My husband bought this for me right around the time that our first child was born - I can't remember now if he bought it the christmas before, or if h...moreMy husband bought this for me right around the time that our first child was born - I can't remember now if he bought it the christmas before, or if he bought it BECAUSE of the baby ... at any rate, I ended up reading it while breastfeeding in the middle of the night: baby in one arm, book in the other. I remember being surprised at (a) how easy it was to hold both baby and book successfully, and (b) how entertaining the book was. (less)
One page in and I'm reminded of why I love this series (and I'm wondering why I ever set it down): "I felt my temper rising, the result of too much tr...moreOne page in and I'm reminded of why I love this series (and I'm wondering why I ever set it down): "I felt my temper rising, the result of too much travel and too much time spent in proximity to my family." Julia is so cranky and full of herself, just like me!! :-)(less)
This isn't really the kind of book I usually read, and I'm not quite sure what to make of it. The spine classifies it as fiction, and so do I, but it'...moreThis isn't really the kind of book I usually read, and I'm not quite sure what to make of it. The spine classifies it as fiction, and so do I, but it's also got a touch of genre to it... but which genre? A bit of mystery, quite a lot of archeology, a bit of Scottish romance, a bit of a ghost story... This was slow and lovely, and I did indeed stay up far too late one night reading it.
I've never read Susanna Kearsley before, and I have to wonder if even her publisher isn't sure how to classify her. Emblazoned across the cover is "in the tradition of Barbara Michaels and in the tradition of Daphne du Maurier and like vintage Mary Stewart .... well, I've never read any of THOSE authors, either, so none of that is very helpful!
There is one passage I rather liked:
She shook her head, and for the first time since I'd met her she looked her full age. "You can't ever go back " Far out beyond the harbor mouth the sea-god's horses tossed their curling manes and rushed in on the inevitable tide, and Nancy Fortune stood and watched them come. "Life moves on," she said gently, "and you can't go back. You've only got one chance to get it right."
Miss Alexia Tarabotti was not enjoying her evening. Private balls were never more than middling amusemen
...moreThe first paragraph couldn't be more charming.
Miss Alexia Tarabotti was not enjoying her evening. Private balls were never more than middling amusements for spinsters, and Miss Tarabotti was no the kind of spinster who could garner even that much pleasure from the event. To put the pudding in the puff: she had retreated to the library, her favorite sanctuary in any house, only to happen upon an unexpected vampire. She glared at the vampire. For his part, the vampire seemed to feel that their encounter had improved his ball experience immeasurably. For there she sat, without escort, in a low-necked ball gown.
I really enjoyed this book, it became a real page-turner, and it was fun, and the characters felt real. But the mystery was a little disappointing - (view spoiler)[I expected the "bad guy" to be someone we'd already been introduced to, and it wasn't. (hide spoiler)] And then Alexia and the earl are in fear for their LIVES, but all they can think about is how much they want to hump each other? The book lost me at that point, sadly, lost me so much that I had to downgrade my rating. But it was still a great book! Ms Carriger is a champ with the witty dialogue and clever inventions - it's the mystery and suspense that kind of lost me.
Some of the less positive reviews seem to be from people who didn't realize it's a romance. Romances are, by their very nature, formulaic and somewhat predictable. This book is a delightful genre mash-up, but I think the publishers do it a disservice marketing it as a fantasy/horror. At it's heart, it is a romance. A historical romance. A paranormal historical romance. Here's how I saw the genre breakdown: romance historical romance paranormal historical romance Victorian paranormal historical romance steampunk Victorian paranormal historical romance steampunk Victorian paranormal historical romance and mystery steampunk Victorian paranormal historical romance and mystery involving werewolves and vampires
And okay, the whole lotsa soul or no soul thing left me feeling a bit ... nonplussed. The premise here: people who can turn into vampires and werewolves are able to turn BECAUSE they have EXTRA soulstuff (and they are mostly men, because women usually fail to turn, but only a woman can be used to turn others - huh wha? I like it, I do, but it feels not-completely-thought-out) but Alexia has NO soul, which means she feels emotions like joy, and she feels lust, and she seems to have morals, but ... she ... uh ... I don't know, she has fashion sense but no fashion sense, and she blurts out her opinions instead of hiding them? She's sort of a Vulcan, but she's also emotional. It's like, the author was on the CUSP of brilliance here, but she lost it, and we're left with ... this soul/soulless thing, that almost kinda sorta makes sense. But doesn't. What saves this is, buried in the middle somewhere, we learn that the soul/soulless thing is just a THEORY, a Victorian theory. Ahah! It's the working theory of the time, but other scientists are proffering OTHER theories, and there is some disagreement. If these books can progress and we can learn more about the details (and learn that some of the theory is off a bit), I'll settle in nicely for the longhaul on this series. I did completely and totally LOVE the part about how Puritans sailed to American because they find vampires and werewolves evil and immoral, etc. and refuse to allow them to join society. That's a pretty brilliant allegory, when you think about today's conservative Christian political movement in the US.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I had a hard time with the first few pages of this book, as new terms like "bugger" and "bounder" were casually introduced in conversation and I had t...moreI had a hard time with the first few pages of this book, as new terms like "bugger" and "bounder" were casually introduced in conversation and I had to scramble to figure them out - but a few more pages in, and I was hooked! This is a fantastic genre-blending story. It's a steam punk! it's a romance! it's a forensic mystery! it's a political thriller! it's an adventure!
