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August 24, 2014

Steampunk Sundays: Evernight by Kristen Callihan

Series: Darkest London 5
Format: eGalley
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Forever
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Romance | Steampunk | Paranormal
Once the night comes . . .

Will Thorne is living a nightmare, his sanity slowly being drained away by a force he can't control. His talents have made him the perfect assassin for hire. But as he loses his grip on reality, there is no calming him—until he finds his next target: the mysterious Holly Evernight.

Love must cast aside the shadows . . .

Holly cannot fathom who would put a contract on her life, yet the moment she touches Will, the connection between them is elemental, undeniable—and she's the only one who can tame his bouts of madness. But other assassins are coming for Holly. Will must transform from killer to protector and find the man who wants Holly dead . . . or his only chance for redemption will be lost.



First of all I feel like a schmuck because a few of my Goodreads buddies enjoyed EVERNIGHT more than I did. A little disclaimer before I proceed with the specifics: I love where the series itself, Darkest London, is going; I love its evolution and all the different kinds of otherworldly creatures are being added into the mix; I love that the romantic flavor in all the books remain consistent and it's always habanero hawt! I've always preached that if you love romance and/or paranormal and would like to try Steampunk, you should let Kristen Callihan pop your cherry because she'll ease you in to the fantastical world of Steampunk in a slow, steady, sure, and sexy manner. 

So why give EVERNIGHT only three cauldrons? 

First off, the romance is solid, I love the banter and intense romantic tension between Holly Evernight and William Thorne. Both are strong and independent characters that are fine as individuals but are made better by each other. Will is your typical fantasy Alpha male, protective of his woman, always enamored by her but a little hesitant to open his heart. Now Holly is the ultimate heroine, she's beauty, brains, and brawn! A female Victorian version of Magneto. There was this scene where she fought with a raptor in the ring and she took that nasty female DOWN! Like Will, I underestimated Holly, she seemed to be the soft woman incapable of defending herself. Obviously I made an ass of myself for thinking this, she might be good with gadgets and machines but she is still an agent of the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals, or SOS, and all agents are trained in combat. 

In Shadowdance, Will and Holly were the side story and when Darkest London 4 concluded, Will has murder on his mind thinking Holly was the bad guy's pet and purposely turned him even more beastly thanks to his clockwork heart, which by the way might turn him into C3PO's buddy and kill him eventually. So I was looking forward to the enemies-lovers trope a la Mr. and Mrs. Smith but the misunderstanding was resolved almost immediately. The heart of the conflict didn't really involve either of them directly, they were more like pawns in a magical power play. On a side note, I'm looking forward to the next book, Soulbound (February 2015) should be another interesting volume.

EVERNIGHT might not be my favorite as it felt like a filler book of sorts to me (not everyone else) in terms of an overarching series plot (because it looks like there's some big trouble brewing). It's still a great addition to the series and still worth reading for the romance alone. 












22 comments:

  1. Well I haven't red any of these ;)

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  2. I've only read the first book so I"m so very far behind. Haha!

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  3. Seems those filler books always pop up at some point in a longer series. Glad to see it was still enjoyable even if not a favorite.

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  4. I am so behind in this series it is embarrassing! I need to get caught up. Lovely review!

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    1. I feel you, there's a LOT of series that I'm behind with too!

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  5. I hate when a favorite series produces a book that isn't up to speed with the rest. I know I have copies of books one and two and I still haven't read them... sigh.

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    1. The first three are the best IMO, I hope you give them a chance soon :)

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  6. well, every book in a series can't be all awesomness....at least this one is still enjoyable :D. I need to catch up with this one myself though. One of these days....one of these days.

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    1. That's true, it goes through highs and lows. One day, yeah I say that all the fricking time & got tired hence the help wanted ad LOL

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  7. I'm in the middle of reading this one right now and if I had to rate it NOW I'd give it 4 stars. I'm really enjoying Will and Holly.

    I don't really see the series as steampunk but more as paranormal historical romance. LOL Sure there's a little bit of steampunk element with Holly's inventions but not too hard core.

    Great review.

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    1. True, Will and Holly are great.

      That's why I feel like a schmuck! I think I'm the odd ball who wasn't blown away by this.

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  8. LOL! I just finished this one and had the same reaction to Holly in the ring with the raptor. I think Ms. Callihan did it on purpose b/c up until then Holly really hadn't shown much backbone. ;) I took a while to warm up to her and I do agree that this one seemed to be a shuffling of the pieces on the chess board into place for something more- Adam's story I hope since the next title is called Soulbound.

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    1. Yup, this feels like a prelude to Adam's story more than their own. Speaking of which, Adam falling in love! Ha! Something I truly look forward to

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  9. It is interesting to see that you didn't enjoy this as much as your GR friends, but maybe it is just a bridge book for you. Great review.

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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    1. Yeah there's a feeling of guilt surely like I feel I missed something

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  10. Oh sorry it wasn't as good as you thought. I confess that I loved this one, a little more than you but I'm glad you still had a good time. So curious to read more now!

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    1. Hahaha! This review is sticking out like a sore thumb :/

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  11. I have to read this series!! Dang! I have the digitals and I keep watching you reading them. I am being left behind. I love me some Steampunk. I have to catch up. I need another brain..hehehe get it brain :P

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    1. Hahaha! Yes! We should've met sooner!

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