I was going to see if they had the second of the Midnight, Texas books (they didn't). While I was in there I decided to check out the sale table--as many books as you can fit into a plastic shopping bag for $1. The selection wasn't so great this time, but I did come away with these:
This was ok. I liked it well enough, but I didn't love it.
It's been awhile since I've read a Charlaine Harris book (I never finished the Southern Vampires/Sookie Stackhouse books), and I'd forgotten how sometimes her writing gets bogged down in describing--in detail--the minutiae of everyday life.
The book overall is very slow paced. I'm not sure if it's due to it being the first book in the series and the author needs time to set up the world and introduce the characters, or if that's just the way these books are. Things happen, but it takes awhile to really get going.
I was assuming the story would be told from Manfred's POV, but it wasn't. Instead, it had multiple POV's, and I actually quite liked that.
I also liked the characters and the world enough to want to continue on with the series. I just hope the pace picks up some...
John Miller Gray, Art Critic and First Curator of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (1885) by Patrick William Adam [x]
I've read the prologue and the first four chapters. I'm still waiting for something to happen. I can see plot points hovering just out of reach, but for now, it's mostly introducing the characters.
Got started on this a bit earlier today. Hope to get into it more over the weekend. I had a loooooong day today, and can barely keep my eyes open.
I am participating in the buddy read, and will be tagging my posts with MidnightCrossroadBR.
Holy crap...this book has what has to be the best "Eve takes down the baddie" scene EVER. I literally had to put the book down to punch the air in glee. Then I reread it. It was that good.
There were also some extremely difficult moments as Eve travels back to Dallas and has to face her past. I cried as she relived the horrible abuse and trauma she suffered during her first 8 years of life. My heart broke for the child she was and the incredibly strong woman she is now, and also for Roarke as he watched the woman he loves more than anything go back to the night her--and I hate to call him her father, because he's so utterly vile--father died.
Eve admitting she'd never be able to face her past without Roarke and his steadfast love, and Roarke's helpless fury as he (and we) finally get the full scope of just what Eve suffered had me crying again.
Peabody got some great character development, as she was allowed to work a cold case on her own. We also met her parents.
Above all, my favorite parts of these books remains Eve and Roarke and their ever deepening and ever strengthening relationship. No matter what happens between them or how big their argument is you never once doubt that these two love each other beyond all reason, and they will work things out and be even more united because of it.
(Though, Roarke did irritate me in this one by going over Eve's head to her superior about something, and she ended up getting informed about it in front of her team. Fortunately after Eve--and Peabody in her way--called him out on it, he realized his massive misstep and apologized.)
...what I got on Prime Day via the "Spend $15 on books, get $5 off" promotion.