Giveaways


Coming soon...

July 11, 2015

Steampunk Sundays: Chasing the Star Garden by Melanie Karsak

Series: The Airship Racing Chronicles 1
Format: Mobi
Release Date: December 4, 2014 
Publisher: Clockpunk Press
Source: Purchased
Genre: Adult Steampunk

An opium-addicted beauty.
An infamous poet living in self-imposed exile.
An ancient treasure about to fall into the wrong hands.

Melanie Karsak's Chasing the Star Garden takes readers on a thrilling adventure from the gritty opium dens of gaslamp London to the gem-colored waters of the ancient world. Lily Stargazer, a loveable but reckless airship racer with a famous lover and shattered past, reluctantly plunges into a centuries-old mystery in a romantic adventure best described as Dan Brown meets Mary Shelley.

It all begins on one of the worst days of Lily’s life. She just lost the London leg of the 1823 Airship Grand Prix. To top it off, a harlequin fleeing from constables shoved a kaleidoscope down her pants, told her to fly to Venice, then threw himself from her airship tower. What’s a girl to do? For Lily, the answer is easy: drink absinthe and smoke opium.

Lily’s lover, Lord Byron, encourages her to make the trip to Venice. Lily soon finds herself at the heart of an ancient mystery which has her running from her past and chasing true love and the stars along the way.

*Due to steamy scenes and depictions of drug use, this novel is intended for mature readers.



What a delightful adventure! I wasn't aware of The Airship Racing Chronicles til much recently. Thanks to Sherry of Fundinmental for the freebie feature; and Melissa of My World...In Words and Pages for reviewing the books. Thanks ladies for pointing me in the right direction because I absolutely loved CHASING THE STAR GARDEN!

Where to begin? 

How about Lily? World famous airship pilot racer, opium addict, troubled orphan, absinthe connoisseur, and lover of beautiful men. Lily is a very interesting character, flawed and virtuous just like those other Steampunk heroines I love like, Cherry St. Croix (St. Croix Chronicles, Karina Cooper) and Eleanor Chance (The Chronicles of Light & Shadow, Liesel Schwarz). Lily is essentially trying to outrun the demons of her past, which explains her "habits" and penchant for fast airships. But one can't run for too long, and searching for Aphrodite's lost statue sure made Lily put things in perspective, and ultimately had her make peace with her tumultuous history.

I love the myth here as well, Aprhrodite and her lore, that incorporated with a treasure-hunting quest kept me on my toes. CHASING THE STAR GARDEN didn't dilly dally when it comes to doling out exciting adventures. Lily took me country hopping and the ride was complete with nefarious characters, death defying feats, while entertaining me with backstories and enchanting legends concerning Aprhodite and her likeness. 

The secondary characters are wonderful additions too! If only I were good with names, I can tell you the colorful personalities Lily met during her voyage to retrieve Aphrodite's lost statue. I also enjoyed (The) Lord Byron's involvement in this story, not to mention his intimate relations with Lily. Who knew the poet loved rough sex *wink*? There's a love triangle, but it wasn't the type where it'll annoy you. MKarsak knew NOT to irritate us with this overused device. 

CHASING THE STAR GARDEN also has a seductive side. Lily isn't ashamed to give in to her lust and party with Lord Byron or the Italian tinker, Sal. Aside from the steamy scenes, MKarsak added a sheen of eroticism in the series, it's very thin, yet a noticeable contrast to this world she created. It's an Aphrodite adventure after all, and it won't be complete without searing romance, right?

CHASING THE STAR GARDEN might be an indie novel but it's comparable with other Steampunk series written by Meljean Brook, Delphine Dryden, and as previously mentioned, Karina Cooper, and Liesl Schwarz. I'd love to dive more into this series and experience more of Lily's adventure. 









Talk Supe


29 comments:

  1. I got this one, and I need to read it!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Very nice review, SW. I think I'm going to get this one as well. It sounds like something that I would enjoy.

    Grace

    ReplyDelete
  3. Ahh! Opium addict & absinthe connoisseur? Enough said! I added it and will get to it soon.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ooh I'm happy to see you don't shy away from the loony!

      Delete
  4. Who knew, indeed! Is opium addiction the norm in steampunk?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Not really, but some characters when they have issues, they lean towards opium. I guess it's The drug back in the day

      Delete
  5. Gotta admit, even for steampunk, this sounds interesting. I love the cover.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Lord Byron?!!! Aphrodite? Where the hell did this come from? Adding to my wish list so that I won't forget to get it. Great review!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Oh yes I saw the books on Melissa's blog too, I just love the cover lol and it's great to know that the story is worth it as well!

    ReplyDelete
  8. '... shoved a kaleidoscope down her pants.'

    Is that code for something? lol. No, but this really does sound like a good time!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Bwahahaha! It's not a dildo but she did get some action here... okay, a LOT!

      Delete
  9. I am so glad you enjoyed this book Braine! I have loved everything that Melanie has written and this series has totally sucked me in. Lily is a great character and i loved Lord Byron. I am more his fan than the other, but oh well...

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

    ReplyDelete
  10. I am in love with this premise. Def adding. THank you! <3

    ReplyDelete
  11. Sounds good, I don't read too much Steampunk anymore maybe this will change that :)
    Thanks Braine

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope it does or at least something to clean your reading palate

      Delete
  12. This sounds like an exciting steampunk book! I really want to read more books in this genre. And Lily sounds like a great main character. And that's good to hear it wasn't an annoying love triangle, I certainly believe they can be done well. Great review!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I was very surprised by how good this is! Super strong start to the series.

      Delete
  13. What a cool book to find! I just finished a steampunk book myself and I'm so in the mood for these. I'm especially liking the sound of a flawed heroine - she sounds fabulous!!! Great review, girl!!!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Need to check what you just read. I'm always on the prowl

      Delete
  14. Aww, thank you for the shout out. So glad you got to read and loved it so. :) It really is an amazing story. I loved Lily and she reminded me a bit of Chess in Stacia Kane's Downside series. Very gritty UF there. :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. I love that she's flawed, and she embraces it all throughout the story. Definitely seems like a different kind of heroine!

    ReplyDelete

My reviews are subjective & does not reflect that of Talk Supe's followers.

Also I LOVE commenting back so if you're checking out a post, leave a line or two and I promise to visit your blog back. Let's feed each other's blogger soul!