Two thumbs up for Paladin’s Grace, Paladin’s Strength, and Paladin’s Hope by T. Kingfisher. Fantasy romance.
T. Kingfisher has been on my radar for a while because someone who knows *my* books recommended her to me. And yes, that was correct. Her sense of humor and the things she finds interesting are pretty much a 100% match for mine.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for On the Run by Susan Amanda Kelly. Contemporary romantic comedy.
A strong silent type (Mike) gets pulled into rescuing Minnie, a(n almost-super)model who is a real delight. Did I actually just read a motorcycle club romance? Maybe? But it was a comedy so I don’t think it counts. Thank you Dorkas for insisting that I read this; you were right.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Masters in this Hall by K. J. Charles. Historical romance.
K. J. Charles doing her thing, which is to say, a vintage pulp plot involving stolen jewels, great Victorian-era detail, screwed-up heroes who have to figure out they don’t hate each other, sex, and lots of snarky dialogue. It always works.
The next day dawned bright and terrifying.
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Thumbs up for Pétronille by Amélie Nothomb. Literature.
An authoress – who happens to share the name of the actual author – who is obsessed with Champagne finds a drinking buddy in the mercurial Pétronille. This is a brisk, readable, sometimes very funny little novella that is definitely not taking itself too seriously. Not bad. Makes me want a drink.
Intoxication doesn’t just happen.
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Thumbs up for A Dowry of Blood by S. T. Gibson. Dark fantasy.
When FairyLoot sent me a Dracula retelling that contained the word “romantic” in two of the blurbs, I was…concerned, because there’s a lot of stuff that passes as romance these days that I won’t touch with a ten-foot pole. But I ended up reading the whole thing in one sitting.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Snake Agent by Liz Williams. Dark fantasy.
In a future only slightly beyond our own, Detective Chen of Singapore Three has a transit pass to Hell. He’s just trying to solve a murder; he ends up in a bloody, creative, darkly funny speculative fiction mess, working with a demon (buddy-cop style), pursued by demon lords, and trying to save his wife (also a demon).… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Poster Girl by Veronica Roth. Science fiction.
I subscribed to the FairyLoot Adult Fantasy box out of curiosity, but when I saw that the theme for November was “Dystopian” I sighed. The last dystopian story I read and enjoyed was Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy when I was in my twenties. I’m over it. And then I opened the box, and saw Roth’s name, and I liked the premise: the literal poster girl for the last, defunct dystopia is given a chance to get out of prison by solving a missing person case.… >> Read more
Neither thumbs up nor thumbs down for Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young. Romantic contemporary fantasy.
A woman who owns an herb shop on a magical island outside Seattle has to unravel the true story of what happened when she was a teen–did the man she was in love with (who’s now returned to the island) really kill her friend? Although it’s not quite my usual thing, I did enjoy this book.… >> Read more