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review 2017-06-18 22:54
Who is Fever Crumb?
Fever Crumb - Philip Reeve


I have to admit, I'm relieved to be finished reading this book. I borrowed it from my school library because it wasn't being checked out and I wanted to see if I could find readers for it. I need to know a book to really promote it. However, I didn't enjoy this book as much as I wanted to. Which is sad because I hear so many good things about the Mortal Engines series by Philip Reeve.


I didn't realize this was a prequel series until I looked into the next book on Amazon. And why would I look into the next book in the series considering my experience with this book? Honestly, the best part of the book was the last 26 pages.


Up until that point, I found all of the characters to be selfish and self-serving. Fever, the main character, has been taught to hide her emotions because they are foolish and irrational. This makes it difficult to connect with her or even like her. The engineer Fever is sent to help (Kit) seems more in touch with his emotions, but even he has selfish motives for asking Fever to work with him. The Scrivens and the skinners seem like two awful sides of the same coin. Apparently even in the future, society is ruled by hate and fear.


So, I'm torn. I may read the next book in the series or skip right to the Mortal Engines series or even just give up on it completely. If any of you have read the series, I would love to hear your input. :)


I read this book as my second Memorial Day extra roll, space Paradise Pier 28, a book tagged steampunk on GR.


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text 2017-05-29 04:05
Paradise Pier 28 Read
Fever Crumb - Philip Reeve




I chose Fever Crumb which is tagged Steampunk on Goodreads. I borrowed this one from my school library a while ago and I need to return it soon, so now is as good a time as any.

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review 2017-04-20 01:16
Black Light Express (Railhead 2) by Phillip Reeve
Black Light Express (Switch Press:) - Philip Reeve

The first book in this series was absolutely amazing, this one is just as good. I highly recommend this series. It has everything you could possibly want in a young adult steampunk/fantasy. 


The world this is set in is so amazing, I have never encountered anything similar. The last book introduced us to world where you could travel between interstellar train stations, where trains are living beings with attitude, there are hive beasts made up of a community of insects that think as one, and so, so much more. This one continues and introduces us to so much more than even that. 


I loved the way this author writes. He tells a story full of descriptionsurprises and detail. He paces well and wastes no words on nonsense or to add girth, I hate when you can tell scenes were added to lengthen page count. His writing fits the story perfectly.


I am surprised that is not a more popular series, it is that good. Start with the first book this is not a series I recommend reading out of order, you would be lost if you tried.


Netgalley provided ebook.


303 pages

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review 2016-05-15 07:07
Riding the Rails - 4.5 stars...
Railhead - Philip Reeve

Railhead is the story about a street urchin and thief named Zen Starling. One day he is approached by a mysterious stranger who hires him to infiltrate the Emperor's train and steal an heirloom. Zen is ultimately a "railhead" so he jumps at the chance to ride the rails and explore the Great Network, no matter what the cost. 


What first attracted me to Railhead was the very cool train world that I got a glimpse of in the blurb. I never imagined though that it would be as complex and detailed as it was. The author went all out on this world and it just blew my mind. I loved the creativity that went into the characters, the trains and the different worlds at each station but it was hard for me to actually picture a lot of it in my head. I need pictures! I was so enamored by the world that I wanted to be able to visually see it. The book just didn't do it enough justice. I think it can only come to life so much on paper or in your head and this is a world that needs color and sound and imagery on a three-dimensional scale. What it really needs is a theater! It would make such a fantastic movie so I really hope to see it on the big screen one day! 


*Just a note to any future readers so you don't do what I did- there is a very nice glossary at the back of the book! There wasn't a table of contents though so I read the entire thing without any clue there was a glossary until I got to the very last page. It would have been nice to have that while I was reading.


**I received this ARC from NetGalley & Capstone in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!



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text 2016-05-01 01:26
Reading progress update: I've read 75 out of 352 pages.
Railhead - Philip Reeve

I like the world building and the different trains and stations. Pretty cool...

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