Omg. I don’t know where to start. When I first heard of this book, I just lost myself for a bit.
I mean, Beauty and the Beast……Plus STEAMPUNK?! Yas. Yas please. I needed it, like, yesterday.
So I set my sights on getting a copy at ALA!
Unfortunately Shadow Mountain was not giving copies to reviewers/bloggers at the convention.
It broke my heart, but alas, some lady I met later was like,
“Do you want this? I don’t think it’ll be my thing.” And I was like.
So I came home with an arc after all!
It took me a month to get to it, but I finally did. I started reading at about…. 1 in the morning and all of the sudden, a GHOST APPEARED. (in the novel, not IRL.)
ScArEd Me HaLf To DeAtH. sCaReD. WHY. Why did I decide to read this at 2 in the morning?!? While I was home alone?! With freakin vengeful ghosts in it?! I’m a scared-y cat. I haven’t even read most horror books gifted to me, because I’m such a chicken. (a Bloody Mary incident as a child left me scarred for life. XD)
Someone quick, I need a Miles to hide behind.
Also, Miles = Wounded Hero. Ah. You know how those are my weaknesses. The part where he helps Lucy take care of her…..wounds? Awwwwww. Probably my most favorite moments. Beside the inebriated Miles. That was one of my favorites too.
Of course, as this is regency inspired (as regency as steampunk can get, I imagine..) the romance was mostly explored intellectually rather than physically.
It was refreshing, though I’ll admit, I wish there were a few more stolen moments than there were… But it was still highly enjoyable.
One thing that I savored was the amount of steampunk. Some books say they are steampunk and then usually end up having a pitiful amount of actual steampunk. This book had a healthy variety, which was engaging. While at the same time, it didn’t go overboard in the mechanical department.
Same for the flipside, I felt that the fantasy was well balanced, and wasn’t overwhelming the steampunk. It’s very rare that I’ve seen the two elements balanced just right with each other.
My only hangup? I didn’t really feel much for the characters. Sure, I got the fuzzies when Beauty had her moments with The Beast… but as far as deeply loving characters? Eh. Not sure it was there.
Nevertheless, I was excited to see a character cut from the same cloth as the characters from Stranje House for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin. (Another romance, though a bit fluffier, with still awesome strong ladies, and amazing wounded-heroes to die for.)
I also felt like the pacing was a smidge slow. Not super super bad, but just a smidge. But maybe it’s because I don’t usually read adult? Maybe it’s stellar pacing in the adult world? Or in the regency world? I don’t know.
So overall, I’d say I enjoyed the book and that I will most definitely be picking up book #2!