AUTHOR: Milchman, Jenny TITLE: Cover of Snow DATE READ: 10/17/14 RATING: 4/B GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Suspense/2013/Random House/320 pgs SERIES/SAUTHOR: Milchman, Jenny TITLE: Cover of Snow DATE READ: 10/17/14 RATING: 4/B GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Suspense/2013/Random House/320 pgs SERIES/STAND-ALONE: SA TIME/PLACE: Present/Adronidacks, NY CHARACTERS: Nora Hamilton/widow -- home re-furbisher FIRST LINES: My husband wasn't in bed w/ me when I woke up that January morning. COMMENTS: Suspenseful: Yes -- couldn't piece it all together, had bits & parts but not quite the whole story. Atmospheric: Yes, great descriptions of a small, isolated, mountain town in the midst of winter in upstate NY. Developed Characters: yes, a variety of psychological make-ups from the police department to in-laws and relatives. My quibble: Nora is a seemingly happily married woman -- there was never any indication that she wasn't. Granted, she discovers she didn't know her husband deeply and there was a past she knew nothing about … but still she didn't seem to be angry about this, more curious and persistent in continuing to pursue why her husband died, despite threats to stop her. All this & I never really felt much sorrow or grief from her at the loss of her husband. Of course, we all have our own ways and timelines to grieving, I am well aware of this. And I also understand her course of detection could serve as a possible distraction from feeling her grief but I just did not get that in this case. And as a recent widow, I am more than hypersensitive to this so it may not deter another reader from enjoying the book more. Her relationship w/ Ned also seemed too quick for me. My personal issues aside, I would read another book by Jenny Milchman, esp. since I have won the book Ruin Falls. ...more
AUTHOR: Macomber, Debbie TITLE: Mr. Miracle DATE READ: 101/12/14 RATING: 4/B GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Romance/2014/Ballantine Books/233 pgs SERIEAUTHOR: Macomber, Debbie TITLE: Mr. Miracle DATE READ: 101/12/14 RATING: 4/B GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Romance/2014/Ballantine Books/233 pgs SERIES/STAND-ALONE: S-A TIME/PLACE: Present, Tacoma, Washington CHARACTERS: Addie Folsom & Erich Simmons FIRST LINES: This wasn't the way it was supposed to happen. Six years out of high school, Addie Folsom had envisioned returning home loaded & driving a fancy car. Instead, she was limping back in a 20-yr-old Honda w/ close to 300,000 miles & her tail between her legs. COMMENTS: Addie is stubborn & dyslexic and dropped out of high school just shy of graduating. Her father, a chiropractor was very unhappy w/ her decision and tried enforcing restrictions on her freedom for this choice to sway her into returning. This backfired and she moved to Montana. Addie had plans to make it big in a silver mine but this soon fizzled and she remained there working in a diner still too stubborn to return home. Recently her father passed and her mother was living alone. She returned home & also decided to make up the one class she needed for her GED so she could go back to school. The literature professor is Mr. Miracle AKA Harry Mills (an angel sent down to help Addie along w/ her choices). Her mother and her mother's good friend Mrs. Simmons (and next door neighbor) had plans for a cruise for the holidays since they were both widows & didn't want to spend this Christmas at home. When Erich Simmons has an accident & breaks both wrists, Addie reluctantly agrees to supervise and tend to Erich, despite them having a history of animosity. In truth Addie always liked Erich but Erich was not interested in her -- she was just her brother's little sister to him. A cute story & quick read. Won this book from librarything. ...more
AUTHOR: Saul, John TITLE: Faces of Fear DATE READ: 10/09/14 RATING: 4/B GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Horror-Suspense/2007/Random House/394 pgs SERIESAUTHOR: Saul, John TITLE: Faces of Fear DATE READ: 10/09/14 RATING: 4/B GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Horror-Suspense/2007/Random House/394 pgs SERIES/STAND-ALONE: S/A TIME/PLACE: Present/Southern California CHARACTERS: Alison Shaw 15-yrs old; Risa Shaw: mother & realtor; Michael Shaw; Alison's father and newspaper journalist; Dr. Conrad Dunn; plastic surgeon & Alison's step-father FIRST LINES: Alison Shaw felt good. Really good. She made the final turn around the smooth cinder track w/ long, easy strides. COMMENTS: It's been awhile since I've read a John Saul book but I have read most of them over the years. Most of them involve the supernatural and are classified as horror and some are more suspenseful than horror but have elements of horror. Faces of Fear has undertones of horror -- certainly this book can instill fear & terror by what is going on. Alison