Rant, Review

Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (2011)

All Souls Trilogy, Book 1

Heat Factor: Heavy petting occurs, but I’m not convinced it’s sexy

Character Chemistry: Nah

Plot: Paranormal romance meets The DaVinci Code meets magic coming of age novel where a witch learns to control her powers

Overall: I finished this only through sheer stubbornness

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Review: Competence by Gail Carriger (2018)

The Custard Protocol, Book 3

Review of The Custard Protocol Book 1, Book 2

Heat Factor: There’s no heat, really

Character Chemistry: It’s a long time coming, but not really super important

Plot: A journey of self discovery on a journey of (supernatural) species discovery

Overall: An interesting read

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Review: Born in Fire by K.F. Breene (2017)

Fire and Ice Trilogy, Book 1

Heat Factor: No sex, but some very explicit moments of “we are very very ready to bone”

Character Chemistry: Lots of mistrust, but they are stuck with each other

Plot: Vampires vs mages plus inscrutable magic politics with a high body count

Overall: Too much snark

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Review: Imprudence by Gail Carriger (2016)

The Custard Protocol series, Book 2

Review of The Custard Protocol, Book 1 here.

Heat Factor: a warm summer breeze

Character Chemistry: Just tell her you love her!

Plot: runs one thing to the next

Overall: a delightful romp

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Review: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (2013)

Crazy Rich Asians, Book 1

Heat Factor: Nothing sexy, but a few scenes of spectacular vulgarity

Character Chemistry: We are told there is chemistry, but we aren’t shown it.

Plot: The trappings of a classic romantic arc covered in couture and diamonds

Overall: Do not let the movie marketing fool you. This is not really a romance.

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