God Save the Queen (Immortal Empire Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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Queen Victoria rules with an immortal fist.

The undead matriarch of a Britain where the Aristocracy is made up of werewolves and vampires, where goblins live underground and mothers know better than to let their children out after dark. A world where being nobility means being infected with the Plague (side-effects include undeath), Hysteria is the popular affliction of the...
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Overview

Queen Victoria rules with an immortal fist.

The undead matriarch of a Britain where the Aristocracy is made up of werewolves and vampires, where goblins live underground and mothers know better than to let their children out after dark. A world where being nobility means being infected with the Plague (side-effects include undeath), Hysteria is the popular affliction of the day, and leeches are considered a delicacy. And a world where technology lives side by side with magic. The year is 2012.

Xandra Vardan is a member of the elite Royal Guard, and it is her duty to protect the Aristocracy. But when her sister goes missing, Xandra will set out on a path that undermines everything she believed in and uncover a conspiracy that threatens to topple the empire. And she is the key-the prize in a very dangerous struggle.
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In this steampunk novel debut, Queen Victoria receives her wish: She gets to rule forever. Now a vampire, she presides over a court of very undead aristocrats and a populous of abnormal, sometimes menacing subjects. But as Xandra Vardan, a member of the elite Royal Guard, learns in this imaginative caper, things are even stranger than they first seem in Victoria's out-of-whack empire. An author definitely worth getting to know.

Publishers Weekly
Xandra Vardan is a member of the Royal Guard in an alternate Britain where the aristocracy includes vampires and werewolves, and Queen Victoria—the first vampire to take the throne—reigns, young and beautiful as ever. An immortal ruling class has implications beyond mere blood-drinking; technological and social changes are inhibited, often in strange and unexpected ways. Same-sex marriage is legal, for example, but horse-drawn carriages run the fashionable streets. Xandra, the daughter of an aristocratic vampire, is drawn into a world of deadly conspiracies when her sister vanishes under suspicious circumstances. What with plots to kill the queen, sinister secret medical experiments, and some oddly sympathetic cannibal goblins, there’s treachery at every turn. Locke’s writing is smart and fast-paced, full of sharp dialogue and vivid detail. This stylish, original story is perfectly suited to a wonderfully constructed world. Agent: Miriam Kriss, Irene Goodman Literary Agency. (July)
Locus
"Delightfully hard-boiled attitude... this is a fun adventure all round."
New York Times bestselling author
'Fabulous and fun.'
Gail Dayton
"A fantastic ride."
Philippa Ballantine
"God Save the Queen is a fresh, witty, and darkly beautiful ride through a London ruled by a vampire Queen Victoria. Carried along by enchanting Alexandra Vardan you'll enjoy every minute of adventure and mystery. "
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'Fabulous and fun.'—New York Times bestselling author, Keri Arthur

"A fantastic ride."
Gail Dayton

"God Save the Queen is a fresh, witty, and darkly beautiful ride through a London ruled by a vampire Queen Victoria. Carried along by enchanting Alexandra Vardan you'll enjoy every minute of adventure and mystery. "—Philippa Ballantine

"Delightfully hard-boiled attitude... this is a fun adventure all round."—Locus

"Rapid-paced action and an original interpretation of goblins (they are not J.K. Rowling's cranky, clever, gold-centric goblins) add much to differentiate Locke's fantasy from the rest of the pack. Fans of urban fantasy who appreciate the supernatural with a side of romanticism will enjoy this."—The Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316202350
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Publication date: 7/3/2012
  • Series: Immortal Empire Series , #1
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 92,501
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Kate Locke is a shameless anglophile who wrote her first book at age 12. Fortunately, that book about a British pop band is lost forever. During 'off' hours Kate often screeches along to Rock Band (being a rock star was her second career choice if the writing thing didn't work out), watches BBC America, or plays with makeup. She loves history, the paranormal, horror, and sparkly things. Find out more about Kate Locke atwww.katelocke.com and on twitter @KLockework.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    LOVED IT

    Great book I really enjoyed it. I read it in one day! This book gave a new and interesting twist to the supernatural. Think Charlaine Harris and Kim Harrison but set in England. It has mystery, drama, fun English verbage, sexy romance and a bit of bloody action.....can't wait for the next one!

