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Wolves and Daggers: A Steampunk Fairy Tale (Steampunk Red Riding Hood Book 1): #bookreview

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Wolves and Daggers reminded me a little bit of the movie Van Helsing. It’s set at about the same time in history and the main characters are chasing bad guys on behalf of a secret government agency. Also, Van Helsing and Clemeny (aka Little Red)  don’t remember very much about their past.

Clemeny Louvel is an agent for the Red Cape Society. She and her partner, Quinn. are assigned to keep the werewolf population in line. Since her partner is injured, Queen Victoria places Clemeny with a new partner, Lionheart, who is a Knights Templar and a werewolf.

The book has a fairly interesting storyline. It could have used a few more details about anything steampunk related.

I was looking up the name Clemeny to see what it means. The name Clement means mild or merciful. Her grandmother always says “Oranges and Lemons” whenever she is a little upset. There’s a nursery rhyme which connects the oranges and lemons and St. Clements. I’ve included it so you can read it and decide how creepy it is for yourself.

 

 

“Oranges and Lemons”

Oranges and lemons,
Say the bells of St. Clement’s.

You owe me five farthings,
Say the bells of St. Martin’s.

When will you pay me?
Say the bells at Old Bailey.

When I grow rich,
Say the bells at Shoreditch.

When will that be?
Say the bells of Stepney.

I do not know,
Says the great bell at Bow.

Here comes a candle to light you to bed,
And here comes a chopper to chop off your head!
Chip chop chip chop the last man is dead[1]

 

 

Wolves and Daggers on Amazon

Witch at Heart: #bookreview

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Jinx Hamilton has recently inherited a small shop from her Aunt Fiona. Of course, it’s not the only thing that she has inherited. Jinx soon discovers that Aunt Fiona has passed on her magical powers.

Soon she is communicating with ghosts and developing her own magic. Jinx and her best friend, Tori, are also trying to decide what to do with the shop, which is self-aware. The shop’s name is Myrtle and definitely communicates her wishes.

On top of all of the things with magic and running a business, Jinx and Tori embark on solving the mystery of Jane Does, a ghost in the local cemetery.

I enjoyed reading this book. I love a good mystery as well as a good ghost story. It’s a fitting book to read around Halloween. I’d give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

This book is the first in the Jinx Hamilton series by Juliette Harper. There are eleven books in the collection. The twelfth book is supposed to be out in 2018.

 

 

Witch at Heart on Amazon

 

Juliette Harper website

Suicide Club: #bookreview

 

 

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If you had the chance, would you want to live forever? In Suicide Club by Rachel Heng, people are living longer lives than ever before. Some people, like the main character, Lea, may have the opportunity to live forever.

Of course, they have to maintain a healthy, low-risk lifestyle and get replacements for their body parts on a regular basis. No hiking, no ice cream, no rock and roll. It sounds boring as hell. Is life without decent music and ice cream even worth living?

After seeing her long-lost father, Lea is wondering the same thing. She gets put on a watch list after displaying some odd behavior.  She’s on probation at work and at home. There’s more to her story that comes to light after she and her father start to discuss the past.

The people observing her require her to go to a therapy group, where she meets a new friend, Anja. Her new friend also happens to be in an illegal club called the Suicide Club. Apparently, not everyone wants to live for eternity.

It’s interesting to see Lea try to decide if she’s going to keep living a life without hardly any joy or join the Suicide Club.

I would have finished reading this book sooner, except that I misplaced my tablet for a few days.

This book is worth reading. I think it would make a great series on Netflix. I would give it 4.5 stars out of 5.

Suicide Club on Goodreads

Suicide Club on Amazon

 

  • I received an ebook from NetGalley in exchange for doing a review. All opinions are my own. Obviously.

Confessions of the Fox: #bookreview

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When I started reading Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg, my first thought was “Why are there so many footnotes? Soooo many footnotes.” I haven’t seen so many footnotes since my college literature classes. There were at least five footnotes that just said “Pussy.”

It didn’t take long to realize that most of the footnotes were telling a story within the story.

Basically, the first story is in a newly found manuscript about Jack Sheppard, a famous thief and jailbreaker in London during the 18th century.  Sheppard was a real person who was in love with a prostitute known as Edgewater Bess.

In the manuscript, Sheppard alludes to the fact that he is transgender. I’m pretty sure that he was intersex, born with male and female genitalia. His mother wanted him to be a female but Sheppard identified as being male.

