Thursday, 27 February 2014

Review on the Broken Line Series #1 The Copper Witch

Adela Tilden has always been more ambitious than her station in life might allow. A minor nobleman’s daughter on a failing barony, Adela’s prospects seem dire outside of marrying well-off. When Adela catches the eye of the crown prince, Edward, however, well-off doesn't seem to be a problem. Thrown into a world of politics and intrigue, Adela might have found all the excitement she ever wanted—if she can manage to leave her past behind.

I love Historical novels, and this book was no exemption. Adela Tilden is very ambitious, and will do anything necessary to climb up the hierarchy. Although Adela is the protagonist of the story, I had mixed feelings about her. I usually love female characters with ambition, but as Adela was seemingly dating men of high social ranking to climb the ladder herself, I felt myself feeling sorry for the men who fell in love with her. There are a few cases where it is clear that she does not love them, although they love her, and consequently she ends up breaking their heart. I did however enjoy the ending, as she seems to come back down to earth slightly, even though she is still ambitious and not altogether a likable character. Men are drawn to her beauty, and she uses this to her advantage to get what she wants.

Sadly Adela is not a character who I cared for, although I loved some of the male characters, particularly Antony. At the start of the novel, I thought that Adela and Antony would make a good couple, but as the novel progressed and Adela's ambitions became more clear, I felt that Antony deserved someone who did not sleep around to get what she wants. Jessica Dall is a good writer, and I overall enjoyed the book, but for a novel to really grip me, I have to fall in love with the characters. Unfortunately, this was not the case with Adela, as I disliked her lack of sympathy for the other characters, and particularly that she was comparing her beauty to other women, and silently mocking them for not being as beautiful as her. Adela is vain and egotistic, and I feel that if she wasn't so beautiful, men would not so easily fall in love with her. I loved the setting and the overall plot of the book, but the characters let it down slightly as a whole.

Copper Witch will be available from March 13th

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Monday, 17 February 2014

Review on Dawn of Steam #1 First Light

In 1815, in the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars, two of England's wealthiest lords place a high-stakes wager on whether a popular set of books, which claim that the author has travelled to many unknown corners of the globe, are truth or, more likely, wild fiction. Former aide-de-camp, Gregory Conan Watts tells the story through a series of letters and journal entries, describing his adventures travelling aboard an airship with his crew, which include a wide variety of characters, including the airship's owner, war hero, genius, and literal knight in steam-powered armour Sir James Coltrane. The crew are in a race against time, as the crew hired by the other side of the wager seem willing to win by any means necessary.

I have not had much experience with Steam Punk novels, so when I was asked to review this book I was unsure of what to expect. Although it started off slow, it picked up it's pace once the crew had been assembled together and the main part of the adventure had started. Being an epistolary novel, the story is told from the protagonists point of view through the writing of letters to his fiancée and boss, and his own personal journal. The writing style varies slightly depending on who Gregory's intended reader is, which gives the story some variety. There is little dialogue between Gregory and other characters, which makes it difficult to understand what the crews thoughts and feelings are. However, the lack of dialogue is compromised slightly by some of the other characters writing their own letters home. I adored the character of Sam Bowe from the start, and although soon after joining the crew there was a plot twist involving this character that I was not expecting, Sam has remained my favourite character throughout the novel. As the novel is set in 1815, it is interesting that the gender roles of the characters are not set in stone, e.g , Harriet is a good mechanic, while another female member of the crew is a true heroine, and is just as good at fighting, if not better, than some of the male crew members. Most strong female characters in both books and movies are sexualised, but with this book, it was not the case, which I loved. I feel as if their adventure could have been more widespread, as it was limited to England and America, but as it is the first book in the series, I am sure the sequels will cover a larger area of the world.

First Light will be available to purchase from February 28th

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Friday, 7 February 2014

Cover Reveal

The cover for the third and final book in Chris Colfer's The Land of Stories series has been revealed! I've loved reading this series, and even though I’m excited for the final book in the trilogy, I will be sad to say goodbye to these wonderful fairy tale characters. But for now, let's talk about the cover. I always have high hopes for the covers in this series, and this one does not disappoint. It is just as bright and beautiful as the previous two books, and has it's own unique colour scheme. The cover is just as action packed, with new and exciting characters, plus old favourites including the twins, Mother Goose and Lester. Oh and that's right, there's a dragon! In my opinion, you can never go wrong with dragons. If the story is exciting as the cover, which I'm sure it will be, this book looks set to be yet another huge success.