Genre: Steampunk

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Jul 28
The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library #1) by Genevieve Cogman (review)

The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library #1) by Genevieve Cogman (review)

I loved the idea of a spy network made out of librarians. And the book grabs your attention from the first pages, because Irene is in the middle of a mission to steal a book from a boys school when the book opens. There are elements of Sherlock Holmes, as well as the 007 movies in the book. Not because the book is using either as a reference exactly, but because there is a great detective in Vale. And lots of narrow escapes, assistants who are more than what they seem, double-crosses and mysteries. Besides all that, there’s also the… Read more »

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Nov 11
Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell (review)

Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell (review)

I loved all the inventions and steampunk things in this book. I especially loved Jules. I liked that in this Cinderella twist, Nicolette wasn’t trying to get to the ball and meet the prince. She was trying to get to an inventors showcase and find a patron for her inventions so she could be her own person. Not under her step-families thumb and subject to their whims. There was both insta-love, and insta-friendship in the book. The insta-love isn’t surprising considering this is basically a Cinderella retelling. But Nicolette’s love interest as well as her best friend didn’t have a… Read more »

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Sep 24
Thief’s Magic (Millennium’s Rule #1) by Trudi Canavan (review)

Thief’s Magic (Millennium’s Rule #1) by Trudi Canavan (review)

This book takes turns telling Tyen and Rielle’s stories from their point of views. The first handful of chapters are Tyen, then the next handful are Rielle, and so on. I liked getting to know about both characters and the people and world around them. However, when it came time to switch to the other character? It always seemed to ‘end’ the chapter on a cliffhanger! There were very few times this didn’t happen. Switch between characters by all means, but not in places that you leave the reader yelling out loud (literally in a few instances!) because of where… Read more »

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Jul 15
The Conquering Dark (Crown & Key #3) by Clay and Susan Griffith (review)

The Conquering Dark (Crown & Key #3) by Clay and Susan Griffith (review)

I love how Simon realizes he was too used to using his abilities. And how he has to change his fighting style and thoughts now that he can’t lean on the Aether. He still has moments when he tries to use the power of his runes in the midst of battle, and then realizes that he is magicless. It makes him think on his actions a lot more, instead of just leaping into the fight and powerhousing his way through it. Penny is also a huge part of things again, and I loved the inventions she came up with as… Read more »

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Jun 17
The Undying Legion (Crown & Key #2) by Clay & Susan Griffith (review)

The Undying Legion (Crown & Key #2) by Clay & Susan Griffith (review)

I was so glad to see Charlotte back in this book! Penny played a larger role than in the first book as well. Simon and Kate are starting to ease into an actual relationship, though that thread was super minor. There was lots of action and magic, as well as violence and gore, and things turned a bit darker in this story. We got to see lots more of Penny’s nifty mechanical gizmos, and Malcolm grew a lot as a character. I really liked Kate in this, and Simon is still just as funny and quick-witted. We finally get to… Read more »

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May 20
The Shadow Revolution (Crown & Key #1) by Clay Griffith (review)

The Shadow Revolution (Crown & Key #1) by Clay Griffith (review)

I really enjoyed this book. All the characters were well-developed, even the more minor, not central characters. The story was descriptive, giving you a good idea of what everything looked and sounded like, without being over-detailed. The world was fully-fleshed out and believable. I liked the magic we were introduced to, and would love to learn more about Scribes and the key. I loved Simon. He was funny and quick-thinking, without falling into the ‘too perfect’ role a lot of main characters end up in. Kate I didn’t care for at first, but she quickly grew on me. I also… Read more »

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Mar 05
Curtsies and Conspiracies (Finishing School #2) by Gail Carriger (review)

Curtsies and Conspiracies (Finishing School #2) by Gail Carriger (review)

I haven’t read the first book in this series, but was still able to figure out what was going on in this one fairly well. Sophronia is a 15 year old girl in a finishing school. Only this finishing school is also a spy training ground. The teachers are all women, except for the werewolf and vampire teachers who are men. Their school is run in a huge airship, which is kind of a cross between a blimp and a hot air balloon. There are 4 large balloons that keep it afloat, and the school hangs below them. The school… Read more »

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Sep 26
Nocturnal Academy by Ethan Somerville (review)

Nocturnal Academy by Ethan Somerville (review)

    I really enjoyed this book. Bits of it reminded me of “Harry Potter”, but for the most part it has a charm all it’s own. It was weird reading that high school started at age 13, and I’m not sure where in the world it takes place. I’m guessing the UK somewhere as mothers are referred to as “mum”. It is the first in a series, and was good enough I will be picking up more of them. If you like fantasy books that contain werewolves, vampires, nature spirits, demons and other creatures of that ilk, and enjoy… Read more »

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