Review: Timeless

March 31, 2012

Timeless
Timeless by Gail Carriger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A fantastic ending for the Parasol Protectorate series. Alexia Tarabotti Maccon goes to Egypt after being summoned by the head of the Alexandria hive and hijinks ensues. A quick read but absolutely fantastic. There were several twists and turns that I did not expect and the revelation of some of the things Alessandro Tarabotti had done and who he has worked for in his years on Earth were unexpected but still good. My favorite part of the book had to be Biffy. He began the series as a favorite drone of Lord Akeldama’s but ends it in love with Professor Lyall (their love scenes and teasing was just amazing) and with the ability to assume Anubis form and eventually become an Alpha. Lord Maccon was still cute sweet and very loving towards his wife and daughter. Prudence was amazing- just as stubborn as both of her parents but so loving and pragmatic at the same time. She was great to behold and every time she changed into a vampire or werewolf was just bloody brilliant. I cannot wait for the next novel from Carriger.

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Soulless: The Manga, Vol. #1
Soulless: The Manga, Vol. #1 by Gail Carriger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very interesting redux of Gail Carriger’s Soulless that is shortened but well illustrated by Yen Press. It really made me want to re-read all of the Parasol Protectorate series so I could see the scenes shown in the manga redone in longer version in the books. The look of Alexia and Lord Maccon were spot on and the translation of the scenes into manga format was great. Very good for fans of the Parasol Protectorate series.

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Daughters of Rome
Daughters of Rome by Kate Quinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found this book very interesting and a good look into the Year of Four Emperors. Like most, I am not very familiar with many of the Roman Emperors after the end of the Julio-Claudian dynasty but I was amazed at the chaos caused and the state of life for patrician citizens at this time. The relationship between the Cornelias was well thought out but the blurb on the book really had nothing to do with what was in the book because there was much more action and intrigue. The epilogue with Marcella was mind blowing and it became hard to put this book down. It also inspried me to look up more information about the Roman Empire and its emperors so I could better understand the history which I see as the mark of a good book.

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Queen of Shadows: A Novel of Isabella, Wife of King Edward II
Queen of Shadows: A Novel of Isabella, Wife of King Edward II by Edith Felber
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I expected so much more of this but there was disappointing. I was really thrown off by the years not progressing correctly on top of the chapters and the fact that Isabella complains and screams “I am a queen and born of kings and my dad was king and my brothers are kings and blah blah blah”. Get over it
Isabella! She was not even the main character of the novel as we all suffer through Gwenthin and her vow to take down the son of Longshanks and such. Not a total waste of my time but not one I would recommend.

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Review: Stay Tuned

March 2, 2012

Stay Tuned
Stay Tuned by Lauren Clark
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In the interest of full disclosure, I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. I got this in the mail really fast from the author and I found it enjoyable. It was a quick read and enjoyable but there was a lot of plot stuffed into one book. So many things were going on and it was occasionally hard to keep track. I feel that the author should have focused on two or three of the major plot points and flesh those out more instead of having five to six concurrent plots running around the protagonist simultaneously. Still good and worth a read but for the next book I would say to focus more on fewer things so the reader don’t get confused about which plot we are reading about now.

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