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Review: The Falconer by Elizabeth May

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The Falconer
The Falconer
by Elizabeth May
(The Falconer #1)
Young Adult, Fantasy, Steampunk, Historical Fiction
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Synopsis
One girl’s nightmare is this girl’s faery tale

She’s a stunner.
Edinburgh, 1844. Eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, has everything a girl could dream of: brains, charm, wealth, a title—and drop-dead beauty.

She’s a liar.
But Aileana only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. she’s leading a double life: She has a rare ability to sense the sìthíchean—the faery race obsessed with slaughtering humans—and, with the aid of a mysterious mentor, has spent the year since her mother died learning how to kill them.

She’s a murderer.
Now Aileana is dedicated to slaying the fae before they take innocent lives. With her knack for inventing ingenious tools and weapons—from flying machines to detonators to lightning pistols—ruthless Aileana has one goal: Destroy the faery who destroyed her mother.

She’s a Falconer.
The last in a line of female warriors born with a gift for hunting and killing the fae, Aileana is the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity. Suddenly, her quest is a lot more complicated. She still longs to avenge her mother’s murder—but she’ll have to save the world first.

The first volume of a trilogy from an exciting new voice in young adult fantasy, this electrifying thriller combines romance and action, steampunk technology and Scottish lore in a deliciously addictive read. (less)

What I thought
This was a reread for me and it was much needed. I read the book way back in 2014 when it first came out. In 5 years I forgot a lot! So I am very happy that I decided to read it again.

I know that the title Falconer has thrown off many people. So I am going to put it here sorry if you feel spoiled however most people miss this brief explanation. I am summarizing this since I am not going to go back and find it, it’s so brief I would have to read most of the book again to find it really its all summed up in like one or two sentences. Okay so way back when before the war those women who fought the Fae used Falcons to slip into the Fae world to see what was going on. From my understanding, they could see through the Falcons eyes. Since these Fae hunters used Falcons they were given the name Falconer by the Fae. So now that we have that out of the way I can tell you how much I enjoyed this book.

When I read this book the first time I did not know what steampunk really was it was after reading it that people put that label on it. Yes, it has steampunk vibes but they are not heavy. Aileana the last falconer that we know of (hey I still need to read books 2 and 3 so I can’t be sure) discovers her “destiny” in the most horrid way, she is witness to her mother’s murder. In this story, Aileana is torn regarding the two sides of her life, but due to the events that happen in the end of book 1, I can not wait to see where she goes from here. I really did not like her father and I hope he is absent from the rest of the series. I get that he is hurting but he is practically abandoning his daughter. She may be 18 now but she was not when he first stepped out. Oh, and the outright forcing her to marry…I get that he can because of the time period but it still makes me want him gone. Sorry for the rant. As much as I did not like this one character I really did like the others and this first book.

If you like strong female characters who battle Fae this is one for you!

My Rating: /54 Stars

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Review: Grains of Fire by Jessica Bucher

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Grains of Fire
Grains of Fire
by Jessica Bucher
(The Bohemians Book 2)
Fantasy, Steampunk, Romance
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Synopsis
Old rivalry. Broken hearts. New plan.

Katia nearly lost everything to save the one she loves. Now she will stop at nothing to make the Magistrate pay and free the Bohemians from his rule. After joining Bohemia’s rival, the Cirque, Katia makes a risky plan to infiltrate the Magistrate’s heart in hopes of obtaining the secrets that could destroy him forever. Broken hearts can be mended, but at what cost?

The Magistrate is no stranger to pain. So, when the girl who broke his heart appears on his doorstep asking for help, he proposes a dangerous trade. He will give her his secrets in the hopes of winning her heart back…even if costs Bohemia everything.

Katia and Yuri are playing with fire, and in this game, everyone burns.

Grains of Fire is the second installment in The Bohemians series and a sequel to Notes of Magic

What I thought
I waited so long for this book and was over the moon when I found out it was finally happening. I was even happier when I received a copy from the author to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way by receiving this book.  

