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review 2018-02-14 20:24
Great book for urban fantasy lovers!
Midnight Riot - Ben Aaronovitch

I enjoyed reading this one as it featured a main character who wasn’t your typical anti-hero - which we seem to have a lot lately. I’m glad to see Peter was just your average good guy who’s doing his best to be a policeman until he comes across supernatural things in which his whole life changes.

Peter’s relationship with Nightingale is pretty much a mentor/student one. Nightingale has his own secrets though and a few are revealed but there’s more to him that you think - I hope there’s more information about him in the later books to come. There are other supporting characters; I do like Leslie because she’s got the wit (possible love interest, maybe) and she’s a perfect sidekick to Peter. Molly is another interesting character that I would love to know more about. Again this is the first book in the series so I’m hoping more character development will eventually come forth in later books.


The world building is pretty good and Peter does a good job also explaining how things are in London (I admit I had to google a couple of things as I didn’t know who or what Punch and Judy were) but it gives you information on the city and events that are common there to actually make you feel as if you are following Peter around as he tries to solve the case and becomes an apprentice.


The plot was well done and I liked how the different story arcs come together in the end into one large circle. It may seem confusing at first but once you have everything laid out and you know who is who everything comes to a close and it’s a great closing. It obviously leaves room for more books coming so one can look forward to what is next for Peter.


(The Riot scene though? Holyyyyy sheeeeeee what the……)


It’s a good read, those who are into urban fantasy mysteries will likely like this type of book. Looking forward to book two!

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review 2018-01-02 14:15
Interesting Look at the Rivers and Faceless Man
The Hanging Tree - Ben Aaronovitch

Well after the lackluster 5th book, "The Hanging Tree" was an improvement. The only thing that I honestly think that doesn't work is Peter and Beverly's relationship. It doesn't seem to be much of one honestly. They were barely even talking in this one besides having sex with each other. The ending was nice though. It seems that Peter is realizing that The Faceless Man may have plans for his apprentice (Leslie). 


Peter and Nightingale are still investigating the Little Crocodiles and trying to get a handle on The Faceless Man and Leslie. Peter is now dating Beverly (one of the Rivers) and though it doesn't seem like much of a relationship, Peter seems to be somewhat content. When Lady Ty calls in the favor that Peter owes her, he finds himself looking into whether Lady Ty's daughter, Olivia, is responsible for the death of a young woman named Christine Chorley. What made me laugh is that you initially think that Peter is going to abide by Lady Ty's wishes, he doesn't. Tells Nightingale and everyone around him what he's doing. 


I do love how the above ties into the mystery of The Faceless Man. We get to see Leslie again and I guess she's firmly on the side of evil as it were at this point. Her face is fixed which seems to be the only thing she cared about. There is some weird tension about her with Peter though. He is definitely betrayed, but the way Aaronovitch writes it, I swear you think that Peter wants to be with her in some way. I don't know. That part was confusing. Beverly seemed to press Peter on it some in the book, but backed off. I really don't get why Aaronovitch is trying to do or say, but at this point, Peter would be a fool to think that Leslie gives a damn about him since she so easily keeps betraying him and Nightingale. 


We get some more history about magic and get to meet some new characters that I assume will show up in future books. We also get the reappearance of the character of DC Sahra Guleed who I enjoyed a lot. I hope she is in the next book. She's tough and she and Peter worked well together.


The ending surprised me a bit though there are echoes of what is coming from the beginning of the book with Peter dreaming of Punch again (see Rivers of London). I am now curious how that is going to tie into the seventh book. 

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text 2017-12-29 20:12
Reading progress update: I've read 18%.
The Hanging Tree - Ben Aaronovitch

Well liking this better than the last book. Beverly and Peter are definitely together. It seems that Ty's daughter is in a bit of trouble and is calling in that favor that Peter owes her. What I am laughing about is that he still went and told Nightingale and pretty much ignored her. Something tells me he's getting paid back for that one later. 

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review 2017-11-27 16:39
Foxglove Summer: A Rivers of London Novel - Ben Aaronovitch

Spoilers for those who have not read books #1 through #4. 


Seriously. I know I am probably going to get yelled at for this review. But I stand by everything I am saying. This felt like half a book. There were so many dangling threads left that when the book came to an end I had to make sure that I didn't accidentally skip over the pages. The lack of Nightingale being part of things was felt. Peter was being a fool throughout most of the book so that was frustrating. I don't know what we are supposed to be feeling about Lesley. But her coming out with a whole, "I did it for you Peter" mess just made me roll my eyes. I don't know what Ben Aaronovitch is doing with her character.


