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European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman
European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman | Theodora Goss
In the sequel to the critically acclaimed The Strange Case of the Alchemists Daughter, Mary Jekyll and the rest of the daughters of literatures mad scientists embark on a madcap adventure across Europe to rescue another monstrous girl and stop the Alchemical Societys nefarious plans once and for all. Mary Jekylls life has been peaceful since she helped Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson solve the Whitechapel Murders. Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherine Moreau, Justine Frankenstein, and Marys sister Diana Hyde have settled into the Jekyll household in London, and although they sometimes quarrel, the members of the Athena Club get along as well as any five young women with very different personalities. At least they can always rely on Mrs. Poole. But when Mary receives a telegram that Lucinda Van Helsing has been kidnapped, the Athena Club must travel to the Austro-Hungarian Empire to rescue yet another young woman who has been subjected to horrific experimentation. Where is Lucinda, and what has Professor Van Helsing been doing to his daughter? Can Mary, Diana, Beatrice, and Justine reach her in time? Racing against the clock to save Lucinda from certain doom, the Athena Club embarks on a madcap journey across Europe. From Paris to Vienna to Budapest, Mary and her friends must make new allies, face old enemies, and finally confront the fearsome, secretive Alchemical Society. Its time for these monstrous gentlewomen to overcome the past and create their own destinies.
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ElisabethRose
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I'm loving this series! This one was a bit harder to get through because it's so long and so much happens but it is an enjoyable read (listen?). The audio is awesome, the narrator is just spot on.

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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
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#chillingphotochallenge #monster

One of my absolute favorite reads (listens?) of last year!

#TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon @Clwojick 1 point (132 total)

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Ericalambbrown
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Just finished this lovely monstrosity over night while I was sleepless with some viral crud. Fun second book of the series!

Without giving to much of the fun away, I will say this: there are #vampires 😊🖤 So not only is it a book in the #scarathon theme finished for #teamstoker , but it also fits the #chillingphotochallenge 🦇 🧛‍♂️

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 2mo
LiteraryinLititz Hope you feel better soon! Glad you made the best of it with some extra reading time. 2mo
Ericalambbrown @LiteraryinLititz We are SO much better today, Thanks! 😘 2mo
xxjenadanxx I love this series! Can't wait for the third! 2mo
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CaitlinR
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Such fun! And the writing on this second novel in the series was true Goss, and worthy of her rep.

Joining the “monstrous gentlewomen” on this new adventure are Irene Adler and a full cast of Van Helsingborg vampires, including Dracula himself.

Setting up the next book, we learn at the end that Alice (the scullery maid) is actually Lydia Raymond (read Great God Pan) who has been captured by ... Prof. Moriarty. Can‘t wait!

Ericalambbrown Maybe flag this for spoilers 2mo
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jillrhudy
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Mehso-so

I love these main characters, and will very likely read #3, but this sequel was very inferior to the first. Sherlock Holmes continues to be superfluous. He spends most of this book missing, but the author throws in a dozen borrowed and new characters who add zilch. It‘s sooooo repetitive that each chapter reads like a new book! The plotting stinks, and the finale is flat. Only my love of Mary-Cat-Bea-Diana-Justine saves it from a pan. #fantasy

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Scochrane26

Somehow I read 16 books in August, probably a record for me. This might explain my lack of productivity this month 😂
Audio-4, physical-12
Out of the books that were not re-reads, I liked the tagged best, with Pumpkinheads close behind.
#augustwrapup

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annamatopoetry
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What a fun romp! The Athena Club series is brain candy (I fell through this 700 page book in three days) but brain candy with delicious references throughout, both to Romantic and Victorian literature and some real world events. I liked this, although I liked the more involved nature of the plot and antagonists less than the first one. Looking forward to # 3 this fall. More commentary with spoilers in comments.

