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review 2020-05-18 04:06
'Roo and the Angel - Eve Langlais 'Roo and the Angel - Eve Langlais

The later books in this series aren't as entertaining as the earlier ones. Oh, the previous one had its moments but to be honest, I think a large part of it is the whole "same plot, different antagonist" bit. Well, that and this book seemed to be rather light on the actual relationship development. Time was skipped, with the characters apart for various reasons, and what time they were together seemed to be in the middle of some sort of drama. IOW, how did they fall in love? They weren't together enough to even know what each other's full name was.

 

And really, I'm not sold on the whole "create mutants via experiments" theme when they seem to do just fine with that via interbreeding (the sabertoothed giant bunny from book 1 for example). In this case, they've created a mythical beastie which makes me think of the chimera series by the same author. Seems redundant.

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review 2020-05-16 08:18
Rogue Angel (The Rourkes #10) by: Kylie Gilmore
Rogue Angel (The Rourkes #10) - Kylie Gilmore

 

 

 

 

Rogue Angel by Kylie Gilmore

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


When it comes to breaking the rules count on the Rourke family to do so with style. It's hard to believe I'm ten books in and still as in love as ever. Connor finally gets his chance to shine in Rogue Angel and he proves that he knows how to get things done. Gilmore gives readers a bit of taboo with Becca and Connor. Will a chance encounter spoil their chance at happily ever after? Addiction with a saucy edge spells more than a little fun.

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review 2020-04-28 14:00
The Angel of the Crows - Katherine Addison
The Angel of the Crows - Katherine Addison

It would be fair to say I was delighted when I was approved for an ARC of The Angel of the Crows, as this author wrote one of my favourite fantasy books of the past couple of decades (The Goblin Emperor, in case you've been living under a rock). I knew this wasn't set in the same universe but was, in fact, a story set in Victorian London - I was still looking forward to reading it.

 

It's in this context that I start to try and review The Angel of the Crows, while trying to get my thoughts straight about it. I suspect, like many of the books I bounce off, this will be one that some people will absolutely rave about - for me, it was the afterword that told me everything I suspected as I read it, that this started life as Sherlock Holmes wingfic. The basic premise, after all, is that this is a world where angels and other creatures live alongside humans, so our Watson-surrogate who is the narrator comes back from Afghanistan after being injured encountering a Fallen one and with an unexpected aftermath in addition to a bad limp. 

 

The setting itself holds most of the interest for me, as for the story the author chose to recycle both a number of the most well known Sherlock Holmes stories and the actual crimes of Jack the Ripper. Unfortunately, these are both things I know quite a bit about and that took some of the shine off the plotting. The character of Doyle, our narrator, is fairly well fleshed out but the same can't be said for Crow, who is an angel who stands in for Holmes himself. I think it was partly the frequent use of the word 'giggled' to describe this individual laughing, which always makes me think of small children.

 

In the end, The Angel of the Crows just didn't work for me: too much unanswered for me about Doyle's choices and also the relationship between Doyle and Crow. Oddly enough, it seemed to be the places where the story diverted from the original (for example, Holmes not turning up unexpectedly when Watson thinks he's in London) that left me feeling like there were missed opportunities. 

 

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2020-04-20 17:22
Book #887 - 356,705 Pages Read
Angel Exterminatus - Graham McNeill

please forgive the lack of reviews right now....I am trying to really focus on reading again and not worrying about how my reviews are or anything else...

 

Thanks for understanding...

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text 2020-04-17 14:11
Reading progress update: I've read 379 out of 542 pages.
Angel Exterminatus - Graham McNeill
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