I don't give stars or ratings, but that's just me. This book rocks!
Imagine a world quite unlike our own–a great, industrial city where there are sky tI don't give stars or ratings, but that's just me. This book rocks!
Imagine a world quite unlike our own–a great, industrial city where there are sky trolleys, winged messengers, and the city itself is run by a supercomputer and council of untouchables. In this city the caste system is alive and well. Those of the highest caste hide behind masks and robes. Even entering from one part of the city to another could be problematic depending on caste. Only the Icarii are free to move about from section to section and mingle among the castes.
Taya is a young Icarus, couriering messages across the city with the help of giant metal wings. A daring mid-air rescue causes her paths to cross with the Forlore brothers–charming Alister is a member of the highest caste and part of the council, but the brooding, surly Christof has forsaken his birthright and lives among the cities poorest as a clockmaker. Taya is plunged into a web of murder, mystery, intrigue, civil-unrest, and top-secret computer program. She’ll have to decide who to trust and who’s side she’s on, her life–and the fate of the city–depends on it.
Pagliassotti’s world is rich and alive, full of detail and nuance but not in an overwhelming way. You can almost feel the grit of the mines and hear the rustle of the fine robes and the hum of the Great Engine that is the heart of the city. This world is truly a fine example of genre blending–and genre bending–combining elements of fantasy, scifi, romance, steampunk, and clockpunk and not quite like anything else out there. Gadgets abound, from sky trolleys and metal wings to the Great Engine itself.
Clockwork Heart is a fun and exciting read, hooking me from the very first page. It felt a little heavy on the romantic elements in the beginning, but not enough for me to put the book down. The pace quickly picks up and we’re launched into a wild, intriguing story with plenty of twists, turns, and gadgets. Taya, Alister, and Christof are all compelling characters and the ending felt satisfying. The world building is unique and vibrant. The only thing I’d like to see is a sketch of the “Icarus Dress” that Taya wears to the party thrown in her honor. This would be a great escapist read to take on vacation or any time you want something a bit different.
I don't give stars or ratings with my reviews, but that doesn't mean the book isn't fab.
In a riveting and entertaining alternate history, early twentiI don't give stars or ratings with my reviews, but that doesn't mean the book isn't fab.
In a riveting and entertaining alternate history, early twentieth century Europe is on the brink of war. The “Clankers” with their advanced mechanical technology are at odds with the British “Darwinists” who’s machines are actually made from genetically engineered beasts.
Deryn Sharp is assigned to the British airship Leviathan for her very first assignment–a dream come true. The giant airship is made from a conglomeration of animals, including a whale. The only problem is, women aren’t allowed in the air service. She disguises herself as a boy and fears being discovered.
Prince Aleksandar Ferdinand is rousted from his bed one night and sets on a mad-dash across Europe with only a few men, his enemies hot on their trail.
When the Leviathan crashes, Deryn and Aleksander find themselves in an unlikely friendship and in the middle of a daring adventure. Most of all, even though they should be enemies, there’s a lot they can learn from each other.
Westerfeld has created a vibrant alternate history full of fabulous flying machines, engineered beasts, and grand adventure. The whole idea of the “Darwinists” and manipulating DNA on such a grand scale is a fresh and original and paints a stark contract to the iron beasts of the Clankers.
Deryn and Aleksander are both bright, brave, strong characters, who being so young, have a lot to learn in life. Their innocence keeps getting them into trouble, but its fun to see their friendship develop in spite of cultural norms.
Not only is Leviathan entertaining, but the illustrations are amazing bringing forth memories of classic adventure books. If only more books had illustrations now days.
Leviathan is an adventurous romp that will delight both kids and adults. I’m looking forward to the sequel, Behemoth, which will be released in October.
I don't give stars or ratings, that's just the way my reviews are. But this is still a great read.
The tot and I read this together and she really enjoI don't give stars or ratings, that's just the way my reviews are. But this is still a great read.
The tot and I read this together and she really enjoyed it. The story was fast faced and action packed. The relationship between Modo and Octavia was sweet. The world building was excellent and the Steampunk gadgetry amazing.
