Mar. 11th, 2011

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Title: Twilight's Dawn
Author: Anne Bishop
Series: Black Jewels #9 (Milking those bestsellers for all they're worth...)
Genre: Dark fantasy.
Setting: The Blood realm
Reason for Reading: I saw it on the "new fiction speed read" shelf at the library and went "Score!" I didn't even know she had a new book out.
Finished In: Days, and not many of them.
Pages: 435
Copyright Date: 2011
Cover: By Larry Rostant, who has done the covers for most of the recent books in this series. It shows a woman in a teal dress and dark cloak wearing a shimmering jewel. She stands in a winter landscape. Her expression is reserved.
First line: "Daemon Sadi, the Black-Jeweled Warlord Prince of Dhemlan, crossed the bridge that marked the boundary between private property and public land."
Best part: Much to my surprise, Bishop took a BIG risk with this book, in her story "The High Lord's Daughter." That was brave and unexpected of her as far as I'm concerned, and I think it paid off.
Worst part: Okay, so Bishop has gotten really into Sceltie dogs in the last few years. But do they have to be in ALL her stories now? I don't really see the charm.
Imaginary Theme Song: "Down to You", the Luciana Souza cover
Grade: B.
Recommended for: Fans of the series will really not want to miss this one. Those who are new to Bishop should start with Daughter of the Blood.
Related Reads: Dreams Made Flesh, the previous anthology in the series. Sebastien, the first book in the Ephemera duology by the same author.
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Title: The Masqueraders
Author: Georgette Heyer
Genre: YA Regency romance
Setting: The London of balls and carriage rides.
Reason for Reading: I like Heyer a lot in general and read her when I'm feeling low; my sister recommended this specific title.
Finished In: Months, actually, which is funny considering how fast-paced the second half of the book is.
Pages: 409
Copyright Date: 1928
Cover: A brightly lit ball. A slight man in a domino mask speaks to a slighter dark-haired woman. Behind them, a large man whispers in the ear of a tall woman.
First line: "It had begun to rain an hour ago, a fine driving mist with the sky grey above."
Best part: The complicated character of the protagonist's father. She wrote him really, really well.
Worst part: You really want me to believe that the protagonists are completely unrecognizable just by dint of being in drag? Sigh.
Imaginary Theme Song: "When a Special Girlfriend" by Ute Lemper (from the Kissing Jessica Stein soundtrack)
Grade: B+. Not going to change the world, but SOOOO enjoyable.
Recommended for: Really, any fans of YA should read Heyer, and this is my favorite Heyer so far.
Related Reads: Cotillion and The Grand Sophy by the same author. The Season by Sarah MacLean.

Brother and sister Kate and Peter Merriot are cutting a swathe through the London ton. They have a secret - she's a man, and he's a woman! And a more dangerous secret yet - their checkered past. But when each falls in love, how can they reveal their true selves? And will their roguish father's plans interfere?

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