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416 pages, ebook
First published September 18, 2018
❝All my life I'd longed for freedom - freedom to pick and choose every detail of my life. To make good decisions and horrible ones. Decisions that would break my heart and remake it ten times over.❞
#1: Stalking Jack the Ripper ★★★★★
#2: Hunting Prince Dracula ★★★★★
#3: Escaping From Houdini ★★★★★
He flashed a quick grin. “A lifetime full of surprises, remember, Wadsworth?”
“Indeed.” I could not imagine a future that didn’t include unwinding each secret he possessed.
“Truth is often compared to a blade. I question those who marvel when it pricks.”
“Hope is an invisible, but mighty force. Don’t dismiss its power.”
“Miss Audrey Rose Wadsworth, conqueror of my soul—you are an absolute fiend. You’d like to flout tradition simply because of your need for my body.” He held a hand over his heart. “I swear I have never loved you more.”
“Swords, secrets, and stolen kisses.”
“You speak the language of my complicated heart, Wadsworth. I am a very lucky man.”
I hoped he still believed that once I’d confessed my morning activities in full.
"Welcome to Mephistopheles's Magnificent Minstrel Show, or as it's better known... the Moonlight Carnival!"
"Which will you lose before the week is through? Your heart? Your head? Perhaps...you will lose your life, your very soul, to this magical traveling show"
“If you wish to go, I’ll never make you stay. I might not do and say the proper thing all the time, but I do know that I love you enough to set you free.”
“I love when you look at me that way."
I searched his eyes. "How?"
"Like you might possibly love me in the same extraordinary way that I love you.”
“I promise to stand by your side through whatever comes our way. You’ll end up being the hero, no doubt, but I’ll look good besides you. And that’s what truly counts.”
“I’ve been tasked with escorting you to bed, a difficult job, but one I shall take very seriously, I assure you.”
**Full review now posted on my blog**
You don't need to be a detective to see how immature and disappointing this book is. One of the greatest failures of the year.
*Mild spoilers below*
Look at the gif above, this is a real life case when I want to go drinking for a week to forget all about this book. This is the moment I was dreading since book 2 came out and I had my doubts regarding it, and this is the case when I intentionally overrated this series by giving book 2 - 3.5 stars and book 3 - 2.5, when really they deserved at least half a star less. Why have I done it? Because I adored book 1, which you can see in my absolutely insane fangirl review. I don't know why I am still doing it, but I think it's time to add some snark to the whole story. So be done with introspection, Nastassja, and let's start the snarky party.
Why Escaping from Houdini is a fiend pretending to be worthy of its predecessor? I can give you some reasons.
>> The plot is absolutely erratic and messy. If you want to find a thread of deductive thinking here in the best Sherlock Holmes tradition - which this series originally was successfully accomplishing - you are for a great deal of disappointment. The whole time I was reading this book, I couldn't fathom why the mystery was so unimportant that it was almost fully replaced by teenage angst and inner cringy heroine's monologue. It felt like all Audrey Rose cared about is romance: give her a daisy and she will pluck petals all day long, asking the flower to foretell her if 'he loves her or not'. Pathetic and boring. Why when a lot of people where dying on that fucking ship, in most terrific and gruesome ways, characters didn't particularly care and kept living their lives as if nothing was happening. Have you seen or read "Murder on the Orient express"? Do you remember in what state of fear and desperation characters were when murder happened on a train in a closed space in the middle of nowhere? There's a brutal killer on a loose and all you do is keep say, Show must go on?
This is so wrong on so many levels.
If I were not lazy, I'd quote the whole book and give you prove as why the detective part of the book is fake. But then I will have to do the same with characters and the romance.
Oh boy, this book does feel like an evil changeling.
What happened to Audrey Rose? - Changeling!
What happened to Thomas Cresswell? - Changeling!
What happened to their sexy banters and smart dialogues? - Fairy fucking Changelings!!
Audrey Rose was immature and stupid. All her talk of science is bullshit; all she really cared about - new boy in
circus town (I'll get to it yet).
What happened to Thomas Cresswell?! Ah yeah, feminist heroine's spineless sidekick. Shoot him and spare us the embarrassment of pretending we still love him.
Get used to disappointment
Ow, and now is my favorite reason to hate this book. Drummmmmmmmmmm-ta-da ---> fucking love triangle!
This is what practically happens: Audrey Rose starts to have 'tender' feelings toward - attention - a clone of Cresswell! *gasp* They guy is darkly handsome and mysterious and he does sexy banter. Oh my, Audrey Rose starts to doubt her feelings toward Cresswell *gasp again* Am I the only one who feels cheap soap opera vibes?
I am very sorry I had to let all that spontaneous snark out on one of my ex-favorite series, but my disappointment is so high I had to let it out of my system.
P.S. I will give book 4 a chance to rehabilitate, because no matter how harsh I am I still believe in second chances and do really really want my OTP Cressworth back.
Buddy reading this book with My partner in crime