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March 22, 2015

Steampunk Sundays: The Janus Affair by Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris

Series: Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences
Format: eGalley 
Release Date: May 29, 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins Voyager
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Adult Steampunk
Certainly no strangers to peculiar occurrences, agents Wellington Books and Eliza Braun are nonetheless stunned to observe a fellow passenger aboard Britain's latest hypersteam train suddenly vanish in a dazzling bolt of lightning. They soon discover this is not the only such disappearance - every case inexplicably unexamined by the Crown.


It's SPRING! Finally, the bitterness of Winter is out (in my neck 'o the woods at least) and it's that time of the year where we'll see bright colors, longer days, and sneeze til our eyes pop out! That said, I apologize if this post is late and brief. I got busy worshipping Mr. Sun and tending my garden beds. Without further ado:

5 Reasons why I loved THE JANUS AFFAIR
  1. Romance Shmomance: I don't like love triangles HOWEVER, I'll make an exception here. Why? Because our lovely heroes, Welly Books and Eliza Braun, are so dense! Obviously they got the hots for each other and sometimes it takes another dashing dude, like Eliza's former suitor, Douglas Sheppard, to bring that attraction the forefront. Oh the tension!

  2. Ministry of Seven (or Eight): These street urchins that serves as Eliza's eyes, ears, and cohorts when she's out cracking cases are too cute! I don't want to be their mark, that would horrible because they know how to pull a good con. It's great being on their side though. 

  3. Badass Females: as Women's Suffrage is the topic at hand, you can expect a lot of badassery from the female persuasion. Aside from Eliza there's Kate Sheppard (Douglas' mother), leader of the suffrage movement and current target of this sinister group who's abducting members of her organization. Then there's the villainess', Sophia del Morte, whome we've met in Phoenix Rising, and Diamond Dottie, a sort of a gang leader who is tall, imposing, and has bad fashion sense. 

  4. The Empire Takedown: Aside from the episode plots, someone or something is plotting to take down the Empire. One would think this has been resolved in the previous book, obviously whoever or whatever this group is is far from finished. This is the overarching arc of Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, and it's as exciting as Eliza and Welly's adventures! As I mentioned before, I'm most curious what Doctor Basil Sound is up to as well as the double agents who are helping out the Maestro execute his planned anarchy.

  5. The Interludes: Oh I love the interludes! It's a mix of different things like Doctor Sound sneaking into the archives, the Maestro meeting/threatening poms (aristos), etc. This gives the series a holistic feel, an expansion of the story in the sense that the world doesn't revolve around Braun & Books.
I hope y'all have a good week ahead! As for me, I'm back to playing with dirt!



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20 comments:

  1. I would not mind a triangle then ;)

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    1. Douglas was sort of a necessary evil.

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  2. This is one of those series that I have been meaning to try but just never get around to reading.
    Wonderful review!

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    1. You will enjoy it because it's funny, not raunchy, and the action is non-stop. It's almost like YA but more serious and without the romance.

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  3. Another Steampunk series that I need to give serious attention too. Those are very compelling to read this one. ;)

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  4. Oh this series sounds so good and I'm sure I would have a great time with it as well! Really need to take the time to buy and read them! Great review!

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    1. It's quick reads because the pace is just *snap snap* so it's quite easy to get caught up.

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  5. Sounds awfully good :) And the first book is already on my list, so I'll get to it soon. Badass females and dense love interests? Yup, I definitely need to read it. Great review, Braine :)

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    1. It'll expand not only your reading genres but maybe give you writing ideas too.

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  6. I love badass women and that series looks so good ! Adding it to my "next" shelf ;)

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  7. It's been so long since I read this, but I remember liking it pretty well!

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    1. It's a Steampunk gem! No wonder they have a huge following.

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  8. This sounds like a great read. Dense characters are certainly entertaining when it comes to the romance!! lol

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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    1. Yeah, makes you want to thump them hard in the head!

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  9. Yes..I adore this series Braine..the two of them and their interaction alone make me giggle.

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    1. So funny how Eliza could make Welly blush and stumped.

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  10. This book sounds like so much fun, with the badass females, the swoony romance and the Ministry is an interesting touch as well. Great review Braine!

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    1. You will love this! It's like a pumped up YA/Fantasy and the romance doesn't distract you from the plot and action.

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