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2012

    This was a whole lot of urban fantasy/steampunk/action packed



    This was a whole lot of urban fantasy/steampunk/action packed fun, with Alexandra Vardan, aka Xandra, Vexation MacLaughlin, aka Vex the smexi 200 yr old Alpha of the UK Wolves, Churchill ,aka Church the vampire mentor, a Goblin Prince, Xandra’s family of halvies, Ophelia a were halvie , Queen V, The Duke of Vardan, and not forgetting Penny.

    We meet Xandra as she is meeting the Goblin Prince and paying her respects to him to gain knowledge of her sister Drusilla aka Dede ,who has gone missing.

    “Honourable monsters”, Church had called them.

    From there on, this book takes off with a lot of kickass action. And a lot of different coloured hair do’s. Xandra refuses to believe her sister is dead and pulls a steampunk style Nancy Drew and starts to uncover more than she wants to believe to be true.

    Xandra is a Royal Guard and has been trained by Church the guy she has a lot of respect and love for. Half-Bloods/halvies are trained at Wellington Academy by Church. Xandra was top of the class.

    Things quickly do a flip for Xandra and she is left wondering who she can trust, and questioning all she has been taught. I love Xandra’s character she is very tough and intelligent. Her evening fashion will not stop her getting into a good ol’ , politely said, girl fight. She rides a Butler motorrad, sports red hair, and will dive in when somebody needs saving. I did enjoy her fights with Ophelia.

    Now, Ophelia and Xandra’s relationship is very much an up and down, ‘maybe like her vs hate her thing’, they have going on. It makes for much amusement. I really like Ophelia’s character, she is brave, intelligent and stands up ram rod straight for what she believes in.

    The Goblin Prince, although not an attractive fellow, as I have learned from Stacia Kane’s , ‘Downside Ghost’ series, it’s not always in the looks. I want to read more about this beastly meat loving character. I found myself growing very fond of him.

    Vex, Vex, Vex.....hmmmm he is all manly, wolfy ,alpha, and a hunk of a man, but I think I had a little trouble with Kate not working up to the relationship. Before you can fry an egg they are courting and doing the wolfy horizontal tango. I would have liked a bit of a build up. He has a bit of mystery about him which unfolds. I can’t help thinking the way this book finished there may be a wee bit of competition for Xandra’s affections in book two, ‘The Queen is Dead’.

    'He was over six feet of solid predatory muscle and heat - and grin. I couldn’t forget the grin.'

    Penny is a hoot, I love...errr....her. She has wonderful dialogue and is a fun character.

    Visually I saw this book play out in my mind in a very colourful manner with it's fair share of blood spilled and mystery.

    The back of my ARC had 'Understanding The Aristocracy' and a Glossary. I found it worth a read.

    I thought this was quite a ‘cool’ book and I still think I would slide in quite nicely into a Steampunk world, they have the most awesome clothes and gadgets, not to mention I think a nice purple hair do for myself would be quite fetching.

    I am really looking forward to book 2, the way this book finished , there is a whole new thing coming into play and I can’t wait to read about it.

    Oh , and trust me, the Queen is not amused........

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2012

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    I did not want to give this one a star rating. Not a bad book;

    I did not want to give this one a star rating. Not a bad book; just one I personally did not enjoy.

    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.

    3 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    Fabulous!

    Wow...this is literally the best book i have read in a long while and i read a lot. It combines steampunk with the supernatural masterfully. Hats off to the author on cresting a unique world.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2012

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    Highly Recommended - A Unique Steampunk Fantasy!

