Reviews and Blog Posts: London

The statistical probability of love at first sight

by Jennifer E Smith

DPL 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

DPL 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

DPL 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

DPL 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

DPL 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

DPL 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...

The bone season

by Samantha Shannon

DPL Rating:
3

Paige is a gifted clairvoyant living in a future London where clairvoyants are hunted down and executed.  Seeking a way to protect herself she joined a criminal gang who become her teachers, co-conspirators, and de facto family.  She is captured, surprised not to be killed but instead shipped off with...

Alchemy and Meggy Swann

by Karen Cushman

DPL Rating:
4

Alchemy and Meggy Swann is set in Elizabethan London, 1573, when many of the superstitions of the Medieval era were just starting to give way to the seeds of Empiricism; when the printing press was revolutionizing the ways people thought, read, and communicated; and when the theater was about to...

Lots of wedding delights even with no invite

Ok, ok I'll admit that I'm a royal watcher addicted to every single news story, magazine article, and documentary on the upcoming nuptials of Will and Kate.

The most famous couple in the world is about to say their "I dos." While I have my DVR set to several channels Friday, April 29 at 2:00 a.m., I can also say "I do" to a bouquet of books about the royal couple.

Life: The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton by Life Magazine

The Making of a Royal Romance: William, Kate, and Harry -- A Look Behind the Palace Walls by Katie Nicholl

Her fearful symmetry : a novel

by Audrey Niffenegger

DPL Rating:
5

American twins inherit a somber London flat, bordering the famous Highgate Cemetery and develop interesting friendships with local residents, both living and dead. So wonderfully atmospheric, I hated to have it end.

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