BOOK BLITZ: Steamsworn by Eric R. Asher

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Title: Steamsworn
Author: Eric R. Asher
Series: (The Steamborn Series #3)
Pub. Date: April 5th, 2016
Genres: Steampunk, Young Adult

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The world dies in war only to be reborn. It is the way of things, and always will be.

Forged in the Deadlands crucible, and armed with the knowledge of their true enemy, Jacob, Alice, and their allies bring the fight back to Ancora. They’ll liberate their homeland, or die trying.

The wounds cut deep in their darkest hour, but in the end, vengeance will light their path.

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EXCERPT:

“Whoa,” she said, jumping away from the burst of heat and flame. “That went up a little faster than I expected.” She reached the edge of the rack with her toe and forced it beneath the boiler.

Another rumble and crack echoed from the corridor behind them. Jacob turned around in time to see Drakkar come running back into the station, his cloak rising in the breeze behind him.

“Scythe Beetles!”

Jacob swung the air cannon off his back and racked the slide.

“Jacob, Alice!” Samuel’s voice rang with authority. “Fall back with Smith. If you need to use the cannon, use it at the last second. You don’t want to injure a Scythe Beetle. You want to kill it.”

Drakkar’s arm snapped out to the side, and his sword unfolded with a rapid series of clicks.

There was a calamity behind the Cave Guardian, and it grew louder with every second. Jacob and Alice scrambled off the railcar. Jacob paused and then ran to the pump to turn it off. The last thing they needed was wet fuel bars.

Alice made it to Smith ten steps before Jacob did. Samuel and Drakkar set up a loose line between the railcar and a steeper section of the shattered wall.

Smith spoke into his transmitter. “Mary! Get the chaingun down here now!

Her static-laced reply came back in an incoherent burst.

“Chaingun! Now!”

Mary cursed and began shouting orders before she stopped transmitting.

Drakkar had the best view of the corridor, and everyone tensed when he said, “Here they come.”

The iron gate in the stone hall collapsed at the first impact. The metal rattled and screeched as it was twisted and trampled. The creatures were not very fast, but once they were moving, nothing seemed to stop them.

They ran on three-toed claws, the spikes on their legs tearing through stone and rending metal as they crashed onto the platform. Jacob watched in awe and horror as the front most beetle paused, and its back split open. A pair of leathery wings extended from beneath the carapace and gleamed in the rising moonlight.

 

Author Bio:

Eric is a former bookseller, guitarist, and comic seller currently living in Saint Louis, Missouri. A lifelong enthusiast of books, music, toys, and games, he discovered a love for the written word after being dragged to the library by his parents at a young age. When he is not writing, you can usually find him reading, gaming, or buried beneath a small avalanche of Transformers.

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REVIEW: Lumière by Jacqueline Garlick

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Author: Jacqueline Garlick
Series: (The Illumination Paradox #1)
Date Published: December 12th, 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Steampunk
Format: Ebook
Source: NetGalley

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One determined girl. One resourceful boy. One miracle machine that could destroy everything.

After an unexplained flash shatters her world, seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth sets out to find the Illuminator, her father’s prized invention. With it, she hopes to cure herself of her debilitating seizures before Professor Smrt—her father’s arch nemesis—discovers her secret and locks her away in an asylum.

Pursued by Smrt, Eyelet locates the Illuminator only to see it whisked away. She follows the thief into the world of the unknown, compelled not only by her quest but by the allure of the stranger—Urlick Babbit—who harbors secrets of his own.

Together, they endure deadly Vapours and criminal-infested woods in pursuit of the same prize, only to discover the miracle machine they hoped would solve their problems may in fact be their biggest problem of all.

Rating: 4/5 Stars
★★★★✰

      This book is wonderful. It’s full of creative trinkets, adventure, mystery, hope, and the writing is lovely! I was hooked from the beginning, lost in the delicate descriptions of steampunk creations; metal birds that are sensory to guard the gates, an elephant, a living cycle with wings, the Illuminator! It had a sense of magic, science, and creative imagination. I could picture everything, and I love how imaginative the author was with her descriptions because it made everything seem more elegant and admired. In short, the descriptions weren’t just descriptions, they were the entire story entwined with the narrative to make everything fit; a brand new puzzle finished, fun to put together.

“Frantic, the carny pulls back a tusk, and the mechanical beauty trumpets, sounding a little bit tinny, yet magically –elephant! Its mouth opens wide, showing off a ruby-crested tongue and a row of splendid ivory teeth.” (1%)

“Father’s promised to fix me. And he will. As soon as he perfects the machine.” (1%)

      While the book is about how Eyelet searches for her father’s machine, the illuminator, it has a sense of adventure. She’s running from dangerous people and instead of hiding, she goes after her father’s machine and jumps on a stranger’s carriage when she sees he has it! And she hangs on, too. She meets Urlick, a man with pink eyes! And with him, she sets out to find the mystery of the machine in hopes of curing herself, and a few other things. And with this sense of adventure, mystery plays a hand. What happened during the black out, what happened to the machine after it was sold off, what is behind the strange discoveries? Where do the mad go? What happens when you’re cast out? What will become of Eyelet if they ever find out her secret?

