When Gustav Nikulasson is killed in a plane crash, Kathrine, his journalist daughter, has questions about the circumstances surrounding his death and his missing work. When Kathrine goes looking for the answers she accidentally uncovers a conspiracy.
When Kathrine is kidnapped by Enrique Quisette, an art smuggler and a man willing to do anything to get what he wants, Kathrine finds herself heading toward her answers. Now her only chance of survival is her friend Sheppard Wilde.
Wilde will use every resource he can to get her back but will it be enough and will he be in time?
This was another interesting novel. I found it to be complex and entertaining in its own ways but in all honesty I also found it to be kind of slow paced for me. I know that sounds counteractive but I found certain parts of this novel very entertaining, while the rest remained slow.
Kathrine is an interesting character, struggling with the grief over the loss of her father accompanied with her unanswered questions. She also has many questions for her friend Mr. Wilde who was close with her father around the time of his death.
Mr. Wilde is a very connected character that I was sorry to find, was very two-dimensional. I would have very much liked to have learned more about him.
Enrique Quisette is very much a cookie cutter bad guy. He was bad for the same reasons any other bad guy is, with a faulty self-perception, and minions who do most of the bad guying for him. Needless to say, I found this character to be highly unoriginal.
I would give this novel three out of five stars and would recommend it to fans of architecture and adventure.
I received my copy of this novel from my sister and the picture above is my own.
Kay loves her small town. There’s great rocks to climb and everything is pretty quiet. When one of her climbs ends with her falling into the ice cold river that separates the human lands from the dragon’s, a young dragon named Artegal saves her and the quickly become friends. When conflict over the border leads to an all out war, can Kay and Artegal’s friendship help put an end to it?
I enjoyed this novel and am happy to report that is was exactly what I was expecting. Which was nice.
The setting was simplistic and in many ways it reminded me of the small town where I grew up. Kay’s town seemed small without being obsolete. Though, I would add having an active air base so near the town made me wonder why it wasn’t larger.
Kay is an intriguing charater, very realistic in her thoughts and actions. Her reasons for climbing that rock in the first place and her natural fear upon encountering a dragon for the first time are exactly what one might expect in a young teen. Well, not every teen goes rock climbing to deal with stress, but the stress she is feeling, and what is causing it, are realistic.
The friendship between Artegal and Kay is born from rebellion, the knowledge that they are both breaking the law in order to learn about each other, doesn’t deter them. This is, of course, nothing new as countless friendships have been formed under such circumstances.
There wasn’t much to the war itself, it was a background event that played a very small part in the long run. Besides some obscure references to it, and one death, there was little mention of what was actually transpiring.
The ending was not anything like I was expecting and was somewhat unsatisfying. I feel as though the book was meant to draw the reader toward book two, but in my opinion it was more like it just stopped. That said, I would like to continue with the series.
I would give this novel four out of five stars and I would recommend it to fans of modernized dragon novels.
I bought my copy of this novel from bookoutlet.com and the picture above is my own.
Kate Conway is going through a divorce when her husband dies unexpectedly. When the police investigate, they believe Kate may have had something to do with it. To add to the stress, her ex-husband’s new girlfriend seems to want to become friends.
After the funeral, Kate lands a new job for a television show called Missing Persons. It’s a nice distraction. Theresa Moretti has been missing for a year. All she needs is 22 minutes of footage for the show, but when her case seems to intersect with Kate’s husband’s death. Kate feels rushed to finish the job before there is another body, her own.
This was an interesting little read though I found it to be more of a contemporary novel than a mystery. This novel is marketed as a mystery, and there are two separate mysteries but in my honest opinion it was more about the life of Kate Conway as she deals with her career and the death of her husband.
I liked this novel but I would have preferred more of a mystery as that is what I was expecting.
The character of Kate Conway is well constructed, though I had an extremely hard time relating to her. I believe that is because we have next to nothing in common.
The settings are fairly simple and yet easy to follow and picture in your mind.
All in all, it was a decent read, though lacking on the mystery. I would give this novel 3 out of 5 stars and would recommend it to fans of contemporary fiction.
I bought my copy of this novel from my local Dollar Tree and the picture featured above is my own.
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