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Review of Loving Eleanor by Susan Wittig Albert

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About Loving Eleanor

When AP political reporter Lorena Hickok—Hick—is assigned to cover Eleanor Roosevelt in the 1932 campaign, the two women become deeply involved. Their relationship begins with mutual romantic passion, matures through stormy periods of enforced separation and competing interests, and warms into an enduring, encompassing friendship documented by 3300 letters.

Set during the chaotic years of the Great Depression, the New Deal, and the Second World War, Loving Eleanor reveals Eleanor Roosevelt as a complex, contradictory, and entirely human woman who is pulled in many directions by her obligations to her husband and family and her role as the nation’s First Lady. Hick is revealed as an accomplished journalist, who, at the pinnacle of her career, gives it all up for the woman she loves. Then, as Eleanor is transformed into Eleanor Everywhere, First Lady of the World, Hick must create her own independent, productive life. Loving Eleanor is a profoundly moving novel that illuminates a relationship we are seldom privileged to see, celebrating the depth and durability of women’s love.

My Review

Hick served as narrator. She was balanced and fair in describing both relationship and Eleanor.

More than a love story, a broad view of the turmoil the country was facing and challenges yet to come. Lorena Hickox a female pioneer in the field of journalism, accomplished and respected. She was responsible for encouraging and guiding Eleanor in pursuits endearing her to the public. Eleanor experienced the depths of hardships accompanying Hick while investigating for FERA, Eleanor witnessed firsthand the bowels of poverty propelling her to serve as advocate and savior for those suffering – loved the fact this was included in narrative showcasing both women’s intelligence and compassion.

“Later, I would imagine that night on the train as a metaphor for our relationship: two lonely people hurtling through the dark toward an unreachable destination, each clinging to the other as if they were the last survivors on a moon swept out of orbit by a force too powerful to be opposed.”

Albert does a wonderful job with historical facts, no doubt this was an extremely troubling time in history, with such vivid descriptions it’s truly emotional. You know from the beginning the tender romance is ruined, the two will forever be tethered but never be able to truly be joined, bittersweet.

“In another space of time, I would come to understand the many differences between wanting and loving and loving and needing.”

Loads of information at the end, extensive afterward and bibliography for further reading. Albert’s extensive research is noted, outstanding job.

Truly a touching story of two amazing, inspiring and admired women but also a poignant time in history.

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Susan Wittig Albert is the award-winning, NYT bestselling author of the forthcoming historical novel Loving Eleanor (2016), about the intimate friendship of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok; and A Wilder Rose(2014), about Rose Wilder Lane and the writing of the Little House books.

Her award-winning fiction also includes mysteries in the China Baylesseries, the Darling Dahlias, the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, and a series of Victorian-Edwardian mysteries she has written with her husband, Bill Albert, under the pseudonym of Robin Paige.

She has written two memoirs: An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Daysand Together, Alone: A Memoir of Marriage and Place, published by the University of Texas Press.

Her nonfiction titles include What Wildness is This: Women Write About the Southwest (winner of the 2009 Willa Award for Creative Nonfiction); Writing from Life: Telling the Soul’s Story; and Work of Her Own: A Woman’s Guide to Success Off the Career Track.

She is founder and current president (2015-2017) of the Story Circle Network and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters.

For more information please visit www.susanalbert.com and www.LovingEleanor.com, or read her blog. You can also find Susan on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, and Pinterest. Like the Loving Eleanor page on Facebook.

Published February 1st 2016 by Persevero Press

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Review of Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown

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About Modern Girls

In 1935, Dottie Krasinsky is the epitome of the modern girl. A bookkeeper in Midtown Manhattan, Dottie steals kisses from her steady beau, meets her girlfriends for drinks, and eyes the latest fashions. Yet at heart, she is a dutiful daughter, living with her Yiddish-speaking parents on the Lower East Side. So when, after a single careless night, she finds herself in a family way by a charismatic but unsuitable man, she is desperate: unwed, unsure, and running out of options.

