Daughter of the Blood (Bishop): starts off with a bang! Ritual rape and first-page violence. A record for how few pages I read (three) before giving up. NOPE.
Truthwitch: Heroine couldn't decide if she was intelligent or impulsive. Also mandatory falling in love with hero figure. Bored, DNF.
Mairelon the Magician/ The Magician's Ward (Wrede): A little dude-heavy on the first one, but the second is fantastic and has a saucy mother. I'd forgotten how much I liked them! (Reread.) How to do 'set in Victorian England' and still have ladies do stuff. A favorite line: "Lady Wendall has always had a reputation for... originality, even before the curried snails in aspic."
Disenchanted & co: Great premise, mediocre execution. Heroine is inconsistent until the last few chapters. Also there is random porn inserted (hah) here and there and a literal deus ex machina, which I always find irritating.
Grand Sophy (Heyer): My favorite Heyer of all, probably because Sophy doesn't give a fuck for social conventions. The 'crush you in my arms' ending could, as always, go.
Library at Mount Char: Well written but too violent and disturbing for me. First 40 pages feature violence, reanimation, violent abuse, maggots, and two messy, violent, graphic deaths. DNF.
Secrets of Drearcliffe Grange School: Very strange and a bit self-consciously precious, but enjoyably strange. Recommend.
Wireless (Stross): Tried to re-read while feverish. Do not do this; you will have nightmares of tentacled horrors abducting you to strange alien planets. With termites. (Great book otherwise but above-average disturbing.)
Frostfire (Viehl): Terribly boring. DNF.
What have you been reading?