This was coasting along; a decent, if shallow, alternative history steampunk.... until that non-ending reared its head to frustrate me. Her Ladyship's Curse has an intriguing enough premise - a supernatural steampunk story set in "Toriana" (Provincial Union of Victoriana), a version of the United States where the Revolutionary War failed - but execution was shallow if serviceable. For the most part... but I will get to my severe dissatisfaction in just a minute.
I wanted more from the worldbuilding early on. The idea at the heart of the novel is a good one - far too few steampunk novels turn their focus outside of Great Britain - but the author failed to provide enough detail to flesh out her alternative history. The book is decent if far from stellar at several things: plot, pacing, writing, and creativity. However, the author's clear lack of detail works against Her Ladyship's Curse. The mystery element is pretty weak, but since Kit is a dry, amusing protagonist I was content to ride along with her and see where it all ended up.
And then, after two hundred pages of nondescript writing and very little characterization - which I was more than willing to look past because the novel was engaging enough - we get to that "ending." And I am being generous with that description. The last chapter is utterly frustrating. The cliffhanger resolves NOTHING. There is NO resolution to the main plot, just a clear ploy to buy book two. UGH. It was a cheap way to end a novel - regardless of how short the book may be. There are no answers, just an interlude THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE PLOT that just.. terminates. It's over, and it's far from a good stopping point.
I can't say I will pick up His Lordship Possessed because of how terribly Her Ladyship's Curse ended. There are plenty of supernatural steampunk mysteries already published to keep me busy, and at least they are concerned with satisfactorily wrapping up plots before attempting to solicit more money from their readers. What had been a shaky 3-star read quickly downgraded into a 2/5 and just convinced me to never pick up this series again. ...more
I just couldn't make it through before my ARC expired. I will try again when it is published because I am interested in the story, but this is one ofI just couldn't make it through before my ARC expired. I will try again when it is published because I am interested in the story, but this is one of those books you have to read a little bit at a time to save your sanity.
So, no rating for the 200 pages I read, just a placeholder til I can buy my own copy. ...more
Okay, that was fun. A few problems - pacing, the romance - but inventive and creative enough to make up for the lack of chemistry between the two leadOkay, that was fun. A few problems - pacing, the romance - but inventive and creative enough to make up for the lack of chemistry between the two leads.
Review to come as part of the blog tour in early April....more
Is it fair that I'm already unhappy there is no sequel when this has been out less than 6 weeks? Yes? Do I care? No. I need more4.5
So. Freaking. Good.
Is it fair that I'm already unhappy there is no sequel when this has been out less than 6 weeks? Yes? Do I care? No. I need more of Mikani's veneer of insouciance-but-not-really, and his effortless derring-do; more of Ritsuko's clam intellect, unending drive, and levelheadedness. And I need it NOW.
And to end it like that?! NOT COOL, AGUIRRES. Not cool....more
Le sigh. This had such a great premise, but was full of very shoddy execution. The author has great ideas, but fails to fully explore or detail them tLe sigh. This had such a great premise, but was full of very shoddy execution. The author has great ideas, but fails to fully explore or detail them to the satisfaction of her readers. Weather Witch is a confusing, jumbled mess - one that could stand to lose chunks of the narrative for a more streamlined and interesting read.
The way the book was written was.. odd. Too much infodumping WHILE still not providing enough basic information? I don't know how that happened, but it did. I was wary after the first chapter, and my impression only grew worse as the narrative went on. I made it to 57% and then decided to move on. I honestly don't think I am missing out on anything - I don't care about the characters, or the plot. Delany isn't a bad writer; it's just that her style is not one I care to read. ...more