[ BOOK Stranger ] by Zoe Archer – chaplinshotel.co.uk
While I loved how Catalus and Gemma s romance really flourished and grew with this book the book dragged in laces But since this book was the last in the series it stood to reason it was going to be bigger I was surprised at what magic the Heirs brought forth but in the end ZA managed to make it work for me It was a good wrap up to the story and that series Love this series love this author This was not my favorite but still solid Read for Halloween 2017 Reading Challenge Steampunk category Now I realize this book was not articularly steampunky while the other s in the series lead themselves to steampunk light But I wanted to read it so I IT AS JUDGE ME it as such Judge me m good with that Synopsis This series is an ongoing fight between the Blades of
the rose and the heirs evil men bent Rose and the Heirs evil men bent using magic for the so called greater good of mother England By this book they have found the Primal Source of magic and intend to use it to conuer the world Cat and Gemma met in the revious book and Gemma has been following Cat and his Ngôi nhà xưa peeps to get a story After all she is a reporter and a story begs to be written The two fall in lust later followed by love and are reunited with the many of therevious Blades to beat back the Heirs before world domination is theirs Cue a trip to fairy land and some serious battles and a dragon and we have an adventure folksWhy it did or didn t work for me It was fine Just weaker than the three Firing Schedules for Glass - The Kiln Companion previous books I didn t feel as much love and attachment between the MCs as I did with other Blades books especially the first which is my favorite of the series Just in case you actually cared This was a fun walk through a great adventure And truth be told the adventure fighting magicing and all that business was my favoriteart of the book A good ending to the series No complaints on my Adam and the Ants part Signed Zoe Archer you re still one of my favorite authors Overall I thought it was enjoyable but I did start to struggle at around the halfway mark I d give it a 35 to 4 stars I really missed the balance of reality vsaranormal that the other books had This one was Les Carnets de Cerise T3 - Le Dernier des cinq trsors pure over the top fantasy world like Alice in Wonderland or something along the lines of an acid trip ie16 feet tall imaginary historical characters coming to life Nothing felt real about this story so it wasn t what I was expecting or hoping Also didn t really love the relationship between Catullus and Gemma A bit too syrupy sweet And for three books now we hear all about his great inventions skill so you would think we would see a lot of that in his book But not much A battle scene early in the book implies his ingenuity but we don t see much else Still the series rocked as a whole and I am a solid fan of Zoe Archer Gemma Murphy has been following Catullus Graves and his friends for some time now After first seeing him in the Northwest Territory of Canada she now finds herself on a boat to England A reporter she loves to investigate and she knows Catullus and his crew have many secretsCatullus is a member of The Blades of the Rose a secret organization thatrotects Sources those items that hold magical Return to Doomstar (Doomstar 2) power throughout the world from the evil Heirs of Albion The Heirs now have therimal source and have Language - A Student Handbook on Key Topics and Theories plans to use it for world domination The Blades are hot on their trail and are willing to sacrifice whatever it takes to stop themThe first time Catullus set eyes on the red haired freckled beauty in Canada it stirs him A genius inventor Catullus has a very scientific approach when it comes to romance which means he isn t uite the ladies man Soon Catullus becomes aware that Gemma is following them and when the Heirs spot her with the Blades her life becomes endangered She wants torove to the Blades she is a competent fighter and she wants to break down Catullus s serious ways and show him just how wicked romance can beStranger is the fourth book in Zoe Archer s The Blades of the Rose series and held much anticipation for me to discover Catullus whom we meet in great detail in book three Rebel Catullus is reserved a bit shy and awkward when it comes to women He loves fine waistcoats an. He Blind Sided protects the world's magicwith his science But even the best scientists can fallrey to the right chemistryLooking For TroubleGemma Murphy has a nose for a storyeven if the boys in Chicago's newsrooms would rather focus on her chest So when she runs into a handsome man of mystery discussing how to save the world from fancy ants Bri. D is extremely smart His match Gemma is just the kind of woman who can break him out of his mold She has spunk and spirit yet she is very kind and from the start understands who this man is Although Catullus is black she never once sees his skin color as a deterrent I absolutely adored their romance The uncertainty Catullus has in the bedroom is very endearing and once he gains confidence watch outThe adventure in this one weaves in the King Arthur legend as the Blades rush to revent the
Heirs From Using The from using the source I didn t love the adventure as much as the revious books Besides an evil form of King Arthur being resurrected for some time Catullus and Gemma find themselves in Otherworld an alternate fairy world It just didn t grab me like the other books did I did thoroughly enjoy the banter between Catullus and other blade members Bennet Day and Nathan Lesperance and their spouses The Comic Print and Theatre in Early Modern Amsterdam pages where all of them are working together are some of my favorite And of course theages with the hot smex in a tree houseAfter finishing this series four books in four months I can say they have been a joy to read With the mixture of historical Digital Trust paranormal and adventure Zoe Archer brings something different to these books I really hope we get Blades in the future and Catullus has just made his way onto my boyfriend listRating B Really ReallyThe first 3 books of this series were fun adventures with some adult time thrown in for good measure34 of this book had 2 of the horniest adults constantly ogling each other despite being in constant life threatening situations I realize I started this series because I belonged to a book club called sigh It s always so sad to say goodbye to a series But it s also wonderful at the same time Seeing everything tie together and resolve itself is great This book was no exception We got to see all thereviously mentioned characters draw together to fight the ultimate battle against the Heirs It was really nice getting to see the Tootles The Taxi And Other Rhymes previous heroes and heroines and reaffirm that they are happy There is a heroine in this novel Her name is Gemma That is all I m going to say about her Not that she s not a niceerson but really who really