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review 2017-07-26 00:47
The Fallen Angel
The Fallen Angel - Daniel Silva

The Fallen Angel is a mid-series entry (#12) in Daniel Silva’s long-running series about Israeli spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon. At the beginning of The Fallen Angel, Gabriel is retired from the intrigue business and at the Vatican to restore a painting by Caravaggio. He is drawn into an investigation of the death of a female curator who was investigating malfeasance in the Vatican collection by his friend and occasional ally, private secretary to his Holiness Pope Paul VII, Monsignor Luigi Donati. Of course, Donati knows more than he initially reveals and soon Gabriel is off to the Italian countryside followed by St. Moritz to investigate. It being a Gabriel Allon story, there can’t be just one villain, just one plot, and soon enough the story circles back to events in Israel and the clock is ticking as Gabriel races to save the world in the nick of time.


Read by iconic narrator George Guidall, The Fallen Angel, like many thrillers made an excellent audiobook. While The Fallen Angel can stand alone, I would have benefitted from a more recent memory of the previous volume in the series (which I somehow appear to have missed). Gabriel has been aging in real time and would be in his late 50s at the time of The Fallen Angel. He is still, barely, young enough for the high jinx to be plausible. While Daniel Silva continues to turn out one well researched Gabriel story a year (#17 was published earlier in July 2017), the stories since The Fallen Angel just haven’t been quite as compelling.


Read for  Fantasyland 6: Read a book set in a Western European Country or with a wintry scene on the cover




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review 2016-02-02 03:09
Cotton Candy
Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover - Ally Carter

These Gallagher Girl books are a bit like cotton candy.  They can be a enjoyable bit of mindless fluff, but quickly go cloyingly sweet and then become stale.  I've been spacing the books in the series out, but partway through Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover, I started wondering if I was really reading a new book, or just a twist on the same plot as the last one.  I guess it will be a while before I return to this series.


I listened to I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You as an audiobook, which might have increased my enjoyment, but my local library doesn't appear to have access to the others in the series as in the audiobook format. Ah well.

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review 2015-05-23 02:29
I'd Tell You That I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You - Ally Carter

Take one part Boarding School for exceptional youngsters (in this case girl geniuses), one part young teen romance (so sweet) , and one part spy (in training) - mix them all together and you get the delightful yarn by Ally Carter titled I'd Tell You That I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You.


I'd seen favorable reviews of the later books in the Gallagher Girls series a bit ago, and was excited when the first of this series was offered through the 2014 Audiobook Sync program, but somehow I'd not gotten around to listening.


After several false starts on other audiobooks that didn't hold my interest, I romped through the first semester of Sophmore year along with Cammie Morgan and her friends,  tough-Brit Bex, and Southern-belle Liz over two days on a multi-hour car-trip for work.  The personalities and accents were brilliantly brought to life by Narrator Renée Raudman.  I am disappointed that my local library only carries the series in print, but will definitely  be working the rest of the series into my reading rotation.

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review 2015-05-04 02:45
Split Second
Split Second - Scott Brick,David Baldacci

1st in series.  Lots of time spent wondering how the 2 main characters will meet.  Will be interesting to see if it goes up from here.

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text 2015-04-26 16:03
Dewey's 24 Hour Read-A-Thon Wrapup
Split Second - Scott Brick,David Baldacci

As my previous post stated, I did get up and read some more this morning, but then had to go do Mom stuff for a couple of hours.  So here's my post Read-A-Thon wrap-up and the 


End of Event Meme:


  • Which hour was most daunting for you?  Midnight to 1 am (Hour 20 ish)  I was trying to decide on a new book to start and if I was going to stick to my plan of going to bed 2ish
  • Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I really liked the excuse to read a few picture books (now that my kids are out of that age) though I almost feel like I was cheating with how much doing so raised my page count.  I recommend looking at the  Caldecott Winners and the picture book categories of the Nerdy Book Club and Cybils book awards.  
  • Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Better instructions for new cheerleaders, potentially a tool or advice for new cheerleaders on the best way to figure out when there is new content on the blogs from your team.
  • What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The effort of the organizers and volunteers to make it seamless for the rest of us
    1. How many books did you read? 2 novels, 5 picture books, and odds and ends of other things. My 11 year old son also read 2 novels.


    1. What were the names of the books you read?

    Forever by Maggie Stiefvater 

    Rain Reign by Ann M. Maxwell

    Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall

    This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

    Tracking Trash by Oree Griffin Burns

    The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Melissa Sweet & Jen Bryant

    A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz


    I also listened to the short stories Enginesong: A Rondeau and 21 Steps To Enlightenment (Minus 1), polished off the last chapter and a half of The Surgeon's: Life and Death in a Top Heart Center by Charles R. Morris and read more in Split Second by David Baldacci which I had started before the Read-A-Thon.


    My 11 year old son, who typically devours at least one novel a weekend, read 2/3 of By The Sword and all of Winds of Fate both by Mercedes Lackey


    1. Which book did you enjoy most? Red: A Crayon’s Story


    1. Which did you enjoy least? Rain Reign


    1. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? It was fun! I really liked using short cheering stints as a break from reading.


    1. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Likely to participate again (real life schedule permitting).  Likely to both cheer and read again.


    So to summarize:

    Hours read total: about 8.5 to 9?

    Hours spent participating: 10 or 11?


    Pages read total: 962


  • Other participants cheered for: 16
  • All in all a successful, fun, day!  Thank you to all who cheered for me.  I look forward to exploring your blogs during the rest of the year.


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