Wednesday, November 2, 2016

DNF Mini Explanations

Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen

I don't tend to love steampunk at the best of times (they just feel like they're trying so hard), so this probably wasn't the best book for me. I had hoped that the romance, gothic vibe, and general zaniness promised by several reviewers would balance out the goggles and flying air ships for me. But, alas, no.

The steampunk parts were especially paint-by-numbers and it felt like the author was running down a checklist of requisite items to include in book of this genre without any real heart or care put in. The main character also didn't grab me and I could not see myself liking her much.

Still, I'm intrigued by the promises of romance and silly craziness, so I may try to pick this one up again. 

Eden's Wish by M. Tara Crowl

There's nothing wrong with this book. It's cute, mildly funny, mildly sweet, mildly intriguing, and just all around ok. That's really it. I could finish reading it and I think the experience would be overall pleasant. Nice. Ok.

And not really how I want to spend my reading time right now. I may go back and finish this one when I'm more in the mood. The target audience should enjoy it though.


  1. Is the first one a retelling of Beauty and the Beast? If so that would be the only reason why I would pick it up. I hope the second book in the series is much better for you.

    1. I think it's supposed to be a kind of BatB retelling mashed up with a Jane Eyre-ish vibe?


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