Ghost in the Machine is already my favorite book of 2015 and I can assure you, nothing will be able to beat it. It has everything I look for in a noveGhost in the Machine is already my favorite book of 2015 and I can assure you, nothing will be able to beat it. It has everything I look for in a novel. The steampunk masterfully weaves through a riveting plot that had be glued to the pages and up all night. Absolutely phenomenal!...more
I am a big fan of stories with daring twists. This had a very Dia Reeves feel to it (who is one of my all time favorite authors) only it went a step fI am a big fan of stories with daring twists. This had a very Dia Reeves feel to it (who is one of my all time favorite authors) only it went a step further. I found myself falling in love with characters I never intended to love as my heart was pulled this way and that. Daring fiction risks breaking the rules and The Darkness Within breaks all the right rules in all the right ways. Absolutely stunning novel from a talent I look forward to continuing to follow!...more
You don’t run across many YA historical fiction novels currently with the fads leaning toward dystopians and contemporary so the genre alone caught myYou don’t run across many YA historical fiction novels currently with the fads leaning toward dystopians and contemporary so the genre alone caught my attention. There was a wonderful ghost story feel to it that was simply entrancing. This is a clean teen read in my opinion, not a thing to worry about content-wise (other than a word or two some might have preferences against) though there are shocking moments involving a Puritan’s past. There was suspense, mystery, and romance which only further impressed the heck out of me. This story was versatile and at a certain point ended up transcending the genres until it was something indefinable and completely amazing. A five star read I finished in one sitting. Amazing plot, beautiful writing, and a wonderful mystery....more
Amazingly unique and undeniably amazing. Curses, thieves, pirates, ghosts and a young boy from a small village in the Philippines make for an unusualAmazingly unique and undeniably amazing. Curses, thieves, pirates, ghosts and a young boy from a small village in the Philippines make for an unusual and riveting story. The style was lyrical and the pace made for a quick read. I loved everything from the plot to the wonderful character development. I’d say this falls into the coming of age category for me and was a quick and easy read. There was a depth to the character growth that surprised and delighted me. Choices had to be made and they weren’t easy ones. Overall, a phenomenal read well worthy of five stars!...more
As a fan of The Forgotten Carols I jumped at the chance to review this novel while keeping in mind it was a very different genre/style. As I’ve mentioAs a fan of The Forgotten Carols I jumped at the chance to review this novel while keeping in mind it was a very different genre/style. As I’ve mentioned in past reviews I am not someone who gets into the Christmas spirit easily but I seem to be on a winning streak. My expectations were set high knowing who this duo was. The Forgotten Carols has been a family tradition on Christmas Eve night for a few years now and hits home every time. I was not disappointed. In fact I was flabbergasted by how fantastic this middle-grade read was. It has that sweep you off your feet style laced with humor that all ages can appreciate. I would love to see this become a classic for this niche market like Hogfather by Terry Pratchett. Something anyone and everyone can enjoy and find happiness in.
It’s unusual to find villains not only lovable but endearing. The little details in this book add a touch of something special right from the beginning. The style itself could be the hook if it weren’t that the unusual start will reel you in on its own. The style is exceptional and flows well throughout the novel, keeping great pacing. It’s been a while since I’ve startled my family with laughter while reading but I couldn’t contain myself. I ended up reading parts of it aloud and we all agreed that it was a must read. As soon as I put it down on the shelf I noticed another family member pick it up, wanting to experience it for themselves. Considering none of us are under 20 and a few of them/us can take advantage of the senior discounts it shows the vast age range this story can cater to.
Fantastic read for all ages and one I would highly recommend to start off the Christmas season! ...more
This is the kind of book you get in the mail and even a plain orange-tan envelope becomes Christmas wrapping paper. The illustrations were so beautifuThis is the kind of book you get in the mail and even a plain orange-tan envelope becomes Christmas wrapping paper. The illustrations were so beautiful I was struck by the way it got me right into the spirit of things. I’m not normally the kind of person who gets into Christmas stories so easily or finds herself full of that warm and fuzzy feeling, that even reading a new book I’ve never had the pleasure of experiencing before, filled me with nostalgia. I ended up reading the hardback before checking out the absolutely amazing disc that came with it and featured captivating narration from John Rhys-Davies and beautiful music. I’ve been a fan of The Christmas Carol since before I could remember and this hardcover and disc paring offers a unique and beautiful experience. Beautifully done and a perfect first Christmas read of the year!...more
If I hadn’t already been in love with steampunk before reading Ticker I would be now. With a girl who has a clockwork heart and a title like ‘Ticker’If I hadn’t already been in love with steampunk before reading Ticker I would be now. With a girl who has a clockwork heart and a title like ‘Ticker’ the play on words was just too delicious to resist. I had high expectations, especially being a Lisa Mantchev fan, and my expectations were not only met – they were exceeded. I connected with Penny right away. I don’t know if I have the words to explain it but there was that rare affinity a person sometimes feels for a character once in a blue moon. The potent world building only helped reel me in further until I found myself falling into a story that has so much going for it, you start accepting excellence in stride. Not bothering to pause to soak in the awesome because it would mean a moment’s hesitation and you need to know what happens next.
I could go on for days but when it comes down to it, this is a story that needs to be experienced. Take a chance and dive in, you won’t regret it.
Steampunk is a genre that sets and breaks trends. As many of my readers know, it has a special place in my heart. I avidly seek out the genre and enjoSteampunk is a genre that sets and breaks trends. As many of my readers know, it has a special place in my heart. I avidly seek out the genre and enjoy experiencing the unique adventures it offers. Nightmare in Steam was a breath of fresh air. It played to some common ground with other Steampunk novels, enough to keep the feeling so many of us hunt for, but broke away from the stereotypes that tend to limit other stories. I loved the way the romance played out and was a focus point without falling into common tropes or gender bias. The romance also didn’t overshadow the action and adventure side of the overall plot arc.
The leading lady, Eliza, is intelligent and independent which is always a huge plus. Joining the ranks of other phenomenal leading ladies like Alexia (Parasol Protectorate), Mina (The Iron Seas), Lyra (His Dark Materials), and Claire (Magnificent Devices) in showing that even a genre that tends to lend itself to caste systems can manage to be the best showcase for strong, intelligent, and independent female leads. The world building was exquisite and swept me away. It was a quick and short read though I have a feeling it had more to do with the quick wit and pacing than the actual length of the novel.
Overall, a wonderful addition to the genre but more than that, a fantastic read that keeps you hooked from beginning to end.