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And now…the March reviews!

Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
EAN: 9780312641894

It is so incredibly wonderful when a delicious book comes along that you gobble up in less than a day . . . and so disappointing when that book doesn’t end.

Cinder was described to me as “Cinderella meets The Fifth Element,” so I was on board from page one. Well, to be totally truthful, I was on board from page -4, where the frontispiece listed the titles of the next three books in this series and their release dates (well done, Marissa!). But I have to say, knowing that there are more books in the series should not give a book permission to end without tying up more loose ends than it creates. Especially if it goes to all the trouble of making you an enormous fan first.(Read more)


Title: Glamour in Glass
Author: Mary Robinette Kowal
EAN: 9780765325570

I’ve been waiting and waiting to review this book, and finally the day has come! Its official release date is April 2012, so I didn’t want to jump the gun too soon. I believe I said it before with Shades of Milk and Honey and I’ll say it again for Glamour in Glass: If you are a fan of Jane Austen, you will enjoy the novels of Mary Robinette Kowal without disappointment.

While so many in literature try to resurrect Austen’s characters and carry on beyond where her stories end, Kowal breathes life into Austen by donning the clothes she might have worn and writing in words she might have used. Anyone who follows Kowal on a social network knows how much blood, sweat, and research goes into the writing of her novels. She maintains the utmost respect for both the era and the writers who made that era famous. (Read more)