"Foxglove Summer" has Peter away from London going to help out on a case of two missing girls. Initially, Peter doesn't think that magic had anything to do with the two girls and really wants to stay and help (also to avoid thinking about Lesley) but once magic starts to creep up, he realizes that something supernatural is going on.


Peter was a mess in this one. I get it, it's like what happened to Muller when Scully was MIA. Peter though he is trying to deny it, misses Lesley cause she's not there to point out things he is missing. I really wanted him to be more angry though. At least Nightingale seems to get how dangerous it is that Lesley is out in the world working for the Faceless Man. I didn't like that Peter essentially keeps doing stupid things throughout this book and even in the end, without Beverly helping out, he would have been screwed. 


We have Beverly fully in this one, so that is the only reason why I gave this two stars. I still don't understand her and Peter's "relationship" at all. I was just glad they finally stopped with the will they or won't they thing. I just found it very odd she and Peter don't really get into what Lesley did or what exactly does it mean that Peter is sleeping with her. 


I don't get what Aaronvitch is doing with Lesley. Okay she betrayed Peter and Nightingale. I kept thinking that she wasn't jealous of Peter and Beverly, but that seems to be where she is at headspace wise. Is this why she is doing this? I hope not, I am not thrilled with her betraying everyone. But if this turns out to be she did this to get her face back so Peter could love her, yuck. It also didn't help that she goes that in a year the Faceless Man is going to ruin the world, but hey Peter I am going to keep you safe. Is she out of her mind? So screw her family, his family, Molly, Nightingale, etc. Only Peter matters? I was just baffled by the whole thing.

There are only phone calls between Peter and Nightingale which was frustrating. At least a new character finally clued us into what the big battle was all about and why Nightingale doesn't want to talk about it though.


I really didn't like anyone besides the character of Dominic who steps into Lesley's shoes and made me laugh. That said, there was very little humor in this one.

The writing was okay, just muddled at times. We don't have Ben Aaronovitch going back to tie things up so I was just confused about a number of plot points.


We know that the two girls are sisters (the fake Nicole and real Nicole) so how did that happen? Also how did everyone in the village sleep with one guy and no one thinks they should be concerned that they may share kids so they should be thinking about what happens when they are all dating age?


Does this mean that Nicole's oldest sister (blanking on her name) is a changeling?


Does this mean that due to Peter reneging on his deal with the Fairy Queen he is going to owe the Rivers?


Also does this mean that Peter is going to get into trouble with Nightingale for getting involved with Beverly?


I had so many questions and wanted to kick something. 

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The flow was off after a good 20 percent of the book. I found myself getting bored. Without anyone to really bounce things off of, Peter is kind of a boring character. 

The setting of Herefordshire was good. I could picture a village that has a touch of magic about it and all of the neighbors knowing each other. I just didn't get a sense for the village as a whole. We stayed focused on the two families, and Dominic's family and that was about it. I wish that Peter had been out and about more with the locals. 


The ending was a letdown. I think that Aaronovitch thought he wrapped things up...but yeah not even a little bit. This book felt shorter to me too. It was 333 pages though so it's not that. It just felt like very little got done in this one compared to the other books in the series. 

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review 2017-11-22 13:09
Foxglove Summer ★★★★☆
Foxglove Summer: PC Peter Grant, Book 5 - Ben Aaronovitch,Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

More fun with my favorite apprentice wizard cop, this time out in Herefordshire on the border of Wales instead of in London, investigating the disappearance of two preteen girls. We get to meet a retired wizard cop and his weirdo granddaughter, and we have more – much, much more! – of Beverly, and we even get a teeny satisfying peek at what’s going on with Lesley. I can’t say I came away really understanding all the logic of what happened, but that’s probably because I was listening to the audio while distracted, and one of these days I’ll get around to re-reading these books and will take a more critical look at such things. For now, I’ll just say it was enormously entertaining.


Audiobook, via Audible, with another masterful performance by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. I read this for The 16 Tasks of the Festive Season, square 14: Book themes for Dies Natalis Solis Invicti: Celebrate the sun and read a book that has a beach or seaside setting.  –OR– a book set during summertime. –OR– set in the Southern Hemisphere. This story is set in high summer, as we are constantly reminded of the oppressive heat (Are the West Midlands that much hotter than London?), and seasonal flora that are relevant to solving the mystery.

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