A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee

A Spy in the House (The Agency, #1)A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Title: A Spy in the House
Author: Y.S. Lee
Series: The Agency
Published: 2009
Summary: Victorian Girl Spies!

I came across this book by chance; it and the second book in the series were returned to my work through the book drop and I just so happened to be checking things in when they did. I’m a fan of Victorian-era England already, so it wasn’t a stretch that I would at least look at the flap on the inside of the front cover. What really got me was that even the author herself describes the book as simply, “Victorian girl spies!”. From that moment on, I knew I had to read the series and that I would be severely disappointed if I didn’t like it.

Thankfully, I adored this first novel and I cannot wait to finish the second! Also, admittedly, I was somewhat hoping for a relationship of sorts between Mary Quinn and James Easton; they reminded me somewhat of Alexia Tarabotti (Lady Maccon) and Connall Maccon from Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series. (I even tweeted while reading the first book saying that I would love for Lee and Carriger to write something together and I stand by that! I would read it over and over again!)

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Book Meme Day #6

Day 6 – Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?

Wow. I didn’t know this question was on here. If I did, I would have actually been paying attention to the inspirationalness of what I’ve been reading! To be honest, I don’t have an answer right now!

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

Her Fearful SymmetryHer Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Title: Her Fearful Symmetry
Author: Audrey Niffenegger
Published: 2009

I’m going to skip posting a summary on this one and just get right to it. I loved the first three hundred pages of this novel. After that, I really started to become disenchanted. I also really wish someone had warned me that a kitten gets killed and that the topic of suicide is somewhat heavily explored during the later half of the novel. Both of those topics triggered me a lot and it was hard for me to finish this book because of it.

After that, I just wanted to get the novel done and over with. I really, really disliked the ending and the whole triangle between “Elspeth”/Valentina/Robert. I was hoping the novel would continue to be worthy of four stars, but it’s lucky to be getting three stars from me. I’m really disappointed.

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