is an average girl living in Santa Monica -- a nice area of S. CA, but in comparison to Beverly Hills it is low key. She has her friends here and enjoys her school but when her parents separate -- her father leaves her mother for another man, her world is changed. Her parents eventually realize they are better suited as friends and divorce. Her mother is a career woman and becomes involved w/ Dr. Dunn -- a very famous plastic surgeon to the area's celebrities. When they marry, Alison starts at a new school The Academy and moves into a mansion in Beverly Hills. She is not so sure about all of this but is soon adapting and accepting of this different lifestyle … even going as far as to want breast augmentation for her 16th birthday. Her friends from before are horrified but the current ones have all had multiple surgical enhancements. At this time there is a serial killer in the area who is honing in on one feature of each woman he kills. One murder involves the removal of the ears, another a nose and so on. There are several things very unnatural and disturbing about these killings -- in addition to the surgical removal of one body part there is also the removal of certain glands. There is no doubt that Dr. Dunn is somehow involved but the suspense and surprise lies in who his accomplice is and then even more so in the true identity of this person and also in what the intentions were to for these body parts. A good read and a reminder why I have enjoyed reading Saul over the years. ...more
AUTHOR: Steel, Danielle TITLE: A Perfect Life DATE READ: 10/06/14 RATING: 3.5/C+ GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Fiction/2014/Delacorte Press/306 SERIESAUTHOR: Steel, Danielle TITLE: A Perfect Life DATE READ: 10/06/14 RATING: 3.5/C+ GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Fiction/2014/Delacorte Press/306 SERIES/STAND-ALONE: SA TIME/PLACE: Present/NY CHARACTERS: Blaise McCarthy/TV news reporter icon; Simon Ward/special ed teacher FIRST LINES: Crowds of students began congregating outside Royce Hall Auditorium at UCLA 2 hrs before Congressman Patrick Olden was scheduled to speak, an hour before they opened the doors. COMMENTS: Pleasant enough, nice characters. Life is perfect w/ all the adaptations and life's controversies message was fine. From the outside Blaise @ 47 looks to have it all as the top news journalist on TV -- roving the globe interviewing world leaders and celebrities. However, she hasn't had a real true intimate relationship in 2 decades. Her job is always at risk w/ new management and the next younger "best thing ever" that appears to threaten her job. She has a daughter who has diabetes and is blind. Her daughter has to come home from school in MA and due to Blaise's work commitments and travel schedule she needs a full-time caregiver/teacher for Salima. She reluctantly hires Simon not thrilled about having a man in the house but he is qualified. Simon is from an academic family and is 15 yrs younger than Blaise. Their relationship develops slowly and has some bumps in the road w/ both partners having unresolved relationship issues from their pasts. A nice read, but really not one of her better ones. ...more
AUTHOR: Tiphanie Yanique TITLE: Land of Love and Drowning DATE READ: 09/28/14 RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Fiction/2014/Riverhead BookAUTHOR: Tiphanie Yanique TITLE: Land of Love and Drowning DATE READ: 09/28/14 RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Fiction/2014/Riverhead Books/350 pgs SERIES/STAND-ALONE: S/A TIME/PLACE: Early 1900's to 1960's, St. Thomas CHARACTERS: Eeona & Annette Bradshaw -- sisters FIRST LINES: Owen Arthur Bradshaw watched as the little girl was tied up w/ lace & silk. He jostled the warm rum in his glass & listened to the wind. COMMENTS: This is a lyrical, magical family saga spread over several generations set in the US Virgin Islands. The main characters are Eeona and her baby sister Annette. Their parents are Captain Owen Arthur Bradshaw and Antoinette. Eeona is unusually close to her father, in actuality their relationship is incestuous altho' one that Eeona seems to favor rather than complain about. It has colored her perspective in later years and she never really can capture a loving relationship again. Ironically, she is hypersensitive to her sister becoming involved w/ Jacob Esau and tries to deter her from being around him. She will not tell Annette the reason why. Their father had a relationship w/ his mother and Jacob Esau is their half-brother altho' not acknowledged as such. There are many adjustments and transitions over the time span of this novel. In the beginning these girls are brought up in a villa w/ privileges and servants but when their parents both die, they lose the villa and are forced to live in another part of St. Thomas in much reduced circumstances. Eeona is in such denial she tells Annette the villa has burned down, she can't bear the thought that the villa is still there and inhabited by others -- it has become a hotel. Annette was much younger and does not have these attachments to a former way of life like Eeona does. Eeona continues to think she will regain her former stature in the Island community and eventually departs for St. John. Annette has 3 children from 3 different men, 2 of them married her and altho' she has her flighty side she is also grounded and studies history so she can be a teacher. I really enjoyed this book and will read another by this author. I really enjoyed reading the history of the island.
