I have had a soft spot for Amanda Quick’s (AKA Jayne Ann Krentz) books ever since I read Mystique; the...moreThis review also posted at A Bookish Compulsion
I have had a soft spot for Amanda Quick’s (AKA Jayne Ann Krentz) books ever since I read Mystique; the first substantial book I voluntarily finished and my entry into the world of a reader. At fourteen the medieval setting was fascinating, the characters believable and somewhat scandalous, and the experience of entering another world within the pages of a book addictive. Over the years, while I still enjoy historicals, my tastes have shifted making it require a certain mood for me to really be able to delve into such books without my brain running a constant commentary on the societal differences. Which is why The Mystery Woman has been sitting on my shelf since it came out, waiting for me to be in the proper mood to enjoy it. Thankfully I finally was in the mood…
The Mystery Woman was a fun and fast read taking us back to the Ladies of Lantern Street and a world where Victorian England had a fascination with the paranormal. With our leading lady a practitioner and leading male a sceptic this was an interesting relationship to watch unfold. While I felt that the story itself was more of a variation on the theme of most of Ms. Quick’s works it was never-the-less an enjoyable read that kept me engaged and entertained throughout.
I happily look forward to the third installment of the series and give The Mystery Woman an entertaining four stars.(less)
I picked up this story in part because I was not as enthralled by Firelight, Ms. Callihan’s first volum...moreThis review also posted at A Bookish Compulsion
I picked up this story in part because I was not as enthralled by Firelight, Ms. Callihan’s first volume in the Darkest London series, as I thought I would be from all the rave reviews I had read and decided to give it another shot without committing myself to reading a full-length novel. What I found was pretty much the same reaction I had to Firelight which was a bit meh.
While the story is full of intrigue and peppered with a fair amount of angst from both main characters I still didn’t really feel the connect. I also found the constant shifting of perspective in so short a work to be a bit jarring along with the, admittedly steamy, sex scene seeming a bit out of place in its use of language for a Victorian-set work.
I give this story a lackluster three stars. (less)
I found this book to be a very interesting and different take on a regency novel. The supernatural elem...moreThis review also posted at A Bookish Compulsion
I found this book to be a very interesting and different take on a regency novel. The supernatural elements present were unique and I felt that the mystery and relationships were well handled. That said I found this a very slow book to read, not so much in terms of difficulty but in pacing. While I loved the Prologue, indeed it is the reason I bought the book, the main text seem to take forever to get anywhere. Always acknowledging that regency reads are not my favorite I felt that while this book good, was not really my cup of tea. I give this book three stars. (less)