Book Review: City of Jasmine by Deanna Raybourn

City of Jasmine (click book or see below for description)
By Deanna Raybourn
Releases 3/1/14
Free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 3 bones

Finish Time: 4-5 nights.  I’m continuing my streak of just okay books.  This one I really wanted to like but it just didn’t call to me each night as I picked it up.  I stayed with it and it was interesting, and I can’t really figure out what it was about it that I can’t rave about.  For me, I found it a bit confusing to keep track of the characters, who was in alliance with who, what happened when, and where they were.  The alliance part was not bad as that made for twists and turns, but I felt lost many times during the book.

You can read the description below and I think see why I chose to preview this book.  First of all historical fictions are my favorite.  Intrigue and danger also rope me in, and I always love a good love story.  Evie, who we begin to know as a widow aviatrix, is the main character.  She is smart, spunky, unpredictable, and I did enjoy getting inside her head.  She was very tactical in her decisions and how cool would it to be an aviatrix!  I almost wish there was more on that part of her life.

There was definitely a lot of action, at some points I even felt exhausted for them.  And as mentioned before alliances shifted, or rather were figured out or uncovered.  The “relic” in question was hard to keep track of, but fun to follow.  I am thankful for modern technology and never want to be stuck in a desert in my life!  And the love story was frustrating, but probably my favorite part.

Good ending, and not too long of a read.  Not my strongest review as I can’t put my finger on what it was I didn’t like, maybe it was just too much of all of it.  Don’t not (yes double negative) read it because of this, as I would love to hear your thoughts!

Description from Amazon:

Set against the lush, exotic European colonial outposts of the 1920s, New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn delivers the captivating tale of one woman who embarks upon a journey to see the world—and ends up finding intrigue, danger and a love beyond all reason. 

Famed aviatrix Evangeline Starke never expected to see her husband, adventurer Gabriel Starke, ever again. They had been a golden couple, enjoying a whirlwind courtship amid the backdrop of a glittering social set in prewar London until his sudden death with the sinking of the Lusitania. Five years later, beginning to embrace life again, Evie embarks upon a flight around the world, collecting fame and admirers along the way. In the midst of her triumphant tour, she is shocked to receive a mysterious—and recent—photograph of Gabriel, which brings her ambitious stunt to a screeching halt. 

With her eccentric aunt Dove in tow, Evie tracks the source of the photo to the ancient City of Jasmine, Damascus. There she discovers that nothing is as it seems. Danger lurks at every turn, and at stake is a priceless relic, an artifact once lost to time and so valuable that criminals will stop at nothing to acquire it—even murder. Leaving the jewelled city behind, Evie sets off across the punishing sands of the desert to unearth the truth of Gabriel’s disappearance and retrieve a relic straight from the pages of history. 

Along the way, Evie must come to terms with the deception that parted her from Gabriel and the passion that will change her destiny forever….

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