“I remember the looks on their faces in the windows, the bone-jarring pitch of their screams.” (5%)

      I’m not a big fan of romance. Action is more my thing, full of battles and blood shed and crazy adrenaline. A lot of times I like the romance in books, maybe enjoy it a little. But there are rare cases where I adore the romance, where I see the connection and everything feels right and I want more of it because I love it. This is one of those rare cases. The romance is slow coming, a gradual connection between the two, and even after they acknowledge it, they don’t get lost in the fluffy pink clouds and forget about the importance of their missions. No. They just protect each other a little more fiercely, and try a little harder to stay alive. They’re friends at first, being there for each other such as when he danced with her during her first vapour attack to calm her down a bit. And they don’t declare their love for each other, nor do they become a couple, they kiss, and they protect, and they try to survive. It pulled at my heart strings without even trying, and I loved every minute of them being together. The romance is barely developed in this book, and I’m already loving it, so I can’t wait to read the second book, to have some more of their romance and see how it develops!

“Together, we spin in tight, safe circles, inside the storm, as if nothing else in the world existed.” (52%)

Did she just-?
She did just, didn’t she?
She kissed me.
She did!” (80%)

      The characters were well-written, as well. I love Urlick and Eyelet, but also Iris and C.L. and Cordelia. They were all odd, misfits in a way, but they were all lovable and good and I felt for all of them. Especially C.L. because of where he’d been before. And Cordelia because of her condition and what Urlick’s father was supposed to do. Smrt was a deceiving little power-hungry professor, and I don’t like him much, but at the same time he brings humor and chaos to the story and some of the things he says are truly hilarious! In fact, a few of the characters said some pretty funny things, they were so ludicrous.

“You’re standing in the presence of a living demon, that’s what…” (7%)

“She used her wicked powers to still the babe’s lungs.” (7%)

      Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. I recommend it to you lovers of steampunk, romance, and maybe even adventure.

 

BOOK BLITZ: Lumière by Jacqueline Garlick

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Title: Lumière
Author: Jacqueline Garlick
series: (The Illumination Paradox #1)
Publication date: December 12th 2013
Genres: Steampunk, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Even in a land of eternal twilight, secrets can’t stay hidden forever.

Seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth is no stranger to living in the dark. She’s hidden her secret affliction all of her life—a life that would be in danger if superstitious townspeople ever guessed the truth. After her mother is accused and executed for a crime that she didn’t commit, the now-orphaned Eyelet has no choice but to track down the machine—her last hope for a cure. But Eyelet’s late father’s most prized invention, the Illuminator, has been missing since the day of the mysterious flash—a day that saw the sun wiped out over Brethren forever.

Alone and on the run, she finds the Illuminator—only to witness a young man hauling it away. Determined to follow the thief and recover the machine, she ventures into the deepest, darkest, most dangerous part of her twisted world.

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JacquelineAuthorAUTHOR BIO:
I’m Jacqueline Garlick, author of young adult and new adult fiction. I love strong heroines, despise whiny sidekicks, and adore a good story about a triumphant underdog. (Don’t you?)
I love to read, write, paint (walls and paper). I have a love/hate relationship with chocolate, grammar, and technology and would rather hang out with a dog, than a cat. I prefer creating things to cleaning things, and believe laughter is a one-stop-shop solution to all that ails you. You will always find a purple wall (or two) in my house (currently in my writing room), and there may or may not be a hidden passageway that leads to a mystery room. (Okay, so you won’t find a hidden passageway, but a girl can dream, can’t she?) Oh, and tea. There will always be tea.My writing style has been described as edgy and rule-breaking, and by some–a touch Tim Burton-esque. Because of this, I am often referred to as the Quentin Tarantino of YA among writing friends.In my former life, I was a teacher (both grade school and college-don’t ask), but more recently I’ve been a graduate of Ellen Hopkin’s Nevada Mentor Program and a student of James Scott Bell, Christopher Vogler and Don Maass. An excerpt from Lumière earned me the 2012 Don Maass Break Out Novel Intensive Scholarship.Lumière–A Romantic Steampunk Fantasy–my debut novel, is the recipient of an indieBRAG Medallion!!! B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree October 15, 2014) I am so proud! (LUMIERE by Jacqueline E. Garlick is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!) Book II of the ILLUMINATION PARADOX SERIES, is out January 26th, now on pre-order.

