Finally!! The next installment in the Steampunk Chronicles!!
I'd been looking forward to reading this novel since I finished the last novel. Great seri...moreFinally!! The next installment in the Steampunk Chronicles!!
I'd been looking forward to reading this novel since I finished the last novel. Great series, but I wasn't as satisfied with this read as I have been with the initial short story that began the series. I have thought that there was a strong start, but the story itself seems to be slowly losing steam and is weakening.
As far as this novel is concerned, there is a bit of action spread sparsely throughout, and a culmination at the end which did feel a bit rushed given everything happens within the last 25-30 pages or so. We are left with what should be a satisfactory ending, but instead are left with an obvious manuevering by the author to create more potential for the story to continue beyond this third book. I am in a way looking forward to the next book as I'm sure there will be one quite possibly more, but I'm more interested in the relationships of the characters than the story...and if I remember correctly that is how I felt with the last novel, The Girl with the Clockwork Collar, as well.
I'm sure anyone else who has followed this series up to now would enjoy the story as well, as I said it was enjoyable. If you are tentative about the series like I am I'd say read it and decide for yourself. Don't let my opinion sway you!!(less)
I'd only been somewhat looking forward to continuing this series. I only had luke warm feelings for the characters with the exception of Vex. He kept...moreI'd only been somewhat looking forward to continuing this series. I only had luke warm feelings for the characters with the exception of Vex. He kept me reading in the first novel because there was just something about him that was interesting. Xandra is still just as emotional and quick to act as she was in the first novel which tends to get her caught up in quite the mess.
In this book much like the first we have a family crisis and it seems only Xandra is the one who can save the day. At least now she has the backing of the Goblins now that she has discovered she is actually Goblin and not a Halvie as she was lead to believe her whole life. There are many things going on in her life that Xandra just can't and won't face because she just doesn't know which way to choose. Should she accept her place as the Goblin Queen and thereby not feel quite so guilty every time she asks for help from the prince, William, and his minions? Or does she attempt to distance herself from them and try to get her life back. When things turn on their head she realizes she must make a decision....and fast.
The novel was ok and left an ending open for the next book in the series. I'll likely read that one as well just because I'm a little curious now as to what will happen. This novel brought to light that the human league had begun slowly but surely to raise violence to the Aristocracy and it will be interesting to see all of this play out.
As far as steampunk goes once again not much here to really classify it as such, more paranormal than steampunk. Also there is still the annoying repetition of "Fang Me". Ugh find a new phrase and try changing it up once in a while!! Really cool cover though!(less)
I don't know if its because I JUST finished this book or if was a little more than that but I enjoyed this story much more than the one in The Girl in...moreI don't know if its because I JUST finished this book or if was a little more than that but I enjoyed this story much more than the one in The Girl in the Steel Corset. Part of it could be that I was already invested in these characters and was already rooting for them. I really liked these characters especially going into this novel. It took a good chunk of the last book for me to really want to stick with these characters and this story. I admit what got me was the relationship or the potential for a relationship between Finley and Griffin. I just had to see how this was going to play out so I picked up the next book. Luckily though Kady Cross does tease throughout this WHOLE book I was satisfied with where things seem to be going.
This novel gives the reader much more action than the first novel. I remember thinking the last novel things moved very quickly to a climax and an ending, but these wasn't quite enough build up. This one however was a bit more drawn out over the course of the novel which is what kept be interested aside from the maybe or maybe not relationships.
So the gang heads to NY to try to break Jasper Renn free after his being arrested by bounty hunters for murder charges at the end of the first novel. The gang wonders if they can believe the story or is the story wrong and they can truly trust their friend Jasper. In order to work their way in to getting Jasper, Finley comes up with a plan to join the ranks of Reno Dalton's gang of criminals. While her plan is crazy, one she does not consult with an overprotective Griffin, he later realizes the plan just might work. They are on a mission to stop Dalton in whatever his criminal goal may be and as the novel progresses they have countless run ins with him and a particularly annoying Miss Astor-Prynn who is determined to snag Griffin as her husband. In many chance meetings with Finley Miss Astor-Prynn attemps to be Finley in her place, or the place that Miss Astor-Prynn believes her to be in which is below her on the social ladder. This whole debacle between Astor-Prynn, Finley and Griffin was one of my favorites in the novel. Well that and Finley's hog tying a man dressed in her unmentionables! Love her bad ass attitude and that she takes zero crap from ANYONE Griffin included!
