I then turned to my "book based on a true story", The Wild Princess. And when I say "based on", I mean VERY VERY loosely based. It's the story of one of Queen Victoria's daughters, the Princess Louise. The true story part is that she was considered a "wild child" in her youth, and she did attend an art school and rubbed elbows with bohemian artist types, and there was a plot to murder the queen during her lifetime (several actually, but specifically the one addressed in this book), but there's a lot of this book that definitely falls into the fiction category. Louise did marry the Earl of Argyll, and they didn't have any children, but there was no actual proof he was gay and there certainly was no documentation that she had a dashing American military hero as her lover for 40+ years, nor is there any proof at all that she assisted said dashing hero with the investigation into the plot against Victoria. Entertaining? Yes, absolutely. A fun summer read, but not one to pick up if you are actually hoping to learn a lot about the Princess that's fact.
And finally (I'm on a roll this week!), I started and finished Clockwork Angel. LOVED this book - all kinds of fun things I enjoy rolled into one. A great heroine (Tessa), some steampunk things (like automatons), a secret society (a couple, actually), adventure, sword-fighting, secret runes and things not initially as they seemed. This is definitely heavy in the fiction category, but a perfect travel book that kept me entertained in my hotel room in Texas this week when I was really too tired to knit. Having finished this one up, I've downloaded the next 2 in the series to complete my trilogy component of the challenge - which I'm looking forward to this week!