books and cleverness

I read books of all sorts, but mostly kids' lit and young adult literature and speculative fiction for all ages—usually from a feminist perspective. 


I've adopted a personalized version of the CHOICE reviews approach to recommendations/star ratings:

***** = Essential, a.k.a. truly love, absolute must-read, buy it now
**** = Highly Recommended, a.k.a. this is a really good book; I would buy it as a gift
*** = Recommended, a.k.a. pretty good; worth reading
** = Optional, a.k.a. meh
* = Not Recommended; a.k.a. this is not a good book

Gideon the Cutpurse (Gideon Trilogy)

Gideon the Cutpurse - Linda Buckley-Archer I liked the incorporation of historical details, and going back and forth between past and present. The plot felt slow to me; the characters just OK. The main problem, I think, is the inconsistency in credulity of the characters belonging to 1763. I'm not really feeling compelled to read part two, but I have it so I probably will.