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Mary Boleyn: The Great and Infamous Whore

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As usual Alison Weir has written a very good historical book. This time she breaks ground with the first full biography of "the Other Boleyn", Mary Boleyn. She presents a kinder more sympathetic view of the infamous character who slept with two kings. Ms Weir always manages to add new material to her histories which make reading them tantalizing, but I found one or two things that distracted me in this book. Frequently information is repeated throughout the volume which made me say "ok, I got it the first time." Hopefully, this will be corrected in the final proof. I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in the Tudor period because Ms Weir's easy writing style will make it readable to all.
A Dangerous Inheritance: A Novel of Tudor Rivals and the Secret of the Tower

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This book was a slow read for me. I couldn't exactly say why because it was well written, well researched and interesting enough, but I couldn't get over the feeling that there should be two books instead of one. Ms. Weir tried to tie the two stories together, but it didn't work well. Similarities were present, but it just got confusing after awhile. While I realize that this is and ARC and changes may be made before being published. The lack of chapter numbers and the epsisodes being divided only by two similar names (Kate and Katherine) caused the book to drag for me. Still it was good and I would read it again.
Pirate King

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I wish that I could say that I enjoyed this book as much as I loved the rest of the Mary Russell series, but I can't. Sherlock Holmes is just as clever and Mary Russell is just as courageous, but the plot simply doesn't go anywhere. I feel as if I am on a sailing ship becalmed at sea. There are exotic locations and characters. In fact , I am drowning in characterizations some good and some mediocre, but the story still lags. When I reached the end of the book I was so disappointed. However, I can't fault Ms. King's writing ; it is wonderful as always. I hope that the next release is more satisfying. Recommended if you want to carry on with the series otherwise no.
The Lincoln Conspiracy: A Novel

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I wanted to give this book the benefit of a doubt, but it just doesn't work for me. I do admire his attempts at historical accuracy, but the dialect was just too distracting. While the characters seemed almost too good to be true the one I found the most interesting and realistic appeared toward the end of the book, Kate Warne, Pinkerton agent. Another small, but irritating detail was when the priest and Fona quoted the Bible verses. It seems that the KJV should have been used and not a modern translation. In addition, I failed to find the diaries important enough to cause all this death and destruction. While I appreciate the opportunity to read this book, it will not be a keeper and is earmarked for donation.
12.21: A Novel

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I finished this book in two days because I just had to know what happened next. A combination of medical suspense and historical thriller this book took me on a rollercoaster ride through California and into Mayan South America. The characters were believable and interesting and although not fully developed they were satisfactory for the story told. The book is easier to read than The Rule of Four and more original. If you like Dan Brown and others like him try this thriller.
Ruins of Gorlan, The-Ranger's Apprentice-Bk #1

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I really enjoyed this Young Adult novel. It reminded me of all the adventure tales that I reveled in when I was this age. Will is an orphan who as his 15th birthday approaches must be selected to enter an apprenticeship. His choice is to be a warrior, but nature has other ideas and places his talents in other areas. Fortunately, Halt can see these gifts in Will and aims to recruit him for the Rangers. This is a well written coming of age story about how sometimes we are too close to see where our path truly leads.. I loved the interaction between Will and his friends. Halt is a mystery that I look forward to learning more about. Set in a Medieval style world this series makes a nice change from all the magic and mayhem that is currently in print. Recommended.
The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb: A Novel

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I requested this book on the strength of Ms. Benjamin"s name alone. I loved the Alice book and was hoping to find another wonderful experience this time also. However, I approached this book cautiously afraid that luck wouldn't strike twice. I shouldn't have worried, because this is a five star book. Ms Benjamin is such a skilled writer that even though I wasn't looking forward to the subject she sucked me into the story. I became attached to all the characters and laughed and cried along with them as they journeyed through life. I would now buy any book by this author with no qualms at all and that is saying a lot. Recommended.
Conqueror (Conqueror, Book 5)

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I've finished reading this book. I feel like shouting out loud. It wasn't a bad book it just took forever to get through. I don't know why, but it may have had something to do with the frequent change of scene and character. I simply couldn't get attached to anyone until the last 5 chapters. I am glad that Iggulden decided to conclude the book where he did because I don't think that I could have taken a depressing end. Otherwise, there is the same attention to historical facts and a generous offering of action that enhanced the rest of his series.
Sacrilege

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I have read all of Ms. Parris Bruno novels to date and, if possible, I believe that they have just gotten better. Taking place at a crucial and highly political period at the Tudor court a supposedly simple murder becomes very complicated. Bruno has developed into a full dimensional if flawed character since the beginning of the series and I believe more likable for those flaws. If you enjoy character driven, complex mysteries with heavy historical detail and a twist you should enjoy this book.
Clare Vengel Undercover Mysteries Bundle, The: Includes Dead Politician Society and Death Plays Poker

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Some offensive language, but I was less worried about that and more disappointed that the story wasn't better. No, I didn't figure who the murderer was (and that is a plus in its favor), but I knew it wasn't the person who confessed. I didn't want to rush home to continue the book or even stay up late to read it. I thought the characters weren't very likable , and what was the thing going on between the undercover cop and her handler? Seems like he didn't want her to suceed. Not a successful tactic to create tension if that is what it was. Overall not a book that I would recommend.
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