I bit the bullet and purchased a Kindle edition of this book, because I was so enamored of the previous two in the series. Plus I'm headed to Scotland in August. Plus I'm a theater nerd.
It was everything I wanted and more. I was floored that so much of what de Muriel included in the novel was based on actual writings/knowledge of the time. The confluence of Stoker, Irving, and Terry both in real life and in this novel opened my eyes to the theater of the time. And the enormity of the danger! Who knew?!
I was sucked into the storytelling, and the real life backstage drama. Working in a theater I'm familiar with how insane things can be, but these antics bested a lot of even what I've seen.
The continuing relationship between McFrey and Nine Nails is masterful. de Muriel continues to delve into their quirky dynamic, while still having real stakes to play throughout.
Can't wait to pick up LOCH OF THE DEAD.
The beautiful cover of this book peaked my interest upon first viewing. And then I kept seeing it on BEST OF SUMMER lists. I was lucky enough to get an ARC, and it did not disappoint.
Sarah Gailey has created a universe where some are gifted with magic, and some are not. Ivy is not. Her twin sister is. That's just a first step in the divide between them.
Ivy is now a small-time private detective and finds herself investigating a gnarly murder at the very school for magic where her sister teaches. She feels out of her depth, but perseveres to try to prove to her estranged sister that whether or not she has magic, she can indeed solve this major of a crime.
I was sucked into this world, and I do love a good boarding school novel. This checked a lot of boxes for me: strong female leads, unreliable narrators, magic as normalcy, and a murder in a library!
I recommend this debut book highly, and I truly hope that Gailey has some more magic up her sleeves.
Thank you to NetGalley and Tor Books for the digital ARC, and BookishFirst for the ARC book.
The quirkiest of books. I feel like I spent too much time acclimating to this world to fully enjoy the experience. But once I came to terms with the fact I was fully immersed in an alternate version of 1920s NYC, I let myself enjoy the ride. W.M. Akers is a meticulous wordsmith, and I was intoxicated quite often with his sentences - quite possibly sometimes distracting me from the storytelling.
Gilda is a strong protagonist, a solver of "tiny mysteries," who leads us through her life, and this foreign yet familiar landscape.
I do recommend this novel even though I did have some questions about the world. It's worth a read for Aker's language, and for the character development alone.