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review 2016-06-06 01:43
Love, Lies and Spies
Love, Lies and Spies - Cindy Anstey

I feel like I'm not going to do this book justice.  It's marketed as a YA, but I'd happily hand this over to a middle school reader who wants to tackle something different.


The writing is really, really good, but it's written on a slightly more juvenile level than the YA I normally dip into.  So we have a well plotted story, very solid characters, a well-researched setting and time period, and characters that come to life on the page.  Once I got past the opening scene's silliness, the story moved along for me at a reasonable clip.  But instead of wanting to rate it 4-4.5 stars at the end, I was just left trying not to use the word "cute", and I think that's a reflection of the reading level the book is written in.


Overall, I thought it was good, definitely not a waste of time or money, but I'm just *sniffle* a little too old to give it the kudos it deserves.


(Summer Book Bingo for either YA or Romance; I haven't decided which yet.)

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text 2016-06-03 19:34
Another one -_-
Love, Lies and Spies - Cindy Anstey

This was one of the books that I was most looking forward in reading, because it sounded so much fun... allied with the all Austen (P&P) things connotation, with which I may be slightly obsessed.

Just slightly... ;)

Thing is, when the first paragraph in a book leaves you in a state of, "what the hell is going on?", but not the good kind! No, just the kind in which you realize that you've fallen for another mediocre book. -_-

Oh, for heaven sake! I like witty things just like the next reader!

Like one character in a Linda Howard book says, "I am not a tree stump. I do know how to laugh." (Okay, I'm vaguely translating it from the Portuguese version that I read, so...)

I do like to read... although my latest reads (Valiant excluded) may not show that... trait of mine, since I keep finding most story's meh's.

April and May were disasters. I want good reads to read in June!

This means that if this doesn't get better by the 10% mark I am going to DNF it.

I am done!


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text 2016-05-20 05:35
New Books This Week (May 20)
The Bookshop Strikes Back - Ann Patchett
Old Herbaceous: A Novel of the Garden - Reginald Arkell
Midnight in Austenland - Shannon Hale
On the Edge - Ilona Andrews
Against the Paw - Diane Kelly
Love, Lies and Spies - Cindy Anstey

These trickled in over the course of the week, so as I was putting this together I was surprised how many there were; if you'd asked me, I'd have said 2-3 max.


The Bookshop Strikes Back by Ann Patchett almost doesn't count as a book, it's really a special printing pamphlet Bloomsbury books did of Patchett's essay from the Atlantic Monthly in 2012.  I hunted it down because I'm building a small "books about books" collection.  It's a good essay, btw.


Old Herbaceous is one I picked up from one of my BL friends' posts; I have got to start using the notes function so I can properly thank people by name.


Midnight in Austenland was recommended to me by Darth Pony (ha! remembered!) because I'd read the first book, Austenland and thought it was pretty good.


Love, Lies and Spies was an impulse buy when I stopped at our local bookstore to buy MT a copy of The Hunger Games.  After being eyeball-deep in Harry Bosch and books by Baldacci he turned to me the other night and said he wanted to read The Hunger Games.  Cool, although I'm still trying to adjust to the genre whiplash.


New books: 6

Books read: 3

Total physical TBR: 221


Happy weekend everyone!

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