Reviews and Blog Posts: London

If You Leave

by Daughter

Reviewer Rating:
3

On their debut album, If You Leave, London indie/folk rock trio Daughter crafts spacious ambient textures saturated in reverb, swelling tremolos, and glacial sheets of oscillating sound juxtaposed with pulsing percussion arrangements and lyrical subject focusing largely on isolation, loss, abandonment, and unrequited love.  The opening proclamation on “Winter” by...

Asunder

by Chloe Aridjis

Reviewer Rating:
4

Marie is a security guard at the National Gallery in London. She has been in this post for 9 years, the same post that her great grandfather also held during the time of the Suffragettes.  This is a calm story; you are observing Marie observing life, the people who visit...

Dear killer

by Katherine Ewell

Reviewer Rating:
3

Only Kit and her mother know that Kit is London's feared "Perfect Killer." At 17, she's been a murderer for hire for years, and lives by the code her mother has taught her: Nothing is right, nothing is wrong. Be careful. Don't be anything but perfect. But Kit's carefully segmented...

Velvet. Volume 1, Before the living end

by Ed Brubaker

Reviewer Rating:
4

Globe trotting spy action that follows who everyone thinks was the secretary to the director of the Allied Reconnaissance Commission, but, as we learn, who has a past that is more action-packed. The story takes place from the 1950s to the 1970s (the 70s being "the present"), so the spies...

The statistical probability of love at first sight

by Jennifer E Smith

Reviewer Rating:
4

Does anything good ever happen in an airport while you are waiting after a missed flight? For seventeen-year-old Hadley it does. Young love is born on an international flight between two strangers. Will they ever see each other again? This moving and romantic novel has charming and memorable characters with...

Heresy

by S. J. Parris

Reviewer Rating:
3

An engaging historical thriller. I thought the drama was a bit over the top, at times, but an enjoyable read, nonetheless. I'm not much for thrillers in general, but the historical aspect definitely drew me in. This novel follows heretical priest, Giordano Bruno, as he flees the inquisition in Italy...

Soulless

by Gail Carriger

Reviewer Rating:
3

Vampires, werewolves, steampunk, and romance.  Any of these elements alone would typically have me scoffing without cracking open the cover.  But in an effort to expand my reading horizons and based on a colleague’s recommendation, I made it past my initial prejudices and enjoyed this book more than I would...

Angelmaker

by Nick Harkaway

Reviewer Rating:
4

I listened to this one on the recommendation of a colleague, and it was the perfect cure for a gray winter day! Clockwork, rogue scientists, spies, mysterious trains, men who want to be gods and ancient alliances of thieves all come together for a fun mystery/road trip. At times I...

Heart of iron

by Bec McMaster

Reviewer Rating:
3

In this second volume of McMaster's London Steampunk series, we follow the Beast, Will Carver, a dangerous and solitary werewolf, and Lena Todd, a master clockworker and the younger sister of Will's boss' wife (Blade and Honoria from Kiss of Steel).

The English girl : a novel

by Daniel Silva

Reviewer Rating:
2

Typically Silva is a great spy thriller writer with an incredibly competent Israeli hero who also happens to be an expert art restorer. We get pieces of that here, but the plot has holes in it to drive a truck through. None of the suspense happens and this reader saw...

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