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The Hidden Gallery by Maryrose Wood
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Jun 22, 2011

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Although I like the writing of these books, there is something ultimately unsatisfying in the plot. I don't mind the mysterious referrals to hidden identities, etc. and the gradual revealing of clues to the past. But each book itself doesn't have a main plot or climax. The first one was "we had a Christmas party and things went terribly wrong." This book is basically "we went to London and things went terribly wrong, but we are becoming aware that something strange is going on behind the scenes." If you are going to write a series, that's fine - I love reading those. But at least make each book able to stand alone on its own plot. There is too much reference to the first book here, reminders of things that really don't matter to this story, as flimsy as it is. So I like the language these are written in, but actually both of these books could be combined, in my opinion. If you have a big point to make, at least be making smaller points along the way; don't keep dawdling with minor adventures hinting that there's a bigger adventure just ahead out of reach. Did this book have an editor?
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June 22, 2011 – Started Reading
June 22, 2011 – Shelved
June 26, 2011 – Finished Reading

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Kami I exactly agree.

message 2: by Whatleigh (new)

Whatleigh I think the beauty of these books is in all the small moments, and that building mystery is just icing on the cake. I love each character and all the little lessons Miss Lumley manages to share on so many topics.

message 3: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan I just finished the first one and after reading your review I am convinced to give up on the series. Your first sentence summed up my thoughts exactly.

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