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Chasing the Green Fairy

(The Airship Racing Chronicles #2)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  316 ratings  ·  46 reviews
A sabotaged airship.

A recovering opium addict.

A messenger with life-shattering news.

With the 1824 British airship qualifying race only weeks away, Lily Stargazer is at the top of her game. She’s racing like a pro, truly in love, and living clean. But on one ill-omened day, everything changes.

Pulled head-long into the ancient secrets of the realm, Lily soon finds herself e
Paperback, 294 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Clockpunk Press (first published February 24th 2014)
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Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So. Many. Feels. I can’t decide if I love or hate Melanie right now. Oh, who am I kidding?! Of course I love her! Without her, I wouldn’t have had that cleansing mental breakdown. I feel much better now. ;)

Melanie Karsak has proven once again why this series will stand out among all of the other books I read this year. They are absolutely, 100% unforgettable. After such a strong first book, I wasn’t sure if she would be able to repeat the magic, but if anything, she doubled it. Whereas the first
Becky Stephens
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steampunk, fantasy
I am honored to have received an advanced copy of Chasing the Green Fairy from the author for an honest review.

This review is going to be difficult because I'm afraid I'll give away something crucial. I'm going to tread lightly, and hopefully give you a glimpse into yet another amazing novel in The Airship Racing Chronicles without spoiling the plot.

When I saw the cover for this novel, I thought it was breathtaking! I still do! Like Chasing the Star Garden, the first novel in The Airship Racing
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Chasing the Green Fairy is the second installment in Melanie Karsak’s Airship Racing Chronicles and what an emotional journey it was. From sabotaged airships, death, secret realms and decisions Karsak completely drew me in. Mini review: personal demons, heartbreak, beautiful, sweet and engaging.

The 1824 British qualifying race is weeks away, and spirits are high for Lily Stargazer and her trusty team, when one day changes everything. Her ship is sabotaged, and an urgent message is delivered forc
Elyse Schramm
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
So we’re back for round two with Lily Stargazer in Chasing the Green Fairy (The Airship Racing Chronicles book 2)! When last we left Lily she was set on getting clean, no more opium and no more absinthe. Karsak plunges us head first into the story when the Stargazer crew is preparing for the 1824 British airship qualifying race, but the misfortune of sabotage looms on the horizon. It’s easy for Lily to start pointing fingers when there are plenty of other teams who would love for the Stargazer t ...more
Melissa Hayden
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
This story has it's heartache and what affects Lily deeply. This is a turn of a corner for Lily, once again. But the heartache will take Lily on a new adventure in the air and in her heart. About half way through the story this drastic turn comes to light. This new turn caught my attention and drew me to wonder what would come next and where we would go. It's almost as the second part of the book is a different story. Mysterious and magical. The first half was emotional and the second half bring ...more
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review, steampunk
Joint review with Victoria

This book definitely made me sad and happy at the same time. I absolutely loved the parts of old Lily when she was remembering how she met Lord Byron, but her losing him was upsetting, because I never quite warmed up to Sal.

Overall, this was an unexpected and gorgeous read. There was something whimsical about it. What do you think, Vika?

It was certainly emotionally charged and I have to say that I didn’t expect Lily to turn to the dark side in such a dramati
Tammy Hall
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had so many thoughts running in my head about this the second book in The Airship Racing Chronicles where would the story go, would I even enjoy it, was it going to be a disappointment after reading Chasing the Star Garden. I quickly discovered the answers to my questions and no Chasing the Green Fairy was not a disappointment! I enjoyed it immensely I was so in love with this story I didn't want it to end. I found a new love for Lily and so many of the rest of the characters. Chasing the Gre ...more
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Chasing the Green Fairy is the second book in Melanie Karsak’s, steampunk series The Airship Racing Chronicles. I love this series, and would give them both 10 stars if I could. I would recommend this book to a mature readers 18 years or older, due description of drug use and some steamy scenes, but who also loves an amazing story. I had never read steampunk before Chasing the Star Garden, the first book in the series, and now its one of my top two favorite genres. These books are seriously awes ...more
Felisha Caldeira
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
It was wonderful to dive back into the journey of Lily Stagazer. Picking up right where you left off in the first book of the series, we get to journey through her trying to navigate her new semi-so sober life and finding purpose in the world. Full of magic, mystery, and romance it was well worth the read.

