I would love to be caught up. There just aren’t enough hours in the day, however. And I spend way too many of them in the car anyway. Week 12 covers March 19 – 25. I’m just going to go ahead and hop right in.
Unhinged by A.G. Howard – I borrowed this as an e-book from the Boston Public Library. This is Splintered #2. I really like this series. It’s an Alice in Wonderland re-telling. Sort of. It’s like if Alice had all of these descendants and they all managed to travel to Wonderland in their own time. In this one, Alyssa has to help Morpheus to save Wonderland. Again. But it is so far from boring that you will be thoroughly engaged. The re-imagined characters are themselves enough of a draw, in my opinion. Also, Alyssa’s mum is out of the asylum and her antics are highly entertaining. She’s overly protective of the daughter she hasn’t been around for a long time and just generally acting shady. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I’m giving this 4 stars.
A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas – I borrowed this as an e-book from the BPL. It is Lady Sherlock #2. These are a retelling of the Sherlock Holmes stories. In these, Charlotte Holmes is pretending to be a man so that she can solve mysteries. Because, obviously, who would believe a woman was capable of being brilliant? I really enjoy this concept. This addition to the series, however, did not do much for me. Charlotte must help her rival to find her lost love and keep it a secret from her best friend. She also receives a marriage proposal, her sister Livia is being wooed by a strange man, and many other quirky plot twists. I’m going to give this 3 stars and hope that the next one improves.
Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy by Abigail Reynolds – I borrowed this as an e-book from the BPL. This is a Pride and Prejudice variation. It takes the story from Darcy’s first marriage proposal and changes Elizabeth’s answer to yes. But their opinions and presumptions about each other remain the same. They assume too many things about each other and this nearly leads to their destruction and eternal unhappiness. I really enjoyed this concept. There are so many misunderstandings between these characters that you want to shout at all of them from time to time. I’m giving this one 4 stars.
The French Girl by Lexie Elliott – I received this as an e-book from the publisher via NetGalley. This one was quite good. 6 friends were on holiday in France 10 years ago and the girl in the farmhouse next door went missing. Now her body has been discovered and the French police are under pressure to solve the case. Only one of the 6 knows the whole story but which one is it? Kate struggles to keep her business afloat while dealing with the stress of being the prime suspect with the best motive. Who can she really trust and which of her friends is a murderer? What doesn’t she remember? I definitely recommend it. I’m giving it 4 stars.
Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer and Stephen Gilpin and Douglas Holgate – I actually purchased this as an actual book. It is Wires & Nerve #2. This is part of the Lunar Chronicles. It is also a graphic novel. These are so good. I wish there were more of them. I am new to the graphic novel thing. I love the Lunar Chronicles so much that this was an easy fit for me. In this, the story of Iko vs. the rogue mutant wolf army continues. Iko is an android and cannot be hurt in any conventional manner, making her incredibly resistant to the powers of the rogue mutant wolf army. This sounds weird when I try to explain it. Start with Cinder and go from there. I’m giving this 4 stars.
And that’s it for Week 12. Let me know if you have any suggestions as to what I should be reading next. As always, your feedback is encouraged and treasured. Feel free to disagree about things also. The world would be a boring place if we all agreed all of the time.