HaBO: Historical Heroine Debunks Ghosts
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Articles / April 21, 2020

This HaBO comes from Sarah, who is looking for a series: I read a series of books last summer that covers the romance of 5 or 6 siblings and I cannot remember the author. The siblings have both their parents and the mom is super into the suffragette movement and the dad is into history? Science? One of the sisters is already married at the beginning of the series. Anyway, the first novel starts with a sister, who has a job proving that ghosts are not real, but deals with a real ghost at the end of her book. Another book has a brother traveling the world and he has some weird connection through a necklace. Something about dying from a fever in a cave in the Amazon (?), but having a weird paranormal-ish thing happen that saved him. The main book I’m looking for is the last of the series. The youngest siblings are identical twin boys and he’s the last to get married. Heroine is his twin brother’s wife’s best friend. They have an enemies to lovers romance while they solve a mystery on some old estate. I think heroine’s aunt turns out to be the villain and…

Earls, Fantasy, & More
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Articles / April 21, 2020

The Calculating Stars RECOMMENDED: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal is $2.99! Carrie read this one and gave it a B grade: Even though at first I found this book to be slow going, I came to appreciate it for its intersectional feminism and its unabashed adoration of all the science and math that goes into making space flight possible. A meteor decimates the U.S. government and paves the way for a climate cataclysm that will eventually render the earth inhospitable to humanity. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated timeline in the earth’s efforts to colonize space, as well as an unprecedented opportunity for a much larger share of humanity to take part. One of these new entrants in the space race is Elma York, whose experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition’s attempts to put man on the moon. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn’t take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can’t go into space, too—aside from some pesky barriers like thousands of years of history and a host of expectations about the…

HaBO: Judith and the Head of Holofernes
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Articles / April 21, 2020

This HaBO is from Nara, who is looking for this Regency romance: I read A LOT of Regencies and so I have no memory of the main characters, the basic plot, anything. What I do remember is that the male lead’s mother has filled the house with various paintings of Judith holding Holofernes’ head as a message to her husband. Please help, I have a friend who needs to read this! What a fucking boss move.

Race the Sands by Sarah Beth Durst
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Articles / April 21, 2020

B+ Race the Sands by Sarah Beth Durst April 21, 2020 · Harper Voyager Science Fiction/Fantasy The book gods have been kind to me lately, and Race the Sands by Sarah Beth Durst is no exception. It’s a strong, fast-paced fantasy standalone about two women involved in the world’s most dangerous competition (monster racing!!) who unwittingly get involved in imperial and religious intrigues while they try to take top prize. It’s a classic sports underdog narrative that morphs seamlessly into a burn-the-whole-world-down-to-save-it story. I found the combination of fantasy sports and more typical geopolitical fantasy machinations to be quite fun. In the desert country of Becar, one of the most popular sports is kehok racing. Kehoks are basically bloodthirsty chimera nightmares who were human in a previous life but did such horrible things that they have been reborn as monsters, and will be reborn as monsters forever (more on this later). Every kehok racing team includes a kehok (known as a racer), the person who rides them (the rider), and a trainer who teaches the rider how to control the racer without getting killed. The book follows Tamra, a former kehok rider-turned-trainer who is desperate for cash after a string…