    Albert's fangs! Kate Locke's God Save the Queen, the first book in the new Immortal Empire Trilogy, blew my mind so far away that I probably won't find it until the next installment releases.

    Locke's storytelling is so phenomenal. The progression of the story had me questioning the title over and over again, but finally I understood. I fell for God Save the Queen when I realized the track I was on was completely different from the novel's. It's best to warn fellow readers to throw all preconceived notions of the story out of the window because this is not the average fantasy.

    The usual creatures of the night make appearances: weres, vamps, and gobs, but there's something special about their way of living. They're much more civilized than I've seen before, especially because most are royalty. I was a little afraid that the world building would overshadow the plot, but it was surprisingly easy to understand the Aristocracy and the court-like culture. I really enjoyed this world Locke has created and I believe it's my favorite aspect of this novel. Well that and the kick-butt heroine, Xandra Vardan.

    Xandra is strong, but she takes independence to a whole new level. She's hardly ever plagued by guilt when it comes to the choices she makes and she's hands down the scariest lead I've had the pleasure to meet! One thing I'm sure will endear readers to Xandy is the fact that she has no delusions about her character. She knows where her faults lie and knows that she's self-centered or arrogant at times. Oh, and her loyalty to family caused my eyes to water on numerous occasions. There are reasons to cry, but it never got to the point where I bawled my eyes out, because Xandra's strength just made the sad scenes easier to get through.

    I thought I had the characteristics of steampunk figured out until I stepped into Locke's intriguing world of digigrams and logic engines. It doesn't hurt that the novel sports an informative glossary of unfamiliar gizmos, gadgets, and phrases. After Locke's fascinating take on steampunk and fantasy I'm definitely looking forward to more of her work.

    Fang me, but if you don't pick up of copy of this novel you'll miss an exciting and exceptional start to The Immortal Empire Trilogy!

    *Copy of book provided by publisher, via LibraryThing Early Reviewers, in exchange for an honest review*

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    Wicked Good Read

    This book kept me off my seat!!!

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  • Posted March 2, 2014

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    Aaah, yes. Crafty creation of the Vampires, Werewolves, and Goblins in this Victorian era set novel

    Xandra's sister has gone missing. She's hoping the goblins, which stay underground yet know everything topside, can help her find her sister. She learns her sister was committed to Bedlam, the Asylum, and the goblins feel sorry for Xandra. Something more is going on? If the strong and powerful goblins feel pity for you, instead of coerce you to stay for their pleasure, things are worse than they seem. Drusilla, Dede, attacked a peer and threatened him in front of many witnesses. She wasn't herself. In exchange from the powerful full-blood - Dede's ex - and his wife, no charges would be made if she was put in Bedlam. For a moment we start to think Dede will be okay, though Xandra will get her out of this horrid place, when the bad news follows. Then news of birth records being stolen, including Xandra in the year taken. Xandra finds herself learning secrets she never thought to exist. Slowly Xandra gets a different view of everything. Experiments are going on and Xandra never saw it happening, never suspected. Xandra will turn the kingdom upside down with what she learns. With looking for her sister, learning secrets, and running from someone after her, Xandra tries to remember her daily supplements. Xandra finds herself at the center of the Insurrectionists, those fighting against the Aristocrats and the secrets she learns that could upset the whole world and rule she's known and sworn her life to protect.

    First I have to say, people are classifying this as steampunk. In my opinion, it's not. It's set in a Victorian Era, yes. Steampunk items present, well, maybe but not even close to enough to classify this steampunk. This book is Urban Fantasy to me. It's more about the plague that infected the aristocrats and created Vampires and Werewolves. Then when they tried to reproduce together, and the plagued blood didn't mix, goblins were created.

    I'm taken with the tweaking to the British history. The plague is what has manifested and turned people to what are considered Vampires, Werewolves and goblins. Very well thought out and organized.