After the birth of five children—and twenty years as a housewife—Dottie’s immigrant mother, Rose, is itching to return to the social activism she embraced as a young woman. With strikes and breadlines at home and National Socialism rising in Europe, there is much more important work to do than cooking and cleaning. So when she realizes that she, too, is pregnant, she struggles to reconcile her longings with her faith.

As mother and daughter wrestle with unthinkable choices, they are forced to confront their beliefs, the changing world, and the fact that their lives will never again be the same….

My Review

Fabulous book! I look forward to more from Brown. I do hope there is a sequel, I would love to discover what becomes of Dottie and Rose for that matter. I adored both Rose and Dottie equally.

I like the way Brown explored the intricate relationship of a mother-daughter. Having both struggling with similar issues under different circumstances was fantastic. The strong bond between mother-daughter was brilliantly presented, I felt Rose’s anguish as a mother as well as Dottie’s anguish as a daughter, the joys and sorrows, disappointments and successes fully displayed. Rose and Dottie were so transparent thanks to Brown’s skill with full-blown characterization. 1930’s New York well described along with Jewish tenement life.

As the narrative moved along I knew what was going to transpire because it made sense and suited the characters and the era. Having the narrative alternate between Dottie and Rose allows for both perspectives, brings you closer to protagonists. The obstacles, tough decisions women faced were affecting.

I was swept away with this story from the start, frantically turning the pages to find out the ending. I was saddened when I reached the end. I want more of these two fierce women, I want to know what happens!!

Kudos to Brown for such a stellar story!!

About Jennifer S. Brown

Jenny Brown, June 9, 2015.

Jenny Brown, June 9, 2015.

Jennifer S. Brown lives and writes in the suburbs of Boston. When she’s not writing, she’s running, reading, baking, and spending time with her husband and two kids.

Her fiction, articles, and essays have appeared in numerous publications, and she was the winner of the 2005 World’s Best Short-Short Story Contest (judged by Robert Olen Butler) in the Southeast Review. Her creative nonfiction piece, “The Codeine of Jordan,” published in the Bellevue Literary Review, was selected as a notable essay in 2012’s The Best American Travel Writing and included in volume 9 of The Best Women’s Travel Writing. MODERN GIRLS (NAL/Penguin) is her debut novel.

Published April 5th 2016 by NAL

Review & Giveaway for The Dark Lady’s Mask: A Novel of Shakespeare’s Muse by Mary Sharratt

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About The Dark Lady’s Mask: A Novel of Shakespeare’s Muse

Shakespeare in Love meets Shakespeare’s Sister in this novel of England’s first professional woman poet and her collaboration and love affair with William Shakespeare.

London, 1593. Aemilia Bassano Lanier is beautiful and accomplished, but her societal conformity ends there. She frequently cross-dresses to escape her loveless marriage and to gain freedoms only men enjoy, but a chance encounter with a ragged, little-known poet named Shakespeare changes everything.

Aemilia grabs at the chance to pursue her long-held dream of writing and the two outsiders strike up a literary bargain. They leave plague-ridden London for Italy, where they begin secretly writing comedies together and where Will falls in love with the beautiful country — and with Aemilia, his Dark Lady. Their Italian idyll, though, cannot last and their collaborative affair comes to a devastating end. Will gains fame and fortune for their plays back in London and years later publishes the sonnets mocking his former muse. Not one to stand by in humiliation, Aemilia takes up her own pen in her defense and in defense of all women.

The Dark Lady’s Mask gives voice to a real Renaissance woman in every sense of the word.

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My Review

FABULOUS book with a FIERCE female protagonist.

