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    guns of glory []  2020-5-21 22:34
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    Just played Guns of Glory on a phone application via mistplay reviews. Played this one with amazing interest as on the mobile you got the impression of controlling your characters on the ground level, helping catch pick pockets etc etc. Like all mobile ads this was misleading. Don't obtain me wrong the android game itself was addictive and you can spend hours playing (If you play via mistplay you can earn a fair few Amazon vouchers), but yeah false advertising? Really? Unfortunately this is a huge pitfall a lot of android games like these fall into. For example you can expect a nice create your kitchen safe android game but instead you obtain something quite various (garden scapes see add for application and play game)

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    clash of clans []  2020-5-11 22:47

    recommend amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing

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    The Great Book of Pub Trivia: Hilarious Pub Quiz & Bar Trivia Questions (Trivia Quiz Books 1) []  2020-2-2 2:9

    Author Bill O’Neill has authored a lot of books on Trivia and stands as somewhat of an expert in this field! His subjects contain movies, football, baseball, rock melody and simply random trivia facts. To set the mood of the book Bill states, ‘Welcome to The Amazing Book of Pub Trivia! Obtain ready to dig in to some fun and nostalgic trivia quizzes and that surely will create your mind spin. This book is meant to be fun and can be used by yourself, just reading and testing your skills or it can be used as a fun android game with scoring system with your mates and family. Every quiz section has five questions followed by the answers on the next page. Enough with the boring introduction… allow the fun trivia begin!’The book is divided into 71 quizzes followed on the next page by the answers. An example may support the reader delve into this world: Quiz 29 1. Which boys name means "he who resembles God”? This is the name of the King of Pop, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, and Catherine Zeta Jones’ husband. 2. Madonna has had top 10 singles like Borderline, Like a Virgin, and Into the Groove. What was her first? It was her breakout track which features the lyrics, “You can turn this globe around, and bring back all of those satisfied days. Place your troubles down.” Name this song. 3. What is a form of traditional mining that extracts gold from a placer deposit using a pan? The process is one of the simplest ways to extract gold. In a lot of parts of the globe it was abandoned because it leads to major soil erosion and hurt to the environment. What is it called? 4. What is the practice of advancing clocks during summer months so that evening daylight lasts longer? This usually happens at the begin of the spring, and only an adjustment of 1 hour is created to clocks. What is the name of this process? 5. This is an Italian luxury car manufacturer established in 1914 in Bologna. Its tagline is "Luxury, sports, and style cast in exclusive cars," and the brand's mission statement is to "build ultra-luxury performance automobiles with timeless Italian style, accommodating bespoke interiors, and effortless, signature-sounding power”. The company's headquarters are now in Modena, and its emblem is a trident. What is the name of this carmaker?Turn the page for the answers - 1. Michael, 2. Holiday, 3. Gold panning, 4. Daylight saving time, and 5. t only is the book entertaining – it is also very instructive for every reader. Have fun, learn, and be ready for the next gathering of very intelligent friends! You’ll be on top. Grady Harp, October 17

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    The Great Book of Pub Trivia: Hilarious Pub Quiz & Bar Trivia Questions (Trivia Quiz Books 1) []  2020-2-2 2:9

    A amazing trivia book to take on street trips if you know history, literature etc. Some are simple and some create you think. It gives you tips as you read. Sometimes the answers are on the next page so you have to cover the answers so you don't accidentally see them.

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    The Great Book of Pub Trivia: Hilarious Pub Quiz & Bar Trivia Questions (Trivia Quiz Books 1) []  2020-2-2 2:9

    This 243-page book is full of hilarious trivia questions which is fun whether one reads it alone or as a android game with others. The are all kinds of questions covering all parts of life, such as the following (in my words):What unfinished book by F. Scott Fitzgerald was recently created into an Amazon series?What popular serial assassin terrorized London in 1888 and killed five prostitutes?What science fiction drama aired in 1993-2002 has just been rebooted to a ten-episode show?

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    The Great Book of Pub Trivia: Hilarious Pub Quiz & Bar Trivia Questions (Trivia Quiz Books 1) []  2020-2-2 2:9

    I have read several of the author's trivia-based books and search them amusing, educational, fun, and simple to read. Recommended.

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    The Great Book of Pub Trivia: Hilarious Pub Quiz & Bar Trivia Questions (Trivia Quiz Books 1) []  2020-2-2 2:9

    This is a amazing book to have on your Kindle. Ideal for all those who love tidbits of facts. If you're a fan of trivia/interesting facts or stories, you'll love this book. Anytime you need a short read (waiting at the dentist's office, waiting to pick up the children from school), this book will fill the gap. Or, even better, use it down your local pub!

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    The Great Book of Pub Trivia: Hilarious Pub Quiz & Bar Trivia Questions (Trivia Quiz Books 1) []  2020-2-2 2:9

    NOTE: The author informed me that this book was available for at the time on Amazon and asked me to write a ll O'Neill has written a number of books on trivia on Amazon, all of which seem to compile hundreds of essentially useless but practically fascinating tidbits of information. In "The Amazing Book of Pub Trivia," he dispenses this info in the form of a series of quizzes, all geared along the lines of the questions one might encounter at an actual pub's trivia night contest. Unfortunately, while the concept is good, the execution is extremely faulty, so much so that most bouncers would probably toss the book out of their own pubs on an actual trivia night."Pub Trivia" takes the form of a series of 71 quizzes, each containing five questions, and two quizzes on globe leaders and other globe figures with 22 and 26 questions respectively, for a total of just over 400 questions. The questions appear on one or two pages (depending on your reading device) and the answers on the page that follows. Further, O’Neill actually contains more that those 400 bits of trivia he asks about. For example, in a question on common fears, he tells readers the medical term for different types of fears (including a fear of clowns) before asking them to name another. Each question is a paragraph long and generally gives several facts about a person, place, or happening before asking readers to name it. So, the total amount of info in the book is considerable. The topic matter of the questions varies widely, much like a typical episode of “Jeopardy,” including history, science, geography, literature, art, and pop culture. Further, the book contains happenings occurring in the summer of 2017, so it’s quite timely.Unfortunately, O’Neill’s desire for timeliness and his haste in publishing “Pub Trivia” are its downfall as well. I’m not sure when it was written, but it was published on October 7, 2017, and one of the questions asks who won the U.S. Begin Women’s Tennis Championship, a match that occurred on September 9 of that year, so it’s clear that the book was rushed into production. As a result, it’s riddled with typos, misspellings, awkward phrasings (a couple of times he repeats a sentence practically verbatim in two locations in the same question), and poorly phrased questions that practically give away the answer. For example, he asks the name of a former Olympic happening that derives its name from an ancient myth about the sun and moon engaging in a celestial tug of war. Even on the “Stupid Answers” category of “Jeopardy,” the questions are usually a bit more challenging.But those awkward stylistic mistakes aren’t nearly as poor as the out-and-out errors in “Pub Trivia.” I didn’t by any means attempt to fact check the book, so I have no method of knowing just how much incorrect info it contains, but some of the errors are glaring. At one point, in a question about Winston Churchill, O’Neill identifies the topic as a Labour politician. Churchill was actually a popular Conservative, and this mistake is akin to identifying Barack Obama as a Republican. I spotted several of these blatant errors, leading me to believe there were probably a number more that lurked in the book as ese mistakes aren’t even the worst ones in “Pub Trivia.” It does require some degree of fact checking to research some of the inaccuracies I noted. But it requires absolutely no fact checking, only a rudimentary amount of proofreading, to figure out that the name of a well-known action film starring Uma Thurman is not, in fact, Uma Thurman, which is the respond given in the book. Similarly, the name of the title song from a particular Lenny Kravitz album is not Lenny Kravitz, nor is the smallest instrument of the woodwind family the woodwind. Those mistakes add up over the course of the book, to the extent where it seemed as if nearly every quiz contained a question that was flawed in one method or another, an unacceptably high ratio for most om the rate that author O’Neill is cranking out these trivia books on Amazon, it would appear that his writing process appears to be somewhat of an assembly-line operation. That doesn’t mean that the idea or the process itself is wrong. In fact, there is a amazing bit of entertaining info (assuming it’s accurate) in “Pub Trivia.” But a self-imposed tight production schedule is no excuse for sloppiness and gross inaccuracy, especially in a book whose sole reason for existence is to inform people about interesting facts. I can’t imagine people who don’t know the respond to the Uma Thurman or Lenny Kravitz questions being satisfied when they turn to the respond page and explore that they will have to research the respond for themselves or forever remain in the dark. I received this book for during a promotional period, but O’Neill currently charges $3.99 for it. People who that amount of deserve a book that at least tries to obtain things right, something O’Neill clearly has not done here. “Pub Trivia” resembles a frosty mug of poor beer; it looks amazing but you won’t like the taste.

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    The Great Book of Pub Trivia: Hilarious Pub Quiz & Bar Trivia Questions (Trivia Quiz Books 1) []  2020-2-2 2:9

    I consider myself a history and trivia buff. But there were a lot of questions here I could never have answered. If you love lots of facts and interesting questions this is the book for you.

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    The Great Book of Pub Trivia: Hilarious Pub Quiz & Bar Trivia Questions (Trivia Quiz Books 1) []  2020-2-2 2:9

    I bought this because it says "hilarious" and "bar trivia". Humor has absolutely no put in this book and it's far from your typical barroom trivia. It's basically a series of 71 five question quizzes with 2 quizzes at the end. Half the time the respond is right next to the question making it nearly impossible not too d for primary knowledge, poor for hilarious bar trivia.

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    The Great Book of Pub Trivia: Hilarious Pub Quiz & Bar Trivia Questions (Trivia Quiz Books 1) []  2020-2-2 2:9

    Amazing book of trivia covering broad range of subjects from history, geography, pop culture and astronomy. The format is a quiz is 5 questions with the respond at the end on a separate page so you can participate if you are the reader. There are a few questions that I could not verify if truly factual and thus the questions is esoteric. The questions at times are long and participants lose interest in the question before it can be finished.Overall, I have found the book to be interesting, stimulating and participants of all knowledge levels can respond and not feel discouraged.

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    The Great Book of Pub Trivia: Hilarious Pub Quiz & Bar Trivia Questions (Trivia Quiz Books 1) []  2020-2-2 2:9

    Mr. O'Neill presents a wealth of information, in an interesting way.He could have done a better job of proofreading and fact-checking.

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    The Shadow Cabinet (The Shades of London Book 3) []  2020-1-29 4:1

    The finale of the Shades of London trilogy was filled with action and excitement. Jane and the other members of her forty year old cult haven't stopped hunting for Rory so that she can go to the other globe and bring back Sid and Sadie. Jane has had that as her goal since a failed ritual in 1973 left them in a half-alive state. To further her aims, she snatches the body of Stephen who is in the same state.A fresh hero named Freddie makes her appearance as someone who has the sight and who has been studying the same mysterious things that Stephen studied. Stephen was getting ready to recruit her to the ghost team when he has his accident while rescuing Rory.I liked the worldbuilding which created London a nexus for ghosts. I liked the idea of the Shadow Cabinet as a secret organization designed to protect the living from a ghostly invasion. I loved Rory's hero and her voice. She makes a unbelievable narrator.I think that there are still stories to be told in this globe and hope that the author does revisit it at some time.

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    The Shadow Cabinet (The Shades of London Book 3) []  2020-1-29 4:1

    I kept thinking I knew what was going to happen next, but I kept getting surprised instead. I cannot wait for the latest book in the series, although I never wish it to end!

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    The Madness Underneath: Book 2 (The Shades of London) []  2020-1-22 21:31

    Fair warning, there will be spoilers for a plot development in this book. I'll clearly tag that section, otherwise here we go: I came to this series in an odd manner. I was looking for a various book I'd heard being reviewed on NPR and saw a recommendation for this book on the site. There was no mention of it being Young Adult and specifically because it was an NPR review, it didn't occur to me that it might be. So I purchased the first book, planning to this lor me pleasantly surprised there. Yes, it was a Young Adult title, but it was engaging and funny. Rory spent very small time in need of being rescued, and really refreshingly for YA, when she was in trouble, it wasn't some knight in shining armor that came to save her. I eagerly purchased this book, looking forward to a quick, but pleasantly creepy read.I'm torn here. The antagonist is so thoroughly annoying, and slightly cartoonish (almost literally, the hero is described in a manner that sounds like an animated person). Most of the time at Wexford is a bit of a waste of time and I think Johnson makes a mistake in isolating Rory so much from characters that were enjoyable in the first book. Still, it's so fun to see a young woman not wholly defined by an attachment to some brooding boy. Rory is funny, endearing, but clearly traumatized by the happenings of the first book. It's fitting, but a small plodding. In fairness, it also turns out to be gue Spoilers for some of the book to follow:The Shades all felt just a bit off to me. The very beginning when it seems that Rory is being relegated back to her life, chop off from them didn't really fit with the happenings of the first book. Callum in particular takes a turn for the far too mad at the very end, and that is taking into acc the emotional stakes. It just didn't feel entirely ter a slow first half, the book becomes a bit too rushed and then ends very abruptly with a plot choice that created me wince.Specific spoiler to follow:Johnson makes a decision at the very end that feels too abrupt and then simply ends the book too quickly. It's not a satisfying conclusion and it feels very much like a dropped call rather than a full story. It just ends on a rather displeasing note that could have easily been avoided. What I think is that Maureen Johnson truly didn't wish Rory being defined by a romantic attachment, and I do applaud that. However, this seemed a cruel method to achieve that when a various choice could have been created with the hero of Stephen(such as simply having him be uninterested in Rory romantically). Having created the rather abrupt choice, it would have been nice to obtain a bit more resolution on that.End to spoilers.I'd recommend this book, but truthfully I wouldn't recommend reading it until such time as the third book is released. The ending is that abrupt and rather unwelcome. It took a fun, slightly creepy story in The Name of the Star and bled a lot of the fun out of it in The Madness Underneath. That was before it got to the end, and that didn't improve matters, in my opinion. Read when the next is available, I'd say.