    Aaah, loved the take of the plague turning aristocrats to Vampire and werewolves, and the blending of the two that doesn't work together well to create goblins. Loved this creation and explanation for the paranormal. Xandra is what they consider half-blood - one parent a plagued aristocrat (vampire) and one parent human. There are other half-bloods that are of a werewolf aristocratic blood line. Depending on where the parent is from as Scotland and England had different results from the plague, Werewolf and Vampire. And the two don't blend well, the different strands when tried to reproduce together create the horrid and frightening Goblins.

    I found I was feeling with Xandra through out the story. The sorrow for her sister. The confusion with realizations of things she thought true, and were or were not. The eye opening secrets in a world she thought she knew. The paranoia of those thinking she'll go to the deep end like her sister and mystery unfolding.

    And loved reading Xandra coming into her own and learning the truths and secrets kept hidden. This is DEFINITELY a world I want to revisit. There was a touch of a romance starting but the world and the creation here has my attention. I want to know what is to come for Xandra now that she knows what she does.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    God Save the Queen is set in an alternate steampunk universe. Th

    God Save the Queen is set in an alternate steampunk universe. The beginning of the book has a few page blurb that explains the set up of the fictional world, so make sure you read it. But basically, there was a specific protein that caused mutations that led to the creation of vampires, werewolves, and goblins. Several hundred years later, here we are. The book has sort of a historical feel, with steampunkish/futuristic technology, and a whole heaping of paranormal creatures.

    The story follows Xandra, a half-human, half-vampire who's sole purpose is to protect the Aristocracy- the vampires and werewolf purebreds.Something happens to her sister and she rushes to investigate the disappearance. Along the way, Xandra is forced to accept the fact that things may not be exactly what she believes them to be. Questions and emotions guide her as she unravels mystery after secret after lie, until the moment when she discovers the final shocking truth.

    Xandra was a kick butt kind of heroine. She wasn't afraid to get her hands dirty and fight for herself and for others. Her sense of honor was admirable, while her stubborn side made things pretty intense. The rest of the cast of characters was a wide range of personalities. We had a goblin prince who kept things interesting and flamed our curiosity, every sort of sibling personality under the sun, and a dishy werewolf alpha with a curious air about him. Questionable parents, mixed with special societal values to create an intriguing supernatural world.

    The story was interesting. I wasn't sure what to expect when I first started reading. But things quickly got intriguing. After all, how many characters do you know that will brave an underground hang out of hungry, flesh eating goblins, or immediately jump into action to defend two unfamiliar halfies? From there, the questions start piling up, until you are just as desperate as Xandra is for answers. Though I did figure out the "big secret" pretty quickly, it was still entertaining to read as she uncovered the truth.

    The book has a British feel to it, or at least what people think of as British. The book does seem to emphasize certain phrases and British-isms that I am certain, judging from the BBC TV show I watch, most people in England do not actually use ALL the time. It didn't bother me a bit, in fact I think it added a certain charm to the book, but I have heard from others, that it bothered them more than just a bit.

    So much happens and is revealed during this book. It kept me invested in the storyline, and the pages flew by. This was one of those stories where it wasn't what I thought it was going to be, and yet, still turned out to be a rather enjoyable read. I am curious as to where the story will go with the events at the end. I will be picking up the second book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    Fantastic new series

    I have been searching for a new series for awhile now. I love Anne Bishop, Kim Harrison, Patrica Briggs and Kelly Armstrong to name a few. This author is right up there with them and the series has a great spin on the supernatural genre. Its a fun read that is over way too fast. I read both books in a day and cannot wait for the third.

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  • Posted June 22, 2013

    Bloody good Book! Vampires, Were's, Goblins, Halvies. Where cou

    Bloody good Book!

    Vampires, Were's, Goblins, Halvies. Where could you go wrong? Kate Locke has the Corsets and Tinkering objects down pat. GSTQ is refreshingly charming and fang worthy all in the same breath.