annamatopoetry I very much appreciated that Carmilla and Laura got to be Actual Lesbians; if they hadn't, I probably would have quit the book. 3mo
chaoticgoodhufflepuff I love this series! I‘m so excited for the next one! 3mo
annamatopoetry @chaoticgoodhufflepuff me too! The upside to having to wait so long for this one (strictly following my TBR list in order) is that it's just another two months until the next! 3mo
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jillrhudy
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1. Done! Sequel to “The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club“ (Litsy library audiobook)
2. I plan to listen to audiobooks and get my nature fix on!
3. Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie
4. I have played clarinet and dulcimer but haven't played anything in donkey's years. I'd love to take up pan flute and pennywhistle.
5. Going to like a bunch right now
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xxjenadanxx I loved European Travel! Can't wait for the next one to come out! 3mo
jillrhudy @xxjenadanxx I already have it on hold! 3mo
xxjenadanxx @jillrhudy lucky!! I wish out library let us do that in advance. 3mo
4thhouseontheleft You share a favorite 🍦 flavor with my daughter! 3mo
jillrhudy @4thhouseontheleft she's clearly a young lady of taste and distinction!
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annamatopoetry
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Aha! There it is!

annamatopoetry She saved it for Dracula! 3mo
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annamatopoetry
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Justine smiled wanly. "you sound like an avenging angel."
Mary had to smile at that image of herself. "on your behalf, I'll be happy hold the flaming sword of... I don't remember. Whoever guarded the gates of Eden or something like that. " ?

annamatopoetry *tries to avoid making good omens reference*. (In actual judeo-christian mythology I belive it was one of the archangels.) 3mo
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This book you guys

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annamatopoetry
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Did I mention it's delightful?
(and I realize some readers hate the meta commentary / framing device dialogue, but I love it.)

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annamatopoetry
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Everything is very brown today due to a lack of jam tarts (in the coffee shop; they were present in the book!) I forgot how much faster fiction is to read, this one is 700 pages but I'm more than a quarter through in two sittings. And there may be an István in this book, since it promises Hungary! I suppose that only makes sense if you have read more than a handful of Goss' short stories.

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jillrhudy
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It‘s here! Downloading! Still three months to wait for Lonesome Dove ebook and at least five to wait for Daisy Jones and the Six audiobook. #libby

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annamatopoetry
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Nineteen pages in and already a delight.

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annamatopoetry
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No messing up this reading order now. I'll keep reading Sakhalin Island at the same time as well.

annamatopoetry Three of these deal with gender explicitly, even in the title. I guess I am fully back on my bullshit. 3mo
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kyraleseberg
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I adored the first in the series but now I'm struggling with the second because it's getting bogged down in waaaaay too much unnecessary detail 😕

xxjenadanxx It was a bit wordy but I loved it in the end! Stick it out!! 3mo
Scochrane26 It is wordy & has a lot of characters, but I loved it. 3mo
kyraleseberg @xxjenadanxx Thanks for the encouragement, I made it through! 3mo
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kyraleseberg @Scochrane26 It needed some serious editing (just my two cents!) but overall it was a good read, even though it got lost in the details at times. 3mo
Scochrane26 @kyraleseberg I noticed the 3rd one is about the same length as the 1st, so hopefully it will be better editing. 3mo
kyraleseberg @Scochrane26 I downloaded the ARC and am hoping the same thing! 3mo
jillrhudy It‘s crazy! Every time someone butters a roll you have to know about it, and the author thinks that every 15th page I forget that Cat is a puma. Did Goss fire her editor? Did they make her write 100 extra pages about nothing? 3mo
kyraleseberg @jillrhudy So much YES! I am shocked it passed any editor's desk in that state. I still have the 3rd on my Kindle but have been putting it off since this one was so tedious. 2mo
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Scochrane26
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Loved the 2nd book in this trilogy. Excited about the 3rd but sure I‘ll have a long wait at the library.
The author brings in some relevant themes (and a funny part about mansplaining), including this quote:
“But you‘re as bad as the Londoners who told me to go back to India, that my kind weren‘t wanted here.”
I was a little annoyed by at least 7 typos. And I thought the action towards the end could have been bigger, after all the build-up.

