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review 2017-11-06 13:30
Review For: Ride Wild by Laura Kaye
Ride Wild: A Raven Riders Novel - Laura Kaye

Ride Wild by Laura Kaye is book Three in the "Raven Riders" series. This is the story of Sam “Slider” Evans and Cora Campbell. This is the first book I have read in this series, so for me this was a standalone book. Cora had a non caring father we learn along with a best friend who had the opposite type of father. Haven's father was all controlling and Cora had to help her friend get away. When the Raven Riders ended up saving them from kidnappers Cora decided to stay with the gang until she figured out what to do next. This leads her to help Sam who lost his wife about two years ago take care of his boys, Ben and Sam by baby sitting them. Ben and Sam are crazy about Cora who has brought life back to their house. By Sam is fighting the attraction to her and tries to just think of her as the 'babysitter'. But its getting harder and harder to do so. Cora knows that the harsh man that he shows her isn't who he really is just by watching him interact with his kids. When Sam has to step up to protect Cora fighting their feelings are close to impossible.
Loved watching Cora and Sam come together!
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review 2017-11-05 03:48
Review: Raven Stratagem
Raven Stratagem - Yoon Ha Lee

I liked this book quite a bit, but I stumbled through the first 20% wondering if I had massively misunderstood the end of the last one. Because all of the narrators are new to the story and are quite certain of something I recalled being not true.

 

It's a very strange thing to have a major reveal in the last act be something the audience knows for the whole length of the book. I am undecided on it. The whole book holds together with or without that bit of information. But it made the experience of reading it feel like rereading a suspense novel, while simultaneously having no idea what was going to happen.

 

Interesting, but I think I enjoyed the first one more. Super excited to read the third one.

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review 2017-10-10 16:41
Book Review: Enchanting Raven (Curse Of The Vampire Queen #2) By Jessica Sorensen
Enchanting Raven - Jessica Sorensen

 

I'm still in the dark about so many important aspects of this story, yet I keep coming back for more. I don't know how this story got me into its clutches so tightly. All I can say is that I'm happy where I am and that I need the continuation to this series as soon as humanly possible.

 

Raven seems to be as sneaky as ever with all the eavesdropping she does in this novel. She's getting bolder and has developed a strong personality and quite the backbone. The memory flashbacks were interesting to experience. It put the love interest in a much better light than he was in from the first novel.

 

Rhyland is on his way to winning me over. This novel explains most of the annoying quirks he had in the first novel that got under my skin. It also explains how the curse initially was set in place (which was very interesting to see).

 

Kingsley's last chapter blew everything out of the water. Throughout the story, it never seemed like he felt the way he did. Even if it did, wasn't he just being his sarcastic and aloof self? I have a prediction for how his storyline intertwines with everything else and I sincerely hope that I'm wrong. 

 

I loved the vampire sayings the author adapted into this novel. They were very cute and I caught myself smiling quite a bit because of them. The cliffhangers in this series, on the other hand, are killing me. Here's to hoping the wait for the next novel isn't too long from now.

 

My Favorite Quotes:

 

"Love has a way of making creatures think irrationally. Take their love away completely, and they lose their minds."

 

"I always want the truth, Kings, no matter how much it hurts."

 

"I have a hero complex and would never pass up the opportunity to save a damsel in distress."

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review 2017-09-29 14:45
Interesting mystery, but...
Two for Sorrow - Nicola Upson

I was left feeling somewhat unsatisfied.  

 

Josephine Tey is investigating the notorious Finchley Baby Farmers episode, interviewing people she knew and trying to get an insight into this terrible crime in order to write a fiction book.  Suddenly one of the seamstresses at Motley dies horribly and there has to be an investigation, the past and present collide and relationships are messy.

 

Several of the people involved need to talk better to each other.

 

It's interesting but somehow I felt like the relationships overshadowed the mystery, I have no issues with the relationships but I felt that the sometimes intruded on the murder mystery in ways that made it more complicated than it really needed to be.

 

It could be argued that the baby-farmers were monsters and some of what is done is monstrous but it doesn't really fit into any of my free slots (it does fill Darkest London, Amateur sleuth, Terrifying women and murder most foul but I've used those) so Raven it is.

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review 2017-09-23 06:31
Halloween Bingo - Raven Free Space - Mysteries, Ghosts, Monsters
The City of Falling Angels - John Berendt

 

 

Not all mysteries involve murder.  Not all ghosts were once human.  Bewitchment can be enchanting.  And monsters lurk everywhere.

 

John Berendt conjures up a gallery of intriguing characters for this magical tour of Venice in the aftermath of the 1996 fire that gutted the historic La Fenice Opera House.  At the heart, of course, is the investigation into the cause of fire -- was it arson?  was it negligence?  was it just an unfortunate accident?  But how the fire touched various lives, and how those lives were part of the mystique of the city, makes for fascinating reading.

 

Spoiler -- The cause of the fire is determined at the end and the responsible parties are convicted.  Or are they?  In a city like Venice, it's hard to say.  Is corruption rampant?  Well, maybe yes.  That's part of its charm. 

 

The whole city is haunted by its own 1500-year-old past, and menaced by the monsters of time and water and pollution.  If ghosts don't actually walk the halls of the palazzos, their spirits remain unforgotten by the living. There are the rooms where Robert Browning  read his poetry . . . and where he died.  There is the house where Ezra Pound lived with his mistress of 50 years, the house almost stolen by someone perhaps eager to cash in on Pound's fame. 

 

Venice may own much of its current survival to American millionaires who, for whatever reasons, sought to preserve its patrician glamour, perhaps in hopes some of it would magically rub off on them. 

 

Halloween, or the Celtic Samhain, is a time when the veil between our physical world and the spirit world thins to permit visions and visits back and forth.  While I was reading John Berendt's fascinating descriptions of the places and people of turn-of-the-millenium Venice, I couldn't help but think of John Ruskin's monumental The Stones of Venice and the impact it had both on his and subsequent generations of both art historians and social reformers, as well as Madeleine Brent's 20th century gothic romance, Tregaron's Daughter.  The atmosphere of the gothic winds through the three works like morning fog twisting over the lagoon and drifting down the canals.

 

An interesting note:  Ruskin obtained his own camera in 1849 to take photos of Venice for research.  The City of Falling Angels lost half a star for not containing illustrations!  Perhaps Berendt expected his readers to sit beside their computers -- or read on them? -- and look up their own photos.

 

The January 1996 fire, from www.VeniceOnline.it, which has quite a gallery of photos from the fire.

 

 

And the rebuilt La Fenice -- "The Phoenix," rising again from its own ashes -- in 2004.

 

 

 

 

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