Saturday, April 27, 2013

Weekend Recommendations #1

This is my new (hopefully) weekly feature, where I get to go all fannish about two randomly-picked favvies (which may not actually be favorites, but got a rating of 3 smiley faces or higher) that I would recommend to friends! So, here are this week's two picks:

Author: Robin Wasserman
Genre: mystery, adventure
Part of a Series: No
Rating:  3 out of 5
Who'll Like It: Indiana Jones fans, mystery fans, girls and guys, fifteen-and-up.

Why I Liked It:

This was just a fun mystery/adventure, even if the beginning was a little slow and the characters were not the world's greatest (they weren't horrible, though - don't get that impression). I loved the mystery and the plot's pacing; the story's setting (Prague) and some of the side characters. The amount of Czech used in dialogue kind of annoyed me (okay, it really annoyed me), because I haven't a clue how to pronounce Czech and there was no glossary. And there were no Nazis. :-( But it was still a really fun read, great for summer, and I would definitely read it again, though it wouldn't be a first pick for a re-read.

Author: Marissa Doyle

Genre: historical fantasy, romance
Part of a Series: Leland Sisters Trilogy #3
Rating: 3 out of 5
Who'll Like It: historical fantasy and romance fans, girl-read, middle-grade-and-up.

Why I Liked It:

Though this is the third book in the Leland Sisters Trilogy, it also acts as a stand-alone novel, as well as a prequel to Bewitching Season and Betraying Season. I'm actually a big fan of stand-alone novels, even when they're technically part of a series. Still, I'm glad I read the other two books first, because it made me appreciate certain references to future events. And of course, I liked the subtle humor, the characters (and the names were even better in this book than the other two!), and the plot was fun. The romance was annoying from the aspect that there's a lot of miscommunication, but everything else about it is sweet and fits into the story well.

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