This makes a great addition to the canon of fantasy books featuring strong White women like the His Fair Assassins series by R.L. LaFevers, the Leigh Bardugo Wonder Woman: Warbringer, and the like. All of that said, I felt like this story didn't really add anything new to this genre.
Cinder meets The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue meets Pride & Prejudice and Zombies. A mixed-race young woman trained to kill zombies tries to keep herself and her friends alive while navigating the treacherous landscape of post-Reconstruction America.
Once I'd thought up ten titles in this category - featuring in some way the Grim Reaper, Death itself, or death rituals - without breaking a sweat, it seemed too funny and frankly interesting to not share it.
Imagine Snow White, in the Wild West, a mix of White settlers and Native traditions. Now up the ante on the dark fantasy elements in the hands of master storyteller, Valente. The voice of each character - some familiar, some new - shine through the haunting and lyrica narration, the language reminiscent of an oral storytelling tradition.
Waiting on Wednesday (WoW) is a weekly meme hosted byBreaking the Spine.My posts about adult literary fiction are here:State of Wonder by Ann PatchettCaleb's Crossing by Geraldine BrooksThe Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey My posts about my guilty pleasure reading (romantic, often paranormal, novels) can be found here:Prince Charming Doesn't Live Here by … Continue reading Waiting on Wednesday: Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta
The Broke and the Bookish, a brilliant book blog, hosts a weekly top ten list meme.I like this meme because I like lists. I like this meme because it reminds me of the Top 5 lists from High Fidelity (by Nick Hornby as a book, starring John Cusak as a movie). And I like this meme because it … Continue reading Top Ten Books I Want for the Holidays
In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by The Story Siren.This week, I received: I Dreamt I Was in Heaven: The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gangby Leonce Gaiter9780615490106, Legba Books, $10.99Judge Isaac C. Parker's judicial tyranny over the entire 74,000-square-mile Indian Territory was coming to an end. Against this background, the multi-racial, teenaged Rufus Buck … Continue reading In My Mailbox
First Grave on the Right 9780312662752, $21.99, St. Martin's Press Second Grave on the Left9780312360818, $21.99, St. Martin's Press, Pub. Date: August 16, 2011by Darynda JonesStephanie Plum (of Janet Evanovich fame) meets the supernatural - hilarious, kick-ass, and sexy.Charlotte (Charley) Davidson is the Grim Reaper, though she likes to replace the grim with sarcasm. Basically, … Continue reading Book Review: First Grave on the Right/Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones
Waiting on Wednesday (WoW) is a weekly meme hosted byBreaking the Spine.My first and second WoW posts were about my guilty pleasure reading - romantic (often paranormal) paperback/mass market novels. My third and fourth WoW posts were YA (young adult) titles. My fifth and sixth WoW posts were about adult literary fiction. My middle grade … Continue reading Waiting on Wednesday: Saints Astray by Jacqueline Carey
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. My first WoW post was about my guilty pleasure reading - basically those mass market paperbacks I write about on Mondays - and this one is going to continue that tradition.Tempest's Legacy by Nicole Peeler9780316056601, $7.99, Orbit (Hachette)Pub. Date: January 2011Description from the author's … Continue reading Waiting on Wednesday: More Guilty Pleasures