A Note:


I once told myself: IF I am accepted into grad school, this blog would no longer be updated. As it turns out, in April, I received news of my acceptance for the Fall 2013 semester, where I will attain a Master's degree of Science in Nutrition.

Running a blog, as many of you may already know, is a demanding side job once the excitement wears off. And once I fell out of the blogging community's loop (have you SEEN how many blogs there are now? Wow!), it was like the kiss of death. Despite my best efforts, I couldn't get into a blogging routine once this happened due to the disconnect I felt from the community.

So I took a break. I struggled with the loss and with missing my blog. And then I realized I didn't have to run Book Faery to still be a book reviewer; I could read my books and post reviews online. I'm still a book review blogger, just not in the traditional sense.

I'll still be online. You can chat with me on Twitter, where I'll be posting links to my reviews and talking books. I'll also be posting links to nutrition articles. And if you'd like to connect with me where I guarantee I will post reviews, just add me as a friend on Goodreads.

So that's all, folks! It's been a fun and amazing journey, and I thank you all for listening to my thoughts about books. I hope we all can keep in touch elsewhere :)


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire

October "Toby" Daye, a changeling who is half human and half fae, has been an outsider from birth. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the Faerie world, retreating to a "normal" life. Unfortunately for her, the Faerie world has other ideas...

The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose pulls Toby back into the fae world. Unable to resist Evening's dying curse, which binds her to investigate, Toby must resume her former position as knight errant and renew old alliances. As she steps back into fae society, dealing with a cast of characters not entirely good or evil, she realizes that more than her own life will be forfeited if she cannot find Evening's killer.

Obtained: Author
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: October Daye
1. Rosemary and Rue
2. A Local Habitation (book review)
3. An Artificial Night (book review)
My Rating:

My Opinion:
First thing's first: I had most of this review typed up last week, but then guess what happened?  Blogger ate it up.  I was not pleased.

Seanan contacted me a month ago (give or take) to review Rosemary and Rue.  Surprisingly, it took me about a month to finish this book, but not for the reasons you'd think.

I love to--when I'm not compulsively reading like a junkie--take my time when reading a novel I enjoy.  Think of it as savoring your favorite dessert.  If you devour it in under a minute, chances are, all the unique tastes and textures will be lost to you because you were being a glutton.  Yet if you spend maybe five minutes eating that very same dessert, thankful for every single bite, it's an entirely different experience altogether.  The same applies to Rosemary and Rue, albeit, instead of finishing it in a day, I spent about a month. 

So, for the entire time I took summer classes--when I wasn't reading poems at the last minute--I spent my train rides experiencing Toby's world again and again.  It was something I anticipated with the utmost excitement.  I wanted to figure out who the murderer was.  I wanted to figure out if Toby would reacquaint herself with the world of the Fae.

Unfortunately, I finished the novel a day or two after I completed my summer class.  Strange that I would be sad about a book ending, isn't it?  With Urban Fantasy, the world building is one of the most exciting aspects of the story, and with Rosemary and Rue, this definitely rings true. But even more than that, Toby and the fae she interacts with intrigued me just as much as the world they lived in.

So we've got a story packed with great, 3D characters and the world sounds as if it could actually be real and happening right under our noses (do you have something to admit to your beloved readers, Seanan...?), not to mention a real mystery to solve.  Who was the mastermind?  Why did they do what they did?  And, more importantly, how did they do it?!

I was pleased because I kept guessing.  I honestly, for the life of me, could not figure out the ending to this book early on.  It wasn't until the very end, when tiny hints were given, that everything suddenly began to click in my mind.  So much like the delightful Toby, I was riding this story on the edge of my seat, curious.

I've admitted in the past that I love a good paranormal romance.  It has only been recently that I also love a good Urban Fantasy that doesn't really... have any romance in it.  For the most part, Rosemary and Rue has no romance.  But then Seanan teases readers with men from Toby's past, making us--or at least me--wonder if Toby will eventually reintegrate herself back into society and fall in love again.  I think I'm going to have to continue with the series to find out.

By the end of R&R, I had one pressing question: what the heck is going on with Tybalt!?  For those of you who don't know, he's pretty much the king of the cats.  Not going to go into too much more, so you'll just had to read the book to learn more about that awesome character.  But seriously.  That one moment, with the blood and the sentence that Toby hears?  I kind of squealed, agitated that I couldn't learn more.

The only thing I didn't really enjoy so much?  The prologue.  I actually thought, when I first began reading, that I wasn't going to enjoy this story much.  What happens to Toby in the start did not... well, it didn't make me very fond of the book.  But you know what?  Much like Toby learns to live with what happened, I did too.

And, because I'll always mention it when I feel the need to do so, the cover gets super special bonus points for me.  Who doesn't love a cool looking cover?  The entire series so far looks amazing--but in particular, I'm enjoying An Artificial Night's look.

So I think it's safe to say that Rosemary and Rue is a book I highly suggest you check out, especially if you're interested in giving the urban fantasy genre a shot.  As for me?  I want to read A Local Habitation as soon as I possibly can.


  1. I thought the exact same thing! The beginning left me a little confused, and I thought I might not like it. But when the story really got going, I was like, oh my god, I think this is the best book I've read in a long time! Her world building and characters are incredible!

  2. I think I'm going to take just as long to finish this book, but for the opposite reasons to you ... for me, it's just dragging ... I've been half-way through it for two weeks now and just can't seem to face the thought of sitting down and finishing it.

    I'd have to say my favourite part is what happened in the Prologue ... it's just so strange and totally unexpected ... but for me it pretty much goes downhill from there. Yes, what happens to October is crappy cupcakes, but any sympathy I felt for her slowly dwindled as I became more and more frustrated with her whiny attitude.

    I'm glad you enjoyed it though :) I read another very positive review about Rosemary and Rue a while back (which is what convinced me to buy it) ... so it's probably just not for me.

  3. I loved this book as well. I think this is one of my favorite series right now. I'm waiting rather impatiently for An Artificial Night.

  4. This one sounds good! I'll have to add it to my wishlist/tbr list. I love to savour books as well, and this one sounds pretty good! :)

  5. I just picked this up from the library a few days ago!

    I know what you mean about wanting to savor a good book, but I NEVER have the will-power to do so. I almost always read books in all one sitting (at most 2). However, I love to reread books (at least I did before my TBR got out of control) and I tend to take more time paying attention to detail the second time I'm reading a book.

  6. I hope you enjoy it! Let me know what you think when you're finally done reading the book :)


    I have so many books to read right now that I was able to manage it with R&R. I just stuffed it into my back and refused to touch my bag when I got home.


    Glad to hear!

  7. I loved this one! I agree with you for the slow beginning and when Toby rides Tybalt's blood I was like "huh" and re-read some of Tybalt's previous scenes with what the blood said in mind...I really liked ALH ..the opening scene is great!

  8. Wow, it sounds like I need to check this one out for sure!

  9. Heather, the suspense is killing me to read ALH! I don't get it until tomorrow though :'(

    Kaitlyn, you definitely do!