I won't give anything else away, and I don't really think I gave away too much as it is, BUT if you happen to read this novel let me know what you think about Mei. I'm still a little up in the air and I'm not sure if I really feel all that sympathetic towards her. Since we don't get much back story or anything on her in terms of why she acts the way she does, or at least has been acting I'm just not sure why she was compelled to act the way she did. I kinda wish Finley and her would have had another go around honestly and maybe we could have learned a bit more about her. But alas that did not happen.
I will for sure be picking up the next book in the series. I'm bummed I have to wait til next year but maybe it won't be too terribly long. I'm even more excited now to see where things go with this little gang. I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys a little romance, steampunk themes and a good adventure. Oh and if you read the first book and were only so so on it this one may win you over!(less)
For starters, I knew nothing about this book. I was quite surprised to see that it was recently published and even more surprised to see I got it so q...moreFor starters, I knew nothing about this book. I was quite surprised to see that it was recently published and even more surprised to see I got it so quickly from the library. Made me wonder a little about whether there was any hype over wanting to read this book or not and if not then maybe it was not so good. Well after a little digging around I find out that Kate Locke is a pseudonym, one of a few apparently, of Kady Cross....aka Kathryn Smith oh yeah and also Kate Cross. Dang it! If I had known all this I wouldn't have read THIS book next. I just finished the book The Girl in the Steel Corset which is by Kady Cross. I thought that one was ok, but I like to get a break from the same author and switch things up a bit. I was a little mislead. I try not to read too much about a book before I start it because I don't like spoilers and I'm always afraid a review could sway my opinion and cause me to miss out on a book I would have otherwise enjoyed. They have before. So that aside I did start reading this one anyways. I was already 30+ pages when I discovered the pseudonym thing and for me I'd rather keep me going than to just drop it.
There are three things that I didn't particularly care for and I'll just get those out there and move on to what I liked and what kept me reading. The first thing that annoyed me to no end was the constant use of "bloody", "bollocks", and "fang me". I understand "fang me" was used rather than the F word which was creative BUT not as often as it was repeated. I understand also that the book is set in London and there are going to be other phrases they use that we here in America do not, but it is painfully clear that the author is not British in her overuse of the words. I also noticed early in the novel there are some spellings that are obviously intended to be British but they just fall away and you never see them again. That was strange and not consistent. The other thing that bothered me was more for understanding the plot. I had no clue what the heck was going on or how these classes of people came to be. We have Vampires, Werewolves, Goblins, and Humans. You also have these halvies running around that can be part Vampire and Human or part Werewolf part Human. Very odd. Humans are the minority in this society as somehow the Aristocracy is completely full of nothing but Werewolves and Vampires. Something to do with the plague causing these mutations, but why it is that only the Aristocracy are Vamps and Weres is beyond me. I did appreciate that Author Note at the beginning that gives you the run down on the time and place historically. That was helpful. I think though that the Author's Note should have mentioned the fact that there is a very handy little GLOSSARY and UNDERSTANDING THE ARISTOCRACY section in the back of the book!!! How do you NOT tell your reader?? I'm the reader who never reads the end first and I don't flip through so I'd never be looking at the end for something I need to know in the BEGINNING!! Lastly the other annoyance was that this book is billed as steampunk. This is not steampunk. This is urban fantasy on steroids. There are so many underworld creatures that it is a bit much to keep all of the goings on straight until you get really vested in the story. There are some gadgets that I guess the author was going for steampunk but the story is set in the 20th century and all the gadgets we see are common place just named something different and somehow they work slightly different. Not quite what I think or expect of steampunk. I expect some gadgets I really don't have an idea as to what they are or how they work! So once I resigned myself to the fact that I was not reading steampunk but in fact urban fantasy I was a little more on board. I was bummed as I was wanting to read steampunk but got urban fantasy.
