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review 2017-05-31 01:32
Brief Thoughts: The Perfect Poison
The Perfect Poison - Amanda Quick

The Perfect Poison

by Amanda Quick

Book 6 of Arcane Society

 

 

Plagued by rumors that she poisoned her fiancé, Lucinda Bromley manages to live on the fringes of polite society, tending her beloved plants—and occasionally consulting on a murder investigation.  For the notorious botanist possesses a unique talent: she can detect almost any type of poison, especially ones that have their origins in the botanical kingdom.

But the death of a lord has shaken Lucinda to her core.  At the murder scene, she picks up traces of a poison containing a very rare species of fern.  So rare, in fact, that only one specimen exists in all of England—and it was stolen from her conservatory just last month.  To keep her name out of the investigation and to find the murderer, Lucinda hires a fellow Arcane Society member.  Caleb Jones runs a psychical investigation agency.  A descendant of the founder of the Society, he is very good at protecting its secrets—and frighteningly good getting at the truth.  Immediately, Lucinda senses both a raw power and undeniable intensity in the imposing man.

But as a nearly overwhelming desire blooms between Caleb and Lucinda, they are drawn into the dark heart of a deadly conspiracy that can be traced to the early days of the Arcane Society—and to a legacy of madness that could plunge Caleb into the depths of his own tortured soul…



The Perfect Poison is probably the first historical in Jayne Ann Krentz's Arcane Society that I actually, really, really liked.  For whatever reason, I'm not entirely certain, since it doesn't stray far from the story lines of the previous two historical installments in this series.  Could be that, while I didn't really have any problem with the previous two books' characters, I didn't really care for them all that much either--I think it was the romances that didn't do it for me, even though I did like the characters as individuals.  This made them kind of 'meh' books.

But in this installment, the characters were great and I DID find that I really liked both.  Caleb Jones was not the typical, broody, alpha lord type, and he had a few moments that might have endeared him to me.  Lucinda was the typical strong, and independent, and eccentric heroine, but I also loved how readily she just stands up to Caleb in spite of his intimidating glowering all the time.

And also, the romance actually developed a little bit more ideally--it was definitely not a typical Amanda Quick formula, I'll give it that.

Meanwhile, the story line felt more substantial, rather than just being another add-on to the ongoing background conflict between the Arcane Society and that mysterious, secret cabal of rogue psychics.

As per usual, the book was addictive and easy to read; the side characters were also great.  And aside from some typical romance cliches here and there, I really didn't have a whole lot of objections pertaining to this book.

I DO like how we continue to see certain parallels between the contemporary books in this series, as well as connections to JAK's futuristic Harmony series.  It just gets me all excited!


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Booklikes-opoly


In celebration of Memorial Day Weekend, the Booklikes-opoly Prison Library is accepting donations of up to 100 pages.

I read and donated 100 pages from this book to the Prison Library.

 

 

 

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/05/brief-thoughts-perfect-poison.html
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review 2017-05-29 00:46
Finished: The Perfect Poison!
The Perfect Poison - Amanda Quick

I really did enjoy this book, and it's probably the first historical in Jayne Ann Krentz's Arcane Society that I actually, really liked.  For whatever reason, I'm not certain.  The characters were great, and the romance wasn't entirely formulaic Amanda Quick.

 

I will post a more thought-out review later.

 

But first, as it is still Memorial Day Weekend, I wanted to take the pages in this book and donate them to the BL-opoly Prison Library.

 

My understanding of the way this is working, is that we can donate between 1 & 100 pages to the library, which I took to mean ONLY up to 100 pages.  If that isn't correct please let me know.  Depending on how this is done, I will either be donating 100 pages only, or donating 364 pages to the library.

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text 2017-05-27 23:22
BLopoly | Long Weekend Extra Rolls and Roll #16 Updates!


Okay, decisions have been made!  And the first update I'm setting in this post is for the part about the BLopoly Jail Library accepting donations all weekend:

The jail library is accepting donations all weekend, in honor of Memorial Day! Anyone playing can donate any number of pages between 1 & 100 between midnight Friday & midnight Monday. Double pages if you read a short story that has something to do with any modern war (WWI or later) (so, up to 200 pages).


So, because I want to be able to read Obsidian Prey by Jayne Castle for my Tomorrowland 33 task, I need to read The Perfect Poison first.  I know they're not in the same series, and I could skip straight to Obsidian Prey first... but that's not how my mind works.  The two series will intersect soon, and I had already made up my mind to read all the books in both Arcane Society series and Harmony series in publication date order.  Together.

Yeah... if you can make sense of my madness... good luck.

So, according to that passage for Memorial Day's jail library donation rule, I can only donate up to 100 pages.  Obviously, The Perfect Poison is 300+ pages; however, since I'm reading it anyway, I figured I might as well make it count for something!

 


Moving along to the official books for these rolls!


