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Post by bookowlie » 01 Jun 2018, 09:06

There is a blend of several genres in this book - mystery/thriller, history, romance, and paranormal. Are there too many themes? Does one theme stand out more than the others? Did any of the themes make you like the book more...or less? The historical elements from the 1400's and WWII really kicked the book up a notch. I think the romance element overwhelmed the story, since there were romances in so many different time periods. I also think Angela and Alex's romance gave the book a cheesy feel, considering the more serious hunt for the painting.
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Post by Sushan » 01 Jun 2018, 11:16

A bit of everything, even romance, is good because how can one separate them when they are really aligned with the story. Whena couple is involved, if the author does not mix some romance there, then the story will feel as unrealistic to the reader. So I think this is a good mix
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Post by Sarah Tariq » 01 Jun 2018, 14:04

I think history and romance are two prominent themes of this book. The other ones are supporting themes.
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Post by cristinaro » 04 Jun 2018, 07:15

Since the author used three temporal lines, I wish she developed all of them more rather than simply focusing on the love stories of the three couples. From a certain moment onwards, I had the feeling of a much too predicatable romance in which all you were doing was to expect the next steamy scene. The hunt for the missing painting could definitely have been more elaborated. In this way, the historical and mystery elements could have added more weight to the book.
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Post by bookowlie » 04 Jun 2018, 11:00

cristinaro wrote:
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Since the author used three temporal lines, I wish she developed all of them more rather than simply focusing on the love stories of the three couples. From a certain moment onwards, I had the feeling of a much too predicatable romance in which all you were doing was to expect the next steamy scene. The hunt for the missing painting could definitely have been more elaborated. In this way, the historical and mystery elements could have added more weight to the book.
So true! The romance element overwhelmed the story. I would have preferred more clues about the missing painting and more background historical info. It would have made the story more sophisticated instead of feeling like a beach read.
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Post by Miriam Molina » 04 Jun 2018, 20:20

The romantic angle was overdone for me, considering that this was branded as a mystery thriller. The solving of the mystery was just too easy, and the villains were not sinister enough.

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Post by bookowlie » 05 Jun 2018, 10:36

Miriam Molina wrote:
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The romantic angle was overdone for me, considering that this was branded as a mystery thriller. The solving of the mystery was just too easy, and the villains were not sinister enough.
I agree the villains were not sinister enough. Scordato, in particular, seemed a little goofy. Like you, I could have done with less of the excessive romance scenes. The overdone romantic elements made the story more of a beach read than a serious thriller.
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Post by starshipsaga » 05 Jun 2018, 21:16

There may be a mix of genres, but I don't mind, because as usual I find that a couple themes eventually edge out the others. Right now I am sensing a bigger focus on the romance. Can't say I'm feeling much of the suspense or mystery, at least so far.

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Post by Wesley Liu » 05 Jun 2018, 22:55

I feel like the romance was exaggerated, and kind of disrupted the flow and understanding within the other themes. In my opinion, the thriller/mystery was the most dominant theme, and the two that should have been brought out the most instead of a blend of different themes that doesn't make the book completely stand out in one specific way.

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Post by Riszell » 06 Jun 2018, 02:13

I think having several genres in one book is brilliant. It is hard enough to focus on writing one genre but enjoyable to read so many in one. I think authors who did this style are good, especially when the readers are pleased. Readers would feel roller-coaster emotions in one book with several genres.

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Post by KristyKhem » 06 Jun 2018, 11:55

Mixing genres is a strategy to make a book more appealing to a wider range of readers. In most cases, people will pick a book based on cover design and blurb. If the blurb (or plot summary at the back) contains at least one genre that they like, in most cases, they will end up buying it. Personally, I always like a bit of romance in books :D

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Post by Kibetious » 06 Jun 2018, 15:16

The mix of genres gives this book a captivating feel. I love history and thus will find reading this book interesting due to this. Another person may not enjoy history but love romance hence will also enjoy reading the book. It seems romance takes a larger portion of the book than the other genres.
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Post by bookowlie » 06 Jun 2018, 15:19

KristyKhem wrote:
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Mixing genres is a strategy to make a book more appealing to a wider range of readers. In most cases, people will pick a book based on cover design and blurb. If the blurb (or plot summary at the back) contains at least one genre that they like, in most cases, they will end up buying it. Personally, I always like a bit of romance in books :D
I agree that many authors try to include a mix of themes or genres to attract more readers. That's why I think so many mysteries include a man and woman who are thrown together to solve the mystery - for example, a detective and a reporter, a reporter and a missing person's family member, etc. Of course, there is always a romance that winds up blooming along the way.
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Post by DorcasToo » 06 Jun 2018, 15:28

A mix of the genres makes the book refreshing. I love paranormal add in the romance that's a fresh cup of coffee
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Post by thaservices1 » 06 Jun 2018, 17:54

This was a romance with an attempt to make it more interesting with the history aspect. I can appreciate the author going through the effort of research but it really didn't change the overall romance theme of the book.
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