There isn't anything really wrong with this book; it's just failing to draw me in. I'm pretty sure the events of chapter seven aren't supposed elicit a sigh.
They go to to arrest our hero Sebastian for the actress's murder, one of the constables draws a knife and accidentally mortally wounds the other constable. Then the first constable blames it all on Sebastian and Sebastian flees in a stolen hansom.
Anyway, I'm just not feeling it and Sebastian feels a little too perfect and world-weary for me at the moment, so I figure I'll move on. I was trying to read this for booklikes-opoly square Mystery 25 "Read a book that's tagged historical mystery" since it takes place in 1811 (does it count as Regency era if they're just talking about the Regency and it hasn't happened yet?). I did read more than 10% of the book though, so I'm going to count the 44 pages that I read as $2 for my booklikes-opoly bank and move on.
New bank balance: $237
Boring with incredibly simplistic writing. Yes, I know it's middle grade fiction with children as the target audience, but so was the first Harry Potter and The Hobbit, which both offered immediately engaging characters, fascinating new-but-familiar worlds, and a sly humor that sucked me in immediately. This... didn't.
Audiobook via Audible. I gave it a full 30 minutes before I DNF'd.
Review for Bookburners # 1.1-1.4/1.16
I could push myself to read the rest of this but I don't really feel like it. Superficially it's fine, and it sounded interesting but I have no real urge to continue. I guess the serial format just doesn't work for me in this case. Sal (a cop) gets recruited by a group from the Vatican that deals with magic books when her brother gets taken over by a dangerous magical book. It sounded neat but I'm finding that I just don't care. Maybe I'll pick it up again, maybe I won't, but I'm sure someone on the library's waitlist really wants to read it.
I was reading this for Free Friday #3 for booklikes-opoly and I got 210 pages into the 789 page book, so I'm adding $6 to my bank.
New Total: $184
Ugh. I hate first person present tense. My mother bought it and thought it was great. I listened to about 5 minutes at the start, then skipped around a little to be sure that it wasn’t just the first chapter before I DNF’d it. I didn’t listen to the minimum 20 minutes, so I’m not assigning a star rating.