Memorial Day Weekend Extra Rolls

Roll #14:  Landed on Tomorrowland 33 | Read a book set in space or tagged science fiction on GR, or a book that includes robots or cyborgs.

I'm really not a science fiction person, though I've read my fair share of sci-fi before.  Still, it's not my first choice when it comes to books.  That being said, while I was going through each game task one night and making lists based on all the books on my TBR and personal shelves... well, turns out the Tommorowland rides are the ones where my list is so piddling that I've been wary of landing an ANY of these squares.

I have exactly two books listed at present that would fit this square.  And as I stated above, I will be reading Obsidian Prey by Jayne Castle.  This book is tagged science fiction, and the setting of the ongoing series, Harmony takes place in the future in space.

Obsidian Prey is 351 pages = $3.00.

 



Roll #15:  Landed on Frontierland 1 | Read a book with a title that starts with any letter in 'Frontier,' or a book tagged "Western" on GR.

I'm not sure if I've ever read a Western before.  You'd think that with all the Harlequin romances I've read, a Western genre wouldn't be hard to find, what with all the cowboy romances out there.  But again, it really isn't my thing, much like Science Fiction really isn't my thing.

So I will be using the first half of the game task criteria and choosing a book with a title that starts with any letter in 'Frontier.'  And my pre-prepared list of possible books includes The Rome Affair, not counting the article 'the,' the book starts with an 'R.'  This is perfect since I'm trying to finish this series anyway, and it's a book on my Kindle shelves that needs to be read.

The Rome Affair is 283 pages = $3.00.

 



Regular Game Play Roll

Roll #16.1:  Landed on Main Street 10 | Read a book that takes place in a small town in the U.S.A.

Oh, so many possibilities for this one!  In fact, almost every Jill Shalvis book I either own or am planning on reading is set in a small town.  After some deliberation, I decided to forgo another Lucky Harbor book in favor of the fourth Animal Magnetism installation, Rumor Has It.  Mainly because Rumor Has It is going to be in audio book format, so I don't feel so overwhelmed with books, books, and more books to get read.

Especially since I set a new challenge to participate in starting June.

Rumor Has It is an approximate 9 hour audio book with a paperback equivalent of 281 pages, or a Kindle e-book equivalent of 306 pages, either way, it will be worth $3.00 upon completion.

 



Roll #16.2:  Landed on Luxury Tax Square | Read a book where someone gets married, with jewelry on the cover, or where any character is a millionaire/billionaire!

I'm going to see if I can't squeeze in Kay Hooper's Once a Thief into this square.  The summary notes one of the characters as having a "family fortune" that took his family "centuries" to "acquire their treasures," of which he is now being asked to risk in a public exhibition to to bait a world class thief. I'm going to go on a limb here and suppose that this guy's collection isn't pop bottle caps, though I think people DO pay pretty good money for collections like that.  I think I can assume, after centuries, this character could be a millionaire, if not a billionaire?

The second book in this series mentions that the guy's collection is priceless.

So... I'm going to go ahead and read Once a Thief for this game square.  I suppose, if it turns out it doesn't really fit, I'll just call it a miss and move on without collecting my cash award.  I need to read Once a Thief and Always a Thief for my Reading Assignment Challenge anyway.

Once a Thief is 326 pages, paperback = $3.00.

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/05/blopoly-long-weekend-extra-rolls-and.html
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text 2017-05-27 13:00
Booklikes-opoly | Roll #16!
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Roll #13 landed me on Adventureland 27, where I read a book by an author whose initials can be found in the name 'Tarzan.'  Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts is clocked at 402 pages according to my Kindle book (even though anywhere else I look, it says 512 pages); either way, it is worth a $5.00 cash reward.  Along with the doubled rewards bonus I get from my Roll #12 when I landed on a BL Square, I earn an extra $5.00, which goes to Portable Magic now that I'm finished with the book.

This brings my Bank Balance to $61.00!

 

 


So Carnal Innocence took a lot longer to finish than I had expected.  And to be honest, I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book, because while it was extremely slow-going, pretty much perfectly mirroring that slow, lazy, southern lifestyle that our MC, Tucker radiates, it was also kind of fun.  The humor was apt, and that strange conversational, round about way of talking that every character presented was also interesting.

Unfortunately, it sure didn't feel like there was a serial killer in the background.

Fortunately, less than 50% into the book, we are introduced to Useless, a little puppy who is super adorable and could give the human MCs a run!  Oh, and the book DID manage to pick up a little bit, even if the progress still felt a big dragged out.


And now moving onto my Roll #16:

While this book was read for Roll #13, per Moonlight Reader, every player gets to roll two additional times in celebration of Memorial Day and the long weekend.  Here are the deets to my additional rolls that I already took.  These rolls brought me around to finally land on Frontierland 1, so I will move forward from here for my next game play roll.  Since my last regular roll was on 5/22, I'm quite overdue for another roll, and if the same game play rules are in play as they were from Dewey's Read-a-Thon extra rolls, I still get my regular roll on top of the extra rolls for Memorial Day extra rolls.