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Scochrane26
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This book is going faster than I thought it would. Although, I did read the first one quickly, too. They‘re very interesting with so many characters from history packed into the story. I have a list of things to do, but it‘s also tempting to do most of them tomorrow & finish this today.

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Scochrane26
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I know a lot of you have read this one & liked it. I started it last night while charging my kindle. I try to get long books on kindle, but my library only had it in print or audio. So, I‘ll be packing a 700-page book around for awhile. 💪 another Victorian age novel w/feminist themes.

chaoticgoodhufflepuff I adored this one! Two thumbs up from me! 👍🏻👍🏻 I hope you enjoy it! 4mo
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Aimeesue
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#Audiobookwalk with the Monstrous Gentlewomen. Plus Sherlock, Irène Adler, Gustav Klimt, Sigmund Freud, and lock-picking orphans! These books are a lot of fun, especially if you're a fan of 19th century lit.

chaoticgoodhufflepuff I love both of these books so much! And I‘m so excited for the third one! ❤️ 4mo
Aimeesue @chaoticgoodhufflepuff They're so much fun! The audiobooks are excellently done - spectacular voice work! 4mo
chaoticgoodhufflepuff I totally agree! After I listened to both of them, I actually went out looking for other books that she‘s narrated! 4mo
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MandaMT
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This book was... long. Perhaps longer than it needed to be, BUT I still liked it and am looking forward to reading the 3rd book when it comes out.
Goss has an extensive knowledge of early science fiction and noteworthy people of the Victorian era. She weaves both literary characters and historical figures into her book. I found myself frequently checking Wikipedia to see where she was drawing from. She is thorough. It‘s a fun series!

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Overall I liked this book, BUT...It‘s 700 pages because it gets bogged down with stuff like this- an entire page that basically says, “Mary woke up, washed her face, and got dressed. Then she went downstairs for breakfast where she noticed some of her companions were wearing pants.”

Every meal, train car, parlor, and teacup is described in GREAT detail in this book.

Be forewarned

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annamatopoetry
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New book # 1, from the department of "yes, finally"

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xxjenadanxx
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This is a monster of a book, but its filled with adventure! I adore the way that the author weaves factual & fictional characters & events into these stories & how when you think she can‘t possibly include anyone else without it becoming convoluted, she does. I found it hilarious that Sigmund Freud played a part this time around! I can‘t wait to see what the future holds for our heroines, as well as for Sherlock and Watson. Is it October yet?

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Oh Gosh I loved this. It has elements that remind me of Scythe by N. Shusterman. Loved the new cast additions like my girl Irene Adler! I really enjoyed how vampirism is tightly pulled into this weird world of alchemy and science. Some surprise LGBTQ character rep too which was nice. Goss really had a purpose to the whole book (i.e. the size is used effectively and doesnt cause the story to drag). Great audiobook narration from the audiobook too!

Shvonne **Impatiently waiting for book 3** 5mo
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Starting beast number one of this month! The Strange Case of the Alchemists Daughter was such an awesome surprise book for me so I have just as high hopes for the sequel.

GlassAsDiamonds I feel like this is mocking me from my shelves but... it‘s SUCH a beast!!!! 5mo
SassenachTheBookWizard @GlassAsDiamonds I was shocked at the size first but theres so many characters and if shes gonna do a legit good mystery in homage to Sherlock Holmes, I can see that taking time so I felt much more calm...also, its smaller than Priory of the Orange Tree 😂😂😂 5mo
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emtobiasz
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I‘m enjoying this #audiobook, I really am... but 24 hours is TOO LONG. I only have four days left on my #Libby loan and nine hours to get through still... 😧 How do you #chunkster fans do it?!

erank58 Can't wait to pick this up too! The Strange Case was one of my favorite reads last year, but this one is quite longer so I'm nervous 😓 Happy reading! 7mo
PickwickPlockPlock Maybe you could speed up the audiobook? 7mo
rretzler I listen to audiobooks at 1.5 speed for the most part. As far as reading chunksters, it definitely depends on the book. Some grab me so much they are effortless reads, while others are very slow, even if I like them. 7mo
Ericalambbrown I listen to a lot of books at 1.25 speed of the reader is slow. 7mo
emtobiasz @Ericalambbrown @rretzler @PickwickPlockPlock thanks, I‘ve been slowly but steadily speeding this faster and faster. We‘ll see if I make it! 7mo
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GidgetsTreasures75
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4-18-19: My 32nd finished book of 2019! #europeantravelforthemonstrousgentlewoman #theodoragoss 👍🏼📖#️⃣3️⃣2️⃣

