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review 2019-03-20 16:51
White Houses
White Houses - Amy Bloom
As I listened to this novel in my car, I really wondered where the idea of this novel came from. I kept thinking, did something like this really happen? I guess it is for people like me to read/listen to and wonder these thoughts.
I have mixed feelings about this novel and perhaps they have something to do with the notion that I listened to this novel on audio. I thought this novel was all-over-the-place and I had a hard time following it at times. The idea of Eleanor Roosevelt having a lover through me off too. I have this image of this first lady and when I add a woman to it, it just seems wrong. I’m sorry but that’s how it is with her. I’m not against anyone else’s individual preference as that is your choice but for this historical first lady, I couldn’t see it. Perhaps I should have stopped listening to it but I wanted to know how things ended or what happened over time, so I had to continue.
I know that every story has more than one side to it so I kept this thought in the back of my mind, as I listened to this novel. I liked the compassion and the respect that she showed as she tells the story. As a reporter, I can tell that she likes to talk about others and give all the details that she possibly can. I liked that she was not negative and she didn’t disrespect anyone. I liked how she included a variety of individuals from that time period and she made their stories interesting. I learned about Hick and her life, which before now, I knew nothing.
This was probably not the right novel for me but I did enjoy parts of it.


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review 2019-03-20 13:23
Book Review: The White Rose
The White Rose - Amy Ewing

Book: The White Rose


Author: Amy Ewing


Summary: Violet is on the run. After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death. So along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude. But no one said leaving the Jewel would be easy. As they make their way through the circles of the Lone City, Regimentals track their every move, and the trio barely manages to make it out unscathed and into the safe haven they were promised - a mysterious house in the Farm. But there's a rebellion brewing, and Violet has found herself in the middle of it. Alongside a new ally, Violet discovers her Auguries are much more powerful than she ever imagined. But is she strong enough to rise up against the Jewel and everything she has ever known? With twists and turns that will have readers on the edges of their seats, The White Rose is a raw, captivating sequel to The Jewel, and fans won't be able to put it down until the final shocking moments. -Harper Teen, 2015.


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text 2019-03-13 15:57
"Bone Dust White - Macy Greeley #1" by Karin Salvalaggio - abandoned at 55%
Bone Dust White - Karin Salvalaggio,Amy McFadden

Sometimes you start a book and know immediately that you love it, or that you hate it. Those books are easy. The hardest books are the ones that move along quite nicely, with nothing to dislike but with which you can't quite connect. "Bone Dust White" was one of those books for me.


I read to past the halfway mark, carried forward by the fact that the writing works and I like Macy Greeley, the heavily pregnant detective leading the murder investigation. The pace was slow and the story meandered a bit but there was nothing bad about the book.

In the end I stopped a little over halfway through when I realised:


  • I wasn't curious about who had done what to whom because I'd never become engaged in solving a puzzle.
  • I found Garrett, the main male character, believable but irritating. He's a nice enough guy in an effort-free kind of way but he's cast himself in a victim/martyr role and he bores me.
  • The two women Garett is letting use him are both toxic and made me feel I was in a crime series twist of The Bold and the Beautiful.
  • Grace, the young female victim, is so helpless and soft that I want to slap her. I know, I should have more empathy than that, but I have no idea how this girl has survived to be eighteen.


I may try a different series by Karin Salvalaggio but I need a different mix of characters.

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text 2019-03-12 09:55
Reading progress update: I've read 33%.
Bone Dust White - Karin Salvalaggio,Amy McFadden

This is meandering a bit. Lot's of hints and foreboding and angst; some interesting character building but nothing much by way of plot development. I'm a third of the way in and I feel like I've only just started. This feels like drifting down a tame, shallow river in a canoe: it might be fun on a sunny day but feels odd in a tale that starts with murder in the snow. 

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review 2019-03-12 01:19
The Sultan's Seal by Jenny White (audiobook)
The Sultan's Seal - Jenny White,Nadia May

Series: Kamil Pasha #1


The only reason I finished this book was because it was an audiobook. In fact, I almost abandoned it anyway but the other selection I had downloaded at the time wasn't very engaging either.


The main character appears to be Kamil Pasha, a magistrate in the secular courts of the late Ottoman Empire, who is investigating the murder of a woman. Sybil, the daughter of the English ambassador, gets involved and appears to serve as his love interest, but there are also chapters in the first person from an initially unnamed woman.


I mostly found the book dull, and the present tense was very distracting in audiobook form: it just sounded wrong. It also turns out that the mystery woman's chapters are necessary because Kamil Pasha doesn't discover all that much of the truth, so the story needs to be rounded out. Oh, and Sybil is TSTL.

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