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Crystal Gardens (Ladies of Lantern Street #1)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  4,149 ratings  ·  435 reviews
Evangeline Ames has rented a country cottage far from the London streets where she was recently attacked. Fascinated by the paranormal energy of nearby Crystal
Gardens, she finds pleasure in sneaking past the wall to explore the grounds. And when her life is threatened again, she instinctively goes to the gardens for safety.

Lucas Sebastian has never been one to ignore a lad
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Putnam Adult (first published January 1st 380)
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Hillari Delgado
I won't be the first long-time Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz) fan to voice her disappointment that one of my favorite authors is just 'going through the motions' in her latest release. 'Crystal Gardens' is a mash-up of themes, events and even character names from her backlist. She's done all this before, and better.

Of deeper concern is that Quick/Krentz appears to be dredging up some unappealing and long-discredited notions of 'romance' in her effort to prop up this weak offering. Quick/Krentz
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Crystal Gardens is for readers who enjoy their historical romance with strong paranormal elements. In this case, a huge part of the story is the concept of 'psychical energies.' Both Evangeline and Lucas have paranormal abilities, and they are drawn to Crystal Gardens, Lucas' deceased uncle's estate by no accident. In the case of Lucas, he comes to investigate his uncle's murder. Evangeline comes to soak up the atmosphere and work on her series of serial novels, and also to investigate the place ...more
3 stars is really a stretch but others might like everything "psychical" more than I.

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El amor muy muy precipitado y la relación entre ellos, cuando menos, muy "moderna".
El tema del suspense no está mal, pero tampoco es que me haya emocionado, hartita del tema de las corrientes de energía, que tampoco, al final, he tenido muy claro qué narices pasaba con el dichoso jardin jajajaja
Lo que sí me ha sorprendido es la "·naturalidad" y lo "normal" que comentan el tema de los trabajillos de él, justicia por su mano.
Entretenido, pero me esperaba mucho más
Jess the Romanceaholic
Not my favorite from Amanda Quick, but still entertaining. As with all of Ms. Quick/Krentz/Castle's books, it was very... light. I've read all but a few books from this author (which is saying something -- I know there's over 80 of them, probably more), and one thing I've always been able to count on would be that they're easy reading. There's excitement, danger, and a touch of steam, and makes a great pool-side read.

3.5/5 Stars
Re-read 18/2/13

My opinion of this new series JAK book hasn't changed, it is still well written, good characters, Victorian England at its paranormal romance best.

That said, JAK has repeated some plot points from previous books, the people eating plant maze, the Sensation Writer heroine, the murky crystals and the most obvious one, the psychical nature of our H/h. It so obviously draws on the Arcane books without ever mentioning them.

The paranormal, creepy gardens surrounding the almost abandon
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Evangeline is a paid companion and a budding authoress. She is renting a cottage from the elusive Lucas Sebastian on an estate that is buzzing with paranormal vibes and rumors of things that go bump in the night. Most townsfolk are scared of the estate and the owner, but Evangeline finds herself attracted to both. When Lucas rescues her, Evangeline finds herself teaming up with her mysterious landlord.

The plot to this story sounded wonderful to me. I am not a huge fan of Ms. Quick and all her ps
3.5 stars

I am a long-time Amanda Quick fan, and I particularly enjoy listening to her stories via audiobook. This was not my favorite offering from her, but I thought the core story was quite good. The overall book suffered a bit from Quick's obvious efforts to set up for a full series. The story started with some good action, and then I thought she was going to talk me to death as we entered a long section of backstory, exposition, dialogue and miscellaneous secondary characters who were clearl
Okay, well I haven't read it yet, as it's not yet available. But I KNOW I'll love it. Who doesn't love some Arcane thrills?
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Apr 12, 2012 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mollie *scoutrmom* by: Cherise Everhard
Shelves: romance, read-in-2012
First, the disclaimers. I received this advanced copy from a fellow reader, not from any organization trying to promote buzz or generate great reviews or anything of that nature. I acknowledge that I was reading an uncorrected proof and the errors I saw will probably not be seen by the general reader. I don't let the fact that I did not buy the product influence the review.