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    The Madness Underneath: Book 2 (The Shades of London) []  2020-1-22 21:31

    I first picked Name of the Star up a couple years ago at Coles' just for kicks. (It was part of a $200 haul!) I tore through it in no time at all once I got started, and as soon as I was done I didn't even bother waiting to go back in store; I went on my smartphone and bought the e-book right away!The pacing of the story was a small strange in the second novel though, but I still loved it very, very much. The plot is something that I haven't seen around very much so it still has that new and fresh feeling to it. I was just a small mad at how this book ended; I know it's meant to be a cliffhanger, but I feel like it could have been done a small gentler. THis felt too much like whiplash and not enough like playful l in all, the Shades of London is a unbelievable series. Not the best I've ever read, but definitely up there in the most memorable!

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    The Madness Underneath: The Shades of London, Book 2 []  2020-1-22 23:0

    First of all, this is the middle book in a trilogy. The author does enough to allow the reader know what happens in the first book. Rory is in Bristol with her parents and healing from a knife wound given her by the fresh Ripper. She is seeing a therapist but having some problem because she can't tell her the true story of what happened in London. Besides signing the Official Secrets Acts, she has true reason to fear that telling her story will cause her to be committed to a psychiatric facility. After all, being attacked by a ghost is not something that is easily ry misses her mates at Wexford and especially misses Stephen, Callum and Boo who worked with her as a member of the Shade Team whose job was to eliminate troublesome ghosts. Since moving to Bristol, she has lost all contact with them. She has also developed a startling fresh power. She is a living terminus; touching a ghost causes them to anwhile, things aren't going well for the tean in London. As a effect of their encounter with the Ripper, all three of the terminus that allowed them to remove evil ghosts have been lost or broken. The squad is in danger of being disbanded leaving all three of them ings are manipulated to obtain Rory back to London and Wexford and potentially save the team. Returning to London and school has issues for Rory. She is so far behind in her schoolwork and exams are so close that she doesn't have a hope of catching up and passing her exams. And she is more interested in a fresh mystery in which a nearby pub owner was supposedly bludgeoned to death by one of his employees. Some research tells her that the school and the are were built over a former facility where those with mental illnesses were warehoused. She fears that the war with the Ripper has opened up a crack that is freeing some of those patients now as ry is also still having problems regarding the war too. When the head girl Charlotte raves over the therapist she is seeing, Rory decides to see her too. Jane Quaint is a mysterious hero who does seem to have helped Charlotte and who helps Rory too after their first session. But Jane has a hidden agenda that runs counter to the work of the team. Jane wants to isolate Rory from her mates and family in to fulfill Jane's scue by the squad leads to heartbreaking consequences and also leads to a cliffhanger ending.

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    The Madness Underneath: The Shades of London, Book 2 []  2020-1-22 23:0

    This book was a lot of fun. It doesn't have an overriding story like the other one did, this one was more about what was going on in Rory's life. I still really enjoyed it. Rory has so much sass and snark that you can't support but love her."I can't believe that worked... Procedure? In my city no one would just allow the law into their basement to have a look around for seemingly no reason at all. They'd either obtain a lawyer or a gun. If uncertain, they'd obtain both."She's so funny, there are a number of laugh out loud moments. In my case, I was seriously suspiscious of Jane from the get-go. She just seemed a bit too interested in Rory. The end of this one was a complete shock though, and I can't believe the release date of the next isn't until 2014. I may die waiting! It required another chapter to create the waiting a small less agonizing.I look forward to the next.

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    The Madness Underneath: The Shades of London, Book 2 []  2020-1-22 23:0

    The Madness Underneath fails as the second installment to the Shades of London series.I'm sorry to say this but I didn't really have fun this as much as the first book. The pace was too slow and as the book was ending, everything was rushed which didn't create any sense and what created it worse was that Johnson was trying to make an unnecessary hero death as a latest attempt to hold us reading and to support make a little link for book 3. I'm sorry to say but this book really disappointed me. I was also upset that Rory was a bit dumbed down because based on the first book, she was smarter than some of the choices she created in this book.I will read the third book but I'm not expecting much. Maureen Johnson you've wasted such a amazing opportunity to create this story great. This would have been such a amazing small horror story but now you've ruined it. I hope that in the third book that you will redeem yourself but for now, I'm really disappointed.

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    The Shadow Cabinet (The Shades of London Book 3) []  2020-1-29 4:1

    The Shadow Cabinet is the third book the Shades of London series. I was very anxious to see how things would play out with this one. ***HUGE SPOILER BELOW IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE SECOND BOOK!!!***I didn’t really like how the second book ended. Stephen dying really through me for a loop and I did not see it coming. I kept thinking, how could she end it like that?!?? So when The Shadow Cabinet begins, it basically picks up beautiful much where the story ended in book two. Everyone is in the hospital with Stephen, mourning over his loss when Rory makes a desperate attempt to bring back him as a ghost. Not to mention Rory’s classmate is still missing and she is possibly in cause of everything that has happened to Rory, her and the squad are secluded; more so Rory than anyone else. Callum and Boo attempt to go around city to see if what Rory did actually worked and Stephen became a ghost. Rory is not one to wait around wringing her hands, so naturally she goes out and tries to search some answers for herself. Which leads to some interesting and unexpected e Shadow Cabinet starts off a small slow for me. Nothing major seemed to happen until almost halfway through the book. It wasn’t a struggle to obtain through the book though. I wanted to see how things resolved and search out the why behind is wasn’t my favorite book out of the e Madness Underneath is my favorite, but The Shadow Cabinet was still enjoyable. I am curious what exactly this mysterious groups needs from Rory and how major a part she will play in it. And what is up with those weird and creepy twins? I was curious, but never a huge fan of stories involving ghosts and people seeing ghosts before, however Maureen Johnson has created me one. I am looking forward to her announcement of book four.

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    The Shadow Cabinet (The Shades of London Book 3) []  2020-1-29 4:1

    Amazing series

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    The Madness Underneath: Book 2 (The Shades of London) []  2020-1-22 21:31

    If at any point during the first, say, 3/4 of this book you had asked me what I'd rate it, I'd have said five stars. Hands down. The writing is so smooth. I simply *like* Rory as a character. Love the voice, the fact that she really is an average girl, totally simple to relate to. I was sucked in, reading along, just loving it...until, I realized everything I thought was subtly building up to something was e fact is, nothing really happens until the very end, and then it all happens very quickly and unimpressively. This entire book feels like a bridge. Like, well, time needs to pass so *the huge ending twist* can happen, and we can actually move into the true story the author had in 's hard, too, to write about what frustrates me because it's directly similar to the end. It truly could have been just as twisty--and would have had MORE impact, if the whole Jane part of the plot had been left out and things focused on Rory and the Shades. That's all I'll say.I'll still read the next book, because I have a feeling the author will be tying a lot of the loose strings together and despite it all I just love the author's writing. But for now, I'm frustrated with how this one ended--enough to knock two stars off my rating.

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    The Madness Underneath: Book 2 (The Shades of London) []  2020-1-22 21:31

    This book was a lot of fun. It doesn't have an overriding story like the other one did, this one was more about what was going on in Rory's life. I still really enjoyed it. Rory has so much sass and snark that you can't support but love her."I can't believe that worked... Procedure? In my city no one would just allow the law into their basement to have a look around for seemingly no reason at all. They'd either obtain a lawyer or a gun. If uncertain, they'd obtain both."She's so funny, there are a number of laugh out loud moments. In my case, I was seriously suspiscious of Jane from the get-go. She just seemed a bit too interested in Rory. The end of this one was a complete shock though, and I can't believe the release date of the next isn't until 2014. I may die waiting! It required another chapter to create the waiting a small less agonizing.I look forward to the next.

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    The Madness Underneath: The Shades of London, Book 2 []  2020-1-22 23:0

    If at any point during the first, say, 3/4 of this book you had asked me what I'd rate it, I'd have said five stars. Hands down. The writing is so smooth. I simply *like* Rory as a character. Love the voice, the fact that she really is an average girl, totally simple to relate to. I was sucked in, reading along, just loving it...until, I realized everything I thought was subtly building up to something was e fact is, nothing really happens until the very end, and then it all happens very quickly and unimpressively. This entire book feels like a bridge. Like, well, time needs to pass so *the huge ending twist* can happen, and we can actually move into the true story the author had in 's hard, too, to write about what frustrates me because it's directly similar to the end. It truly could have been just as twisty--and would have had MORE impact, if the whole Jane part of the plot had been left out and things focused on Rory and the Shades. That's all I'll say.I'll still read the next book, because I have a feeling the author will be tying a lot of the loose strings together and despite it all I just love the author's writing. But for now, I'm frustrated with how this one ended--enough to knock two stars off my rating.

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    The Madness Underneath: The Shades of London, Book 2 []  2020-1-22 23:0

    Fair warning, there will be spoilers for a plot development in this book. I'll clearly tag that section, otherwise here we go: I came to this series in an odd manner. I was looking for a various book I'd heard being reviewed on NPR and saw a recommendation for this book on the site. There was no mention of it being Young Adult and specifically because it was an NPR review, it didn't occur to me that it might be. So I purchased the first book, planning to this lor me pleasantly surprised there. Yes, it was a Young Adult title, but it was engaging and funny. Rory spent very small time in need of being rescued, and really refreshingly for YA, when she was in trouble, it wasn't some knight in shining armor that came to save her. I eagerly purchased this book, looking forward to a quick, but pleasantly creepy read.I'm torn here. The antagonist is so thoroughly annoying, and slightly cartoonish (almost literally, the hero is described in a manner that sounds like an animated person). Most of the time at Wexford is a bit of a waste of time and I think Johnson makes a mistake in isolating Rory so much from characters that were enjoyable in the first book. Still, it's so fun to see a young woman not wholly defined by an attachment to some brooding boy. Rory is funny, endearing, but clearly traumatized by the happenings of the first book. It's fitting, but a small plodding. In fairness, it also turns out to be gue Spoilers for some of the book to follow:The Shades all felt just a bit off to me. The very beginning when it seems that Rory is being relegated back to her life, chop off from them didn't really fit with the happenings of the first book. Callum in particular takes a turn for the far too mad at the very end, and that is taking into acc the emotional stakes. It just didn't feel entirely ter a slow first half, the book becomes a bit too rushed and then ends very abruptly with a plot choice that created me wince.Specific spoiler to follow:Johnson makes a decision at the very end that feels too abrupt and then simply ends the book too quickly. It's not a satisfying conclusion and it feels very much like a dropped call rather than a full story. It just ends on a rather displeasing note that could have easily been avoided. What I think is that Maureen Johnson truly didn't wish Rory being defined by a romantic attachment, and I do applaud that. However, this seemed a cruel method to achieve that when a various choice could have been created with the hero of Stephen(such as simply having him be uninterested in Rory romantically). Having created the rather abrupt choice, it would have been nice to obtain a bit more resolution on that.End to spoilers.I'd recommend this book, but truthfully I wouldn't recommend reading it until such time as the third book is released. The ending is that abrupt and rather unwelcome. It took a fun, slightly creepy story in The Name of the Star and bled a lot of the fun out of it in The Madness Underneath. That was before it got to the end, and that didn't improve matters, in my opinion. Read when the next is available, I'd say.

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    The Madness Underneath: The Shades of London, Book 2 []  2020-1-22 23:0

    I first picked Name of the Star up a couple years ago at Coles' just for kicks. (It was part of a $200 haul!) I tore through it in no time at all once I got started, and as soon as I was done I didn't even bother waiting to go back in store; I went on my smartphone and bought the e-book right away!The pacing of the story was a small strange in the second novel though, but I still loved it very, very much. The plot is something that I haven't seen around very much so it still has that new and fresh feeling to it. I was just a small mad at how this book ended; I know it's meant to be a cliffhanger, but I feel like it could have been done a small gentler. THis felt too much like whiplash and not enough like playful l in all, the Shades of London is a unbelievable series. Not the best I've ever read, but definitely up there in the most memorable!

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    The Madness Underneath: The Shades of London, Book 2 []  2020-1-22 23:0

    I don't know how I started reading the second book, but I can't seem to place this series down. It's still a nice simple read and interesting enough. The second is definitely not what I expected but, still felt like an simple transition from the previous book. Look forward to the third.

