Reviews by Maggie Boyd

B+
An Uncommon Courtship

There is a difference between reviewing a book and just reading it and I have never been quite as aware of that difference as I was while pondering the review for An Uncommon Courtship. There was so much I enjoyed about this book, there were so many times I was simply delighted by the author’s ade ...

B
The Princess Diarist

It could have been a real life romance novel – if only it had ended with an HEA. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher is primarily the story of how a plucky young girl with aspirations of being an actress had a love affair with her handsome leading man. This while headlining what is arguably the ...

C-
The Bear and the Nightingale

I have, most likely, given The Bear and the Nightingale one of the few low grades you will find for it. I did not do this lightly nor did I do it without reason. Part of it is simply that the book was badly marketed, at least for this reader. Hailed as being like Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, the story ...

C
The 4th Man

I’ll be blunt here.  I don’t approve of the short story prequel trend as I find one of two things tends to happen with this particular gimmick. The first is that I wind up paying an extra few dollars for information that is absolutely vital to the story and should have been included in the book ...

B-
The Edge of the Blade

AAR staffers Maggie Boyd and Caroline Russomanno discuss Jeffe Kennedy’s latest fantasy novel The Edge of the Blade, book two in her The Uncharted Realms series in our latest Pandora’s Box. In the Thirteen Kingdoms, a woman may sample the pleasures of a man with no strings attached. Jepp ...

B-
Fall Far From the Tree

I recently found out that one of my very favorite books of this decade was unlikely to be made into a movie because “How do we mitigate the financial risk without a white, male lead?” I’ve been a reader of novels with ethnically diverse characters for years, but reading that statement reminded ...

B
Forever, Again

A couple of years ago while browsing through one of my favorite bookstores I stumbled across a novel by an author I’d never heard of. The book was When, the author Victoria Laurie. I was intrigued by the premise, the novel was on sale and so I bought it, read it and loved it. Naturally, I jumped a ...

A-
Off the Rails

Fans of Jill Sorenson’s Caught in the Act have long been awaiting the story of Maria and Ian, a couple who were parted at the end of that book.  I am happy to report that their story, Off the Rails, is finally here and that it does not disappoint. Off the Rails picks up literally days after th ...

C+
Left at the Altar

I like humor. I enjoy television series such as Scream Queens, with its mix of horror and comedy and sharp social commentary. I love authors such as Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Julie James who often have quirky heroines or laugh out loud moments in their books. I appreciate light stories, such as t ...

B-
These Shallow Graves

These Shallow Graves tells the tale of Jo Montfort, a New York socialite attending Miss Sparkwell’s School for Young Ladies. She is the editor of the school newspaper, the Jonquil, which typically covers riveting, groundbreaking topics such as the proper way to brew tea and advice on how to fade f ...