I must have said this before, and I’ll say it again, I only keep reading The Steampunk Chronicles because I *adore* Sam and Emily, who are not the maiI must have said this before, and I’ll say it again, I only keep reading The Steampunk Chronicles because I *adore* Sam and Emily, who are not the main characters—-in fact, I couldn’t care less about Finley and Griffin. The thing is, I could never relate to Finley, or care about her, even when she was alone and in trouble in the first book—-I feel guilty about this, but to be fair, she makes it so easy to dislike her, being so annoying and whiny all the time. Meanwhile, Griffin is just plain boring and overall not interesting as a hero, most of the time I forget he’s in the story, for real.
I’m being extremely negative, so let me change the topic to Mila and Dandy, because, sweet baby unicorn on a rainbow, what a match! I especially loved the flashbacks, Kady did a terrific job with Mila’s reactions to a world where everything is like a pretty shiny object, and with the way Jack is so protective when she doesn’t even need protection. Also, how he doesn’t mind explaining things to her—-all the things. Her naïveté is a delight (plus, extremely funny), and just the pure joy she gets from learning new stuff, and how to do the most ordinary tasks like, taking a bath—-I actually squealed when she pushed Jack into the bathtub with her. Squealed.
Jack was driving me crazy with all the denial, but, hey, I read historical romance all the time so I’m used to these type of heroes with lots of daddy and mommy issues, who think they don’t deserve good girls like Mila, even if they love them back, so I knew it was just a matter of *painful* time until he’d finally give up and allow himself to be happy—-and it was SWEET.
A shame Sam and Emily had only a few scenes, I was hoping to see some developments in their relationship, but it’s like Kady forgot about them in this book.
It pains me to give this book a 3 stars rating because Mila and Dandy deserved more, but the lack of Sam and Em, plus the never-ending Finley-Griffin-The-Machinist drama stops me from going for a higher rating. (Also, I’m still trying to figure out who is the girl with the windup heart…?)
(I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley. Many thanks!)...more
I feel like I have a complicated relationship with The Steampunk Chronicles, I don’t love it, but I certainly don’t hate it, the protagonist is not aI feel like I have a complicated relationship with The Steampunk Chronicles, I don’t love it, but I certainly don’t hate it, the protagonist is not a favorite of mine, but a couple of secondary characters are, and honestly sometimes my eyes do the roll because of the writing, however, I keep wanting to read the next installment when it comes out. Like I said: it’s complicated.
This is the third book in the series, after The Girl in the Steel Corset and The Girl in the Clockwork Collar, and basically what happens is that Emily is kidnapped and the rest of the gang needs to figure out who took her and where she is being held so they can have their lass back, and somewhere in between they all meet The Girl with the Iron Touch, which is kind of a part human, part machine, female Frankenstein—she’s okay; I enjoyed her ‘coming to life’ moments, and how the author manages to describe what she’s feeling in first person when this being doesn’t even know what feelings are.
But anyway, I was extremely excited to find out Em had a lot more protagonism and character development in this chapter of the chronicles—POVs and all!—because she is my favorite, along with Sam, who happens to be her brooding, tall, dark and handsome love interest; their relationship finally gets new and shiny improvements in this one, but I have to say it annoyed me to no end that they had so little time together when goddamn Finley and Griffin had so many similar and boring scenes in which they kept getting cockblocked. Who cares?? Not this reader, for sure! Have sex, don’t have sex, just get it over already, or not, and spare me the details, because guess what, I don’t want to read about it again, mind you. >__> Griffin doesn’t even do it for me.
And since I’m talking about things that get on my nerves, I must say that Finley reminding me in every damn chapter of how handsome the boys are, especially Griffin, is exceedingly annoying, and it just makes me dislike her even more. I mean, and I kid you not, she’s been doing it since book one, yeah, thanks Finley I got the message, Griffin is a Greek God, Dandy was carved by a dozen angels, Jasper is fiiiine, and even Sam, when he smiles, oh boy, Em knows how to pick them! CAN WE MOVE ALONG NOW, PLEASE. (I just noticed I complained about this exact same thing on my review of book #2… really, let it go Kady. Just. Let. It. Go.)
