Very quick reviews: December 2015, part 4 (more picture books)

The very last batch of mini-reviews for December! I still have a few books to review on their own, but this will be the last huge review post for, hopefully, a while. Woohoo! [supsystic-gallery id=7 position=center] Duck for President – Doreen Cronin An over-worked duck decides to run for President in order to get out of doing farm chores. Super cute and sneak-educates a little about how government works! Q is for Duck – Mary Read More …

Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

I’ve read so many 1940s murder mysteries by now that I’ve become used to their usual plot beats. They tend to go something like this: detective shows up to place (probably a country house), somebody dies, detective interviews a lot of people, including at least one red herring, detective finds important clue, detective confronts murderer, murderer is either arrested or commits suicide to avoid scandal. Detective goes home. And that’s not really what happens in Read More …

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

I liked this one SO MUCH more than Wild Magic! Which is really great, because I still rated that one fairly high despite my dislike of certain aspects. If you’re new to Tortall (like me) I’d say Alanna would be a good place to start. It’s the same sort of coming-of-age story, but with a twist: the protagonist is a young girl disguised as a boy, training to become a knight in a world where Read More …

The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Since I liked the first Inspector Alan Grant book I read,1 I decided to go back to the beginning and read the actual first book: The Man in the Queue. First impression: Grant must have either been in a lot of pain in The Daughter of Time, or he became super grumpy between this book and number 5. In this first book he’s charming and witty and light-hearted! Compared to TDOT!Grant, this one’s practically spitting Read More …

The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson

I really wanted to like this book more than I did! The first third of the story is kick-ass: contemporary setting with wonderful characters, strong protagonist voice, and mysterious foreshadowings. Then the rest of it happened, and I lost the plot. Part of the problem is that the first third is so VERY strongly rooted in contemporary YA language/style. It’s Real Life and it’s totally convincing. And then the Chaos incident happened and things got Read More …

Queenpin by Megan Abbott

I foolishly started reading Queenpin right before going to bed; I had to tear myself away so I could get at least SOME sleep before work. I never expected a book about a 1920s-ish crime boss thriller to be SO enthralling, especially since it’s technically the second one I’ve read this year. The first was The Other Typist, which was much more a psychological thriller kind of book. While I enjoyed it, I really wanted Read More …

REVIEW: Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire by Mireille Guiliano

I choose to read this book mostly because of the cute cover, but also because I am becoming more and more interested in business-y books lately. I’m not sure why? I’m not usually a reader of self-help/advice books, but I suppose I must be starting my Grown Up life and that means I must read books that’ll help guide me down unknown paths. Or something. So actually this is not that good of a book Read More …

The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

The only thing I knew previous to this book about Richard III was that he was maybe in some Shakespeare play somewhere. Now I know LOTS of things! And most of those things make me sad. Kudos to Josephine Tey for making me care about a dude who died hundreds of years ago, who I’d previously never even thought of, and who now I can’t stop thinking about because it’s so UNFAIR. He wasn’t a Read More …