Photographs & Phantoms (Gaslight Chronicles #2)
As a member of the Order of the Round Table, Kendall Lake is overqualified to be investigating strange phenomena at a seaside photography studio. But since the photographer is related to the Order's most powerful sorcerer, Kendall reluctantly boards a dirigible to Brighton.
Amy Deland is haunted by a shadow that appears in some of her recent portraits. In...more
Photographs & Phantoms is a period piece set in Brighton, England in the 1850’s. While it is touted as a steam punk novel, I saw it as more of a historical romance with a hint of the paranormal. The steam punk elements felt secondary to the story. Sure, there were the requisite dirigibles, and a few other devices like wheel barrows with feet rather than wheels, but for me it felt more like a romance.
This short novella is the story of Amy Deland, a photographer. Amy has noticed that some of ...more
Besides that, the plot itself was very basic and minimal, wrapped up entirely too quickly to really be anyth ...more
Expected Release Date: April 25, 2011
Imprint: Carina Press
Author’s Website: http://www.cindyspencerpape.com
My Source for This Book: Netgalley, free to preorder on Amazon.com
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1.5, Gaslight Chronicles
Steam Level: Steamy
This tasty little short story is book 1.5 of the Gaslight Chronicles, sequel to Steam & Sorcery, which was a story that I loved so much that I gave it a 4 ...more
The sights of Brighton were vivid in my mind because I’ve been there, so it was a great bonus to discover the book is set there. I loved the “old” feel, the clothes, the people, the way they behaved. One ...more
Photographs & Phantoms is pretty much your standard romance short story. There is the girl with the problem, in this case a ghost that seems to target clients she takes photographs of, and there is the awesome-wizard-guy that comes to save her. And while he's playing Superinvestigator, they fall in love.
The mystery was actually pretty good, I liked how everything came together in the end. Although I think the ending was quite abru ...more
Narration: Exquisite. Great basic narrative and voices, fantastic accents. 4.5-5 stars
But then there's the romance. Specifically, the physical scenes.
First of all, if you're going to have confirmed-singleton heroes fall in love and reverse a large part of their personalities in 2 ...more
It is a pity it is so short - it would have been so much better if it had been longer - although this is also my impression of books 1 & 3 in the series.
They are also rather formulaic - Victorian career girl in her mid-twenties meets strong aristocratic male with secret to do with magick, and they fall in ...more
The beginning was really good, too. The world building was promising and the characters, too. But pretty soon after guy met girl, it devolved into a soft porn story.
If that is your cup of tea, go for it. I, however, would have liked a lot less of that. Like, a lot less. It felt cheap. And right when that all started ...more
Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...
1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.
2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.
3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.
4 sta ...more
(I do so appreciate these short freebies that let me sample a new series. Love the author's Urban Arcana series but was dragging my feet about starting this one. Dragging no more!)
This was a book with few pages, so the story came a bit rushed out. The setting of the story was brief and the main characters could be better developed, even the mystery had an easy solution. I was a shame. The ideas was really good. I liked more of this story than of the debut of the series. But its lacked more scenes, time with the characters and a ...more
Photographs & Phantoms once again begins with a confirmed bachelor. K ...more
A) I needed a steampunk book for my monthly reading challenge
B) I saw that someone else in the grow was reading these books
C) It was free
And I really enjoyed it.
The PLOT- Amy, a modern thinking photographer, is seeing some disturbing images in some of her more recent photographs. Enter Kendall, a charming and handsome (and SINGLE!!) man sent to help her with her problem. After determining that there is a malevolent ...more
I'm quite fond of steampunk, so it was a no brainer that I was going to pick this one up. The cover was quite interest ...more
Lord Kendall Lake is a member of the Order of the Round Table on assignment regarding some supernatural occurrences at a photography studio owned by Amy Deland, the niece of the Order's most
powerful member. Amy's photographs are the common link in a series of recent unexplained deaths and Lord Kendall has been dispatched to investigate the case. Kendall expects Ms. Deland to be an old maid but when he sees she's a young at ...more