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review 2018-03-04 01:50
Audio Book Review: Curiouser and Curiouser
Curiouser and Curiouser - Melanie Karsak Curiouser and Curiouser - Melanie Karsak

*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Alice follows the boy who stole her employers pocket watch, Rabbit, back into the life she left behind. Into the rough part of town she returns, summoned. The love she once felt for William surfaces as the man he is now needs her help. Blackmailed into helping to save her sisters love, The Hatter, from his debt, Alice agrees to help Caterpillar.

Lesley's tone when speaking as Alice feels to fit her curiosity, which is the feel we get from Alice in many stories of her adventure. She has an opinion that she voices, not mean or rude, just a thought to add to the discussion.

Melanie writes Alice with the feel we would expect. A curious young lady with thoughts of her own to share. The story isn't as much falling down a literal hole like in the original story. But Alice living in a world full of wonder, and following a boy nicknamed Rabbit. The world created is full of steamwork and clockwork items. This blended with the steam and smoke draws a world of danger and mystery in which Alice is pulled back into. This is a talent as Melanie very craftily wrote the story in the actual living of the characters.

We see the world full of clockwork and steampunk from the beginning. There is a darkness to the story as well, particularly with one of the characters. Creepy, dark. But fits in the harsh life of the characters here. There is even a touch of magic present. Just a touch. Mostly the world is steam and clockwork.

There is a feel of double meaning to words, it's not confusing but tricky. Listen closely to catch it. I love how people have two names; real name and a nickname. Like William who's known as Caterpillar in town. Each name goes with a different part of his life. Which person is he when talking to Alice? William or Caterpillar? Both are of a different nature and are known for different things to Alice. This gives the twisty feel that we get from Wonderland.

Melanie touches on all the main characters from Alice in Wonderland in her remake. It was a nice game for me to see about spotting them all, though their names do give them away.

I was pleasantly surprised with Melanie's creation here. She captured so many important elements from Alice in Wonderland yet wrote a different story that feels true to the world. So well done!

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review 2017-08-12 00:00
Curiouser and Curiouser
Curiouser and Curiouser - Melanie Karsak Curiouser and Curiouser - Melanie Karsak Alice and her sister Bess was taken in by Jabberwocky who gave them a home and took care of them in return Alice was taught to steal. Alice along with other kids that Jabberwocky took all lived a life of crime with Jabberwocky being their boss. Alice and Bess didn’t like living a life crime and wanted out so when Jabberwocky is killed Alice and Bess take the opportunity to leave behind the life of crime and start a new better life for themselves.

Alice is love with one of the guys living in Jabberwocky’s home, William and when Alice leaves she tries to get William to go with her but William chooses not to leave.

Alice thinks she has left that life behind but how wrong she is when a friend gets in a little trouble and Alice is the only one who can save him. Her friend owes William a debt and Alice must do one more job for him to save her friend.

I have truly enjoyed reading Curiouser and Curiouser with a mix of Alice in Wonderland and Oliver Twist. Alice is a very strong female lead and very good at what she does. Alice has spent her life taken care of others and putting others before herself. She will do whatever she has to do to keep the people she loves and cares about safe and happy no matter what the cost to herself.

I loved the world the author created for Curiouser and Curiouser with the airships and the clockwork cats. I loved the mix between Alice in Wonderland and Oliver Twist. I can’t wait to check out more of Melanie Karsak’s Steampunk Fairy Tales worlds.

If you love Fairy Tales and Steampunk stories then you are going to love Curiouser and Curiouser. Pick up your copy today to start your adventure into the world of Bandersnatch, Caterpillar, Jabberwocky, Hatter, The Queen of Hearts, The White Queen and more.
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review 2017-06-07 00:00
Curiouser and Curiouser
Curiouser and Curiouser - Melanie Karsak Curiouser and Curiouser - Melanie Karsak I received this from the author for a review.


I loved it. I wish it had been longer, but I still enjoyed it.

Alice has got away from a life of crime and is working for a Lord. When her sisters suitor is beaten up for gambling Alice ends up doing a job to save him, which puts her back in the fold with her true love. She ends up doing one last job for the man she loves .

The story starts with the theft of a pocket watch and Alice finds herself once again down the rabbit hole. From start to finish this book just kept coming. It never let up once.
Alice is conflicted through most of the book and you feel for her. She walked away from the life of crime and the man she loved only to be dragged back in. All the feelings she tries to hide just burst out. I liked Alice. She was a strong female lead who, has much has she loved William, she didn't need him either.

William was a scoundrel that you have to love. Gets himself in trouble, has men do and is saved by Alice.

I really liked how the characters from Alice in wonderland are portrayed has everyday people and how well it worked. Most retellings take Alice back to wonderland, this one didn't and it worked great.

I do wish the steampunk elements had been in depth. They were only hinted at in small doses. Maybe if the book had been longer then more could have been explored.

My final thoughts are great book and I hope there's a book two
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review 2017-05-12 09:46
Cute YA Fantasy
Ink: A Mermaid Romance: A Falling in Deep Collection Novella - Melanie Karsak

Like many YA stories, this started out with slightly amateurish sentence structure and concepts that don't fit into my Fantasy world view, like the idea of mermaids transforming into human form temporarily, plus too much information dumping in the first chapter. Despite all that, I found myself interested in the story and read on.

 

It was actually a rather interesting story. Whatever else I might say, I did enjoy reading it. I liked the main character, Ink, and the balance she fund between being an independent personality and having the foresight to think about how her actions would affect her people.

 

I liked the way the factions were set up and the realism of mer foibles when living among humans.

 

The drama towards the end could have been more drawn out with suspense and a couple more things going wrong, but overall it was a satisfying conclusion. What it lacks in details and other qualities of great storytelling, it makes up for in good, strong characters and storyline.

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review 2017-02-12 00:00
The Harvesting (The Harvesting, #1)
The Harvesting (The Harvesting, #1) - Melanie Karsak Really enjoyed this one. Melanie Karsak gave a refreshing twist on a zombie novel so that it didn't feel like a zombie novel.

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