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November 1, 2015

Steampunk Sundays: The Devious Dr. Jekyll by Viola Carr

Series: The Electric Empire
Format: eGalley
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Steampunk

Dr. Eliza Jekyll, heroine of the electrifying The Diabolical Miss Hyde—an edgy steampunk retelling of the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde—investigates a bizarre murder case in an alternate Victorian London while battling her treacherous secret half: Lizzie Hyde.

Solving the infamous Chopper case has helped crime scene physician Dr. Eliza Jekyll establish her fledgling career in the chauvinistic world of Victorian law enforcement. But the scrutiny that comes with her newfound fame is unwelcome for a woman with a diabolical secret. And there is the mercurial Royal Society agent and wolf man Remy Lafayette. Does he want to marry her, eat her, or burn her at the stake? Though Eliza is uncertain about Remy, her dark and jealous shadow self, Lizzie, wants to steal the magnetic and persistent agent, and usurp Eliza’s life.

It’s impossible to push Remy away when he tempts her with the one thing she can’t resist: a bizarre crime. The search for a bloodthirsty ritual torturer dubbed the Pentacle Killer draws them into a terrifying world of spies, art thieves, and evil alchemy, where the price of immortality is madness?or damnation—and only Lizzie’s dark ingenuity can help Eliza survive.

As Eliza and Remy race to thwart a foul conspiracy involving the sorcerous French, they must also overcome a sinister enemy who is all too close: the vengeful Lizzie, determined to dispose of Eliza for good.



Hiya! Two weeks of no Steampunk Sundays. Blarg! *sardonic grin*

But let's not talk about that right now, instead let me tell you a few things about THE DEVIOUS DR. JEKYLL. A book that I'm glad I powered through because I was having my own crisis and determination won this round. Whoop! (les reading slump)

  • It might be a minor detail for some people, but I love how Viola Carr introduced THE DEVIOUS DR. JEKYLL:

  • More serial killers are coming out of the woodwork and it's difficult to solve such cases especially when something supernatural is involved. It was a fantastic gothic surprise when all the pieces were fitted together and the final picture was revealed. *hint hint*

  • We also get to know more about the hunky Remy Lafayette, I love his backstory, and Eliza got to meet his brother, Francois. Curious fellow, not a fan of his, but he has the same passionate fire that Remy has. 

  • The love story between Eliza-Remy-Lizzie continues to be interesting. How would you like to be in a love triangle with yourself, in this case it's with your alter ego? It's mind boggling, super intriguing, and a brilliant twist. How do you resolve this situation? Have another dude for Lizzie? Or should Remy be with both Lizzie and Eliza? Devious situation, and another reason why THE DEVIOUS DR. JEKYLL make for such a compelling read. The personal drama balances the supernatural shenanigans that are happening in this story.

  • Which brings me to the heart of THE DEVIOUS DR. JEKYLL. This novel has been a very brutal installment for Lizzie Hyde, and definitely upped the raging battle and conflict between her and Eliza Jekyll. How do you even manage sharing a body? If you're familiar with the tale, Lizzie-Eliza is not a clinical case of split personality. They're two different people sharing the same body, opposite personalities, opposite desires, values, etc., the "vessel" transforms depending on who has control of it, but how do you coexist with an agressive roommate?

    I loved how VCarr played this internal conflict out. Like Lizzie and Eliza, I kept looking around this world, trying to figure out how they can get themselves out of this dreadful situation. It also doesn't help that their father, the original Jekyll-Hyde, is out and about, throwing more problems their way. There's a surprise here that you won't want to miss if you're following the series. 

Bravo, VCarr, for another hit! THE DEVIOUS DR. JEKYLL was indeed a devious tale. I love the side discussions/ponderings that Lizzie-Eliza's situation brought up, not to mention the murder mystery that was stimulating in its complexity, and a fantastic tie-up to the series' gothic feel. 

See you when book 3 comes out!










Talk Supe


55 comments:

  1. Braine, great review. I've heard of this author but alas haven't read her.
    Maybe its time to change that

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    1. Maybe you can interview her on your blog? You pose such great questions!