After he escapes from his apprenticeship as a carpenter, Jack lives with Bess. Eventually, he has his breasts removed and his vagina sewn shut. I imagine he goes through a lot of the same feelings that anyone who goes through sex reassignment surgery. Hopefully, the surgical part of gender reassignment has improved.

 

The manuscript is being read and annotated by Dr. Voth, who is also transgender. He’s going through a lot of the same things that Jack is going through – trouble at work and trouble with intimacy. It’s interesting to see how much has changed and how much has stayed the same since Sheppard’s time.

I would give this book 4.5 stars out of 5. It’s not a quick read but it is very good. It’s also probably different than most of the books out in the world right now.

 

 

 

  • I received an ebook from NetGalley in exchange for doing a review. All opinions are my own obviously.

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Jordy Rosenberg’s website

Still Here: #bookreview

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Still Here on Amazon

 

Still Here by Lara Vapnyar follows the lives of four Russian immigrants who move to New York City. Sergey and Vadik have been friends for years. The four of them remain friends, even though Sergey steals Vadik ‘s girlfriend, Vica,  and dumps his current girlfriend, Regina. Their relationship situation is sort of like Fleetwood Mac when they were recording Rumours.

Sergey and Vica get married and struggle with money and sex like most people. Regina sleeps and watches television all day instead of dealing with her mother’s death. Vadik always has a new girlfriend and a new apartment. He’s always looking for the woman that he met on his first day in America because he thinks she is “the one.”

After Sergey’s father dies, he comes up with an idea for an app in which the deceased could retain their online presence so that their loved ones could visit. Sergey believes that his app, Virtual Grave, could be the answer to their financial problems.

I procrastinated for a few months before finally reading Still Here. I was worried that the philosophical discussions about life and death would be over my head. There was nothing to worry about – the language was not a barrier at all.

The characters were all depicted very well. I enjoyed reading about what was going on in their lives. I would give this book 4.5 stars out of five.

 

 

  • I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for doing a review.

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The Taste of Air: #bookreview

 

Can you imagine finding out that your mother has another life that you didn’t know anything about at all?

If you’re looking for a good book about secrets, dealing with life and family, a good  choice would be “Taste of Air” by Gail Cleare.

So Nell travels to take care of her mother, who is in the hospital in a different state. Her mother isn’t supposed to be in a different state. She’s supposed to be living at an assisted living community.

It is the first of many secrets that Nell and her sister, Bridget, uncover.

I liked the main characters, Nell and Bridget. The neighbor guy seems a little weird. He has some secrets too.

This book made me think about the sacrifices that spouses make in order to make other people happy. Nell’s mother, Mary, made some huge sacrifices for her husband. Right or wrong, I don’t think I could make sacrifices like that for anybody. Especially not if Mary’s husband was my husband. He’s deceased but from the way people talk about him, he seems less than pleasant.

I enjoyed reading this book. It only took a day or two to read it because I wanted to know all of the secrets and to understand why Mary led two lives.

*I received a free ebook in exchange for doing a review.

 

The Taste of Air on Amazon

 

Gail Cleare’s website

Daughter of the Sun: #bookreview

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I discovered this book, Daughter of the Sun: Cult of the Cat by Zoe Kalo on Goodreads. Someone posted a note in of the book groups asking if anyone would like to do a review.

Normally, I don’t read books on Kindle. It always seems like it would be convenient but I like real books. This is the first book that I’ve ever finished on the Kindle App so it must have been decent.

The main character, Trinity, is an orphan who discovers that she has a grandmother. She spends quite a bit of time learning about her family history, which has been kept a secret from her. It is like pulling teeth to get anyone to tell her anything about . . . well, anything.

She moves to an island filled with cats. It seems like a dream come true. However, Trinity has to do some major investigating to find answers. She also says, “I want answers,” on every other page. That’s an exaggeration but she does say it too much.

Overall, the book held my interest. Part of the story involves Egyptian myths about Bastet, who is generally referred to as a cat goddess. Her original title was “lioness warrior goddess of the sun.” If that phrase was on a shirt, I would totally buy it.

There is also a romantic love interest. I read another review that said the love story wasn’t necessary but I believe that it plays an important part of the story. I can’t tell you why because it would give away too much.

If you’re interested in Egyptian mythology, cats and mysteries then you will enjoy “Daughter of the Sun: Cult of the Cat.”

 

 

Connect with the author Zoe Kalo on the web: www.ZoeKalo.com / Facebook/ Twitter

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*This Review is a part of the Blogger Outreach Program by b00k r3vi3w Tours.