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Book Review: The Haunting Of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding

The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray cover(Halloween is coming up, so I’ll be posting reviews of some good spooky reads I recommend. Enjoy!)

The Haunting Of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Point (first published June 15th 2001)

4/5 stars

I really enjoy reading Chris Wooding’s novels. (I also recommend Poison.) There’s something very dark and weird to the worlds he creates, and it makes the stories edgy and exciting. The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray is no exception.

Set in an alternate universe of Victorian London, there are more than just famous serial killers (in this case, it’s Stitch-face) to worry about. Ever since the city was bombed, wych-kin have been appearing in the Old Quarter. They kill, possess, steal babies, and just generally do bad stuff. They’re the things of nightmares, of fairy tales, the things that go bump in the night. And they just keep coming.

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Book Review: Kindred Hearts by Rowan Speedwell

Kindred Hearts cover

(This review is by guest blogger Erin!)

Kindred Hearts by Rowan Speedwell
ebook/trade paper, 350 pages
Published May 2nd, 2011 by Dreamspinner Press

4/5 stars

(Note: there are some mild spoilers in this review.)

The set up is basically every Regency romance you’ve ever read: the hero is a rake with daddy issues who beds lots of women and reacts to any dare as if he were Marty McFly being called a chicken. His father, a duke, informs him early in the novel that he is required to produce an heir and thus will be marrying an on-the-shelf spinster with a well-respected father, and he’s to get right on that heir producing if he doesn’t want to get cut off. Luckily, said spinster turns out to be kind of a spitfire, albeit a plain-looking one, and when the hero meets her, he basically thinks, Well, okay, I don’t want to get married, but if I have to, she’s all right. Maybe this is not a sweeping declaration of love, but we’re not quite a third of the way into the book.

The story picks up again two years later, at which time our plucky former spinster has produced the required heir and has a spare on the way. While fireworks don’t exactly go off when our hero and heroine are in a room together, they have forged an easy friendship and the hero very clearly adores his young son. Things proceed, perhaps a little on the boring side, until the heroine’s brother comes back from the war. And then things get interesting.

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