Godspeed [NOOK Book]

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"What is a heart if not the ultimate clockwork?
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Abigail’s young life was saved by the kindness of strangers: Schuyler Algernon, the man who found her collapsed on cold city streets, and Quinn Godspeed, the doctor who risked everything by breaking the law to keep her fragile heart beating.

As the truth about what she’s become and her feelings for her savior overtake her, Abigail is forced to ask what constitutes life, living, and what dark ...
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Godspeed

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Overview

"What is a heart if not the ultimate clockwork?
"
Abigail’s young life was saved by the kindness of strangers: Schuyler Algernon, the man who found her collapsed on cold city streets, and Quinn Godspeed, the doctor who risked everything by breaking the law to keep her fragile heart beating.

As the truth about what she’s become and her feelings for her savior overtake her, Abigail is forced to ask what constitutes life, living, and what dark secrets are contained within Godspeed’s past and the walls of Schuyler’s house.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016450537
  • Publisher: Booktrope
  • Publication date: 6/18/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 204
  • Sales rank: 253,175
  • File size: 802 KB

Meet the Author

February Grace is a writer, artist, and poet who lives in Southeastern Michigan. She sings on key, plays by ear, and is more than mildly obsessed with colors, clocks, and meteor showers. GODSPEED is her debut novel.
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  • Posted October 8, 2013

    3.5 stars I went into this thinking that this was a different b

    3.5 stars

    I went into this thinking that this was a different book than what it ended up being. I initially thought maybe time-travel/steampunk and then as I was reading I was thinking steampunk, which it is, but really that is very much in the background. The only role that the steampunk setting really has to play is in that it allows Dr. Godspeed to do what he does. Beyond that, there isn't any of your usual steampunk adventures with other mechanical robots, travelling contraptions, weapons, etc. If you can go into this knowing that, then I think you will end up really enjoying this story. It took me a while to settle into that. I just kept expecting a little bit more and so there were parts that just didn't engage me or took me a while to figure out. My only other qualm is that I didn't completely understand why the protagonist wouldn't give anyone her name. It just didn't make sense to me.

    What did I like? I actually liked figuring out each of the characters. They each have something of their person that doesn't function correctly and Dr. Godspeed has tried to help them with different inventions and surgeries as best he can. This group is definitely a little ragtag and they all have it pretty rough.

    Dr. Godspeed (Quinn) took some time to figure out and decide if I liked Abigail's infatuation with him or not. He is quite a bit older than her and has experienced much compared to her 18 years as a daughter to and then as servant herself. Abigail was also quite interesting. She is so very weak in some ways, such as physically with her heart, but then so strong in others, such as dealing with the pain and being strong when she needs to be.

    There is this huge revelation towards the end of the book and that was a complete surprise to me. It made some pieces click together for me in regards to two of the characters. It is quite a shocking revelation and I felt a little as Abigail felt, which was not knowing exactly how I felt about it as it was a little morbid.

    I have to say that the ending was my favorite part of the whole book. There are some sweet places throughout, but still that was my favorite. It raised this up from a 2.5/3 star book to a 3.5 star book. I'm so glad I decided to keep going when I was struggling through places that lagged for me.

    Here is a favorite excerpt:

    "It is said that there are but a few, critical moments that define a human lifetime; the most meaningful a being will ever experience. The one when you are born (which you can't remember) and the one when you die (which I could tell you from personal experience you wish you could forget) are supposed to be among those most significant. I would argue that it is moments like this one; the one in which I found myself staring into those fathoms deep, bluest of all eyes, and starting to trmble at his touch, that defined the life I would wish to lead."

    Content: Clean
    Source: Received copy form tour host, which did not affect my review in any way. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2013

    Since I began writing, I¿m sad to say my tolerance for poor writ

    Since I began writing, I’m sad to say my tolerance for poor writing has diminished. Perhaps this is due to the endless hours spent honing one’s words in attempt to gain a perfection they will never attain. Perhaps it’s due to nothing more than my tolerance for having my time wasted decreasing, as realization of time’s precious nature grows….

    Whatever the reason, it is seldom that I find myself enthralled by a work of such exceptional quality as “Godspeed”, by February Grace. Thus, this review.

    What is Godspeed about? If what you seek is a synopsis, you won’t find it here – if that is your desire this is not the place for you.