All right that is all out there. Now this was not a terrible book. I did not hate the book. I did enjoy it honestly I did despite what I disliked. There is a fairly interesting story going on here. The main character can be a bit obnoxious at times she is only 21 or so and is a bit on the immature side. Very quick to respond emotionally especially where her family is concerned. If not for the family we honestly would not have a story. What kept me reading though was the introduction of the character Vexation "Vex" MacLaughlin aka Vex or the MacLaughlin. Now I've never been one to favor a wolf character; I've always preferred the Vampires. But THIS Alpha Were has something that I can't describe. He kinda won me over. HE was what kept me reading. I read this to the end, despite wanting to throw it across the room because of all the times I read "bloody", "bollocks, and "FANG ME", I continued to read to see how much Vex would appear and what his role was in this story. The name is weird I will say that....Vexation....yeah but Vex was a good way to shorten it. Almost seemed like Vex was picked first and then it was like oh crap I need a FULL NAME! How about Vexation cause that may sound mysterious. Whatever either way the name works for the character.
On the whole there is a lot going on so I can definitely see where this is going to be a series. IF I should read any further it would be to see if my favorite character Vex remains a part of the story. That's what kept me here, that would be what could draw me in again. Since this is the first in the series and was just released it may be awhile before I can expect another. At this point I'm undecided. I'm on the fence looking over thinking hmm would it be worth the jump or remain where I am.
I'd recommend the book to someone who enjoys urban fantasy with a kick ass, no wait kick arse according to the book, heroine with an interesting twist to how Vampires and Werewolves come to be and a dash of steamy romance, then by all means pick this up. OH and please read the back material! Trust me it will all make much more sense!(less)
Much much much better than the first!! I really enjoyed this one over the first. For starters the weaving of the character events from chapter to chap...moreMuch much much better than the first!! I really enjoyed this one over the first. For starters the weaving of the character events from chapter to chapter worked so much better not only for the pacing of the events but it felt more fluid reading it. The first book felt like I was chopped off from Simon and Miriam after they were kidnapped and a great deal of time was spent with Neil and Riki on the island while rescuing Mana.
The ending of Devil's Kitchen felt a little rushed in terms of how things were wrapped up. Everything seemed to simple. The dealings with the headmasters were believeable, but the dealings with the Marchpanes and the Cantwells felt like things were way to simple. Dealing with the fact that the pair were producing a drug that they were actively administering and testing on people felt to be much greater than a simple "ok stop that now".
Overall this book had a lot more errors which was incredibly disappointing give the fact that I got to 50% of the way through the first book before having found an error. Despite that fact though I will give it much more props over the first as it flowed much better. I look forward to reading more from this author, I'm so glad to have found her books on Amazon and at the time they were free!! Always a plus to read FREE books and to find a new indie author! The snippet of Devil's Kitchen titled the Lamplighter looked like it dealt with the same characters so I'll be looking for that one! (less)
The book follows Marian after her father has died and new guardians take over her home and her fathers business. They are some shady characters and Ma...moreThe book follows Marian after her father has died and new guardians take over her home and her fathers business. They are some shady characters and Marian is out to figure out what is going on. Two other main characters are introduced fairly early, Simon the son of the guardians and Neil his poor friend. All great characters and I liked the story, but I was a bit disappointed with the second half of the book because while it had been following the young girl during the transition of new guardians taking over her home and her father's business, the second half there was a great split in terms of the story and where the characters were going. I understand the intended connection, but it didn't entirely work for me. Following Neil was interesting and there was a whole new set of characters to meet, but the way things were written it felt a bit disjointed. I'm thinking the second book will pick up with Marian and Simon after they were kidnapped. And if that be the case it would feel to me that things would have made more sense being split within the same book. For instance every other chapter or so split between the two story lines. I'll continue with the story either way because I am curious to see where things go. There isn't a great ending. It just sort of stops. The extra chapters may help, but I'll get to that with the actual book.
This was another free book from Amazon. I was very impressed to not have found an error until after that point. Being a free book, I have come to expect a few errors here and there, and this one has the least amount of errors I've seen with ebooks. Big plus!! As I write this the second book is also free, so I got that the other night. Hoping it will wrap up some loose ends that were left hanging in the end of this book. Another book that does not actually end at 100%, it was more like 94% with a few bonus chapters from the next book. Since I was able to snag the second book while it was free I didn't bother with reading them now. (less)