Genre: Steampunk

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Review: Dance of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death, #2) by Bethany Griffin

Review: Dance of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death, #2) by Bethany Griffin

June 14, 2013 Review 0

DANCE OF THE RED DEATH is grotesquely beautiful in some ways but also slowly paced and a bit confusing. The visuals and the references to Edgar Allan Poe’s MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH were huge highlights. Much of Prospero’s macabre masked ball reflects the grotesque beauty of this world. Even outside of the ball there are so many instances of horror and death that Araby and her friends face.

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Review: Clockwork Fairy Tales: A Collection of Steampunk Fables

Review: Clockwork Fairy Tales: A Collection of Steampunk Fables

June 8, 2013 Review 2

The original fairy tales were pretty gruesome affairs with the wicked and sometimes the innocent meeting horribly bloody ends. LA VALSE is probably the most gruesome tale in CLOCKWORK FAIRY TALES was an interesting take on the RED SHOES by Hans Christian Andersen where instead of one bratty girl getting taught a lesson, horrible noblemen and women are tortured at a ball.

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Review: The Red Plague Affair (Bannon & Clare #2) by Lilith Saintcrow

Review: The Red Plague Affair (Bannon & Clare #2) by Lilith Saintcrow

May 30, 2013 Review 0

Lilith Saintcrow’s flavor of simmering emotion, significant glances, and dramatic mystery is a perfect compliment to the Victorian alternate timeline that contains her Bannon & Clare series. And while this tone makes for deliciously satisfying unspoken devotion, both romantic and platonic, it can also obscure the magical elements of the story beyond understanding.

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Review: The Girl with the Iron Touch (The Steampunk Chronicles, #3) by Kady Cross

Review: The Girl with the Iron Touch (The Steampunk Chronicles, #3) by Kady Cross

May 23, 2013 Review 0

THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH was a solid addition to The Steampunk Chronicles with lots of twists and fun concepts. The plot is pretty classic steampunk adventure with lots of interesting mechanical animals, odd human abilities, and one super creepy villain. A word of warning, The Steampunk Chronicles is one series where you should definitely start at the beginning with THE GIRL IN THE STEEL CORSET just to get all of the characters and plots straight.

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Review: The Havoc Machine (Clockwork Empire, #4) by Steven Harper

Review: The Havoc Machine (Clockwork Empire, #4) by Steven Harper

May 9, 2013 Review 0

One of the great things about THE HAVOC MACHINE is the fantastic introduction at the beginning to catch new readers like me up on the previous events of the Clockwork Empire series. While the introduction was a wonderful summary its not necessary the enjoyment and understanding of THE HAVOC MACHINE plot which is a fun classic steampunk adventure story.

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Early Review: Heart of Iron (London Steampunk, #2) by Bec McMaster

Early Review: Heart of Iron (London Steampunk, #2) by Bec McMaster

May 5, 2013 Review 0

HEART OF IRON is a fun steampunk story with a plethora of political dealings both with other countries and high society. There is a unique take in this story on women vying for a husband/suitor by going to balls like in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. Except vampires take the place of Mr. Darcy and the debutantes are vying to be blood donors in order to have a life of privilege and wealth.While I loved the ideas and world building in HEART OF IRON I couldn’t connect with either Will or Lena.

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Review: Emilie and the Hollow World by Martha Wells

Review: Emilie and the Hollow World by Martha Wells

April 13, 2013 Review 7

An adventure of the purest form, EMILIE AND THE HOLLOW WORLD has stowaways, mysterious lands, foreign strangers, saboteurs, and intrigue, all flavored with just the right amount of magical steampunk technology. Though the pacing was choppy in the first few chapters, alternating between action and large chunks of exposition, once Emilie finds her place on this crew of adventurers and scientists, the story takes off.

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Review: Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

Review: Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

April 1, 2013 Review 0

Series enders are challenging because readers expect not just a fresh story and character resolutions, but also answers to every question they’ve asked over the course of The Infernal Devices trilogy. At well over five hundred pages, CLOCKWORK PRINCESS is a large book, which is fitting since it tells not just a large story, but one that satisfies all the demands that the legion of fans this series has garnered have placed on it.

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