Why was the US Civil War fought? State Rights or Slavery? Or, possibly the right of slave-owners to keep slaves in in free states? The author had always thought it was State Rights… The Regents essays allow both answers… What’s the real deal? Early secessionist Southern officials had plenty to say other southern states to … More Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War by Charles B. Dew
Regency Fallen Woman of Quality chooses not to be a hat-maker or Lady of Dubious Virtue. Instead she becomes a detective. Pretty good. Thought I’d enjoy it more. Not looking for the sequels.
No Good Deed byKara Connolly 3 star tags: author-female, cover-art-enticing, hero-female, hero-rushes-around-planless, historical-fiction, palace-politics, sf-f, test-bechcel-pass, ya The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson (World of Solace) 5 star tags: author-female, big-fat-book, cover-art-enticing, hero-brain-over-brawn, hero-female, middle-grade, mystery, palace-politics, sf-f, shapeshifter, steam-punk, test-bechcel-pass, test-johnson-pass
Can a book be YA when the hero is 25? She reads like an older teen. Ingrid is a special snowflake, the only female who can feel the magic of earth’s tremors. She isn’t going to storm the castle, um, the academy, to make it a place where women can take part. No, she has … More Breath of Earth by Beth Cato
Mom’s been gone forever, Grandma just had a stroke, and Daddy is a scientist at an army base so super-secret that the place has no name. Modern? No. The year is 1945, and the USA is at war with the Germany. And Japan. Daddy is working on the super-secret “gadget”. I, an adult, figured out … More The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages
Mom is such a mean old meanie – just because daddy divorced her, she wants to go to back school, get her education, and get a decent job as an accountant. This means Sophie has to stay with Auntie Edna at the boring old ancestral home, where Elderly Grandma wants her to behave like a … More The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman
A dead body. Who cares, it’s only a street kid. Lots of dead bodies. Ick, but still, street kids. Who even cares? Sebastian’s sister actually berates him for ‘lowering himself’ to look into these dead bodies. C S Harris invokes some of my favorite tropes: * We know who did it but the law can’t … More Where the Dead Lie by C.S. Harris