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review 2017-02-08 22:51
Review: The Taxidermist's Daughter by Kate Mosse
The Taxidermist's Daughter - Kate Mosse
 
 
 
 
As part of the TBR Canine Jar Challenge, The Taxidermist's Daughter was chosen by Mae. I have to say, she didn't choose very well this time.

 


I was disappointed with The Taxidermist's Daughter. I found it to be dull, slow, and easily forgettable.

 

The characters were flat, under established and faceless. They merged into one another rather than standing out as individuals. The plot was dull and uneventful and plodded along extremely slowly. There was no tension or anticipation. No thrill of a mystery being unravelled and revealed. Nothing to draw me in. I honestly didn't care who did what to whom and the conclusion was as much of a let down as everything that came before.

 

There were, however, small parts where the portrayal of the surroundings stood out. The descriptions of the environment really shined at certain points. It was dark and stormy and created a wonderful gothic atmosphere, but sadly this was a rare occurrence. Like the characters, the different settings were all very similar and merged into each another.

 

Overall, I found The Taxidermist's Daughter to be dull and tedious and not one I would recommend.

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-02-01 22:58
Review: The Blood Gospel by James Rollins
The Blood Gospel - Rebecca Cantrell,James Rollins

 

 

 

 As part of the TBR Canine Jar Challenge, The Blood Gospel was chosen by Mae. I have to say, she did pretty well with this choice. Much better than her previous choice which I have yet to post a review for.

 

 

 For the most part, I enjoyed The Blood Gospel and flew through in no time. Sure it wasn't completely original, but it was different enough that I read it in two sittings. It's pretty fast paced, the whole story takes place over a few days and a lot happens in those few days.

 

The one thing that ruined it for me was the romance. It didn't need the romance and it certainly didn't need a love triangle. I do wonder sometimes why romance is thrown into books like this. I purposely look for books without romance. Why ruin a perfectly decent thriller? Is it to appeal to female readers? You do realise not every female likes to read romance right? This female found it completely unappealing, unbelievable, and out of place. Perhaps I'm in the minority, but in a situation like the characters found themselves in, the last thing that would be on my mind and the last thing I want to read about is constant inner thoughts about how a man's lips look, how their hair glints in the sunlight, how blue their eyes are, how the heat radiates off their skin, the list could go on and on... They were fighting their attraction at every step while evading the enemy, surrounded by chaos, wounded, in pain, and exhausted. It's ridiculous. It was extremely cringy and unbelievable and it certainly lowers my rating quite a bit.

 

That being said, I do plan on reading the next in the series because, aside from the romance, the main plot was enjoyable and I want to know what's to come. I just hope the romance is a lot less eye roll and gag worthy in the next instalment.

 

 

 

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text 2017-01-25 02:09
100% done with The Blood Gospel by James Rollins
The Blood Gospel - Rebecca Cantrell,James Rollins

 

Why ruin a good thriller with an unneeded and unbelievable romance. Not just one romance interest either, but a cringeworthy love triangle!

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text 2017-01-23 04:17
255/479 pages done with The Blood Gospel
The Blood Gospel - Rebecca Cantrell,James Rollins

 

My next read for the 2017 canine TBR jar challenge. Mae pulled this one out last night. So far I'm enjoying, it's much better than her previous pick. It's a lovely big floppy paperback too! I'm torn between going to bed or reading more.

 

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review 2017-01-21 22:07
Review: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides

 

 

 As part of the TBR Canine Jar Challenge, Middlesex was chosen by Enya. So far she's chosen The Exorcist which was a 5-star read and now Middlesex which I have to say I struggled with.

 

 

 

 

There is a lot of reading to this one. It's not that it's over-written per se, more that it's over told. It was hard work and I struggled to get through it. For every 100 pages read, it felt like 1000. The author kept going off on tangents, throwing in facts or history which weren't necessary. It was extremely annoying to have to wade through all this extra information while still keeping track of the narrative. It pulled me away from the characters and their stories every time. So much so, that I had to force myself not to skim these sections. It would have been a much faster and a more enjoyable read without the tangents and history lessons.

 

That being said, I did enjoy the storyline. When the author stuck to the characters and their stories it was an enjoyable read, but way too often it was interrupted by everything else. I wanted to read on to learn what happened to the family. I enjoyed getting to know each generation and seeing how their experiences were influenced by the generation before. Had the book concentrated on this and had all the other stuff removed, I would probably recommend it. As it is, It's not one I would recommend.

 

 

 

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