Showing posts from March, 2016

Review: The Secrets of Solace

The Secrets of Solace by Jaleigh Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Being a huge fan of The Mark of the Dragonfly the debut of Jaleigh Johnson, I could not wait to journey back the the world she built in the first book. Johnson builds the world even more with The Secrets of Solace and while I really missed the crew of the 401, I enjoyed expanding the world with a few more mysteries and and everyone stuck in the middle of war.

Lina Winterbock a apprentice to the archivists, those who study the objects and animals that come from the meteors that land upon Solace. Lina finds searching her home in the stronghold of the mountains more interesting, now that her mentor is tied up in helping refugees from the war torn lands as the Iron War ravages the lands. Everyday is lonely until Lina stumbles upon a long buried object that seems to feel and Ozben that carries a heavy secret, both push Lina's life in a different direction that will change their world.

The Secrets of Solace felt lik…

Review: How to Be a Victorian: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Victorian Life

How to Be a Victorian: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Victorian Life by Ruth Goodman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fascinated by the Victorian era for many years now, I gobbled up piece by piece of this book. Ruth Goodman makes everything fun and interesting as she herself is not only a historian but reenacts things she has read and research herself from corset wearing, farming and everyday life of, in this case, a Victorian.
Goodman sets up the book from morning to night from having breakfast to being tucked into bed at night. Somethings she spent a lot of time on, which at times could be bad or good depending on the subject at hand, but no doubt of the historical aspect and papers that have survived to this day.
I do wish some subjects she spent a little bit more time on like the leisure then again that maybe a whole book on it's own.

I adore history because it tends to stay around no matter how those who write it want to change it. I was surprised at some of the treatments V…