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review 2017-06-23 02:24
uuuuuuwwwwwwww this is sooooooo good!!!
Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices Book 2) - Cassandra Clare

I must preface this review with a confession: I am an undisputed, unabashed, unadulterated (and a few other "un" words) Fangirl of anything and everything Cassandra Clare! In my eyes she can do no wrong, that was until reading Lady Midnight. I admit that I had gone into LM expecting nothing short of attention demanding perfection. What I experienced was....well written but extremely underwhelming. Any way, back to Lord of Shadows which I LOVED...especially that ending...oh that horrific, gut wrenching, beautiful ending!! The book was a solid 4 stars, that was until the very end where it all hit the fan...you know the fan, it takes all of your hopes and expectations and sucks them into the blades of Cassandra Clare's devilishly sharp unrepentant plot twisting devices leaving you a sniffling lump laying in the dark corner of the bed trying not to sob too loud and wake the hubby beside you at 3:45 a.m.

 

That being said I admit it...buried in that long winded, definitely not a run-on, sentence I LOVED this book. It might be due to the fact that I went into it with ZERO expectations and quite a bit of snobbish scepticism. BUT no matter the original mood, my mood at the end, at the very last period, I was scintillatingly flabbergasted. I don't want to give too much away but there is romance and romance conundrum abound. There are also revenant and downworlders galore with all the nefarious situations they find themselves the center of or more likely the ones they orchestrate. There are plots and subplots...laws broken at every turn...Laws residing in dusty old books and biblical laws such as the frowning upon murdering your own kin. There are so many breadcrumbs teasing conjecture and interconnectivity between unlikely relationships hopefully revealed in book #3. I love love LOVE this world, these characters and this author!!

 

I HIGHLY recommend this series...drop what you are doing and pick up this gem. Unless you're the type to want everything wrapped up neatly at the end of reading, those that have the strength to resist a beautifully tempting series until the last book has been released...you know who you are and I commend you...if that's the case BEWARE... there are many things here but most notably a huge, honking CLIFFHANGER!!! You have now been sufficiently warned. To all others, ENJOY! I can't wait to read what each of you thought, felt, surmised and hypothesized.


Here are some quotes that I loved:


"If you believe only in facts and forget stories, your brain will live, but your heart will die.”


“There’s something about a place you’ve been with someone you love. It takes on a meaning in your mind. It becomes more than a place. It becomes a distillation of what you felt for each other. The moments you spend in a place with someone . . . they become part of its bricks and mortar. Part of its soul.”


"Long ago the pieces of his soul had scattered, and every piece lived in one of his brothers or sisters. Except for the piece that lived in Emma, which had been burned into its home in her by the flame of the parabatai ceremony, and the pressure of his own heart."

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review 2017-06-22 19:49
Book #855 - 344,181 Pages Read
The Silent War: Book III of The Asteroid Wars - Ben Bova

Pretty much continues from where The Rock Rats left off....the characters that Bova developed so well in the first two asteroid war books continue to battle for the riches of the asteroid belt, as well as resolve their personality differences in various ways. Humphries, Astro Corporation, and Yamagata Corporation fall into a deadly battle for control of this vast area of treasures. Bova ends this one with mention of an alien artifact which casts an air of morality over the entire story. Another good read in the Grand Tour.

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review 2017-06-22 13:01
"Camino Island" by John Grisham
Camino Island: A Novel - John Grisham

“Camino Island” starts as a fast moving, (very) stripped down, matter of fact, look how ingenious we are, heist. The plot moves along rapidly, if somewhat mechanically, executing what should have been the perfect robbery. The thieves are straight from central casting. The items being stolen, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s manuscripts, are the only original things in the opening chapters. If this had been a movie, the robbery would have taken place as a background to the credits rolling by and no one would have missed anything.

Then the flow of the book suddenly slows and we’re gently meandering through the life of our heroine, a woman with one successful novel behind her, weighed down by her student loan debt, about to lose her teaching job, involuntarily single and three years behind on writing her next novel.


It turns out she is the last best hope for retrieving the missing manuscripts. She accepts payment to go back the island she grew up on and spend the summer infiltrating the life of a bookseller, suspected of holding the manuscripts.


