a nook and a book

On my birthday (last month), I was the happy recipient of a brand new Nook color. Yesterday, I finished my first Nook book 🙂 , Deanna Raybourn’s The Dead Travel Fast. This post will be a review of both…

I just about gobbled up Raybourn’s Lady Julia Grey series last month (why, oh, why must it be so long for the next installment!?), so of course I wanted to try something else by her. The Dead Travel Fast is pure Gothic, Victorian mystery with traces of Jane Eyre and Northanger Abbey. There was very little to compare to the Julia Grey series (other than a strong-minded heroine and dark hero), so it was a fresh experience from an author I already enjoyed.

In the novel, spinster authoress Theodora Lestrange is invited to travel to Transylvania to visit her old school friend, Cosmina, the ward of the Countess Dragulescu. Cosmina is to wed her cousin, Count Andre, heir to the Dragulescu fortune, ruined castle and all, and Theodora is to help her make the necessary arrangements. Little does Theodora expect to be dragged into a local mystery when she arrives to find the villagers going “wolf” and the castle’s servants guarding themselves against strigoi. Too soon, Theodora’s pleasant visit becomes a prime opportunity to feed her imagination and produce her best novel yet. The Dead Travel Fast is an atmospheric mystery that draws on vampire and werewolf legends, while also providing a touch of romance.

The Nook experience, on the other hand, took some getting used to… I’m not one to argue on behalf of the smell of paper in support of print over e-books. I care about the story not the medium. That said, it did feel a little weird to be holding a small tablet. The weight of it was somewhat heavy, and I had to lean it against the table or atop my lap in order to give my wrists a rest, but the image itself was clear at any distance. The print looks really nice and it really is much more pleasant than reading a document on my laptop (I tested it with Ebsco’s databases at work to download full text articles). The apps are a neat feature, as is the web browser, although I do find myself using it mostly to update my online food/exercise diary more often than not. Overall, I’m glad the b-chan gave me the Nook color over the other readers/tablets on the market and I’m enjoying its many uses. The only major con… it is way too easy to get caught up in the allure of the Nook book store.

penny dreadful

I love a good Victorian-esque mystery and the Lady Julia Grey novels do not disappoint. This was one of those cases when Amazon actually got a recommendation right and provided me with a perfect, new addiction. As an early birthday present, I ordered myself the rest of the series and will anxiously await their arrival. I’m sure nothing I read will feel as compelling until I have devoured them.

In Silent in the Grave, the series opens with the death of Lady Julia’s husband , a death that may have been produced by less than natural means… The novel is rife with mystery, mayhem, and adventure as Lady Julia comes to terms with the aftermath of her husband’s death and meets her match in Nicholas Brisbane, inquiry agent and enigmatic object of desire. I could not stop reading.

Lady Julia’s adventures continue in Silent in the Sanctuary as she becomes enmeshed in another case of murder, one that is too close to home. Returning to her role as amateur sleuth, Julia begins her own investigation as Brisbane tries to solve the mystery. Together, they  learn more than they ever expected and break a few hearts in the process.

I am loving this series and can’t wait to read on!