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review 2017-10-15 12:22
Review: Curiosity Thrilled the Cat by Sofie Kelly
Curiosity Thrilled the Cat - Sofie Kelly

 

Although this is the first book in the series, it is the third book I have read. Turns out the relationship between Kathleen and Marcus starts off s-l-o-w-l-y. Also Marcus is not that much of a detective in this book and Kathleen isn't as observant as she is in the later books. The cats were, once again, the best part of story, along with Roma, Maggie, and Oren. I liked learning that Kathleen did not always accept the cats magical abilities (Own can disappear and Hercules can walk through walls). The storyline once again centered around a town festival, leaving me with the impression that this small town in Minnosota doesn't need much of an excuse to party, lol. I did not get much of an impression of murder victim before his untimely death, so I did not care much after he was killed; however, I did like that fact that the killer was long-time resident and not an outsider. It was nice to see where the series started. Off to read book two.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-10-15 03:14
Miss Whitter Makes A List
Miss Whittier Makes a List - Carla Kelly

My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts...

The latest Carla Kelly that I read, Miss Whittier Makes A List, was one of those I was finishing up from her “Miss” series. Well, there’s no series titled like that but she’s got quite a few older Regency romances having titles with a “Miss this or that does this or that” (if this even makes any sense to anyone ;P). *facepalm* Sooo, I liked how it was, the storyline, the characters too. However, not as mind-blowing as I had hoped it would be after reading the first few chapters. As a result, it took me a while to finish it because I wasn’t sure what to write in my review or how to structure it; my feelings were that ambivalent. I don’t want anyone to dislike the story, but there are things that need to be mentioned.

Miss Whittier Makes A List isn’t a badly written novel. Not at all! I mean I keep saying this, and it’s true. I love Ms. Kelly’s writing and I loved most of her backlist thus far. This one begins with a h with a little different background. Hannah is a Quaker, a background not often explored in the arena of HR that I generally read. But even though she’s meant to be lived under strict rules of the ‘type’ of Christianity they followed, Hannah was anything but meek and biddable. Oh she gives that impression quite well, but inside Hannah something... different. Something preferably more exciting. Things that she won’t even acknowledge to herself, let alone to anyone else among her Quaker Friends. I mean, they don’t even call each-other anything but ‘thee’ and ‘thy’. :/

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review 2017-10-11 16:02
The Highlander's Princess Bride (The Improper Princesses) by Vanessa Kelly
The Highlander's Princess Bride (The Improper Princesses) - Vanessa Kelly

 

There's something about a guy with an accent that makes him swoon worthy.  Add in the brooding attitude, scandalous behavior and a wildfire in the making and you get a hotblooded romance that wickedly entertains.  The Highlander's Princess Bride is a journey into the past where titles are key and illegitimacy is a curse.  Victoria is a source of courage to women from any age.  She doesn't let the burden of her birth or the opinions of others take away her strength of character.  She always stays true to herself, even in the worst of times.  Vanessa Kelly continues to create courageous characters that tempt the imagination as they claw their way into the soul.

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review 2017-10-06 18:16
Pink Ranger no more - and Kimberly's solo
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink #1 (of 6) - Brenden Fletcher,Kelly Thompson,Daniele Di Nicuolo

I'm not even sure what happened.   All I know is that she's one of my least favorite rangers - sorry?  Or I'm not? - but this had a color your own cover version, so, bam, snagged it. 

 

It's actually more fun, and made me care far more for the character; Kimberly, on her own, without her ranger powers, has to save her mother, father, and the town they're now living in - in France *swoon, yeah, that helped* - which has been apparently overrun by monsters. 

 

I found her less annoying on her own, and de-powered.   Also more down to Earth: she was taking care of herself, and doing her best not to worry about her friends, and former superhero partners, while also caring about what happened to everyone in this town. 

 

Fun, and I might just check out the rest of the series eventually.   When I have more time than I do now.

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review 2017-10-05 14:38
More of a 3.5 Star Read
It Started with Paris - Cathy Kelly

Honestly, I am going to say that if Kelly could dial back the number of side characters she introduces in her books, these would be five star reads to me every single time.

 

I loved the idea of the people closet to a newly engaged couple starting to think about their own lives, marriages, divorces, or in one person's case, singledom. But once again Kelly throws in a baker with a tragic story, her new romance and his ex wife. It didn't fit this book at all and it kept dragging me out of the reading to go back to that character and the other characters in her story. In the end they (baker, boyfriend, ex-wife, and stepkids) all fell out of the story with an almost audible thump. 

 

The book shifts leads throughout, but I would say the main characters are Leila (Katy's best friend), Vonnie (a baker from America that has moved to Ireland) and Grace (Michael's mother). One of these characters is not like the others. As I said above, Vonnie the baker and her entire story-line could have been cut. I don't know why we didn't just include more about Leila's sister actually. 

 

"It Started With Paris" begins with Michael proposing to his long time girlfriend Katy at the top of the Eiffel Tower. 

 

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Weirdly though the book decides to start focusing on Katy's best friend Leila and her subsequent heartbreak from her husband leaving her for another woman. I have to say that it took me a while to even realize the connection between Katy and Leila since Kelly doesn't come right out and say it. I was baffled. 

 

Leila besides still reeling from her husband's betrayal is realizing that she has not been present for her sister or her mother for a very long time. Her older sister is a single mom and is struggling with trying to handle everything. When Leila's mom is in a bad car accident, her sister just throws up her hands and tells her she needs to deal with things, she's over it. 

 

Grace is a school principal who is now starting to regret choosing her work over her husband 15 years ago. 

 

Vonnie who fell in love with the perfect man and lost him, is struggling to deal with a new romance that is causing her all kinds of angst.

 

The book jumps around to so many other characters that I don't think I can list them all. We get Leila's boss's POV, Leila's husband, Grace's ex-husband's POV, Grace's ex's current long time partner's POV, etc. It just got to be too much. 


The writing I thought was really good and I did enjoy the book enough to finish it. But I can see why so many people DNFed it. You can't really follow a character straight through since you are jumping back and forth so much. 


The ending was a bit of a letdown. As I said, Vonnie's story ends abruptly, we never get a feeling for Leila's sister at all and the way she is portrayed makes her into some kind of harpy. We don't get to see the repercussions to Katy's parent's marriage, I still don't get what Michael's sister Fiona's deal was. I could go on. 

 

I think if Kelly is going to write books like this, it may make sense to have characters make appearances in her future books like Maeve Binchy started to do. It just feels like you are checking in with the people so you can feel like you get to keep reading their story. 

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