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Review: Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch

Foxglove Summer
Author:  Ben Aaronovitch
Series:  Rivers of London 5
Publisher:  Gollancz, November 13, 2014
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 377 pages
List Price:  £14.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780575132504 (print)
Review Copy:  Reviewer's Own

Review: Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch
In the fifth of his bestselling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London - to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can't take the London out of the copper.

Travelling west with Beverley Brook Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what's more all the shops are closed by 4pm.

US Edition

Publisher:  DAW, January 6, 2015
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages
List Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780575132504 (print)

Review: Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch
Peter Grant—cop, magical apprentice, and Londoner to the core—is being forced out of his comfort zone and into the English countryside. His latest case involves the disappearance of children in the small village of Herefordshire, and the local police are unwilling to admit there might be a supernatural element involved. Now Peter must deal with them, local river spirits, and the fact that all the shops close by 4 P.M.

Melanie's Thoughts:

Foxglove Summer starts a few months after the end of book 4  - Broken Homes where I am sure that all the Peter Grant fans screeched in unison 'Lesley how could you'. I think this instalment could have easily have been called 'Peter Grows Up' as he is forced to accept what happened to him at the end of book 4 and his friendship with Lesley. I love this series and have enjoyed growing with Peter in each instalment.

In Foxglove Summer Peter is asked to take part in the case of two missing girls. The focus turns to the supernatural and Peter is the man with all the skills to save the day (he hopes). Set in the heart of the North Hertfordshire (the country, basically) Peter's search for the two girls takes him to the heartland of the Fae. Joining him on his investigation is Dominic who works for the local police force and the river goddess Beverley. The fate of two young girls is in Peter's hands. Mad unicorns, the Fae and an English heatwave all combined make this one of Peter's toughest cases.

Aaronvitch gives the reader just about everything they could wish for - new characters, a bit of romance, plot and character development, questions answers and secrets revealed. I have found Aaronvitch's series to be quite amusing but less so in since book 3. The amount of public 'loling' has significantly decreased but has been replaced by some serious plot development.  I really enjoyed this book and I thought that Beverley really added to Peter's development in the way that actual or potential love interests in the previous books haven't. Just when we thought it was safe for Peter (well as safe as it can be for him) Lesley is back on the scene with a rather dire warning. I can't even guess what Aaronovitch has in store for these characters in future novels but I can't wait for book 6. Another great book in a great series.

Melanie's Week in Review - November 30, 2014

Melanie's Week in Review - November 30, 2014

Everything is all tinsel and bright lights this week as every shop and business starts to turn on their Christmas lights. I can't believe that its almost December and I don't look very close to completing my Goodreads reading challenge. Perhaps I can pull out some stops in the next few weeks. But for this week what did I read?

Melanie's Week in Review - November 30, 2014
I finally found that Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronvitch was available on Kindle and not for too of an exorbitant amount. I have been loving the Peter Grant series and there was a huge shocker at the of book 4, Broken Homes. I will be writing a full review on this book so keep a look out for it but what I can say here is that Aaronovitch continues to craft a great story and avoids repetitive themes or extraneous re-capping of the events in previous books. You may have enough time, if you are super speedy to catch up on the series before you get to my review.

Melanie's Week in Review - November 30, 2014
I then looked through my recent book purchases for a quick easy read and decided on Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler. I am not sure what caused me to pick this book over the many others I have to read. I think in part it was the beautiful cover. I guess I am a bit of a sucker for a pretty book cover. Jinn and Juice is Lyla's story of how she was cursed to being a jinni for a thousand years and just when everything looks like it will be lifted she is 'bound' again by the hunky Magi named Oz. He wants her to find a young girl and will release Lyla after she helps him out. Nearly every mythical character plays a part in the chaotic life of the gorgeous jinni but the clock is ticking on Lyla's curse.

If you are in certain age groups the TV show 'I Dream of Genie' and the movie 'Aladdin' will be twirling through your brain when you read this book. I thought it was just OK. I am not certain I want to continue the series. I read the first few books of Peeler's Jane True series but despite liking Peeler's characters I just wasn't that engaged with the story or the decisions her heroine's make. I think that this is due to the fact that her characters are ruled more by libido than by common sense and that always turns me off with modern heroines. If you like a lot of action, lots of sexy but no actual sex and a sassy, belly dancing heroine then give this book a go.

That is all I finished this week. I am hoping to finish off the books I started in previous weeks but haven't yet been able to finish.  Wish me luck but until next week, Happy Reading.

Review: Foxglove Summer by Ben AaronovitchMelanie's Week in Review - November 30, 2014

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