AUTHOR: H. S. Cooper TITLE: Dying to Work Camp DATE READ: 09/21/14 RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Mystery/2014/204 pgs SERIES/STAND-ALONAUTHOR: H. S. Cooper TITLE: Dying to Work Camp DATE READ: 09/21/14 RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Mystery/2014/204 pgs SERIES/STAND-ALONE: #3 in the Campground Mysteries TIME/PLACE: Present, Washington CHARACTERS: Molly/mystery writer & RV'er; Jove/former policeman FIRST LINES: I was tired of driving. Even though I had my boyfriend Jove to help share the wheel and our four-legged companion Mystery to remind us to stop and sniff the trees, it had been a long trip. COMMENTS: I really enjoy this series written by my friend. In this venture, Molly, Jove and Mystery are setting off from Florida to Washington state. She is writing a mystery and wants a Pacific Northwest setting. On their way, she meets a woman known in the RV world for her cooking columns in the newsletters. Molly agrees that she will find some local authentic apple recipes for her when she gets to her destination. They also decide that even tho' they are both financially set that it might be nice to learn about the area by joining a work camp and offering their pay to a local charity. They sign on to pick apples. Part of their orientation includes a trip to a local processing plant to see what happens to the fruit after it leaves the orchards. While there a body is found in a storage area… A good story and you really get the feel for what life is like living as a full-time RV'er. I look forward to reading the 4th outing! ...more
AUTHOR: Rick Riordan TITLE: The Sea of Monsters DATE READ: 09/20/14 RATING: 4/B GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Juvenile/2006/Hyperion/279 pgs SERIES/STAUTHOR: Rick Riordan TITLE: The Sea of Monsters DATE READ: 09/20/14 RATING: 4/B GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Juvenile/2006/Hyperion/279 pgs SERIES/STAND-ALONE: #2 in Percy Jackson & The Olympians TIME/PLACE: Present/Long Island & the Southern Atlantic off the coast of Florida CHARACTERS: Percy Jackson/son of Poseidon & a mortal FIRST LINES: My nightmare started like this. I was standing on a deserted street in some little beach town. It was the middle of the night. A storm was blowing. Wind and rain ripped at the palm trees along the sidewalk. COMMENTS: This is the 2nd in a fun series that I would recommend to all ages. These are stories of adventurous quests. In this second outing Percy is back at the school/camp on Long Island for the children of gods and other mythical creatures. Camp Half-Blood is usually protected on the perimeter but a curse has been cast and one of the half-bloods has been petrified into a tree. They are no longer protected, unless they find a cure for this curse. They venture out into the Sea of Monsters -- somewhere South off the coast of Florida -- during their travels Percy discovers more about his family and finds a new half brother. ...more
AUTHOR: Patterson, James & Ellis, Robert TITLE: Invisible DATE READ: 09/14/14 RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Thriller/2014/Little, BAUTHOR: Patterson, James & Ellis, Robert TITLE: Invisible DATE READ: 09/14/14 RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Thriller/2014/Little, Brown & Co./399 pgs SERIES/STAND-ALONE: S/A TIME/PLACE: Present/Wash DC CHARACTERS: Emmy Dockery/FBI researcher; Harrison "Books" Bookman/FBI Agent FIRST LINES: This time I know it, I know it w/ a certainty that chokes my throat w/ panic, that grips & twists my heart until it's ripped from its mooring. COMMENTS: This was a page-turner & kept you wondering right up until the end. Emmy is on leave because the agency feels she has become emotionally unstable. Her twin sister died in a fire and it was deemed accidental. As a researcher, Emmy cannot leave it alone and connects her sister's death w/ other accidental deaths caused by fire. The similarities she finds are sketchy and she has no hard evidence. The agency is very reluctant to listen to her. It is only when she contacts her x-fiance (who she dumped) and gets his interest does the Agency listen. This murderer/arsonist is seemingly invisible and leaves very little trace of anything.
