Review: AND THE REST IS HISTORY (Chronicles of St. Mary’s #8) by Jodi Taylor

and the rest is historyI am finally caught up on everything in this series, and now I have to wait for the next installment! I picked up the first book just under a year ago, and I think that I’m thrilled to be up to book number 8 (plus all the short stories) in such a short period of time says a lot about the nature of this series. 

Most of what stands out to me about the adventures is the sheer ridiculousness of them. The author uses the hashtag #disastermagnets to describe her books, and I couldn’t agree more. That ridiculousness usually translates into laugh out loud hilarity, and my husband has given up on asking me to explain the joke. You definitely had to be there.

But this most recent installment reminded me how well Taylor also writes heartbreak. I’ve cried real tears for Max and her friends as much as I’ve laughed with (and at) them. Darker emotions are just as necessary for a fully fleshed out and three-dimensional world.

Some aspects are getting a little tiresome. I think I only have the patience for a major villain for about one more book or so. Some questions are still left to be answered. Jack the Ripper’s true nature, anyone? But I’ve stuck it through this long and enjoyed every moment of the ride, so I’ll be back for more. Even if I don’t have a pod and have to wait like a normal person for the next book.

Rating: 5 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.

Currently reading: Bite Somebody Else by Sara Dobie Bauer

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By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, STEEL VICTORY, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for FAR WORLDS, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (, on Facebook (, and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

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