A Baby for Christmas wards off the chill and turns up the heat with a spoonful of sugar to balance everything out. Tis the season for goodwill, mistletoe and gift giving. Among all the happiness, there's always a hint of heartache. Shayla knows about the heartache, but she has yet to discover the happiness. Against the wonderland backdrop of New York, Cinderella is about to find her prince. Valentine and Rayner take all the best parts of romance and merge into a heartwarming masterpiece.
I was pleasantly surprised with this book after the drivel that was number three. I’m not sure if it was because Valentine decide to finally grow up and get a pair or circumstances in the novel made him this way (likely the latter) but it made for very good reading. There were some very important choices Valentine had to make for himself and his crew; some of them extremely difficult and the way he dealt with the aftermath was good. It was nice to finally see him being part of a team instead of a one man army and doing everything himself.
Again the supporting characters are what made this book going for me (still on the anti-Valentine train for now) they had their distinct personalities and they weren’t flat or meant to just be part of the plot. They each had their part to play whether small or big and it made the plot better and rounded out. I have a soft spot for Ahn-Kha and Styachowski I like them both for their strengths and although they were ‘quiet’ they played substantially in the plot. (More so Styachowski than Ahn-Kha).
The plot was good albeit it slowed down to a crawl at the end. It was getting to be too much and by that time, I was already wanting to close the book. There’s plenty of action so that does not disappoint. There were some parts where I came close to closing it because of Valentine’s idiotic behavior, but otherwise, this was much better than the third.
This one was enough to redeem itself so I will carry on and read the next. I hope it continues this way.
* Gunpowder Green is part of Laura Childs's Tea Shop Mystery series, in which each installment is named for a particular kind of tea.
* Gunpowder Tea by Margaret Brownley is a historical / Western romance-plus-mystery.
* The Gunpowder Gardens by Jason Goodwin is part travelogue, part tea history.
* Gunpowder by Devina Seth, Harneet Baweja and Nirmal Save is an Indian cookbook.
* Gunpowder Valentine by Paul Perry and Gunpowder Summers by Richard Nester are collections of poetry.
It's finally over.
I wasn't really sure what I was getting in for, but I thought this story of a circus company in a kind of dystopian post-apocalyptic world might be interesting. It wasn't so much the story itself that bothered as the way it was told. There was a lot of jumping around between characters (mostly told in the third person), which was fine, and there was a lot of jumping around in time, which could have been fine, except that that the same events got referred to and covered over and over again. Sure, we got a few extra details now and then, or more context, but it got to be quite repetitive. By mid-way through, I was finding it to be a slog, and nearing the end I got very impatient. There was also one character that had both first-person and third-person chapters and I didn't really see the sense in that.
Finishing this book did let me complete my Creepy Carnivals square for 2018 Halloween Bingo, which finally gets me a bingo. :D