Although the narrator changes from book one to book two, this narrator, Danielle Cohen was wonderful to listen too. I loved her tempo, character voices, and over energy she brought to each char
Wendi (BrokenBinding)
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
My only complaint is that I want more...
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
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I really wanted to like this book but it didn't work. Racing teams require money but I don't see how the airship supports itself. The destitute captain travels around the world without needing money. The incredibly trite villain with the twirling moustache determined to stop the famous Scottish airship from winning the Big Race for what reason. Set this in 2010 and it's written as if it's a matter for MI5.

I enjoy getting books to read for free through Prime and have been grateful enough t
Jack Webb
A diminished star

I'm having a hard time coming up with the reason for a lower rating of this book. While I have tremendous respect for Ms. Karsak's imagination, I struggled with the herione's journey. The disparity between such a strong character and her lapses into substance abuse seemed too much at odds.
D. Mark Detrixhe
What a fresh delightful tale

Like flying? Like airships? Like Steampunk? Like just truly all round nice characters that weave a really different tale and speak to life at the same time?
You'll like this series!
Jana Denardo
This one leaned more toward the paranormal than the steampunk, much more so than the first but the romance side overwhelmed everything and the balance felt off.
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Joint review with Karina:

Egalley thanks to the author.

This book definitely made me sad and happy at the same time. I absolutely loved the parts of old Lily when she was remembering how she met Lord Byron, but her losing him was upsetting, because I never quite warmed up to Sal.

Overall, this was an unexpected and gorgeous read. There was something whimsical about it. What do you think, Vika?

It was certainly emotionally charged and I have to say that I didn’t expect Lily to turn to the
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: steampunk
I read this book at the beginning of the year, but my rating for it is so low that it's important to explain why, especially in the face of so many positive reviews for this story.

My difficulty with this novel is its inconsistency. The airship race at the end in itself deserves 5-stars for its excellent pacing, attention to detail, and imaginative use of steampunk elements. I would love for more of the novels to focus on the airship races and just on airships in general because Karsak writes abo
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Chasing the Green Fairy was a bit different from the first book Chasing the Star Garden, but I still loved it nonetheless. It wasn’t about chasing hidden treasures, but more about unravelling secrets. When something unexpected occurred, it left Lily to pick up the pieces and she questions her decisions.

It was interesting to see Lily's past and seeing her deal with the tragedy that occurred. She was unprepared for it and took it quite hard. She turned back to her dark habits of drinking and opium
Ginny  Gallagher
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
We meet back up with Lily, Lord Byron, Sal, and the rest of the gang for more racing and mysteries but most of all we follow Lily as she struggles to come to terms with loss, love, and heartache.

We experience the past, present, and a possible future for Lily and the Stargazer crew. Current events mingle with Lily's memories and lead her into some very dark moments. My heart broke for poor Lily. I just wanted to give her a hug and assure her that one day things would be better.

