Taking on this Speculative fiction was not a choice but a must. Truly, Mad Scientist does not read enough of this genre.
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Taking on this Speculative fiction was not a choice but a must. Truly, Mad Scientist does not read enough of this genre.
Too start MS will say that this is indeed not a literary masterpiece but oh so close. New favorite is now found!
Enjoying this book is saying as if MS liked it. This is not the case.
When the pages were not being flipped thoughts were whirling about the characters. When the pages were not being flipped dreams of the characters adventures and what will happen next filled my head.
Thinking of a book in this way, when the characters do not leave you, is a more than enjoying the book!
Taking place in the distant future of 2069, Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc. is an independent travel agency not run by the government but still under over bearing government inspection. Could you image a Time Travel agency???
Our main lady of the novel, Bianca, works for her family at Butterman's and it is her life. She does a great job of making sure her job is done to the dot. She takes pride in it and would have to think this young lady was a tad on the OCD side of things. Still not having her time travel licence she dreams of what is called her induction day. It is a day they can go out of the governments rules of 100 years to any event.
Which event would MS pick? That is such a hard question. Honestly, MS would want to break the rules and fix some past mistake and throw off time. My oh my, MS is not to ever own a time machine!!! The world counts on that *snickers*.
Enter in pretty boy tween pop star singer of the future, Tristan, who fell into the spiral of drugs and rehab. Oh, future stars don't you learn a thing. *shame head shake* He is a ball of fun and tries to veer stick in the mud Bianca from the rules on his time travel trip to places one must not speak of. (You will not regret reading this book to find out where! Shocked you will be!)
MS fears of indulging too much information in this review. For surly this book is recommended but more would give away the places visited and with the why's.
Although, letting it slip on the sly, the government is the bad guy... oh, who would of thought. *not shocked grin*
Overall, MAD LOVED this book!!
There was one small kink... InstaLove. Not forced and they fought it throughout the book which was a bit different.
This book had my mind wrapped in inky goodness while reading and when MS had to be away. For me that was just an amazing feeling.
MS could go on and do what those fangirls do with their squeeing delight. Luckily there will be none of that. MS does believe ample praise has been given.
Buy this book... Read this book... and tell me your thoughts...
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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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The Hallowed Ones was an amazing adventure unlike any normal tromp through the woods.
The Mad Scientist fully admits that friends of the bookish sort on GoodReads pressured her into wanting, No, needing to read this one. An Amish book? One might ask but I have one small short answer for you! Undoubtedly!
Let me (us) examine the why's of why this book is highly recommended.
~If you want a book that you will be unable to put down... This one will do that to you! ~If you want a book that will surely freak you out at a few points... This one will do that! ~If you want a book about a genre you thought possibly couldn't get any better.... This book will do that for you too! ~If you want a book about the end of the world... This one is without a doubt for you!
Now that we established a bit of a base to the this inky goodness I do believe I can continue forward.
I assure you that there are no vampires of the sparklely nature in The Hallowed Ones. They will freak you out, I am sure of this. As they did to myself, nearly ruffling the hairs on the back of my neck.
The "Plain Folk" of the Amish sort are new to the Mad Scientist in book form. I must say that I just adored the young heroine of this book. I also adored the lengths that Laura Bickle took to describe the community. Katie was simple, yet did not follow so blindly. I do believe that one must ask questions. The rebellious side of Katie has surprises a plenty that will shock even your frilly panties in between these covers. Naughty Girl!
One of the bits that chill you to the bone... or at least the Mad Scientist's metal clockwork heart... being trapped. Nothing like being a chicken in a coop waiting for the fox to grab the tail feathers. The Amish were in a sense on lock down. This choice made me think that this might be the end of them, however, I knew that they would not want it any other way. Would the evil make it through or under their wooden fence? *Shivers* The results would stir even the gentlemanly of the gentlemen!
From the start, it is a bit slow. From the end, the story is ripped apart. Please do make sure your kindle or Nook is fully charged!
4.2 Blasts ---> Most Desirable ** Thanks to NetGalley & dear ones at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 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.
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The Mad Scientist thought she should give Amanda Hocking a gander since I've heard so much about her other series, which I have not read yet.2.5 Stars
The Mad Scientist thought she should give Amanda Hocking a gander since I've heard so much about her other series, which I have not read yet. Added to the good chatter is the promise of Mermaids. Sounds wonderful to me.
I fancy the idea of Siren's. In the beginning my curiosity was allowing the story to grab me, making me want to know more. Albeit, it didn't take long for my head to start shaking. The narration was just... What to say to explain it? Bizarre.
Gemma was enthralled by the water, aiming for the Olympics (which impressed me greatly) before the Sirens drew her away with their own enthralling magic. There is something wrong with these beautiful Sirens and the whole town feels it. Gemma fought as hard as she could but who could say no to the mythological creatures of the sea. Her practical overprotective older sister, Harper, also did in her own way... without knowing it. Oh, that just makes you wonder now doesn't it?
If you know anything about myths, I bet you are waiting to hear about the bad stuff that goes along with every immortals story. Sure enough, these Sirens bring darkness over the small city in Maryland. It is grim. (But I can't tell. *wink wink*
Throughout the book, the Mad Scientist did find herself saying, "could we just move along please". There were several areas where I felt a particular part was just drawn out a few more pages then necessary.
One more thing... (view spoiler)[the foreseen future in knowing this book has three more after it sort of killed the almost death of Gemma. There was no way she would die in the middle of the first book & I was bothered by it being make a option that was not an option. Anyone else? (hide spoiler)]
Overall, it was a quaint story of family and friendship with a side note of small romance & creepiness.
Mythology is something I have always enjoyed. However, I didn't feel the pull of the Siren's song from this book. I am pleased that I just picked this one up from the library instead of scrounging around for enough change for the purchase.
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