The Mad Scientist needs to express that I did really enjoy this retelling of Beauty and the Beast. However, I do feel theShort Concoction of a Review
The Mad Scientist needs to express that I did really enjoy this retelling of Beauty and the Beast. However, I do feel the need to point out that just because there were a few words dropped of the Steampunkery sort does not mean it is Steampunk. There is much potential and I am looking forward to seeing the author expand on the Underlight World! Machinery, underground living & magic!
Now that I put the heavy before the tea let us move to the good parts of How Beauty Met The Beast.
Jax Garren does a wonderful job at creating a BEAST. Many characters in the beast role have very little contributing the the beast aspect. Not in this case. Ex army ranger Hauk is badly scared from a fire over 80% of his body. It does not take a Mad Scientist to know that this man is also very emotionally injured. He is now agent for the Underlight who are working against the Order of Ananke.
Jolie wants to add a bit of fantasy to her life as a heiress . She tries her hand at Burlesque dancing. After her first show she is beside herself, in a good flustered way. Behind a curtain she changes. Her sight is blocked from the curtain but her sensitive nerves are firing at some serious fantasy plays out.
Jolie lives in the highlife of a big modern city. Meanwhile, Hauk is living under this city with many others who are opposed to the oppressiveness up top.
Crossing paths in a series means that the tension can build up over a course of time instead of insta love. It will be that much more worth it! *waggles eyebrows* More Hauk and Jolie is coming soon!
** Thanks to NetGalley & Carina Press 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
Fade is based on an ancient Norse mythology concerning shapeshifters offered such a story f3.5 Stars from the Mad Scientist http://madsteampunkery.com
Fade is based on an ancient Norse mythology concerning shapeshifters offered such a story full of inner turmoil, imprint romance, grief.
The story starts off with immense grief. Arionna's mother had just died in a car accident. Her life was thrown in a topsy-turvy state. With her mother gone she had to move in with her father in another city and change colleges. The Mad Scientist felt for her. *Side Note... her father was an amazing character!
However, really quick into the story the average girl's eyes connect with Dace, a green eyed golden haired boy. It was instant love, in wolf shapshifter layman terms, imprinting. The pressing love between these two was fast and slow, climatic, & destined. (Sound like Twilight anyone?)
Destined you may ask while quirking your head to the side. They were together for milenna beforehand. Destiny dictates that they find each other once again. Now that they found each other (again) they need to work at keeping the world from coming to its pending doom. (Think Angelfire, which I LOVED!)
The Mad Scientist does admit that AK Morgen did have me swooning over Dace way more then expected. His intense desire and inner turmoil had you feel for him, meanwhile, making my stoic reader stance melt with his obsessive desire for Arionna.
AK Morgen's writing was very lurid & distinct. She took the tale and wove it into a story that was very easy to paint in your mind. I enjoyed the POV being from Arionna. What was intriguing was her ability to get into Dace's mind or not. With a story with such a background there needs to be much information. It was well laid out in such a way where the reader was not in overload mode. Even at a few parts of the book I felt a Mind Blow enter here and there.
In spite of the good writing, the Mad Scientist felt that Arionna's inner monologue dragged at many parts. Feeling that so much of it could be cut out so the story could cut to the chase.
** Thanks to NetGalley & Curiosity Quills Press 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