Ward is at the top of her game with this, the second in the Black Dagger Legacy series, and there wasn’t a single one of her many storylines that I wanted to skip over. So in this novel we have in play Axe, a tough but wounded guy, and one of the trainees in the Brotherhood’s training classes for new soldiers. We also have Rhage and Mary, adjusting to new life adorably with their adopted teen, Bitty. And finally we have Elise, and member of the aristocracy, who is struggling to get out of her father’s restrictive traditionalism by earning her PhD.
I enjoyed spending time with all these folks, and we still had fights and romance galore. Excellent installment in the series from Ward. For 18 and up.
This slight book of essays covers quite a bit of ground, from Wilson’s childhood movie acting and her neurotic childhood, to her teen dating and her increasing interest in storytelling as an adult. She writes most clearly of her growing understanding of who she is and how she becomes at peace with her life and her choices.
Overall a really lovely memoir both for those who remember Mara’s youthful fame and also for those who don’t. Her work is specific to her life, but it would be a jaded reader indeed who would not find resonances in his or her own life. For 18 and up.
An extraordinary look at the life of one young man, born in a rough part of Newark, educated at Yale, and dead at 30. Author Hobbs (Peace’s roommate at Yale) makes us so intimately acquainted with Peace’s East Orange neighborhood that we care deeply about not only Rob Peace, but also about his relatives, his best friends, and his small prep school that caters to young men of color. Rob’s tragic flaw is his investment in his neighborhood, and his inability to leave it contributes to his death.
It has taken me several days to write this review, because I genuinely grieve for the loss of Rob, not only because he is exceptional, but also because he represents so many other young black men who don’t even make it that far, but all of whom are cut down too soon.
The musical Hamilton says it is those who are left behind who determine “who lives, who dies, who tells your story.” Rob Peace will never die because Jeff Hobbs told his story.
Handsome Brit Will Masterson has fought against Napoleon and is ready to head back to England when he is sent to analyze the situation in a small (fictional) country that is open to invasion by roving bandits. While there he meets tall and opinionated Athena Markham, who has been working there as an aide to young princess Sofia.
While this novel has a couple of steamy scenes, but Putney is much more interested in the adventure of the historical era and the threats to her fictional nation. It makes for a nice slow-boil romance and some great supporting friendships that more than pass the Bechdel Test. Excellent read, for 18 and up.
Another strong entry in this series, although this one dragged more for me than the others have. Tyrion was deeply missed in this book (his adventures continue in the next), and we had only Brienne to identify with. Of course, this era in Westeros is dragging for the characters as well, and perhaps some of that carried over into my reading. For 18 and up, as ever. Martin’s torture and threats of rape make me blanch, and I read several books in between the books in this series, so that I can recover from my time in his stories. These are very much worth the read for adults, but it is oppressive.
An excellent collection of four PNR shorts, featuring two of my favorite authors, Ilona Andrews and Sharon Shinn. Their stories are the strongest, but the other two are good as well. Singh’s is strong enough that I may give her writing a try again. For 18 and up.