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Friday Favourites (4): London Steampunk by Bec McMaster

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Friday Favourites is a weekly meme hosted by Natalie @ Book Lovers Life where you can showcase a book or series that’s on your Favorites shelf. It could be a book you’ve read recently or a few years back.

This week, I’m featuring the awesome Steampunk novels of Bec McMaster. I stumbled on this new genre last year and I didn’t know in the beginning if I would like it. But I discovered that the Steampunk world is a dangerously exciting world thanks to authors like Bec McMaster.

In her London Steampunk series, Bec McMaster draws us into an alternate version of Victorian London in which the Aristocracy are referred to as ‘blue bloods’ and the common folks are required by law to pay blood taxes for the blood-drinking ruling elite. In addition, there are verwulfen and mechs, humanist movements and political chess, intrigue, mystery, action, romance, and lots of Steampunk. All of which are ingredients artfully woven together by Bec McMaster through her wonderful prose and story-telling.

Book #1: Kiss of Steel

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When Nowhere Is Safe

Most people avoid the dreaded Whitechapel district. For Honoria Todd, it’s the last safe haven. But at what price?

Blade is known as the master of the rookeries—no one dares cross him. It’s been said he faced down the Echelon’s army single-handedly, that ever since being infected by the blood-craving he’s been quicker, stronger, and almost immortal.

When Honoria shows up at his door, his tenuous control comes close to snapping. She’s so…innocent. He doesn’t see her backbone of steel—or that she could be the very salvation he’s been seeking.

 

 

Book 1.5: Tarnished Knight (Novella)

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In the steam-fuelled world of Victorian London, vampires, werewolves and slasher gangs stalk the night and a man made partly of metal is about to discover just how far he’ll go to protect the woman he loves…

After a vicious vampire attack left him struggling to leash the dark urges of the craving virus, John “Rip” Doolan thinks he’s finally starting to master the darkness within. The only thing that threatens to shatter his hard-won control is Esme, his closest friend and the only woman he’s ever wanted. If the stubborn beauty ever realized precisely what was going through his mind, their friendship would be ruined.

For six months, Esme has waited for Rip to recover and take her as his thrall, not daring to hope for more. Too afraid to put her heart on the line, she is devastated when Rip reveals that he never had any intentions of making her his.

But when a savage gang of Slashers start causing havoc in Whitechapel, Rip and Esme have no choice. They must face up to the depth of the passion that burns between them and forge a new relationship…or risk losing each other forever.

 

 

Book #2: Heart of Iron

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In Victorian London, if you’re not a blue blood of the Echelon then you’re nothing at all. The Great Houses rule the city with an iron fist, imposing their strict ‘blood taxes’ on the nation, and the Queen is merely a puppet on a string…

Lena Todd makes the perfect spy. Nobody suspects the flirtatious debutante could be a sympathizer for the humanist movement haunting London’s vicious blue blood elite. Not even the ruthless Will Carver, the one man she can’t twist around her little finger, and the one man whose kiss she can’t forget…

Stricken with the loupe and considered little more than a slave-without-a-collar to the blue bloods, Will wants nothing to do with the Echelon or the dangerous beauty who drives him to the very edge of control. But when he finds a coded letter on Lena—a code that matches one he saw on a fire-bombing suspect—he realizes she’s in trouble. To protect her, he must seduce the truth from her.

With the humanists looking to start a war with the Echelon, Lena and Will must race against time—and an automaton army—to stop the humanist plot before it’s too late. But as they fight to save a city on the brink of revolution, the greatest danger might just be to their hearts…

 

 

Book #3: My Lady Quicksilver

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Determined to destroy the Echelon she despises, Rosalind Fairchild is on seemingly easy mission. Get in. Uncover the secrets of her brother’s disappearance. And get out.

In order to infiltrate the Nighthawks and find their leader, Sir Jasper Lynch, Rosalind will pose as their secretary. But she doesn’t count on Lynch being such a dangerously charismatic man, challenging her at every turn, forcing her to re-evaluate everything she knows about the enemy.

He could be her most dangerous nemesis—or the ally she never dreamed existed.

*Read my review of My Lady Quicksilver here.