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    The Madness Underneath: Book 2 (The Shades of London) []  2020-1-22 21:31

    I've seen some reviews talk about how this book isn't as amazing as Name of the Star, which of course is the first book of the series (Shades of London). But I disagree. While it may not include the same amount of suspense as the first book, I think Madness Underneath does a really amazing job at following up on the life of Rory and her mates and of course the next chapter. There is far more hero development on the part of Rory, we learn a amazing more about the other Shades (Stephen especially), the Sight and the book introduces a much larger plot. In my opinion, Madness Underneath is a far more interesting than the first book. It was so interesting, in fact, that I read the book rather quickly. Less than a week, even on my busy schedule. I'm rabid to search out where Maureen Johnson is going to take the series.I discovered the series simply because I happened upon Johnson on twitter (if you don't follow her, you should...she's hilarious). After about a year of her antics on twitter, I decided to pick up the series. I don't know that her other books would be all that interesting to me - a 35 year old father of two - but this series really hits home. The concept is surreal and completely believable at the same time. She weaves an wonderful storyline into the rich London culture, and she does it flawlessly. The only problem...I'm going to have to wait a while for the third book. :(So yeah, bottom line...this book is awesome.

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    The Madness Underneath: Book 2 (The Shades of London) []  2020-1-22 21:31

    The Madness Underneath fails as the second installment to the Shades of London series.I'm sorry to say this but I didn't really have fun this as much as the first book. The pace was too slow and as the book was ending, everything was rushed which didn't create any sense and what created it worse was that Johnson was trying to make an unnecessary hero death as a latest attempt to hold us reading and to support make a little link for book 3. I'm sorry to say but this book really disappointed me. I was also upset that Rory was a bit dumbed down because based on the first book, she was smarter than some of the choices she created in this book.I will read the third book but I'm not expecting much. Maureen Johnson you've wasted such a amazing opportunity to create this story great. This would have been such a amazing small horror story but now you've ruined it. I hope that in the third book that you will redeem yourself but for now, I'm really disappointed.

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    The Madness Underneath: The Shades of London, Book 2 []  2020-1-22 23:0

    I really liked the first book, The Name of the Star. It was a creepy ghost story and I actually liked all of the characters. I didn't even mind the cliffhanger ending b/c, in a amazing way, it just created we wish to read the next book. So I was constantly checking amazon for news of this sequel and now I am severely disappointed after just finishing it. **Warning there will be spoilersThe Good(ish):*some hero development, oh yeah!: After what Rory went through, it was nice to see her struggle a bit, cuz that would be normal right? And after all of that, of course she was going to have to come to grips with that no, her life would never be the same and so where should she go from here. So that was nice. I also loved that Stephen was fleshed out a bit more. He's my favorite hero so that was definitely a plus. Johnson definitely knows how to create her characters likeable and I'd be lying if I said I didn't form some emotional attachments to them and that's only reason why I'm giving this book 3 stars. Unfortunately, a lot of the other characters that were in the first book seemed to just fade into the background. It was weird that even though Rory has returned to Wexford and London, characters such as Jazza, Jerome, Callum, and Boo just don't really seem to be there. There wasn't even a small tip that maybe Boo and Callum might hit it off. They all almost seemed like strangers to me as I read the book.*No love triangle!: I'll say it again, NO LOVE TRIANGLE!!! I don't even think I can remember the latest time I read a young adult series and there was no love triangle. SO refreshing!!! Rory realizes that there's a difference between liking the kind of attention a person can give you, and actually liking that person. Plus she was actually thinking about her own circumstances and feelings and realized that a relationship with Jerome, a person she has to constantly lie to and can't be truly begin with, is not amazing for her or for the situation she is dealing with at the time, such as dealing with her abilities and failing school. It was kinda amazing to finally read a book from a female point of view and not have everything be about hormones and poor boy choices.I mean I know that teens are supposed to be hormone infused beings, but that doesn't mean that can't be rational either, right?The Bad:*weird, jumbled, disjointed plot: After reading the first few chapters, I thought this was going to be related to the first book; homicidal ghost mystery. Especially after all that plot building with the crack and the Bedlam Asylum and ya know, of course the murder the book flipping opens up with. But then NOPE! Johnson abandons that and takes on this odd, misplaced trip about a cult? Something that I saw event very early on, when Rory first visits Jane, but I thought, "Oh, I guess this is going to tie into the crack in the ground right?" Nope. Instead we obtain a bunch of creepy cult people, and that items doesn't really even begin to obtain exciting until the latest few chapters. Which was another annoying part about the plot, it was flipping slow. I didn't even realize how slow until things started picking up with the cult kidnapping Rory, and then I saw that I was at 90-something percent on my kindle.*the ending: Why, just why? Stephen was my favorite hero since book one, and then Johnson just kinda destroys him. And not in some amazing character/plot developing way. I mean I definitely applaud her for being able to create me have an emotional attachment to these characters to the point where this ending just burns me up inside, but I just kinda felt like this ending was unneeded. Probably because I have no true idea of where this story is going to go from here since this whole book was a jumbled mess. I obtain how life isn't simple and that everything shouldn't end in a nice, care-free package, but how is Stephen dying and potentially coming back as a ghost going to tie into this cult thing the author has going? Don't really know and not sure I care cuz she just killed off my favorite character. Hoo-rah...So, after that disappointing read, not sure if I'll stick with this series. I imagine that this cult thing will develop into something and I bet Stephen will come back, but I really don't wanna potentially spend the whole 3rd book dealing with how Rory is going to have to with this fresh found attraction to Stephen, but can't do anything about it cuz she makes ghosts go boom. I guess as long as Johnson is able to make a amazing balance between the feelings and the action it'll work, but if it's just going to be more about a mopey, angsty teen than about some true plot development, then I'll just place this in the pile of failed series.

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    The Shadow Cabinet (The Shades of London Book 3) []  2020-1-29 4:1

    "We were all afraid of the thing in front of us, and the reality of who we were fell on me all at once. None of us were fearless— we were four people too young to be doing this."Simply place this book was everything I hoped for and more. So a lot of questions got answered and so a lot of things happened. I think this might be my favorite book of the series so far. I cant believe we have to wait over a year for the next one. I need the next one NOW!!

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    The Shadow Cabinet (The Shades of London Book 3) []  2020-1-29 4:1

    Love this series, but where is the 4t5g book already?

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    The Shadow Cabinet (The Shades of London Book 3) []  2020-1-29 4:1

    ~3.5/5I’m surprised that I didn’t love this book as much as I thought I would. That I’m not loving this series as much as others are, or that I thought I would.I’m a fan of Johnson, of course, and this is a very amazing series. I just don’t love is was a slow moving book, as the characters test to with what happened at the end of the previous one. Rory is in shock, convinced she can search Stephen, no matter what she has to do. We search out what Jane has really planned, and what she wants Rory for. The latest part of the book was beautiful exciting, and really an interesting concept.Jane is crazy, especially now that I see what she was really planning. Sid and Sadie are even worse, and I’m really not surprised by what they did at the end of the book. That makes sense, after everything else.I liked where Rory and Stephen and the group were by the end. I’m intrigued to see what happens in the next one, what they’re going to do about what Sid and Sadie have planned.Even if I’m not in love, I did have fun this book. I like what’s going on, and I have fun Johnson’s writing, how creative she can be. I will definitely be picking up the next book.[More of my reviews are available on my blog, Geeky Reading, to which there's a link on my profile.]

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    The Shadow Cabinet (The Shades of London Book 3) []  2020-1-29 4:1

    Such a well-written book. You step right into where you left off from book two and the storyline just gets better. There was a lot of "wow" factor to this book and I couldn't place it down. The story is so unique. I can't wait to read the next one. I love this series!

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    The Madness Underneath: Book 2 (The Shades of London) []  2020-1-22 21:31

    First of all, this is the middle book in a trilogy. The author does enough to allow the reader know what happens in the first book. Rory is in Bristol with her parents and healing from a knife wound given her by the fresh Ripper. She is seeing a therapist but having some problem because she can't tell her the true story of what happened in London. Besides signing the Official Secrets Acts, she has true reason to fear that telling her story will cause her to be committed to a psychiatric facility. After all, being attacked by a ghost is not something that is easily ry misses her mates at Wexford and especially misses Stephen, Callum and Boo who worked with her as a member of the Shade Team whose job was to eliminate troublesome ghosts. Since moving to Bristol, she has lost all contact with them. She has also developed a startling fresh power. She is a living terminus; touching a ghost causes them to anwhile, things aren't going well for the tean in London. As a effect of their encounter with the Ripper, all three of the terminus that allowed them to remove evil ghosts have been lost or broken. The squad is in danger of being disbanded leaving all three of them ings are manipulated to obtain Rory back to London and Wexford and potentially save the team. Returning to London and school has issues for Rory. She is so far behind in her schoolwork and exams are so close that she doesn't have a hope of catching up and passing her exams. And she is more interested in a fresh mystery in which a nearby pub owner was supposedly bludgeoned to death by one of his employees. Some research tells her that the school and the are were built over a former facility where those with mental illnesses were warehoused. She fears that the war with the Ripper has opened up a crack that is freeing some of those patients now as ry is also still having problems regarding the war too. When the head girl Charlotte raves over the therapist she is seeing, Rory decides to see her too. Jane Quaint is a mysterious hero who does seem to have helped Charlotte and who helps Rory too after their first session. But Jane has a hidden agenda that runs counter to the work of the team. Jane wants to isolate Rory from her mates and family in to fulfill Jane's scue by the squad leads to heartbreaking consequences and also leads to a cliffhanger ending.

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    The Madness Underneath: Book 2 (The Shades of London) []  2020-1-22 21:31

    I really liked the first book, The Name of the Star. It was a creepy ghost story and I actually liked all of the characters. I didn't even mind the cliffhanger ending b/c, in a amazing way, it just created we wish to read the next book. So I was constantly checking amazon for news of this sequel and now I am severely disappointed after just finishing it. **Warning there will be spoilersThe Good(ish):*some hero development, oh yeah!: After what Rory went through, it was nice to see her struggle a bit, cuz that would be normal right? And after all of that, of course she was going to have to come to grips with that no, her life would never be the same and so where should she go from here. So that was nice. I also loved that Stephen was fleshed out a bit more. He's my favorite hero so that was definitely a plus. Johnson definitely knows how to create her characters likeable and I'd be lying if I said I didn't form some emotional attachments to them and that's only reason why I'm giving this book 3 stars. Unfortunately, a lot of the other characters that were in the first book seemed to just fade into the background. It was weird that even though Rory has returned to Wexford and London, characters such as Jazza, Jerome, Callum, and Boo just don't really seem to be there. There wasn't even a small tip that maybe Boo and Callum might hit it off. They all almost seemed like strangers to me as I read the book.*No love triangle!: I'll say it again, NO LOVE TRIANGLE!!! I don't even think I can remember the latest time I read a young adult series and there was no love triangle. SO refreshing!!! Rory realizes that there's a difference between liking the kind of attention a person can give you, and actually liking that person. Plus she was actually thinking about her own circumstances and feelings and realized that a relationship with Jerome, a person she has to constantly lie to and can't be truly begin with, is not amazing for her or for the situation she is dealing with at the time, such as dealing with her abilities and failing school. It was kinda amazing to finally read a book from a female point of view and not have everything be about hormones and poor boy choices.I mean I know that teens are supposed to be hormone infused beings, but that doesn't mean that can't be rational either, right?The Bad:*weird, jumbled, disjointed plot: After reading the first few chapters, I thought this was going to be related to the first book; homicidal ghost mystery. Especially after all that plot building with the crack and the Bedlam Asylum and ya know, of course the murder the book flipping opens up with. But then NOPE! Johnson abandons that and takes on this odd, misplaced trip about a cult? Something that I saw event very early on, when Rory first visits Jane, but I thought, "Oh, I guess this is going to tie into the crack in the ground right?" Nope. Instead we obtain a bunch of creepy cult people, and that items doesn't really even begin to obtain exciting until the latest few chapters. Which was another annoying part about the plot, it was flipping slow. I didn't even realize how slow until things started picking up with the cult kidnapping Rory, and then I saw that I was at 90-something percent on my kindle.*the ending: Why, just why? Stephen was my favorite hero since book one, and then Johnson just kinda destroys him. And not in some amazing character/plot developing way. I mean I definitely applaud her for being able to create me have an emotional attachment to these characters to the point where this ending just burns me up inside, but I just kinda felt like this ending was unneeded. Probably because I have no true idea of where this story is going to go from here since this whole book was a jumbled mess. I obtain how life isn't simple and that everything shouldn't end in a nice, care-free package, but how is Stephen dying and potentially coming back as a ghost going to tie into this cult thing the author has going? Don't really know and not sure I care cuz she just killed off my favorite character. Hoo-rah...So, after that disappointing read, not sure if I'll stick with this series. I imagine that this cult thing will develop into something and I bet Stephen will come back, but I really don't wanna potentially spend the whole 3rd book dealing with how Rory is going to have to with this fresh found attraction to Stephen, but can't do anything about it cuz she makes ghosts go boom. I guess as long as Johnson is able to make a amazing balance between the feelings and the action it'll work, but if it's just going to be more about a mopey, angsty teen than about some true plot development, then I'll just place this in the pile of failed series.

