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text 2020-06-02 14:56
Reading progress update: I've read 208 out of 208 pages.
Gotham High - Melissa de la Cruz,Thomas Pitilli

And after the one scene over halfway through the book where Alfred suddenly introduced his husband who had never been mentioned before, the husband disappeared again with no explanation and was never mentioned again. In the one scene he was in, he had one bubble of dialogue where he spoke two sentences. I don't know why Alfred and his husband don't live together or why the guy has zero interaction with Bruce, his nephew, even though Alfred is Bruce's legal guardian. I feel like he existed solely so the author could say her Alfred was gay and then once that was accomplished, he was no longer needed, so he was forgotten.

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text 2020-06-02 05:35
Reading progress update: I've read 113 out of 208 pages.
Gotham High - Melissa de la Cruz,Thomas Pitilli

So this version has Alfred as Bruce's uncle instead of butler. That was an interesting change that I didn't mind, although I didn't like the fact that right after Bruce's parents died, Alfred shipped him off to boarding school. The book started with Bruce's return from boarding school, so we've seen multiple scenes of Alfred and Bruce living together now.

 

So imagine my surprise when we suddenly learn over halfway through that Alfred is married. Where has his husband been living all this time? Because it's not been in the same house as them. And where was he that he didn't visit his nephew who was suddenly hospitalized for almost a day earlier in the book? Bruce's dead parents and Selina's dead mother have been mentioned more than Alfred's very-much-alive spouse (that I had no clue existed until he appeared on page) even though Alfred and Bruce live together and Alfred has gotten multiple scenes. It just seems weird.

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text 2020-06-02 04:51
Reading progress update: I've read 67 out of 208 pages.
Gotham High - Melissa de la Cruz,Thomas Pitilli

So a kid has been kidnapped from the high school and the principal is the one questioning potential witnesses instead of the police who are assigned to the case? I know the GCPD is typically corrupt, but do the cops there not even pretend to do their jobs in this universe?

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review 2020-04-07 16:52
Gotham High by Melissa De La Cruz
Gotham High - Melissa de la Cruz,Thomas Pitilli

So much fun and read in one sitting!
Forget everything you think you know about Batman, The Joker, Catwoman, Ivy, and more. This story takes those characters to a whole different place. Changes the things you thought you knew into something else.
I liked it though, and literally devoured this short book.
Fans of the comics will enjoy it, and tweens will eat it right up!
Can't wait for more!!!

 

 

Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2020/04/gotham-high-by-melissa-de-la-cruz-17.html
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text 2019-08-01 14:24
July Reading Wrap Up
After Elizabeth: The Rise of James of Scotland and the Struggle for the Throne of England - Leanda de Lisle
The Gods of Gotham - Lyndsay Faye
Bethlehem Road - Anne Perry
Her Royal Spyness - Rhys Bowen
The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls - Anissa Gray
A Trail of Ink - Mel Starr
Oksana, Behave! - Maria Kuznetsova
The Pericles Commission - Gary Corby
King, Kaiser, Tsar: Three Royal Cousins Who Led the World to War - Catrine Clay

July was a good reading month. I can't remember the last time I finished this many books. I was helped by the vacations and swimming lessons my children participated in. My girls are still on vacation with my in-laws for another week. Hopefully I can get some more reading done before the back to school craziness hurts.

 

King, Kaiser, Tsar was the most fascinating book I have read in a while. I don't know about everyone else but my public school education only glosses over WWI. Archduke Ferdinand was shot. War started. Nobody listened to Wilson when he said splitting Prussia up was a bad idea. That's about the extent of our education. This book didn't spend a ton of time dealing with WWI specifically but it did give the reader a great deal of insight to the men who helped get us to that point. I highly recommend it even if you don't have an interest in that time period. 

 

Her Royal Spyness and The Pericles Commission were my fiction favorites. The problem with both of them is the number of books that exist in each series. Of course I needed more books on my TBR. 

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