The Bad Guy is really bad. (His father is worse.) The King is really useless. The Magic is all a fraud… or is it? And should the Real Magic be kept under wraps? Girls can’t qualify as Official Musicians, but Lin is so great that the Greatest Bard encouraged her to pay her music at … More Last Song Before Night by Ilana C. Myer
If you could read your boyfriend’s mind wouldn’t you know that he’s just using you? Apparently this occurs to no one, because the little operation is just for –emotions–. A lot of the humor fell flat for me. Not my favorite book by Connie Willis.
Dragons + jewel heist + art museum = definitely got my attendtion. Didn’t finish book 1 of series, but this one was very good.
Songwriter as solver of mysteries? Fun concept. Beauty-and-weight-obsessed mom, bored kid, and two pageant moms trash talking each other before I’m actually interested in the story? Pass. Read two chapters. I’d rather watch grass grow.
Jack and Jill went up the hill and who prepared water for their baths? Twin sisters Jack and Jill. One is pretty, one is a tomboy, but they are identical – how can one be less pretty than the other? Their parents did it to them. And they’re going to learn how to fix it. … More Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
I picked this book up again because of one scene: The Duchess who is quite rural does not want to learn city manners… then the Deportment Mistress demands how she will know the best way to break the rules if she doesn’t even know what they are. Oh, am I allowed to break the rules? … More A College of Magics by Caroline Stevermer
I generally don’t like series-long conspiracies where the Hero and the Reader peer into the shadows and remain helpless… the very idea makes me break out in Excessive Capitalization… so I skipped a few book in the series after it switched from Monster of the Week to The Vampires Done It. Now that Kitty is … More Kitty Saves the World by Carrie Vaughn