What I Read While I Traveled Around NZ


I didn't get as much reading or listening (for that matter) done in New Zealand as I had hoped, Gentle Reader. This was for good reason—too many other things to do, and then there was sleep. Sleep is nice. But here are some quick reviews of the books I did read and enjoy.

On the Fence by Kasie West
I picked this one up on the recommendations of one of my taste curator blogs (could have been Skye?) anyway... it's basically a contemporary romance YA with a tomboy protagonist. It was sweet and I liked the relationship between the main character and her brothers and father very much. Reminded me of these books I read in the 80s with a smiling high school girl on the cover. You know those ones you graduate on to reading after Sweet Valley High? Only this was better written. Enjoyable, but you have to already know that you like this kind of book.

Angel Voices by Rowan Speedwell
Short story Christmas contemporary gay romance. I like this author's long form stuff, but this one wasn't really to my taste.

My Noble Knight by Laurel O'Donnell
Light Medieval (very light on the historical accuracy) with lots of romance and some bits of nookie. It does feature that girl-with-a-sword (or should I say lance?) defies-patriarchy trope I love so much, but for me it doesn't work as well outside of fantasy. That said, I liked this book enough to buy another one by this author. I enjoy books that make me smile, and I found myself grinning as I read this one. That would make this my first BookBub success. (So far, everything I've tried via the service has been less than stellar, shall we say?) The romance was sweet, but there's no sexy times so don't go hoping for them.


Renegade Magic and Stolen Magic by Stephanie Burgis
Books 2 and 3 in the Kat, Incorrigible series. I said I had to find out where Alexander came from. So I did. I still like the YA novella best of all this series. I think I'm just not into middle-grade. I want Stephanie to write more romance. Go on, do eeeeeeet!

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
This month's book pick. Full review in a different blog post.

The Twelve Kingdoms: The Mark of the Tala (Book One) by Jeffe Kennedy
Romantic shifter fantasy princess story. I found the characters and the romance quite engaging but the world-building left me rather cold. That often seems to be my biggest concern with romance-comes-first books. I don't mind if there isn't much world-building but what there is either falls flat or isn't original enough for me. (I read a recent article that suggests this may have nothing to do with the author, which both upsets me and drives me towards reading more indie.) I've bought the second one in the series, and the third comes out soon featuring a warrior woman, but I'm talking a breather with something more developed. I might go back to Tanya Huff for a while.

And, frankly there is my own world to delve into. Manners & Mutiny proofs incoming.

{Gail's monthly read along for May is The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley}


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
La Belle Assemblee Wednesday, August 1, 1838 Item ID-  v. 20, plate 31

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
1890s bicycle ladies via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Art of Hairwork Collection

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
A Quick Guide to Beta Reader Etiquette


PROJECT ROUND UP  




The Books! 


 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
Soulless Vol. 1, Soulless Vol. 2, Soulless Vol. 3

 $0.99 short stories (ebook only) Marine Biology, My Sister's Song, & Fairy Debt; The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar

Book News:
Meghan B. on SF Signal says of Prudence: “Prudence is a complete delight. It’s funny, smart and completely aware of how absurd it can be. Carriger uses her new characters with aplomb and leads them on a wild goose chase that nearly becomes all out war.”

Quote of the Day:
“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self."
~ Cyril Connolly

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