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Member Since 2014

  • 3 reviews
  • 33 ratings
  • 336 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015

  • The Wicked Deeds of Daniel MacKenzie: Highland Pleasures, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Daniel Mackenzie lives up to the reputation of the scandalous Mackenzie family - he has wealth, looks, and talent, and women love him. When he meets Violet Bastien - one of the most famous spiritual mediums in England - he immediately knows two things: that Miss Bastien is a fraud, and that he’s wildly attracted to her.

    Vinity says: "Off just a bit and frustrating reader"
    "uncomfortable and disappointing"

    I really wish they would mention sexual abuse themes and graphic rape attempts in the description.

    Violet needs a shrink not a man and Daniel (who I was so looking forward to!) needs a nanny. Both characters are very inconsistent in maturity level and behavior. The plot is occasionally ludicrous which goes poorly with the extreme griity of the rape and poverty theme. I don't know if the writer was rushed or just flubbed this one but I wouldn't have guessed it was the same writer.

    I like Angela Dawe's style but I think she lacks the range needed for a muilti book saga especially including characters who constantly change accents.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Baroness Orczy
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Scarlet Pimpernel hides the identity of a British nobleman who, masked by various disguises, leads a band of young men to undermine the Reign of Terror after the French Revolution. The Scarlet Pimpernel makes daring raid after daring raid into the heart of France to save aristocrats condemned to the guillotine. At each rescue, he leaves his calling card: a small, blood-red flower - a pimpernel - mocking the power of Robespierre and his Committee of Public Safety.

    Amazon Customer says: "Beautifully Written Classic"
    "Time is unkind to books as well as people"

    I was expecting an adventure and instead got a romance. This isn't inherently bad but it seems that this book has not aged well. Our female protagonist is the smartest woman in Europe, we know this because the author says so a dozen times. No thing is said just once but every concept repeated over and over like teacher working with students. However, this smart, beautiful, fashionable, young Mary Sue does not one smart thing in the whole book.

    The politics of the book are as oddly naive as the characters which wouldn't be as much a problem if action wasn't constantly interrupted for speeches about the greatness of aristocrats.

    This reads oddly like fan fic as the silly Mary Sue gains the love of her super hero but the reader is so good it may be worth the credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Changeless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Gail Carriger created a fascinating steampunk vision of Victorian England in her “intoxicatingly witty” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) debut novel Soulless—the first in the best-selling Parasol Protectorate series. Changeless is the second in the series and finds Alexia Tarabotti, now the Lady Woolsey, quite put out after her werewolf husband goes missing. So, armed with her trusty parasol, Alexia boards a dirigible and heads for Scotland to find him.

    Leanna says: "Loved it!"
    "Not much plot, even less of it is fun"

    I enjoyed the first book but had avoided the second due to hearing from friends that it wasn't as good. I got this on sale and it was worth the sale price I guess but I am glad I didn't waste a credit. Some interesting characters and ideas but mainly wasted. The start is slow, the middle is awkward and the end is just bad.

    The narrator couldn't do a Scotch accent to save her life, oddly her female was worse than her male, which for a story where multiple characters are Scottish you think that would have been a priority.

    Clearly Gail is trying to world build but it may help if she had more plot and less side characters. Also, she had mechanical descriptions that went on longer than any author besides Clancy I have ever seen. Add the newly wed snuggliness and this didn't leave much room for plot, most of which was guessable. Mysteries based on characters not speaking to each other always seem lazy to me.

    Not the worst book but if you are picky enough to read comment sections than I would pick a different book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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