Tag: science fiction

May 19, 2016

Review | The Good, the Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison

Review | The Good, the Bad, and the Undead by Kim HarrisonThe Good, the Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison
Series: The Hollows, #2
Publisher: HarperTorch, January 2005
Pages: 453
Format: Ebook
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Rachel Morgan, sexy witch, independent bounty hunter, prowls the downtown Cincinnati for criminal creatures of the night. She can handle leather-clad vamps and a cunning demon or two. But a serial killer who feeds on the experts in the most dangerous kind of black magic is an ancient, implacable evil that threatens her very soul.

Rachel Morgan is finally getting used to life as an independent bounty hunter (even though The Good, the Bad, and the Undead begins with what one could charitably call an unsuccessful run) when life throws her a curveball: the case of the missing warlock. As she starts digging, a new plot comes to light, complete with a serial killer stalking witches. What’s a girl to do?

Safe to say, I had mixed reactions to the characters in The Good, the Bad, and the Undead. I loved Rachel’s development from the first book in the series. She’s finally becoming comfortable in her own skin and being on her own. Her dependencies on others (specifically Ivy) are lessening, and her somewhat snarky true nature (which I love) is shining through.

Yet I had major issues with the two characters closest to Rachel, her boyfriend and her roommate.

I WANT NICK TO GROW A BACKBONE. (Yes, it needed all caps.) He feels like such a pushover, like there’s no motivation or thought process of his own. He makes some of the most ridiculous decisions View Spoiler » that drove me bananas. Ivy, in turn, has plenty of backbone, but needs to learn how to use it in the right way. The push and pull between Rachel and her is interesting, but when Ivy’s breakdown makes her MIA for a good section of the book, it’s too much.

I can’t get a read on these two characters. They’re entirely out of my realm, and without the connection to their motives, they feel more like flotsam than supporting characters.

However, I loved every other character. Trent’s revelation kept The Good, the Bad, and the Undead moving at a fantastic pace and made him my favorite character of the series. Jenks’ personality offsets Rachel’s perfectly and he’s easy to identify with. The family dynamics between Edden and Glenn (the two cops Rachel works with) cracked me up and wove into the story well.

Despite the ups and downs with the characters, I’m intrigued to see what Harrison will pull out next. Rachel’s stories are fun, a little wacky, and make for great reads. I just hope I can find a connection with the supporting characters to keep me invested.

3 Stars

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January 24, 2016

Review | Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Review | Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay KristoffIlluminae by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files,
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers, October 2015
Pages: 599
Format: Hardcover
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This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.
This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.
Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

I honestly don’t even know where to start on this one.

 
Reviewing a book like…this…is an overwhelming task, so maybe I’ll start with this.
 

I LOVED IT.

 
Every moment of this awe-inspiring, emotion-wrenching novel grabbed my heart and blew me away. The creativity of the narration and use of multiple viewpoints, the use of white/black space to make an impact, the creative risks (well worth it) taken to entrance the reader, to make the point…it was brilliant. 
 
Let’s start at the beginning.
 
Kady expected the worst thing about her day would be her breakup with Erza. What she didn’t know is that her planet would be invaded and her colony destroyed by a rival megacorporation. 
 
When rescue arrives in the shape of shuttles from two science research vessels and a battleship, the survivors think (hope?) they’re safe, but the problems are just beginning. And the battleship in pursuit is only one of them. Determined to discover the truth, Kady hacks into the fleet’s computers and uncovers more than she ever expected. 
 
The decision to use Kady and Erza’s interview transcripts and IM archives created the most detailed, in-depth characters I’ve seen in a long time. Their language alone revealed more about them than any other narrative form could have. I could see the growth in Ezra has he grew from a teenager to a second lieutenant, Kady’s evolution from a broken girl to a strong heroine. 
 
When I saw the first Shakespeare reference in Ezra’s letters to Kady, I knew I’d love this book. When I found the first HAL reference in AIDAN, the Alexander’s AI, it was beyond love. HAL felt like just the inspiration for AIDAN – Kaufman and Kristoff took him and Kady on a totally unexpected journey that forced both the heroine and the AI to grow leaps and bounds.
 