I adored this story! It contains a mystery full of red herrings. We are viewing varying motives of greed, revenge, jealousy,
Evangeline has taken a sabbatical from her day job and retired to the country to write her first novel. Of course, that's not the only reason - there was that little matter of a violent altercation involving her last case. And then there is the inspiration to be found for a supernatural novel in the local Roman ruins and the country house known as Crystal Gardens which locals prefer to avoid. Sadly, after completing four chapters of the novel she is extremely uninspired, suffering both boredom a ...more
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When Evangeline Ames is attacked in her bed in the middle of the night, she climbs out the window and runs to safety - in the dubious form of the walled estate next door, its strangely luminous gardens, and its mysterious new owner, Lucas Sebastian.

Given the current downturn in quality of Quick/Krentz/Castle books, I was disappointed but not surprised to find that Crystal Gardens continued the trend. Newcomers or insanely die-hard fans will probably appreciate this effort, but I (generally a di
Lady Lioness
I don't mind paranormal mixed with historical, but I kinda wish Krentz/Quick would go back to writing straight-up historicals. Don't get me wrong, I do like Krentz/Castle's paranormal books, but her Krentz/Quick mash-ups aren't as strong, with the paranormal elements often superfluous to the plot.
Crystal Gardens review

1 ½ stars

I think I finished reading this book out of a sense of nostalgia. I had so enjoyed some of Amanda Quick’s earlier novels, that I felt a bit sad to realize that this would be the last book I would ever read by this author… because she is now churning out complete CRAP!

This isn’t a well thought out story at all. Everything is now “metaphysical”, “supernatural”, “paranormal”, etc. The hero or heroine just has to “heighten his senses” or “unleash her energy” and POOF!.
Evangeline has left London for an extended break due to an attempt on her life. Her father believed a place called the crystal gardens is a vortex and has a lot of paranormal energy. Evangeline also desires to be a writer so she moves into a cottage near the gardens for inspiration. Life is not exciting for Evangeline she is not writing much and she is a little bored. Then one night an attacker breaks into her cottage and threatens her life. Evangeline runs to the gardens where she runs right in ...more
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Another great read from Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz. This is the first in a new historical series titled Ladies of Lantern Street. While it is not part of the Arcane Society series it does have the same feel to it. So if you liked one you will like the other.

Both Lucas and Evangeline have psychical abilities. Lucas is the new owner of the Crystal Gardens which includes botanicals that are fed by paranormal activity and actually glow during the night. Wh
3.5 stars

Amanda Quick (aka Jayne Ann Krentz, aka Jayne Castle) has been a comfort read author of mine for years. I know exactly what to expect when I pick up a book and she usually delivers a good solid story.

Crystal Gardens has all of the standard JAK/AQ elements:
1. The hero, Lucas Sebastian, is seen as a monster by almost everyone. However, the heroine, Evangeline Ames, sees him as a protector who takes care of those he considers his responsibility.
2. Lucas' step-mother is afraid of this influ
I know other reviewers have commented on the seeming repetition of some of AQs' other books with this one. I didn't notice, nor care. I have been in a complete reading funk lately and a lot of it is because I seem to repeatedly be picking up supposed 'romances' whether they be historical, paranormal or suspense and they are not what I deem to be romance, they are erotica. With the huge success of a certain erotic trilogy, I know that this trend is gaining popularity. But I would like my romances ...more
Classic Amanda Quick (aka Jayne Ann Krentz). Evangeline Ames is an intelligent older (virgin) heroine with some paranormal talent, who meets Lucas Sebastien, her landlord, a mysterious older man who others are afraid of (because they sense but don't understand his paranormal talents). Someone is trying to kill Evangeline, and Lucas feels obliged to protect her, both because she is is tenant, and because he finds her interesting...

