister hired for his Colorado ranch is nothing but a timid little brown mouse. Expecting a sturdy, middle-aged widow, you can see why he is aggrieved. He doesn’t need “another lame piece of baggage.” But just wait until he finds out she’s pregnant! Whoa-doggies!
Nevertheless, the frightened young widow, Linnea McConaughy, is capable of much more than Will – or she – realizes. I just love a shy, but determined heroine. And Linnea is stubbornly persevering in proving herself worthy of staying, and up to all the tasks the big, gruff, intimidating rancher sets for her. Relativity is a funny thing: Will’s sure the endless ranch chores, out in the isolated countryside, will be too arduous for the petite mother-to-be; Linnea thinks she’s living in the lap of luxury and abundance because she has a ringer-washer – and doesn’t have to pound the laundry against a river rock! All while she can enjoy a panoramic view. She finds she’s taking on a few more tasks she hadn’t counted on – besides winning Will’s reticent respect – like learning to trust again and capturing his lonely heart.
This is a book of subtle surprises and the joys in everyday life. When, for the first time in her life, Linnea is able to present someone with a transforming gift, bought with her hard-earned money, it is terribly touching. We take so much for granted nowadays, even the ability to give a gift.
My thanks to willaful for the recommendation, and to Sans for the loan of this charming book! It’s good to have GoodReads friends. :)
4 ½ stars. If you looked up the word “minx” in the dictionary I’m sure there would be a picture of Lucy Waltham next to it. Sure, a lot of authors s4 ½ stars. If you looked up the word “minx” in the dictionary I’m sure there would be a picture of Lucy Waltham next to it. Sure, a lot of authors say their heroine is a minx, but Tessa Dare shows us she is; it’s delightful. Such a charming read, it kept me up most of the night.
Lucy has been the bane of Jeremy Trescott’s existence since childhood. Now he’s going to turn her into a woman and his countess in spite of himself. I really felt his frustration in trying to fight his attraction to Lucy, LOL! This book is laugh-out-loud funny at times, tender and sweet others, and still the love scenes manage to sizzle....more