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review 2017-07-29 06:23
A Most Novel Revenge (Amory Ames, #3)
A Most Novel Revenge - Ashley Weaver

Well, that was almost a Greek tragedy.

 

1930's England and Amory's cousin begs her by letter to join a house party at the Lyonsgate Estate; the first house party the estate has seen since a tragic weekend 7 years prior and with the exception of Amory and her husband, it's the same roster of guests.  They've all been brought back together by one woman who is determined to rake up all the secrets of the past and what really happened on that 'lost' weekend.

 

The series started with Amory estranged from her playboy husband, but instead of taking the obvious route - divorce and future romantic entanglements - the author brings Amory and her husband Milo back together for reconciliation.  Frankly I didn't think I'd like it and she sure didn't do much to sell Milo's legendary charm to the reader.  But three books in and I've warmed to Milo and find I don't mind him sticking around at all.

 

The plotting was amazing, frankly.  I never had a hint of where she was taking this story until the very end and when I read it, had to do a double take to make sure I'd read the right name.  I don't often trot out comparisons, but really, this was a mystery worthy of the era it's set in; very Christie-esque.

 

I rated it slightly lower than I usually would for such an outstanding mystery because the pacing was a bit slow; I never got bored or distracted, but neither did I feel antagonistic about being interrupted.  I might, upon further consideration, up it to 4.5, but for now it's a very, very solid 4 stars.

 

 

 

 

 

Total pages: 349  (qualifies for x3 location multiplier)

$$: $12.00

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text 2017-07-29 04:28
Books I Read in July 2017
Sin of a Woman (A Curtis Black Novel) - Kimberla Lawson Roby
A Name Unknown (Shadows Over England) - Roseanna M. White
Kiss the Ring: An Urban Tale - Meesha Mink
Boss - Tracy Brown
The Cartel 7: Illuminati: Roundtable of Bosses - Ashley and JaQuavis,JaQuavis Coleman
Seducing Abby Rhodes - J.D. Mason
Where the Light Falls: A Novel of the French Revolution - Owen Pataki,Allison Pataki

I'm super excited that I was able to read 7 books this month. I've been struggling for a long while. My health and not having a good system in place has affected me greatly, but now I think I have a good one. I talked about it in a previous post. I will listen up to 5% of each book for the month and those that immediately grab my attention will go to the top of the list. And since I will already be interested, I will be able to move to the next book without hesitation.

 

 

 

4 Stars

 

 

Sin of a Woman

 

A Name Unknown

 

Boss

 

The Cartel 7

 

Where The Light Falls

 

 

 

3 Stars

 

 

Kiss The Ring

 

Seducing Abby Rhodes

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text 2017-07-29 03:48
Friday Reads
The Diplomat's Daughter: A Novel - Karin Tanabe
The Address: A Novel - Fiona Davis

About an hour ago I finished Where The Light Falls by Allison and Owen Pataki. It was an emotional 4 star read. Not what I'm accustomed to, but well with it! I will start The Diplomat's Daughter by Karin Tanabe tonight. I absolutely loved The Gilded Years. I'm excited to get to The Address by Fiona Davis and hope it lives up to all the hype. A weekend filled with historical fiction is a great one indeed.

 

 

What are you reading this weekend?

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review 2017-07-29 03:34
Red is a smart & fun heroine
Red's Planet: Book 1: A World Away from Home - Eddie Pittman

 

 

Red is a spunky 10-year old girl who runs away from her foster home, looking for a place to belong and ends up abducted by an alien spaceship. When the spaceship crashes on an alien planet, Red is stuck with a crazy bunch of aliens that she must learn to live with. The artwork is gorgeous, bright, and colorful and adds to the humor of the story.

 

I really liked this one. Red is smart and headstrong. The other aliens are funny, including two that look like the man-eating plant from Little Shop of Horrors, and a cute gray alien with huge eyes. 

 

Kids will enjoy this adventure.

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review 2017-07-29 01:36
This was unique and well written but ultimately just Meh
The Dark Days Club (A Lady Helen Novel) - Alison Goodman

It's hard to believe that so many of my GR friends loved this book to teensy smithereens. I don't know... I'm torn. While it was an extensively researched, meticulously delivered, well written Historic Fantasy with strict proprietry and rigid expectations abound, I just didn't love it. I might not be the preferred demographic though. I am admittedly no connoisseur of 19th century London or Historical Romance as a whole for that matter. I WAS impressed and quite taken with the unique mythology as well as with the quick witted, intelligent heroine that managed to be both kick ass and period appropriate almost all of the time. Another uncommon aspect was that the heroine got to choose her own destiny. Granted, there was no clear-cut good or right choice to be made BUT she was given the opportunity to take her fate into her own hands (mostly) and that is not usually the case with most Coming of Age paranormal stories. There was a romantic triangle brewing which can be hit or miss (usually a miss for me)... especially since the union I am almost certain readers will be rooting for most is percolating at a frustratingly slow pace. The other characters were also done well. I especially enjoyed Helen's relationship with her maid Darby.

 

All of these factors put together sounds like a book to be exalted right? I liked it, I really did, but I did not love it as most reviewers have and because of this my rating reflects it.

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