I don't give stars or ratings, but I do love these books.
In a steampunk world where Vampires and Werewolves are integrated into London society, AlexiaI don't give stars or ratings, but I do love these books.
In a steampunk world where Vampires and Werewolves are integrated into London society, Alexia Tarabotti is still considered unmarriageable. Being a bluestocking, half-Italian, and a spinster are only part of her problems—unbeknownst to her family, she was also born without a soul and can null the abilities of supernaturals. When attacked by an ill-mannered Vampire at a ball, she’s forced to work with the sexy Werewolf Lord Maccon. The two of them can’t stand each other, but they need each others help to figure out exactly what’s gotten into London society.
Carriger’s vibrant steampunk world is filled with Victorian wit and humor and her very proper parasol-wielding heroine leads us on a jolly romp that makes for a delightfully entertaining—and funny—read. The steampunk elements are fairly subtle until the end, but Alexia’s parasol is classic. The secondary characters in the story add a lot of color, especially the eccentric Vampire Lord Akeldama and Alexia’s best friend Ivy, who has terrible taste in hats. The book has some terrific one-liners, such as “a vampire, like a lady, never reveals his true age.”
I found on the Soulless webpage over at Orbit Books that they have Alexia paper dolls, and its quite entertaining to play dress up with the bustles, hats, teacups, and, of course, parasols.
I can’t wait to read the rest of the series and to see what mischief Alexia gets into–especially since airships seem to be part of book two.
I don't give stars or ratings, but this is still a really great read.
I will warn you, this isn’t really a review, but more of an analysis of whether oI don't give stars or ratings, but this is still a really great read.
I will warn you, this isn’t really a review, but more of an analysis of whether or not I feel this book is Steampunk, Elfpunk, or just a really good story. This is also just my opinion.
I’ve been hearing a lot about this book. Mostly, it’s because I keep being asked the same question — “Is The Iron King Steampunk or Elfpunk?” To which I always shrug and reply, “I don’t know, I haven’t read it.” I went as far as tweeting Julie Kagawa, the author, and asking her (she probably though I was loopy). She patiently replied that she didn’t think it was either.
Finally, I got the time to read it to decide for myself.
So…is it Steampunk or Elfpunk?
Honestly, I don’t think it’s either.
Yes, there are definitely elements of both Steampunk and Elfpunk in the book, yet, in my personal opinion, they’re not strong enough to really define the book.
This is not to say, it’s no a fabulous book — because it is a fabulous book–it’s just that according to me I wouldn’t define it by either label.
There are some neat steampunky-elements among the iron fey. Ironhorse just sounds plain old awesome. However, if you’d remove these elements and just made them bad fey, the story would still stand. I’m going out on a limb here and staying I wouldn’t even define it as having “steampunk elements” because there just isn’t enough steampunkyness, in my humble opinion.
So, then, why isn’t it Elfpunk? After all, there are fey roaming around the human realm, and there are rebellion themes?
This was much harder for me–and feel free to disagree. If this story took place almost entirely in the human realm, I would say yes, but it seemed to lack that integration Elfpunk stories have, even when the characters go back and forth between the human and faerie realms. That is not a bad thing, this story didn’t need more integration, everything she does for this story works well, it’s just that to me, this puts it out of the Elfpunk realm.
There is a ton to love about this book. It took me about a hundred pages to get into it, but I think it was because this was the first time I ever read an e-book (and I read it on my computer) than having to do with the actual story. What floored me was the world building. As you know, I am a big fat faerie lore nerd. I love how she incorporated classic faerie lore and characters like Oberon, Puck, and Queen Mab into her story while giving everything her own twist. There is action, romance, and a faerie world filled with creatures, which true-to-form, aren’t always nice.
Also, I’m a sucker for stories about bad bargains. Oh yes I am.
So, it you’re looking for a specifically Steampunk or Elfpunk story, this may not be the book for you.
But if you’re looking for a really good read, with lots of faeries and good folklore roots, then read away.