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My favorite part of this series is the commentary from the characters.

hermyknee I love this title! 7mo
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BookishMarginalia
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This second installment of the adventures of the Athena Club was even more fun than the first one, as the “monstrous gentlewomen” traipsed all over Europe to rescue one of their own AND prevent VanHelsing from using his army of mad vampires to take over the Alchemist Society. They even meet up with Irène Adler, Sigmund Freud, and Count Dracula in the process! I‘m very much looking forward to the 3rd book in the series, coming out this year!

tjwill What a great title! 8mo
Crazeedi Your kitty!!!😻😻💞💞 8mo
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Leftcoastzen Sweet kitty😻 8mo
The_Old_Astronomer And just like that I‘m sold on this series. I‘ll definitely buy the first book when I get the chance. Thank you! 8mo
GypsyKat I wanna rub that kitty belly! 😻 8mo
Dragon 😻 8mo
ReadingOver50 Sounds fun 8mo
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BookishMarginalia
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#CurrentlyListening — this is very entertaining! Love the Athena Club!

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled This looks great! Who can resist a title like that? 8mo
bookandbedandtea What a beautiful cover 8mo
IndyHannaJones The third one comes out this summer and I can't wait 8mo
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Soubhiville What a fun title! 8mo
ladym30 Love that cover! 8mo
litsybegins The cover tho🤤🤤 7mo
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Freespirit
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European Travel was a fun light read but at over 700 pages it did drag a little for me. It mixed a lot of very well known characters like Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, Frankenstein and a group of 5 young women who make up The Athena Club in an adventure set in England and Europe. At times the women‘s voices cut into the story to make a comment and I wasn‘t a huge fan of this. A 3⭐️⭐️⭐️.
Looking forward to starting Hare‘s Fur set in my home town😍

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GivenLemons
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This was a really fun book! It was the perfect sequel, just as interesting as the first book but expanded the world. It was really good to see each of the ladies be challenged and grow, as well as some new characters!

Freespirit Just finished this too.. fun read, easy to read but maybe a bit long. 8mo
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Generally my book choices are based on research and recommendations! This book I bought based entirely on the title and the cover but after 100 pages I am enjoying it a lot. It‘s a Victorian era fantasy mystery with a cast of feminist characters such as Mary Jekyll, Diana Hyde, Catherine Moreau, Justine Frankenstein and throw in Holmes and Watson😂 It is the second in a series but can be read as a stand alone. The first book sounds great too..

Briary The first book was excellent! And the third book comes out in October 📚😊 8mo
Freespirit @Briary that‘s great news. I‘m liking the plot of European Travel and although it‘s 700 pages it seems an easy read👍🏼 8mo
LaurenReads I bought the first book based on its cover! I loved both books 8mo
Freespirit We shall have to look out for book 3 @LaurenReads 😊 8mo
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🤣🤣🤣

wordzie 😁 9mo
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FlowerFairy
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So many chores needing attention but all I want to do on a dreary, rainy Sunday is snuggle with this lovely lady, read books and drink coffee. And perhaps knit.

Leftcoastzen Snuggle worthy kitty!😻 9mo
BooksAndYarn Do it! 9mo
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FlowerFairy
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Happy Sunday, Littens! Haven‘t been on much lately. The universe decided I needed to be thumped between the eyes & am currently major struggling in every single aspect of my life. Deal w/ anxiety on the regular but for past couple months have been having ALL the anxiety ALL the time. Starting a new job tomorrow & today trying to ease back into reading life. Even if the rest of my life is poop, there will always be books. Please send good vibes.

