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Parasolverse Read-Along – December 2019

Good Day, All!

We are heading into the seventeenth month of the Parasolverse Read-Along.  The book for December is Reticence book four of The Custard Protocol Series.

Reticence
Reticence
Pages
: 352
Start Date: December 1, 2019
Post Review: December 26, 2019
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Bookish and proper Percival Tunstell finds himself out of his depth when floating cities, spirited plumbing, and soggy biscuits collide in this delightful conclusion to NYT bestselling author Gail Carriger’s Custard Protocol series.

Percival Tunstell loves that his sister and her best friend are building themselves a family of misfits aboard their airship, the Spotted Custard. Of course, he’d never admit that he belongs among them. He’s always been on the outside – dispassionate, aloof, and hatless. But accidental spies, a trip to Japan, and one smart and beautiful doctor may have him renegotiating his whole philosophy on life.

Except hats. He’s done with hats. Thank you very much.

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Review: How to Marry a Werewolf by Gail Carriger

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How to Marry A Werewolf
How To Marry A Werewolf
by Gail Carriger
(Claw & Courtship #1)
Steampunk, Fantasy, Romance, Historical
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Synopsis
Guilty of an indiscretion? Time to marry a werewolf.

WEREWOLVES

The monsters left Faith ruined in the eyes of society, so now they’re her only option. Rejected by her family, Faith crosses the Atlantic, looking for a marriage of convenience and revenge.

But things are done differently in London. Werewolves are civilized. At least they pretend to be.

AMERICANS

Backward heathens with no culture, Major Channing has never had time for any of them. But there’s something special about Faith. Channing finds himself fighting to prove himself and defend his species. But this werewolf has good reason not to trust human women.

Even if they learn to love, can either of them forgive?

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Parasol Protectorate series comes a stand alone romance set in the same universe. Look out for appearances from favorite characters and the serious consequences of unwarranted geology.

A Note On Chronology
The Claw & Courtship novellas can be read in any order. This book can be enjoyed without having read any of Gail’s other works. Set in the spring of 1895 this story occurs after events chronicled in Romancing the Werewolf.

More?
This story is contemporaneous with events at the beginning of Reticence (final Custard Protocol book). Channing is first introduced to readers in the second Parasol Protectorate book, Changeless. He also appears briefly in Romancing the Inventor

What I thought
This is the first book in the Claw & Courtship Novella series. In chronological order, this one falls during the same time as Reticence the final Custard Protocol book. This book can be read as a standalone! I have to say that Gail has really upped her game with this one. I didn’t realize how much I truly liked Channing until this book, or how much I wanted him to be happy. From the time he has been introduced he has been moody and you never knew that led him to be that way. In this book, you learn some of Channing’s back story before he became a werewolf and why he is generally untrusting and why he seems to hate vampires so much. I know it seems like a lot of information for such a small book but I am here to tell you that it is so beautifully written that you feel as if you are getting a full novel. When we first meet Channing is when he goes toe to toe with Alexia but she was an Alpha so the last thing that he expects is a little American girl going toe to toe with him at the docks in London.

As much as this is a story for Channing it is also the story of Faith, who has been sent to London to make a match with a werewolf. To London society, this is not shocking but for an American it is. In America, Werewolves are not excepted in society and they then to be more savage. So why would her mother send her to make this match?

Watching this story play out I felt a whole range of emotions. I was angry, sad and so very happy. Since this book can be read as a standalone I highly suggest picking it up. No after writing this I want to go back and give it another read.

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Parasolverse Read-Along – November 2019

Good Day, All!

We are heading into the sixteenth month of the Parasolverse Read-Along.  The book for November is How To Marry A Werewolf book one of Claw & Courtship Novellas.

How to Marry A Werewolf
How To Marry A Werewolf
Pages
: 198
Start Date: November 1, 2019
Post Review: November 29, 2019
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Guilty of an indiscretion? Time to marry a werewolf.

WEREWOLVES

The monsters left Faith ruined in the eyes of society, so now they’re her only option. Rejected by her family, Faith crosses the Atlantic, looking for a marriage of convenience and revenge.

But things are done differently in London. Werewolves are civilized. At least they pretend to be.