Cue the usual blundering criminals, more intelligent criminals and
Crystal Gardens is the first book in Amanda Quick's The Ladies of Lantern Street series and is a sub-series of her Arcane Society series, which I have been religiously following since 2006. Quick's commitment to the Victorian/Steampunk/Paranormal Romance world that she has created shows in each installment, as she continues to build this evocative, fascinating England full of "talented" individuals: she truly understands the abilities of her characters and has explored the limits of the genre th ...more
I am in two minds about "Crystal Gardens" by Amanda Quick. I liked the story and characters well enough but at the same time, I felt it lacked finesse. Although readers could “sense” (excuse the pun!) where the story was going, there were often large, gaping gaps between chapters. So much so I often had to go back a page or two to check I hadn’t skipped forward by accident.

The predictable twists and turns ensured this book is firmly ensconced in the “summer” read category of anticipated storylin
Kathy Martin
Evangeline Ames has come to the quiet, rural town of Little Digby to get over an attempted murder and to write the next chapters of her sensational novel. She has been there a couple of weeks suffering from both boredom and writer's block, when she is awakened one evening by someone breaking in. She flees to the nearest home, that of her landlord Lucas Sebastian. She attempts to hide from her assailant in the very scary gardens that surround the house. She had been warned by the locals that stra ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
It has been ages since I read a true Regency or Edwardian Romance. In fact Georgette Heyer comes to mind. This book was recommended by Nora Adrienne Deret in her column and so I sent for a Paranormal Romantic Mystery.

Crystal Gardens is the name of the manor home in the countryside town of Little Dixby, England. About three hours ride from London via the train. A lone lady has rented the Manor's cottage for a month, while she recuperates from an attempted murderous attack, her name is Evangeline
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The first in this series for me. I didn't think I was going to be reading historical again and enjoying it. Turns out, if the writing is good, it works for me. I enjoyed this one as I do for pretty much every Ms. Quick book.

This new ladies of Lantern Street is pretty cool with their private investigations. It actually makes sense what it is they investigate. Evangeline is a spunky detective with cool paranormal powers. Lucas Sebastian is much put upon man. I like him. His family is interesting.
Diane ~Firefly~
This seemed a bit more like Amanda Quick of old. I find it interesting that all her new series seem to be non-Arcane Society, but still have similar powers - just no bigger agenda. It is classic JAK, with a strong and quirky heroine and a misunderstood hero with family issues. The crystal gardens were an interesting setting and I wouldn't mind finding out more about them. I liked how Evangeline's budding career as a writer really seemed to be behind her motives for most things she did. Her frien ...more
I love winning books!! When I get it and read it I'll let you all know if it was a good one.

Some how I won two copies of this book, dang it. I guess my local library will be getting them soon.

I kept waiting for something to happen in this book! After awhile it got really frustrating. It started off really good with the attempted murder, and the main character fleeing to a mysterious garden, but then it just kind of flat lined from there.

Every time I thought something exciting might happen, noth
3.5 stars

Light-hearted, fast-paced story featuring standard JAK/AQ themes: an emotionally-restrained hero with dangerous psychical powers entranced by a sensible-but-artistic heroine with psychical powers of her own. Also features a vaguely gothic abbey, a garden full of man-eating plants, meddling family members and a small cast of potential villains.

The plot and characters lack the focus and depth of the author's best works, but this was still an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon.

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I was hugely disappointed in this book.

It's missing the deeper characterizations that make earlier Amanda Quick books some of my favorite historical romances. And it's missing the cute banter and dialogue that also make Quick's books so entertaining.

It's a rote and paint-by-numbers book.

Not worth it in hardcover. Not worth reading at all.

The only part that was interesting was the excerpt from The Lost Night, the next entry from Jayne Castle.
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Pseudonym of Jayne Ann Krentz

The author of over 40 consecutive New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense, often with a psychic and paranormal twist, in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 30 million copies of her books in print.

She earned a B.A. in History from the Uni
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