LaurenReads Good vibes sent! And I loved that book! 10mo
Redwritinghood Hope things improve soon. Sending those good vibes. 💕💕 10mo
RachelO Hugs! And what it says on your mug. Have a peaceful day, and hope tomorrow‘s amazing! 10mo
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madamereadsalot1 All the good vibes! I have an anxiety disorder too, it is so hard operating in the real world. I'm sorry you're dealing with it, and I hope you find your best healthy coping tools soon! 10mo
xicanti Many, many good vibes. 10mo
TrishB Hope all goes well tomorrow. 10mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook Best of luck with the new job! 🌸 10mo
cobwebmoth Sending positive vibes and hugs. 10mo
kgriffith Oof, I know how that goes. All good vibes to you, let us know how it goes! 10mo
squirrelbrain Good luck for tomorrow! Hopefully this is the turning point for you... ❤️ 10mo
Jas16 Sending love ❤️ 10mo
rabbitprincess Wishing you luck for tomorrow and many great books ♥️♥️ 10mo
CouronneDhiver 😘😘 10mo
mcipher I hope the new job‘s going well and you‘re feeling a little better (but if not, at least there‘s books is right!!) 😆 10mo
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LaurenReads
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Book 2. So much fun - it answers the question of what would happen if the daughters of crazy famous scientists got together to have adventures! Throw in some Sherlock Holmes and Sigmund Freud for a little more fun. At over 700 pages it was a bit long though!

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Bigglove3122
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Im a series addict, once i start one i have to keep reading!! Brigs to mind the cookie monster for some reason 😂

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Expandingbookshelf
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Have you ever wished you could see the daughters of literature‘s maddest scientists team up to try to rescue a vampire (and also Sherlock Holmes is there)? Well, that‘s a specific dream. Also, you‘re in luck! Theodora God‘s‘ Athena Club is back and ready to kick some ass in the name of sisterhood. This series is a delight. The sequel is definitely too long (700 😵) but I still really enjoyed it and can‘t wait for the next one!

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BookishMarginalia
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Back at our happy place, #TheBookmarkPR 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜

Bookzombie I bet they missed you! 11mo
nudibranch When your photo includes a Spanish-language book written by a French author, and the accompanying post is in English 🤯 11mo
GypsyKat Heaven! 11mo
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Gissy Saliendo del trabajo! (4:54 pm) 😢 11mo
BookishMarginalia Rain check then @Gissy 11mo
Gissy 👍 11mo
Kaye Cupcake 🧁😍 11mo
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silentrequiem
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A glass of hempberry cider and a book at Truth or Consequences Brewing. 😍

AlaMich You are doing Saturday right!! 👍 11mo
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Jendjohnson
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I thoroughly enjoyed the first book, The Alchemist‘s Daughter, and book 2 did not disappoint. With another round of creative famous character melding and some heavy character development, the plot line still moved along nicely.

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Finished 9/6/18. The characters are done well. That being said, I have to wonder what Victorian/ gothic characters Goss has NOT borrowed from past lit. I like the idea, but is almost too much and lost its intrigue for me. Also, there are frequent blurbs about the book from the characters from an outside perspective which I like, except Cat (a char.) kept advertising the first book repeatedly which was supposed to be funny but was annoying.

Palimpsest This book was more about the action of traveling and meeting new characters than anything extraordinary actually happening. The climax was a bit short after all the build-up. I will read the next one, but much preferred the first book to this one. 13mo
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Librarian199509
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Amazing! The asides can take the reader out of the narrative and they do lessen the overall tension of the entire series (including one's not yet written). However, it's just such a fun installment if a bit overlong.

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elkeo_TheBookDragon
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Book 2 in the Athena Club series centering on the wonderfully ‘monstrous‘ daughters of literature‘s mad scientists goes farther in all senses: geographically, plot-twist-wise, and bringing in more fascinating characters. At 700+ pages it was a pain to drag around, but lots happens, lots learned, and the Athena gals continue their resourceful ways. I am looking forward to book 3 but most of all, this gives us the best version of Irene Adler EVER.

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