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text 2018-07-06 19:18
Unfortunately bad
The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever - Julia Quinn

I've generally enjoyed the Quinn books I've read, but this is a dud. Mismatched couple, dickish dude, doormatty lady. The first act complication -- love interest abandons Miss Cheever, who must weather an unplanned pregnancy alone -- was so awful I was done with main man completely. Second act complication was just stupid. 

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review 2018-07-06 17:36
Demon Familiar (Wanted #1) by Bellora Quinn & Sadie Rose Bermingham
Demon Familiar (Wanted #1) - Bellora Quinn,Sadie Rose Bermingham

Demon Familiar is the first book in the Wanted series, and we are introduced to a whole new world, which I can't wait to learn more about. Neil witnesses the death of his mother by Bone Men, and runs away, needing to hide from both them AND his father. He meets Mal as he is trying to sell his very desirable, but distinguishable, car so he has funds. Mal and Neil have an instant spark, but neither of them act on it immediately. This just makes it even hotter when they finally do.

 

I love this couple of author's work - I don't think I've read a bad book by them. Yes, their characters may frustrate the hell out of me (which they know and laugh about!), but their stories are always interesting and gripping. The writing and editing is their usual high standard, the world building superb, and with a whole host of characters I can't wait to see more of - Merc!

 

A brilliant start to the series, with not all questions answered, so I can't wait to read more. Absolutely recommended by me.

 

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

 

Merissa

Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

Source: archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/05/29/Demon-Familiar-Wanted-1-by-Bellora-Quinn-Sadie-Rose-Bermingham
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review 2018-06-28 07:38
The Downside of Love (The Blue Line Duet, #2) by Meghan Quinn
The Downside of Love - Meghan Quinn

 

The sweetest fantasy can turn into the most heartbreaking romance. Life like love has a way of veering off course before we hit smooth sailing again. The Downside of Love is the balm to heal a broken heart. Quinn tilted the world on an axis with the emotional twist at the end of The Upside of Falling, but Downside sets about balancing it out. To get beyond the curve we have to accept the lesson it teaches us. Meghan Quinn hits on the darkness, but the sun is never far behind. Prolifically stunning romance.

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review 2018-06-21 03:11
The history was interesting, the romance left me flat.
The Alice Network - Kate Quinn

The Alice Network, Kate Quinn, author; Saskia Maarleveld, narrator

The novel tells two parallel stories. One begins in 1915, and is about a real network of agents who worked for Alice Dubois, whose real name was Louise de Bettignies. She really did run a spy network from France, for the British, during WWI. The second story begins just after WWII, in 1947. Charlotte St. Clair is a well-to-do young college student who was travelling to Europe with her mother to take care of her “little problem”. While at Bennington College, after the death of her brother, she floundered, lost her moral compass and found herself pregnant. While in Europe, her mother had promised to help her search for her friend and cousin, Rose Fournier. Rose had fallen in love with a resistance fighter, Etienne. She too had been pregnant. Etienne was arrested and acontact with Rose was lost. Charlotte (Charlie), was determined to find and save her. After the war, when Charlotte’s brother James had been severely injured, causing him to lose a limb, she had been unable to prevent his suicide. She felt that she had failed him and now hoped that she could at least find Rose, and save her. When her mother reneged on her promise to help her, Charlotte ran away. She left, before her procedure, in order to find Rose by herself.

Her search took her to a woman named Evelyn Gardiner, who turned out to be one of the spies in the Alice Network, during WWI. During that time, the agent, Evelyn, known as Marguerite, had worked in a restaurant called Le Lethe, run by a collaborator named, René Bordelou, in order to overhear information from the patrons and then pass it on to Alice Dubois. Coincidentally, decades later, Rose, in her early twenties, had worked in a restaurant with the same name, but in a different location. Could this other restaurant be owned by the same brutal collaborator? Could he still be alive? He would be in his early seventies by now. Evelyn was now in her mid fifties. The scars of her wartime effort and her work with René, had damaged her, and she often had nightmares and used liquor to escape her painful memories. Charlotte was still in her teens, although of legal age, but seemed older and more assertive than women of that time period. As the story reveals itself, both Eve and Charlotte discover they have a common connection and a mutual desire for revenge. Together, with the help of Finn Kilgore, Evelyn’s handsome houseman, who is also her driver, they begin to search for this restaurant and its owner, René, if he is still there. Although the youngest, Charlotte is in charge.

The threads of the stories intersect in several places, not only with the owner of the restaurant, but with the unwanted pregnancies of several of the women, and with the thread of alcohol abuse, nightmares, suicides, uncontrolled anger, and handsome Scotsmen with prison records.

I found the spy portion of the story based on the true history of the Alice Network very interesting, especially when it focused on the courage of the characters, even when, at times, it seemed implausible. However, I also found that when it devolved into nothing more than a romance novel, I was disappointed. It seemed to turn a story about the courageous victims of unjust wars and the evil, brutal men who start them, into nothing more than a fairy tale. Somehow, it seemed incongruous to have such a trite story overlaying a story of courage and sacrifice.

 

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text 2018-06-20 16:02
Who's super conflicted about their teenage vampire fantasy now?
Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate - Zoe Quinn

"For every community of angsty kids who pretend they are secretly vampires, there are seven different forums of white nationalists who sincerely believe that Jewish people are secretly vampires."

 

Me.   The answer would now officially be me.

 
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