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 Daughter.Life 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 Forget the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, because now we have The Athena Club I guess we could call it the League of Monstrous Gentlewomen Another of the feminist versions of the Victorian time period with plenty of girl power although the main characters do get justifiably huffy about being called girls when they are full grown women.Even the female villains outsmart their male counterparts in this particular volume The women of the Athena Club may sometimes doubt their abilities, but Forget the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, because now we have The Athena Club I guess we could call it the League of Monstrous Gentlewomen Another of the feminist versions of the Victorian time period with plenty of girl power although the main characters do get justifiably huffy about being called girls when they are full grown women.Even the female villains outsmart their male counterparts in this particular volume The women of the Athena Club may sometimes doubt their abilities, but they pull off the caper with the help of Ayesha of course Just like most women, they doubt themselves unnecessarily Plus, they get to rescue Sherlock Holmes I know that this series is technically wrapped up with this third book, but it seems to me that there are enough loose threads and unexplored avenues that further adventures could follow, if the author can persuade the publisher to continue Fingers crossed that there will eventually be another book about the Athena Club The Diana and Mary Comedy Hour is back, and instead of wandering all over Europe, like they did in book two, the Athena Club has plenty to do in London Sherlock is missing, Alice is kidnapped, and the young women have much detecting to do to find both individuals While I found book two of this trilogy a little too long, I didn t find that the plot dragged this time around In fact, I found myself laughingat Diana s antics insulting everyone else and stuffing her face with nummies and e The Diana and Mary Comedy Hour is back, and instead of wandering all over Europe, like they did in book two, the Athena Club has plenty to do in London Sherlock is missing, Alice is kidnapped, and the young women have much detecting to do to find both individuals While I found book two of this trilogy a little too long, I didn t find that the plot dragged this time around In fact, I found myself laughingat Diana s antics insulting everyone else and stuffing her face with nummies and enjoying Mary s long suffering attitude toward her younger sister , and the way all the young women s different capabilities were used in the story., and how well they continued to work together I m glad we finally got to learnabout Alice, and watch her come into her own view spoiler I also really liked how Goss built up Moriarty as this great, bad guy with his gang of like minded scientists , with their all too familiar fears about racial purity and superiority, immigration, and misogyny Then, with one authorly swipe, Goss removed them and transformed the story into a conflict between the women in the Athena Club and the women in the Alchemical Society hide spoiler I really enjoyed the way Theodora Goss wrote these stories, with the narrative interrupted frequently by the members of the Athena Club to discuss their feelings about the situation or each other, or for the women to chide Catherine s constant marketing of the stories The device added lots of humour to the story, and provided lots of great character moments for each of the women I m a little sad I can t spend time with the Athena Club in further adventures The third book in the series has the Athena Club back in London and mostly reconciled with the Soci t des Alchimistes, but looking into the abduction of Sherlock Holmes and the Athena Club s own maid Alice This is a muchconcise volume than the previous one and the return to England feelslike familiar ground for the club members Which is probably the biggest problem here The first book got the band together, and there was lots of character development as the monsters of the club The third book in the series has the Athena Club back in London and mostly reconciled with the Soci t des Alchimistes, but looking into the abduction of Sherlock Holmes and the Athena Club s own maid Alice This is a muchconcise volume than the previous one and the return to England feelslike familiar ground for the club members Which is probably the biggest problem here The first book got the band together, and there was lots of character development as the monsters of the club found each other The second book explored Europe and expanded the cast enormously But this one doesn t cut much new ground at all, with perhaps the only character development being with Alice Lydia Raymond and small progress with Mary Jekyll.Still entertaining, and the writing trick being used for these continues to work for me, but this one feels a bit like treading water I m sorry this is the last book in the series as I ve really enjoyed them. 3.75 My expectations were exceedingly high for this third instalment, in light of the quality of the previous two titles Maybe too high It s the problem when you keep getting amazing reads from an author It becomes the norm, and when you get something still very good but not top notch, you get a little disappointed This novel features oncethe colourful members of the Athena Club, this time focused on finding Alice and Sherlock, who have been taken by some nefarious group The dastard 3.75 My expectations were exceedingly high for this third instalment, in light of the quality of the previous two titles Maybe too high It s the problem when you keep getting amazing reads from an author It becomes the norm, and when you get something still very good but not top notch, you get a little disappointed This novel features oncethe colourful members of the Athena Club, this time focused on finding Alice and Sherlock, who have been taken by some nefarious group The dastardly plot is a good one and yet it left me wanting , or rather something else It s as if all the ingredients were there but the end result wasn t what I expected Nevertheless, this was still a fun and entertaining read and an amazing trilogy 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 Loved the first book in this series Then, I was a little disappointed in the second book and thus was apprehensive about this third installment However, this book brought it home Total comfort read. Really satisfying ending to a wonderful series. 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

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  • Hardcover
  • 448 pages
  • The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl
  • Theodora Goss
  • 15 January 2019
  • 1534427872