February was a good month for reading. Six books all together!
Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly: I was looking for a fantasy book to read and one of my favorite authors (Brandon Sanderson) had recommended it. It is a great fantasy story that strays away from the traditional cliches of fantasy (the main couple is middle aged, the dragon slayer is an academic, etc). While I enjoyed the story, I didn’t run out and get the next book in the series. I’ll likely eventually pick up the rest of the series, just not right now. So if you are looking for an enjoyable fantasy story without the OMG have to buy all the books feeling at the end, this would be a good choice.
A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani: This is the second book of the series (my review of book one is here). I didn’t enoy this one as much as the first. The world is just as interesting, but the story was just….eh. I think the author tried to make too many twists that they just didn’t work. I’ll still read the final book that is coming out soon, but I don’t have my hopes too high for it.
A Dance of Cloaks by David Dalglish: This is a dark book. All sorts of killing and deaths. There are some very interesting female characters that make up for it. This also part of a series, it is actually part of a prequel series to another series. Once again, I didn’t run out and get the next book. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the book, I did. But the rest of the series just might have to be library books rather than purchases
Finishing School Trilogy (Etiquette & Espionage, Curtsies & Conspiracies, Waistcoats & Weaponry) by Gail Carriger: How did I not know this trilogy existed until now? I loved Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series so I don’t know how I missed it. I made up for it by reading these in about 4 days. This is a fun young adult steampunk series about a girl that goes to “finishing school.” This is no regular finishing school though, the girls learn to finish other things as well, like espionage and assassination. I love Carriger’s witty humor and the steampunk setting. If you like steampunk, pick up her books now!
Since I was on a role with Carriger’s books, I ended up rereading Parasol Protectorate again, so watch for that review next week.
I have a serious soft spot for steampunk, so if you have any recommendations, send them my way!