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Steampunk Fantasy Early Review: Transmuted by Karina Cooper

Transmuted by Karina Cooper (The St. Croix Chronicles #6)

Egalley thanks to Carina Press

Synopsis from Netgalley
In this final installment of Cherry St. Croix's adventures, only one thing could compel the disgraced countess to return to Society—the threat of immortality.
All is not peaceful in the wake of the Midnight Menagerie's ruin. Although the Karakash Veil has been forced to flee its stronghold, the mysterious head of the criminal organization is not content to fade away.
Above the foggy drift, a priceless diamond vanishes. In the dangerous Underground, a murderous rampage demands retribution. The hunt for the mastermind behind these misdeeds sends me back to Society—and into the unforgiving embrace of the world I'd left behind.
Nothing is what it seems. Enemies, allies—and a man who struggles with a nature even devotion cannot tame. Torn between the scars of the past and fragile new beginnings, I must create balance in the world I have chosen—and with the people I have come to love. The game has changed; should the Veil achieve the immortality it craves, I will have nowhere left to run.

Release date: January 26th 2015.

Amazon kindle US/UK


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 Right. Let me explain the low rating first.

I've been a staunch supporter of this series from the very beginning. A flawed heroine, a steampunk setting, a dual life full of secrets and hidden identities, an obsession with a forbidden savage leading Karakash Veil's Menagerie. What's not to love?

However, while the first two books were amazing, the rest of the series slowly went down in quality, and while my hope flared up when Cherry got cleaned up in Tempered, it promptly died with the book after.

I've been talking about the phenomenon that is Cherry with my book buddies, and I agree that at the core of my dissatisfaction is the fact that our girl doesn't deliver the kickassery she promises again and again.

If you think about it, all she's ever done was fail after boasting that she will prevail. It's like every time she is bigging herself up, but messes up when it comes to action. And the opportunities wasted.... Oh my God, am I the only one thinking that this series would have improved vastly with a hot threesome mess with such formidable characters as Hawke and Ashmore?

But no, Hawke has a fleeting couple of moments with Miss St. Croix and Ashmore becomes a steady friend and mentor after a hot scene in a Gothic mansion... Well, yes I am disappointed. What's the point of writing such delicious male specimen and not utilising them at the fullest?

So my low rating is reflecting my disappointment with the series in general.I also found that the amount of internal monologue and rehashing everything that happened before in Transmuted bored me to death, and I kept skimming to actual action scenes, of which there are only three!

And while the end battle is grand, it just wasn't redeeming enough to let me feel satisfied reading the last scene of Transmuted. Alas, I can only recommend the first two books in this series.

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 В общем-то, яоказалась очень разочарована последней книгой серии о Черри Сент-Круа. И сейчас объясню почему.

Первые две книги серии были просто блестящими - стимпанковский Лондон, главная героиня дебютантка светского общества с наркотической зависимостью и секретной профессией охотника за головами, завороженная экзотическим слугой Каракашской Вуали - Микаджей Хоуком. Добавьте к этому немного магии и серийного убийцу, и как мне эти книги можно было не полюбить?

Однако с третьей книги серия скатилась в посредственность и проблемой оказалась сама героиня. Черри постоянно торжественно и пафосно клялась разделаться со своими врагами, отомстить за друзей и помочь тем, кто в её помощи нуждался, и каждый раз проваливалась с большим треском, а вызволять её приходилось второстепенным персонажам, которым она пыталась помочь в первую очередь. То есть она верила, что круче её не бывает, но постоянно обламывалась ничему при этом не научившись.

Под конец мне это настолько обрыдело, что я пропускала её длинные внутренние монологи, которые персказывали то, что произошло в предыдущих книгах и останавливалась только на экшн и диалогах с второстепенными персонажами.

И я не хочу даже и упоминать о море упущенных возможностей с Хоуком и Ашмором - вкуснейшими главными героями, которым постоянно её приходилось спасать.Побольше секса с горячим циркачом и татуированным алхимиком эту серию бы только улучшили.!

В общем, несмотря на красивую концовку, последняя книга серии довольно скучна и в ней мало чего происходит. Да, я вздохнула с облегчением когда её закончила,тно читать серию не рекомендую помимо первых двух книг.
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