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review 2017-05-27 18:53
A wholly different kind of read for me…which was both a positive and a negative
The Clockwork Dynasty: A Novel - Daniel H. Wilson

Book Title:  The Clockwork Dynasty

Author:  Daniel H Wilson

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  Steampunk

Publisher:  Doubleday

Setting:  Past and present; including Oregon, London, Russia, and China

SourceI received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

 

 

 

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Book Theme Song

(link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

Fake it by Seether  --It's so perfect for Peter & the other avtomats…it's also one of my all time favs.

Who's to know if your soul will fade at all

The one you sold to fool the world

You lost your self-esteem along the way

Yeah

And just fake it if your out of direction

Fake it if you don't belong

Fake it if you feel like a infection

Woah your such a f*ckin' hypocrite

 

 

 

OVERALL RATING:  3.7/5 STARS GRADE=B

 

My Thoughts

 

 

The idea behind The Clockwork Dynasty is an ingenious one, but the execution fell a little short for me.  I just couldn't stay focused when reading this, I had to reread some passages again and again.  I feel like this could have been because it was not my usual type of read.  But…Idk???

 

 

I also never felt like I was invested in the characters, especially June…why does June seem so inconsequential.  I wanted more depth from them.  So, maybe I might have wanted to cheer them on.  So…overall this is a imaginative story, it just didn't have enough heart for me.  The cover, though, is absolutely spectacular. 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.2/5

Main Characters:  3.5/5

Secondary Characters:  3.5/5

The Feels:  3.5/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.3/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  Kind of does, actually.

 

 

Will I continue this series?  Maybe…if it continues, and it seems like it should.

 

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text 2017-05-27 03:45
Reading progress update: I've read 6%.
Boneshaker - Cherie Priest

If your bread is so stale that it's barely edible, why wouldn't you eat it with the stew you're making to soften it up instead of eating it dry?

 

This one has been on the TBR for a really long time. I picked it because the random.org oracle spoke and declared that the time of Boneshaker was upon us (this was after the Morningstar decree). I've been procrastinating and not reading it most of the evening though, half waiting till I can roll for booklikes-opoly at midnight. However, maybe I should wait for morning, or wait to do my bonus rolls in the morning because I've had bad luck with rolls made too close to midnight.

 

Or I can read the book. Apparently there are zombies? Why did I want to read about zombies?

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review 2017-05-21 16:02
Book Review: The Perils of Prague
The Perils of Prague (The Adventures of ... The Perils of Prague (The Adventures of Crackle & Bang) (Volume 1) - Doc Coleman

*I read this book for my own enjoyment and in exchange for an honest review.

Our dashing lord is visiting with his uncle in Prague at his parents direction before traveling on to his next relative in another country now that he's graduated. However, things blow up. Well, the Opera House blows up after he meets a strange man and gorgeous woman in his Uncle's booth. And things get more complicated after that.


We have a few main characters. There is our main character and POV we live through, the Lord. See, I can't tell you his name as it's not one that people expect to hear. And... many are offended by it. It was a way for his great-great grandfather to shake up the social politeness of society and a string of profanity. Then we have Professor Crackle who seems a bit absentminded from time to time. However, there is something very special about him. We get hints and my curiosity is kept guessing about him. We do learn, in the end, what is so special about the professor. You'll like it. Lastly we have the lovely Miss Bang. She is a colleague of Professor Crackle's and handy in her own right and mind. This is a pair that are brilliant together and the Lord gets to see and participate with them in this adventure.

Can I tell you I love these names? I love that they are different and seem to fit the characters personalities. They roll off my tongue easily too.

Doc Coleman takes us on adventures on land, above land, and below ground. All cool in their own rights. I can't imagine where the characters could go in future books, in other cities, with all they lived through in this one! Wow, I didn't think we'd go through all that! lol.

There are many cool elements brought together here. I love when steampunk is used in the book and not just a surrounding in the setting. Steampunk is used here and something I enjoy. The adventures and actions that happen are well done in moments we need them, keeping the story higher paced. The moments where we learn details is done in a way that kept me interested as I didn't know what was going to be shared. It was all arranged to keep me interested and turning pages.

There are many additional attracting elements here as well. The crew of people we see, very neat! Another member of Crackle's crew, which we don't see as often here, is a very special woman. You have to meet her. The idea of immoral is very interesting. The Queen is the one and only. But is she really? This is interesting as it's explained and could become a bigger problem for others when you learn what you do.

Doc Coleman has set a high bar in this book and I look forward to seeing what he does in the next city as we carry on with Crackle and Bang.

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review 2017-05-21 01:33
Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding - My Thoughts
Retribution Falls - Chris Wooding

Have you been missing Firefly and Captain Mal and his crew?  If so, give Retribution Falls a try!  Mind you, Captain Frey is somewhat grungier and somewhat less um... scrupulous and savoury.  :)

So we have pirates, we have air ships - rust buckets and sleek cruisers and huge frigates, we have pirate towns, we have manors, we have out of the way religious abbeys, we have cutlasses and guns and daemons and golems and so many diverse and wonderful things!

The crew of the Ketty Jay is the very definition of motley, down to Slag, the ship's feline.  All of them have something in their past that has made them outcasts of some sort or another and throughout the book, we get to learn their stories one by one.  In between the space battles, heists, and breakouts they all get fleshed out and we come to appreciate both the good things about them and the flaws.

Retribution Falls is a rollicking steampunky adventure peopled with cool and interesting characters, a social system in upheaval and enough magic to make it fun.  :)  It reads like watching a TV show - like Firefly! - and I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the next of the Ketty Jay tales.

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review 2017-05-20 19:59
My Review In One Word... Melancholy
Of Metal and Wishes - Sarah Fine

 

 

Book Title: Of Metal and Wishes

Author: Sarah Fine

Narration:  Alexandra Bailey

Series: Of Metal and Wishes #1

Genre: YA, Steampunk, Romance

Setting: Gochan Slaughterhouse

Source:  Audible Owned

 

 

 

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⇝Book Theme Song⇜

(link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

Ghost In The Machine by B.o.B  --This song is for Bo…I found him this lyric video…and that's my offering…maybe he'll grant my wish???

Tell me where am I supposed to go?

And who am I supposed to believe.

If only you knew what I knew.

Then you could see just what I see 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜  

4/5 STARS

or B+

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

It's difficult to pinpoint what this book is, genre wise…it's like this mash-up of alternative history/steampunk/historical.  It has an overall dark and somber feel to it, that left me sad…just sad for Wen, for Melik and especially for Bo. 

 

 

It's said, by many, that this is a retelling of Phantom of the Opera. Unfortunately, I can't really say that it does that well, because I don't know that story.  It is very well written, and the narration on Audio is superbly done.  I think…that I want to keep on with the series despite the overwhelming sadness that I felt while listening to this, because I feel a need to know what happens to these characters.

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4.5/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  3.8/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  3/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  4/5 Cliffhanger:  "…to be Continued"

 

Will I continue this series?  I believe so.

 

 

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