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March 15, 2015

Steampunk Sundays: Phoenix Rising by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris

Series: Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences 1
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: April 26, 2011
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Source: Bought
Genre: Steampunk
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:
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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. 

  6. 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!









31 comments:

  1. I'm doing the blog tour/review for The Diamond Conspiracy, which is the fourth book in this series. Perhaps I'll save book # 3 for TSB?

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    1. Go for it! I missed book 3. Wonk. I'll pick your brains about it later.

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  2. Wow, the two main characters here sound amazing! I do love a nerdy hero as well and Wellington sounds great. It sounds like there's a heavy New Zealand influence in this book, which I haven't come across before! Great review Braine, glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. Hey, dudes who read are hot. They get major points for me.

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  4. This one did not work for me, sad :/

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  5. Hot librarian? Yes, please! Your Steampunk Sundays reviews have been giving me lots to add to my TBR pile, lol.

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    1. We need to add spice to your YA TBR, Lee ;)

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  6. Steampunk gold, I love it! Yay for brilliant reads!

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    1. Exactly! I hate wasting time on mediocre stuff.

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  7. Oooh, when I first saw the cover, I had mistaken it as a paranormal read, but I think a premise that centers on toppling the cream of the crop of a government sounds mighty good as well :D I added this to my TBR and am hopeful to love it as much as you did :D

    Faye at The Social Potato

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  8. It's been such a long time since I read this but I remember doing plenty of laughing!

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    1. Right?! They're so comedic. Very unexpected

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  9. Haha, "the girl is dynamite - literally!" Funny, this one ended up at the top of my list too recently. Steampunk can be deliciously well done, or unbelievably botched, but I guess we both know in which category this one falls. Amazing review :)

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  10. Oh yes I hear great things about this novel as well so I'm glad you had a good time! I need to try one day! You know I always like a good steampunk story and this one sounds really perfect! great review!

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    1. Love this one so much! I look forward to reading the next :)

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  11. I flipping love this series on audio..the snark, banter and cases have me giggling.

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    1. I can see that. They have some great dialogue between them. I feel for Welly sometimes, I'm sure he has a great come back but he's too much of a gentleman to get into it with Braun. lol

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  12. This sounds like a fun series! I love a read with plenty of banter between characters. i might have to try this series for myself!! Great review!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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    1. I'm glad I sparked your interest :)

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  13. Definitely better late than never! I have to say that b/c I haven't gotten to this series yet either. ;) Sounds so cool! I love a team of opposites with mad skills and attraction.

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    1. And it's a slow burn thing. They're already in love, they just don't know it yet ;)

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  14. The funny and sexy banter sounds great

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  15. I'm looking for some steampunk to read, this one is going on the tbr list.

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  16. I adore Books and Braun. Such great characters and the authors are very friendly too. That's always a bonus ;-)

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