To not give any spoilers away, I feel like I should stop here. Safe to say, the hype monster is right: this book is WORTH staying up until 2 am to finish, WORTH reading while eating/cooking/whatever. Illuminae is an astonishing science-fiction that redefined my idea of the genre.
 
5 Stars

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August 5, 2015

The Lunar Chronicles (Re)Read Along

The Book Addict’s Guide

I knew it was love at first sight. The gorgeous typography and the simple image that reveals more about the story than first meets the eye was the first sign that Cinder would be the story for me. When I started reading, the twist on the familiar Cinderella fairy tale blew me away.


When I saw that Brittany from The Book Addict’s Guide was hosting a read along, I signed up immediately. It was an excuse for two things I really wanted to do: reread the series and preorder Winter



Want to join? Sign up here, use the hashtag #TLCReadAlong (no spoilers, please!), and start Cinder this week! 

CINDER | August 1st – August 31st
  • 8/1 – 8/7:  Chapters 1-9
  • 8/8 – 8/14: Chapters 10-21
  • 8/15 – 8/21: Chapters 22-30
  • 8/22 – 8/28: Chapters 31-38
  • Week of 8/30/15: Post review and/or recap

Check out all the details on Brittany’s post. She also lists some amazing bonus post ideas. I really like the idea of exploring the Cinderella parallels in Cinder


 I finally got started today and already fell back in love with the story. Come on and join the fun!



Posted August 5, 2015 by Ellen in the canon talks / 1 Comment
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March 9, 2015

Mini Monday | Restoration of Faith by Jim Butcher

Title: Restoration of Faith 
Author: Jim Butcher {website}
Publication Date: October 2010
Publisher: Roc
Series: The Dresden Files {12.5}
Source & Format: Library; hardcover
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Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher-a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious. Also included is a new, never-before-published novella that takes place after the cliff-hanger ending of the new April 2010 hardcover, Changes. This is a must-have collection for every devoted Harry Dresden fan as well as a perfect introduction for readers ready to meet Chicago’s only professional wizard.


Stories like “Restoration of Faith” is what brought me around to enjoying short stories again. The story opens with Harry debating with his boss/partner about the young runaway he’d finally caught. His boss tells him to let her go, as her parents have given their descriptions to the police as their daughter’s kidnappers. Harry’s chivalrous nature comes through, refusing to let the girl go by herself in the night. While he’s arguing, she runs away, and Harry gives chase. The rest of the story involves the story behind the runaway (named Faith), an angry troll, and the first introduction to Murphy. 


Loved how the characters were set up in such a short story. Each of Harry’s actions, especially when it comes to the safety of the little girl, built Harry up to the character I know and love. Murphy’s small cameo at the end of the story foreshadows her role: she already acts as a connection between Harry and the rest of the world.


That being said, “Restoration of Faith” might not be the smoothest narration. Some might not find it shined to a gleaming polish, but I loved the note Butcher includes in the beginning of the novel, asking the reader for their indulgence. “Restoration of Faith” was Butcher’s first attempt to write Harry’s story and asks the reader to view it as enjoyment. Personally, I loved it: it was a glimpse of Harry before he was Harry Dresden


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March 2, 2015

Review | Skin Game by Jim Butcher

Title: Skin Game

Author: Jim Butcher {website}
Publication Date: May 2014
Publisher: Roc
Series: The Dresden Files {Book 15}
Source & Format: Library; hardcover
Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day….

Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful.

He doesn’t know the half of it….

Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains—led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone—to break into the highest-security vault in town so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

It’s a smash-and-grab job to recover the literal Holy Grail from the vaults of the greatest treasure hoard in the supernatural world—which belongs to the one and only Hades, Lord of the freaking Underworld and generally unpleasant character. Worse, Dresden suspects that there is another game afoot that no one is talking about. And he’s dead certain that Nicodemus has no intention of allowing any of his crew to survive the experience. Especially Harry.

Dresden’s always been tricky, but he’s going to have to up his backstabbing game to survive this mess—assuming his own allies don’t end up killing him before his enemies get the chance.

Skin Game reminded me why I love The Dresden Files: the fantastic adventure, the unusual paranormal characters, and a dry, sarcastic main character with a chivalrous streak a mile wide. I’ve come to know Butcher’s scifi/fantasy series will always deliver a good read, but Skin Game was a blast. 