This book was a ride. I love that it is set in the future but has such an old-world feel to it. I thought I knew what I wanted when I started this book but now I don’t anymore.  I feel like its been all turned on its head.  All in a good way but now I can’t wait for the third book to come out so I can see what happens next!

When I went into this book I did not expect to come out of it wanting the best outcome for Yuri.  I mean I outright hated him at the end of the first book and here the author goes making me feel for him.  In this book, you get a lot of his back story and you’re able to understand why he is the way he is. Don’t get me wrong this by no means excuses him for all the crap he has done but his growth in this book is phenomenal.

After the way book, 2 ended I can’t imagine how book 3 is going to go.

Part of me feels so bad for Katia,  but another part of me just gets so frustrated by her. I can’t explain more due to spoiling things, sorry.

One of the reveals in the last part of the book I saw coming but I think this is just going to add another layer to this story. I don’t know how many books are supposed to be in this series but it has to be more than three there is no way everything can be wrapped up in one more book.

This book was just an amazing sequel and I know I will be investing in a physical copy in the future.

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Parasolverse Read-Along – October 2019

Good Day, All!

We are heading into the fifteenth month of the Parasolverse Read-Along.  The book for October is Competence book three of The Custard Protocol Series.

Competence
Competence
Pages
: 352
Start Date: October 1, 2019
Post Review: October 31, 2019
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Accidentally abandoned!

All alone in Singapore, proper Miss Primrose Tunstell must steal helium to save her airship, the Spotted Custard, in a scheme involving a lovesick werecat and a fake fishtail.

When she uncovers rumors of a new kind of vampire, Prim and the Custard crew embark on a mission to Peru. There, they encounter airship pirates and strange atmospheric phenomena, and are mistaken for representatives of the Spanish Inquisition. Forced into extreme subterfuge (and some rather ridiculous outfits) Prim must also answer three of life’s most challenging questions:

Can the perfect book club give a man back his soul?
Will her brother ever stop wearing his idiotic velvet fez?
And can the amount of lard in Christmas pudding save an entire species?

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Parasolverse Read-Along – September 2019

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We are heading into the fourteenth month of the Parasolverse Read-Along.  The book for September is Romancing the Werewolf book two of The Supernatural Society Novellas. Do Biffy and Lyall ever get back together? Let’s find out!

Romancing the Werewolf
Romancing the Werewolf
Pages
: 146
Start Date: September 1, 2019
Post Review: September 26, 2019
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Werewolf in trouble… 

Biffy, newly minted Alpha of the London Pack, is not having a good Christmas. His Beta abandoned him, his werewolves object to his curtain choices, and someone keeps leaving babies on his doorstep.

Professor Randolph Lyall returns home to London after twenty years abroad, afraid of what he might find. With his pack in chaos and his Alpha in crisis, it will take all his Beta efficiency to set everything to rights. Perhaps, in the process, he may even determine how to mend his own heart.

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger presents a charming love story set in her popular steampunk Parasolverse. Featuring the long-awaited reunion between everyone’s favorite quietly capable Beta and the werewolf Alpha dandy who let him slip away.

This sweet romance is full of unexpected babysitting, holiday decorations, and no small amount of pining. Look for surprise appearances from popular side characters and the occasional strategic application of italics.

The Supernatural Society novellas stand alone and may be read in any order. But if you’re a stickler, this story chronologically follows Imprudence, and ties specifically to events in Timeless.

Delicate Sensibilities?

Contains men who love other men and have waited decades to do so.

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Review: Imprudence by Gail Carriger

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Imprudence
Imprudence
by Gail Carriger
(The Custard Protocol #2)
Steampunk, Fantasy, Paranormal, Adult
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Synopsis
Rue and the crew of the Spotted Custard return from India with revelations that shake the foundations of England’s scientific community. Queen Victoria is not amused, the vampires are tetchy, and something is wrong with the local werewolf pack. To top it all off, Rue’s best friend Primrose keeps getting engaged to the most unacceptable military types. 

