Love’s Shadow

 

This, my dears, looks completely amusing.

The plot sounds a tad depressing in that Edwardian fashion, but the writing is terribly witty. Like- LOL, snort, LOL.

The heroine of Love’s Shadow is the delightful Edith Ottley. She lives with her husband Brace and her two children in a very new, very small, very white flat in Knightsbridge. As we follow Edith’s fortunes we enter the enchanting world of Edwardian London, bewitched by the courtships, jealousies and love affairs of Edith’s coterie – Hyacinth, Eugenia, Charles and Cecil, Vincy, Madame Frabelle and many more.

The author was a friend of Oscar Wilde. Very obvious, as she writes similarly.

Excerpt:

‘There’s only one thing I must really implore you, Edith,’ said Bruce anxiously. ‘Don’t make me late at the office!’

‘Certainly not, Bruce,’ answered Edith sedately. She was seated opposite her husband at breakfast in a very new, very small, very white flat in Knightsbridge – exactly like thousands of other new, small, white flats. She was young and pretty, but not obvious. One might suppose that she was more subtle than was shown by her usual expression, which was merely cheerful and intelligent.

‘Now I have to write that letter before I go,’ Bruce exclaimed, starting up and looking at her reproachfully. ‘Why didn’t I write it last night?’

Edith hadn’t the slightest idea, as she had heard nothing of the letter before, but, in the course of three years, she had learnt that it saved time to accept trifling injustices. So she looked guilty and a little remorseful. He magnanimously forgave her, and began to write the letter at a neat white writing-table.

‘How many g’s are there in “Raggett”?’ he asked suspiciously.

She didn’t answer, apparently overtaken by a sudden fit of absence of mind.

‘Only one, of course! How absurd you are!’ said her husband, laughing, as he finished the letter and came back to the table.

She poured out more coffee.

If you’re ready for a quick read, the book is available at openlibrary.com!

Winterspell

I’m a huge fan of retellings, so I was super excited to find out about this upcoming release that tells the story behind the famous Nutcracker tale. The original already has the perfect ingredients for a fabulous story: young heroine, mysterious nutcracker prince, evil queen rat. Can’t wait to see how author Clare Legrand takes that and runs away with it!

From the GoodReads website:

The clock chimes midnight, a curse breaks, and a girl meets a prince . . . but what follows is not all sweetness and sugarplums.

New York City, 1899. Clara Stole, the mayor’s ever-proper daughter, leads a double life. Since her mother’s murder, she has secretly trained in self-defense with the mysterious Drosselmeyer.

Then, on Christmas Eve, disaster strikes.

Her home is destroyed, her father abducted–by beings distinctly nothuman. To find him, Clara journeys to the war-ravaged land of Cane. Her only companion is the dethroned prince Nicholas, bound by a wicked curse. If they’re to survive, Clara has no choice but to trust him, but his haunted eyes burn with secrets–and a need she can’t define. With the dangerous, seductive faery queen Anise hunting them, Clara soon realizes she won’t leave Cane unscathed–if she leaves at all.

Inspired by The Nutcracker, Winterspell is a dark, timeless fairy tale about love and war, longing and loneliness, and a girl who must learn to live without fear.

AARGH!! Love it already!

My Heart and Other Black Holes

I am SOO psyched for this upcoming debut novel from Jasmine Warga!!

The main character is of Turkish ancestry, which is soo cool, and she’s contemplating suicide, which isn’t so cool, but the entire premise sounds like it’s going to be teen snarky with plenty of heart.

From the author’s website:

Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who seems scared of her, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father who has made her the town pariah, Aysel’s ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.

There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers the website Smooth Passages and its section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution. Better yet, a boy with the username FrozenRobot (aka Roman), who’s haunted by a family tragedy, is looking for a partner.

But as their suicide pact starts to become more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, Aysel must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together. Except that Roman may not be so easy to convince.

This is a gorgeously written and compulsively readable debut novel about the transformative power of love and acceptance.

CANNOT WAIT!!

Camelot Burning

 

Arthurian steam-punk

 

Arthurian steam-punk? A definite no, I thought, until I read the first sentences:

“When a mechanical falcon takes flight from Merlin’s tower, it means the sorcerer is bored or drunk on absinthe.

I wonder if anyone else in Camelot stargazes enough to know this.”

Which left me feeling both amused and wistful at the same time.

Now, I haven’t read Arthurian stuff since I was a tumultuous teen who thrived on the pathos found in them, but this looks to be intriguingly different:

Seventeen-year-old Vivienne lives in a world of knights and ladies, corsets and absinthe, outlaw magic and alchemical machines.

By day, she is lady-in-waiting to the future queen of Camelot–Guinevere. By night, she secretly toils away in the clock tower as apprentice to Merlin, the infamous recovering magic addict.

Then she meets Marcus, below her in class, destined to become a knight, and just as forbidden as her apprenticeship with Merlin.

When Morgan le Fay, the king’s sorceress sister, declares war on Camelot, Merlin thinks they can create a metal beast powered by steam and alchemy to defeat her. But to save the kingdom, Vivienne will have to risk everything–her secret apprenticeship, her love for Marcus, and her own life.

Just picked up the book from the local bookstore!