AUTHOR: CARR, Robyn TITLE: A Virgin River Christmas DATE READ: 09/03/14 RATING: 4/B GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Romance/2008/Mira/285 Pgs SERIES/STAAUTHOR: CARR, Robyn TITLE: A Virgin River Christmas DATE READ: 09/03/14 RATING: 4/B GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Romance/2008/Mira/285 Pgs SERIES/STAND-ALONE: #4 in Virgin River Series TIME/PLACE: Present, Virgin River, CA CHARACTERS: Marcie Sullivan/widow; Ian Buchanan/former Marine FIRST LINES: Marcie Sullivan drove into the small town, her 6th small mountain town of the day, & found herself fact-to-face w/ a Christmas-tree trimming. COMMENTS: I enjoy this series for a comforting romance read. The characters are in transition after a relationship that ended and tend to be a little more mature, not first-love stories. Set in an a rather isolated but congenial town in Northern California these are comfort reads for me. This can be read as a stand-alone and would also recommend as a heartwarming Christmas read. This is the story of Marcie & Ian. Marcie is a young widow, she was married to Bobbie. They were high school sweethearts and very much in love. He was critically injured in Iraq and his best friend and officer had saved his life … altho' Bobbie remained in a coma for several years before dying. Marcie had been in contact w/ Ian because Bobbie had so much respect for him and she was grateful to him. After a while Ian stopped answering her letters even tho' Marcie thought they were friends and had a loved one, Bobbie, in common. After Bobbie dies Marcie feels she needs some closure and wants to find out what happened to Ian. This takes her on a journey into the mountains and she finally stumbles upon him. He looks different because he hasn't shaved in years and is beard has grown in red. Ian keeps to himself and no one really knows much about him. Marcie has spent most of her $, and many a time she has slept in her car to save on motel bills. When she finally does meet Ian she collapses and is sick from fatigue. They may be forced together but Ian still doesn't want to talk. He is harboring a lot of unresolved guilt for not being able to really save Bobbie. This is a very sweet love story about 2 people who have carried around a lot of sadness and eventually open up to each other and find happiness. ...more
AUTHOR: CLARE, Cassandra TITLE: CITY OF BONES DATE READ: 08/29/14 RATING: 4/B GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS YA/2007/Margaret K. McElderry Books/485 p AUTHOR: CLARE, Cassandra TITLE: CITY OF BONES DATE READ: 08/29/14 RATING: 4/B GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS YA/2007/Margaret K. McElderry Books/485 pgs SERIES/STAND-ALONE: #1 in series TIME/PLACE: Present/NY CHARACTERS: Clary Fray/ teenager; Simon her friend and a band of Shadowhunters including Jace, Isabelle, Alec FIRST LINES: "You've got to be kidding me," the bouncer said, folding his arms across his massive chest. He stared down at the boy in the red zip-up jacket and shook his shaved head. COMMENTS: I chose this book for several reasons … one I had started it a few times & it just never had the time for it. I saw this listed in a group of YA books classified as Dystopian & thought this was my chance to read it. LOL After reading it my first response is this is not dystopian & why did someone list it as such… oh well. I guess there are so many YA books out right now reflecting the bleakness of the times -- ergo, Dystopian fiction -- that sometimes they are just all jumbled together. In a dystopian novel there is a sense of hopelessness & negativity and overbearing control, loss of individualism, freedom etc. (at least that is the way I see it). I think w/ Urban Fantasy -- there is a belief in a rightness/ justice and a sense of order where Good can overcome Bad. Thus… the Shadowhunters in this book are the warriors fighting the demons w/ a sense that they will w/o a doubt have battles and losses but WILL overcome! This book is the 1st in a series and there are prequels and sequels -- I think I will be going on. I liked the characters, the plotting was