Thursday, May 28, 2015

Kathleen Baldwin / A School For Unusual Girls / YA Historical Fiction Romance

Thank goodness for simple stories
Told blisteringly fast
No heavy thinking required
Just Escape
Just what I needed

New to the YA collection
A School For Unusual Girls
The first Stranje House Novel
By Kathleen Baldwin

Young ladies don't do science
Young ladies don't burn barns down experimenting
Young ladies must not be "unusual"

Georgiana Fitzwilliam does science
Georgiana Fitzwilliam is "unusual"
Georgiana Fitzwilliam burned the barn down

Georgiana is taken to Miss Stranje's school
A school where "unusual" girls
Are tortured and beaten into submission
So they say

The girls Georgie meets at school
They all have their proclivities
They are all "unusual"

The Napoleonic Europe is at war with itself
Countries are teetering on the brink of destruction
The abundance of spies and counter spies, staggering

The Empire will do anything to avert invasion
Even putting young women in harms way


Music
The Decemberists
What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A. G. Stewart / Loose Changeling / Terrific Indie Series Opener

It's always interesting buying from small publishers
Loose Changeling was a pleasant surprise
A. G. Stewart has given us a good story
A protagonist to get behind and root for
And some delightful humor.

The characters are not mono-dimensional
Even the husband being divorced has some very good character traits
Nicole Philbin, the protagonist, is in no way perfect
But very likable, very engaging

Nicole Philbin is not what she appears to be
Nicole is not entirely human
Nicole does not have a clue

This is so fresh
I've never read a story like this before
Hey, Hey, Hey
I kept turning the pages
I was fully engaged and enjoying the story
Keep in mind
I don't post books I don't finish
I Never finish books I don't like

There may or may not be a romance here
Everybody and I do mean everybody
Is busy dealing with the detritus of a Fae power struggle
And the pending divorce
Nicole turned the errant mistress into a mouse
It was an accident, really, she had no idea
This was fun
I look forward to the next Changeling Wars novel


New music at the library
Marcia Ball
The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man