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    The Madness Underneath: The Shades of London, Book 2 []  2020-1-22 23:0

    I've seen some reviews talk about how this book isn't as amazing as Name of the Star, which of course is the first book of the series (Shades of London). But I disagree. While it may not include the same amount of suspense as the first book, I think Madness Underneath does a really amazing job at following up on the life of Rory and her mates and of course the next chapter. There is far more hero development on the part of Rory, we learn a amazing more about the other Shades (Stephen especially), the Sight and the book introduces a much larger plot. In my opinion, Madness Underneath is a far more interesting than the first book. It was so interesting, in fact, that I read the book rather quickly. Less than a week, even on my busy schedule. I'm rabid to search out where Maureen Johnson is going to take the series.I discovered the series simply because I happened upon Johnson on twitter (if you don't follow her, you should...she's hilarious). After about a year of her antics on twitter, I decided to pick up the series. I don't know that her other books would be all that interesting to me - a 35 year old father of two - but this series really hits home. The concept is surreal and completely believable at the same time. She weaves an wonderful storyline into the rich London culture, and she does it flawlessly. The only problem...I'm going to have to wait a while for the third book. :(So yeah, bottom line...this book is awesome.

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    The Shadow Cabinet (The Shades of London Book 3) []  2020-1-29 4:1

    I adore Maureen Johnson, I do. And I loved the first book in this series. Sure the plot is goofy, but it's fun. I like the characters, they're relate-able. Maybe it's just me, but typically if I read a book where a hero has an accent (takes put in London = London accent) I usually hear their voice and accent in my head as I read. The main hero in this one is from Fresh Orleans, and I just didn't hear it. Same with the English characters (except Boo). I guess I just didn't sense any subtle info that give me the feeling of authenticity. (Johnson is an American- a Fresh Yorker, writing in other accents.) They all felt very general/vague to me, like the setting/scene didn't matter. That being said, maybe I'm just crazy-town-banana-pants and normal people won't care about the voices in their largest issue is that I feel like the series has gone downhill. I thought they'd end the series with this one, but apparently it's still going, and I just feel like it really jumped the shark. The second book was alright, but the first one was by far the best. I would give it 4.5 or 5 stars. This one is only OK.

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    The Shadow Cabinet (The Shades of London Book 3) []  2020-1-29 4:1

    What a amazing read, especially when traveling. I was so disappointed when I finished the book. Entertaining and kept me busy.

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    The Madness Underneath: The Shades of London, Book 2 []  2020-1-22 23:0

    I have an axiom that if a hero in a book is engaging enough than even watching them chew oatmeal will be interesting. Maureen Johnson has found a strong, memorable voice in her protagonist/narrator Rory Deveaux, a Lousiana girl transplanted to London. Rory has a colourful personality, injecting random asides and humorous descriptions into everything, and telling embarrassing stories about her family when she gets me people don't have fun the hero because she's not very heroic, but I think that's part of what makes her interesting: like most true people, when confronted by the inexplicable and possibly supernatural, she freaks out. Not to say she's a coward, but that she reacts like a normal person would and doesn't suddenly turn into an action I really love Rory's hero and would have fun reading almost anything written in her d thing, too, because plot-wise The Madness Underneath does not deliver. The first half of the book is a build up for something that doesn't turn out to be a huge deal. Then, when things finally begin to really happen: the book ends!A cliffhanger ending this is not - more like a cliffhanger middle. The book feels like the author was muddling around, searching for the direction of the plot, and then when she found it, she decided to end the book.Well, presumably there will be another book out (and hopefully soon) that will continue on with some actual plot. I'll be reading it. But I'm warning you, Maureen Johnson, any more of these shenanigans and we are THROUGH!

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    The Madness Underneath: Book 2 (The Shades of London) []  2020-1-22 21:31

    I have an axiom that if a hero in a book is engaging enough than even watching them chew oatmeal will be interesting. Maureen Johnson has found a strong, memorable voice in her protagonist/narrator Rory Deveaux, a Lousiana girl transplanted to London. Rory has a colourful personality, injecting random asides and humorous descriptions into everything, and telling embarrassing stories about her family when she gets me people don't have fun the hero because she's not very heroic, but I think that's part of what makes her interesting: like most true people, when confronted by the inexplicable and possibly supernatural, she freaks out. Not to say she's a coward, but that she reacts like a normal person would and doesn't suddenly turn into an action I really love Rory's hero and would have fun reading almost anything written in her d thing, too, because plot-wise The Madness Underneath does not deliver. The first half of the book is a build up for something that doesn't turn out to be a huge deal. Then, when things finally begin to really happen: the book ends!A cliffhanger ending this is not - more like a cliffhanger middle. The book feels like the author was muddling around, searching for the direction of the plot, and then when she found it, she decided to end the book.Well, presumably there will be another book out (and hopefully soon) that will continue on with some actual plot. I'll be reading it. But I'm warning you, Maureen Johnson, any more of these shenanigans and we are THROUGH!

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    The Madness Underneath: Book 2 (The Shades of London) []  2020-1-22 21:31

    I don't know how I started reading the second book, but I can't seem to place this series down. It's still a nice simple read and interesting enough. The second is definitely not what I expected but, still felt like an simple transition from the previous book. Look forward to the third.

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    The Last Gamble (@#$%!&?s of London, Book 3) [Book]  2017-11-5 18:0

    The Latest Gamble, Book 3 in the @#$%!&?s of London series, happens to be Anabelle’s 10th Regency Romance and I envy the lucky reader who gets to read them with new eyes from the beginning. Prepare to tear through every one of her emotionally satisfying love stories. Once again, I found myself completely wrapped up in the story. The character Luke, is road smart, jaded and overcome with grief. The heroine, Georgina, is confident, resourceful and fascinated by her attraction to him, The story is expertly written and Anabelle’s words weave a resplendent tapestry that vividly depicts the struggles Luke and Georgina undergo to search their happily ever after. As always, Anabelle delivers an exceptionally written romance filled Regency ambiance and the passion of characters finding their heart’s desire. I’ve loved every book written by Anabelle and this one met my every expectation. An absolutely delightful read.

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    The Last Gamble (@#$%!&?s of London, Book 3) [Book]  2017-11-5 18:0

    The Latest Gamble ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. Anabelle Bryant(The @#$%!&?s of London #3)Luke Reese, half brother to Lord Dursley, born on other side of the blanket is one of the owners of the infamous gambling hell, The ke along with his bastard brothers Maxwell Sinclair and Cole Hewett have searched relentlessly for his son. Luke believes his son has been taken by his half brother and has followed every lead only to miss retrieving him.When Luke steals a journal from his brother he search his first huge lead. He now knows the name of his son's former governess Georgina Smith. He follows his lead to Coventry where she meekly resides. Georgina left London under circumstances that prevent her from wanting to return and confront her devils. Luke convinces her to return with him and finds himself very beautiful her. He has not felt this type of attraction and wants to obtain to know her better but realizes his lot in life is not conducive to a Lady such as ese two characters just steal your heart each having powerful desires they want fulfilled. I totally despised Georgina's father Lord Harwood. He was a weak person willing to exchange either of his daughters to avoid poverty. When Luke learns Georgina's real plight he is there to support her. As Luke finds his son, he also finds the love of his life in this Bryant has certainly come up to scratch with this compelling love story. Her skill as a writer to combine mystery and romance is amazing. His love scenes scorch the is has been a block buster series and I await the fate of Crispin hopefully in her next novel.A Book Obsessed Chicks Review Squad Selection

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    The London Book: Highlights of a Fascinating City []  2020-1-16 12:10

    My daughter is fascinated with cities around the world. She loves this book. Lots of amazing pics.

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    A Dangerous Engagement: The Regency Spies of London, Book 3 []  2020-1-30 20:9

    This story was very cute but somewhat lacking for me. This is hard to write because I like this author and it’s so refreshing to read a nice clean this book the next to the youngest daughter out of 12 or 13 kids was having a hard time finding a worthy suitor. She would have no dowry so most went right past her or were down right rude. Her Aunt by marriage invited her to stay at her estate and that’s where the story takes a turn. I liked the concept very much and I feel this book could have been awesome but it felt so e heroine was powerful but extremely naive which was difficult to read. The character was handsome and powerful but only slightly less ter they both escaped the Aunt’s house it’s like the story just wrapped up and ended. No more conflict everything just neat and tidy. I didn’t care for that too much. Overall a very powerful story line and amazing plot with true potential.

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    A Dangerous Engagement: The Regency Spies of London, Book 3 []  2020-1-30 20:9

    When Felicity Mayson is invited to a house party by Lady Blackstone, who is sort of similar to her, she isn't actually looking forward to going. When she gets there, however, she's flattered by the attentions of Oliver Ratley, who makes it clear that he doesn't care that Felicity, as one of thirteen children, doesn't have a dowry. When he proposes, she's a bit surprised but she accepts...only to realize soon after that not only does she not truly wish to marry him but she also doesn't wish to be anywhere near him. Mr. Ratley and Lady Blackstone are leading a group plotting revolution--and Felicity wants no part in it. Afraid for her life if the revolutionaries realize she isn't sympathetic to their cause, Felicity doesn't know how she can escape. Philip McDowell, sent by the Home Office to infiltrate the revolutionaries, hoping that Felicity is trustworthy, encourages her to continue to act as if she wants to marry Mr. Ratley and glean from him the info the Home Office needs in to protect their country. Although she's terrified, Felicity agrees to support spy on the group, and as she does so, she finds herself more and more horrified by her engagement to Mr. Ratley and more and more drawn to is was a highly enjoyable Regency romance with some suspense thrown in. I found the revolutionary aspect of the plot to be original and interesting. I liked both Felicity and Philip and enjoyed seeing their growing feelings for each other.

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    A Dangerous Engagement: The Regency Spies of London, Book 3 []  2020-1-30 20:9

    Felicity Mayson, meek mate of Julia Langdon and Leora Withinghall, finally has her own adventure and romance. A lovely and sweet young lady, Felicity is frustrated that men search her beautiful and sensible, but spurn her because she lacks a fortune. When her aunt, Lady Blackstone, takes pity on her plight and invites her to country estate for a month long party, Felicity thinks it will be a amazing diversion for her discouraging thoughts. What she finds is a manipulative aunt, two charming men, and a group of insurrectionists plotting to murder the royal family! Trapped with nowhere to run, Felicity must use her wits and search her courage to survive and save those she holds dear. It was delightful to see Felicity blossom from a meek and timid girl into a woman of courage and noble character. This story is definitely another champion by author, Melanie Dickerson. Anna Parker-Naples reads the story well, distinguishing the characters with their own voices and bringing them to life with passion. In particular, her voice for Lady Blackstone is chilling at times and reminiscent of Maleficent in the Disney movie!

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    The Last Gamble (@#$%!&?s of London, Book 3) [Book]  2017-11-5 18:0

    I’m not entirely sure what swooning feels like but I think I may have experienced it several times while reading Anabelle Bryant’s newest addition to her @#$%!&?s of London series. This series has completely beguiled me. Three compelling men born on the wrong side of the blanket that think the latest thing they need or wish in life is the threat of falling in love. I’ve loved every page of this series but have been most anxious for Luke’s story. His devotion to finding his missing son and the mystery surrounding him is something I was dying to know more of. I was not disappointed. Luke and Georgina’s story held some of the most romantic moments I’ve ever ke Reese was a co-owner of The Underworld, one of London’s most popular gaming hells. Almost a year ago, Luke’s little son Nathaniel had been stolen from him by Luke’s heartless half-brother, Lord Dursley. Luke had used every means possible to search his son but the find had only led to dead-end leads and mistaken identities. But a newly “acquired” journal of Dursleys might give Luke his first credible clue to where Nate might be- an address of a governess, Georgina Smith, in orgina Smith had escaped impending scandal in London 9 months ago and fled to Coventry to protect her family’s reputation. Now she posed as a governess. She’d remain there until she figured out what to do with her future. She missed her family dearly but London was the latest put she wanted to be right now.When Luke finds Georgina, he knows immediately she’s no ordinary governess. She appeared too refined. And, she was the most beddable governess he’d ever imagined. He doubted she was who she claimed to be but as she was the only lifeline Luke had to Nate at the moment, Luke decided to proceed with caution. But Georgina had no knowledge of where Nate was now, and had only been employed by Dursley for a brief time months ago. Luke wanted Georgina to travel to London with him. He required the word of a credible and impartial person to help his claim. With Georgina’s testimony that Dursley had placed Nate in her care, Dursley would be forced to reveal Nate’s whereabouts or Luke would threaten to embarrass him in a suit. Luke’s plea for support tempted Georgina. She was sympathetic to his plight and admired his determination to search his son. She was torn between her desire to stay well-hidden and her need to help Luke. In the end, Luke’s plea for support was too tempting and she agreed to accompany him for 2 Georgina and Luke traveled to London and awaited their confrontation of Dursley, they developed feelings beyond friendship though each seemed intent on denying it, or at least burying their feelings. Luke couldn’t examine his feelings for Georgina too closely until he found Nate. He required to stay focused on his son. Georgina couldn’t examine her feelings for Luke until she decided what to do about her family and her future. The more time she spent in Luke’s company, the easier it was to forget who she was supposed to be. They anticipated each other’s company and couldn’t hold their eyes off each other. Both found a hope and joy in each other that they’d been missing in their life. The attraction was undeniable. And then they kissed. “And what began as a kiss quickly evolved into something he could not name, could not understand.” Though they’d only known each other a matter of days, it felt like they’d waited all their lives for each other. But time was running out and just as they seemed to clear one obstacle, another popped up. One that could take their concerns for their future out of their hands. For Luke and Georgina, this could very well be their latest gamble for a satisfied ke and Georgina captivated me from the start. I understood exactly why Georgina was drawn to Luke. Who could resist a man so devoted to his child? And that dimple would just be the icing on the cake! Georgina was just as irresistible. Poise and beauty and a generous and kind spirit. She was willing to risk returning to London just to support Luke search Nate. They had such a charming playful side that really shone through when they were together. I loved watching them transform throughout the story. Georgina became braver, deciding to face her issue rather than running. Luke learned to have fun life more and became more hopeful. He began to look forward instead of back. Though distraught over their family, they found solace in each other. As I mentioned before, the romance in this story was swoon worthy. Luke’s interaction with Georgina’s troublesome dog created him even more endearing. The stage where Georgina and Luke’s room numbers inspire them to thoughts of each other was beyond dreamy. And the mischievous android game of footsy under the table cloth was titillating. Botheration! I have been completely charmed by this series and am on pins and needles waiting for the next story. I’m anxious now to search out what’s in shop for Crispin and Sophie. Clubs, spades, diamonds, and hearts! I guess I’ll just have to wait to see what’s in shop next. A Book Obsessed Chicks Review Squad Selection.