imaginative and didn't feel I was in a totally strange world -- that is when I do not like the fantasy books when I feel that disconnect and I am thrown into too strange of another world -- at least here there are very familiar aspects being in NY, etc altho' there are parts that are other-worldly -- this is fine for me as long as the whole thing isn't entirely fabricated. I suppose it shouldn't make a difference but I guess I just need something that I can connect to as a reference to really get my reading rhythm flowing. In this first book of the The Mortal Instruments we are introduced to Clary Fray an average teenaged girl living w/ her Mom in Brooklyn. She goes to a club, Pandemonium, and starts seeing things/people that mere mortals/mundanes cannot see. She is not aware of anything different about her until now. She is unaware that her mother has hidden from her the true beginnings of her life -- she grew up on Idris -- a world between worlds -- invisible to the mundanes. A world inhabited by Shadowhunters who rid the world of the demons -- werewolves & vampires are not demons but not a mundane being either and one that usually can be used as an ally w/ the Shadowhunters. The mortal instruments consist of a cup, a sword and mirror -- these were tools given by an angel to the order of nephillium (Shadowhunters) to use as tools to make the world right from demons. As this story goes… the focus is on the search for the Mortal Cup. And quite an entertaining and clever romp it is to find the cup. Clary begins to recognize qualities in her that set her apart from the mundane but her mind has been "controlled" and there are certain things blocked off to her that she has no memory of. Her mother wanted to make sure when she departed from Idris pregnant w/ Clary that Clary would grow up mundane and not have to know about the world of demons, etc. However, when Clary's mother is kidnapped…that all changes and Clary has to connect to her true self (nephillium) in order to rescue her mother. ...more
AUTHOR: Evanovich, Janet TITLE: Notorious Nineteen DATE READ: 08/20/14 RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Mystery/2012/RandomHouse/356LP SERAUTHOR: Evanovich, Janet TITLE: Notorious Nineteen DATE READ: 08/20/14 RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Mystery/2012/RandomHouse/356LP SERIES/STAND-ALONE: #19 TIME/PLACE: Present/ Trenton , NJ CHARACTERS: Stephanie Plum/Bounty Hunter FIRST LINES: " I don't know why we gotta sit here baking in your car in the middle of the day, in the middle of the summer, in the middle of this crummy neighborhood," Lula said. COMMENTS: I enjoy reading the Stephanie Plum books (usually) every year…somehow I got a tad behind & kept taking this out but never being able to get to it. Yesterday I had a lengthy dental appt & started & finished this book. It was just the right book at just the right time. These books are always fun for me … even if each book is a tad the same as the previous one, a car blows up, excuse me, correction: one of Stephanie's cars blows up, dinners at the Plum home where Stephanie's mother seems to imbibe a lot of very strong iced tea, hey think she even forgoes the ice and sips it neat, Lula is usually on a diet that includes visits to Cluck in a Basket and other fine eatery establishments focusing on healthy dining, Grandma Mazur regales us w/ her active social life that are highlighted by viewings at the local funeral homes… And there is the push-pull between her love interests of Morelli -- the hometown cop and the dark, exotic Ranger. Heck, I'll admit it each book is worth it for me just to hear Ranger say "Babe…" Something about that man… Despite the formula for each book, I am not complaining and expect to be entertained w/ all these facets of what makes up a Stephanie Plum book. AND… there is new story line for each one. In this one a local nursing home administrator has skipped out of the hospital after gall bladder surgery … he also took all the $ from the nursing home, $5 million dollars. This was another fun romp and the plot did have some surprises in it. ...more