Clearly, this can’t be the last book in the series, even though I can’t find information about a possible fourth installment or about what Kady is writing at this point, but I’m still assuming book #4 is on its way, and yes, I’ll read it, I’ll read it just to make sure not even God himself could sink my ship.
(I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, thanks guys.)
Ironskin is a retelling of the classic Jane Eyre mixed with a couple of fantastic elements—mainly fairies and fairy magic—and being a hardcore Jane EyIronskin is a retelling of the classic Jane Eyre mixed with a couple of fantastic elements—mainly fairies and fairy magic—and being a hardcore Jane Eyre and fantasy in general fan I was *extremely* excited to read it; needless to say I did the happy dance when my request on NetGalley for an advance copy of Ironskin was approved. (Many thanks to Macmillan-Tor/Forge!)
The book follows the basic steps of the classic, starting off with the heroine, Jane Eliot, arriving at Mr. Rochart’s house seeking for employment as a governess for his young daughter Dorie. I remained optimistic during the first 100 pages or so, mostly because I was enjoying the worldbuilding, which I think is the strong point of Ironskin, but also because even though I know the original tale by heart, I still managed to get caught up in the mysterious, obscure and sometimes creepy essence of the storyline.
Unfortunately the optimism didn’t last and by page 200 I was bored to death. Why? Well, the heroine’s main concern since the beginning is her charge, Dorie—the girl is different from everyone around her, she’s exceedingly disobedient, she sees things that aren’t there, she has magical powers, she gives the creeps to people around her, and her father can’t keep a governess for too long. Being Jane different from other people herself, with a scarred face and an iron mask to cover it up, she’s determined to be the governess Dorie needs. This would have been fine, had it not taken hold of almost the entire story, like, the first half of this book is all about Jane trying to get Dorie to use her hands to eat and to pick up things, because she does everything using her powers.
The other half of the book is still about Dorie, plus there are a couple of episodes in which Jane tries to find out what Mr. Rochart does for a living. I kept waiting to fall in love with these characters and to care about their personal tragedies but as the pages flew slowly by I just got more and more bored. Other thing that bothered me was the lack of solid interaction between Jane and Rochart throughout the story, and yet they still fall in love with each other.
The final twists and events were mildly surprising, but overall I was not happy with the way the story comes together in the end. There’s also something quite wrong with the beauty concept in this story, as if all beautiful people are possessed by evil beings and in grave need of salvation…
I honestly wanted to love this book but it wasn’t possible.
Okay, so this one kind of disappointed me, because I was expecting great new things from it and it turned out to be more or less the same paranormal vOkay, so this one kind of disappointed me, because I was expecting great new things from it and it turned out to be more or less the same paranormal vampire thing – it’s just that in Sang, where the story takes place, vampires are called Bludmen. Fancy. My main problem with the book was the heroine, she started out okay, but then she just becomes boring, and I gradually stopped caring about her. The love triangle didn’t help (HATE THEM SO FREAKING MUCH) especially because both relationships are not believable. If Letitia likes both men then she needs to explain it to me and show me why exactly. Just telling me over and over that they are both oh so handsome and sexy isn’t enough. I also think the villain is just plain stupid, and a 5 year-old could have tricked him. Now, I did like the world of Sang, and especially the circus people who, as I see it, deserved a lot more scenes (or at least one show!). But in the end I can't recommend Wicked As They Come. Sorry.
I really liked the heroine, Miss Tarabotti, and all the nonsense that goes on in her mind. Her encounters with Lord Maccon would crack me up every timI really liked the heroine, Miss Tarabotti, and all the nonsense that goes on in her mind. Her encounters with Lord Maccon would crack me up every time, and I have to say I did not see his interest in her coming. Of course, he could hardly ignore a female that sometimes shows up in his arms when he’s wearing nothing else but his birthday suit. I’m still to understand a few things about Carriger’s alternate world, like why exactly is Miss Tarabotti considered soulless when all she has is some kind of power to neutralize other supernatural creatures, and nothing else in her behavior shows that she doesn’t have a soul -- even if there were means to measure it. The only thing that bothered me in the whole book was that last carriage scene because I was expecting so much more from it. Bump in the road + “Ouch, that hurt” is nuts!!