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Eagle & Crane

Eagle & CraneEagle & Crane by Suzanne Rindell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Eagle and Crane is a very captivating story. It contains everything for a great book plot: ethical rivalry, love triangle, friendship.

I was lured into the story from the first pages. The reader is being introduced to the mystery from the beginning. Honestly, when the story turned to Ava, Harry and Louis I thought – here we go, yet another love triangle novel. Boy, was I wrong!

First of all, I loved the way the author introduced us to each families background. Each story taught the reader something new and explained the character’s further behavior.

Second, the book contains a little story of Pearl Harbor, and most importantly the treatment/evacuation of Japanese immigrants after the attack.

What really touched me was Harry and Louis connection. They became friends at a very young age before they both were introduced to their families conflict. And despite that, as young adults, they pushed thru their families dispute, ethnical differences and one girl they were both in love with and continue to stand by each other’s side.

I love books that surprise me. And this book was one of them. This novel was not at all what I was expecting. Great writing, plot and character development. Thank you GoodReads and Suzanne Rindell for this wonderful book!

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Desperate Girls

Desperate GirlsDesperate Girls by Laura Griffin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The description of the book caught my attention, and the story itself didn’t disappoint.

A convicted rapist/murderer escapes from the jail and now on the road for a very bloody revenge. Defense attorney Brynn Holloran is on his list. As US marshals keep counting and collecting new victims, Brynn realizes that she is a danger. However, the case she is working on is also a high priority and demands her full attention. While private Wolfe Security is trying to keep Brynn safe, they also discover the discrepancies with her old case. Unfortunately, newly discovered details are only a theory… until Brynn runs into an old college friend in a hall of the courthouse. One small irrelevant comment from her catches Brynn’s attention, and after a quick look into her old files, Brynn realizes that there are two murders on a loose… and both are very very close to her.

Desperate Girls by Laura Griffin is a gripping thriller/romance novel that keeps the reader glued to its pages. I really enjoyed the story, events moved fast and each chapter had something new to discover. It’s a super quick read. As I understood, this is Wolfe Security first novel, and I am looking forward to reading about their new cases. I loved the characters and would like to see them progress in the future novels. Thank you, Laura Griffin and NetGalley for a wonderful journey thru this remarkable novel.

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The Romanov Empress

The Romanov EmpressThe Romanov Empress by C.W. Gortner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As a big history lover, I was extremely excited to come upon this book. I was always interested in Romanovs downfall, and it was very interesting to hear about it from the point of view of the matriarch of the family herself.

The book is mainly focused on the life of Dagmar of Denmark, later known as Maria Feodorovna. The story begins with the wedding of her eldest sister, later the Queen of England, and ends with her exile from Russia more than 50 years later.

Although the book is set as Dagmar’s biography, it contains many historical details about Romanov’s reign and opens readers mind and welcomes them into the royal world of Russia’s last emperors. I’ve learned many interesting details that I have not come upon in countless articles I’ve read about last Romanovs. Therefore I highly recommend this book to any historical fiction book lover.

While reading the story of Maria Feodorovna, I was quite taken aback by her character. Her strength, dedication to Russia and the house of Romanov, and ability to survive are just a few of many reasons that made me admire her.

Thank you, NetGalley and Random House for a free copy of this fascinating novel.

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The Broken Girls

The Broken GirlsThe Broken Girls by Simone St. James

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was lured into the pages of this fascinating novel during the first chapter. I love falling in love with a book from the first page.

Idlewild Hall 1950 – a young student disappears from an all-girl boarding school. The case is dismissed and the missing girl is assumed to be a runaway. But where a fifteen years old, relative less refugee from Frances would go?

Idlewild Hall 1994 – a body of a young girl is found on the old field of an abandoned boarding school. Her boyfriend is found guilty and sent to jail.

Idlewild Hall 2014 – a rumor flies across town that boarding school now has new owners who wish to restore it… but the body found in an old veil prevents the construction to go much further.

People in town, along with a journalist Fiona Sheridan are questioning the restoration of an old school. As a true journalist, Fiona intents to uncover the real reason behind Idlewild Hall reconstruction… but the fathers she “digs” – Fiona uncovers secrets that were meant to never see the light of the day.

There are two storylines in the book that cross path at the end. I will be honest, it was not the ending I expected to find, and I enjoyed the story very much. I definitely recommend it to any mystery lovers.

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