This was not Jennifer Crusie's best effort. It seemed weak throughout, lacking a compelling plot or a truly sympathetic main character. Kate is pricklThis was not Jennifer Crusie's best effort. It seemed weak throughout, lacking a compelling plot or a truly sympathetic main character. Kate is prickly enough to venture into diva territory, and I find the idea of a woman hunting for a boyfriend/husband pretty repellant. The men seemed to embody at least one standard cliche of males and bachelors in general, and no one seemed to have chemistry, much less even like each other very much. It's a pretty mindless, predictable tale with not nearly enough of Cruise's usual amount of humor and wit. More of my reviews here: http://bibliophileanonymous.blogspot.......more
Inventive and short, Karpiel manages to incorporate a lot of story into just 150 pages. Steampunk, espiRead This Review & More Like It On My Blog!
Inventive and short, Karpiel manages to incorporate a lot of story into just 150 pages. Steampunk, espionage, jilted wives, duels.. plus more. It's a romance, so there's a heavy influence on love and sex and the scientific testing of "coldness". Leda is believable and sympathetic as the King's cousin who was jilted by her husband the Earl for an infamous actress.
Karpiel has a way with words. She writes well, lyrically even with her prose flowing off the page. There's definitely a larger focus on sex in this book than in most books I read, but it did not deter me or affect the story negatively; it was well written and not laughable. It's a very easy to read to read story, and has a small cast of defined characters. Very much an introductory novel for a series, the scene is set for an alt- England filled with steampunk and intrigue, I have hopes that the next in the series will build off the foundation from this novel and create a bigger, more rounded and explored world. ...more
Enjoyable and engaging, The Admiral is about the Empire of New Europa from the first book, but this timRead This Review & More Like It On My Blog!
Enjoyable and engaging, The Admiral is about the Empire of New Europa from the first book, but this time it is a sea-faring submersible that is the location instead of England. This is a very short story, only about 160 pages, so it does seem a bit rushed, especially in regards to the romantic aspect between Tristan and Jia.
However, the characters are likable and more realistic than the first novel in the series, The Inventor. The male protagonist was more fleshed out and detailed, with a more compelling and mysterious past. The 'world' that the story takes place in does not suffer from the brevity of the plot; each successive novel has revealed more and hinted plenty about this alt-world that Karpiel has crafted so carefully. It seems fully-realized and tantalizing; each book has made me more and more curious about New Europa.
Basically this was a short, quick and enjoyable steampunk fluff. Karpiel has done great so far, with mixing many different elements in her stories: adventure, strange contraptions and romance all work wonderfully in a very readable series. I've noticed improvements in development, characterization and pacing that were just a mite off in the beginning novel. I will say that I hope the novels become longer the more are added to the series; each is succinct complete tale, but I live for details and world-building. All four in this series are only $.99 so if they sound somewhat interesting to you, it's really worth it to try it out. ...more