I have so many mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, at the core of it, I think that there are some interesting ideas and the seeds of what could be a really fun world. On the other hand, the execution of this novel left a lot to be desired. There is little world building despite the fact that the book is set in a very different world than ours. Instead of slowly introducing the reader to the history and nuances of this new world in engaging and subtle way, the author crams hundreds of years of history into large sections of info dumping. We barely begin to get to know one world when Paige is suddenly taken away to a completely new world. The excessive use of nicknames and slang was also confusing. There is an extensive glossary at the back of the book to help with this but it makes it hard to read a book when you have to look up a word every few sentences.
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You Slay Me (Aisling Grey: Guardian #1) by Katie MacAlister Publication date: 07 September 2004 by Onyx ISBN 10/13: 0451411528 | 9780451411525 Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Book Depository Category: Adult Urban Fantasy Keywords: Urban fantasy, paranormal, mystery, dragons, witches, Paris Format: Mass market paperback, eBook Thuy’s synopsis: Aisling Grey is a down on her luck 30-something working for her uncle as a courier. Unfortunately while on a job delivering a prized artifact in Paris, Aisling finds her client murdered and herself as the main suspect. She also loses the artifact to a mysterious and sexy stranger who claims that… Read more »
Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later by Francine PascalPublication date: 29 March 2011 by St. Martin’s PressISBN 10/13: 0312667574 | 978-0312667573 Category: Adult Contemporary FictionKeywords: Contemporary, revenge, romance, realistic, siblings, high schoolFormat: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook From goodreads: Now with this striking new adult novel from author and creator Francine Pascal, millions of devoted fans can finally return to the idyllic Sweet Valley, home of the phenomenally successful book series and franchise. Iconic and beloved identical twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield are back and all grown up, dealing with the complicated adult world of love, careers, betrayal, and sisterhood. Thuy’s review:… Read more »