Much of the book is spent describing the books seller’s life, the lives of the other writers on the island (they are legion) the changing nature of the publishing world, the delights of good food, fine wine and antique Provençal furniture and the freedoms of an open marriage.


The dialogue is well done and the characters are clearly drawn but I felt that I had walked into a different novel (possibly written by a different author) than the one I’d started. I was less engaged that I could have been as I found the bookseller unattractive and our heroine passive and voyeuristic.

I kept reading partly because I wanted to see how this dive into Floridian book culture would connect back to the heist and partly because the writing made up for the plot.
In the end, the clever twist emerges and is well executed but it had all the emotional impact of a magician pulling a rabbit from a top hat.

The epilogue that brings the main characters together for a final resolution simply confirmed that I didn’t like or care about either of them.

This is not a bad book but it left me feeling a little cheated because the heist never got passed the cardboard cut-out stage and most of the book was as thrilling as watching strangers drink too much and talk too much at a cocktail party

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review 2017-06-22 02:42
Rebus takes on a cold case
The Black Book - Ian Rankin

As interesting and well-written as the mystery in this novel was, as I think about the book, I have a hard time thinking about it -- the non-case material dominates the book, and seems more important for the series as a whole. Which is kind of a shame -- there's a lot to be mined in this case, and we didn't get enough of it. A famous -- and infamous -- local hotel burns down, and one body is recovered. This man didn't die in the fire, but was shot dead before it started. There were so few clues left that the case had been long considered unsolved and unsolvable. Five years later, John Rebus starts reviewing the files and talking to people involved (getting himself in hot water for it). I really wanted more of it -- and the people Rebus talked to about this case.

 

So what made this book interesting? Well, Rebus got into this case because Brian Holmes was attacked off duty one night. It's suggested that this is because of some extra-curricular investigations he'd been running. The only thing that Rebus has to follow-up that claim is Holmes' black notebook, full of his personal code. Rebus can almost crack one set of notes which points him at the hotel fire and the killing involved. While Holmes' recuperates, Rebus takes it upon himself to finish the DS' work.

 

We meet DC Siobahn Clarke here -- Rebus' other junior detective. She's driven, she's tough, she's English, educated and careful. Most of what Rebus isn't. She's got a good sense of humor and duty -- both of which make her one of my favorite characters in this series almost immediately (second only to Rebus).

 

The big thing is our meeting Morris Gerald "Big Ger" Cafferty – we'd brushed up against him in <b>Tooth &amp; Nail</b>. Big Ger is possibly the biggest, baddest criminal in Edinburgh, and it seems that Rebus will go toe to toe with him a few times. He's both a source of information (for Rebus, anyway) as well as a target for the police (including Rebus, in a couple of directions in just this book) -- for both the cold case and current operations. He's dangerous, and yet not at all -- I think spending time with him in the future will be a hoot.

 

Lastly, Rebus' brother is out on parole, having served a decent amount of time behind bars. More than that, he's crashing with his brother. Family awkwardness (to put it mildly) ensues. I'm not sure he's someone I want to spend more time with, but something tells me that Rankin has good plans for the character. Meanwhile, Clarke and Cafferty are characters I want more of right now.

 

A solid mystery novel -- with a conclusion I didn't see coming (to at least one of the mysteries_ -- with a lot of great stuff going on at the same time. This one's a keeper.

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Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/06/21/the-black-box-by-ian-rankin
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review 2017-06-22 01:28
Well, that was excruciating.
I Spy a Duke (Covert Heiresses Book 1) - Erica Monroe

I've never had much luck with romance novels but I liked the idea of melding romance with the spy genre. A historical one to boot? Sounds like it could be fun!

 

Vivan Loren is a governess of one of the wealthiest families. But she's there to find out what happened to her brother and to get information for her mysterious boss. Enter James Spencer, the Duke and the head of British Intelligence. Their paths cross, they realize they can help each other...which involves getting married.

 

Cue shenanigans, danger, spy training, spying, romance, sex, etc. You know how it goes.

 

Unfortunately what could have been a grand fantastic romp was just terrible to read. The writing is just not very good. Neither character is interesting and quite frankly the entire cast is boring. The plot is somewhat predictable and I'm not really a fan of the romance being the thing that holds the book together. 

 

I thought this might be a good take for me to try but the romance genre remains elusive for me. I bought it and regret doing so.

 

 

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