I love the way Sharratt depicted Aemilia Bassano Lanier. For those of you familiar with my reviews, you are aware of my affinity towards extremely strong and independent female characters, and believe me Aemilia is indeed strong. Her intelligence, instinct for survival and cunning nature allow her to remain resilient during the darkest of times. In the face of adversity this woman rises to the challenge, never crumbling, rather she deals with what is put in front of her to the best of her ability, often over achieving. She’s unconventional, compassionate, possessing unlimited talent. It’s a shame her romantic life was more misses than hits filled with heartbreak. The Weir sisters were a great addition to the story along with Shakespeare.

Riveting story, pulling at your heartstrings, of a woman ahead of her time in actions and thinking. Her thirst for freedom is intoxicating, truly a maverick.

Sharratt certainly painted a wonderful picture of an unforgettable woman and is now a favored author, I look forward to more from this authoress, with her outstanding ability to portray a woman of strength matched with intelligence I can only image what she will pen next.

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MARY SHARRATT is an American writer who has lived in the Pendle region of Lancashire, England, for the past seven years. The author of the critically acclaimed novels Summit Avenue, The Real Minerva, and The Vanishing Point, Sharratt is also the co-editor of the subversive fiction anthology Bitch Lit, a celebration of female antiheroes, strong women who break all the rules.

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Publication Date: April 19, 2016 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Spotlight & Giveaway for A Sworn Virgin: Broken Promises by Kristopher Dukes

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About A Sworn Virgin

WHEN 18-YEAR-OLD DIANA’S FATHER IS SHOT DEAD on the cobblestone streets of 1910 Eastern European Albania, Diana must abandon her dream of studying art in Italy as she struggles to survive in a remote mountain village with her stepmother Mirlinda.

Nearing starvation, Mirlinda secretly sells Diana into marriage with the cruel heir of a powerful clan. Rather than lose her freedom, Diana swears to remain a virgin for the rest of her life, a tradition that gives her the right to live as a man: she is now head of her household, can work for a living and carry a gun. She may participate in the vengeful blood feuds that consume the mountain tribes, but she may not be killed — unless she forsakes her vow.

When an injured stranger stumbles into her life, Diana nurses him back to health, saving his life — but risking her own when she falls in love with him . . .

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Praise for A Sworn Virgin

“When many think of stories involving blood debts, endless family feuding, and revenge,they often envision a strong male protagonist at the center of it all who eventually comes outas victorious by the end of the tale. But in Kristopher Dukes’ novel, A Sworn Virgin: Broken Promises, the game is changed when a woman, leading not only as the main character in the story, but in her life as well, is forced into facing (and surviving) this type of world on her own. . . A Sworn Virgin: Broken Promises is a must-read for lovers of historical fiction, unexpected plot twists, and relatable female heroines. ”
– Apex Reviews

“A vivid portrait of a dynamic woman who, yearning for freedom, makes a devil’s bargain in giving up her sexuality to gain a level of personhood she is denied merely because she is a woman.”
– New York Times bestselling author Cathryn Michon

“Dukes has chosen an engaging setting for this novel, with its mix of medieval and modern elements, and fleshes it out with vivid details . . . A compelling story of a woman’s trauma and strength.”
– Kirkus Reviews

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Kristopher Dukes was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She has been a nationally published writer since high school and her work has appeared in bestselling book series “Written in the Dirt.” “A Sworn Virgin: Broken Promises” is her debut novel. She lives in Manhattan Beach, California with her husband Matt and pitbull Lucius.

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Review of Empire Girls by Suzanne Hayes, Loretta Nyhan

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About Empire Girls

Ivy and Rose Adams may be sisters, but they’re nothing alike. Rose, the eldest, is the responsible one, while Ivy is spirited and brazen. After the unexpected death of their father, the women are left to reconcile the estate, when they make a shocking discovery: not only has their father left them in financial ruin, but he has also bequeathed their beloved family house to a brother they never knew existed. With only a photograph to guide the way, Ivy and Rose embark to New York City, determined to find this mysterious man and reclaim what is rightfully theirs.

