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review 2015-06-12 08:00
The Ruby Airship
The Ruby Airship - Sharon Gosling

This turned out to be the sequel to another book, The Diamond Thief, that I hadn't read. And although it usually doesn't really matters, I felt at the beginning that I was missing large parts of what was going on. My bad, of course, but I would certainly recommend reading the first book first (even though I didn't).


Remy is a French circus artist/diamond thief who has now settled for an easier life in London, when she's called back to France to rejoin her best friend and her circus.


It was a very, very fast read, not in the least because of the somewhat gigantic amount of white space on every paper. I mean, I read 140 pages when I went to donate blood plasm (which takes a little over half an hour). I don't usually read THAT fast, but it was as if I was constantly swiping pages.


Besides, it was quite enjoyable. Not really memorable or anything special, but enjoyable nonetheless. Remy came across as the somewhat annoying and immature girl, who didn't understand too much of the world. The rest of the characters all fell a bit too well in their roles. The shady mysterious guy is very shady and mysterious. The kid from the slum turns out to be some kind of genius (I've definitely not seen that before </sarcasm>). And as in Harry Potter, just to name one of the many possibilities, there's this important story that is supposedly so very famous, but the characters still need the tale to be told. Yeah, that.


While quite nice and a very fast read, it didn't blow me away, and I'm not really sure what to think about it.


The Ruby Airship is the second book in the Diamond Thief series. The first book is called The Diamond Thief.


Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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text 2015-02-05 08:05
TBR Thursday #26
Deceived, - L.A Starkey
Erasmus Hobart and the Golden Arrow - Andrew Fish
Brotherhood of Shades - Dawn Finch
Stones - Polly Johnson
POV - Chris Brosnahan
The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales (Penguin Classics) - Franz Xaver von Schonwerth,Erika Eichenseer,Engelbert Suss,Maria Tatar
The Generation - Holly Cave
The Ruby Airship - Sharon Gosling

Moonlight Reader started the TBR Thursday, and I think it's a good way to a) show what new books I've got and b) confront myself with my inability to lower my TBR. In fact, since I started recording it, it has risen significantly. I get the feeling I'm doing something wrong here...


Little note: This is the 26th edition, I've already been doing this for half a year!


Readings been great this last week. After I finished my last exam (on Friday) I've already read 8 books! (That's even better because I'm quite behind on my ARCs). What I also noticed is that since I no longer suffer from procrastinating from studying, I'm also requesting fewer books (which was really a necessary thing). This week it won't really show but I hope that starting next week my TBR will lower (I can have dreams?).


TBR pile currently stands at 326. (+9)

(Netgalley ARCs at 148 (+9))

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review 2014-09-11 00:00
The Diamond Thief
The Diamond Thief - Sharon Gosling Received an ARC from NetGalley.

Mild spoilers

This was a very interesting take on circus carnies. I definitely enjoyed reading this story.

Remy was a sweet girl put into a rough situation. No family, no friends and poor. She joined the circus to feel that kind of "safety". The circus however was simply a group of hidden thieves. Remy was the best thief that circus had. One night she is called by the Master to go and survey the Ocean Light Diamond to steal it. Why? The Diamond has a curse placed on him and her lineage. Without the diamond the curse cannot be broken. When she goes to survey the diamond she is thrown into an opportunity of luck, or so she thought and things take a quick turn.

Thaddeus was a young copper who grew up on the streets. When he is left responsible for the diamond and it goes missing he is blamed for it and wanted to for theft. He searches out for Remy, but when they meet up he learns that not only did Remy not have the diamond but an unlikely Lord stole the diamond. Now they must retrieve and work together.

I love the romance the built up between Thaddeus and Remy. It was slow and patient. The perfect pace for this story.

I love that this takes place in London and the writing went extremely well with the setting. I felt apart of the story every turn of the page. I love how the Indian culture is intertwined along with the Indian characters. Amazing combination.

I totally loved the Professor and J. They seemed to be very essential secondary characters to this story and helped it move a bit faster. Lord Abernathy is a cruel man. I totally dislike him! He seemed sweet until the truth of the stolen diamond is discovered and then missing people -- he is a heartless man.

That ending was amazing! I'm trying to figure out how she was able to do it without leaving a trace behind.

I definitely enjoyed this novel and plan to read the sequel soon.
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review 2014-07-02 00:00
The Diamond Thief
The Diamond Thief - Sharon Gosling Review to come..
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-05-13 21:19
The Diamond Thief
The Diamond Thief - Sharon Gosling

(I got a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

A fast read, and one of those books I wish I had liked more (Victorian London + circus + thief + mechanical inventions: what's not to like in there, really?), but also one that didn't convince me in the end, unfortunately.

Things I liked: the steampunk side, light enough to be understandable by basically everyone, younger readers included. It has a touch of Fushigi no Umi no Nadia (in that stones/jewels play an important part), though it doesn't go further than that, and makes use of machinery whose concepts are easy to grasp, such as experimental night-vision goggles. Not the most creative I've ever seen, but a nice introduction nonetheless.

On the other hand, I found the backdrop fairly light, too—not a good thing. I never really got the feeling of a real circus, nor of Victorian mores. I think this could apply to several other aspects of the novel, in fact: it brushed against them, without ever diving deep enough for me to feel immersed. I could sense this most specifically with the characters. At first, I found them interesting, but they were never developed enough to hold my attention until the end, nor make me care about them. (And there definitely were interesting ideas in here, such as the unlikely trapeze artist/thief + young cop duo, the Professor with his inventions, the mysterious Lord...) Also, I didn't like the romance at all. I couldn't feel any chemistry within this couple, it seemed like a plot device to add some drama, and there were a few very melodramatic scenes that made me roll my eyes and want to slap those characters. Somehow, it moved too quickly, too superficially.

The plot itself seemed to rest on a lof of deus ex machina, predictable twists, and events inserted for convenience. I would've been more enthralled if Rémy and Thaddeus had had to really investigate, which in turn would have given them time to talk, get to know each other better; I guess this would have made the romance more palatable for me, as well as enhanced the strong points of their pairing, in terms of skills. Another thing I had a hard time with were a couple of plot points. First, the opal's role. One of the characters says that

it would allow Rémy to hear other people's thoughts,

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yet I never got the purpose of that specific thread. Is there a second book in the writing? If there isn't, then I don't see the point. Same with

the curse:

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couldn't Gustave tell Rémy about it way earlier than that, considering how involved she was, and how she was the one tasked with stealing the stone?

I suppose it could work as a very light read, or for really young readers (things never go further than a brief kiss in the romance department), but for me it didn't.

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