I had a great time reading this book. The world really came alive for me, and I found myself completely enjoying the western setting. The descriptions...moreI had a great time reading this book. The world really came alive for me, and I found myself completely enjoying the western setting. The descriptions of the mechanical horses, the city smog…all painted vivid images in my mind. I'm pretty new to the steampunk romance genre, but it felt very unique.
What really brought this story to life, besides the setting, was the characters. I think the best stories are those that get you emotionally involved with the characters and this one did just that. Jon was an interesting hero and I appreciated the fact that he was a bit different from the standard romance fare. Sam was a breath of fresh air too--a talented engineer in a world that doesn't always value women in the profession. I came to really like the characters and worried about any dangers that presented themselves to their happiness.
This book isn't solely a romance though--romance is surely there--but other elements also drive the story, such as Jon striving to win the tournament. There are no hot scenes in this book, just a subtle attraction that grows into love. I admit, the romance reader in me was left wanting a little more, but I still felt satisfied at the end.
If you're interested in reading a story set in an intriguing steampunk world with great characters and a bit of romance, then definitely give this one a try.(less)
Singh's and Kantra's stories were pleasant reads and I liked them both. As a fan of Singh's Psy/Changeling series, I always look forward to returning...moreSingh's and Kantra's stories were pleasant reads and I liked them both. As a fan of Singh's Psy/Changeling series, I always look forward to returning to that world.
I skipped Knight's story all together because it just doesn't sound appealing.
To my surprise, Brook's story ended up being my favorite. There has been so much hype surrounding Brook's new steampunk romance series that I was almost hesitant to start it for fear that it couldn't possibly live up to my expectations. Well, I can safely say that Here There Be Monsters was very enjoyable. It took me some time to get into it, but once I did I really appreciated how detailed and imaginative the world building was in this story. The romance between Mad Machen and Ivy was intense, not to mention hot! The ending surprised me in that it was satisfying. I was half-expecting the usual sequel bait tactics (leaving the ending open so readers would have to follow the series in order to find out how things developed). Instead, Brook crafted a well-written, captivating story that has me looking forwarding to reading The Iron Duke.(less)
I would probably rate this anthology 3 ½ stars if I could. I liked all of the stories except for Carolyn Crane’s story, which I thought was just okay....moreI would probably rate this anthology 3 ½ stars if I could. I liked all of the stories except for Carolyn Crane’s story, which I thought was just okay. The premise was interesting but I had a hard time finishing it because I kept losing interest. Meljean Brook’s story was the best. It was well written with great world building and characters I came to care about. I really need to make time to read Brook’s full-length novels because her short stories set in this world have been very enjoyable.(less)