REVIEW: The City of Mirrors (The Passage Trilogy #3) by Justin Cronin

26891429The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Originally posted on 80 Books Blog

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

After the anticlimactic resolution of The Twelve (never mind all the rape), I had low-ish expectations for The City of Mirrors. Overall though, I can say I liked it.

This third installment is both a resolution and an origin story of Zero, who suffered from, of all things, a broken heart. That was probably the weakest part of the book. I expected more from the man who waited 2 decades to exact his (not so) grand plan to have a different motivation. What we’re given is a sort of Helen of Troy in Liz Macomb – the face that unknowingly launched a thousand virals, to paraphrase Marlowe. There is some irony in Zero’s hatred of his creator, Jonas Lear, for his leaving Liz to die alone. Zero’s own grand scheme means Liz waited alone in the afterlife for his arrival.

Yes, there is an afterlife, which we’ve seen before in the trilogy. Though this book is heavier on issues of spirituality, faith, and morality, especially in regards to the cost of scientific advancement. It’s why we have the virals in the first place. Maybe the book leaned too much on this message and not enough on the basic plot. Amy was still more plot device than a fully realized character. Even the final confrontation between Zero and Amy found her lacking the skills to really beat him. This was really Peter, Alicia, and Michael’s story. And Sara’s to a lesser extent.

I wavered between giving The City of Mirrors 3 stars and 4 stars, so it’s more 3.5. Despite the things I didn’t like, it is still a book that sticks with you.

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Currently Reading #FridayReads


By Tqwana B.

**Originally posted on Around The World in 80 Books**


Hello fellow book loving people! Happy Friday and welcome to this week’s edition of #FridayReads.

OITNB reading gifToday, I’m rec’ing my currents reads. I just received The Book of Harlan by Bernice L. McFadden, whom I have gushed about before here (more than once), from a Goodreads giveaway. I’ve also started reading The Brothers Sinister series by Courtney Milan. And by ‘started reading’, I mean consuming them all at a ridiculous pace, though I know I will hate it when I’m done and the series is over, but I can’t stop myself because they’re so good!

It just so happens that today’s #FridayReads are historical fiction. You know how those push all my happy buttons. So, check them out.


The Book of Harlan by Bernice L. McFadden – During World War II, two African American musicians are captured by the Nazis in Paris and imprisoned at the Buchenwald concentration camp.
The Book of Harlan opens with the courtship of Harlan’s parents and his 1917 birth in Macon, Georgia. After his prominent minister grandfather dies, Harlan and his parents move to Harlem, where he becomes a musician. Soon, Harlan and his best friend, trumpeter Lizard Robbins, are lured across the Atlantic Ocean to perform at a popular cabaret in the Parisian enclave of Montmartre—affectionately referred to as “The Harlem of Paris” by black American musicians.
When the City of Light falls under Nazi occupation, Harlan and Lizard are thrown into Buchenwald, the notorious concentration camp in Weimar, Germany. The experience irreparably changes the course of Harlan’s life.
Based on exhaustive research and told in McFadden’s mesmeric prose, The Book of Harlan skillfully blends the stories of McFadden’s familial ancestors with those of real and imagined characters.

The Brothers Sinister by Courtney MilanThis is the complete boxed set of Courtney Milan’s acclaimed Brothers Sinister Series – four full length books, three novellas – together, almost half a million words.
The Governess Affair
Miss Serena Barton intends to hold the petty, selfish duke who had her sacked responsible for his crimes. But the man who handles all the duke’s dirty business has been ordered to get rid of her by fair means or foul. She’ll have to prove more than his match…

The Duchess War
The last time Minerva Lane she was the center of attention, it ended badly—so badly that she changed her name to escape her scandalous past. So when a handsome duke comes to town, the last thing she wants is his attention.
But that is precisely what she gets…

A Kiss for Midwinter
Miss Lydia Charingford does her best to forget the dark secret that nearly ruined her life, hiding it beneath her smiles. But someone else knows the truth of those dark days: the sarcastic Doctor Jonas Grantham. She wants nothing to do with him…or the butterflies that take flight in her stomach every time he looks her way…

The Heiress Effect
Miss Jane Fairfield does everything wrong in society–intentionally.
Mr. Oliver Marshall does everything right. So why is it, then, that the one woman he can’t forget is the exact opposite of what he needs?

The Countess Conspiracy
Sebastian Malheur is the most dangerous sort of rake. Violet Waterfield, the widowed Countess of Cambury, on the other hand, is entirely respectable–and she’d like to stay that way. Their association would be scandalous even if someone suspected lies. But the truth about the secrets they share will bring England to its knees…

The Suffragette Scandal
A suffragette meets a scoundrel, and as scoundrels do, he lies to her, attempts to blackmail her…and falls in love with her against his better judgment. By the time he realizes that his cynical heart is hers, it’s too late. Once the woman he loves realizes how much he’s lied to her, he’ll lose her forever.

Talk Sweetly to Me
Miss Rose Sweetly is a shy, mathematically-minded shopkeeper’s daughter who dreams of the stars. When Stephen Shaughnessy, infamous advice columnist and known rake, moves next door, she knows she should avoid him. But you know what they say about the best-laid plans of mice and astronomers…

New Things, New Memories Part 2

Remember this post?

New Things

Well, I’ve been checking things off the list. Go me!!

  1. Drink a whole beer 
  2. Finish this strawberry-basil lemonade 
  3.  Canada
  4.  Alaska
  5. See a Broadway show (dammit I WILL win a Hamilton lottery!!) 
  6. Painting (thanks, Heather!)
  7. Hiking (which means new hiking shoes!)
  8. Horseback riding (technically I’ve done this, but not the real thing. I was a kid and it was a pony on a leash, walking in a circle)
  9. Niagara Falls
  10. Watch The Flash 
  11. Color-correcting for dark spots 

It took longer than I anticipated, but I finally tried a beer. It did not go well.

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My face says it all…

Luckily, my friends aren’t giving up on me and have sort of created a ‘TQ Beer Experiment’ to find the one true beer that I won’t think tastes like extra dry cheap champagne and dirty bath water.

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Also, this happened!!

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Birthday event # 1. #LesMiz #Broadway It only took me 4 years to see a show.

Yes, the first Broadway show is in the books. I’m addicted now.

It’s not that I haven’t seen a show before. I did see The Lion King in Miami. But, a musical. On Broadway. In New York City. It’s magical!

Other new things have happened. New friends. New food spots. Working myself up to a new tattoo (it’s been 10 years since the last one and I’m nervous). Snapchat.

What else should I add to my list? I’m all about the adventure in 2016. Let’s do this!!