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    The Last Gamble (@#$%!&?s of London, Book 3) [Book]  2017-11-5 18:0

    I really enjoyed The Latest Gamble, written by Annabelle Bryant. She is an perfect storyteller and her words seem to flow on the pages. This series '@#$%!&?s of London' tells the story of Luke, Max, and Cole, owners of London's most scandalous gambling hall, The Underworld, where all three share secrets. If you haven't read her previous stories in this unbelievable series, no problem! Luke's story can be read as a ne months ago, Luke’s son, Nathaniel, was stolen by his half-brother, Lord Dursley. Luke knows the agony of growing up without a family, so he's determined to search clues to search him. So when evidence leads him to Coventry, where a mysterious governess named Georgina is living there with her small dog. Let's mention that Georgina has left London for private reasons and doesn't want to go back. Again, we are taken to a darker side of London where anything can happen. As soon as they meet, a spark creates a attractive chemistry between these two attractive characters who come from various backgrounds. Will Luke ever search his son? Will he gamble his heart for the love of his life? Will Georgina finally happiness?I really loved Luke and Georgina's story, the character and heroine were lovable and nicely blended into a well-developed plot of suspense and love.*I received an advance reader copy from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for a fair review.

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    The London Book: Highlights of a Fascinating City []  2020-1-16 12:10

    Pictures were magnificent. Book fit excellent on my coffee table.

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    A Dangerous Engagement: The Regency Spies of London, Book 3 []  2020-1-30 20:9

    This was the third book in Melanie Dickerson's Regency Spies trilogy. (At least...I think it's a trilogy. I haven't heard anything about another coming out.) As usual, Mrs. Dickerson has written an awesome story! I loved Felicity and it was unbelievable to obtain to see more of her, to obtain in her head. I liked that she wasn't all awesome at everything with stellar skills and endless courage. She was terrified! But she chose to do what was right. Her heart led her and she was human. She had faults and wars to wage with herself. I also really enjoyed McDowell. He created me smile a lot. They were a sweet pair. I've always grown attached to Dickerson's characters and this story was no exception. The seashell grotto was a nifty thing to weave into the setting. The regency era is one of my favorites, though not my very very favorite, and Dickerson does it justice in my opinion. The plot was riveting, especially toward the end. I was HOOOOKED. I kinda flipped my lid a small at the end cause I was so into it. :D I wasn't sure how it was going to end!Dickerson always does a superb job with any violence, keeping it appropriate. There is no foul language, and she keeps her romances sweet and clean. Although, there was quite a bit of kissing in this one as compared to some of her others ;-) I rather liked the whole idea that Felicity was forced to playact with l in all, not my favorite Dickerson book (those would be Hagenheim!!!), but certainly an perfect read!

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    A Dangerous Engagement: The Regency Spies of London, Book 3 []  2020-1-30 20:9

    A Risky EngagementThe Regency Spies of London #3By Melanie DickersonFelicity Mayson has been publicly spurned yet again - again her lack of a sizeable dowry is held versus her. And Felicity has had enough of upper societies prejudices and has determined to avoid balls altogether unless given by her mates the Langdons or the Withinghalls.When an invitation from Lady Blackstone arrives, Felicity soon finds herself at her aunt's country estate Doverton Hall. But the house party to which Felicity finds herself a part of is most peculiar, with few ladies in attendance. But when Lady Blackstone's favorite guest begins paying particular attention to Felicity she all too soon finds her head being turned by his flattery.Oliver Ratley's attentions soon lead to an engagement with small thought on Felicity's part. But her engagement soon has her caught up in something altogether unexpected - treason versus the throne. What should have been an occasion of happiness soon becomes one of dread. Only one person seems to sympathize with Felicity's predicament at this "party" Philip Merrick. But Philip has his own secrets that he is hiding - a secret that could cost him his life or save the monarchy. And Philip needs Felicity to support him if he is to explore the truth, bring the traitors to justice, and clear Felicity of any doubts about her time passes the threat of discovery increases and Felicity and Philip risk exposure. Can they search the evidence that they need before it is too late? Or will they for their loyalty with their lives?This is the third book in Melanie Dickerson's Regency Spies of London series and it as fun an escape into a book as the first two books. If you have yet to read A Spy's Devotion or The Viscount's Proposal don't fret as one can easily obtain into this story without the backstory of these books. And one can always go back a read them at a later date. Yes, the characters from one book cross over to the other two and they are in a chronological but each can stand on its own. Sit back and have fun another delightful period mystery from a fabulous writer.

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    A Dangerous Engagement: The Regency Spies of London, Book 3 []  2020-1-30 20:9

    Melanie Dickerson is one of my favorite authors! I don't think that I have ever read anything objectionable in her books. That is saying quite a bit coming from me because I have an extremely high standard. There was suspense with a nice amount of romance mixed in, and a satisfied ending. I also have fun having some spirituality added since we are all here living our Heavenly Fathers plan. Have fun the story, I know that I did!

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    The Last Gamble (@#$%!&?s of London, Book 3) [Book]  2017-11-5 18:0

    So...what happens when you take a kidnapping, a co-owner of a notorious, highly successful and scandalous underworld gambling den, a protective pug who won't hesitate to tear off any body part he can fit in his mouth, and a ton socialite with dark secrets ...and mix them together? You obtain a story that keeps you reading until the very latest page!Luke Reese had everything he desired - successful business, best mates who were more like family than business partners, and a son he adored. He had it all, as far as he was concerned. That is- until his half brother, a peer of the rhelm, kidnapped his son. As a @#$%!&? he would never be able to victory versus his half-brother and search his son, without a trail and solid proof of his half-brother's guilt. Nine months of searching leads him to--Georgina Smith- a governess in a remote county of London and a woman he is certain knows more than she is willing to tell him- including who she really is! She is his only connection to his son and Luke will risk everything to search the son that was taken nine months before-even his is story creates emotion on the part of the reader, including mirth, joy, and anxiety- because Bryant spares nothing to create it e storyline, while not complicated, has plenty of 'curveball' conflicts. And it's unique. Not only is it a amazing reflection on London society, but it shows you that better people also existed outside of the ton- and makes you hungry for more like it. 😆Bryant creates characters that become likable almost as soon as you meet them.Warning: This book will cause you to lose necessary sleep if reading is done while in bed. Trust me!I'm looking forward to more of Anabelle Bryant's books! Five stars for Luke and Georgina's story!###

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    The Last Gamble (@#$%!&?s of London, Book 3) [Book]  2017-11-5 18:0

    Lucius Reese is a man obsessed on getting his son back, he knows that his half brother is behind his sons abduction and will stop at nothing to obtain him back. As part owner to the elite gaming hell The Underworld he has more than he knows what to do with but all that pales and leaves a void in his soul that only being reunited with his son can heal. Finally he has a lead and it's a governess by the name Georgina Smith in orgina Smith aka Lady Georgina Harwood has been in hiding for the past nine months, she feels quite safe posing as a governess until this very beautiful man came crashing in and disturbs her orderly aiming to be the father to Nate whom she was governess too a while back.Feeling the mans grief and pain she him whatever she could recall about her time with his son. Demanding that Georgina accompany him to London and confront his brother didn't have the outcome Luke expected. Not happy with the delectable governesses resistance and through some mishaps he convinced her to create her he trip. Even though he keeps on picturing her in various scandalous scenes. Thoughts about her hold driving him slightly loosing focus. He needs to search his son not obtain romantically involved. But what secrets is she hiding? Or maybe from whom?This was my favourite of all the @#$%!&?s of London books, I fell in love with Luke and Georgina really felt his pain in his find for his son, I think it's every parents nightmare really, he's a unbelievable father leaving no stone unturned and falling in love along the way. Georgina did a amazing job of facing her fears even though she felt she had to become the sacrificial lamb to save her family from poverty. Being reunited with his son Luke wouldn't leave his dreams of a family be lost to nsational story with lots of emotions that hold you glued to every single word. Quick paced with secrets revealed that lead to solving the mystery of Nates abduction.I received a complimentary copy from the author and the publisher through NetGalley for my honest unbiased opinion.

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    The London Book: Highlights of a Fascinating City []  2020-1-16 12:10

    The book itself and pages are beautiful, but the type LONDON on the spine is upside down and backwards. As a coffee table book, that's sitting on top of it's companion, the Paris Book, the words collide with each other. Paris is shown correctly, and LONDON is upside down and backwards. It's that method on the jacket and the book! EEKS! As a writer and designer, it's hard to obtain past this. That's a BIG mistake!

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    The London Book: Highlights of a Fascinating City []  2020-1-16 12:10

    Sent as a bonus and was very pleased!

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    The London Book: Highlights of a Fascinating City []  2020-1-16 12:10

    I just returned from a visit to London in the latest six months and this is a amazing book that shows so a lot of various locations and gives a really thorough view of the city, in my opinion. It is a nice, large, coffee table size book and it has lots of unbelievable pictures, detailing so a lot of amazing things about London. I have purchased a lot of books about London, of this sort, and this is one of my favorites. It is very well created and some of the pages fold out to present larger photos. I was very impressed with the book and was happy with the purchase.

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    A Dangerous Engagement: The Regency Spies of London, Book 3 []  2020-1-30 20:9

    This book is a really amazing read full of suspense, danger, and inspiration. I have always loved Melanie Dickerson's books. This is the third book in this Regency era series and I loved all of them. This book was suspenseful and full of danger that had me hooked. After being rejected by numerous suitors because of her dowry, she accepts an invitation to Lady Blackstone's estate. When Felicity arrives there, she finds herself immersed in a risky plot to overthrow the king and feared for the lives of her mates back home. Being forced by Lady Blackstone to join the rebels, Felicity secretly joins forces with a spy within their circle. He works closely with Felicity and tries his best to protect her without revealing himself to Lady Blackstone and those that follow her. When they are forced to flee and hide, the situation becomes even more dangerous. This book is full of suspense and twists that kept me up at night wondering how they would escape with their lives. It is also full of betrayal and regrets about decisions created impulsively without thinking them through, yet Felicity's faith and knowing what is right never wavered. I want there was more to come in this regency series and look forward to future books by this author. She has been one of my favorites for a long time. I would definitely recommend this book and the series to anyone who likes inspirational books set in the Regency era that are full of suspense and intrigue.

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    A Dangerous Engagement: The Regency Spies of London, Book 3 []  2020-1-30 20:9

    Charming and suspenseful, A Risky Engagement is the most thrilling of the three novels in the Regency Spies of London series. The plot takes off from the very beginning, throwing Felicity into a house party with nefarious intentions with small to no build up. This created the first part of the story feel a small rushed or sparse, but although the initial set up was quick, the pacing and detail after that was well done. Felicity is an admirable hero who helps to take charge of her situation and take risks even though they were not asked of her. She proves herself to be intelligent and capable even though she has no experience with the situations she finds herself in. Even her fainting spells come off as endearing rather than annoying, especially because of how vexed she is at herself for having this issue. The deceptions and spy android games are rampant in this novel, amping up the excitement. The villains are very devious, and you really do believe that they could do all manner of poor things. The romance was sweet and chivalrous but more of an admiration from a distance, I'm not worthy kind of attraction. The ending is satisfied and satisfying. I do think Philip should have realized sooner that they would need help, but the method everything played out was not badly done. As far as calling a series The Regency Spies of London, this novel lives up to its name.

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    The Last Gamble (@#$%!&?s of London, Book 3) [Book]  2017-11-5 18:0

    It's not often I read a book and feel like I know the characters on a deeper level from the beginning. Most often, I obtain to know them as the story unfolds. I felt so connected, it was actually painful to place this book down when life interrupted! More levels do peel away as one reads on, but Luke and Georgina are ultimately timeless, though their circumstances are a effect of the power of the ton. From the start, through carefully-chosen words and the actions of her characters, I felt Luke's pain and helplessness over the disappearance and find for his son, right to my core. Georgina runs away to the country when her family's expectations become at battle with her own future plans. It's a heartbreaking decision to leave your family, and Anabelle makes you feel that on such a private level. Georgina takes charge of her own life, and because of that, the opportunity for love literally falls on top of her. Her heart for kids and love for others compels her to support Luke search his son, and she risks being discovered as she journeys with him back to London. Their playful back-and-forth will have you grinning widely, and Luke's determination to create Georgina his own despite societal rules will have you cheering. Nothing will stop him from finding a method to marry Georgina, and he risks everything to obtain his hands on the one thing that can solve all of Georgina's issues and cement their future together. The characters from the first two novels are back to assist, and there's a lead on Crispin's whereabouts (Can't wait til his story!).Anabelle's 10th novel is a milestone and a masterpiece! As with all her stories, expect to be richly transported into Regency London, meet complex, compelling characters, and watch them struggle versus what is right and what is comfortable as the story unfolds. There is always a twist you didn't see coming, intrigue, and beautifully-written swoon-worthy scenes where the character and heroine come together. Emotions run high, hearts break and are restored, and you'll be left wanting more!

