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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 Iron Witch - Karen Mahoney I'm really sorry to say this, but the Iron Witch is a bit of a dud. Karen Mahoney has a lot of potential so I'm really hoping that the next book is better. I could see flashes of it throughout and kept hoping that the book would live up to those flashes. Not so lucky.
The plot centers around Donna, a remake of the old legends of the armless girl. She was attacked and her parents were killed/incapacitated by an wood elves when she was a child. Now she's been taken in by her aunt and an alchemists guild. She has to go on the offensive when her best friend is kidnapped and a sexy new boy comes along and shakes up her life.
The writing in this book was really, really clunky. I don't understand the authors choice to use limited third instead of first. Only once did she do something in third that she couldn't have done in first, and that could have been fudged. What's sad is there were journal entries at the end of each chapter to explain how Donna really feels in first, and they're really great! I felt like there was this interesting character that I just couldn't get to know.
I wasn't surprised to see in the end that this author writes short stories. As a writer who loves writing shorts I can see the pacing gone amuck. Shorts are 1 2 3 while novels need to be a little more in depth- 1+4=5 or something like that. The first half of this book is boring exposition. The hook doesn't come until at least halfway through and the problem solving covers maybe a quarter. The end scene was a complete let down.