Rue has family problems as well. Her vampire father is angry, her werewolf father is crazy, and her obstreperous mother is both. Worst of all, Rue’s beginning to suspect what they really are… is frightened.

Read-along
Midway through 2018, I decided that I wanted to read the books from Gail Carriger’s Parasolverse in chronological order. This led me to start the journey of the Parasolverse Read-Along in August 2018. If you would like more information about the read-along please visit my post about it here. At the beginning of each month, I will have a brief read-along post go up letting you know what the book for that month is.

What I thought
This book is Rue’s journey in which she discovers that she can be loved and not be used as a pawn.  Don’t get me wrong none of her parents attempt to do that. Rue makes the statement that the only people that would be interested in her would be due to wanting some advantage with her parents.  

Rue goes through most of this story avoiding how she feels, due to statements above. And then Quesnel, oh Quesnel, not understanding and thinking she felt nothing. What makes all of this so amusing is that all of this is obvious to everyone else aboard that Spotted Custard.

Alongside Rue’s story, you see the beginnings of Prim’s story, which is focused on in Competence and you don’t want to miss that.

I enjoyed this book so much more than the first one! The journey that Rue is on I feel that so many people can relate to, and seeing how it all works out was just beautiful!

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Review: Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster

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heart of iron
Heart of Iron
by Bec McMaster
London Steampunk #2
Steampunk, Paranormal, Fantasy
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Synopsis
In Victorian London, if you’re not a blue blood of the Echelon then you’re nothing at all. The Great Houses rule the city with an iron fist, imposing their strict ‘blood taxes’ on the nation, and the Queen is merely a puppet on a string…


Lena Todd makes the perfect spy. Nobody suspects the flirtatious debutante could be a sympathizer for the humanist movement haunting London’s vicious blue blood elite. Not even the ruthless Will Carver, the one man she can’t twist around her little finger, and the one man whose kiss she can’t forget…

Stricken with the loupe and considered little more than a slave-without-a-collar to the blue bloods, Will wants nothing to do with the Echelon or the dangerous beauty who drives him to the very edge of control. But when he finds a coded letter on Lena—a code that matches one he saw on a fire-bombing suspect—he realizes she’s in trouble. To protect her, he must seduce the truth from her.

With the humanists looking to start a war with the Echelon, Lena and Will must race against time—and an automaton army—to stop the humanist plot before it’s too late. But as they fight to save a city on the brink of revolution, the greatest danger might just be to their hearts…

What I thought

I didn’t think I was going to be able to like this book more than the first one but I was very wrong. The way this series works is they are all companion novels, so you follow different main characters with each book. So technically you can read them in any order; however, you meet the main characters in the previous book and I liked the background you get.  This book takes place three years after the first book ends, and we follow Lena, Honoria’s sister, from book one and Will Carver Blades man.

Lena has gone back to join the Echelon blue bloods, because she felt like she didn’t belong in Whitechapel. Will being werewulfern is afraid he is going to hurt her. The romance in this second book runs hotter and is forbidden, which apparently I really liked.  I did not want to put this book down. I carried it everywhere I went until I was finished

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Parasolverse Read-Along – August 2019

Good Day, All!

We are heading into the thirteenth month of the Parasolverse Read-Along.  The book for August is Imprudence book two of The Custard Protocol Series.

Imprudence
Imprudence
Pages
: 352
Start Date: August 1, 2019
Post Review: August 29, 2019
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Rue and the crew of the Spotted Custard return from India with revelations that shake the foundations of England’s scientific community. Queen Victoria is not amused, the vampires are tetchy, and something is wrong with the local werewolf pack. To top it all off, Rue’s best friend Primrose keeps getting engaged to the most unacceptable military types.

Rue has family problems as well. Her vampire father is angry, her werewolf father is crazy, and her obstreperous mother is both. Worst of all, Rue’s beginning to suspect what they really are… is frightened.

The second book in the Custard Protocol series, in which Prudence travels to Egypt for Queen, ghosts…and the perfect pot of tea!

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