“My best guess, You Majesty, is that it’s breakfast, but I can’t be sure until we taste it.” // Review of Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor

Title: Seeing Redd (Looking Glass Wars #2)
Author: Frank Beddor
Audio Book Narrator: Gerard Doyle
Genre: YA/fantasy(/steampunk?)
Date Read: 30/05/2016 – 02/06/2016
Rating: ★★★

seeingreddcoverThis series continues to be nothing especially mind-blowing, but still a great deal of fun. However, I felt this installment had a little too much focus on the villains and not enough on Alyss and her court.

Alyss is barely back on the throne of Wonderland when attacks at border outposts start happening at alarming speed. Alyss is distrustful of the King of the neighbouring country, King Arch, but cannot pin anything on him directly, and if the Caterpillars’ visions are anything to go by, Redd is back in Wonderland.

There was a lot of time spent on Redd and King Arch, and I have to admit, they are both somewhat cartoonish in their villainy (especially in the audio book, where the voices used by Gerard Doyle really emphasise this). Having said that, Alyss and her team weren’t really doing much. A lot of their time was spent observing various attacks from a security centre within the Palace, and Alyss then trying to use her Imagination to remotely assist where possible. There were some cute moments between Alyss and Dodge; their relationship is definitely a romance now, but it’s not an all-consuming passion like so many YA romances are. It’s sweet and unassuming and doesn’t overpower the main plot.

Hatter Madigan and Homberg Molly both end up in Borderland, and we do learn some interesting things about Hatter’s past, some of which I had predicted in the previous book, but we got more detail than my theories went into. A lot of the action sequences were thanks to events in Borderland, and I continued to enjoy learning about the various weapons of the Millinery. There was one fairly major character death and it bothered me that it happened, even though I saw it coming a mile away. It would have been nice for an author to not take that route for once.

The world-building continues to be one of the highlights of the series, though not much is really added to in this book. We did learn more about the Caterpillars, though, which was fun. Thanks to Gerard Doyle, I can’t help but imagine them as the Beatles, though, because he voices them with Liverpudlian accents.

There is some good setup for an epic showdown in the third book, and I must admit that I am looking forward to seeing exactly what alliances form in that one and how the various characters deal with the fallout from the ending of this one.

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#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 01 June, 2016

Hey everyone! Just to let you know, this is the last chance to enter the giveaway for one of two signed copies of A More Complicated Fairytale! It closes 11:59PM Australian Eastern time. Winners will be announced in Sunday’s blog post and contacted by email.

Now that’s out of the way, it’s time for WWW Wednesday. This is a blog hop hosted by Sam over at A World Of Words. Link up with us by commenting on Sam’s post for today, and just answer the three questions.

  • What are you currently reading?

wwwwednesdayI’m back to A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab. And, um, unpopular opinion time! I obviously still love these characters and their world and V. E. Schwab’s writing, but… I’m 50% through this book and still haven’t seen much resembling a plot? Like, I still feel like things are setting up. And from a couple of reviews I’ve read plus what a friend of mine who is at about 90% was saying when we were talking on Monday, it remains this way? Don’t get me wrong, I still love the characters and the world-building, I just expected things to moving along more.

  • What have you recently finished reading?

seeingreddcoverFinished the audio of Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor, the second in the Looking Glass Wars series. I’m enjoying this series! It does Wonderland-adaptation right. I also love that it’s a YA series where the romance really is part of the background, even when it’s what’s currently going on. It’s not all-encompassing and passionate, it’s actually very cute. And Dodge is just occasionally described as being handsome, rather than Alyss swooning over him every minute.

Also posted two reviews this week: The Poison Diaries by Maryrose Wood (3.5*) and Disclaimer by Renee Knight.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

nightshadeloungecoverI have a NetGalley of Last Call At The Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger, which releases on June 7, so I should probably read that asap. And I have the audio of the third Looking Glass Wars book, Archenemy, on hold so hopefully that will become available soon.

My beloved Kindle has finally decided to die. It is over four years old so it’s had a pretty good run, but I am still sad. It’s not letting me turn pages now, and it keeps rebooting or freezing up. And every time it reboots, it goes back to the home screen, and then takes forever to load the book I was reading. I’ll probably read ebooks on my tablet for a while, then eventually get a replacement.

wednesdaybannerAnd now for WIPpet Wednesday. This is another blog hop in which writers share excerpts from their current WIP that somehow relate to the date. Clicking the blue guy on the right will take you to the linkup for this one. Today is 1/6, so I have seven paragraphs (don’t worry, it’s dialogue, so they’re all short). This is slightly before last week’s excerpt. Princess Adelyn has escaped due to Carrie casting an illusion so that everyone thought she was the princess, and thus Carrie is the one who gets captured and dragged back to the palace. She lets this happen somewhat, to buy Adelyn time to get to where she needs to be. Anyway, this is her speaking to the King’s chief magician, Eli Masden.

The magician looked at Carrie. “There now, Your Highness. See what happens when you run off with strangers?”

“You won’t get away with this,” Carrie said, trying to mimic the Princess’ tone.

“With what? Returning the princess home after a terrible, traumatic abduction?”

“Is that what you’re going to make me believe? Are you going to put that in my mind?”

“Oh, something like that, most likely.” He smiled cruelly. “But don’t worry. You won’t know any different.”

“Why aren’t you doing it now, then?”

“Because I want you to face your father with these memories still intact, and tell him the names of the people who helped you, and where they can be found.”

I love Eli. He’s one of my favourite characters, even though his character will need some fairly heavy revisions, because he’s rather inconsistent in how nasty he is. Sometimes he feels bad about it, sometimes he’s very unapologetic.

I’m going to leave this here, as I am off work with a cold today and am getting to the point where I want to take another nap. See you all later!

~ Emily