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Steampunk Fantasy Review: The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter by Rod Duncan

The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter: The Fall of The Gas-Lit Empire, Book 1 (The Fall of The Gas-Lit Empire #1)


Egalley thanks to Angry Robot

Synopsis from Goodreads
Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life – as herself and as her brother, the private detective. She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines. In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self-proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus.

But when she comes up against an agent of the all-powerful Patent Office, her life and the course of history will begin to change. And not necessarily for the better…

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8/10

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A curious thing happened to me while reading this book. I couldn't get through the very beginning and got stuck on the first few chapters for a couple of months. The writing felt heavy, unwieldy.

And then I picked the book up again in mid September and read it in one sitting! Go figure. All I'm saying, give The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter a chance to charm you before giving up.

YA Fantasy Early Review: The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas

The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas (The Elemental Trilogy #2)


Egalley thanks to Balzer+Bray

Synopsis from Goodreads
After spending the summer away from each other, Titus and Iolanthe (still disguised as Archer Fairfax) are eager to return to Eton College to resume their training to fight the Bane. Although no longer bound to Titus by a blood oath, Iolanthe is more committed than ever to fulfilling her destiny—especially with the agents of Atlantis quickly closing in.

Soon after arriving at school, though, Titus makes a shocking discovery, one that makes him question everything he previously believed about their mission. Faced with this devastating realization, Iolanthe is forced to come to terms with her new role, while Titus must choose between following his mother's prophecies—and forging a divergent path to an unknowable future.


Release date: Sept 16th 2014.
 
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 9/10

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 Oh, man... What a book!

"You might be the scariest girl I have ever met," he told her.
"Let's not be dramatic," she said drily. "I'm the only girl you can remember ever meeting."

The Postman Knock #95

Hello, everyone!
We've had rain here, and now it's nice and cool, I am so enjoying the weather! :)
Lots of yummy reads this week, as I was slacking and reading more than I was working. Bad, bad girl!

Also, I gave myself a layered haircut! I can not believe how easy it is and how much you can do yourself after watching a few youtube videos. It looks and feels lovely! Self-sufficiency for the win.

READ:


THE KING was released on Netgalley on Thursday night, and by Friday evening I already downloaded and read it. I can't help it. Tiffany Reisz is my crack. So good! I also downloaded CAPTIVATED which contained two novellas from Reisz and Megan Hart, and again was a lovely read.  I finished listening to QUEEN OF THE DARKNESS almost in tears. Merciless read, really dark, lots of characters I really liked die badly, so it was hard to go through it, but so far it was the best book in the series. THE BULLET-CATCHER'S DAUGHTER caught me by surprise. After a very slow start I thought this book would drag, but after picking it up 2 months later I finished it in one go. Really imaginative fantasy. THE PERILOUS SEA was amazing! I felt like I've been on fantasy high these past few weeks. I keep reading one extraordinary book after another in this genre, and keep dreading the moment when my luck runs out... At last, TAKING CONTROL was a DNF. I loved the first book in the series, but change of POV and frequent sex scenes did absolutely nothing for me in the second book, so I had to stop forcing myself reading it.

NETGALLEY:

First two I downloaded and read in one go, but Bitter Greens was a very old request approved only now, so I'm slightly puzzled.

BOUGHT:
Darkly Dreaming is a collection of 5 full novels from some of my favorite authors, and it's just under $1 as a pre-order.  I already read Hunter (obviously) and have Draven, but I wanted to try Cate Rowan, and her first book cost much more on its own, so this is a lovely bargain. Pre-order it, it's out on Tuesday!

KINDLE FREEBIE:


This is it for me, ladies and gents! 
Have a lovely day with lots of yummy reading :)
Tchau!

Fantasy Audiobook Review: Daughter of The Blood by Anne Bishop

Daughter of The Blood by Anne Bishop (The Black Jewels #1)


bought

Synopsis from Goodreads
Anne Bishop's debut novel, Daughter of the Blood, is like black coffee--strong, dark, and hard on delicate stomachs. Within the Blood (a race of magic-users), women rule and men serve, but tradition has been corrupted so that women enslave men, who seek to destroy their oppressors. Female children are violated before they can reach maturity; men are tortured and forced to satisfy witches' sexual appetites.
Bishop's child heroine, Jaenelle, is destined to rule the Blood, if she can reach adulthood. Her power is hidden; her family believes her mad. Saetan, High Lord of Hell and most powerful of the Blood males, becomes Jaenelle's surrogate father and teacher. He cannot protect her outside Hell, where he rules. She refuses to leave Terreille, risking herself to protect or heal other victims of violence. Can Daemon, Saetan's estranged son, keep her safe from the machinations of the evil High Priestess? Or will he lose his battle to control his destructive urges and endanger her?
Readers may find some aspects of Bishop's world confusing; not least that most of the good guys live in Hell. But her protagonists are compelling, sympathetic characters who overcome terrible adversity. If you like Anne Rice or Laurell K. Hamilton, try this one.

Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK(£2.98) | The Book Depository | Fishpond

8/10

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Alright, peeps, I've been recommended this series often enough to get curious especially after reading Anne Bishop's excellent UF series.  I also noticed that many of you complained that this blog doesn't review that much fantasy.

So, starting Black Jewels served a few purposes, plus I am listening to this on audio which allows me to work through my chores while going through book after book in this series.
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