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[Review] The Assassin’s Curse — Kevin Sands

Book Title: The Assassin's Curse (Blackthorn Key #03)
Author:     Kevin Sands
Number of pages:  384

Synopsis:

Wherever Christopher Rowe goes, adventure—and murder—follows. Even a chance to meet King Charles ends in a brush with an assassin.

All that’s recovered from the killer is a coded message with an ominous sign-off: more attempts are coming. So when Christopher’s code-breaking discovers the attack’s true target, he and his friends are ordered to Paris to investigate a centuries-old curse on the French throne. And when they learn an ancient treasure is promised to any assassin who succeeds, they realize the entire royal family is at stake—as well as their own lives.

(re: Goodreads @ The Assassin’s Curse by Kevin Sands)


Should this book be picked up? the tl;dr review:

– MG ‘The Da Vinci Code’ set in Paris in the 1600s
– Mystery and puzzles are based on wordplay and the nuances in language
– World building might take the assumption that readers know what each landmark looks like; might be a concern re: imagery
– Expands the lore of Benedict Blackthorn’s legacy
– Although 500+ pages (in the ARC), the dialogue reads very quickly and the story is well-paced

Initial Thoughts

Kevin Sand’s The Blackthorn Key series is a middle grade book that should be on everyone’s radar. Full stop.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of The Assassin’s Curse from Simon & Schuster Canada.


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[Top Ten Tuesday] – #152 – Fall 2017 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

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This Week’s Theme:
Fall 2017 TBR

Initial Thoughts:

Here we are again, TBR List That I Will Never Follow.

What I read now typically follows the releases as they come live so this is my anticipating reading schedule based on ARCs and my random mix of “pleasure reads” (which you can denote by the fact that it’s already released).


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[Top Ten Tuesday] – #151 – Books I Struggled To Get Into (Or Put Down Because Reasons)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

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This Week’s Theme:
Books I Struggled To Get Into
(Or Put Down Because Reasons)

Initial Thoughts:

I typically power through what I read so I can gain a wider breadth of understanding for the subject matter when critiquing. This isn’t to say that DNF-ing doesn’t have merit but it’s just not for me. I tend to put books down with the intentions to pick it back up later so I’ll have to sort this list in two categories: (1) books I had a hard time reading but ended up finishing, and (2) books I put on hold but will end up finishing at a later date.

I will try to be as current as possible.


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