The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl

The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing GirlMary Jekyll And The Athena Club Race To Save Alice And Foil A Plot To Unseat The Queen, In The Electrifying Conclusion To The Trilogy That Began With The Nebula Award Finalist And Locus Award Winner The Strange Case Of The Alchemist S DaughterLife S Always An Adventure For The Athena Clubespecially When One Of Their Own Has Been Kidnapped After Their Thrilling European Escapades Rescuing Lucinda Van Helsing, Mary Jekyll And Her Friends Return Home To Discover That Their Friend And Kitchen Maid Alice Has Vanished And So Has Their Friend And Employer Sherlock Holmes As They Race To Find Alice And Bring Her Home Safely, They Discover That Alice And Sherlock S Kidnapping Are Only One Small Part Of A Plot That Threatens Queen Victoria, And The Very Future Of The British Empire Can Mary, Diana, Beatrice, Catherine, And Justine Save Their Friends And Save The Empire Find Out In The Final Installment Of The Fantastic And Memorable Extraordinary Adventures Of The Athena Club Series Despite what should have been a rather interesting tangent into Alice in Wonderland meets the Mummy with our favorite crew of strong women torn from the pages of Victorian era penny dreadfuls and classic fantasy literature, this particular book kinda fell flat.Not particularly bad, mind you, and I did kinda enjoy the whole idea of the Mesmerism meets the Theosophical Society meets the Golden Dawn meets Professor Moriarty but the the way it was executed I honestly lost interest despite my ini Despite what should have been a rather interesting tangent into Alice in Wonderland meets the Mummy with our favorite crew of strong women torn from the pages of Victorian era penny dreadfuls and classic fantasy literature, this particular book kinda fell flat.Not particularly bad, mind you, and I did kinda enjoy the whole idea of the Mesmerism meets the Theosophical Society meets the Golden Dawn meets Professor Moriarty but the the way it was executed I honestly lost interest despite my initial gung ho attitude We re dealing with a progression of new characters while the old ones kinda languish in the pudding Or rather, the cakes Lots of cakes.What might have made this pretty excellent A total PoV switchover, ignoring the old crew except perhaps as plot crossovers and eventual induction, while going deep into the whole ancient Egyptian plot some other way I don t know It just felt like a missed opportunity, and yet, without it, it might have made meeting Wilde and Dorian a little weird Don t get me wrong It s still up there with the first two, but not quite as fresh and shiny You all may remember that I adored a recent read, The Strange Case of the Alchemist s Daughter and was excited to continue with the series I was thrilled to receive an ARC of the final book in the trilogy and quickly checked out book two, European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman, but unfortunately it fell short for me While I devoured book one, book two felt like a chore because it lacked some serious editing That said, I was still looking forward to the conclusion of The Athena Club You all may remember that I adored a recent read, The Strange Case of the Alchemist s Daughter and was excited to continue with the series I was thrilled to receive an ARC of the final book in the trilogy and quickly checked out book two, European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman, but unfortunately it fell short for me While I devoured book one, book two felt like a chore because it lacked some serious editing That said, I was still looking forward to the conclusion of The Athena Club series which picks up immediately after European Travel with the group searching for Mary s kidnapped maid Alice They also find it alarming that Sherlock Holmes still hasn t returned from a mysterious errand and now Dr Watson cannot be located either.While searching for their friends, The Athena Club uncovers a plot against the Queen that is connected to the kidnappings Can they save their friends and the British Empire before it s too late I m very disappointed to say this was not the exciting finale I hoped for Instead, I began skimming before I even reached the half way point in the story The snappy dialogue banter in the middle of the narrative was charming in book one, tedious in book two, and completely unnecessary in book three The pace is inconsistent and the plot is weighed down in unnecessary details which was also my major issue with book two that make the adventure greatly lag While I adored the introduction to the extensive cast of characters in book one, there was little to no character growth over the course of the series causing some to go from charming to annoying This trilogy takes place over the course of a few short months but the action is always saved for the very end to tie up loose ends quickly.I d definitely advise readers who enjoy sci fi fantasy and retellings to give the first book a try but I hesitate to recommend the final two.Thanks to Gallery Saga Press and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl is scheduled for release on October 1, 2019.Forreviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com what SINCE WHEN IS THERE 3 BOOKS Look lLOOK LOOOOOK WE HAVE A COVER I REPEAT WE HAVE AN COVER JUST AS AMAZING AS THE OTHER COVERS AHHHHHHHHHHHHH D What what ITS OUT IN OCYOBER 2019 NOT 2020 yeayyyyy D D D D z xxx Me doing the happy dance D Look lLOOK LOOOOOK WE HAVE A COVER I REPEAT WE HAVE AN COVER JUST AS AMAZING AS THE OTHER COVERS AHHHHHHHHHHHHH D What what ITS OUT IN OCYOBER 2019 NOT 2020 yeayyyyy D D D D z xxx Me doing the happy dance D A satisfying conclusion to this wonderful series The last paragraph had me crying in the middle of the grocery store I m so glad these books exists. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I absolutely love the Athena Club series Having been hooked by the first novel The story is extremely fast paced and so very enjoyable I did feel that it may have been over edited Somehow, most of the scenes were a bit rushed What normally would take fifteen pages or so. were whittled down to a page or two The story itself is extremely good. I just wish that we the reader would have been givenof the story For example, there were no scenes of traveling by automobile other than to s I absolutely love the Athena Club series Having been hooked by the first novel The story is extremely fast paced and so very enjoyable I did feel that it may have been over edited Somehow, most of the scenes were a bit rushed What normally would take fifteen pages or so. were whittled down to a page or two The story itself is extremely good. I just wish that we the reader would have been givenof the story For example, there were no scenes of traveling by automobile other than to say that they did it. and were happy to be able to buy gas The adventures of Alice Lydia were interesting. but, again. we weren t really given exactly what the powers were other than they came from the Earth itself I feel bad giving a meh review. but, this one. just didn t live up to the first two books in the series Unusual storyI recommend this series especially in the fall when you might want a spooky story with strong female characters The historical and literature connections make it interesting. I enjoyed the third installment in this charmingly written and evocative historical paranormal literary mystery series Fun and engaging Thanks to NetGalley for providing an ARC copy for my review. The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl is a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy that took readers into the mysterious world of of the Athena Club I love following the adventures of Mary Jekyll and friends I adored this book and gobbled it up in nearly one sitting If you have any interest in exploring Victorian Europe with legendary horror creatures you ll love this one too. This is the third book following the adventures of the Athena club, and I have to say I enjoyed this one The previous book, at over 700 pages long, felt a little too long This one, on the other hand, was considerably shorter and I generally felt like the storyline was less meandering However, I do feel like the pacing of the story was a bit inconsistent in places there were quite a few spots that the narrative stalled in the extended telling of a character s backstory Additionally, there we This is the third book following the adventures of the Athena club, and I have to say I enjoyed this one The previous book, at over 700 pages long, felt a little too long This one, on the other hand, was considerably shorter and I generally felt like the storyline was less meandering However, I do feel like the pacing of the story was a bit inconsistent in places there were quite a few spots that the narrative stalled in the extended telling of a character s backstory Additionally, there were places in the story that were glossed over a bit too fast the final showdown, for example At this point in the series, we also have a rather extensive cast of characters, which was at times a lot to follow.That being said, there were some very imaginative ideas at play in this volume, and I continue to enjoy the universe Theodora Goss has created here, with so many famous literary characters brought to life.Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this ARC

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  • Hardcover
  • 448 pages
  • The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl
  • Theodora Goss
  • 27 January 2017
  • 1534427872