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April 13, 2015

Loved It: Dark Alchemy by Laura Bickle

Series: Dark Alchemy 1
Format: eGalley
Release Date: March 24, 2015
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Paranormal


Geologist Petra Dee arrives in Wyoming looking for clues to her father's disappearance years before. What she finds instead is Temperance, a dying Western town with a gold rush past and a meth-infested present. But under the town's dust and quiet, an old power is shifting. When bodies start turning up - desiccated and twisted skeletons that Petra can't scientifically explain - her investigations land her in the middle of a covert war between the town's most powerful interests. Petra's father wasn't the only one searching for the alchemical secrets of Temperance, and those still looking are now ready to kill. Armed with nothing but shaky alliances, a pair of antique guns, and a relic she doesn't understand, the only thing Petra knows for sure is that she and her coyote sidekick are going to have to move fast, or die next.





Eerie and definitely speculative. That's DARK ALCHEMY by Laura Bickle in so few words. This title has been on my reading calendar for twoo weeks and I kept on moving it around no thanks to my reading rut. Finally I managed to crawl out of my oubilette and indulged in some good paranormal story. 

I love small town reads because the characters are often quirky and the scenery feels like home. Temperance, Wyoming loosely fit that category, however I wouldn't want to get lost in this town much less visit it. It's creepy and depressing. Interesting is the kindest way to describe it's residents: ranch hands that don't talk, a "drug" ring led by an Alchemist, the town drunk who's a s/male, a coyote that wants to be someone's pet, talking skeletons. The list of unnatural occurrences goes on which made DARK ALCHEMY the book you should pick up when you want to read something... uncomfortable.

LBickle is brilliant in writing these disturbing atmospheric reads. I love Petra Dee, I love her name and she reminds me of Dr. John Dee, an Elizabethan cultist. DARK ALCHEMY is motivated by Petra looking for her long lost father whom she thinks is somehwere in Temperance, Wyoming. Under the guise of geological research, Petra poked around town, asking questions and filing a missing person report. Meanwhile, she keeps on getting anonymous calls from whom she suspects is her father, asking her to leave the town. Yyyeah, as if that would work! One thing led to another and she accidentally unraveled the town by unveiling its secrets. Immortality and transmutation isn't all its cracked up to be, not in this case anyway, it's disgusting and wretched, I don't want to live for eternity the same way some of the characters do. 

DARK ALCHEMY is one strange cookie and I hope there's a sequel in the works. This is just under 300 pages, and because the novel is fast paced, it's also a quick read. And perhaps the biggest perk of all is this little gem is only $2.99 (ebook) as of this writing. That's a big bang for your buck so if you're looking for something different, please check out DARK ALCHEMY, it just might be the one for you.








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45 comments:

  1. You paint a very interesting picture, Braine. But I"m curious about Temperance, WY and its peculiar inhabitants enough to check out Dark Alchemy. :) Great review! And I loved your use of oubilette. ;)

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    1. Oh lord! It was a hard rut to be in! Like I want to read so bad but just can't get into anything!!

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  2. I have to be honest. I never would have picked this book up on my own, but the way you've reviewed and told the story, I can't wait to give it a try. Really sounds interesting! Thanks a bunch! Ro

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    1. It's creeptastic, not in a frightening way, but like in a foreboding sense.

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  3. Oh thanks for the reminder! I saw on twitter that this was 2.99 and meant to snap it up. I love Laura Bickle's writing.

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    1. You won't be disappointed (I hope) then ;)

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  4. The quirky small town reads can be a lot of fun

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    1. Yup although I don't want to be in this town LOL

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  5. I love the thought of alchemy thrown in with paranormal...definitely different. I enjoyed her other book Sparks too. Gonna check this out.

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    1. Sparks... I will have to check that one out!

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  6. Oh, this one sounds so good! creepy small town filled with alchemists practicing transmutation? Sign me up! :) I always thought this one would be fun to read, but your review tells me it will actually exceed my expectations. Great! Brilliant review :)

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    1. Snag a copy, it's a great bang for your pennies!

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  7. I struggled a bit with this one. I liked it but I felt like it was unfinished. I wanted so much more. I always enjoy Bickle's writing. I too hope there is a sequel.

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    1. The Hang Men needs to be explored more, definitely. I hope she does write a sequel

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  8. This book has been on my radar as well, Braine, and next time I'm up for quirky small-town characters, as well as a dark and eerie atmosphere, I'll definitely pick it up!

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. This is unlike any small town mystery you've encountered.

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  9. I want it, but it's ebook only and no can do

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  10. I lived in Wyoming for awhile so the setting appeals to me. I know how dismal and creepy it can be without any of the added elements, lol. Glad you enjoyed!

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    1. Hahaha, I hope I didn't offend you!

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  11. I loved the creepy vibe of it and the whole Native American aspect. I hope there is a sequel.

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  12. This sounds like a great mix of paranormal elements. All I have wanted to read lately is fantasy/paranormal so I think this one needs to be added to my list. Great review!

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    1. This is a quick read so you'll breeze through this fast

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  13. Sounds like a fun read. I do like a quick read that is something different.

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    1. Switching it up works well for me. It keeps that reading slump at bay.

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  14. Hmmm...this might work for me. I like atmospheric stuff and I like the small town setting. A western paranormal sounds interesting too. Yep, I just might...

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    1. The Hanged Men were the ones who really piqued my interest. I hope there's a sequel so she can explore these poeple more.

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  15. I know this all me!! I got to see how long can I wait before I breakdown and grab the Kindle book. I'm getting too excited Braine!!

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    1. Hahaha! Well go ahead and grab it then. It's really cheap, great value

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  16. I've got one of her others on my shelf that I found ages ago at a used store (signed no less!). Sounds like I really need to dig that out and check out her writing :)

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    1. I love second hand book finds! And yes, dig it up!

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  17. I like Bickle..how did I miss this...Nope I snagged it on B&N..LOL Too many books Braine..I am glad you liked it. Hopefully I will get to it this year :)

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    1. I feel you. I just saw my calendar for this week... nope... failed to read any of the books in it.

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  18. Oooh... this sounds a little complex, but interesting once you are right into it! Great review girl!

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  19. Oh yes I really enjoyed this one. It was interesting, different and dark. I wonder if we'll have a sequel or not. Nice review!

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  20. Woah, I can get the really chilling vibe from your review already! I love the small town reads as well and it sounds like this one had the right creepy elements. Wonderful review Braine!

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    1. Reading this gave me goosebumps. Those Hanged Men are just... yikes!

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  21. I've seen this one floating around but your review made me add it to my wishlist! Sounds fantastic.

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    1. I'm glad you did & I sure hope you get around to reading it soon.

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  22. I love me a strange book. The cover is horrible but I was finally convinced to grab this book from a few bloggers. I am excited to read something unforgettable.

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    1. I hope this meets your expectations!

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  23. Jeesh I've still got to review this one! Getting forgetful :) I did message the author to see if there is going to be a sequel and she said that she'd love to write more but there was no news yet from the publisher. I really want to read another one, so I hope they contract more!

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