Genre: Historical

Divider

Oct 03
A Golden Cage (Newport Gilded Age #2) by Shelley Freydont (review)

A Golden Cage (Newport Gilded Age #2) by Shelley Freydont (review)

The cover is my favorite part of the book. The book itself isn’t bad, but the cover is lovely! I especially love the yellow dress… I found myself finding other things to do during the course of reading this. Never a good sign with a book! But it was never boring enough that I wanted to DNF it. I didn’t really like any of the actors, Noreen came across as mean and sharp. And it made it very hard to believe her sudden almost 180 when she started being nice to Joe and then Deanna. Deanna herself was fun, and… Read more »

Divider

Jun 08
A Study in Sable (Elemental Masters #12) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

A Study in Sable (Elemental Masters #12) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

I loved all the side mysteries as well as the main one. There were so many plot twists! But it never got into the ‘too many’ category, and it wasn’t confusing. It was quite funny how Watson had to twist magical explanations so that they sounded scientific instead, to make Sherlock Holmes believe or go along with them. Holmes was adamant that magic wasn’t real, and he was often loudly derisive about it. He did believe in Nan’s ability to read minds though, mostly because she proved it in such a way that he couldn’t think of any other explanation… Read more »

Divider

Mar 02
The Beauty’s Beast by E.D. Walker (review)

The Beauty’s Beast by E.D. Walker (review)

I do love fairytale retellings. Especially when they have more unique twists to them. I haven’t seen a werewolf used as the Beast before. I also liked that it was a more medieval tale, back in the times of kings, queens and knights. I was afraid at first that the queen would end up being one of the bad guys, but was pleasantly surprised to find that she was actually Kathryn’s friend. I liked the glimpses of the way the king and queen interacted, both together as a couple, as well as with the members of their court. I loved… Read more »

Divider

Jan 21
Princess of the Midnight Ball (The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy #1) by Jessica Day George (review)

Princess of the Midnight Ball (The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy #1) by Jessica Day George (review)

I really liked this fairytale retelling. I haven’t seen that many retellings of the 12 Dancing Princesses. And I liked that the story was from Galen’s point of view as well as Princess Rose’s. I would have liked the pronunciation guide in the front of the book instead of in the back, past the knitting patterns and such. I had ideas in my head about how some of the names and things were pronounced, and then once the book was finished I found out I was wrong on a few of them. I’m sure I’ll continue to be wrong when… Read more »

Divider

Dec 20
Murder at Whitehall (Elizabethan Mysteries #4) by Amanda Carmack (review)

Murder at Whitehall (Elizabethan Mysteries #4) by Amanda Carmack (review)

I haven’t read any of the other books in this series. But I also didn’t have to have read them to understand what was happening in this book. There were a lot of historical facts and tidbits sprinkled through this book. I loved that about it, you could tell the author did a lot of research before writing the book. And I liked the way Queen Elizabeth was portrayed. The rest of the characters were easy to connect with, especially Kate. There were a few smaller mystery threads woven around and through the major one. I guessed part of one… Read more »

Divider

Nov 18
The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn (review)

The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn (review)

This was a fairly quick read, though not up to the usual scary standards I’ve come to expect from this author. There was a bit of suspense, but it never got to even slightly creepy. All the workers at the Hall seemed to know Sophia’s ghost was haunting them, and had been a wicked child. But Florence’s Aunt and Uncle had no idea. Florence’s Aunt hated her on sight, and believed the worst about her. While at the same time, thinking Sophie had been the next thing to an Angel. Constantly yelling at Florence and trying to get her sent… Read more »

Divider

Nov 03
Tower of Thorns (Blackthorn & Grim #2) by Juliet Marillier (review)

Tower of Thorns (Blackthorn & Grim #2) by Juliet Marillier (review)

I loved this one just as much as the first book. I also liked the fact we got to see the point of view of Lady Geiléis as well as Blackthorn and Grim’s. The way the mystery unfolded, with the little folk and the fairytale feel of the story being told night after night was a really neat twist. You knew immediately that there was something not right, but I at least, had no idea what was going to happen with the curse until it actually happened. I also liked that we got to learn Grim’s tragedy in this book,… Read more »

Divider

Oct 28
Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue (Gaslight Mystery #18) by Victoria Thompson (review)

Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue (Gaslight Mystery #18) by Victoria Thompson (review)

I haven’t read any of the other books in this series. But I wasn’t lost at all while reading this one. I really liked Maeve. Some of the things she thought made me wonder what her life had been like before she became a nursemaid. But I’m guessing that was explained in one or more of the previous books. Her interactions with Una and Gino made me laugh more than once. I didn’t care for Una one bit. But I liked Gino and the Deckers. It amused me how Mrs. Decker poked her nose into various investigative things, and tried… Read more »

Divider

Oct 08
The Tournament at Gorlan (Ranger’s Apprentice: The Early Years #1) by John Flanagan (review)

The Tournament at Gorlan (Ranger’s Apprentice: The Early Years #1) by John Flanagan (review)

I haven’t read any other books in this series. But after finishing this one, I now want to go out and buy them all! The characters and world-building was amazing. I loved everyone, even the bad guys. And the book was funny, I laughed out loud for most of the day. And it only took me a day to finish reading, because once I started I didn’t want to put the book down until it was finished. The descriptions of Rangers and the way the jousting tournament works was spot on. There was no over-sharing like in some books, and… Read more »

Divider

Aug 05
Irona 700 by Dave Duncan (review)

Irona 700 by Dave Duncan (review)

I really enjoyed this book. It was the first time I’ve read a book by Dave Duncan, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. But the synopsis sounded good, so I requested it. In some very small ways, it reminded me a bit of Priestess of the White by Trudi Canavan. I really liked reading about Irona and her life, the little bits we saw before she was chosen, as well as after. She had realistic strengths and flaws, and while I didn’t always agree with some of the things she did, it made sense for the character to do… Read more »

Divider