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Friday Mini-Reviews #66: Mary Robinette Kowal, C.D. Reiss & J.D. Robb

Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal (Glamourist Histories #2)


Synopsis from Goodreads
Mary Robinette Kowal stunned readers with her charming first novel Shades of Milk and Honey , a loving tribute to the works of Jane Austen in a world where magic is an everyday occurrence. This magic comes in the form of glamour, which allows talented users to form practically any illusion they can imagine. Shades debuted to great acclaim and left readers eagerly awaiting its sequel. Glamour in Glass continues following the lives of beloved main characters Jane and Vincent, with a much deeper vein of drama and intrigue.In the tumultuous months after Napoleon abdicates his throne, Jane and Vincent go to Belgium for their honeymoon. While there, the deposed emperor escapes his exile in Elba, throwing the continent into turmoil. With no easy way back to England, Jane and Vincent’s concerns turn from enjoying their honeymoon...to escaping it. Left with no outward salvation, Jane must persevere over her trying personal circumstances and use her glamour to rescue her husband from prison...and hopefully prevent her newly built marriage from getting stranded on the shoals of another country's war.
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This was unexpectedly dramatic and emotional book. Jane truly came out of her shell for the sake of her husband, and kicked some major butt in the process. I was proud of her ingenious ideas. As for Vincent, all his troubles could have been avoided if he trusted his wife from the beginning! Great book.
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Это была неожиданно драматичная и эмоциональная книга. Джейн была вынуждена выбраться из своей скорлупы и показать на что она способна, чтобы спасти своего мужа. Я прямо гордилась её находчивостью. Что касается Винсента, то многих проблем ему удалось бы избежать, если бы он доверил свои секреты Джейн с самого начала. Хорошая книга!

 Break by C.D. Reiss (Songs of Perdition #3)
Synopsis from Goodreads
Everything about Fiona Drazen is forbidden. She’s a party girl with dark desires. She’s beautiful, irresponsible, irresistible. She’s my patient. I’m her therapist. I’m past past wanting her. Past possessing her. Past bedding her or protecting her. I’m willing to be self-destructive, negligent, brave, audacious, and stronger than I ever believed possible. She’s blunt force trauma to the heart. And she calls another man Master. 
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As usual with C.D. Reiss this is a very unorthodox book with an unorthodox ending. Fiona is an extremely complex character, and in the end it's not Deacon or Elliot who save her. It's her on her own who has to heal herself.  I loved that ending, I loved how peaceful it made me feel in the end. Also there are some quotes to die for in here, just beautiful!
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Как обычно с С.Д. Рейсс, книга эта не прямолинейная, да и концовка у неё неортодоксальная. Фиона - очень сложная героиня, и под конец, ни Дикон ни Эллиот спасти её не могут. Она должна залечить свои раны сама. Жутко понравился её тихий и очень реалистичный хэппи энд, да и цитат здесь было безумно красивых просто гора.
 Portrait in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #16)
Synopsis from Goodreads
After a tip from a reporter, Eve Dallas finds the body of a young woman in a Delancey street dumpster. Just hours before, the news station had mysteriously received a portfolio of professional portraits of the woman. The photos seemed to be nothing out of the ordinary for any pretty young woman starting a modeling career. Except that she wasn't a model. And that these photos were taken after she had been murdered. Now Dallas is on the trail of a killer who's a perfectionist and an artist. He carefully observes and records his victim's every move. And he has a mission: to own every beautiful young woman's innocence, to capture her youth and vitality—in one fateful shot... 
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This is a heartbreaking book for Roarke as he finds out a very important fact from his past, something which makes him rethink the foundation he built himself on. It's emotionally taxing and it's another important milestone in his relationship with Eve as he has to learn to open up about his troubles to her this time, not the other way round. Fabulous book as usual.
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Это душераздирающая книга для Роарка, так как он узнаёт немаловажный факт из своего прошлого, что разрушает фундамент, на котором он построил свою личность. Это очень эмоциональное для него время и ещё один урок в отношениях с Ив, так как он учится доверять ей и делиться бременем своих проблем. Обычно ведь это Ив, из которой приходится всё вытаскивать клещами. В общем, хорошая книга!
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