meganbmoore: (too many books)
fave books of the year-[personal profile] chaila 

Hmmm…I didn’t read a whole lot in 2016 (for me) and the bulk of what I did read was light mystery series, which is comfort reading for me. Amanda Carmack’s Elizabethan Mysteries (about a musician in Elizabeth I’s court) and Victoria Thompson’s Gaslight Mysteries (about a late 19th century midwife and an Irish cop who’s less corrupt than the norm) continued to rank high for me, and Maia Chance’s Victorian fairy tale themed mysteries about an actress actress/semi-conartist were also pretty good, and I read the first 3 books in Sarah Zettel’s YA series about a female spy in the court of George I. The latest of Seanan McGuire’s October Daye books was a big hit for me, but like Carmack and Thompson, it was a continuation of something I was already into. Jessica Estevao’s Whispers Beyond the Veil (historical mystery about a female conartist who is a real psychic but fake medium working in her long lot aunt’s hotel for believers in the supernatural) and Cheryl Honigford’s (30s radio actress is possibly the target of a serial killer, teams up with a private eye) are both promising starts to new historical mysteries/romance series a little above some other first books in series that I read, but neither was quite “favorite” status. So I guess there were plenty of books that I liked in 2016, but nothing that really stands out strongly from the rest without it being a continuation of a series I already liked. The same is largely true of the manga, with the exception of Ancient Magus Bride, which I covered a bit in an earlier entry for the meme.
meganbmoore: (fire dance)
The first two parts of a trilogy about Calliope "Callie" LeRoux, a teenager who lives with her mother in the Dust Bowl during America's Great Depression. Callie's father was a black musician who promised to come back for them, but never did (Note: due to spoilers, the plotline is not the failboat the early details may lead you to expect.), and Callie has spent her life "passing" as white, with she and her mother claiming her father was an Irishman. When the biggest dust storm anyone remembers hits town, her mother disappears, along with everyone else in town who hasn't already evacuated, and Callie sets off to find her, encountering strange people and creatures along the way, many of whom want to capture and use her for their own ends.

While I'm not sure about some parts of it, it's a very different take on the Fae, and one that actively rejects the common interpretation of "all or most fae are white." It also seeks to tie the mythology to Americana, and features one of the few "chosen ones" in Western literature who is a WoC.

brief spoiler for Callie's father and the seelie/unseelie courts )


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