Thursday, June 21, 2018

Book Review: Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School, #2)Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Delightful read as always from Carriger. These books aren't rich literature, but are fully entertaining.

The Good: Such a fun story! I love the whole idea of a girl's finishing school that teaches them to be spies. Carriger weaves the location, school setting, and an adventure together expertly. Beyond plot, I think that these fierce girls are something to be admired and are a delightful addition to many of today's novels. I'm not sure why these books are not more well-known, but I enjoy them none-the-less.

The Bad: Honestly, since I was listening to these books the girls' names could be easier to remember. They are all so unusual and difficult to remember who is who (especially when it has been awhile since I read the first book). Also, the book gets a bit wordy here and there and I find myself "tuning out" of the story and paying attention to other things. This isn't normally a problem I have with audio books, but when the story begins to lag I get distracted.

Overall I'll continue with the series, it is the perfect fill-in when I don't have any books checked out :) These are usually available on audio from my library :)

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Book Review: Everless by Sara Holland

Everless (Everless, #1)Everless by Sara  Holland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh dear, this book was so much better than I had anticipated. The rating might be slightly inflated, but we will get to that.

I got this book in my ShelfLove Crate a couple months ago and really approached it with no expectations. In fact, I thought it would be average at best. The dust jacket overview was not that captivating for me and I didn't expect to really like it.

In fact, as I started reading, and it started a little slow, I really didn't have great expectations. I considered putting it down about 20 pages in because I didn't really care.

However, HOWEVER, I kept reading and somewhere around a 1/3 of the way through the book, I was hooked. All of the sudden the book was exciting, there was so much going on, so many little mysteries ... I was actually shouting at the book, don't do that. But I digress.