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A war is coming to the Otherworld, and Savannah Levine has lost her magic. Spell Bound is the story of how Savannah learns to cope with life???s trials. This story does contain the whinny growing pains of maturation, but the immature complaining is handled with tact and insight resulting in a journey of growth and understanding instead of indulgent persecutory delusions. Beloved characters such as Adam, Elena, Clay, Paige, Lucas, Jamie, Hope, Cassandra, and Troy are back, and Johanna Parker does a great job with the narration. All and all, this is another wonderful installment from Kelley Armstrong.
Wow! Just wow. This is a really great series that explores the personality maturation of one of histories most enigmatic figures, Thomas Cromwell. Without being pretentious, inflated, or self-indulgent, Mantel is able to build out and expose the potential evolution of Thomas Cromwell from blacksmith's son to Henry VIII's chief minister. I recommend this series to everyone.
This series really doesn't disappoint. In this installment, Lady Trent visits a warmer climate and accidentally discovers intriguing life cycle and sexually dimorphic characteristics in the local fauna.
Wolf Hall follows the life Thomas Cromwell, lawyer and statesman for Henry VIII, from childhood to midlife. Sounds overdone, right? Not at all. Mantel's Cromwell is a pragmatic, genius who loves his family and his rise to power seems almost incidental to being a good employee. That is definitely not the Cromwell of pop culture. If you like tales of intrigue, you will enjoy this book. The narration is great too! The only caution I have for you is this: The flashbacks in the beginning of the book are a bit hard to follow because there is little transitional forewarning.
This is a new steampunk series from Gail Carriger. This series starts essentially 20 years after the Parasol Protectorate series ends and follows the adventures of Alexia's/Conall's/Lord Akeldama's, Ivy's/Tunstall's, and Madame Lefoux's offspring. This opening installment takes place largely in India. While you do not need to read the Parasol Protectorate series to enjoy this book, you will enjoy this book more if you have read that series first. If you aren't familiar with her work, I pity your bland life. Pick up one of her books to enrich your world. Carriger hasn't let a listener down yet!
A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent is a biography of a fictional behavioral ecologist. This book explores how a woman gets started in science and is set in a heyday of new discoveries by trophy-hunting, armchair scientists similar to the Victorian Era. This book brings into focus what it was like to be curious about the world before experimental design was appropriately applied systematically; so, hypotheses could actually be answered. A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent is full of the wonder that gets ecologists, behaviorists, and evolutionary biologists started in their fields, and it is beautiful. If you enjoy this book, I encourage you to read some of the first volumes of the journal Nature. You will enjoy the use of adjectives in early scientific writing and the hilarious and often horrifying way armchair scientists overcame barriers to address hypotheses.
Lean In is a book full of Sheryl Sandberg's lessons learned. It is a great listen with some good advice and a lot of common sense. If you talk to someone and s/he trivializes the contents of this book, s/he either hasn't listened to or read it or s/he didn't pay attention. Anyone who is paying attention to the contents of this book will finish it knowing s/he has a plan to obtain his/her dreams whatever they are.
In A Discovery of Witches, we hear the story of a witch who as an adult is exploring her witch side for the first time. One of the most brilliant aspects of A Discovery of Witches is that Deborah Harkness does a really good job portraying what it is like to be a woman of letters. This book starts strong but finishes weakly. It is disappointing, but the series may recover in the follow-up.
This is the follow-up book to A Discovery of Witches. One of the most brilliant aspects of A Discovery of Witches is that Deborah Harkness did a really good job portraying what it is like to be a woman of letters. In Shadow of Night, she complete destroys the character she has built. She has turned her main female character, Diana, into a vacuous, anxious, and fearful extension of her husband, Matthew. Basically, she has gutted the best part about Diana turning her into a shadow of her former self. Skip this series.
As a general rule, I love this writer/narrator combination. But this book is just a redressing of the Kate Daniels series. It is a private investigative story with an overbearing alpha male and a loyal, competent alpha female. It is an overdone, stereotyped, and sexist combination. Why is it always the woman who is the loyal, family-oriented character? If you are looking for more of exactly the same content as the Kate Daniels series, you will really, really love this book.
Peter Grant, the magician constable, is back and brilliant. In this installment, Peter goes to a small town to help find two missing girls. The typical cast of characters is not present in this book. With the exception of a few phone calls and text messages, Nightingale, Molly, and, of course, Leslie are largely absent. But Peter is still stumping along and taking huge curveballs in stride, and Beverly shows up to save him when he gets into trouble. If you aren't familiar with this series, give it a try.
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