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Bearing an Hourglass
Piers Anthony
Peter the Great: His Life and World
Robert K. Massie
A Curse Dark As Gold - Audio Library Edition
Elizabeth C. Bunce
The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel
Neil Gaiman
Les Misérables
Victor Hugo, Isabel Florence Hapgood
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
Erik Larson
Healing Trauma
Peter A. Levine
Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli & Isles 8 Book Bundle: The Surgeon, The Apprentice, The Sinner, Body Double, Vanish, The Mephisto Club, The Keepsake, Ice Cold
Tess Gerritsen
The Unnaturalists - Tiffany Trent The Unnaturalists has the best cover I've seen all year. It's not sexy, it's just cool. Coupled with a really nifty concept and I was halfway in love with it already. If only the inside were that awesome.
It starts with Vespa, the mid-rank daughter of a scholar. She's tasked with helping stuff 'unnatural creatures' (harpies, pixies, sphynxs, etc). It's actually all pretty gruesome. She's fun and Victorian and I was intrigued. Then you have Syrus, a Tinker whose family has been butchered/stolen who knows all the secrets of what's really going on in New London and is determined to stop it.
Right from the beginning you have a marked inbalance in the tone of the two narratives, and since Trent jumps back and forth every chapter that prevented me from getting a feel for it. Then it shifts even more. Despite being a whole lot more boring, Syrus is the much more cohesively written POV. Vespa goes from intriguing to confusing to just annoying. Because she's more 'fun' it took me awhile to realize that she really isn't a character at all. She's a combination of tropes the quickly wears through, leaving no motivation for her actions and me with no reason to keep reading. Normally when I've made it halfway through I'm too stubborn to give up but The Unnaturalists has beat me.