The Runaway Queen(The Bane Chronicles #2) by Cassandra Clare

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Publication Date:May 21, 2013
Magnus Bane has a royal role in the French Revolution—if the angry mobs don’t spoil his spells. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.While in France, immortal warlock Magnus Bane finds himself attempting to rescue the royal family from the horrors of the French Revolution—after being roped into this mess by a most attractive count. Naturally, the daring escape calls for invisible air balloons…
This standalone e-only short story illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality populates the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. This story in The Bane Chronicles, The Runaway Queen, is written by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson.
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I didn’t enjoy this installment as much as I did the first one but I will continure on with the series because I don’t give up when it comes to books.


The Execution by Sharon Cramer

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Publication Date: February 14, 2012
THE EXECUTION What if you only had one night to live, and on that night, you discovered something about yourself…something that could save you? The Execution is a love story–a gripping thriller, set in the fourteenth century. It has strong elements of romance, and intrigue. This book will propel you along in ways you’ve never experienced as you follow two parallel stories that come crashing together in a stunning finale. Award winning author, Sharon Cramer, will break your heart beautifully as she compels you to recall what true hate and perfect love truly feel like. When the young priest, D’ata, faces the killer to be executed the next morning, all is not as it seems, and things quickly crash out of control for both of them. Set in fourteenth century France, it is an epic, two-sided tale. Woven amidst the cataclysms of that magnificent and wretched time, two men tell the astonishing stories of their lives, then face daybreak together. WARNING: Graphic Violence, Sexuality, Mature Adult Situations Professionally Edited-Full Novel @ 121,989 words/351 pages
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This is a fantastic story and I never would have read it had it not been for my husband.  He finished it and said I might like it so I added it to my “to be read” list and forgot about it.  Then one day I was between books and decided to check out my list and saw this story and thought I’d give it a try.
I am so glad I did.  I like time period story lines and stories with a twist and this had both.  I had to get the Kleenex out near the end and I never would have thought that going into the book.
If you ever find yourself in a quandary about what to read-give this a try and you won’t be disappointed. I promise.

The Black Box (Harry Bosch #18) by Michael Connelly

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Publication Date:November 26, 2012
In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved.
Now Bosch’s ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the “black box,” the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.
Riveting and relentlessly paced, THE BLACK BOX leads Harry Bosch, “one of the greats of crime fiction” (New York Daily News), into one of his most fraught and perilous cases.
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The local library had the audio version of this book so I checked it out and I loved it.  It has  everything a Michael Connelly Harry Bosch Mystery should have : a complex story line spanning decades, a murder, a cold case,tension within the division and Harry, of course, who is like a dog with a bone that he’s not willing to give up.  The only negative thing I have doesn’t relate to the storyline at all, it has to do with the narrator.  He, and I won’t name names, but he was BAD.  All of the characters sounded the same. I will not listen to another book by this reader, that’s for sure.   I love Harry Bosch and I’ll anxiously be waiting for the next one.
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