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The Engineered Throne just blew the Mad Scientist nearly out of her corset. Every littleStop by for a spot of tea or more book reviews at Mad Steam ***
The Engineered Throne just blew the Mad Scientist nearly out of her corset. Every little while when updating my progress on GoodReads there was little to say other than how much in love with the book MS was. Which was throughout the whole of the novel. Truly.
Vellem is a young gentleman who is head of the 21st Regiment, the Army Corps of Engineers who pride themselves as being the best engineers who can bring into existence as well as dismantle with use of ogre powder. Thrusting himself into his work he gradually made himself a remarkable name known throughout the lands. Due to his engineering exploits Vellem's role turns out to be paramount to the plot.
His eldest brother & minister to the King, Koit, arranged for Vellem to marry Perdith, a young princeling with only a slight chance of sitting on the throne, so that previous animosity between two kingdoms can attempt peace.
The plot is mostly action driven within a detailed world which kept all lulls at bay. MS was scrolling at such a swift rate one might have feared the lacy gloves would gain several more holes. Assassination attempts galore, mass killings, battles, and MS does so enjoy a good military skirmish. One cannot be prim and proper all the days of such a long year.
The hardcore romance was missing. However, this would be one of those reasons MS did enjoy the book. There were bouts of worry & anxiety between Vellem & Perdith. Small bits of hate & growth between them that turned into desire. Their development from arranged marriage to devotion was a perfect fit more so than falling into each others arms as strangers.
Megan Derr created an alternative historical world wherein two men being together was not prejudiced by others. Wherein dragons chirp and love flowers. Wherein sabotage and traitors had MS engrossed late into night. It has been entirely too long since MS has lost sleep over a book.
MS does look forward to more inky goodness by Megan Derr. Howbeit, warning is due. Tis being an advanced copy the copy editing is a touch tarnished with a few mistakes here and there. Nonetheless, this did not hinder my enjoyment.
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Like most of us, Mallory is another young lady in this world who wants to figure out where s4.5 Blasts ---> Most Delightful!
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Like most of us, Mallory is another young lady in this world who wants to figure out where she belongs and what her “thing” is. However, the way that Mallory goes about this is a tad unorthodox but amazing in almost every way.
While dusting and cleaning away the basement of her grandmothers home she found a list. As the Mad Scientist is not a person who lists I did not feel an moment of glorious aha at this but Mallory did! The list was simple. 5 small tasks that was figured to be written in the very early 1960’s when her grandmother would of also been 16 and a junior in high school. This is where one smirks at such a lucky connection. *smirk*
How she decided, but she did, that the 60’s was simpler times and she wanted to revert to the past by completing the list as her grandmother once completed herself. Or did she not? *pops parasol so one cannot see a grin*
The jolt to make her jump into such a process of altering her life of technology to lack there of has a lot to do with just being burned by Jeremy, her boyfriend of over a year. Cyber cheating with BubbleYum... is there such a thing? Yes, indeed the Mad Scientist begrudgingly avails to today's technology. (otherwise, one would not see this amazing blog of oddness that needs more steampunkery!)
Poor dear Mallory is confused as to why she is not enough for the boy she loves or loved. Not knowing so much any more and feeling a need to connect with her grandma who herself is transitioning into a retirement community she sets out to complete the list to find herself.
Enlisting her sister Ginny they venture into the past to complete the tasks written out over 50 years ago. Including a soiree that spoke of celery and cream cheese that had this Mad Scientist tummy rumbling until she created the same to try. Alas, to no avail... I had to settle for peanut butter instead. (If I was a lister I would of then added cream cheese to the list, if there was one.)
What did I LOVE about this book? Uniting family, Oliver, and fanny packs.
Uniting family - A reader does not often find a book where characters are trying to keeping fighting couples together. We assume they should be apart. Nonetheless, Ginny steps in and silently tries to keep her parents together by helping them realize why they do love each other.
Oliver - WOW, is it appropriate to swoon over a teen. *shakes head and swoons anyway* Now there is a boy ladies should dream of. A boy who is going to be a MAN. Rare I know. But I am hardly wrong. *winks*
Fanny packs - Now I know what you are thinking... How does the Mad Scientist know of fanny packs? While this rusty thing was in China we seen so many we could count them!
Mallory was down and out. As she would not tell her mother why (I do not blame her) they ended up going to Disney. Why how could one be sad at a most magical place? Disney is a place of princesses, rides and tourist wearing fanny packs. Mallory is bringing the fanny pack back!
One cannot assume you will read this because the Mad Scientist found fanny packs to be a great part of the story but I can assume you will be interested in grandma’s massive secret. In Mallory’s vintage clothes selection, as it is to be said... it is brilliant in my mind! or maybe you will be interested in how the characters are so fleshed out that you care for them.
A beautifully written story about family and finding oneself! Plus vintage clothing!
** Thanks to NetGalley for the ability to read & review this book which so ever did not influence or bend my thoughts in any manner. All Mad thoughts are presented in the right mind of a twisted brain of the Mad Scientist!** ...more