When previously we discussed books, #2 had recommended Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School. #1 now vehemently recommends this book as well. Sooooo good. DC1 also loved it.
Speaking of DC1 and books about magical schools, both DC1 and I have really enjoyed the The Ever Afters Series by Shelby Bach, about a fairytale after school program. I couldn’t put the second book down, though I had to put the third book down from time to time because, like with Harry Potter, that’s when stuff gets real. We have the final book on hold at the library. (Currently reading!)
I’ve started reading Elizabeth Hoyt. Her books are fine, but it is true they are a bit repetitive. Probably best not to read all of them in a row, but to just pick out the best or to take long breaks between. Check out, don’t buy. Think late 18th century batman complete with revenge motives. Lots of batmans with lots of different revenge motives (including the standard dead parents) and different Arthurs and different aristocratic super villains. Also, for some reason, dogs. Duke of midnight was going fine until an attempted rape of a minor character whose sole purpose was as a macguffin and to show the good character of a male character, and shortly after the hero roughly shakes the heroine until it hurts her. Ugh. The next book in the series has a minor female character beaten to death (in the past) as another macguffin (also as character development for the heroine and another villain). And after that Dearest Rogue has rape of a minor female character (in the past) as macguffin and character development for the hero! Also attempted rape of the heroine. Good grief, can’t she come up with any other way to drive the plot or develop character? But if you don’t mind the violence-against-women-as-macguffin-and-character-development trope…
This Rake of Mine by Elizabeth Boyle was great fun if you can completely suspend your disbelief and ignore historical accuracy (the main complaints in low star reviews). If you think of it as a farce it’s fun! Though about 3/4 of the way through there’s a couple of spots where the author obviously ran out of time (and the editor didn’t fix it) and told rather than showed. Not great literature, but no sexual violence against women! Along came a duke though was super boring and I skipped most of the middle. That could have used less writing. Her highest rated, the viscount who lived down the lane was fine but could have used editing. I think I will not seek out the rest of her stuff.
Tried a Lisa Kleypas, specifically Dreaming of You, but she is REALLY into attempted rape as a trope. I mean seriously, lady. Also so much gratuitous stupidity. I can buy the matchmaking lady inviting the hero and the heroine to a house party without them knowing about the other, but inviting the woman who sent the goons who scarred the hero’s face (that the heroine shot in the first chapter) to the same house party when you’re trying to set the hero and heroine up and you know that the villain will try to kill the heroine if she knows that the hero loves her… That’s just causing drama for drama’s sake. There was a better way to arrange that (and one that wouldn’t, you know, involve yet another attempted rape on the heroine). *Sigh*
Meanwhile, back in #2 land, I finished Tam Lin by Pamela Dean. This book is for you if you liked The Secret History by Donna Tartt. It’s good, but long, and there’s quite a lot of the main characters talking about poetry and analyzing plays and quoting things at each other. I’m on Volume 2 of Gotham Academy. I’ve been catching up on Maria V. Snyder and some very naughty books and stories that can’t go on this blog. I’ve also caught up (almost?) on Ilona Andrews, and read a bit of nonfiction. My current read, which I love so far, is Nevada, by Imogene Binnie. At the start of the book, the main character works in a huge used bookstore and her life is kinda bad. I sense that big changes are coming.
What are YOU reading, Grumpeteers?