Release Date: April 26, 2011
Publisher: Harper Voyager
In Victorian England, Londoners wash up dead on Thames, drained of blood and bone. Clandestine Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences is forbidden to investigate. But Eliza Braun, with bulletproof corset, fondness for dynamite, remarkable devices, drags along timorous new partner Wellington Books, of encyclopedic brain, against Phoenix intent on enslaving Britons.
And because this brilliant and super fun novel by Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris has been floating around for quite some time now, I'll keep this short and lay out the reasons why I love PHOENIX RISING:
- No paranormals here. Just some jolly 'ol bad guys out to get Queen Vic & topple her monarchy. I love villainous secret societies, you never know how vast and long their reach is. Just when you think you got them, they surprise you with more deviousness.
- Wellington Books, Archivist and a hunky one at that. You know I love geeks as much as I love them Alphas. Welly is a gentleman, learned, and resourceful. Don't let his (hot) librarian demeanor fool you, this dude's got some surprising skills up his sleeves.
- Which brings me to Eliza Braun. The anti-thesis of Books and the brawn of this duo. A native of New Zealand and fresh off a (jumbled) mission in Antartica, I can't help but adore a girl who loves fashion and explosives in equal amounts. This girl is dynamite! Literally.
- The banter (verbal foreplay) between Books & Braun is too funny (sexy)! They might be an uncanny pair but they complement each other to a tee! Imagine Holmes & Watson, only imagine Watson as a gorgeous and vivacious woman who can (not) hold her liquor and knows how to kill you a million different ways. Also their love-hate relationship is so cute! They're obviously in-love, I know it before they did.
- I thought PHOENIX RISING was going to be a serious and heavy read. Boy was I mistaken! I got a few solid laughs while reading this. Also it goes without saying that this is action packed with lots of clock & dagger missions.
- Doctor Basil Sound, Ministry boss who reminds me of the Monopoly Man. Only Sound is stealthier and is always a few steps ahead Books & Braun.
As you can probably tell, I'm kicking myself for not picking up Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences sooner. Unbeknownst to me, I got Steampunk gold sitting on my shelf, ignored, and gathering dust for years now. Better late than never! The upside is I get to binge read the series and have a roaring good time while I'm at it. Books & Braun are a fantastic duo and I'm very happy that we've been finally introduced. On to the next!
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