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Friday, September 30, 2016

The Progeny by Tosca Lee


Release Date: May 24, 2016
Publisher: Howard Books
Age Group: Adult
Source: Publisher
Series: Descendants of the House of Bathory #1
Pages: 336
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Description: Goodreads
Emily Jacobs is the descendant of a serial killer. Now, she’s become the hunted.

She’s on a quest that will take her to the secret underground of Europe and the inner circles of three ancient orders—one determined to kill her, one devoted to keeping her alive, and one she must ultimately save.

Filled with adrenaline, romance, and reversals, The Progeny is the present-day saga of a 400-year-old war between the uncanny descendants of “Blood Countess” Elizabeth Bathory, the most prolific female serial killer of all time, and a secret society dedicated to erasing every one of her descendants. A story about the search for self filled with centuries-old intrigues against the backdrop of atrocity and hope. 
Imagine waking up with no memory of your life before, knowing that this is a choice you made, even though the reason why has been erased. That’s the choice that Emily Jacobs made. For some reason. But now, a past that she can’t remember is catching up with her and she has no idea who she can trust.

As part of an ancient bloodline that has been hunted for centuries, Emily must navigate underground societies while running from an order determined to exterminate them. By following bread crumbs she left for herself, she starts to unravel some secrets that have been hidden for centuries and others she gave up everything to keep hidden.

Opening the story with Emily not knowing who she is was a clever device for introducing the reader to the world of the Descendants of the House of Bathory. As our heroine discovers this secret society, Tosca Lee is able to avoid clunky exposition while she reveals these strange new worlds. The secretive underground nightlife is full of rich parties and hedonistic characters that are fun places in which to get lost. I would love to attend an all-night secret masquerade ball. Or would have 10 years ago.

The search to unravel her past is full of twists and turns, which I thought were often predictable, but still very fun. When Emily can’t remember anyone she knew before, she has to trust her instinct about who and what is safe, and it doesn’t always serve her well. As her path takes direction and her true friends become clear, Emily finally starts to understand for what she was willing to sacrifice herself.

An exciting romance, chases around the world, secret societies, forgotten pasts, and all night parties: this is a strong start to a new series that will have readers turning pages.

Monday, September 26, 2016

A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn or An Open Letter to a Beloved Author


Check out this gorgeous paperback cover!!!
Release Date: July 12, 2016
Publisher: Berkley
Age Group: Adult
Source: Publisher
Series: Veronica Speedwell #1
Pages: 368
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Description: Goodreads
London, 1887. After burying her spinster aunt, orphaned Veronica Speedwell is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry—and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as with fending off admirers, Veronica intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.

But fate has other plans when Veronica thwarts her own attempted abduction with the help of an enigmatic German baron, who offers her sanctuary in the care of his friend Stoker, a reclusive and bad-tempered natural historian. But before the baron can reveal what he knows of the plot against her, he is found murdered—leaving Veronica and Stoker on the run from an elusive assailant as wary partners in search of the villainous truth. 
Dear Deanna,

How do I love thee? There is not enough room on this blog to count the ways, but that won’t stop me from trying to articulate a few of them here.
  1. You create strong female characters who are very much in their time while being independent and making their own way in the world with cleverness and poise. Veronica Speedwell is a fully realized woman in the vein of Lady Julia Grey and for this, and all your stouthearted and clever heroines, I thank you.