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April was better than March because I virtually abandoned the ST: TOS and went back to fiction. Naughty me, but reader me is very happy.

Hunting Shadows (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #16)--another awesome entry in this series.

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (aka the Fug girls): This was a fun book, but my UK friends might not think so--or maybe they would. It's very loosely based on Catherine and William's romance, VERY loosely--in that you can see some similarities if you squint, but the heroine is American and the royal family is entirely made up. Although Nick (the heir) does have a ginger-haired brother. I really enjoyed it as it is a fun romp with a happy, albeit completely unrealistic, ending.

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis: This is a YA novel (which I didn't realize until the door closed on the sexy times) and it takes the whole fairy tale genre and flips it. The author uses the "Monday's child" poem as a starting place and runs from there. This book has elements of The Frog Prince, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and more that I'm sure I've forgotten. I picked it up on my Nook app since it was 1.99 and I also got the sequel called Hero for the same price.

Hero: The second in the Woodcutter Sisters series and another YA novel that I enjoyed. This one takes another sister who believes she is the only one in the family who isn't magical and whisks her off on her own adventure. There are dragons and witches (both kinds) and if you look closely, you might see a reference to Snow White.

I am currently reading 1632 by Eric Flint which is scifi/fantasy and I really like it so far. This book was published in 2001. And, guess what? It's a series. And I will be buying and reading the rest of them. Probably one after the other because, OMG...THIS BOOK.

Here's the synopsis: 1632 And in northern Germany things couldn't get much worse. Famine. Disease. Religous war laying waste the cities. Only the aristocrats remained relatively unscathed; for the peasants, death was a mercy.
2000 Things are going OK in Grantville, West Virginia, and everybody attending the wedding of Mike Stearn's sister (including the entire local chapter of the United Mine Workers of America, which Mike leads) is having a good time.
THEN, EVERYTHING CHANGED....
When the dust settles, Mike leads a group of armed miners to find out what happened and finds the road into town is cut, as with a sword. On the other side, a scene out of Hell: a man nailed to a farmhouse door, his wife and daughter attacked by men in steel vests. Faced with this, Mike and his friends don't have to ask who to shoot. At that moment Freedom and Justice, American style, are introduced to the middle of the Thirty Years' War.


Don't let the "freedom and justice, American style" put you off. There's little to no flag-waving. I am enjoying the hell out of this story so far. And I only picked it up on a whim, because I have been following the whole Hugo drama and there was a link on twitter to that link which is Eric's take on things. I wanted to support him, so I bought the book. And I'm very glad I did. (Trigger warning: there is a fairly brutal rape in the early part of the book, and an off the page mention. The mercenaries in the 30-year's war took "rape and plunder" seriously. It was a bit unsettling, but once I got past that bit, I was okay. Some others might not be, hence my warning.)

So, 4 for April. And this totally counts as the first post for May. I'll be trying to post everyday, like a lot of you. No promises, since I'm also working on the SS/HG story for the prompt fest. But, I'll try. And I can't say fairer than that.

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