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posted by 10527955 on July 1, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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3 out of 12 people found this review helpful.
I did not want to give this one a star rating. Not a bad book;
It's the start of a new series with a new pseudonym by the author. Well written. Characters that were not one dimensional and actually had relationships besides just ...
It's the start of a new series with a new pseudonym by the author. Well written. Characters that were not one dimensional and actually had relationships besides just the love interest.
If you enjoy genres like alternative history, steam punk, paranormal romance, urban fantasy and like lots of British tv imports like Torchwood (or conspiracy theories like in X-Files) -- it's your thing.
I knew was steam punk going in but read on a friend's recommendation who knew I liked goblin stories (okay, the Goblin King in Labyrinth, George MacDonald's Curdie/Princess tales, and Jim C. Hines' goblin books). Touted as original. And had original storyline and cast of characters. Most of the world building was Victorian "early reign" stuff and there was no way you were not aware was set in Great Britain. I do realize author was deliberately going for that setting and fondly noted the cylinders and aethernet references as homage to all the lovely cliffhanger black and white SF serials I used to watch.
It fit well with a penpal read here at goodreads (and you have to love the expression on character's face on the bookcover), so I started to read.
Personally, I have just had all the steam punk I can take (well, okay, I still like Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and all the contemporary SF writers from the era) and too many chick lit books have Britished me out. Alternative history--very rarely something I like.
That's a matter of personal taste (I also can't stand Torchwood or most of the conspiracy type of reads/shows) and is why I am not giving a star rating.
Again, writing was very good and storyline was original, characters engaging.
I waded thru 30% and yelled at friend recommending. Almost got interesting for me. After 50% still did not like (again, kept almost but not quite getting interesting for me) and did manage to finish for penpal read. Maybe last 5 to 10% of book, after investing my time, I was into the action and what was happening to conclude the story. Less because I got any more interested than that I had put in the time. For me, tried both too hard and not hard enough with the pseudo-science behind the worldbuilding; and as an American I don't think I am one to judge how well done the British aspect was.
I actually think it could be the start of a very good series. If it's your thing.
posted by cer-2 on July 15, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 21, 2013
This book left me feeling very conflicted. First things first,
This book left me feeling very conflicted.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
First things first, look at that cover. For those who haven't seen it in real life, imagine library binding OR BETTER YET Nancy Drew books! That's the kind of hardcover it is; slick and shiny and cute as a button. Not to mention the picture which is ~*amazing*~. I believe it portrays Xandra very well.
Aaaaand into the book we go.
Xandra has just lost her baby sister, Drusilla (who didn't think of Buffy here?). Only she doesn't believe that her little sister is really dead. Through a few observations that I didn't really buy into, Xandra decides that the hunch she has is truth enough to be investigated.
Now, of course Dede (which is short for Drusilla in some way) is alive. Xandra finds her and some real stuff goes down. There's a conspiracy and an asylum and people who were thought to be dead walking around. Xandra appropriately freaks-the-crap-out, especially when Sexy McWolfenstein (a.k.a. Vex a.k.a. Alpha Werewolf a.k.a. Love Interest) starts to have some interest in her. Some ~*sexy*~ interest.
Okay. I'm not a romance genre enthusiast. My romance knowledge consists of zombies and/or zombies in an asexual way. I just don't get romance which is my shortcoming in reading. Usually, it grates on my nerves and pisses me off because why can't they smooch later there should be more action but I really didn't mind it in God Save the Queen. In fact, I found it quite likable. They don't gush love or proclaim it in the first few days. Yeah, they run to the bedroom a lot *eyebrow waggle*, but that's a bit different than love. At least in my opinion I guess?? To each their own.
So what did I not like about the book?
Well. Most of my problems lie with Xandra.
She's supposed to be really awesome and badarse and this witty smart-mouth which... isn't at all endearing at the beginning. She's got her moments, sure, but she either got better or grew on me because I felt like the second half was way better than the first.
When she stayed badarse within reason she was, well, badarse. Then there were moments where she kinda just went over that line onto a point of ridiculous. She was bigoted, constantly angry, and disliked just about everyone for the first half of the book. I was even going to put this book on hold for awhile because I just got so frustrated with her. Thankfully, Xandra started to show a change before that.
There was some definite character development going on in the second half, for Xandra and the others (well, not so much everyone else but Xandra was obvious). I love seeing characters have their whole perspective be taken down and then be forced to rebuild it. It's a sadistic sort of glee I get that makes me like a character and their book more because I can really see the progress.
I think the pacing was really slow during the first half with the setup taking a long time for me. I'll give it that building a new world is difficult, but I felt it was more running in circles than really continuing to elaborate on what was going on. There was a lot of stuff repeated and other things not said which should have been and so on.
So, in the end, I liked God Save the Queen, but I wasn't in love with it. So 3.5 stars it is!
Posted February 7, 2013
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