November Reveiws 2013

Man Made Boy Man Made Boy
              Grade: B-

Sixteen-year-old Boy’s never left home. When you’re the son of Frankenstein’s monster and the Bride, it’s tough to go out in public, unless you want to draw the attention of a torch-wielding mob. And since Boy and his family live in a secret enclave of monsters hidden under Times Square, it’s important they maintain a low profile.-GoodReads

Like many other reviewers, we had a difficult time putting this one in a specific genre. Despite the fact that there are paranormal characters, it is not a horror novel. And although "Boy" does go on an adventure, it is more of a self-discovery sort instead of monster battling. If you're looking for a fairly interesting re-telling of the Frankenstein (or in this case, Son of Frankenstein) story, this will work.

Palace of Spies Palace of Spies
              Grade: C-

Sixteen-year-old Peggy is a well-bred orphan who is coerced into posing as a lady in waiting at the palace of King George I. Life is grand, until Peggy starts to suspect that the girl she's impersonating might have been murdered. Unless Peggy can discover the truth, she might be doomed to the same terrible fate. But in a court of shadows and intrigue, anyone could be a spy—perhaps even the handsome young artist with whom Peggy is falling in love...-GoodReads

We had high hopes for this one. We enjoyed Sara Zettel's Dust Girl and the plot of Palace of Spies sounded great. But after a good beginning (well described setting, fine dialogue, likable characters), it turned into a big snooze-fest. All of the action that should take place at the palace becomes muddled in a weak romance. We perked up again when Peggy's friend is poisoned, but found it difficult to slog through to the end. There are better historical fictions out there.

Uncrashable Dakota Uncrashable Dakota
              Grade: B

It's 1912, and the titanic Dakota flagship embarks on its maiden flight. But shortly after the journey begins, the airship is hijacked. Fighting to save the ship, the young heir of the Dakota empire, Hollis, along with his brilliant friend Delia and his stepbrother, Rob, are plunged into the midst of a long-simmering family feud. Maybe Samuel’s final secret wasn’t just the tinkering of a madman after all.-GoodReads

A quick, creative read for Steampunk fans or those looking to start with some "light" Steampunk.

Across a Star-Swept Sea (Fo... Across A Star Swept Sea
              Grade: A

Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilization, the two islands of New Pacifica stand alone, a terraformed paradise where even the Reduction—the devastating brain disorder that sparked the wars—is a distant memory. Yet on the isle of Galatea, an uprising against the ruling aristocrats has turned deadly. The revolutionaries’ weapon is a drug that damages their enemies’ brains, and the only hope is rescue by a mysterious spy known as the Wild Poppy.-GoodReads

We were so excited when we found out that Peterfrund would be writing another Sci-Fi reinvented Classic! This time, she has used The Scarlet Pimpernel for the framework- BRILLIANT! If you read the first book (For Darkness Shows The Stars) in the series, you'll be happy to see several cross-over characters make a cameo appearance. If you are a fan of the original Scarlet Pimpernel, you'll be pleased to see the perfect balance between adventure and romance in this re-telling. We can't wait to see which Classic she picks for the next installment. We'd love to see something along the lines of Last of the Mohicans.

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