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Re: Overall rating and opinion of "The Girl Who Knew da Vinci" by Belle Ami

Post by anwidmer » 27 Jun 2018, 15:46

Yolimari wrote:
27 Jun 2018, 15:37
I really enjoyed reading The Girl Who Knew da Vinci. I loved how Belle Ami mixed romance, mystery, art, and different time periods. She has a notable ability to build up the the three couple’s romances and the mystery surrounding the lost da Vinci. I am looking forward for the next book in the series.

I thought that she overdid it with Angela’s visions of the past. Near the end of the story I was ready for the mystery to be solved. This is a minor issue for me. But what bothered me were the grammatical and spelling mistakes for which I deducted a star. I hope she gets a better editor for the next books.

Yes, I would recommend this book! I think readers who like art, romance, history, and mystery will enjoy it like me.
Were there many errors? Im surprised i dont recal but maybe once seeing one. Im sure there were some as i stated in my own review but i was so wrapped up in the story i didnt notice them. Usually they stop me in my tracks and disrupt the flow for me. I hope Belle Ami is able to get a better editor as well. i know many who will actually put a book down over it and not dinish it good or not.

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Post by Yolimari » 27 Jun 2018, 16:38

I found eight grammatical and spelling errors.
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Post by bookowlie » 27 Jun 2018, 17:02

anwidmer wrote:
27 Jun 2018, 15:46
Yolimari wrote:
27 Jun 2018, 15:37
I really enjoyed reading The Girl Who Knew da Vinci. I loved how Belle Ami mixed romance, mystery, art, and different time periods. She has a notable ability to build up the the three couple’s romances and the mystery surrounding the lost da Vinci. I am looking forward for the next book in the series.

I thought that she overdid it with Angela’s visions of the past. Near the end of the story I was ready for the mystery to be solved. This is a minor issue for me. But what bothered me were the grammatical and spelling mistakes for which I deducted a star. I hope she gets a better editor for the next books.

Yes, I would recommend this book! I think readers who like art, romance, history, and mystery will enjoy it like me.
Were there many errors? Im surprised i dont recal but maybe once seeing one. Im sure there were some as i stated in my own review but i was so wrapped up in the story i didnt notice them. Usually they stop me in my tracks and disrupt the flow for me. I hope Belle Ami is able to get a better editor as well. i know many who will actually put a book down over it and not dinish it good or not.
I don't think most of you saw the errors. After I submitted my Official Review, Scott contacted me to let me know the author updated the book with the errors I listed in the error section. As a result, I assume anyone who read this book after my review was published wouldn't have seen the errors.
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Post by bookowlie » 27 Jun 2018, 17:04

Yolimari wrote:
27 Jun 2018, 16:38
I found eight grammatical and spelling errors.
I actually found twelve errors, although we are both on the same page regarding the fact that there were several errors. :)
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Post by anix67 » 27 Jun 2018, 17:27

I have always absolutely loved loved loved art and It drew me into this book! I couldn't wait to read more and I would definitely recommend it to people. Although, I do realize that not everybody is as into art as I am so I guess it would be wise not to recommend it to everybody. I've been telling some of my art friends about it though for sure. I would also love to get some non art friends in on it and have people expand their horizons! Everybody could stand for doing so

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Post by anix67 » 27 Jun 2018, 17:28

Yolimari wrote:
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I found eight grammatical and spelling errors.

That's not too bad for an entire book. Although I am very picky about grammar sometimes. It can drive me bananas.

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Post by anix67 » 27 Jun 2018, 17:31

-brintontaylor wrote:
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Because I love mystery books so much, I decided that I might read this book. However, I was put off by the whole Art / History side to it. Those genres are just ones that I've never really read or had any interest in!

I agree that mystery books are very intriguing. Although I have to say that I love the art side!

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Post by anix67 » 27 Jun 2018, 17:33

Kibetious wrote:
06 Jun 2018, 14:55
The rating would be 4 out of 4 stars. The things that I love about it is the fact that it has a historical perspective in it. It makes this book more relatable and not seeming like it was set from an unknown world.
I have to agree with you! Glad that so many people liked it like me.

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Post by anwidmer » 27 Jun 2018, 17:37

bookowlie wrote:
27 Jun 2018, 17:02
anwidmer wrote:
27 Jun 2018, 15:46
Yolimari wrote:
27 Jun 2018, 15:37
I really enjoyed reading The Girl Who Knew da Vinci. I loved how Belle Ami mixed romance, mystery, art, and different time periods. She has a notable ability to build up the the three couple’s romances and the mystery surrounding the lost da Vinci. I am looking forward for the next book in the series.

I thought that she overdid it with Angela’s visions of the past. Near the end of the story I was ready for the mystery to be solved. This is a minor issue for me. But what bothered me were the grammatical and spelling mistakes for which I deducted a star. I hope she gets a better editor for the next books.