Once in New York, temptations abound at every turn, and soon the sisters are drawn into the glitzy underbelly of Manhattan, where they must overcome their differences and learn to trust each other if they’re going to survive in the big city and find their brother. Filled with unforgettable characters and charm, Empire Girls is a love letter to 1920s New York, and a captivating story of the unspoken bond between sisters.

My Review

Story left me disappointed. Too many characters with moody personalities with no real purpose in the plot. I quickly grew tired of the constant bickering between Rose and Ivy. YES I realize they fail to share much in common, they don’t act sisterly, these facts were drilled into my head from the beginning and never let up.

The narrative moves way too fast, seems rushed preventing the reader to let anything sink in with plausibility with the timeline crammed. The search for Asher, a joke, talk about dragged out, picked up and dropped repeatedly only to be usurped by drunkenness. Weak atmospherically, it never felt like the 20’s, the hustle and bustle of New York completely absent.

Story had potential but sadly lost its way a quarter into the story with it’s annoying sisters, pity so much could have been presented in a better fashion.

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Pen name of Suzanne Palmieri

Suzanne Palmieri is the author of The Witch of Bourbon Street, The Witch of Belladonna Bay, and The Witch of Little Italy. She is also the co-author (as Suzanne Hayes) of Empire Girls and I’ll Be Seeing You. Writer. Lost Witch. Mermaid.

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I was a reader before I was a writer, devouring everything I could get my hands on, including the backs of cereal boxes and the instructions booklet for building the Barbie dream house. Later, my obsession with reading evolved into an absolute need to write. After college, I wrote for national trade magazines, taught writing to college freshmen, and eventually found the guts to try fiction.

I’m the author of the upcoming All the Good Parts (Lake Union, 2016) and Digging In (Lake Union, 2017). Previous published novels include I’ll Be Seeing You and Empire Girls (MIRA Books).

When I’m not writing, I can be found knitting, baking, and doing all kinds of things my high school self would have found hilarious.

I live in the Chicago area with my two teenage boys and one sweetheart of a husband.

Published May 27th 2014 by Harlequin MIRA (first published January 1st 2014)

Spotlight for Storm and Silence by Robert Thier

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About Storm and Silence

Freedom – that is what Lilly Linton wants most in life. Not marriage, not a brood of squalling brats, and certainly not love, thank you very much!

But freedom is a rare commodity in 19th-century London, where girls are expected to spend their lives sitting at home, fully occupied with looking pretty. Lilly is at her wits’ end – until a chance encounter with a dark, dangerous and powerful stranger changes her life forever…

Enter the world of Mr Rikkard Ambrose, where the only rule is: Knowledge is power is time is money!

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Robert Thier is a German Historian and writer of Historical Fiction. His particular mix of history, romance and adventure, always with a good deal of humor thrown in, has gained him a diverse readership ranging from teenagers to retired grandmothers. For the way he manages to make history come alive, as if he himself had lived as a medieval knight, his fans all over the world have given him the nickname “Sir Rob”.

For him, Robert says, becoming a writer has followed naturally from his interest in history. “In Germany,” he says, “we use the same word for story and history. And I’ve always loved the one as much as the other. Becoming a storyteller, a writer, is what I’ve always wanted.”

Besides writing and researching in dusty old archives, on the lookout for a mystery to put into his next story, Robert enjoys classical music and long walks in the country. The helmet you see on the picture he does not wear because he is a cycling enthusiast, but to protect his literary skull in which a bone has been missing from birth. Robert lives in the south of Germany in a small village between the three Emperor’s Mountains.