AMERICANS

Backward heathens with no culture, Major Channing has never had time for any of them. But there’s something special about Faith. Channing finds himself fighting to prove himself and defend his species. But this werewolf has good reason not to trust human women.

Even if they learn to love, can either of them forgive?

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Parasol Protectorate series comes a stand alone romance set in the same universe. Look out for appearances from favorite characters and the serious consequences of unwarranted geology.

A Note On Chronology

The Claw & Courtship novellas can be read in any order. This book can be enjoyed without having read any of Gail’s other works. Set in the spring of 1895 this story occurs after events chronicled in Romancing the Werewolf.

More?
This story is contemporaneous with events at the beginning of Reticence (final Custard Protocol book). Channing is first introduced to readers in the second Parasol Protectorate book, Changeless. He also appears briefly in Romancing the Inventor.

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Review: Stolen Bloodlines by L.G. Rollins

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Stolen Bloodline
Stolen Bloodlines
by L.G. Rollins
(Steam and Shadow #4)
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Synopsis
The heritage she never knew was hers. The future he never believed could be.

Jasper Wimple’s art is gaining popularity and life is falling into place for him at last. After meeting the Ambassador from China, a relationship that could propel him forward, Jasper’s street smarts tell him to steer clear of the man. But nothing could have prepared Jasper for a ghostly visit from one of the ambassador’s murdered victims, or taught him what to do when the ghost demands Jasper help protect his surviving wife and daughter.

Ju is done mourning a father she never knew for the entirety of Ghost Month, despite her mother’s insistence that they continue the tradition. Instead, Ju focuses on her upcoming audition—her one chance to enter London’s most prestigious dance school.

But then her mother’s life is threatened, and Ju sets everything else aside. Working together as new friends and unexpected allies, Jasper and Ju struggle to protect Ju’s mother and each other. With their own lives, the lives of those they care most about, and a budding romance all on the line, will they bring one of the most powerful men in England to justice before he silences them for good?

What I thought
This is the fourth book in the Steam and Shadow Series, however, all of these books can be read as stand-alones. This book picks up  3 months after Clockwork Image. I was so happy that we get a book about Jasper I really liked his character so much in Clockwork Image!  This book happens in a little over a month. 

I really liked this book once I started reading it I did not want to stop.  This book definitely had enough action to keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time.  I liked Ju and how this story worked in Chinese culture the way it did.

If you like fantasy, steampunk, paranormal or some clean romance then you need to pick this book up.

My Rating: /55 Stars

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Review: The Falconer by Elizabeth May

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The Falconer
The Falconer
by Elizabeth May
(The Falconer #1)
Young Adult, Fantasy, Steampunk, Historical Fiction
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Synopsis
One girl’s nightmare is this girl’s faery tale

She’s a stunner.
Edinburgh, 1844. Eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, has everything a girl could dream of: brains, charm, wealth, a title—and drop-dead beauty.

She’s a liar.
But Aileana only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. she’s leading a double life: She has a rare ability to sense the sìthíchean—the faery race obsessed with slaughtering humans—and, with the aid of a mysterious mentor, has spent the year since her mother died learning how to kill them.

She’s a murderer.
Now Aileana is dedicated to slaying the fae before they take innocent lives. With her knack for inventing ingenious tools and weapons—from flying machines to detonators to lightning pistols—ruthless Aileana has one goal: Destroy the faery who destroyed her mother.

She’s a Falconer.
The last in a line of female warriors born with a gift for hunting and killing the fae, Aileana is the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity. Suddenly, her quest is a lot more complicated. She still longs to avenge her mother’s murder—but she’ll have to save the world first.

The first volume of a trilogy from an exciting new voice in young adult fantasy, this electrifying thriller combines romance and action, steampunk technology and Scottish lore in a deliciously addictive read. (less)

What I thought
This was a reread for me and it was much needed. I read the book way back in 2014 when it first came out. In 5 years I forgot a lot! So I am very happy that I decided to read it again.

I know that the title Falconer has thrown off many people. So I am going to put it here sorry if you feel spoiled however most people miss this brief explanation. I am summarizing this since I am not going to go back and find it, it’s so brief I would have to read most of the book again to find it really its all summed up in like one or two sentences. Okay so way back when before the war those women who fought the Fae used Falcons to slip into the Fae world to see what was going on. From my understanding, they could see through the Falcons eyes. Since these Fae hunters used Falcons they were given the name Falconer by the Fae. So now that we have that out of the way I can tell you how much I enjoyed this book.

