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review 2018-11-12 21:18
The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings #2)
The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy - Mackenzi Lee

While I enjoyed The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, I found it uneven in the way it handled both the historical and fantasy aspects of the story. It felt like neither one really got their fair share of the story, and both suffered as a result. So I was hesitant to give this one a try and probably would've passed it up if one of my groups hadn't chosen it for the book of the month.

 

This was a little slow to start, and Felicity drove me up the wall at first with her selfishness and single-mindedness. Ambition is all well and good, but when it comes hand in hand with stepping over anyone who gets in your way, I can't really back that person up. Thankfully, Felicity does a lot of growing up over the course of the book and it was fun to watch. 

 

I also really appreciated that this book examined all aspects of feminism and femininity, and didn't just focus on the "women can do men's work" aspect of it, because what is men's work anyway? It's a ludicrous concept. But so often in literature and media, girls or women who exhibit more "manly" traits - being good at fighting/killing, being aggressive, etc - are applauded, while women who are traditionally feminine are not. Just look at the different receptions that Arya and Sansa Stark get. This book shows that there's more than one way for women to be independent, strong and self-assured. With Felicity, Johanna and Sim, we get three such women as they go out into the world and figure out how to make their own way in it. It does get a little head-bashy at times, but this is still such an important message that girls need to learn and hear (there's no wrong way to be a woman), that I didn't mind it too much when it got a little preachy.

 

Also, Felicity is ace/aro and I identified so much with her on that aspect of herself. Because really, kissing? Ew. In addition to her is Sim, an African Muslim lesbian/bisexual (we don't really know; it doesn't really matter), and some cameos by Monty and Percy, so there's lots of LGBT+ rep in this book. 

 

I'm confused about who the girl in the cover is supposed to be though. Felicity has red hair, Sim is black, and Johanna doesn't come in until about a third of the way through, though the hair color's a match. But the story is told from Felicity's POV. *shrugs* It's a cool cover. :D

 

I thought the historical aspects were much better handled here than in the first book, and were given much better detail and attention. The fantasy elements too were better handled and integrated into the story, though it takes awhile for them to show up. 

I was still bemused about some of it though, in particular that Johanna doesn't bat an eye at learning that dragons are real. It makes sense for Felicity to take it in stride, given the previous book, but Johanna didn't know magic and alchemy and such were real until that moment. How about some doubt, at least? "I'll believe it when I see it" maybe. Something.

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Johanna and Felicity both display some uncomfortable (but appropriate for the time) colonialist attitudes at points that I wanted to shake them for. 

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review 2018-11-10 23:39
As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles
As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles (A Food Lovers' Village Mystery) - Leslie Budewitz

Erin Murphy's wedding is getting closer and so is Christmas. While the town decorated the storefronts in Jewel Bay, MT, she and her fiance, Andy, discover they have the wrong lights for their building. She takes them to the correct store to come upon her former kindergarten teacher screaming at her oldest daughter. Erin brings Merrily back to the Merc with her and they become friends. But she is found dead the Monday after the fight on her parent's property and is being accused of stealing from the company that had hired her, a former boyfriend. 

 

Erin receives a phone call from the owner of the hardware store, where Merrily had been employed, he asks for her help, but then starts pushing her away. This doesn't stop her and the new deputy from Florida doesn't seem to be interested to hear what she knows and she is more determined to find out who had murdered Merrily. 

 

This was a really good story for me. It is holiday themed, Christmas, and took care of another state that I hadn't finished on the reading challenge I am working on (all 50 states). I listened to this story more than reading it, getting an ebook version was difficult and I was driving a lot Thursday and Friday. 

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text 2018-11-09 00:59
Reading progress update: I've read 10 out of 320 pages.
Greatest Love Story Ever Told, The - Megan Mullally,Nick Offerman

 

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review 2018-11-08 22:08
Murder at Monticello
Murder at Monticello - Wendy Wray,Sneaky Pie Brown,Rita Mae Brown

Book 3. I know I am reading out of order, but I read as I am able to obtain. I borrowed this in both hardcover and audio format. I was listening to the story as I was driving and reading when I was at home. Harry is divorced from Fair and he is trying to win her back and tells her all that has been happening since he has been out of her life. She is working in the post office and taking care of her animals. She and Mrs. H and Big Mim are all interested in what is happening up at Thomas Jefferson's House - Monticello. A body is found in a pit being dug on the property in the slave houses. After the body is found, the sheriff is called and the remains are researched to find out who the man is and why he was buried under the fireplace. In the research, the researcher is killed for something that he found out. Now the race is on for Harry, Mrs. H and Cooper to find out who murdered him. 

 

I enjoyed this story. I have never been to Monticello, but it is on my bucket list. We try to go someplace different with the teens before they are on their own and exploring. 

 

 

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review 2018-11-08 01:11
Santa Clawed
Santa Clawed - Sneaky Pie Brown,Rita Mae Brown

Fair Harristeen and Harry Harristeen are back together. It is Christmas and she still has the farm and 2 cats and 1 dog. You meet the Brothers of Love who are men who have been in trouble for something and are doing penance with the "Catholic" Brothers by earning monies to help sick children and helping them go to the other side while praying by their side. 

 

Harry and her friend find one of the Brothers dead with his throat cut at the tree lot and this starts a progression to find out who is murdering the Brothers. 

 

I had to spend most of the day in the car driving today, so I used to audio to listen and then book to read while I sat waiting for my kids to come out of their activities. I had read this book some time ago and so after awhile, I started remembering the story. Good story close to Christmas. I am trying to read holiday stories around the holiday. 

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