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Zinnia (Curtain: St. Helen's, Bk 2)
Zinnia - Curtain: St. Helen's, Bk 2
Author: Jayne Castle
Continuing her futuristic, paranormal series set on the imaginary world of St. Helens, where matched marriages are the norm and almost everyone is psychically gifted to some degree, Castle (Amaryllis, Pocket, 1996) focuses on two "matchless," highly gifted psychics. She gives them mysteries to solve, murders to avenge, and scandals to ...  more »
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PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780671569013
ISBN-10: 0671569015
Publication Date: 6/1/1997
Pages: 336
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 191 ratings
Publisher: Pocket
Book Type: Paperback
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dmac avatar reviewed Zinnia (Curtain: St. Helen's, Bk 2) on + 130 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I like the whole Harmony series of books and had read this one before. I just felt like rereading it for fun. The futuristic elements are great and the characters are pretty strong. Part of a series that includes Orchid, Chrysanthemum, After Dark, Harmony and
After Glow.
reviewed Zinnia (Curtain: St. Helen's, Bk 2) on + 1254 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
The main characters in this book are Nick Chastain, a powerful matrix talent and casino owner, and Zinnia Spring, a full spectrum prism. They meet because Zinnia thinks Nick kidnapped one of her clients,a stormy beginning for an exciting relationship. What follows is a mad chase for a missing journal, and a developing love story that keeps you enthralled...
reviewed Zinnia (Curtain: St. Helen's, Bk 2) on + 18 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I can't get enough of these books, they are like popcorn. I enjoy the "science fiction", the mystery, the romance and the fun. A rollicking good read.
reviewed Zinnia (Curtain: St. Helen's, Bk 2) on + 25 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
easy read can be read alone
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reviewed Zinnia (Curtain: St. Helen's, Bk 2) on + 330 more book reviews
Absolutely wonderful
VampireRat avatar reviewed Zinnia (Curtain: St. Helen's, Bk 2) on + 83 more book reviews
More emphasis on developing the main characters and the addition of mystery, murder and scandle give Zinnia, the second book set on the planet of St Helens more interest than the first in the series.

Writing as Jayne Castle, Judith Ann Krentz has a series of books set on far off worlds, originally colonized by Earth, but now cut off from their home world. Amaryllis, Zinnia, and Orchid are the first (in that order), set on the planet of St Helens where psychic energy is evolving to replace no-longer working Earth-based technology.

In these first forays into a futuristic setting for this author, the off-world details occasionally feel a little awkward. None of these 3 made me feel like reading an entire book in one sitting. That said, They kept my interest, the characters are interesting, and there is a mystery to solve as the hero and heroine fall in love in each book. From Amaryllis to Orchid, the books seem to become more polished and entertaining as the series develops.

The other-world marriage customs (using matchmaking agencies) were believable, but some of the descriptions of the technology and psychic powers felt less real, and the author just did NOT know what to do with other-worldly plants, animals, and by-products. In particular the practice of naming plant and animal items on the new planet with hyphenated versions of Earth names, drove me *crazy,* i.e. coff-tea, "shaggy six-legged ox-mules," honey-syrup, bee-flies, twin-snakes. Argghhh! And yet, they have (non-hyphenated) cars, trees, clocks, and phones.

If the frequent consuming of coff*hyphenated*tea doesn't get to you like it did me, you will enjoy getting into Ms. Castle's new universe.
reviewed Zinnia (Curtain: St. Helen's, Bk 2) on + 13 more book reviews
Beleivable, romance with a touch of scifi. I read Amaryllis and Orchid and I was hooked. In someways, I thought this one was the best.


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