It's a new week! And I managed to finish two books! Yay!
Here are my reviews for the two books:
The Golden One, by Elizabeth Peters
★★★★★ and a ♥
A new year, 1917, is dawning, and the Great War that ravages the world
shows no sign of abating. Answering the siren call of Egypt once more,
Amelia Peabody and her family arrive at their home in Luxor to learn of a
new royal tomb ransacked by thieves. Soon an even more disturbing
outrage concerns the intrepid clan of archaeologists: the freshly and
savagely slain corpse of a thief defiling the ancient burial site.
this is nothing compared with the lethal fate that threatens Ramses.
Besieged by the British and defended by formidable Turkish and German
forces, the fortified seaport of Gaza guards the gateway to the Holy
Land. Answering a call he cannot refuse from British military
intelligence, Ramses must journey to this ancient, fabled city to
undertake a mission as personal as it is perilous. Death will surely be
his lot if he is caught or exposed. Meanwhile, Ramses's wife, Nefret,
guards a secret of her own....
Once again the incomparable and
bestselling carries us to a breathtaking realm of ancient wonders and
crumbling splendor -- from the hectic bustle of the Cairo markets to
remote, sand-swept corners of the Egyptian desert where the gods of
antiquity sleep. Returning visitors to the world of Amelia Peabody will
be enthralled by the latest mesmerizing adventure from the award-winning
grandmaster, and newcomers will succumb to her wiles as they are caught
up in the tantalizing spell of the remarkable Elizabeth Peters and The
In A Sentence: Yet another good one from the Amelia Peabody Series
Of course this series is always fun, and this book is no exception. I
read this book years back, and I remembered that the series started to
deteriorate at around this book. So I had lowered expectations when I
started reading this novel. Perhaps it was because of this lowered
expectation, but I really enjoyed this installment in the series. It
was split into two separate problems; one was related to tomb-robbing,
the other was related to spies and World War I. I felt that the story
was split and put back together nicely; it made it more interesting and
action-packed, and I was able to enjoy both stories without getting
bored. The story also kept a lot of the original humor that made me
fall in love with Amelia Peabody in the first place.
My only issue
with the story is the interactions between Sethos and Amelia. It is
implied that there is something more going on, and it bothers me. I
don’t think it adds anything to the story; as a matter of fact, I feel
it detracts from the story. But that’s the only thing I really don’t
like about this book.
Overall, this was yet another decent read from an enjoyable series. As always, I strongly recommend you try this series.
★★★ and ½ (rounding up to 4)
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and
Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and
reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife
disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River.
Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with
cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife's head,
but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could
have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the
police and the media--as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents--the town
golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and
inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely
bitter--but is he really a killer?
As the cops close in, every
couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they
love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his
innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn't do it, where is that beautiful
wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her
In A Sentence: This book scares me…
So this book is effed up (excuse my language, but it really is). I
spent the first half of the book feeling really depressed. I felt like I
could relate to Amy; it seemed like her reactions were the same as mine
would be, and I had to keep telling myself “Dave and I are happily
married…Dave and I are happily married.” I even felt compelled to
snuggle up to my husband and ask him if he was happy with our
relationship as it was. I began to feel like I wasn’t going to enjoy
this book after all, despite the assurances of other people claiming it
was a creepy story.
….And then the second half started. And I found
myself quickly going from feeling depressed to feeling absolutely
disturbed. And the ending…that was the creepiest part! I refuse to
spoil anything. Suffice it to say that this book holds up to all of the
reviews I’ve read. I also refuse to say that I liked it. The book
deserves a high rating; it successfully tricked me into thinking I knew
the ending, and manipulated my emotions to the point that I needed
comfort from my husband. But I can’t like the story; it’s disturbing,
and depressing, and now that I’ve finished it, I still need my husband
to hold me and say that everything is all right.
So on that note,
this is a good, dark psychological thriller. I will not ruin the
experience for you by explaining why, I only say that if you like dark
novels, then you should definitely read this. And do not give up
reading the book if the first 200 pages turns you off; trust me, the
first half is a setup. It’s the second half that will keep you glued to