Our protagonist, Mina, is the Detective Inspector Wilhelmina Wentworth and her specialty is solving murders. She sticks her bare hands in a dead man's mouth! ICK! She is intelligent, brave, independent, insecure, courageous, and all-around wonderful. All of the supporting characters are multidimensional, too, which is fantastic - especially her assistant, Constable Newberry (love that guy already!) and the Duke's sidekick, Lord Scarsdale, who is irrepressibly joyful in even the worst of circumstances. Sadly, the one character who feels like a cardboard cutout is ... Rhys, the love interest. He wasn't so bad from her POV, when he was still mysterious and she was really very busy looking for clues ... but when we got to the obligatory Rhys-POV, ugh. He is the trite alpha male found in romances the world over.
One important note (for me) - when I read 'Iron Duke' I thought he was going to be part machine part man (like some characters in this book are) - to my relief, the iron involved is the iron fence he put up around his house. (view spoiler)[ okay it turns out he IS made of iron. But it's okay, it's not weird or robotic or anything. (hide spoiler)]
Things I love: * Mina, the protagonist - she is so complex! Independent, intelligent, brave but not fearless, compassionate (and her name evokes the dark dangerous world of Dracula - nice touch!) * Newberry, Mina's constable, who respects & adores Mina * The constant struggle everyone endures to control their emotions. People were controlled by the Horde for 200 years, and they have lost the ability to naturally control their own emotions; it's a skill that is still being re-learned by society, 9 years after the downfall of the Horde. * The incredible world-building: how would the world be different if the Mongols (the Horde) had taken over Europe 400 years ago? How would it affect our politics, our religion, our society? * the casual racism against those born from Horde rapes * all the clever little inventions
Things I don't love: * Rhys, the two-dimensional cardboard cutout of a man. He's everything that every trite love interest is: tall (over six-foot!), broad-shouldered, incredibly handsome, muscles like steel (although in this book, maybe they really are steel!), arrogant, secretive, manipulative, and a self-centered jerk.
Actually, that's the only thing I don't love. I didn't hate Rhys as a love interest or as a character, I just wished he was more complex.
There is one thing that I didn't understand, and maybe I missed the explanation somewhere in the beginning. (view spoiler)[We learn that Rhys is exceptional, with iron bones and bugs that can't be controlled, because he was born that way, born with mutated bugs in his system, much as the second generation of enhanced cats were born larger, stronger, and uncontrollable. But ... the English have been "infected" with bugs for 200 years, and they've been having children all this time ... if it's a simple matter of reproducing, as the cats reproduced into Rat Catchers, then surely ALL of England would be like Rhys by now???? And yet, they are not - all of England is filled with buggers, infected by bugs, but all basically of human anatomy, and completely controllable by the Horde radio frequencies. (hide spoiler)]
Oh, and one other quibble: at one point, Rhys is described as having a hairy chest and hairy legs - not EXCESSIVELY hirsute, but, basically, a man. And ... the guy on the cover has a completely hairless chest. POOR CHOICE, GRAPHICS DEPARTMENT!
Okay, FINE, one more quibble: there are zombies. In Europe. But England is full of buggers. Why, Horde, why? Why zombies in Europe and buggers in England?? This doesn't totally make sense, but I can kinda sorta accept it as: the Horde experimented and learned as they went ... they didn't have the bugger tech available when they first conquered Europe, so, zombies it was! By the time they made it to England, they had perfected their tech a bit more. And it's fine that the buggers don't totally know, since the Horde wouldn't bother explaining ... And then I wonder: well, WTF are the Horde up to NOW?? They're still around - we see their ships. Surely they are planning something new? Why does no one seem particularly worried about THAT???