Bec McMaster has the next two installments in this series in the works, entitled Forged by Desire (Book #4) and Of Silk and Steam (Book #5).

I. Want. Now. Seriously. Now. Please?

About the author:

bec mcmasterMy name is Bec McMaster and I live in a small country town in Victoria, Australia, with my boyfriend and a beautiful dog named Kobe. I grew up either with my nose in a book or writing, and never understood why other people didn’t get to watch ‘all the movies in their heads’. Following a lifelong love affair with fantasy, I discovered romance at the age of sixteen and haven’t looked back.

When I’m not writing I like to read, go hiking with my boyfriend, pore over travel brochures, and go to the gym. I’m addicted to travel and love to set my books in foreign places. It’s the next best thing to travelling there. One day I vow to see the entire world, whether it’s by plane, paper or imagination.

These days I can be found sitting at my computer with a hot mug of tea, creating the dark and dangerous world of the London Steampunk series, where vampires and werewolves stalk the eerie London rookeries and even the darkest hero can find love. I’m a member of RWA (USA and Australia) and am represented by Jessica Faust of BookEnds; LLC.

 

Learn more about Bec McMaster on her Website, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads accounts.

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Super Six Sunday: Books I’m Thankful I Took A Chance On

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Super Six Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by the gals at Bewitched Bookworms. This week’s theme: Super Six Books I’m thankful I took a chance on.

Most of these books were way out of my comfort zone, as far as my reading selection is concerned, but I got around to trying them out either based on the good reviews I’ve read about them or they came highly recommended by one of my favorite book bloggers or just the summary really drew me and I was eager to know what happens in the story.

 

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#6: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Okay, this book did broke my heart into a million little pieces and made me cry buckets but it’s in this list because it touched my heart so. It presented a very compelling and much-debated choices and arguments when it comes to mortality and morality but there are still those emotions that just grab at you.

 

 

6990472#5: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Another book that was a tearjerker as well but again, it had the heart and a message that got right through me. When I read the book blurb, I was wondering how somebody can survive a tragedy like that and the title of the book made me also ask the question of if somebody would even like to survive a tragedy like that. I just had to find out.

 

 

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#4: Before Now by Cheryl McIntyre

This book. Gosh, this book. It’s the first I’ve read from this author and one of the first NA books I’ve read. I was just blown away by the intensity not only of the main character but by the writing as well. I had such an amazing time reading this book and I remember I kept thinking that I’m glad I found this one.

 

 

15745753#3: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell is one of my greatest author finds this year. And this book, it was just sheer perfection. From the tone, the characterizations, the dialogue, the completely new way hand-holding will be viewed from now on (I know but this just seems like one of those really important things that should have its own category), the over-all story. I didn’t know what to expect from this book but really, what Rainbow Rowell gave readers around the world was a gift. A gift.

 

 

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#2: The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

I can’t even think about what my life would be as a reader if I weren’t able to read this book. I actually lament that not everybody in this world has read this genius of a work from Megan Whalen Turner. I may sound completely over the top and exaggerated but that is because this book deserves to be loved, appreciated, and obsessed over. And if I haven’t read this, I would not have read the rest of the books in this ah-mhay-zing series. And that would have been a tragedy.

 

 

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#1: Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

I had actually started my Nalini Singh journey with her Guild Hunter series. I remember checking her website and finding out that she had started a series before the Guild Hunter series called the Psy-Changeling series. I also remembered browsing through the books blurbs of those books but never really shoring up any interest in reading it. But then a couple of weeks later, I finally gave the first book a try, Slave to Sensation was its title. And by the first few chapters, I was hooked, line and sinker. As I blazed through the succeeding books, I kept thinking to myself that I almost did not get to read these amazing books. To say that I’m glad I did would be an understatement.

 

 

Honorable Mentions: (because I just had to…)

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The Chocolate Thief by Laura Florand because it introduced me to Laura Florand’s Amour et Chocolat world.

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Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster because it cemented the steampunk romance lover in me and because it’s the first book of her wonderful London Steampunk series.

 

 

That’s it for my Super Six Sunday (plus, plus) 🙂 What’s in your list this week?