AUTHOR: Berckman, Evelyn TITLE: The Evil of Time DATE READ: 08/13/14 RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Gothic /1954/Dodd Mead & co./ 1AUTHOR: Berckman, Evelyn TITLE: The Evil of Time DATE READ: 08/13/14 RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Gothic /1954/Dodd Mead & co./ 159 pgs SERIES/STAND-ALONE: SA TIME/PLACE: 1950's/ Germany CHARACTERS: Keith Elgin/Asst Curator FIRST LINES: " The inscription on the ancient strip of brass was slowly revealing itself. " COMMENTS: This is one of those old Gothic books, it was more suspense focused than romance. The young woman featured was an asst curator to a Museum in Germany. This was the 1st time for me seeing the name Keith used for a female, and in the beginning I kept having to remind myself of that. She was very career focused and jumped at the opportunity to go to Dragonsgrab (Dragon's Grave) and old castle set in the marshlands of South Germany. This old castle was in a remote area inhabited by 2 sisters, Luise & Maria -- one was paralyzed and rarely seen (Maria) and Luise was a very crotchety unwelcoming woman. Keith's mission was to see if she could find the hidden treasures that others were unable to find. There is believed to be Art that was taken by the Hitler regime and hidden away. One piece a minor Rembrandt and another a golden cup. These pieces are of significance but the interest that was shown by various groups led her to believe that something else was also hidden along w/ the Art. Overall, a good layered story focusing on WWII, an old castle, mysterious sightings and also hearings going on at Dragonsgrab, and several former attempts for the treasure had been thwarted -- the most recent by a fatal accident. There are two men that are of interest in Keith's life but romance was a minor angle…at least until the very end. This was an older book I had on my shelf & really surpassed my expectations. I did grow up reading a lot of the gothic type novels written by Victoria Holt, Phyllis Whitney & others and still carry a nostalgic fondness for these types of books. I have never heard of Evelyn Berckman before so this was a new to me author. There was one comment made re: the German people that I thought was dated/politically incorrect but otherwise it stood the stand of time.
AUTHOR: Taylor, Laini TITLE: Daughter of Smoke & Bone DATE READ: 08/11/14 RATING: 4/B GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS YA Fantasy/2012/Little Brown/AUTHOR: Taylor, Laini TITLE: Daughter of Smoke & Bone DATE READ: 08/11/14 RATING: 4/B GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS YA Fantasy/2012/Little Brown/418 pgs SERIES/STAND-ALONE: 1st in a series TIME/PLACE: Present/Prague CHARACTERS: ODD -- there were some that were all-human and some that were part human/part some type of animal FIRST LINES: " Walking to school over the snow-muffled cobbles, Karou had no sinister premonitions about the day. It seemed like just another Monday, innocent but for its essential Mondayness, not to mention its Januaryness. COMMENTS I chose this from the bookstore because it seemed like something that would be a quick read for the July book of the month read w/ Carpe Librum but for some reason maybe just my life as it is right now … I couldn't make much headway. I did like the beginning when it was mostly this world and some slight other-worldly type things going on and there was a definite intrigue about Karou and how she came into the world since she didn't know much of her past. She is a young woman/student mingling w/ the other students in Prague but has connections to these odd creatures and takes trips all over to purchase teeth. When it was finally revealed what the significance of the teeth were … I thought it was very imaginative and not something I would have ever thought of. I certainly liked the idea of a book being set in Prague … but I don't really think there was too much "Prague" in it & wonder why the author chose this city as opposed to any other. Since fantasy really doesn't take my fancy … I did get lost at times but overall the story is interesting and worthwhile for being unique. ...more