I had quite a lot of expectations of this book. How could I not, when it's set in Wonderland? The beginning absolutely lived up to all expectations. II had quite a lot of expectations of this book. How could I not, when it's set in Wonderland? The beginning absolutely lived up to all expectations. I loved the description of the Red Queen and her Guard and Hatter was wily and funny, just like I had hoped.
Once the story moved on, however, I found that I was enjoying it less and less. I didn't like Henry's character and I thought he was a jerk and undeserving of Hatter. Henry spent his entire life not believing his sister's story of Wonderland (which is fine) and acted like an asshole to her when she wouldn't change her story (which is not fine). Imagine, if you will, that Henry's theory was correct and Alice was kidnapped and went through some terrible trauma. Would you really demand that this person tell you everything they went through in excruciating detail, and then hate them and blame all of life's problems on them if they refuse? Not cool, Henry. Not cool.
I felt as though the author spent more time on descriptions of Wonderland than she did with her characters. Sure, some of the places were interesting (like Drawrof), but some were just downright silly and made me roll my eyes at the overeager writing.
If only the author had made the characters more complex and interesting! Hatter certainly should have been more than the one-dimensional character we were stuck with.
I received a copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
It's no secret that I love Megan Derr's books. I recommend them to friends whenever possible. Have you read Tournament of Losers yet? No?? Well go reaIt's no secret that I love Megan Derr's books. I recommend them to friends whenever possible. Have you read Tournament of Losers yet? No?? Well go read it! What about The Lost Gods series? Read that one too.
The Only Option brings us back to Derr's fantasy world where different beings (Necromancers, Dragons, Queen's Hands, etc) co-exist in relative peace. Rochus is forced into a marriage because Tilo needs help to save his lands and so far his pleas have gone unanswered. When in need, force a necromancer to become your husband to secure his magical assistance. Derr 101.
I loved Rochus and his insecurities only made him more endearing. He doesn't believe anyone would fall for a 43 year old necromancer with pale skin and blue teeth. Little does he know...
Tilo's character was interesting and I've always had a soft spot for dragons. He was a bit annoying at times because he's quick to pout or cry. But I guess that's what happens when you're a 20 year old dragon trying to save a kingdom on your own.
Everything about this book was great. I loved the magical/ghost companions and the sweet interactions between Rochus and Tilo. The age disparity just made it that much more precious.
Here's another to add to the list of Megan Derr books I'll be recommending!
I received a free ebook copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
When Tremaine St. Michael travels to the Earl of Haddonfield's estate to barter over the price of some sheep, he never expects to fall in love. He hasWhen Tremaine St. Michael travels to the Earl of Haddonfield's estate to barter over the price of some sheep, he never expects to fall in love. He has some bad experiences that have left him shy of love and matrimony.
Lady Nita has given up on love altogether and instead spends her days tending to the sick and infirm in the local village. She does it because she believes it is her duty, and because the local doctor is a quack that cannot be relied upon.
What follows is a very sweet story about two people who are shocked to find that they understand one another better than their respective families do. I loved the interaction between them and I thought that having a gentle, honorable hero was very refreshing after reading so many romances with rakes and scoundrels.
Of course, it wouldn't be a Grace Burrowes story without a large cast of characters, a bit of angst, and a snake in the grass. And let me just say that Ms. Burrowes' handling of Nita's brother George was perfect!
I'd recommend this to anyone who loves bluestockings and very intelligent heroines, heroines who succeed at male-dominated professions, and heroes who are true gentlemen.
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