Also, check out my young adult contemporary romantic/mystery serial, IF ONLY, where reluctant telepathic sleuth Kyla Cooper must embrace her powers and risks all to solve the mystery of what happened to her boyfriend Denver Munro, becoming his voice of truth, before he has no voice at all…

I love hearing from READERS! Please contact me, either at my website: www.jacquelinegarlick.com, or catch up with me on twitter @garlick books, or on facebook: http://bit.ly/jegarlickfb

I’m open to reviews and interview, requests for skype visits, guest blogs, pod casts and book club meetings! I LOVE TO HEAR FROM READERS!

You can also find me here:
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jackiegp/lumiere-by-jacqueline-garlick/
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/jgarlickgr
Blog: http://garlickbooks.blogspot.ca

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BLOG TOUR/REVIEW: Wish For Me by A. Star

 *I’m posting this as part of the XpressoBookTours Wish For Me Blog Tour. I recieved a free ebook copy of this in order to do so.

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Title: Wish for Me
Author: A. Star
Series: (The Djinn Order #1)
Publication date: April 27th 2015
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Steampunk

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Synopsis:

Three wishes. Two lovers. One destiny.

When the snarky Glory St. Pierre discovers the gold mechanical vase in her deceased grandmother’s basement, she has no idea that she has uncovered a priceless treasure: a genie lamp. With a real genie inside. A very sexy genie with a not-so-sexy grudge against the entire human race.

Irving Amir hates being called a genie. He’s a Djinn, and he is none too happy to be in the service of Glory, who is as intolerable, and beautiful, as humans come. Now he owes her his gratitude for freeing him and three wishes. Damn his luck.

But an arrow through the shoulder alerts Irving to the fact that he is being hunted, and after a truce dinner with Glory ends with them both almost being killed, hating each other goes right out the window. As feelings change and love starts to develop, they must dig through the secrets and lies to find the truth…a truth neither of them will ever see coming.

Format: Ebook
Rating: 4/5

      Wish For Me is different than I thought it would be. I was expecting the whole genie/djinn part with wishes (I was looking forward to it, actually), but not the whole hunters-out-to-kill-djin and djinn-have-their-own-world-with-royalty-and-politics. It was fantastic! I wasn’t expecting there to be a whole new world full of Djinn with their own rules, rulers, and history. I haven’t read many books about Djinn, but out of the ones I have, only Wish For Me really explored the Djinn and made a world for them that we could get to know. Which is why I loved learning about Shrinelyn and Irving’s family! The politics, rules, history, and overall workings of Irving’s world was amazing.

      I also love the twist near the end. I mean, hunters? Madeleine? There were so many secrets that we didn’t even know existed until that meeting between hunter and Djinn! It makes you question what else the author has waiting to be revealed. Because honestly, I never saw it coming. And yet for some reason, it made so much sense when it was finally revealed!

What I like:

      -the witty banter between characters and the way the characters were developed. It made for an interesting, entertaining read most of the time. Especially since while Irving and Glory weren’t exactly fond of each other right away, they were both obviously attracted to the other.

      -Irving hates humans = judgmental for good reason. It made it interesting to see how his view changed and how he acted before it did. Also, it was interesting how just being with Glory made him see not all humans are bad.

      -The world-building and detail of Shrinelyn is amazing! It felt real and mixed with the creations Irving made really made it that much more intriguing and enchanting.

      -Twists I did not see coming. It was great! it was one curve ball after another and I didn’t catch any of them.

-Steampunk = Irving making animals out of metal and his lamp/Chronelier being a vase needing a key to summon Irving

-Easy to read and fall into.

What I Had Problems With:

      -I don’t like how it was left as a cliff hanger. It doesn’t affect much for me, but I just really dislike it when a book ends on a cliff hanger. It’s frustrating.

      -I don’t get why she took him to school with her. They weren’t friends nor did they really enjoy each others company, and it’s not like he’d have much to do there. It just doesn’t make sense to me.

      -I also don’t get why he give her sabers she doesn’t know how to use. Won’t that be more dangerous? She could hurt herself or Irving, since I doubt she even knows how to properly handle one.

      Overall, I really enjoyed this book. And while I had a few problems, there wasn’t much not to love. I recommend this to lovers of fantasy, romance, and books involving Djinn. And steampunk!

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   AUTHOR BIO:
A. Star is a fan of dirty passion. She loves to read it, and she damn sure loves to write it. She is the author of the Mythos: Gods & Lovers series, the Djinn Order series, and the Knights of the Joust series. She is a night-owl and a coffee junkie, and the only sneaker she would be caught dead wearing are Converses.
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So, this review is dull and short. I apologize for that.

~Sage<3