In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet - sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors - doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price.
The juxtaposition of emotions in the prose was very moving. The story was at horrifying and peaceful with the war in the background of a love story. Or the juxtaposition of faith and hopelessness. Very moving story. The only thing I might question about is the decision of the author to spend more time from Nadia’s point of view than Saeed’s whom I saw as the character whose transformation had higher stakes. As I am writing this though it is possible the POV of both characters were equal and it was my perception of Nadia that made me think her POV was dominant. Any way I think this is the kind of book that each individual will be informed by it much the same way that the war and their inherent values informed Nadia and Saeed’s relationship.
Alexia Maccon, the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the midafternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears, leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria.
I thought the second book was quite fun and I can’t wait for the 3rd. Part mystery, part romcom, part comedy of errors. The addition of new characters and side stories might have made it a little soapy, but that’s also what made it so great! Who doesn’t love a good soap opera?!
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Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.
The characters were well thought out. The world that they lived in was believable. Cute story. This was more of a romantic comedy than a supernatural or horror story. Werewolves and vampires were involved. The fact that Alexia was a strong independent woman who didn't turn into a damsel in distress when she found herself in love with someone was appealing. They both seemed equally matched, so the situations they got into were amusing. Emily Gray brings all her characters to life. You can get immersed in the story.
From New York Times number-one best-selling author Brandon Sanderson comes a detective thriller in a police beat like no other. Anthony Davis and his partner, Chaz, are the only real people in a city of 20 million, sent there by court order to find out what happened in the real world 10 days ago so that hidden evidence can be brought to light and located in the real city today. Within the re-created Snapshot of May 1, Davis and Chaz are the ultimate authorities.
This was a hard boiled detective novel that took place in an alternate world. But it took place in an alternate of the alternate world called a snapshot. They send detectives into a type of virtual world around the time of the crime. Very entertaining with a twist at the end. Thank you audible, this book was offered either free or very cheap.
Kitty Norville is a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station---and a werewolf in the closet. Sick of lame song requests, she accidentally starts "The Midnight Hour," a late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. After desperate vampires, werewolves, and witches across the country begin calling in to share their woes, her new show is a raging success.
This book Kaye's the groundwork for a mystery series involving a late night DJ and part time investigator. Like any other crime series, except the crimes deal with werewolves and vampires. The characters in the series were solidly set up in this book and the mystery was satisfying. Also, in between, advice for the lovelorn supernatural creatures. Carrie Vaughn's writing is always entertaining. The first person narration draws you in and keeps it exciting.
Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin's ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there were Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve, but ultimately courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals - in stature if not experience. Tagging along is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg - whose true name (hidden from all he and Dunk encounter) is Aegon Targaryen.
I promised I was going to stop reading anything put out by George RR Martin until Wind of Winter. I can't help myself. I enjoy his storytelling. This is the story of Dunk and Egg. The hedge knight and squire go around the world of Westeros and join tourneys. It is important to keep their secret that young Egg is a Targeryan. I think this book is for young adults or younger because the violence and dark tones of ASOIAF are dialed way back. Still I enjoyed it immensely. It would be a great series; were it not for fact I need George to focus on finishing his other projects. (NANOWRIMO next week, just saying). So I will not look forward to more adventures of Dunk and Egg. However, I do believe more can already be found in other anthologies edited by Martin.
In the early 18th century, the Pirate Republic was home to some of the great pirate captains, including Blackbeard, "Black Sam" Bellamy, and Charles Vane. Along with their fellow pirates - former sailors, indentured servants, and runaway slaves - this "Flying Gang" established a crude but distinctive democracy in the Bahamas, carving out their own zone of freedom in which servants were free, blacks could be equal citizens, and leaders were chosen or deposed by a vote.
I am not really into nonfiction but I like historical fiction and legends, if you will. Plus I am of the opinion that pirates are the new zombies but I digress. I thought I was going to hear some exciting pirate tales and legends but it was just the facts ma'am and although rumors were mentioned, just briefly. Although the book was interesting it was not exciting. A lot could have to do with the narrator reading it like it was a text book. Also throughout the book he kept announcing pirates with the long A sound and that was kind of grating. My apologies to those who live in a country or region that pronounces it with the long vowel.
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Nothing is simple when you're 35th in line for the British crown, least of all marriage. But with love on their side and plans to elope, Lady Georgiana Rannoch and her beau, Darcy O'Mara, hope to bypass a few royal rules....
Love all the characters and the family is getting bigger with the inclusion of Darcy's family. It will be great if they get married and solve crimes as a couple. Her majesty's secret service if you will. Won't say more so you won't be spoiled. Katherine Kellgren was one of audibles favorite authors and I can really imagine Georgie when she narrates this series which is written in the first person.
Mary Mallon was a courageous, headstrong Irish immigrant woman who bravely came to America alone, fought hard to climb up from the lowest rung of the domestic service ladder, and discovered in herself an uncanny, and coveted, talent for cooking. Working in the kitchens of the upper class, she left a trail of disease in her wake, until one enterprising and ruthless "medical engineer" proposed the inconceivable notion of the "asymptomatic carrier" - and from then on Mary Mallon was a hunted woman.
This was an interesting and often enraging story of survival. Mary was a strong, smart independent woman who knew her mind and did not believe she was causing people to get sick. It could never really be proven she was a carrier but circumstantial evidence did point to her. The enraging thing is that no one before or no one since has been treated the way she was. Additionally, the "love story" part was disgusting. Shame on you Mary Beth Keane. This could have been a story of an empowered woman but instead it was an all too familiar story of codependency, which is not love by the way.
I found the journal at work. Well, I don't know if you'd call it work, but that's where I found it. It's the lost journal of Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest inventors and visionaries ever. Before he died in 1943, he kept a notebook filled with spectacular claims and outrageous plans.
I like to get my geek on with alternative universes involving historical characters. This fits the bill. This was in my wish list for a long time and I am sorry about that because it was an enjoyable adventure about alternate universes. I don't like comparing with other other authors but it was a cross between the excitement of Peter Clines and the heart of John Scalzi. Not quite there yet, but enough to be really enjoyable. The only thing that might put it over the top is if Wil Wheaton would have narrated. The author did a good job it's just these are the kind of characters Wheaton really embodies.
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