Book Review: The Line

On to the next book! I discovered recently that if you have an Amazon Prime account, there is a Prime Reading catalog, that has hundreds of Kindle books you can download and read for free. My last book: Treasure of Saint-Lazare: A Novel of Paris, was from that catalog and didn’t exactly do it for me. But J.D. Horn’s The Line was an awesome read- full of magic, witches, and fast-paced drama. When I finished this, I immediately bought the second book of the series (The Source) which I am currently reading.

“Savannah is considered a Southern treasure, a city of beauty with a rich, colorful past. Some might even call it magical…”

“To the uninitiated, Savannah shows only her bright face and genteel manner. Those who know her well, though, can see beyond her colonial trappings and small-city charm to a world where witchcraft is respected, Hoodoo is feared, and spirits linger. Mercy Taylor is all too familiar with the supernatural side of Savannah, being a member of the most powerful family of witches in the South.”

I was torn between starting two books, and thankfully The Line is what my boyfriend convinced me to read first. (He hasn’t read either book, but thought this one sounded cool…He was right!)

Many GoodReads reviews were in agreement that this book was entertaining but mediocre, and I can see both sides of the argument. At the beginning of the story, there are many metaphors that are repeatedly used; as if the author’s editor wasn’t focused for the first twenty pages. This book is no means Pulitzer Prize-winning, but the narrative and flow of the novel rapidly increases in quality and speed as the book goes on. There are so many layers of this plot that I continued gasping and was excited/appalled when things did not go as I expected them to.

The Line is told in first-person, my favorite perspective in literature, I feel much more immersed when the character communicates to the reader as if we were them like ‘I could feel my heartbeat quicken’ (not a line from the book, I made it up, trust me his words are far more compelling.) 

Recently I have been reading a lot of realistic fiction, and I missed the fantasy genre. Fantasy fiction is what made me fall in love with reading when I was a child, and I believe that’s why I like this book so much; it’s revisiting my favorite kind of story. The Line discusses magic in the realm of energy: witches are able to use their energy and shape it into magic, where other characters (non-witches) can perform magic- but only if they take energy from others, often stealing it from witches. 

I greatly recommend this book! Super quick read- couldn’t put it down! Buy it now on Amazon.com

DETAILS

Title: The Line (Witching Savannah Book 1)
Author: J.D. Horn
Series(?): Witching Savannah Series

Publisher: 47North
Publication Date: February 1, 2014

Source & Format: Kindle, borrowed from Amazon
Page Count: 298
Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction
Rating: ★★★★

Comment below if you’ve read The Line, let me know what you thought! 🙂

Book Review: Treasure of Saint-Lazare: A Novel of Paris

Most recently I finished reading Treasure of Saint-Lazare: A Novel of Paris. I borrowed this book for free on my Kindle as part of the Prime Reading membership on Amazon, and it was exactly the kind of book I needed after reading Little Women. Now don’t get me wrong, I loved Little Women, but this kind of gripping and fast moving story was perfect after such a lovely tale of four sisters, where not much happened other than some tragic deaths in the family and lovely romances…

The story of Treasure of Saint-Lazare follows protagonist Eddie Grant when his former lover (Jen) shows up in Paris with a letter addressed to his deceased father. Jen & Eddie’s fathers were special operatives in World War II and were in charge of tracking down and retrieving all the famous art the Nazi party stole. Combining MYSTERY and ART HISTORY, this book was bound to be my cup-of-tea. There were many fun and exciting surprises throughout the book, where I’d audibly gasp while reading.

Jen’s appearance in Paris is the catalyst for Eddie and his friends to embark on a dangerous adventure through the romantic city and even Sarasota to discover the most valuable Nazi loot that still has not been found; a famous ‘Raphael self-portrait’ with crates of gold- worth billions today. Those treasures are intended to finance the Fourth Reich.

Plot locations were straddled between Sarasota, Florida and Paris, France. When reading the author’s bio I learned that he indeed was from both spots as well. It was really interesting reading his descriptions of all things Parisian, how elegant and smooth the culture was compared to America. It was quite apparent that he definitely thought higher of France than he did of the States.

Action. Adventure. A manhunt with twists, turns, and surprises that make your heart race…”

One thing that I did not care for in the author’s narrative was how many American’s depicted in the story were overweight or obese. Granted I get it- ‘the greatest country in the world also has the greatest problem with obesity’. But it would just rub me the wrong way how the author was almost fat-shaming several of the characters. Yes, all individuals within a novel should be all shapes and sizes, it was just rude to paint the overweight people in such a negative light. 

Other than the occasional fat-shame and fleeting cliché crime-novel dialogue, I really did enjoy Treasure of Saint-Lazare. It inspired me to keep reading and discover what was going to happen- if this painting even still existed…

If I purchased this in the bookstore I would’ve been a bit disappointed, due to some thoughts stated above, but I actually enjoyed it as it had been a free novel through the Kindle Prime-Reading membership. If you want fast paced adventure then I think this is definitely a library borrow. It was a quick and interesting read.

Details

Title: Treasure of Saint-Lazare: A Novel of Paris (The Eddie Grant Series Book 1)
Author: John Pearce
Series(?): The Eddie Grant Series

Publisher: Alesia Press LLC
Publication Date: January 13, 2017

Source & Format: Kindle, borrowed from Amazon
Page Count: 252
Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction
Rating: ★★★