My rating: 3 of 5 stars
While I liked this book better than the first I’m still not sure how I feel about the series overall. I’m not an avid romance reader but I’ve read series like this before and it strikes me as the type of series that likes to hopscotch between the romance genre and, in this case, the steampunk genre. Because it its constant jumping, I feel I’m not getting the enjoyment that I want out of the book.
I don’t want to say the book is bad. It isn’t. In this case I believe the problem is with the reader and his expectations rather than he book itself. I want a slightly more in-depth steampunk novel and instead I’m reading a Victorian science fiction romance adventure novel.
That being said I will read the third book because I both already own it and the ending to this book was a bit of an emotional cliffhanger which I’m curious to see how it is resolved. We’ll see if I continue reading after that.
I found this over on DeviantArt and had to share it. It is drawn by Faith Erin Hicks, who should be well known by readers of this blog as the artist and writer of both Demonology 101 and The Adventures of Superhero Girl.
Zombie romance is becoming a rather popular idea, as evidenced by the release of Warm Bodies, a book taken from the zombie perspective with a high romance aspect and several undead/zombie based romance anthologies. I think Ms. Hicks gets it right here. In the portrayal of zombies as both cute in size and action but still highlighting the inherent gore a zombie represents with green skin, open wounds, and the act of offering a severed limb as a present. The dichotomy is both the appeal and the humor.