Some months I can fly through a couple of books. Others, it seems like I read 0.43 pages per day! This month was somewhere in the middle for me. I’ve been reading a hefty book and while I’ve read nearly every night and weekend morning, it’s a longer tome and my ability to fall asleep quickly is getting better and better! I have to remember it’s not about the number of books I read in a given time!
The Dark Days Club Review (Alison Goodman)
The Dark Days Club kicks off a fantastic Regency urban fantasy trilogy. Alison Goodman’s impeccable research makes this one of the very best things I’ve ever read set in this period. And trust me, there’s been a lot of Regency romances read).
Lady Helen is young, wealthy, and being courted by the most eligible members of the Ton. It also turns out that she is one in a long line of Reclaimers with special powers to fight the demon-like Deceivers. (So yes. Exactly like Buffy. But with pelisses and Dukes and all the other trappings of the era.) When one of the house maids goes missing, Lady Helen is drawn into this world and its inhabitants, especially to the deeply disgraced Lord Carlston. At the same time, the rules binding her life as an upper-class woman make themselves apparent as she struggles to fulfill her role as a Reclaimer.
This could have been ridiculous. But Goodman writes with such authority that it almost makes one forget that the Regency wasn’t riddled with Deceivers. This, the first book, propels the reader through a complex but fast-moving plot, and I can guarantee that you’ll want to pick the second book up straight away.
The Historian Review (Elizabeth Kostova)
Ever wondered if Dracula was real? Or if he and his followers live on? In this book, you’ll be wondering it anew as three generations of men and a teenage girl try to find the truth behind it all. The stories of all three characters are interwoven throughout. You’ll be stumbling upon unexpected personages with special capabilities, strangers that obviously were there but don’t appear in photos, and, well, just about anything weird and unexplainable you can imagine. Follow the stories of each of these interesting people and try to figure out the mystery behind the elusive history. See if Dracula still lives in The Historian.
Fangirl Review (Rainbow Rowell)
Rainbow Rowell is very well-established in the young adult market, but I have to admit I’ve never read any of her books (no, not even Eleanor & Park!) until this one. It’s a comforting, feel-good read, even as our heroine, Cath, tackles real problems. Fangirl is a coming of age story wrapped up in a novel about what it’s like to be part of a fandom, in this case, of a fictional Harry Potter-like series, Simon Snow. Talk about fun to write this Fangirl book review.
Cath is a freshman at a big midwestern state university – and a profligate writer of some of the most read Simon Snow fanfic around. She and her twin, Wren, have a bumpy transition ahead of them as they adjust to life at college, especially when it comes to friends and boys. Cath is also committed to finishing her own version of the last Simon Snow book before the author publishes. She struggles to balance this with her school work, and learning to write in her own world. It may sound boringly simple, but Rowell weaves a page-turning narrative out of the ordinary.
Cath’s story intersperses scenes from both her own fictional writing and excerpts from Rowell’s fake series. The pastiche is great fun, especially if you’ve ever dipped a toe into reading fanfic or just, you know, really like Harry Potter. That being said, if you like in realistic teenage stories but don’t give a fig about fanfic, I think you’ll still like this one a great deal.