cares about her when Cattulus Graves is around I mean reallyI don t get it when my on line book buddies start talking about how much they love this hero or that hero I think they need to get a freakin life Once I hit my later teens I was never one to go gaga over movie stars music stars or the like maybe because I knew it was all a fa ade If I was going to be in love I wanted to know the real erson So I was above that groupie mentality When I see the ladies on line talking "About Books Boyfriends I Roll My Eyes " books boyfriends I roll my eyes move on especially when I read the book and discover that the hero that they re going gaga over acts like a total boneheadThen I met Cattulus Graves Even though he s been around since the first book my love was a gradual thing My admiration grew in the second book my love grew in the third and he became my soul mate in STRANGERIt was like Zoe Archer went inside my head ulled out my ideal man and wrote about him just for meA handsome black man with an above average intelligent who has a assion for what he does and everyone looks to him for guidance except me because he knows that I am the only woman who sees and accepts him as he is and he knows that he can lean on me when the ressures of trying to lead the world wears on him While he is a geek and intelligent he can still kick butt and defend me and others with skill that far surpasses anyone yet he all does it with a sense of class and style He dresses to the nines and doesn t mind that I don t but all he can think about is all the things that he s going to get me if we manage to win the battle and save the worldBTW STRANGER has a The Three Elizabeths plot and it s very good but I must admit that I was in too much of Cattulus high toay attention But don t let my fascination deter you This is a great book but I was in too much of Cattulus high as you can tell he totally delievered LOL But if you really want me to talk about the lot here you go They sav. T conspirators she's sensing a scoop Especially when he mentions there's magic involved Of course getting him on the record would be easier if he hadn't caught her eavesdroppingLighting His FuseCatullus Graves knows what it's like to be shut out his ancestors were slaves And he's a genius inventor with appropriately eccentric habits so even. E the world and live happily ever after Now all I have to get is remove Gemma from the Sheet Metal Shop Practice picture andut myself Although this one is the same insta love and continual lust reoccupation of the other three volumes I enjoyed both the two lead characters so much that I didn t mind Until "they got to fairyland where I completely and utterly lost atience " got to fairyland where I completely and utterly lost atience them Ok imagine this the world is going to be destroyed as you know it unless you save it swiftly Do you hang out with you new lover kissing speaking words of love etc etc or do you get off your ass and save the world already Sadly the author s answer is too much of the former Trigger warnings racism violence misogynistic bullshitIs this series ridiculous Definitely Is it also a crapton of fun YES There are two main things that I love about this series1 It features rotagonists of colour2 It s set in fun locations around the worldI mean the magic and the way mythology comes into the story is super fucking fun too But those are the two main things that stand out to me So I was a liiiiiiiittle disappointed when this one turned out to be set Biggles In The Antarctic predominantly in England but considering the male love interest is a black man who s an inventor and highly respected by hiseers I managed to overcome my disappointment This is An Unofficial Encyclopedia of Strategy for Fortniters probably my favourite of the series The relationship between Gemma and Catullus is adorable Catullus is an awkward little suish and I love him I loved that therotagonists from the earlier books in the series come back for the big final battle Etcetera I had one big fuck off sized gripe with this book and that was that King Arthur who turns up in the course of the story is referred to throughout as Your Highness DEAR AMERICA HIGHNESS PRINCEPRINCESS MAJESTY KINGUEEN IT S NOT THAT FUCKING HARD JESUS CHRIST WHY DON T AUTHORS OR EDITORS UNDERSTAND THIS OH MY GOOOOOOOOOOOOD Anyway This was a lot of fun and a very satisfying end to the series But if I have to read one book where a king or ueen is referred to as your highness I mma fucking cut someone This one was a little disappointing to me after the fabulous three books before it Having said that there were some things I really really liked about it and I appreciate that the last in a series is sometimes very difficult to writeSome things I really liked about this one The hero and heroine are both great really great All the heroes and heroines in this series have been excellent and these two are no different Neither of them is one dimensional and the hero in The Ausar Auset Nutrition Handbook particular is complex than most of the other heroes in the series He s a scientist an inventor and an introvert He s not used to blowing his own trumpet and I get the impression that he feels a bitast it at 41 The heroine is a journalist from Chicago of ItalianIrish ancestry and used to fighting for what she wants I liked the rogression of the hero and heroine s relationship from total lust to deep love It just seems so real and although it happens uickly it feels right I loved the way the story leapt straight on from the revious book seamlessly I loved the length Although the ace dropped off in the middle for me the length allows the story to be given justice and the writing to really flowSome things I didn t like so much The magic bit in the middle just didn t work well for me There were too many ixies etc and it made me think of bad set moments from The Wizard of Oz with Judy Garland NOT my favorite movie I would have La Vilaine Lulu preferred for something much darker unnerving and scary It felt a bit like a wasted opportunity The involvement of the Heirs was minimal I would havereferred something all the revious books in the series were stamped heavily with the Heirs as really nasty villains and it felt in this one that the whole story was missing that element a bit It was all a bit on the nice side Although
the heroine s career was touched on I felt that the author could have taken this a bit heroine s career was touched on I felt that the author could have taken this a bit It is a fascinating theme the first woman in a tough career in a tough citySo in all not the best of these series but still very enjoyable35 stars but I bumped it up because Catullus is so great. People who love him find him a little odd But after meeting a certain redheaded scribbler he's thinking of other types of science Inconvenient given that he needs to focus on reventing the end of the world as we know it But with Gemma's insatiable curiosity sparking Catullus's inventive impulses they might set off something explosive anyw. .