Hello my lovely friends. The cover reveal for Playgrounds and Black Markers is THIS COMING SUNDAYS. And I’m so excited. I cannot wait to show it to you all. I got the author copy and it’s everything I dreamed it would be. For now, to hold you over, here’s a little review of a Shadows of the White City. And I procrastinated this review way to long because I didn’t love it. XD
I had some major issues with the characters. I didn’t connect with them at all. Rose especially felt VERY underdeveloped, and I felt like the development that she did have was very unrealistic. Being raised by a loving person will never result in you suddenly changing your mind about who they are to you when you turn a certain age. It felt very forced for the sake of the story, and I felt that it could have been worked to be a much better premise.
That being said, Kristof was a wonderful fellow. I appreciated his gentlemanliness, his kindness and determination, and drive, and that he wasn’t a shallow blok.
The plot was good. It was a little slow-paced for me, and I didn’t really understand everything that was going on. The settings, however, were beautiful. I loved the fairgrounds vibes and the boarding house. It did remind me of another book I read, let me think which one it was… To Steal a Heart. They reminded me of The Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency. But To Steal A Heart (by Jen Turano) is much more worth your time.
There was some gambling, some drinking, some smoking. Kristof’s brother gets into drugs, but it’s not viewed as a positive thing. There wasn’t really any violence. Kristof got punched in the nose. Rose gets “kidnapped” but nothing improper happens. There are a few kisses off screen. I didn’t read the very last chapter so I don’t know if there is more kissing in that chapter.
Rose is a rebellious brat of a child, hiding in the skin of a proper caring young lady, so I didn’t really like her actions and attitude. That’s not really a content issue if you know to respect your elders and family.
Also, the blurb makes it sound like there is a lot more plot revolving around Sylvie and Kristof and there is not. It’s enough to be sweet, but not nearly the drive or main plot of the story.
I didn’t like this one all that much. It did remind me of the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, which I was able to visit in 2019 and I really did enjoy that aspect. I will not be reading this book again tho. Thank you to the author and publisher for a free copy. A positive review was not required and all opinions of Shadows of the White City are my own.
Sometimes I wonder if I’m better off not procrastinating bad reviews and getting it off my plate so I don’t have to worry about it for so long. XD
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