Audiobook Review: Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

17333697Published: November 5th, 2013 by: Little, Brown BYR

Series: Finishing School #2

Genres: Young-Adult, Steampunk, Paranormal, Science-Fiction, Alternate History

Format: audio (9 hours, 30 mins) 

Narrator: Moira Quirk 

Source: Library My Rating: 4 Stars 4-stars

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The Art of Taming A Rake by Nicole Jordan

22037784Published: January 26th, 2016 

By: Ballantine Books

Series: Legendary Lovers #4 

Genres: Adult, Historical-Romance

Format: e-ARC 

Source: Publisher via Netgalley

My Rating: 4 Stars 

Despite his notorious reputation, Quinn Wilde, Earl of Traherne, has mostly honorable intentions. So when beautiful Venetia Stratham boldly enters a gentlemen’s club, demanding that Quinn stop courting her sister, he does what any bachelor would do: He kisses her. With her sharp wit, intoxicating passion, and surprising vulnerability, Venetia is irresistible—except for all this nonsense about threatening to shoot Quinn. But when clandestine enemies make an actual attempt on the earl’s life, Venetia is implicated. To save her good name, Quinn does what any true gentleman must do: He proposes.

Thus Venetia finds herself wed to arrogant, wickedly sensual Quinn, whose devilish ways are as legendary as his rumored skills as a lover. Yet vexingly, her body rebels against her vow to remain immune to his many charms. If only she could reform the infuriating nobleman—without diminishing his undeniable allure. As Venetia discovers that a true rake is hard to tame, Quinn faces an even greater challenge: winning his wife’s fragile trust . . . while defending both their lives.

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Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

sorcerer_front mech.inddPublication September 1st 2015 by Ace

Historical-Fiction, Fantasy, Magic

eARC provided by publisher via Netgalley

My Rating 4.5 Stars


At his wit’s end, Zacharias Wythe, freed slave, eminently proficient magician, and Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers—one of the most respected organizations throughout all of Britain—ventures to the border of Fairyland to discover why England’s magical stocks are drying up.

But when his adventure brings him in contact with a most unusual comrade, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, he sets on a path which will alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain—and the world at large…

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ARC Review: The Heartbeat Thief by A.J. Krafton

25153751Publication Date June 12th 2015 by A.J. Krafton

New-Adult, Historical, Fantasy, Paranormal, Greek Mythology

eARC provided by author for review

My Rating 4 Stars

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Haunted by a crushing fear of death, a young Victorian woman discovers the secret of eternal youth—she must surrender her life to attain it, and steal heartbeats to keep it.

In 1860 Surrey, a young woman has only one occupation: to marry. Senza Fyne is beautiful, intelligent, and lacks neither wealth nor connections. Finding a husband shouldn’t be difficult, not when she has her entire life before her.
But it’s not life that preoccupies her thoughts. It’s death—and that shadowy spectre haunts her every step.

So does Mr. Knell. Heart-thumpingly attractive, obviously eligible—he’d be her perfect match if only he wasn’t so macabre. All his talk about death, all that teasing about knowing how to avoid it…

When her mother arranges a courtship with another man, Senza is desperate for escape from a dull prescripted destiny. Impulsively, she takes Knell up on his offer. He casts a spell that frees her from the cruelty of time and the threat of death—but at a steep price. In order to maintain eternal youth, she must feed on the heartbeats of others.

It’s a little bit Jane Austen, a little bit Edgar Allen Poe, and a whole lot of stealing heartbeats in order to stay young and beautiful forever. From the posh London season to the back alleys of Whitechapel, across the Channel, across the Pond, across the seas of Time…

How far will Senza Fyne go to avoid Death?

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ARC Review: Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

20911450Release Date: February 10th 2015

Publisher: Delacorte Books For Young Readers

Series: Seeker #1

Genres: Young Adult- Fantasy-Science Fiction

Format: eARC

Source: Publisher via NetGalley

My Rating: 3 Stars

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Quin Kincaid has been put through years of brutal training for what she thinks is the noble purpose of becoming a revered ‘Seeker’.

Only when it’s too late does she discover she will be using her new-found knowledge and training to become an assassin. Quin’s new role will take her around the globe, from a remote estate in Scotland to a bustling, futuristic Hong Kong where the past she thought she had escaped will finally catch up with her.

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Since You’ve Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne

21509074Release Date: February 17th 2015

Publisher: Dundurn Group

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary/ Realistic Fiction

Format: eARC

Source: Publisher via NetGalley

My Rating: 2 Umbrellas

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Is it possible to outrun your past? Fifteen-year-old Edie Fraser and her mother, Sydney, have been trying to do just that for five years. Now, things have gone from bad to worse. Not only has Edie had to move to another new school she’s in a different country.
Sydney promises her that this is their chance at a fresh start, and Edie does her best to adjust to life in London, England, despite being targeted by the school bully. But when Sydney goes out to work the night shift and doesn’t come home, Edie is terrified that the past has finally caught up with them.
Alone in a strange country, Edie is afraid to call the police for fear that she ll be sent back to her abusive father. Determined to find her mother, but with no idea where to start, she must now face the most difficult decision of her life.

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Mini Review: The Diamond Thief by Sharon Gosling


Release Date: December 1, 2014

Publisher: Capstone Switch Press

Genre: YA Historical/Mystery

Format: eARC 

Source: NetGalley

Rating: 4 Stars

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From Goodreads: No one performs on the circus trapeze like 16-year-old Rémy Brunel. But Rémy also leads another life, prowling through the backstreets of Victorian London as a jewel thief. When she is forced to steal one of the world’s most valuable diamonds, she uncovers a world of treachery and fiendish plots.

Meanwhile, young detective Thaddeus Rec is determined to find the jewel and clear his name. Will Thaddeus manage to rescue the jewel? Or is it really Rémy that he needs to save?


My Thoughts: I liked the steampunk feel of this book. However, this didn’t feel so much like a Victorian London book. Yes, there are parts that described certain landmarks and other details that I’ve read over the years of what London was like during that era. I think that Remy and Thaddeus could have had a better romance if it were about them actually spending the time to talk. Overall, I think the action and steampunk elements were very well described, which made me keep reading. I’d recommend for lovers of steampunk, not for the historical aspects. A quick read which I enjoyed reading.

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