Reviews tagged "romance"

 

Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

In this second book in the Uglies series, Tally has undergone the operation and is now pretty. Life is a series of non-stop parties and responsibility-free fun, until she is reminded with a jolt of her past — and the truth about the operation she’s had. Along with her pretty boyfriend Zane, Tally attempts to […]

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Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

In Tally’s world, everyone looks forward to their sixteenth birthday, because on that day, each teenager undergoes a medical operation which results in stunning, flawless beauty. Tally, a fifteen-year-old ugly, can’t wait till she turns sixteen and gets to become a pretty and spend her days and nights partying and having fun — until she […]

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Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer

It’s 1817 in an England where one can attend investitures at the Royal College of Wizards. Kate, a young lady of not terribly rich family, is going to London for her first Season, while her cousin Cecy has to remain in the country. Almost immediately Kate is nearly killed when she stumbles into a trap […]

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The Grand Tour by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer

In this sequel to Sorcery and Cecelia, Kate and Cecy are headed off to the Continent for a honeymoon with their husbands Thomas and James. They have barely started, however, when a mysterious woman hands Kate a vial of the long-lost magical chrism that can anoint a man true king of France. Soon the four […]

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The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope

When her younger sister Alicia angers Queen Mary, Kate Sutton has to bear the brunt of the Queen’s anger. She is dismissed from her place as lady-in-waiting to Princess Elizabeth and exiled to a remote castle called the Perilous Gard, in the keeping of Sir Geoffrey Heron. As Kate explores the castle, she meets Christopher […]

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Tahn by L. A. Kelly

Tahn starts off right in the middle of the action as the hardened assassin Tahn Dorn scales castle walls to kidnap Lady Netta Trillet, whose husband he murdered several years ago. But this time his purpose is far different: to save Netta from an impending attack on the castle. Sickened by his life, Tahn is […]

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The Time-Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

This book is less a science fiction novel and more of a romance, but it rests upon a science fiction premise: Henry and Clare’s relationship is made very unusual, to put it mildly, because Henry has a genetic mutation which causes him involuntarily to travel through time. He jumps from the present into his own […]

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Hexwood by Diana Wynne Jones

This is a difficult book to describe, not only because the plot is of labyrinthine complexity, but because any description that made sense would inevitably involve spoilers for the many surprises Jones springs upon her readers. Suffice to say that it involves a (possibly) malfunctioning super-computer, an infinite wood where time doesn’t run straight, assassins, […]

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Fairest by Gail Carson Levine

In this truly charming novel, Gail Carson Levine treats another traditional fairy tale with her own very unique spin. Here, young Aza is most certainly not the fairest of them all . . . in fact, she’s remarkably plain, and large to boot. But she has a remarkably beautiful singing voice — and in the […]

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Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier

In this sequel to Daughter of the Forest, Marillier continues the story of Sorcha’s family with the tale of Liadan, Sorcha’s youngest daughter. Raised in a loving family but surrounded by societal feuds, uncertainty, and danger, the independent-minded Liadan must make her own decisions about the future — even when they go in the face […]

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