    Never a dull moment in Pax Britannia, where Goblins are feared in the underbelly of London, Vampire's reign supreme and certain Were Alpha's are setting the less then beating hearts aflame.

    Xandra is a worthy heroine and you root for her the whole way. While her Alpha love interest will have a silly, girly grin on your face. These two are one hot couple, though this is a UF and light on the romance, there's enough to satisfy.

    Throw in some good secondary characters and this book is speeding along at a fun and fast pace. The world building is very fab, I'll have some tea and crumpets with that. Nothing to overwhelm or have you moaning in history buff distress. It's the small details that are great about this book.

    I can't wait to read "The Queen is Dead"!

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  • Posted June 21, 2013

    This book left me feeling very conflicted. First things first,

    This book left me feeling very conflicted.

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Fun read

    For those who like a good paranormal read you will enjoy this book! Xandra is smart, spirited, loyal to family and friends. However, she is like any other "human" in that she lies to herself by refusing to see all the facts but ends up having to face the truth about herself and those she thought she could trust.

    I will be honest and say this book started out slow, I actually read the second book first before coming back to it and that is why it only got 4 stars instead of 5....by the 3rd chapter i was hooked and buzzed through the rest of the book in one day....would have been faster but work comes first

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  • Posted February 8, 2013

    Just didn't cut it

    This book really needed a good editor! The romance did not ring true and the plot had holes you could drive a truck through. That said it did show promise and held my interest long enough to finish it. If the author improves this would be a good series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    WOW!

    This is an amazing book! Twists and turns on every page. I loved the depth of the main character and hope the love interest is explored more in book 2. Im trying not to give anything away.

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  • Posted January 16, 2013

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    This is my first five star book of 2013, an easy rating to make

    This is my first five star book of 2013, an easy rating to make as it truly blew me away. I loved how different this book was; taking Victorian Steampunk in a whole new direction and immersing me in a world that was both vibrant and compelling. I truly enjoyed getting to know and interact with the various characters throughout this story and while some of the twists and turns had me as upset as our main character in the shortcomings of humanity in general and certain individuals in particular, the fact that I was invested enough in the world to be upset is a recommendation in and of itself.

    The world of this book is built around the history that vampires and werewolves are the product of a genetic mutation caused by the outbreak of the Black Plague and resulting in the creation of the Prometheus Protein, a new genetic material. The use of this mutation in the plot affecting everything from the societal structure to technological developments was nothing short of genius. While it was not an overt implementation, and some of the explanations of this new now were a bit clunky—most notably to me was the music storage and phone integration—it was still woven in such a was as to be an organic implementation of the alternate history.

    I very much enjoyed the characters in this book. Alexandra, Xandy, was a spunky fun heroine to follow who exhibited the stubborn unwillingness to change that made her relatable and the strength to face change in the end that made her a true hero. The romantic elements very present it this book were to me a weak point; a bit one dimensional and rushed they took on more of the tone of horny teenagers than an adult relationship. However, as that particular area of the story is left open I am hoping than in future books it will be strengthened and deepened to more fully reflect the depth found in this light-hearted and captivating read.

    I give this book a star-struck five stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    Entertaining

    Good plot, story moved quickly and well written

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    Well-written

    I like alternative-history stories, and I thought this one was well-done. I really liked the heroine, Xandra. Looking forward to the nexr book in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2012

    Great read!

    Can't wait til february for the next series book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2012

    enjoyable!

    Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2012

    EXCELLENT!!!!

    What a fabulous debut. This is one of the best Urban Fantasy books I have read. The premise is so unique regarding the relationship between werewolves, vampires and goblins. This book grabs you from the start. The world building is superb and the characters are top notch. I read the glossary at the back of the book first and that helped with some of the odd terms used. I also read the history of how the supernaturals were "born" before I started the story which helped me better understand the background of the story better. I am so glad that this is the start of a new series because I definitely want to read more about Xandra, Vex and all the others. Long live the Queen!!

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