This is a very short (and free) story about what happened to Gareth's mother. It's a story that has so much potential; I wish the authors would've fle...moreThis is a very short (and free) story about what happened to Gareth's mother. It's a story that has so much potential; I wish the authors would've fleshed out this story more --more showing and less telling. It also makes me wonder how certain characters (won't spoil it for you by saying who) in Armored Hearts weren't sick as well.(less)
This is such a unique and intriguing read! The first half of the book is slower paced, but flows really well. I enjoyed all the characters, even with...moreThis is such a unique and intriguing read! The first half of the book is slower paced, but flows really well. I enjoyed all the characters, even with Gareth's grumpiness. The mystery unfolds and the action ramps up about 65% into the book. From there on in I was completely glued to my Kindle. I love the twists and turns in the plot and am excited to read the next in the series! (less)
Cover Art: Okay, so usually I give you my thoughts on the actual story first, but I could NOT...moreGenre: Steampunk/Fantasy/Romance Publisher Type: Non-Indie
Cover Art: Okay, so usually I give you my thoughts on the actual story first, but I could NOT wait to talk about how much I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this cover!!! It is sooooo ...just WOW. So now I'm gushing and am not sounding very intelligent, but there you have it. Look at it! Isn't it awesome!?! I requested the book on Netgalley completely based on the cover. Assuming the blurb was the same as the above from Goodreads, I can't say I'm overly impressed with the blurb, but the cover totally did it for me.
My Review: I am completely jump-up-and-down, twirl-around, and squeal-with-joy over this book! I utterly and totally loved it! This is my very first dip into steampunk and found it fabulous. Per some reviews I've read, it's not deeply steampunk, but that works in its favor for me. With true historical fiction, I'm not a fan of being bogged down with weighty descriptions or too many factual references and have no doubt I'd feel that way about steampunk. I did love the hints of true history and all the fantastical inventions and the old-timey feel of the novel.
Simply put, this is a fantastic story. It has whimsical and fun elements (I heart Ms. Mumbles, the cat) and darker elements of fear turned oppression, parental abandonment and the emotional abuse of being told you are, deep down, a monster. The twists and turns of this grand adventure was thrilling!
Lena is a great character. Her naivete and general lack of worldliness is obvious, appropriate for the time period and endearing. She's also struggling with her identity and her place in society. I really connected with her. I felt for her and I liked her. Her growth into self-acceptance is a main theme in the novel and is so well done.
Jimson is another favorite for me. He is a steady force throughout. He's loyal, kind and passionate. He gives people the benefit of the doubt but seeks the truth over personal feelings.
The entire cast of quirky, impassioned characters made me as excited as Lena to embark on this adventure. I really hope that this is not a stand alone novel. I really want to learn more of the Peculiars and of Scree!
So in conclusion, I loved the creativity and the fun of this book. The story and characters will leave you thinking about The Peculiars long after finishing the book. The cover is amazing and made me want to read it despite the lack luster blurb. You've got to read this one! It's a great ride!