This is my first steampunk book. I LOVED IT! The mixture of historical, technology, mystery and a little bit of philosophizing was fantastic! The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack is the first in the Burton & Swinburne series and a great intro to the world of steampunk for a… Read more »
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In Deadly Curiosities, Gail Z. Martin paints us a beautiful portrait of modern Charleston, with a paranormal twist. I love that the main character, Cassidy, lives in Old Charleston in a “Charleston Single House” that she inherited. It oozes southern charm, and I can picture where she lives very clearly…. Read more »
Thalia Apple is a revolutionary in the body and life of a privileged 17 year old girl. In Hungry, we enter her life just as she is realizing that all of the happy, easy truths she has been fed since childhood are all a pack of lies hiding the ugliest… Read more »
Rocky ocean beaches, sea spray, romance, lighthouses, and selkies…who could ask for more? Tides by Betsy Cornwell delivers folk tales come to life in spades. Like a true folktale, Tides is a dark warning wrapped up in a magical wrapper. There are dark themes involved in this story and it might… Read more »
Don’t Look Back by Jennifer Armentrout is a quick don’t put me down kind of read! I enjoyed this book and breezed through it. A whodunnit suspenseful story with EVERYONE being a suspect. Samantha, called Sammy or Sam or Insanity Sam, is found wondering around with complete amnesia. Her best friend, Cassie… Read more »
“Kelsea sighed, feeling a mantle of inevitability settle over her, understanding that this would be the first of many compromises.” (p.246) The Queen of the Tearling had me asking myself so many questions. What kind of monarch would you make? Would you rule using fear and an iron fist like… Read more »
The where, what and when I gave House of the Rising Sun 3.5 Stars and it got the extra .5 star by being set in New Orleans. My mind helpfully produces stately antebellum mansions with dripping Spanish moss and gorgeous wrought iron details every time it thinks about New Orleans…. Read more »
In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, discovers a sentient book in an ancient tomb. Vella was once a young sorcerer-maker, until she was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been gathering information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen’s world faces.
Elsewhere, in a land ruled by the priests since a terrible war depleted all but a little magic, Rielle the dyer’s daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels. Yet she knows from her ability to sense the stain it leaves behind that she has a talent for it, and that there are people willing to teach her how to use it, should she ever need to risks the Angels’ wrath.
Further away, a people called the Travelers live their entire lives on the move, trading goods from one world to another. They know that each world has its own store of magic, reducing or increasing a sorcerer’s abilities, so that if one entered a weak world they may be unable to leave it again. Each family maintains a safe trading route passed down through countless generations and modified whenever local strife makes visiting dangerous. But this is not the only knowledge the Travelers store within their stories and songs, collected over millennia spent roaming the universe. They know a great change is due, and that change brings both loss and opportunity.
The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson is an enjoyable read, light on the steampunk and heavy on emotions. Piper is a 13 year old orphan who will steal your heart with her courage and astound you with her bravery. This is not surprising considering that the main characters… Read more »