So, in summary: despite a few imperfections, I LOVED this book! I highly recommend it to all steam punk fans who also enjoy romance. It would have been 5 stars if only the romance was less trite.
As I read, I found many quotable passages - I started marking them, so I could write them down later. Here they all are:
In two centuries, the Brits who'd fled to the New World had devolved into prudes. Probably because Cromwell and his Separatists had settled there decades before the others had begun leaving England, and everyone living in Manhattan City hadn't had the Horde scrub away all but the vestiges of religion. A few curses and traditions remained in England. Not much else did.
(Rhys has stopped an elevator, trapping Mina and himself between floors, so that he can make a pass at her. Yes, he is an asshole. But, although Mina IS attracted to him, she doesn't take his shit. Go Mina!) Her hands slid from her hips to her holstered weapons. His gaze fell and lingered on her weapons - or her thighs. She repressed the urge to let her overcoat fall closed. He looked up again, meeting her eyes. Mina arched a brow. . . . His slow smile didn't soften his hawkish features. "You'll come to my bed. And you won't think it a waste of time." . . . "You're wasting it now. Start the lift."
(London has been enshrouded by coal smoke for decades, and Mina, who has never left London, has never seen blue sky, until now.) Mina returned to the bow as the airship passed the Dover cliffs and flew out over a breathtaking expanse of dark blue water. The clouds weren't wisps now, but small puffs crowding the sky like sheep huddled together. Dozens of ships sailed the lanes, their white canvases full, the rigging standing tall and proud against the water. Her heart hurt, it was all so beautiful.
"It used to be, after the Horde conquered a region, they let everyone worship whatever they always had - and they didn't tax the clerics. But then rich men started becoming clerics, and hiding their money. In other regions, their dargas were squabbling over religious differences. So the Horde eradicated it altogether."
"You. Me. Until we return to London. ... I'll kiss you until we can't breathe. I'll strip you naked and taste every inch of you. Then I'll shag you until neither of us can see straight. And we'll have had enough of each other." . . . She stared at him, lips parted. A long second passed before she shook her head. "None is enough."
"I forget the English are not Brits. An unmarried lady would never travel without a chaperone in Manhattan City." . . . Ah, yes. A bounder girl was only worth as much as her virtue. No wonder all of them were prudes. Their dresses only had to lift above their ankles, and they were ruined. "It doesn't matter for us," Mina said. "We're all already compromised."
"No matter what I do, life can never be perfect for everyone." . . . "No. But it can be better." She sat back. "There's a rope factory in Leeds where the owners decided to cut wages. they said the buggers put in less effort, because they're stronger than men who aren't infected - and because the Horde installed more efficient machines than in the New World roperies. And the buggers were barely getting by before, but they can't find a position anywhere else, so they've no choice but to stay, working twice as long for half the money. What do you think of that? "... Other factory owners ... are making the same wage cuts, citing the same reasons. It's disgusting. and I'll tell you why you should care. Those goods you're shipping in? The buggers can't buy them. You make less money. And the people on your lands? The buggers can't buy anything they produce. And yet your ships are paying the same amount for rope that costs half the price to make, with all of the profit going into the pockets of some bastard who won't pay his people And they buggers are tired, and hungry, and they'll make mistakes while they're producing your rope, and you'll lose a sail, or a ship, and a significant amount of money when your cargo sinks. And before long, all of England falls again because a factory owner wouldn't pay his workers what they deserve."
and one more quote, just to show how delightful Scarsdale can be ... Scarsdale and Rhys have been imprisoned by a member of the Black Guard, a society that seeks to wipe out all buggers (which are the majority of the population):
"So the Black Guard fights for the security of England - and we will accomplish what the politicians don't have the will and the courage to do." "Kill everyone!" Scarsdale nodded and lifted his glass to the man. "Quite right." "Protect England by eradicating the infection." "Yes, yes! Protect England by killing Englishmen! Sound logic, sir."
I have such mixed feelings seeing that this is the final Sookie novel. On the one hand: OH NO!!! I will miss Sookie & Eric et al ... On the other...moreI have such mixed feelings seeing that this is the final Sookie novel. On the one hand: OH NO!!! I will miss Sookie & Eric et al ... On the other hand: Phew! this series was starting to go downhill.
Still, I was excited to read it.