When I read this book the first time I did not know what steampunk really was it was after reading it that people put that label on it. Yes, it has steampunk vibes but they are not heavy. Aileana the last falconer that we know of (hey I still need to read books 2 and 3 so I can’t be sure) discovers her “destiny” in the most horrid way, she is witness to her mother’s murder. In this story, Aileana is torn regarding the two sides of her life, but due to the events that happen in the end of book 1, I can not wait to see where she goes from here. I really did not like her father and I hope he is absent from the rest of the series. I get that he is hurting but he is practically abandoning his daughter. She may be 18 now but she was not when he first stepped out. Oh, and the outright forcing her to marry…I get that he can because of the time period but it still makes me want him gone. Sorry for the rant. As much as I did not like this one character I really did like the others and this first book.

If you like strong female characters who battle Fae this is one for you!

My Rating: /54 Stars

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Review: Grains of Fire by Jessica Bucher

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Grains of Fire
Grains of Fire
by Jessica Bucher
(The Bohemians Book 2)
Fantasy, Steampunk, Romance
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Synopsis
Old rivalry. Broken hearts. New plan.

Katia nearly lost everything to save the one she loves. Now she will stop at nothing to make the Magistrate pay and free the Bohemians from his rule. After joining Bohemia’s rival, the Cirque, Katia makes a risky plan to infiltrate the Magistrate’s heart in hopes of obtaining the secrets that could destroy him forever. Broken hearts can be mended, but at what cost?

The Magistrate is no stranger to pain. So, when the girl who broke his heart appears on his doorstep asking for help, he proposes a dangerous trade. He will give her his secrets in the hopes of winning her heart back…even if costs Bohemia everything.

Katia and Yuri are playing with fire, and in this game, everyone burns.

Grains of Fire is the second installment in The Bohemians series and a sequel to Notes of Magic

What I thought
I waited so long for this book and was over the moon when I found out it was finally happening. I was even happier when I received a copy from the author to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way by receiving this book.  

This book was a ride. I love that it is set in the future but has such an old-world feel to it. I thought I knew what I wanted when I started this book but now I don’t anymore.  I feel like its been all turned on its head.  All in a good way but now I can’t wait for the third book to come out so I can see what happens next!

When I went into this book I did not expect to come out of it wanting the best outcome for Yuri.  I mean I outright hated him at the end of the first book and here the author goes making me feel for him.  In this book, you get a lot of his back story and you’re able to understand why he is the way he is. Don’t get me wrong this by no means excuses him for all the crap he has done but his growth in this book is phenomenal.

After the way book, 2 ended I can’t imagine how book 3 is going to go.

Part of me feels so bad for Katia,  but another part of me just gets so frustrated by her. I can’t explain more due to spoiling things, sorry.

One of the reveals in the last part of the book I saw coming but I think this is just going to add another layer to this story. I don’t know how many books are supposed to be in this series but it has to be more than three there is no way everything can be wrapped up in one more book.

This book was just an amazing sequel and I know I will be investing in a physical copy in the future.

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Parasolverse Read-Along – October 2019

Good Day, All!

We are heading into the fifteenth month of the Parasolverse Read-Along.  The book for October is Competence book three of The Custard Protocol Series.

Competence
Competence
Pages
: 352
Start Date: October 1, 2019
Post Review: October 31, 2019
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Accidentally abandoned!

All alone in Singapore, proper Miss Primrose Tunstell must steal helium to save her airship, the Spotted Custard, in a scheme involving a lovesick werecat and a fake fishtail.

When she uncovers rumors of a new kind of vampire, Prim and the Custard crew embark on a mission to Peru. There, they encounter airship pirates and strange atmospheric phenomena, and are mistaken for representatives of the Spanish Inquisition. Forced into extreme subterfuge (and some rather ridiculous outfits) Prim must also answer three of life’s most challenging questions:

Can the perfect book club give a man back his soul?
Will her brother ever stop wearing his idiotic velvet fez?
And can the amount of lard in Christmas pudding save an entire species?

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