#Bookreview Last Stop:Paris by John Pearce #TuesdayBookBlog

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Today I’m reviewing book 2 of the Eddie Grant series:

Last Stop: Paris by John Pearce

Last stop_Paris by John PearceBlurb (via Amazon):

When readers last saw Eddie Grant in Treasure of Saint-Lazare (2012), he was hot on the trail of Nazi war loot in the company of his on-again, off-again lover, Jen. As readers return to Eddie’s shadowy world of undercover deals and thugs in the employ of crime bosses, they find a quieter, more mature Eddie, now married to Aurélie, a scholar of some note, and living in pleasant domestic bliss. Onto this romantic scene come several of Eddie’s friends, who alert him to suspicious activity within his social circle, involving a man with criminal intentions and an interest in gold. Shortly afterward, a mysterious murder implicates another character from Eddie’s past. As he looks into the matter, Aurélie soon finds herself in danger; at the same time, Jen reappears in…

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Revenge

The Bookly Purple

It’s odd. It rings with mystery. And it’s palpably horrific. Revenge by Yōko Ogawa does not only present to us eleven dark tales, as it is stated on the second page of the book, but also something beyond any reader’s imagination. It’s not a collection of crime stories with bloody scenes of people dying at the hands of serial killers, nor of horror ones with ghosts flying here and there. Yet it has an air of creepiness and ability to keep us holding on tight to our guts throughout every piece. If anything, Revenge is a work of literary art which explores humans’ deepest minds and darkest hearts, something that will shock readers with what people could do beyond this life.

The short story collection contains eleven pieces of writing, all of which are dark and dreadful, in every sense of the word. Their dreadfulness comes in various forms: from…

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Puppies!: Surviving Henry

Elysa the Biblioblogger

Puppies! I’ve decided my next thing is books with dogs on them/books about dogs. I won’t be reading them back to back like the books about books thing, but they’ll be close. I already started with Lily and the Octopus, which was amazing! I homed in on another owner/dog memoir for the next book.

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Surviving Henry: Adventures in Loving a Canine Catastrophe by Erin Taylor Young was underwhelming, I’m sad to say. There were some cute moments and some wow ones, but the dog wasn’t nearly as crazy as I expected based on the title and the blurb on the back cover. I don’t really have any stand out stories of hilarity or way over-the-top-ness to mention. The window one was weird and scary, but it wasn’t too far outside the normal spectrum of animal crazy. Maybe this is because the show Bad Dog on Animal Planet has desensitized…

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Review: ‘The Song of Achilles’ unveils a potentially hidden romance

The ISY Times

How we love Greek mythology. Every tale told, every king risen and fallen. Every hero’s tragic fate seems to unravel something inside us as well. A beautiful retelling of a tale told countless times ever since Homer’s “Iliad,” this is the story of the Trojan War. But most of all, it is a story of Achilles and Patroclus.

First brought to life by Homer, the “Iliad” is a Greek epic poem. The main characters being Helen of Troy, Paris, Menelaus, Achilles and Hector. Most have heard of Achilles,  but few, on the other hand, have heard of Patroclus. The story of Achilles is not complete without Patroclus, and neither is the story of the Trojan War. Madeline Miller’s “The Song of Achilles” captures the story from an entirely different standpoint.

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So, the story begins. Patroclus is borne to King Menoetius, proud and masculine, and his simple-minded…

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A Review: The Serpent King

Amanda Reads

The Serpent King by Jeff Zenter is a young adult contemporary novel that follows the story of three teens: Dill, Travis, and Lydia living in a small rural Tennessee town.

I actually got this novel back in March (part of an OwlCrate book subscription box) but I didn’t pick it up until the beginning of this month due to the large amount of books and homework (ya feel?) that I had at the time. I’m normally not a YA contemporary reader, but I have to admit, this book was fantastic.

My Goodreads rating: 5/5

PROS:

  • The characters- The novel is told through the perspective of our three teens Dill, Travis, and Lydia. The story was mainly told around/ about Dill, but that doesn’t matter, I loved all three perspectives.
    • Dill- Dill is caught between a whirl of struggles throughout the book.
      1. His father was sent to jail in Nashville after…

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Book Review: The Miniaturist

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51FKV1ByLUL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_Author: Jessie Burton

This book follows Petronella Oortman or Nella as she begins her married life in 17th Century Amsterdam to a wealthy and much older man, Johannes Brandt. Her expectations of married life are soon crashed as she has a rocky start with the members of her new household and her new husband isn’t as enthused about the marriage as she’d imagined. He instead gifts her a miniature of their home which she decides to furnish by contracting the services of a miniaturist.

Things start getting a little creepy when the parcels the miniaturist sends mirror what is actually happening in the Brandt household. Nella begins viewing the miniaturist as some sort of prophet because if miniatures start predicting the future who wouldn’t right? Creepy dolls aside, the book tackles issues that are common in the 21st century; sexuality, feminism and race. And I’m not sure what 17th century…

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