Unfortunately, glancing (yes, just GLANCING) at other reviews has ruined a lot of this book for me. Sadly, this is not the first time that has happened to me with a popular series ... Why do people do that? Why post a plot spoiler in the first two sentences of the review? ... Guess I learned my lesson? SO DON'T READ TOO MANY REVIEWS!!!
* No spoilers here ...
Someone is out to get Sookie - we don't know who, it might not even be just one person. At the same time, Eric is behaving awfully odd. Then Sookie is framed for murder. Her friends all gather to investigate, defend, and bail her out of jail. There was the feeling of "bring all old friends together one more time" - kind of like the Seinfeld ending, but less forced.
This was better than I expected, but there were a few editing errors that bugged me. For example, one morning Sookie gets up, showers, makes breakfast, and then showers and goes to work. I don't think she needed two showers!
I've been reading these books since A first came out. Hmmm ... That was published in 1982, so maybe I was a bit young then ... I probably picked up th...moreI've been reading these books since A first came out. Hmmm ... That was published in 1982, so maybe I was a bit young then ... I probably picked up this series in 1985 or 1986 when B & C were published. That's a long time to read a series. I was a college student when I started with it - back then, a woman in her mid-30s living paycheck-to-paycheck in a garage apartment sounded fine to me. But now, I'm older than Kinsey (she's 39 in W, I'm 45 now) ... and things feel different. It's time for Kinsey to move on with her life, move out of the damned garage, and maybe stop being so cranky (or has she gotten more cranky over the years? I don't know. Maybe I should pick up A again and find out.) I think Ms Grafton has stayed loyal to her original character over all these years, but I want to see more character growth. I wonder how Ms Grafton feels about this. (I am amused to see that Ms Grafton has a granddaughter named Kinsey.) Maybe all this will go away and stop bothering me as the story picks up.
This book is LONG, and very detailed (when Kinsey opens a safe deposit box, we are told EVERY detail of EVERY item in it, including what kind of envelopes there are and how they are sealed) - it is an easy page-turner, but there are many pages! And unfortunately I didn't finish it before it was time to return to the library, so I'll have to stop here and pick up again later.
I'm on page 144. So far, we've learned of two dead men - one a homeless man who died in his sleeping bag on the beach, and the other a no-good unlicensed PI named Pete Wolinsky (sp?). (view spoiler)[ Kinsey hooks up with three other homeless: Pearl White (a fat mouthy broad), Dandy (Daniel, older black gentleman), and Felix (a young blonde dread-locked fellow). She learns the dead mans name was R. T. Dace, Randall Terrence Dace, and he was her cousin! That she never knew about! Her father's beloved nephew. He was a landscaper but after an injury he became addicted to painkillers and drinking, lost his clients, lost his business, lost his wife and family when he was falsely accused of raping and murdering a young woman, and he was thusly imprisoned for quite some time. When it was proven that he was, indeed, innocent, he sued the state and won $600,000. About $590,000 of that is left, and he leaves it all to Kinsey in his will (one of the documents in the safe deposit). She lawyers up to figure out what to do - her lawyer is Brett (Brent?), quirky female partner of her friend Lonnie Kingman who specializes in estate law. Meanwhile, we also learn (from Pete's POV - new and different) that 6 months earlier the no-good PI Pete met with a new client, a comicx penciler, who says he suspects his wife of having an affair with her old boyfriend who also happens to be her boss at her new job as a research scientist - she and boss are going to a conference in Rena, and Pete buys and returns multiple air tickets in an effort to bilk young client of many bucks. Young client also expresses an odd interest in the details of Pete's gun, purportedly so he can draw it accurately in his next comic. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
These books have become kind of rote, but yet still enjoyable. Actually, I think this one was better than the last few. Or maybe I've just lowered my...moreThese books have become kind of rote, but yet still enjoyable. Actually, I think this one was better than the last few. Or maybe I've just lowered my expectations.
Stephanie has an "understanding" with Morelli. Frankly, after all this time, I no longer understand her inability to choose one over the other, nor do I understand Morelli's and Ranger's willingness to put up with her vacillations. Stephanie is investigating a missing person (because he is a skip, natch), then another missing person from the same hospital turns out to intersect with one of Morelli's cases. Meanwhile, Ranger hires Stephanie as a bodyguard in a wedding he is working. Violence ensues. Several cars blow up. Stephanie has her hands taped behind her back multiple times in one day. The end.(less)
"I just wish I knew. It's all so maddening, the way he drops me entirely for months on end, then when we are brought together, he behaves as though I...more"I just wish I knew. It's all so maddening, the way he drops me entirely for months on end, then when we are brought together, he behaves as though I were the very air he breathes. Most infuriating."