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  2. Well this sounds like a MUST read series for me! I'm going to look and see if we have the first book at work.

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  3. I'm getting ready to read it after I'll tackle my current month's arcs! So glad you are loving this series, and the covers are just gorgeous!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it. I know you love Steampunk ;)

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  4. This looks like a great series, and I love the introduction page for the characters- very clever! Glad it was such an awesome read for you, Braine! :D

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    1. Right? That's a great touch, presenting the story like a play or movie

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  5. I've been seeing great things about this book and the series in general, I just know I need to add it. Wonderful review!

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    1. Thanks, Ali! I hope you have fun with it, it's a cool Gothic fantasy

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  6. I have this one and book 1 on audio for review. I'm planning on listening to them back to back. Can't wait.

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    1. The Jekyll/Hyde angle is really well done.

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  7. In a love triangle with your alter ego? Interesting...

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    1. Right? What a conundrum! Will definitely make anybody lose their marbles

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  8. This looks great. I'll have to check them out. I might wait to see what The Book Nympho thinks of the audios to see if I want to listen or read.

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    1. I hope the audio versions are as good as the books. Fingers crossed the narrator does it justice

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  9. I just love that cover. Ugh, you make it sounds so interesting but steampunk scares me! I never like it.

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    1. That's alright... maybe you can dress up like her next Halloween?

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  10. Well that definitely sounds different.

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  11. I'm glad to see you finally had a good time with the story!

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    1. Thanks, Melliane, your review helped me through. I'm glad I powered up and read it til it's finished

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  12. I love the covers of these more than anything. I'll have to check my library for the first book. Great review!

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    1. If not, request for them to acquire it :)

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  13. I saw this one awhile back and thought of you. Glad you enjoyed it!

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  14. The first book was not a win for me. I could hardly push through it. i am glad though that this one worked for you and got you out of your reading slump.

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    1. That sucks... oh well, at least you tried :)

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  15. I still have to pick up the first one in the series... And this one sounds even better than the first! Yay :)

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    1. I love it, classic gothic tales are swirled in.

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  16. This looks so good. Steampunk and a successful retelling. Yep, must read these!

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  17. Another great post, I seem to be just breezing through blogs lately being unemployed, maybe I should post more or Does anyone have a blog they would like to recommend? Self-promoted is always good too!
    makeituporfunny.blogspot.com

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    1. Ha! All these bloggers who commented have fantastic blogs!

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  18. this series looks fantastic with awesome characters, blah need to read

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    1. Hahaha, I feel you, I say the same thing everytime I visit y'all's blogs

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  19. Haha .., I'm totally in a love triangle with myself. I think it's more than a triangle now though. :D I already have the previous book on my wishlist.

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  20. I have a copy of The Diabolical Miss Hyde on my kindle, so I skimmed your review for this second book in the series, Braine.
    I'm glad you loved it, though, it will motivate me to start with the first book.
    Have a great Tuesday and happy reading.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Ooh, that's cool! I enjoyed the gothic elements, I hope you do too

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  21. I will eventually read a steampunk book... one of these days. I keep seeing reviews of this particular book and I really want to read it :)

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    1. I can help you with a few recs, let me know!

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  22. That's definitely an original way to introduce the story! And a love triangle with an alter ego, ehh that sounds a bit confusing, but unique as well. I like how you mention the drama is balanced with the other things that are going on, sounds like there's a nice mix. Great review!

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    1. Interesting conundrum indeed, it sure kept me reading. I want to know the ultimate resolution

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  23. This is one of those books that I love the supernatural going-ons as much as the romance. What a conflict for Eliza and Lizzie :)

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  24. So many interesting situations in this book, serial killers, gothic world, the sharing a body and the love triangle with yourself? Wow, sounds really interesting!

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    1. It's relentless! You can't even blink lest you miss out on something

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  25. A love triangle with your alter ego, does sound interesting! Sounds like it's a great read Braine!

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  26. WOW THIS BOOK SOUNDS AMAZING! I've always wanted to read Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, but this sounds like an amazing retelling! I can already tell that I'm going to love the steampunk elements of it! And the super interesting love triangle. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, Braine!

    -Jenna @ Happy Indulgence

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