18 January 2022

Just One Damned Thing After Another - Book Review

Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St. Mary's #1) by Jodi Taylor
Publication date: June 7, 2016
Pages: 322 pages
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ☆☆☆
Sweet Spark: I think a more true history buff would really enjoy this book and the rest of the series!

Miranda Maxwell - Max - is sort of lost and lonely, until a teacher ignites her interest in history. Fast forward from her early school years until after college, when the same teacher recommends she apply for a position she is promised is unique.

St. Mary's Institute of Historical Research claims it 'investigates major historical events in contemporary time,' but they don't want you to call it time travel. And it may work better if half of their historians didn't have reputations as disaster magnets. They travel in pods to go observe historical events, while not changing anything. Their knowledge is then bought for top dollar, usually by Max's alma mater. 

The series about The Chronicles of St. Mary's stands at 27 books so far. The first one was amusing, and the writing style is fun. I found the main character of Max to be quirky and independent. I'd give the first book 3 out of 5 stars. Like one of the other reader's in my book club said, the author seems to have tried to include something for every interest group, but it may have spread the overall plot and events too thin. I'd read another book in the series if it happened to present itself, but I don't think I'll be seeking out the next 26. I'm glad I read this one, and I may be more motivated to keep reading if I was more interested in history, to compare what academia teaches vs what Max and the other historians experience.

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