I stood on the kerb surveying the village while Portia settled matters.
"It looks like something out of a guidebook of prospective spots to catch cholera," Val said, curling his lip.
Morag fixed me with an evil look. "All the way, I've listened to that one, chattering like a monkey. I'll tell you something for free, I shall not share a room with her at Grimsgrave, I won't. I shall sooner lie down on this street and wait for death to take me."
My father had once famously stated in Parliament that religion was as intimate as lovemaking and ought to be as private.
I raised myself on tiptoe and pressed a kiss to his cheek. I meant it to be a trifle, a little thing to tease him with. I ought to have known better. One cannot taunt a lion and walk away unscathed.
In the space of a pulsebeat his arms were around me and we forgot the wind, the coming storm, the sad ruin of a house before us. We forgot everything except this electric thing that bound us, sparking a reaction whenever our flesh touched. ... He groaned my name when I put my lips to his neck, and then he kissed me again, wrenching my shawl from my head completely to bury his hands in my hair, scattering pins to the ground.
It might have been only a minute, it might have been a hundred years we stood there. It was not until the thunder rumbled directly overhead that we broke apart.
I read this book in bits and pieces as I traveled ... I read while waiting in airports, read on the plane, read as I fell asleep in the hotel room .... so I don't really have one cohesive memory of the book. It was good, I enjoyed it. I'm angry with the various reviewers on this site who completely spoiled the ending for me (WHY do that??). There was a strong Wuthering Heights feel, which would have been more interesting if the characters themselves did not regularly remark on the similarities. The Allenby family was satisfyingly twisted. The mystery was not readily solved, but nor was it the main point of the book. This one is more of a romance than a mystery.(less)
Am I wrong to laugh at the thought of "The Syracuse Slasher"???
This book is complete cheese, but its reasonably entertaining, and it was FREE on Kindl...moreAm I wrong to laugh at the thought of "The Syracuse Slasher"???
This book is complete cheese, but its reasonably entertaining, and it was FREE on Kindle. Joey's transformation from man-hating feminist to dependent child is trite and insulting. Ash's transformations from suspicious sexist bozo to loving and considerate guy is more interesting. Joey's (over)reaction to her father is ridiculous. The murder mystery is ludicrously transparent. Despite all that, I was all set to give 3 stars, but the overwrought denouement did me in - 2 stars it is! A fun, fluffy book, but it was only okay.
Chapter 1 and I have misgivings ... yeah okay, there really is a Gaskin Rd in Clay, so that's nice, but the area described is actually a bit north of where Gaskin is (maybe she meant Maider Rd?) - but only someone who lives here would notice that, so okay, moving on ... already we have the hero musing on how no woman who has sex on the first date is worth more than a one night stand (he doesn't like his women to be promiscuous, you see ....) and then, AND THEN, we have "peaks their interest.". Le sad sigh. Am I really expecting too much when I expect authors to use the right words? They are WRITERS after all ... (and mea culpa, I'm sure I make mistakes all over my Goodreads account, but (a) I am not a published author, and (b) I NEVER write "peaks their interest," because I know it's "piques." )(less)
My older daughter LOVES mysteries, and this series was just perfect for her when she was ready to start chapter books. Jack and his partner Bunny have...moreMy older daughter LOVES mysteries, and this series was just perfect for her when she was ready to start chapter books. Jack and his partner Bunny have a dry wit, and often the jokes would amuse me greatly, but go over her head. That's part of what makes these books perfect: there is a level of great enjoyment for the child reader, AND a level of enjoyment for the adult who listens. Plus, a mystery to solve!(less)
Humorous mystery novel set on Long Beach Island, NJ - I picked this up at the Surf City 5&10 on LBI, thought it would be a fun read but didn't exp...moreHumorous mystery novel set on Long Beach Island, NJ - I picked this up at the Surf City 5&10 on LBI, thought it would be a fun read but didn't expect much (since it's published by a teeeny NJ publisher in Medford). By page 3 I was laughing uncontrollably. My daughter who was sleeping next to me woke up and yelled at me to stop laughing, I was shaking the bed. Is this funny, or is it just because I was reading it at 2am?? (quote is main character, Meg, discussing how ludicrous it is to believe that someone killed the victim just to steal his kayak in the middle of the night, but did not steal the wallet or Rolex.)