The plot constantly unraveled new elements, new twists, and new storylines as the novel progressed. I loved following Harry as he followed the trail of the mystery. Skin Game had many good elements, but it was the adventure into the Underworld that really grabbed me. The mixture of the mythological with the grittiness of Harry’s Chicago created the perfect scene to unravel the mystery behind Nicodemus’ yearning to rob Hades’ vault.

Harry’s character grew, yet remained rooted with the same character traits I’ve come to love. The chivalrous streak in Harry’s personality has ruled his actions from the beginning of the novel, and I loved that it still plays a major role in his character in the fifteenth book. It makes it easy for me to fall back into his world, even when he’s changed so much from the first book.

The writing and pacing are fantastic: there was never a dull moment. For a book over four hundred pages, this is amazing. I kept thinking about the book, about the plot, about what on earth could possibly happen next… And that, in a nutshell, is why I fell in love with Skin Game.


Posted March 2, 2015 by Ellen in Uncategorized / 0 Comments
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January 24, 2015

Review | This Shattered World by Megan Spooner and Amie Kaufman

Title: This Shattered World
Author: Megan Spooner and Amie Kaufman
Publication Date: December 2014
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Series: Starbound {Book 2}
Source & Format: Library; hardcover
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Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.

Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet’s rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.

Rebellion is in Flynn’s blood. Terraforming corporations make their fortune by recruiting colonists to make the inhospitable planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.

Desperate for any advantage in a bloody and unrelentingly war, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape the rebel base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war. 


A honored solider falls in love with the leader of the rebellion. Enemy versus enemy and heart versus heart. 


Lee Chase is a hardened captain, a woman more defined by her work than anything else. She lives and breathes the military life, never relaxing This defining characteristic leads her platoon to look the other way as she leaves with Flynn – unbeknownst to them, she’s being kidnapped. Lee follows the rules to the letter – Jubilee follows her heart. This opening scene sets up Jubilee’s character: right off the bat, she’s a stickler and a warrior. It makes the transition to Jubilee all the more sweet.


I didn’t have the same fascination with Flynn: he was a good, solid character, but I felt like I should feel sorry for him instead of actually feeling emotions. The kind nature that was inherent to his character (few of the rebels would have even considered treating Jubilee’s wounds, let alone hiding her) and his anti-violence stance was admirable. I kept (unfairly) comparing him to Tarver, who returns briefly to This Shattered World, and that might have been the downfall: Flynn was interesting, but he didn’t have the same spark as Tarver. 


Initially, I had hoped for the same heart-pounding, vastly seductive romance of These Broken Stars and was a little disappointed when the adventure/mystery elements took over the story. Then I became so enveloped in the adventure that the romance’s smaller role didn’t bother me. I loved the mystery of the Fury, the sneaky, guerrilla-warfare style of the battles, and how the Whispers were involved in Avon. Avon’s battle-torn world became mine.


Somehow, I had forgotten how immersive Spooner’s and Kaufman’s writing is. Reading brought me into the dark, misty world of Avon, the silence of the marshes broken by the spurt of gunfire. The military base, muddy and solemn, lit up by technology, defended by soldiers in fully body armor. 


It was the last battle scene that utterly changed my opinion. After the book’s halfway point, the pacing picked up for me, but I tore through that last battle scene like I was running out of time. I wasn’t reading; I was there, standing in the mud, watching Flynn scale the tower. Even now, I get goosebumps.


It was truly the writing that made this book stand out for me. Few other authors have grabbed my attention the way that Kaufman and Spooner do. 


Posted January 24, 2015 by Ellen in Uncategorized / 0 Comments
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January 16, 2015

Review | Cold Days by Jim Butcher

Title: Cold Days
Author: Jim Butcher
Publication Date: November 2012
Publisher: Penguin
Series: The Dresden Files {Book 14}
Source & Format: Library; hardcover
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After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad. Because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard.

He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long. And now, her word is his command, no matter what she wants him to do, no matter where she wants him to go, and no matter who she wants him to kill.

Guess which Mab wants first?

Of course, it won’t be an ordinary, everyday assassination. Mab wants her newest minion to pull off the impossible: kill an immortal. No problem there, right? And to make matters worse, there exists a growing threat to an unfathomable source of magic that could land Harry in the sort of trouble that will make death look like a holiday.

