Book Review, historical fiction, mystery, paranormal/supernatural, Romance

Book Review | THE WISDOM OF MADNESS, by C. J. Archer

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The Wisdom of Madness (The Ministry of Curiosities #10), by C. J. Archer

Publish Date: June 5, 2018
Published by: C. J. Archer
Length: 260 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal/Romance
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (2.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

With Alice determined to discover the truth about her past, and Seth determined to help her, the couple find themselves sucked into a world where nothing is as it seems and no one can be trusted. On the run to escape a mad queen’s wrath, and with an entire realm looking for them, tensions fray and friendships are tested.

Even worse for Seth, shocking secrets he’d rather leave buried are brought to the surface.

Joined on their adventure by an irritable Gus and a mysterious Eva, the four friends must learn the truth of Alice’s past so she can forge her future.

But a future with whom? And where?


My Review:

This is unfortunately not a great book to conclude a series with. Continue reading “Book Review | THE WISDOM OF MADNESS, by C. J. Archer”

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Book Review | VOW OF DECEPTION, by C. J. Archer

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Vow of Deception (The Ministry of Curiosities #9), by C. J. Archer

Publish Date: December 5, 2017
Published by: C. J. Archer
Length: 297 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal/Mystery
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

With the wedding only days away, the Ministry is thrown into turmoil when another murder is committed by a shape-shifter. But this time the newspapers make the connection to werewolves – and the Ministry. Suddenly the attention is focused on Lichfield Towers and its residents as the police investigate and parliament wants to shut the organization down.

It could spell the end of everything Charlie has come to love.

As the authorities close in and ministry secrets are exposed, past allies can no longer be trusted. Can Charlie save her home, her loved ones, and herself? Or will she lose Lincoln and her friends forever?


My Review:

This one felt much better than the last few books in the series. I don’t know if it is because I read a different book between the last one and this one and suddenly got in the mood for it again, or if it was because I was just excited to be closing in on the end of the series. But either way, I felt like the characters, Charlie especially, felt more like they were in the beginning and the plot was more intriguing and fast-paced as opposed to feeling like it was dragged out and going in circles.  Continue reading “Book Review | VOW OF DECEPTION, by C. J. Archer”

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Book Review | VEILED IN MOONLIGHT, by C. J. Archer

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Veiled in Moonlight (The Ministry of Curiosities #8), by C. J. Archer

Publish Date: June 20, 2017
Published by: C. J. Archer
Length: 335 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal/Mystery
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

When a young gentleman is murdered by a shape shifter, Charlie and Lincoln interrogate their contacts and uncover a plot with links to the royal family—and links to more than one member of the ministry’s committee. At the heart of the mystery is a sinister love triangle, corruption, lies, and treason.

As they close in on their suspects, the dangers close in on them, and Lincoln’s protective instincts come to the fore, setting Charlie on edge. The last time he worried this much, he sent her away from her home and the people she loved…


My Review: 

Sadly this was another one in this series where it just feels like the characters are running in circles around the overlying mystery of the plot. Continue reading “Book Review | VEILED IN MOONLIGHT, by C. J. Archer”

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Book Review | THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY, by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Peel Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

Publish Date: July 10, 2008 (audiobook published September 2, 2008)
Published by: The Dial Press/Random House Audio
Audiobook Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, John Lee, Juliet Mills
Length: 8 hrs 6 min (389 pages)
Genre: Historical Fiction
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

It’s 1946 and author Juliet Ashton can’t think what to write next. Out of the blue, she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey – by chance, he’s acquired a book that once belonged to her – and, spurred on by their mutual love of reading, they begin a correspondence. When Dawsey reveals that he is a member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, her curiosity is piqued and it’s not long before she begins to hear from other members. As letters fly back and forth with stories of life in Guernsey under the German Occupation, Juliet soon realizes that the society is every bit as extraordinary as its name.


My Review: 

I listened to this as an audiobook and absolutely loved it. The multiple narrators made it such an enjoyable listen, with all the different character voices being so distinct. Continue reading “Book Review | THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY, by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows”

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Book Review | OF FATE AND PHANTOMS, by C. J. Archer

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Of Fate and Phantoms (The Ministry of Curiosities #7), by C. J. Archer

Publish Date: January 24, 2017
Published by: C. J. Archer
Length: 266 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal/Mystery
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

As Charlie and Lincoln’s lives settle into a harmonious pattern, a new threat arises that could have far reaching effects for the royal family and Lincoln’s parents.

When a seer warns the Prince of Wales that his life is in danger, only Charlie and Lincoln take her seriously. After all, what sensible person would believe a gypsy who claims the danger will come in the form of the prince’s dead father?

A meeting at the palace sets them on a path that takes Charlie back to her old haunts in the London slums, on the hunt for a man who can change his appearance. The new threat is their most dangerous yet, but for Lincoln, the biggest concern isn’t confronting the shape-changer or meeting his parents for the first time, it’s whether Charlie will put his engagement ring on her finger.


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Book Review | FROM THE ASHES, by C. J. Archer

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From the Ashes (The Ministry of Curiosities #6), by C. J. Archer

Publish Date: August 23, 2016 
Published by: C. J. Archer
Length: 309 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal/Mystery
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

When Charlie returns to Lichfield, she steps into chaos. The killer is still on the loose, Lady Harcourt’s secret is out, Seth and Gus are gone, and Lady Vickers has come to stay. But nothing compares to the chaos inflicted on Charlie’s heart by seeing Lincoln every day.

Despite their frequent clashes, Lincoln and Charlie manage to work together to narrow their list of suspects. No one can be trusted, especially not the members of the committee who are not what they seem. Long buried pasts are dug up as Charlie and Lincoln attempt to restore peace to Lichfield.

But when danger enters her home, Charlie’s world is shattered.


My Review: 

I think this one dragged for me a bit too, more because it’s the third book dealing with the same murder mystery and I just needed that to be solved already. The beginning and ending were great – I LOVED the addition of Alice and the ending was chock full of interesting stuff, but the middle was a bit of a drag.

Continue reading “Book Review | FROM THE ASHES, by C. J. Archer”