Yes, I would recommend this book! I think readers who like art, romance, history, and mystery will enjoy it like me.
Were there many errors? Im surprised i dont recal but maybe once seeing one. Im sure there were some as i stated in my own review but i was so wrapped up in the story i didnt notice them. Usually they stop me in my tracks and disrupt the flow for me. I hope Belle Ami is able to get a better editor as well. i know many who will actually put a book down over it and not dinish it good or not.
I don't think most of you saw the errors. After I submitted my Official Review, Scott contacted me to let me know the author updated the book with the errors I listed in the error section. As a result, I assume anyone who read this book after my review was published wouldn't have seen the errors.
Ahhh ok that is probay what happened, i was thinking "wow was i that wrapped up in the story?" Lol no doubt i was though.

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Post by Spath » 27 Jun 2018, 17:46

I didn't think I would read this book but I did read the review and it sounds like for some it would be a great read. I love a good thriller/mystery and also am a history buff who knows I might check it out and see if it catches my interests Congrats on BOTM.

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Post by kfwilson6 » 27 Jun 2018, 20:00

anwidmer wrote:
27 Jun 2018, 15:46
Yolimari wrote:
27 Jun 2018, 15:37
I really enjoyed reading The Girl Who Knew da Vinci. I loved how Belle Ami mixed romance, mystery, art, and different time periods. She has a notable ability to build up the the three couple’s romances and the mystery surrounding the lost da Vinci. I am looking forward for the next book in the series.

I thought that she overdid it with Angela’s visions of the past. Near the end of the story I was ready for the mystery to be solved. This is a minor issue for me. But what bothered me were the grammatical and spelling mistakes for which I deducted a star. I hope she gets a better editor for the next books.

Yes, I would recommend this book! I think readers who like art, romance, history, and mystery will enjoy it like me.
Were there many errors? Im surprised i dont recal but maybe once seeing one. Im sure there were some as i stated in my own review but i was so wrapped up in the story i didnt notice them. Usually they stop me in my tracks and disrupt the flow for me. I hope Belle Ami is able to get a better editor as well. i know many who will actually put a book down over it and not dinish it good or not.
I found enough errors that I was required based on the OBC guidelines to deduct a star. I wouldn't have given this book 4 stars anyway for the awkward dialogue between Angela and Alex and the excessive focus on their intimate relationship. I did think the 3 stars were warranted though since I enjoyed the visions of Sophia and Fioretta and the search for the painting.

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Post by kfwilson6 » 27 Jun 2018, 20:03

anix67 wrote:
27 Jun 2018, 17:27
I have always absolutely loved loved loved art and It drew me into this book! I couldn't wait to read more and I would definitely recommend it to people. Although, I do realize that not everybody is as into art as I am so I guess it would be wise not to recommend it to everybody. I've been telling some of my art friends about it though for sure. I would also love to get some non art friends in on it and have people expand their horizons! Everybody could stand for doing so
I wouldn't consider myself interested in art at all, but I greatly enjoyed its inclusion in this book. Even if the painting were done by a lesser-known artist I think I would have liked. The inclusion of da Vinci was just a bonus.

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Post by bookowlie » 27 Jun 2018, 20:23

The nice thing about having a famous artist from history is that the author was able to tie other famous people to him...the powerful Medici family. I am intrigued about how she will handle the next installments. If other famous artists such as Rembrandt will be featured, it will be interesting if other notable people from that period will have a connection in the story.
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Post by Sakura12 » 28 Jun 2018, 03:38

I love this kind of book full of mystery and its really interesting. It has a multiple themes of art, romance and mystery. In the middle of the book the plot becomes complex and vague. I would like to recommend this book to others because of its interesting themes as it will appeal to many art lovers=)

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Post by greenstripedgiraffe » 28 Jun 2018, 06:42

anwidmer wrote:
27 Jun 2018, 15:46
Yolimari wrote:
27 Jun 2018, 15:37
I really enjoyed reading The Girl Who Knew da Vinci. I loved how Belle Ami mixed romance, mystery, art, and different time periods. She has a notable ability to build up the the three couple’s romances and the mystery surrounding the lost da Vinci. I am looking forward for the next book in the series.

I thought that she overdid it with Angela’s visions of the past. Near the end of the story I was ready for the mystery to be solved. This is a minor issue for me. But what bothered me were the grammatical and spelling mistakes for which I deducted a star. I hope she gets a better editor for the next books.

Yes, I would recommend this book! I think readers who like art, romance, history, and mystery will enjoy it like me.
Were there many errors? Im surprised i dont recal but maybe once seeing one. Im sure there were some as i stated in my own review but i was so wrapped up in the story i didnt notice them. Usually they stop me in my tracks and disrupt the flow for me. I hope Belle Ami is able to get a better editor as well. i know many who will actually put a book down over it and not dinish it good or not.
I think Ami's book would receive better overall ratings if she is more open about the fact that this is a romance, not historical fiction. Avid historical fiction readers who aren't into romance novels shouldn't be the target audience.
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