Welcome back to my new and, hopefully, improved blog. Today I want to share two series of books with you – one about modern fairies and a gas lamp fantasy series.
A while ago I wrote a blog about ways to find books not available in most bookshops. One of those options was to sign up for newsletters from writers or writher’s groups to find out what they are releasing, and also for bargains. One of the newsletters I subscribe to is YA Fantasy Books – because I write in this area, but also because I read a lot of books in this genre and I am always looking out for a good read.
The Clockwork Alchemist by Sara C. Roethle
A while ago I found I found two gems I want to share with you today. The first is a completely new series: The Thief’s Apprentice by Sara C. Roethle.
One of the first things that captured my interest was this book’s genre – a Gaslamp fantasy. I have been reading boos for a long time and I had never heard of it. Turns out it is an historic fantasy set in a Victorian or Edwardian time that generally has a love story component.
The second thing that piqued my interest was this is a book about a clockwork girl and a thief; I mean a love story about an automaton and a bad boy, that has to be interesting – right? And it was
The story is fast paced. Ahern steals an alchemy book on contract from a dead man, but is caught by the owner’s clockwork daughter, Liliana. The book is in turn stolen from Ahren, and he and Liliana work together to get it back. Sounds simple, but what they find is everyone wants to know why Liliana is different from other clockwork automatons, and they are prepared to do almost anything to find out.
The core of this book is an action/adventure love story with a twist, but it is also much deeper because it gets you questioning what make a person who they are, and it manages to do this without detracting from the story line. I also love that the Liliana is a sassy, proactive character who is not merely a sidekick to the males. There are also some kick-ass girl baddies too.
This book was such a good read I immediately had to buy book two then three in the series, reading them over the course of a week. Obviously fantasy lovers from 12 upwards will enjoy these books, and the romance is is subtle enough that boys will still enjoy the read. I also think anyone who loves a good adventure might enjoy this series.
This book is available as a ebook on amazon and can also be purchased from Booktopia.
Enchanting the Fey by Rebecca Bosevski
A while ago I reviewed Enchanting the Fey, and I really enjoyed the book. I always meant to finish the series, but got a little sidetracked. Then a special deal came up in the YA Fantasy Books newsletter for the release of the the book package and I could not resist.
I spent a weekend lost with Desmoree, who has found she is a fairy even though she had no idea fairies existed. I journeyed with her to fantastical realms where she works with a series of other great characters to save her world, and ours.
Usually I am not a fairy type of girl, I lean to more historic fantasy, but I really enjoyed this series because of the great characters and the themes the books cover. Although we are dealing with magical realms, this is essentially a story about good versus evil, and embracing diversity. It also advocates the ideal if we stand together we can overcome anything.
There are a few clean sex scenes in this book, so I would recommend for 16+, although to be honest younger readers will probably skip over those bits because they will not be interested. Obviously those fantasy readers who enjoy getting lost in a fairy kingdom will love this, and I would also suggest it for girls who love strong female leads and are happy to try something new.
The series is available on amazon, so pop on and have a look. The books are available individually of you want to dip a toe in, but the four book series is great value.
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