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    The Last Gamble (@#$%!&?s of London, Book 3) [Book]  2017-11-5 18:0

    'The Latest Gamble' by Anabelle Bryant is Book Three in the "@#$%!&?s of London" series. This is the story of Luke Reese and Georgina. I have read (and loved) the other books in this series, but feel you can create it a standalone book if you choose to do so. Georgina is on her own after leaving London due to an problem that happened to her there. Georgina has taken up being a Governess for Lord Dursley who has a nephew named Nathaniel 'Nate'. But Lord Dursley and the family has moved on and she is just on her own when Luke finds her. Luke Reese is the part owner of The Underworld, which is a Gaming Hall....in addition he is Illegitimate...aka a Bastard. Luke confronts her, wanting to search out info on Nate. Luke son Nate was taken by his half brother, Lord Dursley several months ago. Georgina was very shocked to hear that the father she thought was dead is not and that Nathaniel was actually taken. Georgina her support but when Luke ask that she goes with him to London to support look for his son, Georgina refuses. As we know...Georgina has her own problems in London. Luke search Georgina to be a caring and attractive women who he is finding hard to war his feelings for. But Luke knows too that Georgina appears to be more that just a Governess. Georgina gives in to travel with Luke to support him search Nate...and along the method they search love. Ms. Bryant writing makes you feel that you are apart of Luke and Georgina's as they obtain to their Satisfied Ending! Love it! ,Bastards of London Series:,Book 1: The Den Of Iniquity,Book 2: Into the Hall of Vice,Book 3: The Latest Gamble,*A Book Obsessed Chicks Review Squad Selection*

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    A Dangerous Engagement: The Regency Spies of London, Book 3 []  2020-1-30 20:9

    Loved, loved, loved this final book in the series, The Regency Spies of London by Melanie Dickerson!! Seeing Felicity Mayson from the first two books obtain her HEA was the will search that Felicity does in deed become involved in a risky engagement of her own. What follows is a lot of intrigue, lies, deception and a far amount of spying on both the h, as well as the H/Philip McDowell. I found this book to be my most favorite of the three books.I felt sorry for the plight of Felicity, being that she had no fortune to provide a dowry for a husband. She was snubbed by the "men" of society, and I use that term loosely. Felicity and Philip present that is not everything in a relationship.If you like clean, historical romance with intrigue, danger, and romance, this book is for you. Enjoy!

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    The London Book: Highlights of a Fascinating City []  2020-1-16 12:10

    I was thrilled when this book arrived. I had bought it for family members who were traveling to London for the first time, so they could acquaint themselves with the city's highlights. But this book is beyond what I had hoped for, given the very reasonable price. Every page is in gorgeous color and accompanied by just enough informative narrative to give required context And in addition there are the a lot of gatefolds that begin up to present an even larger view. This book will support my family plan their trip and afterwards will be a unbelievable souvenir of their visit. I highly recommend it--you won't be disappointed.

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    The London Book: Highlights of a Fascinating City []  2020-1-16 12:10

    Really cool book with attractive pictures. The pictures are so high quality that it makes you feel like you are there looking at all of this in person. I bought it for my London-obsessed girlfriend for Christmas one year and she was absolutely in love! I say it's a amazing book for a London fanatic.

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    The Last Gamble (@#$%!&?s of London, Book 3) [Book]  2017-11-5 18:0

    This author's talent shines bright in her newest release, "The Latest Gamble". I've been anxious for Luke's story since the beginning of the @#$%!&?s of London series, and wow, it was so worth the wait! Luke goes in find of Georgina after discovering she may have info relating to the disappearance of his son, Nate, at the hands of his half-brother, Lord Dursley. He locates her living alone in the country, and immediately tries to convince her to help. Of course Georgina is suspicious and on edge from the beginning, having run from her life in London, in hopes of protecting her family from scandal.I absolutely fell in love with the method Anabelle Bryant wrote the introduction of the character and heroine and their developing relationship. It was a slow, gradual unraveling of each of their personalities in a progression feathered with suspicion, cunning, humor, attraction, flirtatious grins, and at times wicked innuendo. It wasn't long before Luke realized there was so much more to this prim & proper governess. And she too, was drawn to this handsome, kind man with lovely silver-grey eyes and a mesmerizing dimple. So much fun seeing their attraction grow and become more. Although she was beginning to trust Luke and had empathy for his situation, she greatly feared the consequences of returning to London. And he so wanted to pursue Georgina, but his focus had to remain on the center of his life, his son. A really fun added were the interactions between Luke and Biscuit, Georgina's dog and closest companion, and it was also amazing to see some of our favorite characters from the previous e Latest Gamble is a attractive story, that brings with it lots of secrets, mystery, romance and love. It had me guessing at so a lot of questions arising throughout the story. Amazing storyline which pulled me in from the beginning, and kept me up late into the night. Wonderful; I didn't wish it to end. Luke and Georgina have definitely become one of my favorite couples; he is such a nice guy, and she and Biscuit were so endearing and entertaining. Loved them!I received an ARC of this book for my honest review. Highly recommend this book as a MUST READ!

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    The Last Gamble (@#$%!&?s of London, Book 3) [Book]  2017-11-5 18:0

    Luke has been looking for his son, who was stolen nine months ago. Georgina ran away from home and became a governess, and she took along her pug. It has been a long find but Luke feels he has finally found a clue.Of course, there is intrigue, lies and kidnapping, with a few twists thrown in, to create matters more intense. There is also happiness, kindness and love from the families, which contains his partners. They are amazing people. I so enjoyed reading this third installment of the @#$%!&?s of London, so far all the books have been great. The author is truly marvelous, her writing style is smooth, concise and flows well. She leaves no unanswered questions and she is generous with her descriptions. Her characters are very life like and full of the joy of living. This tale has been a thoroughly satisfying story. I highly recommend this book and feel it was time well spent.I was given this book for and have voluntarily reviewed it.

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    The London Book: Highlights of a Fascinating City []  2020-1-16 12:10

    Perfect coffee table book - very amazing pictures and amazing words as well. Amazing balance of historical items and current interest. We lived there 40 years ago and our most latest visit was two months ago - we purchased this book as a current and sentimental reminder of all we have seen/done there. Frankly, it's the best "London" book we've seen!Well done!

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    The London Book: Highlights of a Fascinating City []  2020-1-16 12:10

    Seriously, the title of the book is printed upside down on the spine of the book jacket. I noticed it when I sat it on my table next to the Paris book I bought at the same time.Time for some primary quality control. I'm returning it

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    The London Book: Highlights of a Fascinating City []  2020-1-16 12:10

    This is a attractive book. So a lot of amazing pictures.

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    A Dangerous Engagement: The Regency Spies of London, Book 3 []  2020-1-30 20:9

    **This is a Books for Christian Girls content review for girls ages 9-19. The Spiritual, Negative, & Sexual Content from this book are honestly listed below. Hold in mind, when reading a BFCG review, ignore the things that don't bother you, but take message of the things that do.**About this book:“Just as merchant’s daughter Felicity Mayson is spurned once again because of her meager dowry, she receives an unexpected invitation to Lady Blackstone’s country home. Being introduced to the wealthy Oliver Ratley is an admitted delight, as is his rather heedless yet inviting proposal of marriage. Only when another of Lady Blackstone’s handsome guests catches Felicity’s attention does she realize that nothing is what it seems at Doverton ernment agent Philip McDowell is infiltrating a group of cutthroat revolutionaries led by none other than Lady Blackstone and Ratley. Their devious plot is to overthrow the monarchy, and their unwitting pawn is Felicity. Now Philip needs Felicity’s support in discovering the rebels’ secrets—by asking her to maintain cover as Ratley’s innocent ilip is duty bound. Felicity is game. Together they’re risking their lives—and gambling their hearts—to undo a traitorous conspiracy before their risky masquerade is exposed.”Series: Book #3 in “The Regency Spies of London” series. Review of #1 Here! and #2 Here!Spiritual Content- Scriptures are quoted & mentioned; A lot of Prayers & Thanking God; Church going; Talks about God; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Mentions of God; Mentions of thanking & praising God; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of those & happenings in the Bible; Mentions of Christians, their duties, & faiths; Mentions of missionaries & the possibilities of becoming one; Mentions of churches, church going, clergymen/rectors, & sermons; Mentions of a book of prayers; A few mentions of Providence; A couple mentions of Bibles; A couple mentions of blessings & being blessed; A couple mentions of angels; A couple mentions of saints; A mention of Heaven; A mention of biblical beliefs; A mention of a miracle; A mention of monks;*Note: A few mentions of pagan rituals & an altar; A mention of damning gative Content- Minor cussing including: a form of ‘idiot’, and two forms of ‘stupid’; A bit of sarcasm; Some eye rolling; Finding a murdered body & blood/bleeding (up to semi-detailed); Fighting, being hit/punch/slapped, pain, injuries, blood/bleeding, held at gunpoint, tied-up, & searched (up to semi-detailed); Being poisoned (barely-above-not-detailed); Passing out; All about mentions of wars, spies, traitors, rebellions/revolutions, treason, arrests, unlawful activities, violence, arguments, bloodshed, fighting, injuries, & deaths; A lot of mention of the chance of being murdered/killed, stabbed, or poisoned (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of a murdered body, coming upon it, blood/bleeding, how it happened, the murderer, & screams (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of fighting, being held at gunpoint, someone being hit, being poisoned, pain, injuries, & blood/bleeding (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of killing; Mentions of hangings, beheadings, & the possibility; Mentions of planned assassinations & murders; Mentions of thieves & stealing; Mentions of hunting & hunts; Mentions of alcohol, drinking, & drunks; Mentions of lies, lying, liars, & deceit; Mentions of gossip & rumors; A few mentions of a wife killing her husband (up to semi-detailed); A few mentions of card games, gambling, & debts; A couple mentions of a pregnant woman who was beaten & starved by her husband (she lost the baby as a result); A couple mentions of a work accident & death (barely-above-not-detailed); A couple mentions of prejudice & insensitive comments; A couple mentions of wanting to punch someone’s nose & it bleeding; A couple mentions of ual Content- four hand kisses, seven cheek kisses, three forehead kisses, two almost kisses, five not-detailed kisses, eight barely-above-not-detailed kisses, and three semi-detailed kisses; Wanting to kiss someone (barely-above-not-detailed); Touches, Embraces, Dancing, Nearness, & Warmth/Heat (up to semi-detailed); Blushes; Noticing, Staring, & Smelling; A lot of mentions of kisses, almost kissing/kisses, kissing, & seeing couples kissing; Mentions of Philip’s brother who got a maidservant pregnant; Mentions of a wedding night, the marriage bed, & a physical relationship (no details); Mentions of touches, wanting to touch, & seeing couples touching; Mentions of men taking advantage of/liberties with women; Mentions of noticing & staring at lips; Mentions of reputations, impropriety, & scandals; Mentions of flirting & flirts; A few mentions of loose morals; A few mentions of blushes; Love, falling in love & the emotions.-Felicity Mayson-Philip McDowellP.O.V. switches between themSet in 1815297 pages~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Pre Teens- One StarNew Teens- Two StarsEarly High School Teens- Three StarsOlder High School Teens- Four StarsMy private Rating- Four StarsOoooh, Felicity is a spy as well in this novel like Julia was in the first book of this series! While I didn’t have fun this one as much as the second book, I did still really have fun it! I was for sure hooked into the plot about two pages in because Felicity had already won me over completely due to that fact she’s learn Chinese and is thinking about the idea of becoming a missionary in China. Love her! I also thought it was interesting that she’s number 12 of 13 kids in her family. The whole plot had adrenaline running throughout it, which kept me fully involved in the story. It was a bit kissy-er than other books by this author, but that was because of the risky engagement. ;)I’m so sad that this series is over now, but it was such a pleasant and enjoyable series by Melanie Dickerson!*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.*I received this book for from the Author for this honest review.

