This was tough to score but I am going to give it a solid 4 stars. Was the story perfect? Well, it was pretty good and while parts were predictable it was still a lot of fun. Legend of the Jade Dragon is book 2 of the Chintz ‘n China series, and with that said I really recommend you read the first book in the series before jumping into this one. This book does reference the events of the first book in the series, so please do yourself a favor and read that one first.
The book starts off with her attempting to do a tarot reading for a man named Daniel but only getting an ominous reading. She decides to not to tell him what the cards say. The man decides to pay her anyway and takes his money out of his pocket and something falls out without him noticing it. As he begins walking across the street Emerald notices that he dropped a little Jade Dragon statue and she attempts to get his attention. He turns to look at her and then gets killed by a speeding truck. Before he dies he is able to say “please….dragon….don’t….keep” or something along those lines….needless to say the cops tell her to hold onto the dragon and that is where the fun begins.
Her store gets robbed, a drunk man attacks her, her house gets robbed, other places get robbed, her son gets a serious cut, and the list goes on and on. Yet, she doesn’t make the connection that everything started to go wrong once she got the little jade dragon. Fast forward a bit and with the help of her one friend she is able to find out that the dragon is extremely old and cursed. I don’t want to give too much away but after this point is when the story really takes off.
*Slight spoilers ahead* Pros:
The magic element was wonderful. There are no wands when it comes to this series. The magic is more of a part of Emerald and not something that requires magic spells. Does she use her intuition and did she try to break a hex with magic? Yes, but there was no caldron or magic potions involved.
Emerald is just such a good mom. She puts her kids first and is the single mom that you really would like to get to know. She is kind but takes no crap.
The pieces of the story just fall together in a way that is logical and not rushed (except for the portion about her boyfriend Andrew).
While the person who was robbing everyone was SUPER obvious, the twist behind it was very enjoyable.
As I said above it was little too obvious who was the one stealing from Emerald and others in town, but still I enjoyed the story.
The book was very enjoyable and I will definitely read the next one in the series. Hopefully the next book wont go into as much detail able Emerald’s clothing choices. This book was not as good as the first one in the series, but was still a very good read. I also look forward to seeing what happens between her and Joe now that she is finally done with the jerk Andrew.
I cannot even begin to explain how disappointed I was in this book. I thought the concept was fun, the synopsis made it sound so interesting but it fell flat for me. Did the author do a good job making Peter Pan unlikeable? Yes, she did. The problem was that she didn’t make James Hook likable. The only character that was remotely interesting was Tiger Lily but she ended up being nothing more than a love interest for Hook and a plot device.
Gripping. Will keep you on the edge of your seat. I refused to put it down.
Wow, just wow. Each chapter of the book is being told by a different person. The witness, the father, the friend, the private investigator, and the watcher. Each add their own perspective to the story and with each chapter you get a little more information about what happened to Anna. The book starts off with the witness on a train and seeing these two girls flirting with two men who recently got out of jail. The witness has this internal struggle about if she should try and find out who their parents are so that she can snitch on them or to just mind her business. She ends up staying quiet only to find out that one of the girls went missing. The book flashes forward to the 1 year anniversary of the abduction, and that is when the story really picks up.
I havent posted a Retro Read in a while so what better way to start again than by posting a 5 star book? While this was not the usual type of book I read at the time it certainly was enjoyable!
Author: Robert Masello #of pages: 338
Star Rating: 5 out 5 stars
Goodreads Synopsis: As war rages in 1944, young army lieutenant Lucas Athan recovers a sarcophagus excavated from an Egyptian tomb. Shipped to Princeton University for study, the box contains mysteries that only Lucas, aided by brilliant archaeologist Simone Rashid, can unlock.
Struggling to decipher the sarcophagus’s strange contents, Lucas and Simone unwittingly release forces for both good and unmitigated evil. The fate of the world hangs not only on Professor Einstein’s secret research but also on Lucas’s ability to defeat an unholy adversary more powerful than anything he ever imagined.
My review: At first I was a little weary about the book because it was set in World War II. But all doubts quickly disappeared when you met Lucas. He is on a mission to recover precious art that was stolen by the Third Reich. He finds this sarcophagus excavated from an Egyptian tomb. That is when the story really pics up. It quickly goes back to the United States…Princeton in fact.
Here you get to meet a whole new cast of characters including the infamous and amazing Einstein. The book mixes science with the supernatural in a way that really just seems so seamless. You aren’t beat over the head with science or the supernatural. There is no weird uncomfortable transition between the two…they just happen to coexist.
The character of Einstein was done beautifully. It was exactly how I would imagine that he was. I must admit he was one of my favorite parts of the book. I really recommend this book. Do not be put off by the time period or the mixture of science and the supernatural….It honestly blends together beautifully to create a wonderful story!