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text 2017-07-24 12:18
Book Review For: A Dance with Seduction by Alyssa Alexander
A Dance with Seduction - Alyssa Alexander

'A Dance with Seduction' by Alyssa Alexander is Book Three in the " A Spy in the Ton". This is the story of Max and Vivienne. I have not yet read the other books, so for me this was a standalone book. 
Vivienne is a spy they call Flower...and someone wants her to turn her spying to their purpose. When she refuses they kidnap her younger sister. Vivienne needs help breaking the code they have left her and she turns to Max who at one time they did a job together and she trust him as much as she can trust anyone. Vivienne had to at an early age choose between spying or prison. So she doesn't really know who she is with so many identities she has to play. But she does know she needs her sister back safely at any cost. Max at first isn't wiling to help her it seems but he gets drawn into her world and does try to help. But can these two have a future....it was interesting to see it play out for sure. 
"My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."

Source: www.amazon.com/Dance-Seduction-Spy-Ton-ebook/dp/B073P13VVS/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1500826633&sr=1-1&keywords=A+Dance+with+Seduction+Alyssa+Alexander
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text 2017-07-23 18:22
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 395 pages.
A Dance of Blades - David Dalglish

it's time, it's time, it's time! a Buddy Read, that became a Group Read, and I'll be starting this book either tonight or for sure tomorrow. so. a few opening comments:


Debbie's Spurts set up the Group involving this book--actually, the whole series--shortly after the two of us committed to a buddy read of Book 2. that's a bit problematic from where I'm sitting, because I would prefer to be involved in the launch of a Group as it starts a Book 1 of a series. I just don't remember a lot of Book 1 of this series...and even if the basics come back to me, from recaps and references to earlier events, I don't know that I'm going to be able to participate in detailed conversations of Book 1. and that's okay, but let's say the group actually attracts new members--let's be humble and say even two people--because we're loving Book 2, I'm just gonna feel bad, because chat will start up over Book 1, and I won't be able to say much, except "I remember that! thanx for mentioning that--oh yes, that was cool, I remember that!". which would get lame, pretty fast. so, what I'm saying is: I'm gonna really be joining and instigating detailed and/or passionate discussions from Book 2 onwards. Debbie's Spurts may have to tow the line for a bit on Book 1, because she read it much, much more recently.


now having said all that, I intend to take the Group set-up seriously, even if it's just Debbie's Spurts and myself blathering away (it will all be intelligent, informative blather, I'm sure). I'm gonna be a normal, sociable human being and dissect the books in a group setting. starting with Book 2, but still...I'll be doing it.


it does make me wonder what I will be posting when I put up these updates, which is what I'm more used to; "see Group", "see Group", "see Group", maybe? uhhh, no. so I'll work something out.


final note: if some plans of mine fall through tonight, and I feel like reading (I always feel like reading), I'll either do a teeny teeny bit of this, or a Spider-Man graphic novel I have in mind. I can't fit Velvet in one night--I don't think; I shall entertain the notion, dubiously and doubtfully, if I entertain it at all--because it's super long! Velvet most likely after A Dance of Blades.



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url 2017-07-20 17:08
New bookclub for Shadowdance series in case anyone wants to join the read
A Dance of Cloaks - David Dalglish
A Dance of Blades - David Dalglish
A Dance of Mirrors - David Dalglish
A Dance of Shadows - David Dalglish
A Dance of Ghosts - David Dalglish
A Dance of Chaos (Shadowdance) - David Dalglish
Source: booklikes.com/book-clubs/info/94/shadowdance-series
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review 2017-07-20 15:51
Review of "A Dance of Cloaks" (Shadowdance, #1) by David Dalglish
A Dance of Cloaks - David Dalglish

I will be reading the next book in this series—which is probably the best indication of how I felt about the read.  (No, this book did not end with a cliffhanger).


It's fairly usual for fantasy genre gone a bit dark with thieves, assassins, corrupt folk in high places, religions, magics and a whiff of larger worldbuilding with snippets of other countries and races.  Yet also orginal.


Frantic almost in the pacing and everything that happens.  Somehow managed to not be chaotic with all the new characters that show up.  Great story arc — something many first-in-series books miss.


Yet that "frantic" kept me from rating higher because it meant I was slower to get into specific characters and the worldbuilding stayed pretty light (for example, new magics show up with no explanation; kinda video game-ish because as soon as one character seemed too powerful *poof* here comes an opposing power).  Even the main character did not really get a great deal of "on stage" time.


I read the traditionally published (Orbit) reissue of the self-published book.  Lo and behold, I had actually downloaded and shelved the self-published one when free (partly because the series had several books in it but mostly because liked the sample).  I won't be curious to read the self-published version — but, the author added a note to the new edition about how the self-published one was even more frantic with even more stuff thrown in.  I'm having trouble imagining ...

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text 2017-07-19 22:03
Reading progress: 36%.
A Dance of Cloaks - David Dalglish

This is certainly building.  I like it more and more and am more and more drawn in.  A bit dark in places.


It's also unfortunately easy to set aside between chapters because each seems to switch off to other scenes or characters.  I have a feeling I will like this book and the series — but, not likely to binge read back  to back because have to know immediately what happens next.


I'm hoping to prove that last statement wrong by the end of this book (but this is almost the halfway mark so doubt it).



Old Man's War - John Scalzi    Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey   Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet - Darynda JonesDeath's Mistress - Karen Chance


Plus whatever library ebooks I borrow (lots on waitlist which just brought me this A Dance of Cloaks while binge-ing some series) will interrupt regular reading schedule.


Another bookclub read of whatever TOR offers free has turned out to be  Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey;  the 24in48 readathon July 22-23 will also disrupt or remake plans.


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