Review: Illusion by Stephanie Elmas

My thanks to NetGalley and Endeavour Media for a review copy of this book.   I requested this one because the combination of Victorian England and magic was one that sounded exciting—something like Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, perhaps. This story opens with Tom Winter, a music teacher who gives the daughters of the well-to-do…

The Shakespeare Project: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Acts IV and V

This is my final post on A Midsummer Night's Dream under the Shakespeare Project, a series in which I am reading Shakespeare's plays, act by act, and writing out a summary and some thoughts on this blog. More about the Shakespeare Project here. My Posts on Act I, II, and III of the play are…

Review: Tokyo Tarareba Girls, Vol. 1

My thanks to NetGalley for a review copy of this one.   This was my very first manga read. I have watched some of the animated versions of course, Fushigi Yuugi (Curious Play), Nodame Cantabile, Emma, and Yatitake Japan, among them but had never really read any. So when I saw this on NetGalley, and…

Book Review: Isabella of Angoulême, Part II by Erica Lane

My thanks to NetGalley, BooksGoSocial, and Silverwood Books for a review copy of this book. This is the second in a series of three books centred around Isabella of Angoulême, the ‘tangled queen’. I chose to read this one despite not having read the first as this was about a character and a period of…