Venom by Fiona Paul

Venom (Secrets of the Eternal Rose, #1)Venom by Fiona Paul

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I originally thought that this book would turn out to be a suspenseful romance set during the ~1800s. Well, that wasn’t exactly the case. It was a romance, and it was suspenseful, but neither of those plot lines reached it’s final climax, they’re continued in the next book(s).

Cass is an orphaned daughter who has been engaged since forever to Luca, whom is off in France studying. Trying to escape her fate she runs into Falco and a whole host of problems. Then Luca returns.

Yeah, it makes for an interesting love triangle, and I love whom she chose at the end of the book. However, that doesn’t make all of Cass’s problems go away…

I found this book at the Dollar Tree and thought the blurb sounded interesting, and it was. It kept me entertained for a couple weeks. I’ve never been disappointed with Dollar Tree books as they’ve always been at least work a dollar’s entertainment.

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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin

The Autobiography of Benjamin FranklinThe Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First of all, Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography does not cover the last years of his life (I think this might be obvious, but then no one has sat down to actually write what has happened). Which is ok and understandable, and the book does give an ordered list of the important events of his life.

What I found the most interesting, however, was how he set out to conduct himself. He wasn’t a very religious person, so he created for himself a set of virtues he wished to live by and conducted himself accordingly. This is what he attributes to his great success in life and is included within the book.

I found that I couldn’t follow all the politics very well, but then I can’t follow modern politics very well either. And in any case, the book is not completely full of that, but in his later years that is all he did and most of that is very well documented in history.

What I enjoyed reading, was about his early life as a printer, how he moved around, learned from several different employers and set up his own shop and became successful.

At any rate, more people should learn about Dr. Franklin (yes, he had many honorary degrees), and this is not a bad way to go about doing it.

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