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Published March 19th 2016 by Robert Thier

Review of The Queen’s Exiles (Thornleigh #6) by Barbara Kyle

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About The Queen’s Exiles

1572. Europe is in turmoil. In the Netherlands the streets are red with the blood of those who dare to oppose the brutal Spanish occupation. A vengeful faction of exiled English Catholics is plotting to overthrow Queen Elizabeth and install her cousin Mary, Queen of Scots on the throne. But amid the unrest, one resourceful young woman has made a lucrative enterprise …

Scottish-born Fenella Doorn rules like a queen over a privateer’s haven on the Isle of Sark. Her success at salvaging crippled vessels affords her gold and security, and it is on one of these ships that she meets wealthy Baron—and privateer—Adam Thornleigh. Secretly drawn to him, Fenella can’t refuse when Adam enlists her to join him in war-torn Brussels to help find his traitorous wife, Frances—and the children she’s taken from him.

But Fenella’s own bold actions have put a price on her head. Now Adam and Fenella’s lives are in peril as they race across Europe in an attempt to rescue his young ones, defend the crown, and restore the peace that few can remember.

My Review

Fabulous action, suspense and romance. I thoroughly enjoyed this story so much I purchased all the books in the series. An enthralling glimpse into turbulent political and social times regarding England, Spain and Netherlands.

Fenella Doorn is fictional, although her strength and vulnerability is plausible. She’s a great example of mettle tested through difficult times, also the devices possessed to survive especially for a female.

Extremely well written, rich in details. The plot is engaging, I couldn’t put the book down. I have a new favorite author – Barbara Kyle. Historical fiction fans will want to make room on your shelf for this book along with the entire series.

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I’ve enjoyed two fulfilling careers, first as an actor, now as an author.

After studying at the National Theater School of Canada in Montreal and the Professional Actor’s Training Program at the University of Washington, I played roles in dozens of film, television, and stage productions in Canada and the U.S.

High HopesSome highlights: I starred in the TV daytime drama High Hopes, played a continuing role in the TV series The Campbells, acted on stage with Margaret Hamilton at the Seattle Repertory Theater (she was the wicked witch in the beloved classic film The Wizard of Oz), worked with renowned director Jean Gascon in Moliere’s 17th-century play The Miser, and got laughs in Neil Simon’s Broadway-hit Chapter Two at the Bayview Playhouse in Toronto. I loved being an actor.

It felt like a natural extension of my acting to create characters for fiction. In 2008 Kensington Books published my first historical novel, The Queen’s Lady, which introduced Honor Larke, lady-in-waiting to Queen Catherine of Aragon, and ship captain/courtier Richard Thornleigh in the nerve-jangled court of Henry VIII. The intrigue and adventure of that period fueled the creation of six more books in the Thornleigh Saga. The series follows the Thornleigh family’s rise through three tumultuous Tudor reigns, during which they make hard choices about loyalty, duty, family and love. Book #7, The Traitors Daughter The Traitor’s Daughter, is the latest, released in May 2015.

Published May 27th 2014 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2014)

Review & Giveaway Mistress Firebrand by Donna Thorland

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Formats: eBook, Paperback
416 Pages

Series: Renegades of the American Revolution (Book 3)
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance

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British Occupied Manhattan, 1777. American actress Jenny Leighton has been packing the John Street Theater with her witty comedies, but she longs to escape the provincial circuit for the glamour of the London stage. When the playwright General John Burgoyne visits the city, fresh from a recent success in the capitol, she seizes the opportunity to court his patronage. But her plan is foiled by British intelligence officer Severin Devere.

Severin’s mission is to keep the pleasure-loving general focused on the war effort…and away from pretty young actresses. But the tables are turned when Severin himself can’t resist Jenny Leighton…

Fairly exciting novel, than again espionage always adds a level of excitement.

I was unsure of Jennifer at first. Was she flighty, opportunistic or something else. I warmed up to her as the story progressed, I must say I preferred her paired with Severin, together they compliment each other, proverbial ying and yang, not to mention their many similarities. Severin – charming, cultured, revolutionary James Bond. Frances was a muted character but her presence added to my fascination with Angela Ferrers. No doubt these two old chums shared quite a past.

