Who stole my diary? It taints the entire experience and I am retroactively annoyed at how much time is wasted describing what people are wearing in every scene and the other filler fluff that could have removed to make room for a satisfying solution to at least one case.
Johnson introduces a class full of racially, sexually, and ability diverse characters and then ignores them to focus on the straight white cis kids. A big deal is also made about the special skills that got everyone admitted to Ellingham, but we never see them put to use.
Worst of all, this is a trilogy. To read pages and have neither mystery solved is aggravating. To know I have to wait two more books until I get an answer is infuriating. But great book overall! A little chaotic, but fun. Within the Flames Seven Wardens Book 4. The Hidden Stories Behind our Structures. There are plenty of illustrations, helpfully labeled but in handwriting that is difficult to read at times. Really, though, those are my only complaints.
I thought back to it as I was driving across a bridge this week, noting the cables and reflecting on the various forces that lay in balance around me. I will be recommending this one for a while. Shaken, Not Stirred Last Call, 5. Casey has been around since the first book. Always supportive of her friends finding their happily ever afters, but never wanting the same for herself.
When she was eighteen, her boyfriend not only crushed her heart, he broke something deep inside her. Something that made Casey seek out wealthy, entitled, snobbish men. For a quick fun time, then she would walk away. Leave them always wanting more.
Casey was always a bit of a wild woman. Very comfortable flaunting herself to get what she wanted. Hurt them before they hurt her. But that would mean opening up her heart and risking having another man crush it.
Tenn has all the hot guy tropes covered. But decided that life was not for him, so he joined the military. After his service, it was all about the motorcycles. When he first meets Casey, he recognizes the hurt in her eyes, but looking deeper, he also sees the longing.
And he wants to be the one to help her break down her walls and build a life with him and his daughter. He was all alpha male, dirty talking, sexy and just an overall good guy. He was a great dad to his fourteen year old daughter. And when it came to Casey, he was willing to put up with her antics and insecurities, willing to help her learn to trust.
He was very patient with her. Casey, I liked a lot. Yes, to an eighteen year old, hearing the boy who supposedly loves you, say horrible things about you would be heartbreaking. But not to the extent she took it. She took his words and used them to reshape her whole life, her morals. A bit extreme if you ask me. She finally comes to her senses where Tenn is concerned. She was so good with his daughter Zoey.
Who was a kick, by the way. They do find their way to that happy ever after. It was nice hearing the updates to the past couples and where they are headed. A great way to end this series. Emily and Deputy Donut return.
This time Emily is catering a donut wall at a wedding. When the groom is poisoned by an arsenic laced cruller, Emily finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. The same jealous dete Princess Fuzzypants here: The same jealous detective is brought in to head the team and of course, she salivates at the thought that Emily might be guilty.
When she was on the local force, she took shortcuts and jumped to the easiest conclusions. Her style has remained consistent. It is a good thing Emily is not only innocent but has many friends on the police force, including the partner of her late husband. There is a lot of unreleased heat in that friendship.
It will be fun when Emily and Brent finally twig to what is obvious to everyone else. Back to the plot, the murder victim is a totally unpleasant guy who thinks blackmail, bullying and deceit are all reasonable tactics. Naturally, there is a line up of possible suspect but with our chief detective lasered first on Emily and then on the bride, it is up to Emily and her friends to dig deeper.
She still gets involved but within the parameters of common sense. In fact, once she stumbles upon the truth, she tries her best to extricate herself safely. She has duties to perform for her kitty, Deputy Donut. Even though I suspected the killer from the start, there were plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing.
I give it four purrs and two paws up. I appreciate it for what it was, but the narrative was difficult for me. Walliams proves to be an effective storyteller and there is something almost cinematic to the set pieces he creates.
Spook Street Slough House, 4. It blends a lot of humor into what is actually a pretty good spy story. This book is squarely in the tradition of the British spy novel. It is set largely in England and I found "Spook Street" to be a very innovative entry in the Spy novel genre.
These individuals arrive in Slough House, sometimes because they deserve it and sometimes due to more nefarious circumstances beyond their control. This universe allows Herron to populate his novel with an endless supply of interesting and quirky characters. The leader of Slough House is Jackson Lamb, a particularly despicable individual, but quite intelligent.
The plot starts with a terrorist attack in London, and then moves to strange goings-on in a cult-like house in France. One of the residents of Slough House is drawn into these events as the result of an attempt on the life of his grandfather, a former high-level spy himself, who is dealing with the possibility of dementia.
Herron throws in a lot of humor in this book, and I found that to be very refreshing. At the same time, there is a lot of action in this book, and Herron writes his action scenes as well as anyone. They are tightly drawn and held my attention throughout. Herron can do action with the best of them, and then make you return to laughing on the next page.
He is very good at what he does. Slough House is a lot of fun, and offers the reader an endless possibility of twists and turns. The book is not all funny, however, and Spook Street offers a lot of action and drama as well. I found the plot a little far-fetched, with a few too many coincidences concerning family relationships, however. I also have to warn the American reader that this book is very British.
I have to admit I missed a lot of the humor simply because I missed a few jokes that may have depended on more of a knowledge of Britain than I had. In Slough House, the interesting characters are introduced very quickly, and the changes in point of view were a little difficult for me to follow. I understand this is the fourth in a series about Slough House and I may have been more familiar with the characters had I read his previous books in the proper order. If you choose to publish your review on the Kirkus website, you will see whether your book earned a Kirkus Star.
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I’m behind on my reading and review but omg I thought Road to Nowhere was amazing but Ends Here is an even better read! The conclusion to RTN is mind blowing! The way Monica ties it with her other books .
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