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“To Lure a Proper Lady” into an Investigation

25852665.jpgTo Lure a Proper Lady by Ashlyn Macnamara
Loveswept: March 29, 2016
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Free From Publisher

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To Lure a Proper Lady is the first of a new series from historical romance author Ashlyn Macnamara. This book had me as soon as it was revealed that the hero would be a Bow Street Runner. Class conflict? Count me in!

Lady Elizabeth Wilde has sought out the assistance of the famed Bow Street Runners when she suspects that her father is being poisoned. Unfortunately, her first meeting of Dysart doesn’t exactly demonstrate his competence. Despite her first impression, Elizabeth agrees with Dysart’s plan to discover the poisoner. And Elizabeth learns that there’s much more going on below the surface of Dysart’s rough facade. (more…)

Flying above the clouds with “Updraft”

UpdraftUpdraft by Fran Wilde
Tor Books: September 1st, 2015 (Fantasy)*

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Outstanding Adventure!

There’s so much to love about this thrilling fantasy above the clouds.

Built out of bone towers, layered in secrets, Kirit Densira’s city is rife with tension. How the city came to be, and how the bone towers came to be necessary, is never really explained. It just is. The skies are dangerous. Skymouths are invisible, huge wormlike creatures (at least, that’s how I imagined them) that swallow people whole. When there is a migration of the creatures, they can devastate whole towers. The bone towers grow on their own, solidifying from the center outward as they rise – making dwelling on the lower levels uncomfortable, and the very lowest levels uninhabitable. There is a mystical/spiritual element to the world: magic and mysticism are the forces behind the growth of the towers, and the city (the bone) is perceived a sentient being. Like many early civilizations, human sacrifice is used to appease the city when it grows troubled.

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Secrets, Secrets, Secrets in ‘What We Hide’

18209349What We Hide by Marthe Jocelyn
April 8, 2014, Wendy Lamb Books (Young Adult; Historical Fiction)*

My Rating: I’d go there again! (4/5)

I got my hands on a copy of this book when I was at a library conference back in January. I was lucky enough to meet the author and get my copy signed (yes, this is why I love library conferences). Of course, as soon as I get the book at home it languishes on my book shelf. I decided to give it a try this weekend and I was sucked into life at an English boarding school.

What We Hide was completely unexpected. From the cover, I was expecting something more girly and less serious, and frankly more romantic. But, in this case, I’m glad my expectations were not met. This was a great novel, and one that I think will have a wide appeal. What We Hide is told in multiple viewpoints from the students attending Illington Hall, a boarding school in England. Each of these students is very different, but they all have one thing in common, they are all hiding something. These secrets range from the serious to the superficial, but it’s what binds them together in this narrative. Only the reader is treated to the undisclosed truth. (more…)