If I had to use thr
Samantha Wright
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think I like this one even better than the first one. These two books were my first attempts at steampunk novels. If these were a representation of what steampunk books are like then I'm in! This is another tale of the adventures of Lily Stargazer. Something I liked about this book was that it was less of a sequel and more of another installment about the same character. I mostly read series because I get attached to characters but the unfortunate side effect is the cliffhangers. These books c ...more
Star Bookworm
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steampunk
Our much beloved flight crew is back aboard the Stargazer for another adventure. This time it i through the love and loss of the heart. I was incredibly impressed at the change of direction in this second novel. While I appreciated the Davinci Code-esque style of the first novel, I really connected to the story this time. There wasn't all the glamour of travelling all around the world in this installation, but there was a healthy dose of back story. We really get to see a better picture of where ...more
Holly Booms Walsh
Fantastic! Even better than the first one in the series! After the first one I was mournign how easily Lily and Byron parted ways, and this book gave me all the emotional payoff that I could have wanted. The steampunk is mostly limited to the airships, which keeps the tinkering from being too contrived, and theairship racing in this book is great. Lily at the top of her game is so fun and exciting. The new addition to the series of the world of Arcadia really opens the story up for more adventur ...more
Nora Black
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Chasing the Green Fairy continues the steampunk tale of Lily Stargazer, and her entourage of tinkers, Air Balloon Stewarts and lovers. This book is far more emotion driven than the previous one, and tells a heart-wrenching saga of a story about loss, learning to live with the past and facing up to secrets one would rather keep hidden. Melanie, is such an accomplished author that the reader feels as if they are one of the protagonists viewing the characters in real life rather than on the pages o ...more
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 201505, 2015-5star
“Byron was the kind of man every mother warned her daughter about, but my mother had tried to drown me in a river, so I pretty much just ran on instinct.”

Man o man, where to begin with this book?! While Chasing the Star Garden took us on an adventure across Europe. The green fairy is trickier when being chased and leads through a much more mysterious place. The past.

Flying through the spectrum of emotions like.. well very much like the Stargazer itself flying across the sky this story runs
B. Brumley
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Since I finished reading the first one, Chasing the Star Garden (Airship Racing Chronicles Book 1) , I've been anxious to read the second. Once I began reading, I could not put it down.

Lily Stargazer is back aboard the good air ship, Stargazer. When unexpected and heart-breaking circumstances force her to evaluate her choices, she finds an private history and a new way to fly. Beloved Lord Byron makes an appearance in Lily's past, present, and future, bestowing a special gift on unsuspecting Lil
Emma Schouten
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand I loved it because I love Lily, on the other hand I feel sad because Byron died (despite the fact that I cursed him a few weeks ago for writing poems I did cry when he died). But also, because nothing happens. Like I know there are filler chapters in a book, but this entire book feels like a filler in the series.
Before I knew it, I had read more than half of the book and I was still waiting to the plot to start. Now I've finished the book an
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Chasing the Green Fairy is the second book in the Airship Racing Chronicles. The world-building was well designed, set in the Victorian era. The characters are all engaging. Their backgrounds are thought out and as the story unfolds it is easy to see why the characters are the way they are but it is also great to see them grow.

Lily Stargazer is just a few weeks away from qualifying for the British airship race. Lily is fiery but also battling personal demons.

Great book for those who love steampu
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the story however I was disappointed in the unnecessary use if profanity as it adds nothing of value. I would hope there would be a follow up as it seems Robin has a lot more to contribute and the new requirements for future races.

I enjoyed the story however I would have enjoyed it more without the unnecessary use of profanity. I believe it adds nothing of value to the story. I would like to see a follow up as I think there is much more. Robin seems to have a larger part to come and I
May 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
I wish I'd DNFed and saved some hours of my life. Alas, I was stubborn and hoped the thing would make more sense as a whole. It didn't. The plot felt disjointed to the point I didn't really understand the reasons the book had been written. I also don't understand why Byron. I'm not averse to RPF with OFC\OMC but that's a bit of another genre. And the heroine who seemed an independent young woman got defined by men surrounding her yet again.
Also the narration was awful.
I don't think I'd pick up a
Helen Michael
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

I didn't expect to enjoy this book as I thought it would drag, but I did immensely and not only did it move the story along it created new intrigue and pulled Lilly's past back into play. I would also like to say that the character growth is believable(concerning Lilly's fight with opium) and refreshing in the fact that it's not filled with angsty inaction. Lilly grows with each experience and takes charge of her life.
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Melanie Karsak is the author of The Airship Racing Chronicles, The Harvesting Series, The Celtic Blood Series, Steampunk Red Riding Hood, and Steampunk Fairy Tales. A steampunk connoisseur, zombie whisperer, and heir to the iron throne, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Assistant Professor of English a ...more

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