A Month in Books: February 2011

Slight title change for this reoccuring post.  “What I Read” was starting to feel a little stale and, well, blah.  Not that there’s much to be done with a monthly round up of book reviews, alas.

ANYWHO – here’s a month of reads.  Some great new series discoveries, a couple series wrap ups and new favorite. (Shockingly, it was non-fiction, too!)

Major reading mojo this month, helped along by the Kindle which is great for filling in the quiet moments in between library pick ups.

Links take you to the full reviews!

His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire #1), Naomi Novik
4 Stars
Anne McCaffrey meets Nathaniel Philbrick for a wonderfully rebooted version of the Napoleonic wars with dragons.

Scandal, Amanda Quick
2 stars
Part of the Smart Bitches Trashy Books Sizzlin’ Book Club, I’m not sold that this is one of Amanda Quick’s finest.  Interesting read but Quick sells her heroine short too many times. (ebook)

Warrior (Blades of the Rose #1), Zoe Archer
4 Stars
Historical adventure fantasy with a dash of Steampunk and a helping of steamy romance makes this new series from Archer a complete WIN.  (ebook)

Scoundrel (Blades of the Rose #2), Zoe Archer
4 Stars
Archer does it again with unique settings, though the romance gets a little too purple and teeters on melodrama. The adventure plot saves the day, though. (ebook)

Rebel (Blades of the Rose #3), Zoe Archer
2 Stars
Had a hard time relating to hero/heroine in this one, but I admire the boundary testing that Archer plays with in this third installment.

Love in the Afternoon (The Hathaways #5), Lisa Kleypas
4 Stars
Excellent series end by an author who refuses to sell her characters short.  Complex characters and PTSD make for a unique Regency historical.

Stranger (Blades of the Rose #4), Zoe Archer
4 Stars
Finally my favorite character get his own novel.  A fascinating blend of Indiana Jones adventure with British mythology, Archer wraps up her series with a bang. Literally.

Thief, Liar, Gentleman (Montmorency #1), Eleanor Updale
2 Stars
The premise is awesome and interesting, but I just couldn’t get into this one.  Might try to go back later and give it a second go.

*The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
5 Stars
The best non-fiction book I’ve read.  The story of Henrietta Lacks couldn’t be any more fascinating if it was a novel.  Sometimes the truth really in stranger and far more interesting than fiction. (ebook)



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