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    The Name of the Star (The Shades of London Book 1) []  2020-1-21 22:26

    I saw "Jack the Ripper" in the book description and I was sold. I was going to read this book. I just hoped it wouldn't allow me down. I'd read a couple books by Johnson before and enjoyed them, so I had faith in the book. Johnson didn't allow me e Name of the Star takes put in London, in the midst of a Jack the Ripper copycat string of murders. Rory is fresh to London and is thrown into the action right away. She's connected to the crimes in a unique method and that tie is what makes this ere were times this novel had me creeped out. I woke up one morning at 3am and my first thought was a Jack the Ripper ghost was staring at my back. This book had invaded my dreams and thoughts. It gave me goosebumps and I loved it.I wasn't a large fan of how easily this story-line was wrapped up, and I'm sure there are people that will disagree with that. I just feel like there was a lot of build-up for something that wasn't quite as grand as I had been expecting. It worked, but it felt a small flat.I like Rory. She's true and not too stereotypical when it comes to characters. She works hard, but likes to have a small fun. She has mates and people she doesn't obtain along with, but no one at the school is out to obtain her for no reason. She's trying to obtain the most out of living in London without sacrificing anything. I wasn't sure about the supernatural aspect at first, but it's growing on ere wasn't really romance in this book, instead Johnson decided to write a various side of the high school relationship coin. A relationship between mates that crosses the mate lines at times, but doesn't become that huge serious THING other Young Adult books like to create e ending of The Name of the Star had me slack-jawed and anxious to read more. This is a series that has the potential to be amazing and I'm looking forward to going along on the ride.

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    The Name of the Star (The Shades of London Book 1) []  2020-1-21 22:26

    Positive: Page 74. Before this page, it's all set-up. Well-written, spiked with Johnson's classic humor, the story before would have been an interesting novel in and of itself but after page 74, Johnson kicks it up a zillion notches.Positive: The amazing characters. Rory plays a amazing fish out of water as a Louisiana girl in London but she adapts beautiful quickly. She's definitely a hero I have fun rooting for. There's a tip of romance but Rory's love interest is a shy English boy who's not so amazing with girls (so cute!). Then there's Jazza, Boo, Stephen, Jerome, Callum, and, of course, Jack, the poor dude. A fabulous cast of characters who add depth and humor (or, in Jack's case, evil, fear, and murder) to the story.Positive: The paranormal aspect. Even though Londonites are being terrorized by someone copying Jack the Ripper's murders, they don't actually believe that Jack's returned from the dead to commit them. It's sneaky how the paranormal creeps into this story starting with small tips about what's really going on until the climactic finish.Positive: The setting and backstory. Johnson did her research for both London and for the whole Jack the Ripper story then uses that knowledge to spin an unputdownable story.Wish: Um, that Maureen Johnson writes more...faster. Come on, girl! I wish to know what's up next for Rory and her fresh gang. I wish more ghosts and mystery, more Wexford and London.Overall: Johnson weaves an edge-of-your seat tale, complete with murder, mayhem, mystery and romance. Do not miss this one.

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    The Name of the Star (The Shades of London Book 1) []  2020-1-21 22:26

    This book was just okay. I got hung up on the quality of writing and all the ways it could've been better. My cousin and I read this aloud to one another on a street trip and it struggled like a draft that'd never been read aloud e story itself was...well, it had promise. I liked the Jack the Ripper research and all the London information. I love things that fall just inside the historical fiction genre, even if it's just a little bit. However, the explanation of how they eliminated the ghosts was too e hero development lacked depth and purpose. Sometimes I felt like Rory had unusual quirks because the author threw them in for no amazing reason. Her relationship with Jerome was strange. Actually, Rory herself was strange. I couldn't relate to her brand of weirdness, and that's saying something. She was awkward for no reason, and it created me not take her seriously. Same goes for Boo...her hero was overdone, her personality too huge for me to believe. It felt like all these competing personalities that just didn't mesh well. The only stories I bought were Callum and Stephen. I would love to see some stories from their points of view.Overall, I won't be reading the sequel. I just don't care enough about the characters to continue and the writing isn't my favorite.

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    The Name of the Star (The Shades of London Book 1) []  2020-1-21 22:26

    Rory Devaux, Louisiana teenager, comes to London to attend boarding school while her law professor parents are spending a year teaching at Bristol. She is excited to be experiencing English boarding schools for herself. Her boarding school happens to be in the same zone that was terrorized by Jack the Ripper in 1888. Now it looks like Jack is back. Someone is recreating the murders despite the prevalence of CCTV cameras all over lly, Rory and her mates are fascinated by these crimes but Rory never expects to be the only witness to one of the murders. Especially since her roommate Jazza didn't see the man even though she was with her. It doesn't take long for Rory to be swept into a globe she didn't know about. She learns about a unique part of the London police who with ghosts. It seems that sometimes, when a teenager has a near death experience, they come back able to see ghosts. Rory didn't think choking on a chunk of beef would have those consequences.I liked the hero of Rory. She was self-confident, brave, and had a quirky sense of humor. I liked her mates Jazza and Jerome. Though I didn't really the romance between Rory and Jerome despite the amount of "snogging" the two of them did. I liked the mystery aspect of the story, too, and thought the tension built nicely to a strong climax. I thought her police mates -- Stephen, Callum, and Boo -- were well-drawn characters with distinct of boarding schools, mysteries, ghosts, and Jack the Ripper will have fun this story.

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    The Name of the Star (The Shades of London Book 1) []  2020-1-21 22:26

    I really enjoyed this thoroughly well-written book, but especially the first half. The author has obviously spent some time in London and done her homework. She vividly communicates what the experience of an American student transferring to a London boarding school might be like. As someone who has traveled and lived in another country (not England) where the culture and customs are all slightly off, it really felt authentic, and I enjoyed that.I appreciated the fact that Rory, the protagonist, is no Mary Sue. She has a genuine and quirky sense of humor and a glib tongue. Seeing an English boarding school through her eyes is a lot of fun. A Louisiana transplant, we share her excitement about getting the full London experience. And if that contains a mysterious assassin recreating Jack the Ripper's murders in the immediate area, hey, that's just added atmosphere!If Rory is no shrinking violet, she's no instant-hero either. She wants to search acceptance in this put despite her cultural difference from the children around her. When things obtain dark, and they do about half method through, her fear and bewilderment echo the readers. Who is the Ripper? Why is he interested in her? And why does SHE have to be the only one who can see him?The sudden shift in tone threw me a bit, but the author created sure I kept turning pages. The author has a knack for giving answers to questions that raise more questions then they answer. And it's clear that we're only at the beginning of Rory's journey. Which means that - *sigh* - I need to read the , beautiful much immediately.

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    The Name of the Star (The Shades of London Book 1) []  2020-1-21 22:26

    I'd been looking forward to this book for a while. My fascination with Jack the Ripper coupled with my desire to finally read something by Maureen Johnson created this one of my most heavily anticipated reads of 2011 and I'm happy to say it lived up to the ry Deveaux is an perfect protagonist. She is flawed, smart, funny, and completely relatable. Having spent time as a student in overseas schools, I was able to relate to her feeling overwhelmingly American and trying to fit in. Rory finds herself caught in the middle of a murder investigation, having witnessed someone who may potentially be the assassin who is reenacting the Jack the Ripper murders. She realizes that she may have the ability to see ghosts, an ability that apparently, runs in her family. While the plot sounds far-fetched, Maureen Johnson handles the characters and plotting so deftly that it becomes entirely believable. Readers will search themselves immersed in the characters and their (mis)adventures as they test to create sense of the chaos around is was my first novel by Maureen Johnson, and I have to say I'm excited to read more. While the topic matter of The Name of the Star is heavy, Johnson contains a lot of instances of comic relief and she does so masterfully. Her characterization is spot-on and realistic and her world-building is masterful. The vivid language brought me back to the bustle, winding streets, and sooty smells of London. Through realistic dialogue and a clever plot, Johnson's The Name of the Star will hold readers turning pages late into the nd more of my reviews at

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    The Name of the Star (The Shades of London Book 1) []  2020-1-21 22:26

    Maureen definitely starts off on the right foot. Even before we meed any of our characters, we come across the first victim. Just like that. I love when authors throw us into the thick of things right away. "Hey thanks for reading my book. *boom* Here's a dead body!" Of course, after this Maureen takes things easy. She does an perfect job of building the story. We obtain to know Rory (before her encounters with ghost), her classmates, the school, and all those small details. It was nice to see her living a normal existence before she was thrown into the globe of paranormal. So while it was a slow beginning, I enjoyed it. I liked Rory instantly. I already knew she was brave/tough as she opted to spend her senior year not in Louisiana with her friends, but in England while her parents were on sabbatical in Bristol. Major points for that alone. She is also very intelligent and witty girl, with her humor bleeding into her thoughts - both spoken and unspoken. What created her truly believable is that she had a rough time adjusting to the English school system. Not only that, but she wasn't immediately adopted into the "popular" group, nor was she deemed "unworthy." She created mates easily and became very close with her roommate, Jazza, whom I also loved. I found the characters to all be believable and likeable, well the ones we were supposed to like anyway. Even the minor characters become well defined and true in my eyes. Especially Jo. We see so small of Jo, but she is easily one of my favorite characters. The romance is so minor it seems almost silly to mention it. While Jerome has the appeal of being an English boy - who doesn't love a amazing accent? - all I really view him as is somebody for Rory to create out with every now and then. There's a little budding (high school) romance, but that's it. I'm not sure if this is something Maureen plans to discover more in the sequels, but I won't be heartbroken if this is all we obtain from these two. As far as the assassin goes, I'm flip-flopping. The motive was iffy at best. However, when dealing with somebody who is killing innocent people Jack the Ripper style, does it really matter if we obtain a legit motive or not? Clearly, they're insane. Let's also consider who they're emulating. Can we really fault the assassin for a lame motive, when the (wo)man bring emulated didn't have a motive her/himself? At least not that we know of anyway. Yes, I'm insinuating that Jack the Ripper could have truly been Jacqueline the Ripper. Maureen did a fabulous job taking this infamous moment in British history and making it something fresh and fresh. She obviously did her research on the subject and completely delved into it, providing even the reader with the most primary Ripper knowledge a footing to stand on. Not only that, she took the ghost concept to a whole fresh level. While I've come across ghosts novels of a related concept, she tweaked it just enough that it was her own.If you're looking for an eerily, ghostly read, this is definitely something you should pick up. The dialogue is perfect, the scenery described wonderfully, and the plot intriguing. The ending, while not a cliffhanger, is just enough of a tease that you'll begin yelling "Somebody obtain it The Madness Underneath, stat!"

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    The Name of the Star (The Shades of London Book 1) []  2020-1-21 22:26

    It took me some time to obtain into the book; there was a lot of filler about the main character, her family, her life and the fresh school she was attending. As this is the first in a trilogy, it created more sense to me to have the additional info in there to set up the whole series. I started to really obtain into the story about halfway in, when we see the Ripper set his eyes on Rory.I felt that Rory's hero kind of holds back and I hope to see her begin up and become stronger throughout the series. But she is definitely brave and you will search yourself rooting for her. As Rory delves deeper into the Ripper mystery and her connection to it, the story becomes more intense and gripping. I was happy to see that the murder scenes are not too shy on the details. You obtain enough information that you can picture the scene, but not create your stomach turn.I have to give major props to all the info and research that went into this story. It was very appreciated and noticeable. I really enjoyed the addition of ghosts and the secret ghost police. The combination of true life with the supernatural worked well. The thing I appreciated the most, from the beginning of the story, was the lack of drama and gossip. The characters were so reasonable when it came to student interactions. I was just not ready to read another book that had over the top drama with a fresh girl, in a fresh country, at a fresh school. I know you have all heard that one before! This story takes it to a level where sometimes it's just normal that people can obtain along, even with a whole fresh list of social rules to follow.Even though I have yet to read all of her books, Maureen Johnson has never failed me. At this point I would recommend any of her books. This by far is one of my favorites by her—she knows how to tell an interesting story.

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    The Name of the Star (The Shades of London Book 1) []  2020-1-21 22:26

    The Name of the Star is a cross between Ghost Hunters and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, only in this suspenseful creepy thriller, the young adults are hunting evil ghosts instead of vampires. They have no cool weapons, high tech equipment or martial arts training. In fact, they barely have any training at all. When they are assigned to protect American teen Rory, the only witness who can identify a ghost replicating the murders of Jack the Ripper, they are overwhelmed by the responsibility. Rory, from a long line of eccentric Louisiana natives, just wants to fit in and create Mates at her fresh boarding school, but she is experiencing major culture shock. Being the only student who can see the numerous ghosts wandering around the neighborhoods surrounding campus doesn't support matters. The non-evil ghosts were some of the more interesting characters. Hopefully, in the future books in this series, the ghosts will have bigger parts. A lot of of the happenings in The Name of the Star are predictable and unoriginal, but the action comes fast and builds up to a nail-biting crisis and climax. There is just enough teen angst, romance and humor mixed in to keep the attention of readers who normally don't like stories of the supernatural. This series will be wildly famous and probably a TV series on one of the stations that targets a YA audience.

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    The Name of the Star (The Shades of London Book 1) []  2020-1-21 22:26

    This was the excellent vacation read--if I were on my method to a beach, I would package this book. Johnson does a amazing job of setting the stage and telling the story of Aurora or Rory, a Louisiana girl at a London boarding school for the first time who suddenly realizes she can see the dead. She is called into service when the Jack the Ripper murders are being re-created around her school, and it's up to her and The Shades, a band of sanctioned ghost police, to stop the killings. The story has the creepy factor, but its told with humor and feeling."The Name of The Star"" was set up for sequels, and I was satisfied to search out that book two, The Madness Underneath, is available. I like this set up--London is a town that has been built and rebuilt so a lot of times that it has layers of 'ghosts'--and Rory can support the Shades in London for awhile. After that there is the chance that she return to Louisiana and/or Fresh Orleans, a town with its own history of is is a fun read and is highly enjoyable. It's not high literature, but it's not suppose to be. The story won't create you think too hard, but it will whisk you away from your day-to-day for a few hours.

