Saturday, May 4, 2013

Weekend Recommendations #2

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: Sharon Cameron
Genre: mystery, historical fiction, steampunk
Part of a Series: Dark Unwinding #1
Rating: 5 out of 5
Who'll Like It: More suited for girls than guys, historical fiction and mystery fans, would be better appreciated by ages fourteen and up.

Why I Liked It:

This was just an awesome mystery. It has great characters that I initially wasn't sure I liked, and as they grew with the story, I began to really appreciate them. This book elicited strong reactions and emotions, and that always lands a book in my favvies category. But what made me adore this book was the mystery itself. I never have to work all that hard to solve mystery stories, but with The Dark Unwinding, I never knew what was going to happen next. I was on pins and needles the whole time, and sometimes I wanted to scream, "Just tell me!!" But I knew it would all be explained, and whenever doubt started to creep in, I was proven wrong. A truly, truly awesome book - and it even has a steampunk fair with the automatons! And did I mention a crazy, eccentric uncle?

Title: A Curse Dark as Gold
Author: Elizabeth C. Bunce
Genre: fairytale retelling
Part of a Series: No
Rating: 5 out of 5
Who'll Like It: Girl-read, perfect for fans of fairytale retellings, set in a historical time period. If you love Rumpelstiltskin, this is for you.

Why I Liked It:

Yet another impressive fairytale retelling. Jack Spinner is an awesome villain, and Charlotte an easy protagonist with which to sympathize. I wish she had trusted Randell Woodstone a bit more, but I couldn't fault her for trying to protect him. I loved the writing style, and I loved the era, and I loved how the Author interlaced traditional elements of the Rumpelstiltskin story in with her own, new twists. It was just wonderful!!

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