I felt the tension of New York as it serves as the center of conflict and turbulence. The power shift, the political standoff, chaos, tides change at a moments notice as do allegiances. The theatre aspect created dimension, noting how thespians played a role during this time was fascinating.

More than a love story, the background sets the tone for adventure, tension with dramatics forming a fetching read.

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About the Author03_Donna Thorland

A native of Bergenfield, New Jersey, Donna graduated from Yale with a degree in Classics and Art History. For many years she managed architecture and interpretation at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, and wrote and directed the Witch City’s most popular Halloween theater festival, Eerie Events. She later earned an MFA in film production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Donna has been a sorority house mother, a Disney/ABC Television Writing Fellow, a WGA Writer’s Access Project Honoree, and a writer on the ABC primetime drama, Cupid. Her screenwriting credits include episodes of the animated series, Tron: Uprising. Her short fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and Albedo One. The director of several award-winning short films, her most recent project, The Night Caller, aired on WNET Channel 13 and was featured on Ain’t It Cool News. Currently she is a writer on the WGN drama SALEM. She is married with one cat and divides her time between the real Salem and Los Angeles.

For more information visit Donna Thorland’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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Tiger Tail Soup: A Novel of China at War by Nicki Chen

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A fascinating portrait of love and resilience in a time of war.

I enjoyed the fact this novel exposes the reader through the eyes of a young woman thrust into the harshness during wartime as opposed to concentrating solely on the war itself. Yet we were made fully aware of the dire circumstances faced, danger, starvation, the unknown, lack of medical treatment and services, not to mention being vulnerable without the presence of a male in the household.

An Lee took me by surprise. At first I questioned her strength, as the story progresses An Lee came into her own. You find yourself downright proud of the way she handled herself, her composure never waning, her strength unleashed, her fears slowly diminishing, her doubts scant, guilt lessened. An Lee is left to fend for her pregnant self, along with her small child, her mother, mother in law, and their band of servants. All three women rise above the challenges as their small village faces Japanese occupation. The three women pull together, using their smarts, planing ahead for the inevitable, An Lee is a follower but soon falls into the role of leader. Frustrated with feeling helpless as her country is bullied, she joins a resistance group, this bold move took me by surprise. Willing to take risks An Lee will do anything for her loved ones.

“All my heroes has horses and armor, a double-bladed sword or an eighteen-foot spear. They had their blood brothers to save the day. And I? My spindly arms fell to my sides. I should have been a man.”

Affecting story of surviving war, a woman’s strength tested as she is forced to serve as provider, protector with her life and that of her family’s hanging in the balance. Sweeping glimpse into the Japanese occupation of China through the bombing of Pearl Harbor to Japan’s defeat.


•Paperback, 288 pages
•Published May 8th 2014 by Dog Ear Publishing
•ISBN13: 9781457526756

Sisters of Heart and Snow by Margaret Dilloway

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Estranged sisters, forced together by family tragedy, who soon learn that sisterhood knows no limits.

I liked Tomoe’s story.

Didn’t care for the layout of the book. Way too predictable and was your standard overplayed contemporary genre of a troubled family, fractured sister relationship – been written at least a thousand times, nothing original here. Combining the dual narratives was a huge mistake. If you need the secondary plot to backup your themes as well as support the consequent plot you know you’re in trouble especially when the backup fails and you are left with one awkward mess. Give me one solid narrative with originality and substance not a mishmash mess. Per Dilloway, Tomoe’s story will appear in a separate book, now why would I want to read the same story twice? I wouldn’t. Topping it off the insertion of the secondhand story felt fake, a need to fill space. I felt as if I was reading two unrelated books simultaneously, one being far more exciting than the intended with a poor opaque connection resulting in a full blown disconnect.


•Published April 7th 2015 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
•Hardcover, 400 pages
•ISBN13: 9780399170805