Beset by enemies new and old, Harry must gather his friends and allies, prevent the annihilation of countless innocents, and find a way out of his eternal subservience before his newfound powers claim the only thing he has left to call his own…

His soul. 


I discovered Jim Butcher’s work about four years ago from a friend of mine. She has the library I’ve dreamed of: an entire room devoted to books. After looking around, she pulled a battered paperback copy of the first installment of The Dresden Files and I fell in love. 


I’ve missed the last few installments of Butcher’s work, but snagged up Cold Days when I saw it on the shelf. There’s a different tone to Butcher’s work now; instead of the snappy, quick dialogue and set mystery to solve, Dresden faces a mix of threatening emotions, dangerous family dysfunction, sneaky faeries and a mortal world in peril. It took me a bit to adjust to this darker, more emotionally-driven storytelling, but as Harry’s position in Mab’s Winter faerie world grew more unstable, it suited the story more and more. 


Don’t get me wrong: there’s still that snappy dialogue, the fast-paced fight scenes and the heavy sarcasm in Harry’s voice, but they don’t feature as prominently in Cold Days as they have in the past. Healing in Mab’s Arctis Tor has changed Harry’s perspective dramatically. 


I enjoyed the creativity of Cold Days, especially the creation of the Redcap; characters like him added a little extra comedy and flair to lighten up moments of a dark story. I loved the exploration of the Faerie Queens’ family, the dysfunction, the roles they play, and the true nature they hide beneath. Butcher explores past characters and bring Harry’s own actions back to haunt him, making the plot come alive as well as connect back to the past books. 


However, there were times that I felt the pacing drop off. Granted, in 515 pages, there’s bound to be a few slow spots, and I felt my eyes drooping down as I read this at night. I missed the quick pace of the previous books, but with all that Harry’s been through, a slowdown might have been necessary. 


Posted January 16, 2015 by Ellen in the canon talks, Uncategorized / 0 Comments
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October 23, 2014

Review | Pivot Point by Kasie West

Title: Pivot Point

Author: Kasie West {website
Publication Date: February 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
Series: Pivot Point {Book 1}
Source & Format: Library; hardcover
Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

When West’s Pivot Point was published, I heard the masses scream out with joy, and I’ll admit, I was apprehensive. I get a little nervous when a book gets so popular, but I wanted to read Pivot Point. I finally picked it up at the library last week.

Addie is a good heroine. Her own insecurities among the world of the Paranormal let me identify with her quickly, and my heart went out to her as soon as she learns about her parents’ divorce. I loved how the story focused on her as a person instead of identifying her looks; West let her heroine be described naturally in the flow of the story, which I loved. There was a simple kind of magic in Addie’s character – the good girl that everyone wanted to cheer for.

It’s in the plot of the story where West’s skill really came to light. I loved the twists and turns of  the dual narration, the side-by-side plot events – each shown in a different light – and the two romances. Addie’s ability to see which path to choose is one I envy, but after living in her shoes for a while, I understand her frustration. The ability to see what might happen is enough to drive me insane, even in a book, but in a good way. In the middle of Addie’s story, I couldn’t get enough. 

However, it took me quite a bit to figure out what was going on the with dual narratives in the story. Initially, I thought my bookmark had fallen out and I had missed a huge chunk of the story. Once I picked up on West’s little hints about the chapter, I could follow along, but it took me a while.

Overall, it took me a while to become invested in Addie’s story. I liked her enough, but there wasn’t that magical pull until later in the story, once all the plot events began to come to a climax. 

THE RATING:

Posted October 23, 2014 by Ellen in Uncategorized / 0 Comments
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August 30, 2014

The Canon Classics | A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Title: A Wrinkle in Time
Author: Madeleine L’Engle
Publication Date: This edition {2007} Original {1962}
Publisher: This edition {Square Fish}
Series: A Wrinkle in Time Quintet {Book 1}
Source & Format: Library; paperback
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It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I’ll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.”

A tesseract (in case the reader doesn’t know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L’Engle’s unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem. 



