October Bookviews // Glass Slippers, Towers and Hellish Libraries? Okay!

I’ve purchased an absurd amount of books these last two months. Just today I picked up ten from Goodwill! Do I have problems? If I’ve got a problem, then I think you, my fellow book lover, may have just as much a problem as I do. That’s just all in good fun, of course! As such, there are a few new genres to add to these Bookviews – thrillers, romances and mysteries. Will any of them be represented in October’s list? Let’s take a look!

As always, I’ll pull six titles from this site’s On My Bookshelf page: three from What I’ve Read, two from Upcoming Reads, and one from that dreaded DNF (Did Not Finish) pile. From What I’ve Read, you can expect my final thoughts on plot, character development, and a star rating. From Upcoming Reads, my expectations or hopes for the book. And perhaps even a prediction or two. Finally, from the DNFs, what made me close the cover for good and if I’ll ever attempt to read it again.

The First Section: What I’ve Read

SHARD OF GLASS
by Emily Deady

Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Series: Fairy Tale Romances
Pub. Year: 2020

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I thoroughly enjoyed SHARD OF GLASS, a Cinderella retelling that follows MC Ashlin as she navigates her new existence.

It was incredibly refreshing having a female lead not named Ella, Elle, or some other form of Cinderella.

Deady’s reimagining also includes a whole new magic realm, one I really appreciate. Not everything, or everyone, needs magic to survive in Ashlin’s world. Not everyone can wield it, either.

Emily Deady
Author of magic, royalty and fairy tales.

IN THE SHADOW OF CROFT TOWERS
by Abigail Wilson

Genre: Historical, Adventure
Series: none
Pub. Year: 2019

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Ahhhh adventure novels. My favorite things! It’s funny – some reviews said it has too much adventure, but I think they’re wrong.

Sybil and Sinclair are the perfect main characters for this particular story. I really do think that Miss Wilson thought of these MCs before the plot, but everything comes together in a neat little package.

I already have two other books of hers on standby: MIDNIGHT ON THE RIVER GREY and MASQUERADE AT MIDDLECREST ABBEY.

Abigail Wilson
Author of Regencies, deception and strong MCs.

DREAMER OF BRIARFELL
by Lucy Tempest

Genre: Fantasy
Series: Fairytales of Folkshore Book 7
Pub. Year: 2020

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Yet another fairy tale retelling. Sorry not sorry. I love the, okay? DREAMER OF BRIARFELL is Book 7 in Tempest’s Fairytales of Folkshore series but can be read as a separate tale.

Princess Fairuza is this tale’s “sleeping beauty,” and her rescuer isn’t what you’d expect. Tempest twists in Robin’s character in a way you may not see coming.

With nods to Disney’s version of Sleeping Beauty, fairy tale lovers will surely enjoy this. (This book reminds me of Jessica Day George’s TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES retelling, and I’m not mad at that at all!)

Yes, I know this is out-of-order, but I plan on reading the whole series by the end of the year, or at the beginning of 2021. I don’t often read fantasy, but I really liked DREAMER OF BRIARFELL.

Lucy Tempest
Author of faeries, hope and compatible MCs.

The Second Section: My Upcoming Reads

I’ll not include any stars for these entries as I’ve yet to read them. Instead, I’ll include its brief synopsis, why I picked it up, and what I hope will come from the story.

FEAR ON THE PHANTOM SPECIAL
by Edward Marston (Keith Miles)

Genre: Historical, Mystery, Thriller
Series: The Railway Detective Series, Book 17
Pub. Year: 2020

Considering my family’s love affair with trains and trolleys, I wanted to read this the moment I saw it on NetGalley. Disclaimer: while I initially received this as an advanced ARC copy, I never got around to reading it before its publication.

Synopsis: Halloween, 1861. A special train with two carriages steams across the Lake District at night on its way to a place notorious for its record of supernatural incidents. Most of those on board have been fortified by alcohol so the mood is boisterous. Without warning the lamp goes out in the last compartment of the second carriage, plunging it into darkness. When the train reaches the end of the line, the passengers pour out on to the station platform. There are almost sixty of them in all, laughing and jostling, but the prevailing excitement is shattered by a cry for help – someone is missing.
Inspector Colbeck and Sergeant Leeming are called in to investigate this peculiar occurrence. With some believing the missing man is the victim of a ghost said to haunt the site and no discernible trace of the man anywhere to be seen, this will prove to be a puzzling case indeed for the Railway Detective.

Edward Marston
Author of trains, biographies and thrills.

THE LIBRARY OF THE UNWRITTEN
by AJ Hackwith

Genre: Fantasy
Series: A Novel From Hell’s Library, Book 1
Pub. Year: 2019

This book caught my eye while my family and I were on vacation last month for my birthday. I normally don’t do “underworld” type stories, but I do love a good book-within-a-book trope.

Synopsis: Many years ago, Claire was named Head Librarian of the Unwritten Wing– a neutral space in Hell where all the stories unfinished by their authors reside. Her job consists mainly of repairing and organizing books, but also of keeping an eye on restless stories that risk materializing as characters and escaping the library. When a Hero escapes from his book and goes in search of his author, Claire must track and capture him with the help of former muse and current assistant Brevity and nervous demon courier Leto.

But what should have been a simple retrieval goes horrifyingly wrong when the terrifyingly angelic Ramiel attacks them, convinced that they hold the Devil’s Bible. The text of the Devil’s Bible is a powerful weapon in the power struggle between Heaven and Hell, so it falls to the librarians to find a book with the power to reshape the boundaries between Heaven, Hell….and Earth.

AJ Hackwith
Author of fantasy, libraries, and imagination.

The Third Section: What I Did Not Finish

THE HAUNTED KNIGHT OF LADY CANTERLY
by Patricia Haverton

Genre: Historical Regency, Romance
Series: none
Pub. Year: 2019

As much as I thoroughly enjoyed two books read previously – THE LOST COUNTESS THAT COUNTED THE STARS and THROUGH THE EYES OF A BLIND DUCHESS – I found I couldn’t quite get on board with this.

Call me shallow if you like, but I’ve yet to find a way to enjoy a book with more than three point of views. By the time I stopped reading this, we’d reached four, and one that made it seem like we were getting a fifth.

In all honesty, with all the POVs, it made me wonder whose story was being told. THE LOST COUNTESS THAT COUNTED THE STARS’ tale was solid from the very beginning. I couldn’t do all the POV jumping with this.

However, I really like Haverton’s style, so I’m definitely willing to try another story.

Patricia Haverton
Author of dukes, lords, and ladies.

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