Book Review: Creatures of Will and Temper

Creatures of Will and Temper
By Molly Tanzer

My Edition:
ARC e-book, 368 pages
2017, John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books
ISBN: 9781328710260 (paperback)

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Bitter after learning her longtime friend has proposed to another woman, Evadne hopes to ruin her spoiled sister’s trip to London by exposing her scandalous relationship with another girl. Instead, Evadne is sent along with young Dorina to keep an eye on her as they visit their Uncle Basil, a painter. The girls meet Basil’s friend Lady Henry and while Dorina is immediately smitten, Evadne remains skeptical. As Dorina moves deeper into Henry’s world both sisters discover a link to the supernatural that could put both their lives at risk.

While I DNF’d The Picture of Dorian Gray in high school, I was very much interested in a sort of gender-swapped reimagining.

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Book Review: The Little Book of Hindu Deities

The Little Book of Hindu Deities
By Sanjay Patel

My Edition:
Paperback, 143 pages
2006, Plume
ISBN: 9780452287754

This book is just what the title says it is – a tiny book of Hindu deities! It’s friggen adorable and gives an overview of the different types of gods, such as the manifestations of Shiva, demigods, animal gods, the planets and even details on the different epic works.

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Book Review: Damn Fine Story

Damn Fine Story
By Chuck Wendig

My Edition:
Paperback, 231 pages
2017, Writer’s Digest
ISBN: 9781440348389

Using examples from pop culture (with an emphasis on Star Wars and Die Hard) Wendig shares his wealth of writing tips on subjects like character development, story arcs, building tension, dialogue, empathy and more.

This was actually the first book by Wendig I’ve read (I have read his blog before and need to do so more regularly because he’s fucking hilarious) and now I’m forever in love.

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Book Review: Dune

Dune
By Frank Herbert

My Edition:
Paperback, 883 pages
2010, Ace
ISBN: 9780441172719

Duke Leto Atreides moves his son and her mother to the desert planet of Arrakis in order to establish their new rule. But treachery lurks within the castle walls and Paul and his mother must learn to live in the inhospitable desert in order to escape their pursuers. But can they adjust to life where every drop of water is precious and sandworms lurk under every dune?

Guys, I don’t know how to blurb this book….because I didn’t enjoy it. –Gasp!- I know, it’s a sci-fi classic, but man, it just wasn’t for me.

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Book Review: Strange Practice

Strange Practice
By Vivian Shaw

My Edition:
Paperback, 357 pages
2017, Orbit
ISBN: 9780316434607

Dr. Greta Helsing has inherited her father’s practice and its paranormal patients. Amidst treating ghouls, mummies, werefolk and other creatures that remain hidden from the average eye, Greta finds herself caught up investigating a string of strange murders after a friend of a vampire friend is attacked.

I had the chance to buddy read this book with Ekho (their blog and Instagram), if you call the two of us finishing it in a span of two and four days, respectively, a buddy read. I’m pleased to be able to bring you our buddy review too!

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Book Review: Beneath the Sugar Sky

Beneath the Sugar Sky
By Seanan McGuire

My Edition:
Hardcover, 174 pages
2018, Tor
ISBN: 9780765393586

When a girl wearing a dress made of cake falls from the sky and lands in the turtle pond at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, some of the students find themselves on a quest to help the new girl save herself and find her mother. But the group will have to travel to the underworld because the girl’s mother died before she was even conceived.

The third novella in the Wayward Children series, this book continues where Every Heart a Doorway left off, but also touches on the world one of the students, Sumi, came from. As usual, this book didn’t disappoint.

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Book Review: Buffalo Soldier

Buffalo Soldier
By Maurice Broaddus

My Edition:
Paperback, 142 pages
2017, Tor
ISBN: 9780765394293

Desmond has abandoned his mission and spirited away his young charge, Lij, in order to save the boy from a lifetime of experiments. Dogged by several political and religious factions, the two cross borders from Tejas into the land of the Five Civilized Tribes and Desmond wonders if they’ll ever be safe.

Guys, I can’t think of how to blurb this book without giving a ton of stuff away, but it is friggen awesome! It combines alternate history with steampunk and sharpshooters and sorta telekinetic/psychic people who have been created by the government and oh my gourd why haven’t I seen more people talking about this novella?!

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Book Review: House of Many Ways

House of Many Ways
By Dianna Wynne Jones

My Edition:
Paperback, 404 pages
2008, Greenwillow Books
ISBN: 9780061477973

Charmain, having led a sheltered life mostly full of reading, finds herself watching her great uncle William’s magical house while the wizard is convalescing with elves. There’s a dog to take care of, piles of dishes to wash and mountains of dirty laundry (it breeds if not cleaned!) and Charmain has no idea what to do with any of it. When an apprentice wizard, Peter, shows up, the two find themselves not only tending after a magical house, but caught up in a plot that involves the king of the land and a familiar family of wizards.

I knew from the first couple chapters that I was going to enjoy this book significantly more than Castle in the Air.

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Book Review: Taste of Marrow

Taste of Marrow
By Sarah Gailey

My Edition:
Paperback, 186 pages
2017, Tor Books
ISBN: 9780765395252

Taste of Marrow picks up after the events of River of Teeth – the crew is split up, each group thinking the members of the other are deceased. While Winslow beings a frantic search for Hero, refusing to believe his lover is dead, Hero finds themselves roped into a rescue mission/assassination.

I was very excited to be reunited with these characters once more, as well as their foul mouths and a mess of hungry, feral hippos.

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Book Review: Poison is Not Polite

Poison Is Not Polite
by Robin Stevens

My Edition:
Paperback,  321 pages
2016, Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781481422161

The Wells and Wong Detective Society is back in action while the girls are on holiday at Daisy’s family estate. Her mother has thrown her a birthday party, but amidst the festivities, one of the guests falls deathly ill. Due to a massive storm and flooding, the family and their guests are on their own for a few days, so the girls are determined to solve the case before the police arrive, and avoid being murdered themselves!

This was a charming sequel to Murder is Bad Manners (yes, I’m referring to middle-grade murder mysteries as charming) and as usual, I was totally stumped as to who the murder was.

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