"What? Are bands of roving kayjackers lurking up and down Long Beach Island waiting for a midnight paddler to stumble down to the water alone?" Andy didn't respond. "I can just see the perpetrator leaving the house. 'Okay, honey, it's about eleven-thirty. Think I'll wander down to the beach and see if I can pick up that kayak Junior wants for his birthday. It's about time all those night-owl-partying, polar-bear-club-joining kayakers should be headed for the water. Yep. I have my gun. I know I could pick a kayak up on half a dozen porches around town, but I enjoy the challenge of stealing from the victim directly. We don't need any cash, right? Or a watch? I'll leave the wallet, all valuable jewelry, and any negotiable securities the victim might be carrying.' "
Strong start, but the middle is weak. I expected to be very geographically accurate. But she hops in a car in Loveladies, has a two minute conversation, and suddenly they are driving past Joe Pops? No. Even with no traffic, no. That jarred me out of the whole story, I set it down and haven't picked it up in days. I know, it sounds like no big deal to anyone who doesn't know the island, but ... it's a big deal for me.(less)
It was great, but not quite 5 stars - a few things didn't add up, a few things were just TOO convenient, and the ending didn't fit, it felt...more4.5 stars.
It was great, but not quite 5 stars - a few things didn't add up, a few things were just TOO convenient, and the ending didn't fit, it felt like it had been pasted on from another book.
At first, I had trouble reading this ... both characters are so unbearable (mostly Nick).
Ugh. Nick is cheating on his wife. Why didn't any of the other reviews mention he's a cheater? All the reviews talk about "unexpected twists" ... well, cheating is EXPECTED when you're an asshole and you have a disposable cell, so I thought for SURE that was NOT going on. Great. I avoid infidelity stories like the plague. But I'm in now, gotta keep reading ... This might be considered sort of a spoiler by some, I don't know - I don't think it spoils anything, and I would have liked to have known in advance, so I'm leaving this hear in case someone else needs the warning.
This book, I was so wrong about this book. The noose tightens ... and I just can't. stop reading to find out what happens next ... will the noose tighten some more? will it slip off? will it fall apart because the knot was shoddy??
And you know how sometimes you're reading a book, and you're told the characters are brilliant? But you're just told, never shown? Because the author doesn't really know brilliance. That doesn't happen here. We SEE the characters being brilliant. Which means Ms Flynn is brilliant. I liked that the characters were psychotic assholes, but yet I kinda sorta sympathized with them, too, and sometimes even empathized. And there are so many quotes I've marked ...so many lines jumped off the page at me (although, I must say, when I went back later to look at these marked quotes, some of them weren't so interesting out of context. In fact, MOST of them aren't that interesting out of context).
The cameras were clicking, and the two families stood together, all of us with mouths in thin slits, Go the only one looking even close to a real person. The rest of us looked like placeholder humans ...
I thought the unkind thought: Women are fucking crazy. No qualifier: Not some women, not many women. Women are crazy.
I was playing the girl who was in style, the girl a man wants: the Cool Girl. ... Being the Cool Girl means I am a hot, brilliant, funny woman who adores football, poker, dirty jokes, and burping ... Men actually think this girl exists. Maybe they're fooled because so many women are willing to pretend to be this girl. ... (How do you know you're not Cool Girl? Because he says things like: "I like strong women." If he says that to you, he will at some point fuck someone else. Because "I like strong women" is code for "I hate strong women.")
There is an unfair responsibility that comes with being an only child - you grow up knowing you aren't allowed to disappoint, you're not even allowed to die. There isn't a replacement toddling around; you're it. It makes you desperate to be flawless, and it also makes you drunk with the power.
Many of the reviews complain that this is fluffy, and while that is somewhat true, I don't understand the complaining. It is...moreABSOLUTELY DELIGHTFUL!!!
Many of the reviews complain that this is fluffy, and while that is somewhat true, I don't understand the complaining. It is a young adult novel!! It is no fluffier than Harry Potter.
Young, beautiful Agnes, barely 17, is set to make her society debut. At her neighbor's Mummy Unwrapping party, she stumbles upon an Anubis head ornament that she inexplicably keeps. Adventure ensues, including a mummy curse, French spies, mysterious Egyptian artifacts, and a handsome museum employee, Caedmon.
Admittedly, I pegged the bad guy from the beginning, but so what? It was a fun tomo! I loved the young forbidden romance. And I love spies! I can't wait to read the sequel.
I especially enjoyed this because I read many Regency romances written for adults, that involve very young debutantes and older suitors. This is the first time the young debutante truly had the voice of a girl.(less)