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June 8, 2014

Steampunk Sundays: The Kraken King IV by Meljean Brook & Lady Jessica: Monster Hunter by Keith Dumble

Series: Iron Seas 4.4
Format: eGalley
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: Intermix
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Steampunk
The Kraken King has declared that Zenobia Fox is under his protection—and with her identity revealed, she needs that protection more than ever. But it comes with a price when Ariq demands that Zenobia reveal her secrets in return.

Ariq wants nothing more than for Zenobia to trust him, and he knows exactly which sensual tricks will breach her defenses. But although she urgently desires the powerful governor, Zenobia isn’t a woman who will be easily won with a few passionate kisses.

When his ambush goes awry, Ariq discovers just how deeply he can hurt her—but the real danger to Zenobia is one that he never expected


The Inevitable Abduction

It's been three weeks since I last read The Fox's Den, part 3 of Meljean Brook's THE KRAKEN KING serial, book 4 of her Steampunk series, The Iron Seas. I didn't have a hard time going back in the figurative saddle with Zenobia and Ariq as these two picked up where they left off the last time I was with them. 

Let me start with the romance, there's still some push and pull but Zenobia is getting more bolder, even making the first move on Ariq, and Ariq is still consistent with his seductions. I know the tension is torture but there is virtue in holding off and not putting out at the first opportunity. As for the emotional side of things, these two are obviously falling for each other but they're still testing the waters somehow. Zenobia is naturally cautious, Ariq however is such a curious individual, he doesn't necessarily find Zenobia extraordinarily attractive but her personality and air of mystery is what's drawing him in. At least he's looking for Zenobia's substance and not focusing on the superficial stuff right? The best part is their secrets are finally out and hopefully their confessions will strengthen their bond and get this two rolling in the right direction.

The world building is marvelous! The places MBrook creates and takes us to is so vivid I can see it clearly in my head and sketch it out for you if I have the knack for drawing. This time she takes us to The Living City where infrastructures are built with coral strengthened by steel and much of it is growing. Good heavens, Dubai pales in comparison I tell you! 

Now this part is entitled The Inevitable Abduction for a reason. I  know I mentioned it in my previous review but once again [yawn!], Zenobia's been abducted. Really?! It's almost comical at this point. If not for Ariq's promise of a rescue I'd totally be pissing all over this one. Let's see what happens next and hopefully Zenobia's streak of getting kidnapped ends here.





Series: Lady Jessica 1.3
Format: Mobi
Release Date: April 25, 2014
Publisher: McAlpin Press
Source: Author
Genre: Steampunk
After a series of strange deaths in the ponds of Hampstead Heath, Lady Jessica and her companions are called to investigate. The killings are believed to be the work of a malevolent water spirit, but there is also a black trail of suspicion which leads all the way to the heart of the Empire itself…


Dark Waters

And so Lady Jessica book 1 ends and as per usual, it was riddled with suspenseful action, devious villains, clever plotting and counter plotting with the bad guy caught in the end by The Black Diamonds led by Lady Jessica McAlpin. Like the previous two episodes I love the action sequences, it's fast paced and very episodic. I have no complaints on the fantasy part of the tale, it's perfect and very exciting. Keith Dumble doesn't dawdle with his stories and I won't have it no other way.

However, KDumble still hold back in as far as showing us the human face of Lady Jessica and the rest of her crew for that matter. The characters remained one dimensional which is disappointing because they are quite an interesting group along with the rest of the cast of characters. I've been waiting for Lady Jessica's other layers, her backstory and her other facets to give her a personality if you get my drift. Unfortunately I'm left wanting in this area and Lady Jessica haven't changed or evolved in book 1.












22 comments:

  1. Great reviews Braine, i havent read a book with a kraken before, sounds interesting! Lady Jessica sounds great with lots of action.

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    1. It is fascinating but the Kraken king is more of an alias. It's still a great novel though

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  2. Great reviews, I need to read more steampunk :)

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    1. I saw you reading Bec McMaster, that's a great series too!

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  3. I will eventually read this series. I got the first book now I just need to sit down and read it.

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    1. I want to read book 1 too or at least Archimedes' book

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  4. Since steampunk is not my fav genre and will steer clear of this one. I would only try out steampunk books you give 5 stars.

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    1. Hahaha! Great idea... I know you like sexy reads so I suggest you start with Callihan & McMaster

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  5. It's too bad that for the Meljean book the girl is always abducted, at the end it's maybe a little too much...

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  6. LOL. I can't stop laughing about the habitual abductions of Zenobia. I'm still waiting for the whole, rather than the parts, but I can still cross my fingers for you that that will cease and desist ;)

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    1. Do you have NG? The eight part is an omnibus

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  7. LOL at the title of the book. Kraken makes me think of the Titans movie obviously, and I also say "release the Kraken" when we let the pup out of his crate. So a little off topic, but thought I'd share my randomness. Great review, sounds like a so-so book, but might be a decent one for Steampunk fans. Since I've had issues enjoying steampunk, I'll stick to glowing review recommendations for ones to add to my list.

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    1. It's not off topic, I say the same thing before I read & write the review. RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!! Liam Neeson is awesome!

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  8. lol...I look forward to seeing if you have to suffer another abduction in the next installment. Kudos to you for sticking with the serials. I still haven't been able to get into serials as they are released but there are several I want to check out when they finish and are put into a bundle.

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    1. I'm starting to like it even with the cliffhangers because its great filler reads

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  9. I love me some steampunk. I know of Meljean Brook, I didn't know she had this series. Well, there you go! Lovely honest review :D

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  10. Always abducted - couldn't help but smile. At least we know she always gets rescued. LOL

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