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review 2018-03-11 01:03
Review: The Rook
The Rook - Daniel O'Malley

So it only took me a year plus to read this thing.  It was a birthday gift from my hubby last year.  It was not something on my wishlist; he went off-script and picked this out himself (with help from staff at B&N).  It's not something I would have picked for myself; however that's not to say that I didn't not thoroughly enjoy it.

 

My problem with reading this was constant distraction.  For the last year I have picked it up, read a few pages, got distracted and put it down, and the start all over again.  It was a vicious cycle.  The annoying thing was that every few paragraphs/pages I read, I was intrigued, I'd just get distracted by some random thing, kids, animals, texts, calls, etc., and not go back to it for a long while.  Finally, when my birthday came back around and it had been an entire year of me telling hubby I was going to read it, I finally realized that I needed some help to focus.  So I got the audiobook, this way I could listen while I did other things, or read along with it.  I did both.  The audiobook made all the difference; I finished it in about a day, and I have to say it was a good one! 

 

The story follows Myfanwy Thomas, who wakes up surrounded by bodies and blood and absolutely no memory of who she is and unknown persons trying to kill her.  Lucky for her, her previous self knew this was coming and left instructions via a series of letters.  The new Myfanwy wants to run and start a new life of leisure, but ends up getting caught up in the intrigue mystery of who stole her memories, and why they were trying to kill her.

 

This is definitely a suspense-thriller, which is not exactly my favorite genre, but it kept me interested throughout.  And the touch of supernatural definitely added excitement to the story.  Myfanwy deals with secret societies that work within (and without) the British government, supernatural powers and happenings, further attempts on her life.  And all the while, she never really knows who she can trust within the organization, and who is/are the ones who betrayed her.

 

Everything is seen from Myfanwy's point of view, either present day, or her letters to herself.  The story is original, well paced and beautifully written.  Definitely looking forward to the sequel, which I now have to bug hubby to buy for me.  It's his own fault for getting me something that is part of a series. 

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review 2017-11-01 01:21
Stiletto
Stiletto - Daniel O'Malley

I did finish before the end of Halloween Bingo! This novel of VERY SECRET Secret Agents starts slowly and develops into a worthy sequel to The Rook  

 

 

 

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text 2017-10-29 00:34
Reading progress update: I've read 205 out of 580 pages.
Stiletto - Daniel O'Malley

I think I may have been too ambitious when I chose Stiletto as my choice for Darkest London. I forgot to take into account I typically don't read as much as usual in the week or so immediately post-Readathon.  So we'll see if I finish by the end of next Tuesday.

 

So far Stiletto is a well enough done sequel, but it misses the tension and the vivacity The Rook. Dissapointingly, Rook Myfanwy Thomas is a supporting character not the star of this story. I'm hopeful that the book will pick up soon since Viewpoint Character A and Viewpoint Character B have just met and will be thrown together for at least the next while (but it took 165 pages to do so). 

 

In the world of the Checquy, the Grafters, who hail from what would become the Spanish Netherlands, are the masters of biological sciences and the British excel in psychic and superhero powers. In the world of Leviathan created by Scott Westerfeld, it's the British that are the bioengineering geniuses, and the Continental powers are Clankers who excel in mechanical marvels.  While it's based on false cognates created by the Germanic-sounding names like Grootvader and Broederschap, my brain keeps flashing back to Westerfeld's world and wanting the British to be the biomasters. 

 

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text 2017-06-20 00:00
Reading progress update: I've read 59%.
Stiletto: A Novel (The Rook Files) - Daniel O'Malley

"I don't want this man getting away from us, Ingrid."

"They're doing their best, Rook Thomas."

"I know," said Myfanwy tiredly.

"Do you want some good news?"

"Desperately."

"The BBC's fashion team liked your hat."

 

See, told you she was wearing an awesomely outrageous hat.

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text 2017-06-19 18:36
Reading progress update: I've read 51%.
Stiletto: A Novel (The Rook Files) - Daniel O'Malley

At first I wasn't sure about this one because Myfanwy isn't the main protagonist, but Odette and Pawn Clements are fun to read about, and Myfanwy is very much there as a supporting character complete with outrageous Royal Ascot hat and dress.

 

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