Book Review: The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Summary: Under the training and guidance of a mysterious mentor, Lady Aileana learns how to hunt and kill faeries in the hopes of one day killing the fae who killed her mother. But Lady Aileana’s gift of sensing faeries is more than just that – she is a falconer, the last in line of female warriors born with the ability to hunt and kill the fae. But when a powerful race of faeries threatens to massacre humanity, Aileana must put aside her vengeance to save the world.

Thoughts: I LOVED this book. It had everything I look for in a book: fast-paced plot, kickass heroine, slow-burning romance, sass, sarcasm, flying contraptions and magic and faeries and I could go on and on…. I haven’t read many or any (now that I think about it) steampunk stories (aside from this one) set in Edinburgh, but this is my new favorite thing. I loved the writing and descriptions in this book and I actually had to hold myself back from finishing it all in one sitting, sighs. I want to read the second book NOW, but then I’d have to wait for the third one and I’d rather not put myself through that torture. And did I mention how much I loved Alieana’s awareness of gender politics in her society??? Ugh, I need to stop rambling. I highly recommend you read this book!

Stars: 5/5

Book Review: Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach

Summary: Since Parker Sante’s dad died five years ago, he hasn’t spoken a word. Instead of planning for his future, he skips school to hang out in hotels. But when he meets a silver-haired girl names Zelda Toth, his life begins to change for the better until he realizes that he might lose her sooner than he thought.

Thoughts: I loved this book and I enjoyed each page. It was smart, funny and fun all in one and I can honestly say, that I was thoroughly surprised by the way things played out. I enjoyed Parker’s voice and narrative, and how even though he’d only known Zelda for three days, he was able to connect with her so well. However, this book dealt with suicide, which is a very serious matter and it was clear from the third or fourth chapter that that is where the plot was moving towards. But instead of exploring it more deeply, the author just lightly touched on it and I felt like a topic like that deserved more careful attention. Especially considering the fact that the story dealt with grief, mourning, depression and suicide. I don’t want to compare this to John Green’s books, but John Green was able to keep it funny yet serious at the same time, so that when the emotional train wreck hit, it hit hard. But I wasn’t able to feel that as much here. Comparisons aside, I loved this book in its own way and I’m glad I read it even though it didn’t go as far emotionally as I hoped it would.

Stars: 4/5