Over the past few years, I’ve noticed how movies, books and ideas I loved as a child have affected the person I have become. Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone, for one, introduced me to the world of books and reading (I’m still waiting for my Hogwarts letter…) and taught me it’s okay to be smart like Hermione. The Mixed-Up Files of Ms. Basil E. Frankweiler taught me it was okay to be a little nosy (and I still dream about hiding out in a museum for the night. Thanks for technology, I’m not entirely sure this is possible…). Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time slipped to the back of my memory, but when I opened the page and reunited with nerdy Meg Murry, I felt at home. 


Meg, unlike many of the YA heroines I read as a kid, isn’t exactly an Everygirl: she’s brilliant. Her entire family, ranging from her gorgeous scientist mother to her unnervingly smart little brother, Charles Wallace, possesses a gift of one kind or another. What made Meg relatable was her struggles at school, with herself, and with the missing status of her father. Her concern about the welfare of her family led her to fistfights with (older and bigger) boys because she didn’t know how else to make them stop. This same girl recited the periodic table of elements later in the book (shamefully, I wouldn’t be able to get past the first few). Meg’s love for her family, as erratic and unusual as they were, shone through. 


In many YA adventures and heroic journeys, the themes can often be a little too blunt for my taste. L’Engle wove the power and importance of love into every thread, every character, every thought in A Wrinkle in Time so skillfully that the magnitude of it didn’t hit me until I sat down to write this review. The masterful use of language and character made the theme stand strong without having the characters repeat it like a monotonous refrain. 


There were moments in this book that stood out to me, moments that I remember thinking, “I want to be like her,”; when Meg admits her fear, but faces the danger courageously anyway was the most memorable. A Wrinkle in Time is one of those memorable childhood books that makes a last impression, deep in the soul. 


THE RATING:


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May 22, 2014

Review | The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook

Title: The Iron Duke
Author: Meljean Brook {website}
Publication Date: October 2010
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Series: Iron Seas {Book 1}
Source & Format: Library; paperback
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After the Iron Duke freed England from Horde control, he instantly became a national hero. Now Rhys Trahaearn has built a merchant empire on the power-and fear-of his name. And when a dead body is dropped from an airship onto his doorstep, bringing Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth into his dangerous world, he intends to make her his next possession.

But when Mina uncovers the victim’s identity, she stumbles upon a conspiracy that threatens the lives of everyone in England. To save them, Mina and Rhys must race across zombie-infested wastelands and treacherous oceans-and Mina discovers the danger is not only to her countrymen, as she finds herself tempted to give up everything to the Iron Duke.












THE CHARACTERS

I loved the characters. The gritty, dark characterization of the Iron Duke fascinated me from page one. He had the kind of legend and reputation that is reserved for those with deep, dark secrets – how on earth was I supposed to wait to find out what they were? Although the dark, brooding hero was a familiar stereotype, I loved his dry humor and his relentless pursuit of Mina. Mina, in turn, was an equally fascinating twist on another stereotype: the female who feels the weight of the world on her shoulders. She is unique in her role in the police department and helps to support her family throughout the story. I loved her stubbornness and her determination to take care of herself, no matter what. 


THE PLOT

The mystery and adventure elements of the plot are strong and spectacular. Instead of reading, The Iron Duke felt like an intense thrill ride from beginning to end. Certain elements of the plot (such as a body dropping from an airship onto a house) were a little far-fetched, especially when taken out of the context of the book. Yet within Brook’s world, the strange and eclectic plot feels right at home.  

I can’t talk about the plot of The Iron Duke without mentioning the romance. *Fans self* Truly, from the tension to the scenes between the two lovers, the romance delivered without a doubt. I did enjoy the adventure, but the romance kept me turning pages until it was two in the morning. The matched stubbornness of each character keeps the tension high throughout the entire novel. 

THE WRITING

This is my first steampunk novel. I’ll admit, I had my doubts… I loved it. The mix of Victorian scenes and science fiction was simply heaven for this book nerd. The world building was neat and concise, keeping me engaged in the story while explaining this slightly off-kilter world to me. From the dialogue to the atmosphere, I loved everything about it. 

THE VERDICT

Like science fiction? Romance? Steampunk? Adventure? Whatever you enjoy, read this book. It’s an intense adventure with a heart-stopping romance and engaging characters. I will be looking for the rest of the books in the Iron Seas series when I go to the library next. 

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