September 20, 2012

In Which I Tell You About a Book I Barely Remember

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This is terrible. Not the book. Me.

I read Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley over the summer. The Summer of Restlessness, as I’m coming to call it. It was so humid. I was so cranky. I couldn’t keep a thought in my head to save my life. However, I had Shadowy Horses on my ereader from Netgalley and time was running out for it. This is probably my biggest beef with Netgalley. I always feel like I need to hurry up and read something whether I’m in the mood or not. So, that was the situation with Shadowy Horses. Also, that was back in August and I’m just writing this today. My memory of things might be sketchy.

I’m fairly certain I would have enjoyed it any other time, but during this summer I would read pages without really reading them. I remember the premise of the story was interesting. The heroine is smart, although there’s not much about her that made me really connect to her. There wasn’t a whole lot of conflict, most of the conflict involved a slightly sinister smuggler. There’s an overprotective Roman ghost and a psychic boy. A bit of romance, though it wasn’t the grab you by the pants kind. All good stuff. Still, I don’t have any strong emotions when I think about the story. I must be a moody reader.

I’m just going to tell you about Shadowy Horses and you can go out and get it on October 2. October actually feels like a more appropriate time to read this, not during the hottest summer ever.

Verity* Grey is an archaeologist who gets a job on a dig in Scotland looking for a lost Roman army. The leader of the dig is an older man whose contemporaries think is nuts, not quite the “aliens built the pyramids” guy, but close. In fact, he’s carrying out this dig because of the visions of a little boy who can talk to the Sentinel, the Roman guard who still is on duty. The old guy believes the army is there even though everyone else says, “No, no, no.” Verity is charmed by him and agrees to put her reputation on the line. She also has her eye on Davy, a local archaeologist with hot Celtic looks.

So, there you go. There are about a billion 4 and 5 star reviews on Goodreads for Shadowy Horses, if that tells you anything. I promise I will put more effort into my reviews from now on. Promise.

Originally this book was published in 1997. I did not know this but it makes sense because some of the technology mentioned seems out-dated. It’s being rereleased by Sourcebooks.

*What is with this name? I’m seeing it everywhere lately. Will there be an increase in babies with that name this year?

12 comments :

  1. This is hilarious - because I've done the same thing so many times. Even with books I loved, if I wait to long to write, the things I loved (or hated) become fuzzy.

    I've loved every Susanna Kearsley book I've read so far, and this one is on preorder, so I'll give it a shot. Thanks for at least reminding me it's coming soon.

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    1. I knew I should have wrote about it earlier but I just couldn't get the energy to do it.

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  2. I was thinking the same thing about Verity! lol

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  3. I love this review. I'm in the middle of writing a few for books that I read over the summer. Not an easy task!

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    1. Thank God this was the only one because I just couldn't do it.

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  4. I never have to read stuff on my Kindle before the expiration date because I turn WiFi off. LOL. It stays on there forever that way. Same thing with library books. I do remove them once I am done with them though.

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    1. I'm always afraid that they're just going to vanish!

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  5. I am a big Kearsley fan, and this is one of my faves, but I do know exactly what you mean about books that you just can't quite gather up the energy to actually write the review!

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  6. Maybe you should do a list with Verity names. For a while I saw Ash everywhere.

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  7. I hear you on the humidity. I hated it!

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  8. That's the reason I only review books on Netgalley that don't have an expiry date, I don't like being pushed to read something within a certain number of days unless I've agreed to it. It's poignant that if you'd been in the right mood maybe you'd have liked it more. I've known of one Verity in RL and a few in recent literature.

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