Roll #16.1: (because apparently Doubles are a thing in this game)

 


I ended up rolling a Double 5 = 10, which took me from Frontierland 1 to Main Street 10.

 


Looks like Monkey's friends have all taken off.  Not much of a party, man...  But I suppose to continue the celebration, Monkey has resorted to doing tricks.  Oh, and looks like Keychain Puppy is still hanging around, though!  Hello!!  **waves**

Meanwhile, Roll #16.2:

 


Because of the doubles roll, I rolled again and got a 5, taking me from Main Street 10 to Luxury Tax, which states:  "Read a book where someone gets married, with jewelry on the cover, or where any character is a millionaire/billionaire!"

 


Peek-a-boo!  Silly Penni Penguin!


Well... This weekend sure has become quite exciting!  I'm loving all these interesting new twists and extra freebie rolls for the game!

I sort of have an idea of what I will be reading for each space, including for the extra rolls from my earlier post.  I will finalize my book selections and then create an update post later today.

Happy reading everyone, and hope you guys are having a great weekend!

Current Bank:   $61.00

  • Roll #12 (5/20):  BL Task - Double rewards on next read & share w/ a friend / No book read.
  • Roll #13 (5/22):  Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts / 402 pages = $5.00
  • Roll #16.1 (5/27):  TBA
  • Roll #16.2 (5/27):  TBA

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/05/booklikes-opoly-roll-16.html
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text 2017-05-27 10:30
Booklikes-opoly | Memorial Day Extra Rolls! (Rolls #14 & #15)
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Technically it's not really a long weekend for me since hospitals don't ever rest.  So while I DO have the weekend off--as it is my usual weekend off, every other weekend--I don't also get Memorial Day, though I DO get Memorial Day time-and-a-half pay, which makes up for it!  =D

Anyway, in honor of the long Memorial Day weekend, Moonlight Reader has decreed additional Freebie Rolls!  Much like the Dewey's Freebie rolls, we can add these to our existing game play.  And, of course, I'd have to finish all my books before moving onto the next roll after.

I'm still reading Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts from my previous roll, and will try to finish it before starting into my extra roll books.  I will update with the next roll at that time, which will hopefully be sometime today.  Since these are additional rolls, I'm assuming we can still roll our regularly scheduled roll as well?

I was trying to finish Carnal Innocence before jumping into my extra rolls, so I could just post everything at once, but the book is still kind of slow going, and I'm just too excited about the extra rolls to wait.  But I'm getting close, so the next post for my regularly schedule roll should also be going up soon.


Meanwhile, here are my Memorial Day Extra Rolls:

And yes, I'm still super excited and obsessed with my phone's dice roller app.  I may just continue its use for the rest of the game.  I like being able to shake my dice, though my brothers may not approve of me waving my phone around like a madwoman every time I roll.

First Memorial Day Extra Roll, Roll #14:

 


So I rolled a 7 for my first Memorial Day Weekend Extra.  This takes me from Adventureland 27 to Tomorrowland 33.  This is, indeed one of the hardest spaces for me, mainly because I'm not much for science fiction, but I DO have maybe two books I could read for this space.

 


Excited Monkey is excited!  Freebies are always exciting, and Magnetic Monkey knows it!  And I still haven't gotten him a nice treat for helping me liven up my ghetto board.  HOWEVER, I did re-print a new, larger scaled board for us.  Unfortunately, it looks like my color's fading.  =(

Oh well.  Moving along...

Second Memorial Day Extra Roll, Roll #15:

 


The next Memorial Day Extra Roll netted me a 5 which takes me to Frontierland 1.

 


Oh hey!  It's become a party.  Looks like Magnetic Monkey decided to celebrate Memorial Day weekend as well by inviting friends!  =D  We're missing some food, though...  And who is he waving at?

 


Ah.  Fuzzy Penguin, come to join the party.  And look at that, Peek-a-Boo Penni Penguin is at the bottom of the screen doing what she does best.  Peek-a-boo!

Happy Memorial Day everyone!

Anyway, as this post is becoming somewhat crowded, I will be updating with a combined update for what books I will be reading, for both my extra rolls and my next regular game play roll of which I should be partaking in within the next few hours.

Weekends off are great!  Stay tuned for more news!

Current Bank:   $56.00

  • Roll #12 (5/20):  BL Task - Double rewards on next read & share w/ a friend / No book read.
  • Roll #13 (5/22):  Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts / 402 pages = $5.00 pending
  • Roll #14 (5/27):  TBA
  • Roll #15 (5/27):  TBA
  • Roll #16 (5/27):  TBA

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/05/booklikes-opoly-memorial-day-extra.html
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