Genre: Steampunk

Soulless by Gail Carriger

Soulless by Gail Carriger

I need to be honest straight into this and say – Soulless is a bit silly. This is a book about a declared spinster – a young Victorian lady in her twenties – who just so happens to have no soul.  It’s an unfortunate side-effect of her birth, as her father is also soulless.  She’s also half-Italian, which is a constant source of difficulty for her in civilized society.  She doesn’t really talk about her preternatural state, but she does argue with werewolves, flirt with vampires, and stab people with parasols. Really, Soulless is a typical cheeky paranormal romance with a steampunk edge, […]

Posted June 15, 2019 in Reviews // 5 Comments //
Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare

Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare

I have a historically sordid history with steampunk novels – I am drawn to them, but I rarely love them.  The exception, of course, has been Etiquette & Espionage, which I thought was a hoot.  It wasn’t the steampunk elements that drew me to Ink, Iron, and Bone – this time, it was the promise of someone with the ability to create worlds. Unfortunately, this didn’t really pan out for me either.  I feel like there’s some irony in this – for a book about scriptologists (world writers), the world building itself was unsatisfying.  Clare does a lot of telling and not […]

Posted September 19, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

I typically don’t like steampunk novels.  I really want to, but I’ve never connected with them.  There’s always been far too much cheesy romance and swooning and belittling of women.  I almost removed this from my TBR when I reached it. Then, I took a deep breath, and borrowed the book from Overdrive. So glad I did. This one was a delight.  That’s the absolute best word that I can conjure.  Etiquette & Espionage is everything I wanted from a steampunk fantasy.  On the surface, we have a coming-of-age tale with airships and female friendships and getting into just the right amount […]

Posted May 14, 2018 in Reviews // 12 Comments //
The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman

The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman

The Story Anybody who loves books simply must love Irene Winters and the Library.  In this fourth installment of The Invisible Library, Irene once again finds herself tangled in a mess.  The setting? 1920s America.  The players?  Two dragons who are keen to steal a book and win a place of honor in their court.  What follows can only be madness and mayhem, as well as all the delights followers of Cogman’s series have come to expect in these books. I would like to preface the rest of my review by confessing a grave mistake. I have never read The Invisible Library. Or any of […]

Posted January 3, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge

The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge

I was so, so, SO on and off about this book. Okay, so immediately I thought the world was interesting.  I’m really hit-or-miss on steampunk, but I keep going for this world-type because I love the idea?  Glutton for punishment, I guess?  Anyway, I can only think of one other steampunk book I genuinely liked, and that was The Girl with the Steel Corset.  I don’t think there were others. Steampunk is so pretty though…. ANYWAY. I did like this book.  Quite a lot more than I expected.  Here’s why. The world-building was freaking awesome. At the beginning, I couldn’t bring […]

Posted September 28, 2017 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
Once Upon A Time in the North by Philip Pullman

Once Upon A Time in the North by Philip Pullman

Welcome back to Lyra’s world. Once Upon a Time in the North is a fun little novella that gives fans of His Dark Materials a little peek into the life of aeronaut Lee Scorseby, his daemon Hester, and the armored bear Iorek Byrnison.  This story is definitely more of a snapshot than a complete story, and frankly, it just left me with more questions about Lee’s history!  But it was still loads of fun to read a little about these characters outside of their roles in His Dark Materials. While this book is short, it’s bloody. Even in his youth, Lee […]

Posted September 27, 2017 in Reviews // 2 Comments //