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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Review: A Poisoned Season

A Poisoned Season A Poisoned Season by Tasha Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If this is any indication, I finished the book in just one day, at 4am. I really loved this book. It was very intriguing and captivating.

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Review: And Only to Deceive

And Only to Deceive And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am loving this series. I started by reading book 9, as that was how I found the series. This is the first in a series of 12 (with 3 enovella's). Cozy mysteries set in England and Paris during Queen Victoria's reign near her Jubilee. A lot of missing person's, intrigue, theft, and any murder is not grisly with few details related. A lot of historical information in the books.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Review: A Beauty So Rare

A Beauty So Rare A Beauty So Rare by Tamera Alexander
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I gave it 3 stars instead of 4 because her books in this series take awhile to get started. In other words, I'm a third of the way into the book before I'm emotionally invested in the characters enough to want to see what happens to them. By the end, you love the book.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Review: A Lasting Impression

A Lasting Impression A Lasting Impression by Tamera Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a very lovely story. It's set in 1866/1867, 2 years after the end of the American civil war, in Nashville, Tennessee. The heroine of the story is unwittingly an art forger, trying to make a new life for herself. There is a Christian element to the story, but it's minor and not intrusive.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Review: The Counterfeit Heiress

The Counterfeit Heiress The Counterfeit Heiress by Tasha Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found this at Dollar Tree for just $1. I really liked the book. Turns out it's book 9 in a 12 book series. Thankfully my local library has the rest of the series.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Review: Storm Glass

Storm Glass Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I was disappointed in this book. I expected more after loving the Study series by Maria Snyder so much. This isn't bad, don't get me wrong. But it doesn't compare to the Study series.

Opal is a rather young, inexperienced and occassionally whiny character. The love triangle is getting drawn out and suspect it'll take all 3 books to get resolved. Although glassblowing is interesting, it gets old after awhile so not looking forward to two more books of it. I'll finish the series so I know what happens to all the characters. I do love the authors world of Sitia/Ixia. But I never have cared for Opal's character. I worried it couldn't stand up to the Study series and I was proved right. It's still not bad, in fact, better than alot of books. But the Study series is superior by far.

Edited. Glass series Note: I had to reduce the star rating of this book and the Glass series overall. I tried rereading the Glass series as I was rereading the Poison and Soulfinder series. I can't do it. I understand from a plot point-of-view due to storylines where the author had the main character Opal tortured. What I cannot deal with, (spoiler) is that Opal falls for her abuser. I can't believe he has a total chance of heart. You can't change your complete personality. The torture and her sister's death had such a huge impact on Opal, I just can't (spoiler) believe she willingly marries him by the end of the series. Women tend to fall for the bad boys, and then get abused by them. They don't usually fall in love and marry them AFTER the abuse. And this isn't normal abuse, it's torture and rape. Due to this, I can't recommend the Glass series to anyone and I can't reread it. For those of us that are survivors of abuse, it's just too painful to read.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Review: Dawn Study

Dawn Study Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book, the last in the Ixia/Sitia series. It tied up all loose ends nicely.

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