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    In Bed with the Earl (Lost Lords of London Book 1) []  2020-5-9 18:16

    I spent the first 18% or so of the book wondering why I kept reading. The reviews were so amazing I couldn't support but think I was missing something. After their story started, it got much better (but took method too much time getting there, in my opinion). Loved the hero. The author did a amazing job of making him a attractive character. Wasn't as crazy about the heroine, but it was a tale well told and worth the read.

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    In Bed with the Earl (Lost Lords of London Book 1) []  2020-5-9 18:16

    What a lost heir to do once reinstituted to his right put when a woman is seeking out his secrets ...Oh my !!!It was a pages-turner read, why I could not read it previously, I required a free-day devoted to this story.Just a few sentences in Percival’s story and my heart was bleeding for him and the childhood he had been robbed once he became Malcom lcom is no more the sensible heir of an earldom, he has become a ruthless and merciless king of the underworld. Surviving the gutters, he has been stripped of any innocence and kindness he might have left after the brutal upbringing he was spite his apparent coldness, he is not the icy blooded creature everyone appears to think he has become. In his own way, even if he keeps everyone at arm’s length, he shows concern for the weakest under his protection. Over the years, he has gleaned a bunch of broken souls and risk takers, and whatever he might told himself, they are his kin and from all those he has won their indefectible rity, without having the same dark past than Malcom, was not cuddled in a classically portrayed family, she had been shunned for her mother’s sins, whose sin was to have loved and trusted the wrong man. A man who loved them too, but too weak to fully take care of them. Why at the young age of twelve she became her remaining family only support. From then, she worked her skin to elevate her circumstances, alas it is well known women were seen as not fit for intellectual labors. And even if she is not one to cover, proving women’s worth is a challenge. And it is not prepared for the worst of the city, she runs head held high in the sewer and whatever are her mistakes, she wars like a h have experienced a amazing life with confort or some until they search themselves with nothing left and must fend for themselves or sank together, they need to search their right place, she the illegitimate daughter and a woman, striving for acceptance in a globe created by men for men and he the Earl raised in the slums of the city, to seek his bearing among his peersTheir story is one of little trusts won one at a time, until these morph to a deeper sentiment. Yet, with the past looming over them and some shadowy figures still ready to pounce, will their burgeoning feelings be I came to learn with Mrs Christi Caldwell’s work, she has it mapped out, her heroes have oft connection with previous works.And here, she does not disappoint, while her heroes have not been seen previously, they are linked to an other can perfectly read this first in a series as what it is a standalone story, yet as I have read Courting Poppy Tidemore, I confess I adored watching the couple of heroes finds its own epilogue.And what a sweet epilogue with the best revenge ever.I can only praise Mrs Christi Caldwell for her so very special insight of the historical period, far from the ballrooms and closer to the true people. She is the bearer of awesome tales which feed the reader a kaleidoscope of emotions.A 5 stars for this tale of approval and embracing one’s real identity.A particular mention for the cover which reflects perfectly the story said atmosphere, and the characters’ descriptions.I was granted an advance copy through Netgalley by the publisher Montlake Publishing. I also preordered my is my real and unbiased opinion.

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    In Bed with the Earl (Lost Lords of London Book 1) []  2020-5-9 18:16

    I really found this story to be very emotional. It wrapped itself around my lcom is a cold, hardened man. He was kidnapped and abandoned in the slums of London as a child, his birthright stolen. Verity is an earl's @#$%!&?. As a kid she had a lovely life, but missed having a true family. At age 12 her mother died and she became responsible for a younger sister and a nursemaid. She grew strong.I hate reading a review that tells the plot, so I will not do this. What I will say is that these two people are in such pain. They have become survivors because they had no other choice. When they meet, there are sparks. Malcom does not wish to have anything to do with Verity. But Verity needs Malcom and his story to survive. Getting to know these characters will take your breath away. The suffering they have both been through is devastating, yet in their own way, each has found a method to hold risti Caldwell writes about damaged and tormented souls so beautifully. She tells us their story so that we can feel empathy and often sympathy for these characters. This is a very unique story, one that will have to laughing one min and holding your breath the next. It will create you think of people whose lives have been stolen, and the struggles they go through to reach their goals. Be amazing to yourself and obtain this book, search a quiet place, and read this glorious story.

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    In Bed with the Earl (Lost Lords of London Book 1) []  2020-5-9 18:16

    In Bed with The Earl is book one in the Lost Lords of London series by Christi Caldwell. Although it is a stand-alone - truly, I recommend reading this book after Courting Poppy Tidemore. The hero of Poppy and Tristan create an appearance at the end of In Bed with The Earl, and it is just a richer experience when you understand the greater depth and history of the tale. This book impacted me on a very deep level. I couldn’t place it down. It left me enthralled and aching for more. Both of the main characters are masterfully developed, but I think Percival Northrop stole the show. “He was a glorious specimen, and yet his features were slightly too pronounced to ever be lauded as handsome by society's standards. He had slashing, bronzed cheekbones. A hard set to a square jaw, slightly too heavy. Prominent scars that stood out starkly, even with the day’s growth covering his face.” Caldwell trounces other romance authors with her ability to give her characters believable personalities. They have a depth that brings them to life in a very relatable way. I loved it. Probably one of my favorite Caldwell novels and I have read most of them. I was given a copy of this book.

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    In Bed with the Earl (Lost Lords of London Book 1) []  2020-5-9 18:16

    This is Christi Caldwell at her best. When Christi writes, the reader is transported into the story due to her ability to bring her characters and settings to life. We walk in the shoes of the characters and feel what those characters feel. She allows us a glimpse of life long gone by and allows us to live the passion, pain, love, and anger of those who lived fore reading In Bed with the Earl I was doubting whether or not I would accept our male lead, Malcom North as he takes his rightful put in society as the Earl of Maxwell. Those of use who have read previous books know that this was once Tristan Poplar (male lead from Courting Poppy Tidemore). I loved Tristan, so for me to accept Malcom he required to be a truly awesome hero and thank you Christi for making him amazing, dashing, and absolutely rity Lovelace is strong, smart, and a brilliant female lead. She is exactly what Malcom needs and challenges him to be his best, while forcing herself to also be her best. Together they welcome us into a life where strangers become each others one real love and where opposites really do create the best partners. This story has depth and honesty that is rare to search in most books and it forces the reader to enter into lives that haven't always been great, but will turn out to be is book was GLORIOUS and left the reader feeling absolutely AWESTRUCK. I cannot recommend In Bed with the Earl enough.I received an ARC of this book from Montlake Romance via NetGalley and am willingly giving my honest opinion.

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    In Bed with the Earl (Lost Lords of London Book 1) []  2020-5-9 18:16

    A triumphant tale wrenched from unrelenting tragedy! In “Courting Poppy Tidemore,” it was revealed that Tristan Poplar, a much revered roguish earl and character of the story had experienced a reversal of fortune and was no longer the Earl of Maxwell. This story provides the revelation of the real history of the true and oh so elusive Earl of lcom North is a tosher, a sewer dweller who has amassed power and influence in the only globe he’s known. He is a solitary, misanthropic man who avoids anything that looks like a relationship—a real curmudgeon if you rity Lovelace has been on her own since she was orphaned at an early age. Her sole focus in life is to care for her younger sister and her aged nursemaid. Her means of living puts her on a collision course with risti Caldwell has fashioned a tale for these two unlikely people that is both engaging and gripping. There cannot be enough said about the sizzling chemistry between these two individuals. Neither was seeking what they ultimately found with one another.“Forgetting” and “cherishing” the past are recurring themes. The power of forgiveness also plays a major role.If you’ve never read Caldwell’s work, this is the beginning of a fresh series. Happily, there are quite a few characters from prior series who create cameo appearances throughout this book. It was fun guessing who would appear. I pride myself on my status as a Caldwell Superfan that I was right on all accounts.

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    In Bed with the Earl (Lost Lords of London Book 1) []  2020-5-9 18:16

    This is Verity Lovelace and Malcom North, the lost Earl of Maxwell’s story, first in the Lost Lords of London series; a standalone, happily ever after, no cheating, historical romance with cause of Christi Caldwell’s artistry with words, the characters are well rounded, compelling, powerful and believable. I love the method the characters and storyline are developed, tortured, then resolved. After I finished the book, I wanted to reread it again. Bravo! Encore!I received an electronic copy of this book through NetGalley for my honest opinion.

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    In Bed with the Earl (Lost Lords of London Book 1) []  2020-5-9 18:16

    This is the first in a fresh series by Christi Caldwell, Lost Lords of London. Malcolm, the lost Earl of Maxwell & Verity, fearless reporter, meet in the sewers beneath the seedy roads of London. Both have survived hardship and amazing change in their lives, shaping them into the powerful people they are. While chasing a story to save her family from being thrown onto the roads she stumbles into Malcolm who is hiding the from the past that is determined to search him. They are both wary of each other and not willing to allow their guard down, after being forced to spend time together love blossoms but outside forces test to drive our character & heroine apart. Ultimately love finds a way. This is another unbelievable series from the Queen of Regency, it is dark, gritty but also humorous. The characters are flawed but true and you can’t support but fall in love with them. Christi always delivers, I cannot recommend this book enough.

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    In Bed with the Earl (Lost Lords of London Book 1) []  2020-5-9 18:16

    This is a fabulous book! It begins with a little kid being kidnapped from his home. Needless to say, I was entranced from the first page to the last. A lot of years later we meet Verity Lovelace, a reporter seeking to search the lost Earl of Maxwell. She enters the sewers of London in that search. There she comes upon Malcolm North, tosher and the ruler of the sewer. Problem ensues and they wind up running for their lives. Malcom is drawn to Verify and her strength and ability to stand up to him. Verity wants to figure Malcom out. They are drawn to each other like moths to a flame. The characters are so well developed. There are some unbelievable secondary characters as well. There was do much emotion that I could not place it down. Mystery, danger, evil doers, lovable mates and family, and of course, love. Can a powerful willed woman born on the wrong side of the blanket and a man who has been wronged for the whole of his life, search happiness with each other? You’ll wish to read this to search out. I can’t wait for the next book to read. I was gifted this book by NetGalley and the publisher. I am voluntarily reviewing. My opinions are my own. I highly recommend this book and give it five stars.

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    In Bed with the Earl (Lost Lords of London Book 1) []  2020-5-9 18:16

    This fresh series from Christi Caldwell promises to be a fascinating one to be sure. Malcolm was born an Earl’s so and after his parents die of illness, he is kidnapped, sold really, to live or die on the streets. Years later, king of the Toshers, a detective finds him and he learns of his heritage. One he really wants no part of, and a cousin who he learns was as innocent of his circumstances as he was rity is the @#$%!&? born daughter of the Earl of Wakefield. After his death, she is forced into work in the most unlikely places, a newspaper. These two wounded people thrown together in life and learning to believe in one another as old hatreds and betrayals play out around them was truly an perfect reading experience. I can’t wait for the next one!

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    The Best Of London ,Paris, Amsterdam,Edinburgh Travel Guide (Europe Travel Book 1) []  2020-1-22 21:59

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    Where Is the Tower of London? []  2020-1-30 22:13

    I loved the book so much!!😍 I am a child so you obtain the picture will you're children love it?

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    Where Is the Tower of London? []  2020-1-30 22:13

    LOVE THESE BOOKS, I OWN ALMOST EVERY ONE THAT'S BEEN PRINTED AND I ALWAYS PRE-ORDER THEM WHEN I CAN.

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    Where Is the Tower of London? []  2020-1-30 22:13

    I purchased this book for my son before our trip to London and the Tower. He has enjoyed several of the books from the series and this one is also informative and well written.

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    Where Is the Tower of London? []  2020-1-30 22:13

    I have over 213 of these books. I have fun the books.

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    Where Is the Tower of London? []  2020-1-30 22:13

    This book was good, though not quite as amazing as the books on Henry VIII and Elizabeth I from the same series. Overall my daughter loves this series though and I highly recommend this book in advance of a trip to London.

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    Where Is the Tower of London? []  2020-1-30 22:13

    Fits into the collection.

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    A London Child of the Seventies []  2020-1-17 21:4

    Mary Hughes was born Mary Vivian Thomas in October 1866, and in 1870 she and her parents and four older brothers moved to a house in Canonbury, north London, where they lived for nine years. They were a moderately well-off family; they did not feel themselves rich, though they had a couple of tells the story of those years with wit and interest. She's a amazing story-teller, and has a naturally cheerful outlook; coupled with satisfied memories that would have been enough to create this an entertaining book. But she is also sharp and insightful, and has powerful powers of observation. The effect is a fascinating view of a child's life one hundred and thirty years ago. I love history for all sorts of reasons, but I got more pleasure from this book (and its sequels) than from a lot of history texts I've read, because at the end of it I felt I not only knew and liked Mary Thomas, but I knew what it felt like to be a kid in Victorian talks about every small detail: wooden playing blocks, window-shopping, walking in the neighbourhood, visiting cousins in Cornwall, learning Latin at home, favourite books, religious aunts, children's games, and much more. It's an enchanting e book is also powerful in feeling. There are tragic deaths in the book, and I found these more affecting than any fiction, feeling as I did that the family were now mates of mine.Highly recommended.

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