Review ~ The Kraken King (Part 1)

Kraken King Part 1

Title: The Kraken King Part I: The Kraken King and the Scribbling Spinster (Iron Seas #4.1)


Author: Meljean Brook


Date Published: April 15, 2014


Publisher: PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW: InterMix


Genre: Sci-Fi/Steampunk, Romance, Fantasy, Adventure

Blurb

A former smuggler and thief, Ariq—better known as the Kraken King—doesn’t know what to make of the clever, mysterious woman he rescues from an airship besieged by marauders. Unsure if she’s a spy or a pawn in someone else’s game, Ariq isn’t about to let her out of his sight until he finds out…After escaping her fourth kidnapping attempt in a year, Zenobia Fox has learned to vigilantly guard her identity. While her brother Archimedes is notorious for his exploits, Zenobia has had no adventures to call her own—besides the stories she writes.But when she jumps at the chance to escape to the wilds of Australia and acquire research for her next story, Zenobia quickly discovers that the voyage will be far more adventurous than any fiction she could put to paper…

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My ****4 Star****Review

First let me describe how this book is laid out. This is actually just the first part of an 8 part novel, which will later be released as one complete novel if I’m understanding correctly. I didn’t realize when I first received the book for review that it would be so short and incomplete, so this threw me off at the end. I don’t want you to pick this up not realizing what you’re getting. To be more thorough in this explanation, The Kraken King in it’s entirety, is the 4th book in the Iron Seas series. I haven’t previously read the first 3 books in the series, so I can say it works as a stand alone. I couldn’t comment on how it relates to the previous 3 novels.

Okay, so first let me say that I really thought the steampunk fantasy world was quite intriguing. This was such a unique story. It blended aspects of our past with what could only be considered futuristic ideas. I thought the descriptions were wonderful, and I could easily picture the events in my head.

As far as the characters went, I would have to say that I didn’t agree with their judgment calls on a lot of things. There were times that some of the characters were rude, selfish and immature. However, I was still so greatly intrigued. Plus there were some very admirable qualities, such as the way the Kraken King took care of the people in his area and was self-sacrificing.

Unfortunately this was so short that I don’t have a whole lot to say on it. While I found it quite interesting and unique, I don’t think I would pay $1.99 for this little book – or more accurately what would amount to a few chapters. That would be $16 after spending that on all 8 parts. I’m curious to see what the price will be when the book is complete.

I’ll have to go with 4 low stars. I think if I had a complete story then I would probably rate it 4 strong stars, but that remains to be seen. Who would I recommend this to? Steampunk/Romance fans that don’t mind gritty, naughty characters!

Warnings: some strong language, sexual banter
*I received a copy via NetGalley and InterMix in exchange for an honest review.*

About the Author ~ Meljean Brook

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Meljean was raised in the middle of the woods, and hid under her blankets at night with fairy tales, comic books, and romances. She left the forest and went on a misguided tour through the world of accounting before focusing on her first loves, reading and writing–and she realized that monsters, superheroes, and happily-ever-afters are easily found between the covers, as well as under them, so she set out to make her own.

Meljean lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and daughter.

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Website: http://meljeanbrook.com/

Happy Reading,

Alison

The Boxcar Baby ~ Book Blast & Giveaway

Boxcar BabyThe Boxcar Baby by J.L. Mulvihill

Born in a boxcar on a train bound for Georgia. At least that is what Papa Steel always told AB’Gale. But now, fifteen years later, the man who adopted and raised her as his own is missing and it’s up to AB’Gale to find him. Aided only by a motley gang of friends, AB’Gale train hops her way across the United States in a desperate attempt to find her papa and put her life and family back the way it was. Her only guide is a map given to her by a mysterious hobo, with hand written clues she found hidden in her papa’s spyglass. Here is the Great American Adventure in an alternate steampunk dystopian world, where fifteen-year-old AB’Gale Steel learns that nothing is as it seems, but instead is shrouded in secrets and mysteries … and that monsters come in all shapes and forms.

The Boxcar Baby is the first book of the Steel Roots series.

 

Praise for The Boxcar Baby

“Miss AB’Gale Steel, is a pure spitfire girl, full of strong-minded grit, who draws strength out of adversity, and endures hardship by bracing herself against self-pity.” – Jorie Loves a Story

“One thing I really loved about this one was it was fast paced and moved quickly. Mulvihill did an amazing job making realistic characters.” – Bee’s Knees Reviews

“J.L. Mulvihill is quite a talented writer and I think she has such a creative mind to come up with this Steampunk Southern American Adventure.” – Book and Movie Dimension

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Excerpt

I have always loved the sound of the train whistle, especially when I hear it from far away; the moaning echo across the valley gives it a sorrowful sound like a Piper bird calling for its mate. Sometimes I can imagine the sound is a mournful spirit seeking its long lost love. Sad as it may sound, it calms me when I hear it at night and lulls me to sleep, or wakes me peacefully in the early morning. Every two weeks when I hear the train, I know it’s time for Papa to come home. But one morning about five weeks ago, Papa didn’t come home.

