Her Sky Cowboy (The Glorious Victorious Darcys #1)
HER SKY COWBOY has glimmers of goodness, and I made it about 10 ...more
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I'm new to the steampunk genre and this book was easy for me to escape into. I loved the mashup of Victorian England, inventors, dirigibles, gadgets and the unique twist Beth took in her world building. The world was FUN! But I adored the characters. The heroine Amelia is feisty and brave and not willing to let her brothers go off on a treasure hunt and leave her out. She has clues that could lead her to the perfect prize to win Qu ...more
Wrongly accused of a murder he has not committed, Tucker Gentry is on the run. At ...more
I was going to rate this 4 stars right up until the final chapters. The plot was interesting and inventive, the characters quite likable, action thrilling, and most importantly the author refrained from giving too much away to early. For me, a good novel provides the unexpected until the final page. Her Sky Cowboy certainly did that, but instead of cheering I was like "NOOOOOOO!" Okay, maybe I wasn't that dramatic.
I believe this is a trilogy. I was expecting Amelia to narrorate each bo ...more
10% status update: It's going to be such a relief to read a Steampunk book written by an American that doesn't need to be Brit-picked despite having already been edited. Peace Rebels & a cowboy means the usual language errors won't actual ...more
I really, really did. It's got loads of elements I enjoy - a plucky young heroine, grand adventure, romance, a handsome hero, steampunk trimmings...I should have loved this book. The world building was actually something I was really fascinated by.
Except some parts of it really stuck in my craw. Particularly how the titular Sky Cowboy seems to be so inclined to have to restrain himself at the sight of the heroine once they meet. Gee, you're so turned on by thi ...more
The first few pages of this novel drew me in raising my hopes but I found the rest of the book rather uneven. Our heroine Miss Amelia Darcy loses her eccentric inventor father during his attempt to create a rocket ship. Shortly after, she and her two brothers each receive a letter inviting them to partake in a competition to find a lost technological invention for Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. In order to save her family from their financially embarrassing situat ...more
The book is set in 1887, 31 years after the "Peace Rebels" traveled back in time from 1969. They came back to warn the world of the dangers of technology - they had stories of Hiroshima, and the Holo ...more
Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee is a chance for Amelia Darcy and her twin brothers to save the family’s reputation and wealth. If one the Darcy siblings can discover an invention of historical importance in honor of the Queen’s Jubilee. Amelia embarks on trip to Italy to find a lost da Vinci workshop with her mechanical enhanced falcon and an Italian cook but when her kite cycle crashes into a ship of ex-Air Marshal Tucker Gentry. ...more
Steam punk is a difficult genre for me. An author does not necessarily have to explain how all technology works in their fictional world. But some of it should be explained and the explanation needs to make some sense as well as being reasonably consistent. (the same goes for magic, but that doesn't apply here)
In this case the author just assumes the reader will buy in by just talking about technology as if it were window d ...more
The good: the plot is interesting, the descriptions painted the scenery nicely. I could visualize everything quite well. Why the Victorian world had all the cool stuff was actually explained -and explained in a believable and well done manner- w ...more
Book provided by the author for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
I’m still relatively new to the steampunk genre. I’ve only read a handful of books with this theme, so I’m in no way an expert. But one thing I’ve noticed is that this genre is so wide open to interpretation. I mean, really anything can happen. In Beth Ciotta’s world, a time traveler from the 1960s goes back to 1850s and ends up sharing technology and changing history. I love this concept and was e ...more
A few hints caught my eye - time traveling hippies? A locomotive-powered VW Bug? What is NOT to like in that? But I never got to SEE it. Not really. Everything is tell, tell, tell, with no fully-fleshed SCENES. Nothing to see or feel and no reason to like the characters. They're just so flat. UGH. And the tech! What's the point of steampunk if you ha ...more
A very daring woman...
A very dashing man...
a bunch of incredible flying gadgets...
a quest for family salvation (and riches)...
and of course, a bad guy.
What else could you ask for?
I was actually pretty disappointed to find out that this "trilogy" is about each of the Darcy siblings. The entire book I was wondering how they were going to wrap up all the plot points they created only to find that they only wrap up the main story points in the last 40 pages. All the elements that I thought were g ...more
(Range extends from brain candy to double-decker cheesecake with whipped cream.)
This book is a solid start to what looks to be an intriguing series. It's a little rough around the edges -- some phrasings and saidisms jarred me out of my reading flow -- but for once the lack of a magical element to explain the steampunk trappings wasn't my main complaint. The science was mostly realistic to the period (with exceptions explained by the book premise) and the explanations ...more
I just love steampunk romance, and this was a wonderful addition to this genre.
”I want you, Amelia. Naked and writhing beneath me. I want to kiss you senseless, make you tremble with desire. But I won’t make a move unless you ask. Way I see it, given the natural pull between us, it’s only a matter of time.”
There were so many things to love about this book. The world, the characters and the romance. I find the worlds created in steampunk books so very fascinating and captivating.
I was put off almost immediately because Amelia Darcy has this view of utopia. Sorry, I've read a lot of books and watched Doctor Who. Utopia doesn't work.
I soldiered through. I got halfway through before I fell apart. I can't do this.
"I don't want anything to do with a man." *Gets involved with a man.* "Oh, baby, you're the one that I want. Ooo ooo ...more
Amelia Darcy 20, tiny, busty hourglass figure, waist-length blonde curls, despairs when rocket fuel blows up, apparently with her pa ...more
The book was full of adventure and a swee ...more