We interrupt our regularly scheduled postings…

law booksAs you may have noticed, Novel Reaction has not been posting as regularly as we usually do. All I can say is that sometimes life happens. Novel Reaction is a labor of love, goodness knows I don’t make any money off this site but I love books, I love talking about books, sharing about books and I especially love getting books in the mail. But despite that love, sometimes real life gets in the way of the things that we love. I (Jessica) am currently preparing to take the Arizona Bar (for the second time) next week, I had all these good intentions of having scheduled postings already done so you the reader wouldn’t notice but obviously that has not happened.

Not only have I been neck deep in legal textbooks, one of the main contributors (Jocee) has recently joined the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom for seven years. This means all those wonderful mystery reviews she used to provide have been put on the back burner while she adjusts to working and being mom to her three children (who are also big readers).

Another great contributor (Jillian) is a full-time college student, working two part-time jobs to pay for it and is now planning for her wedding this summer. Needless to say, she is a little busy right now and not reading as much as she used to. We are very excited for her.

What does all this mean for Novel Reaction? Well, after next week (when I will be trapped in a room with hundreds of other stressed out individuals) Novel Reaction will be back to regular postings but probably not as many (so one review a week instead of three). I am looking forward to bringing back the Books-to-Movie Challenge, so many great books to movies coming out this year including Beautiful Creatures, The Host, and Mortal Instruments. So please be patient with us as we adjust to our new life changes.

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Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger Review

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia struggles to fit at home, instead of wanting to sit discussing fashion and men with her sisters she is much more interested in figuring out how the mechanical dumbwaiter works or reading history books. Unfortunately for Sophronia in Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger, this interest in things more often than not leads her into misadventures. At her wits end, Sophronia’s mother decides to accept the opportunity of sending Sophronia to finishing school.

But the finishing school Sophronia is sent to is nothing like she thought it would be. For one thing, it floats by giant balloons so there is no set address and not just anyone can find it. For another the topics taught are different, while the school does teach dancing, walking, and other lady like pursuits there are also courses in the proper use of eye lash fluttering to gain information or distract and poison classes. As if this were not confusing enough, the school is under attack and Sophronia may be the only one who can stop it.

Etiquette & Espionage  takes place in the world Gail Carriger created in her Parasol Protectorate series but several years before that series takes place. Etiquette & Espionage does not require you reading the Parasol series but you miss out on the fun of knowing some of the character that play a large role in that series. I do think it would be helpful to read the Parasol  series so you have a little bit more information about the vampires and werewolves in Etiquette but you can get by without reading the other series.

I loved Etiquette & Espionage, the lessons Sophronia learns are hilarious, the mechanicals are intriguing (this is a steampunk novel) and the final scene where Sophie is test is a riot. I also love how everytime Sophie gets caught by a teacher they are really just upset that she got caught, not that she was doing the activity she was doing and they usually give her pointers on how she could have gotten away with the scenario if she had said or done something differently. I also really appreciate the Carriger has given Sophie what I feel is just the right interest in boys, she is only 14 so she is noticing boys but Etiquette is no great love story, just a fabulous adventurish story about a girl on the verge of womanhood but who isn’t quite there and that is okay. I am sad that the next book in the series won’t be out until next year, I interested to find out what other shenanigans take place at the school.

Finishing School Reading Order:

Etiquette & Espionage

Deportment & Deceit (January 2014) 

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Title: Etiquette & Espionage

Author: Gail Carriger

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 320

ISBN: 978-0316190084

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Release Date: February 5, 2013

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica


**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way. Brett Favre Authentic Jersey

Wolfishly Yours by Lydia Dare Review

bath englandGrayson Hadley is very upset when his mother and older brother hire a female tutor to teach him and his brothers had to behave in society. In Wolfishly Yours by Lydia Dare, Grayson believes that his manners are just fine, he is more concerned with getting the business he and his brothers are starting up and running than with how to drink a proper cup of tea. But all that changes when he meets the charmingly blunt Liviana Mayeux.

Liviana is furious about being in England, sent off by her father from New Orleans Liv is now expected to become a proper English lady. Something she has no intention of becoming, but things get more interesting when Liv meets Grayson, a werewolf like the males in her family. But as Liv gets to know Gray better and spends some time in Bath in society, she starts to think that maybe things aren’t as bad as she thought they were.

Wolfishly Yours is an entertaining paranormal regency period romance. Dare’s mixing of English society and the characteristics of the werewolf personality are well done and make for an entertaining read. For example, the female tutor makes the boys all go to a musical as part of their training, imagine having super hearing and having to sit through the bad talents of young misses. The Hadley brothers are a tight group, ready to defend each other from any threat but willing to throw each other under the bus when it comes to the training they are supposed to be receiving.  Dare’s recurring themes of love and what it means to be a family are one of the reasons I have really enjoyed this series. You don’t have to have read any of the other books in Regency Wolves to enjoy Wolfishly Yours but I recommend the entire series.

You can read an excerpt here.

Regency Wolves Reading Order:

A Certain Wolfish Charm

Tall, Dark and Wolfish

The Wolf Next Door

The Taming of the Wolf

The Wolf Who Loved Me

Wolfishly Yours

Lord Archer’s Story (title and release date TBA)

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Title: Wolfishly Yours

Author: Lydia Dare

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 384

ISBN: 978-1402263491

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Release Date: November 2012

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica


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