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text 2019-07-18 19:33
TBR Thursday
A Study In Scarlet Women: The Lady Sherlock Series - Sherry Thomas
A Study in Darkness - Emma Jane Holloway
Good Night, Mr. Holmes - An Irene Adler Novel - Carole Nelson Douglas
Royal Flush - Rhys Bowen
Protect the Prince (Crown of Shards #2) - Jennifer Estep


So I'm having a great time reading the original Sherlock Holmes stories and lots of Sherlock pastiche.  It's a fun summer reading theme.


But I'm throwing in some other mysteries and fantasy novels, just to keep it interesting.


Hope you all are enjoying these summer months too.  Happy reading!

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review 2019-07-17 11:54
DNF: Manhattan Beach
Manhattan Beach: A Novel - Jennifer Egan

I received a copy from Netgalley.

This is one of those books that's out of my usual comfort reading zone but sounded really good so I thought I would give it a try. It's not that I hate it or anything, I did actually like most of what I read, the setting was interesting and so were the characters but it's been well over month since I last picked this book up and don't see myself doing so any time some. Something I may pick up again at a different time - I didn't dislike it or anything I just seem to have lost interest for the time being.

Thank you to Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for approving my request to view the title.

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review 2019-07-03 12:58
Protect the Prince by Jennifer Estep
Protect the Prince (Crown of Shards #2) - Jennifer Estep

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

What a wonderful book! I found myself really being swept away by the story and was completely invested in what would happen to this group of characters. I really enjoyed the first book in the series, Kill the Queen, so I was looking forward to this one and hoping that it would be just as good as the first book. I ended up liking this installment even a bit more than the first. This really was a wonderful reading experience.

This is the second book in the Crown of Shards series which really should be read in order. The first book is great so you really don't want to miss it anyway. Trust me on this. This book picks up shortly after the events of the first book. Evie is now Queen but that doesn't mean that she is no longer being tested. The nobles at court are not her biggest fans and seem to enjoy making her life difficult. There is also the little issue of the occasional assassination attempts that she has to deal with. 

Evie knows that she needs to secure a treaty with the nearby kingdom, Andvari. She travels there along with her group of guards and advisors. Part of her group is Sully, who happens to be the bastard prince of Andvari. She doesn't expect or get a warm welcome. Andvari suffered losses during the Bellona massacre and they hold Evie partially responsible. She must find a way to win the king over to get the treaty she needs.

We learn a lot of things in this installment. The flashbacks into Evie's past were really enlightening. We also learn a lot about how things were for Sully growing up as an illegitimate prince and always taking a backseat to his legitimate brothers. Evie discovers a lot about herself and her magic over the course of this installment. It was nice to see a different kingdom and I really liked the gargoyles that played a role in the story.

I love these characters! Evie is such a strong character. She is tough and willing to make sacrifices when necessary for her kingdom. She is really smart and I enjoyed watching her assert her authority and make necessary political moves. Sully seems to always be there when Evie needs him but he holds himself back just a bit. It was nice to see all of the key characters play a part in this tale. 

This was an exciting book! There are plenty of action scenes to keep things hopping and the use of magic in this world always seems to keep things interesting. There were several real surprises in this story which I really appreciated. I really liked that there was a bit of romance in the story and I thought that it was really well done.

I would highly recommend this book to others. I thought that this was an exciting story, filled with wonderful characters, that was almost impossible to put down. I wasn't sure if this would be a 4 or 5-star rating but the way this book ended really was fantastic and earned the fifth star. I cannot wait to read more of this amazing series!

I received a digital review copy of this book from Harper Voyager via Edelweiss.

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review 2019-07-03 02:13
Gold, Scott &Jones
Gold - Kathryn Jones;Jennifer Scott;Lauren Porter

The book covers not only objects made of gold but also ones that use gold as a decorative component and artworks that use images of gold symbolically or allegorically or simply contain golden hues, such as the light from a lowering sun in a landscape painting. The diversity keeps it interesting.

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text 2019-07-01 23:22
Reading progress update: I've read 512 out of 512 pages.
Storm and Fury (The Harbinger #1) - Jennifer L. Armentrout

YAY. Done, overall great book. Full review to come 

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