I’m pretty sure my Granny is going to ask me to go to New Joplan to look for Papa. I don’t really mind going to New Joplan, the city is way jigin’, but I’ve never gone to the city alone before, and I’m sure there’s creepers there. Of course Granny will have it all worked out for me to stay with a friend of hers, but I will still have to go it alone. I need to go, though, because I have to find out what happened to my Papa. We ain’t heard from him or the railroad since Papa left for work last; he usually works a few weeks on and a couple weeks off, but this time he’s been gone longer than ever.

If Papa doesn’t come back, I can’t say what will happen to Granny and me. Granny and I waited four weeks for Papa but when he still hadn’t come home we got worried. Granny decided maybe we should go on into Jasper and sell the eggs and milk like we usually do when Papa comes home. So we hitched up the ponies and loaded the cart up and head into town.

 

 

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Author

About the Author ~ J.L. Mulvihill

Born in Hollywood and raised in San Diego, CA, J.L. Mulvihill has made Mississippi her home for the past fifteen years. Her debut novel was the young adult title The Lost Daughter of Easa, an engaing fantasy novel bordering on science-fiction with a dash of steampunk, published through Kerlak Publishing. The Boxcar Baby, the first novel of her Steel Roots Series, was released by Seventh Star Press in the summer of 2013.

J.L. also has several short fiction pieces in publication, among them “Chilled Meat”, a steampunk thriller found in the Dreams of Steam II-Of Bolts and Brass, anthology (Kerlak Publishing) and “The Leprechaun’s Story”, a steampunk urban Fantasy found in the anthology, Clockwork, Spells, & Magical Bells (Kerlak Publishing)

J.L. is very active with the writing community, and is the events coordinator for the Mississippi Chapter of Imagicopter known as the Magnolia-Tower. She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Gulf Coast Writers Association (GCWA), The Mississippi Writers Guild (MWG), as well as the Arts Council of Clinton, and the Clinton Ink-Slingers Writing Group.

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Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by @cassieclare

Clockwork Prince

Blurb

In magical Victorian London, orphan Tessa found safety with the Shadowhunters, until traitors betray her to the Magister. He wants to marry her, but so do self-destructive Will and fiercely devoted Jem. Mage Magnus Bane returns to help them. Secrets to her parentage lie with the mist-shrouded Yorkshire Institute’s aged manager Alyosius Starkweather.

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My *****5 STAR***** Review

This is the second in the series, and will contain spoilers if you haven’t already read Clockwork Angel. You can find my review of Clockwork Angel HERE.

In Clockwork Angel the pacing was on the slow side until close to the end. It’s very rare for me to give a book a 5 star rating when the pacing isn’t on the quick side (usually only happens when reading classics nowadays), but it works for these books. This story started out the same for me, but things became so intense in the triangle of Will, Tessa & Jem that I found myself trying harder and harder to speed through the pages.

The crazy thing for me was that a chunk of the story was extremely predicatable, and I knew I wasn’t going to like where things were going, but I still found myself tearing through the pages as if my last breath was dependent upon it. OMG! & AAAAAHHHH! all rolled into one!!

Now, despite Will, Jem & Tessa’s stories being a bit predictable concerning their relationships with each other, the overall story still holds a great amount of mystery in this very intricately woven plot. You get a lot of answers in this story, but it leaves you with that many more questions. Plus, I have to admit that there was one point in the book that quite frankly left me SHOCKED! I never saw it coming!

But I loved every heart-pounding moment that took place and it was so intense that I often felt as if I were Tessa myself. I have to warn you that this book ends on a cliffhanger and your heart will break along the way!

About the Author ~ Cassandra Clare

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“Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.”

You can find me online at
http://www.cassandraclare.com
I have a blog:
http://cassandraclare.livejournal.com/
and a Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/Cassandraclare
and a Twitter:
http://www.twitter.com/cassieclare

Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1)

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Blurb

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them….

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My *****5 STAR***** Review

So, I started this whole thing backwards – with the prequel (although I know it wasn’t published first). But, it was the easiest for me to get my hands on at the library, and I wanted to see if this series would be for me. Needless to say, I will definitely be picking up the next in line! It’s funny how the book grabbed me, though. At the beginning I had no idea where the story was going, but pieces slowly came together, and I could see the intricate tale being wove. It became rather intriguing, and I was thinking to myself that I could see how those readers that love paranormal/fantasy or steampunk would really like it. I was thinking it was a strong 4 stars, but I just wasn’t sure what the MAJOR hype was. Oh, but by the time I got a little over half way through, I began plowing through the pages. It just rapidly became better and better, and the relationships between Tessa, Will, and Jem became so enthralling that I HAD to know what was next. Jem’s character is especially mysterious, and I found myself hanging on every word waiting for this mystery that is Will – to be revealed. Then there’s Jem, and I couldn’t help but fall in love with his character. He’s so physically tortured and yet so incredibly understanding and selfless. Tessa – well, she’s one of those rare female heroines these days that doesn’t lack in the morals department, and you can feel good about yourself cheering her on! I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one!!

About the Author ~ Cassandra Clare

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“Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.”

You can find me online at
http://www.cassandraclare.com

I have a blog:
http://cassandraclare.livejournal.com/

and a Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/Cassandraclare

and a Twitter:
http://www.twitter.com/cassieclare

Happy Reading,

Alison