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50BC #40 – Blameless by Gail Carriger

Title: Blameless
Author: Gail Carriger
Series: The Parasol Protectorate
Published: 2010
Summary: After being denied by her husband and deemed and unfaithful wife, Alexia goes to Italy with Madame Lefoux and Floote after making stops in France and Germany. In Italy, Alexia finds herself a prisoner of The Templars merely for her status as a preternatural.

This book had a lot more emphasis on Alexia and her story; I really enjoyed that. I also continued to enjoy the dynamics of the relationship between Alexia and Genevieve. Getting to see Floote in a more prominent role was also a treat. (I’m going to have to read the deleted scenes Miss Carriger has posted to her website now that I’ve finished Blameless. Cannot wait to read them.)

I’m still just a bit choked up over Biffy, though. The scene between him and Lord Akeldama tugged at my heartstrings and had me crying over my morning tea. I am glad that Biffy is alive (he’s one of my favourite characters), but I feel for Lord Akeldama. I may just have to ask Miss Carriger if there is any hope for those two staying together after the events of Blameless.

Summer of next year feels like a forever away. I’m really glad that this wasn’t the last book in the series and cannot wait to read Alexia’s next adventures and the progression of the “soul-stealer” dilemma.

50BC #39 – The Girl Who Played With Fire by Steig Larsson

Title: The Girl Who Played With Fire
Author: Steig Larsson
Series: The Millennium Trilogy
Published: 2006 (English Translation: 2009)
Summary: Lisbeth Salander finds herself very much involved in a murder after travelling abroad for a year. Mikael Blomkvist finds himself in an uphill battle to prove her innocence.

I really disliked most of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, so I wasn’t expecting to love this book as much as I did. It alone completely changed my opinion of Steig Larsson as a storyteller. (I can’t really comment on him as a writer, since I’m reading this in English as translated by someone that wasn’t Larsson.) The ending killed me. I really want to read The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest as soon as possible, but I also really want to take time and digest this novel as a whole.

My favourite part of this novel was that it was practically Salander-centric. She’s the reason why I’m reading these books, so it was really great to learn a lot more about her. The ending of the novel killed me on the inside and broke my heart. I really, really hope that what I think is going to happen doesn’t.

GetGlue Partners With Book Publishers; Users Can Earn Exclusive Stickers

GetGlue, one of the many social entertainment networks (but definitely my favourite of the bunch), has partnered with Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster, Random House, and Penguin Publishing to offer users the chance to earn stickers for checking in to new releases and for checking in to best selling authors.

Even from just the promo image, I’m really excited. But couple this with the book stickers I’ve already received: Bridget Jones’ Diary (for checking in to Bridget Jones’ Diary), The Wasp (for checking in to the 3 books of the Millennium Trilogy), and The Parasol Protectorate (for checking in to 2 of the 3 books in The Parasol Protectorate so far) and you have be squeeing with book nerd joy!

It’s October 5th, Bookworms! Get checking in and see what you find!

50BC #38 – Warriors (The New Prophecy): Dawn by Erin Hunter

(I’ve been meaning to post this for awhile now. First week of fall classes has found me pretty overwhelmed with coursework and underwhelmed on blogging.)

Title: Dawn
Author: Erin Hunter
Series: Warriors: The New Prophecy
Published: 2006
Summary: The Clans must join together in order to safely leave their home, which has become even more devastated and further destroyed due to the effort of the Twolegs.

I can see why a lot of reviewers say that the series is getting tedious by this point. Things feel like they are taking too long to get to their conclusion and that’s not a good thing in a junior fiction series, in my opinion.

For the most part, I am still enjoying the cats but so many of them have been forced into background roles and most of those cats are ones that I’ve come to love from the first series of Warriors books. I’ll continue to finish the series, but for now I need a nice long break to concentrate on coursework and other readings that I’ve got to do.