    Godspeed, is many things, highest amongst them {least in my opinion} it is a literary marvel. Throughout the novel, February Grace holds true to the imagined time within which it occurs {Godspeed is far more real than “is set” could convey}. Her sentences deliver thoughts that are profound, complex, yet always consistent. Sometimes, they require you to slow down, backtrack, calm your beating heart with a deep drawn breath… and read them, again. When this occurs, the timepiece of your soul strives to overstep its bounds in its eagerness to answer the pleas of the characters, each of whom are dear. February Grace states the most complicated thoughts in a fashion that makes you appreciate them, and the chance of a reprieve a re-read grants.

    I suffer from heavy feet, capable of cracking the fragile shell of disbelief’s suspension. The slightest jar and my overly critical mind leaps to the fore, ever eager to draw me away from the fantasy world each novel strives to be. All too often, skeptical mind overcomes willing heart, and renders the remainder of whatever novel an exercise in criticism, not escape. Simply stated, Godspeed is so exceptional my critical mind never stood a chance. Oh, it tried – eagerly pointing out a missing word here, an out of place one, there. Yet I disregarded my mind completely, scoffing at its vain attempt to distract me from paradise. That, is what Godspeed is, an oasis of contentment in a sandy sea of also ran.

    What is Godspeed? It’s a marvelous escape into a cruel, yet more perfect world – for where else could such passion stand a chance? It’s a story of delightful tragedy, for in its tragedy the seeds of love are sown, and take root. It’s a tale of romance rewarded, and denied. It’s about love lost, and gained. It’s an imagined world so real, its readers find themselves dwelling there. It’s of life recovered, and life lost. It’s not happy, yet its joy overwhelms. It’s of mystery, and mastery. In a world of irrelevant star ratings, Godspeed shines as bright as the sun and eclipses them all.

    In short, Godspeed is the next book you should read. What are you still doing here? Go!

    Only when you reach Godspeed’s end, and are able to place it aside {if only for a time} would I have you venture back, and sample my work – perhaps you’ll find similar satisfaction, likely not.

    P.S. I met February Grace on Twitter, a few short days ago, we exchanged a few words and in her I recognized… something very special. I hope she enjoys this little tribute. You can follow her @FebruaryGrace.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    Amazig

    I finished this hours ago and I still can't get myself to calm down.

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  • Posted July 21, 2013

    I will admit to two things ¿ 1. Godspeed is my first foray into

    I will admit to two things – 1. Godspeed is my first foray into Steampunk, and, 2. I may be spoiled for life in the genre. Okay, I’ll admit to one more – I have a family memoir penned in the mid-later 1800’s, and Ms. Grace’s writing voice flawlessly captures the lilt and elegance of that era. 
    Dr. Quinn Godspeed is a genius driven to save or improve the lives of those stricken with infirmity in an era when fiddling with “God’s Plan” is not to be tolerated. Nevertheless, and in spite of the danger he might bring upon himself, Godspeed cannot let those less fortunate in health be tossed out onto society’s refuse heap. 
    Called “Elsewhere”, because she will give no account of herself, a young woman is thrown out of the only world she has ever known, to fend for herself because she has a weak heart. Found near death, she is taken into a household whose function she cannot understand, yet implicitly trusts. To say her world is turned upside down is an understatement, and by turns the reader is taken on an emotionally draining/exhilarating ride through her highs and lows, both physical and psychological.
    Writing in First Person is a difficult task, and it is with amazing mastery that Ms. Grace reveals to us the hardships and fear the heroine must endure. The only strike, albeit minimal, I might put against this work is the length of time the reader must read about Elsewhere, while she is an observer only to the life and activities going on around her. However, as said, the writing is so compelling, one cannot but continue, and thus reap the rewards. The first half of the book is riveting; the second half is a rollercoaster of tenderness, empathy, and passion that will not let you rest. The ending was unforeseen and had me running to my laptop in glee, wanting to capture and evoke the powerhouse I’ve just finished. 
    Very well done!




    I purchased this book online and have given this review freely and without compensation of any kind.

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  • Posted October 7, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Abigail Courage may have survived Dread Fever, but her weakened heart bore its mark; the disease also claimed her father's life, and so, her security. After she fainted during the performance of her house duties, her unfeeling employers cast her out onto the street. Had it not been for the intervention of a kindly antiques dealer named Schuyler, she would have died there. This man was the messenger for the angel of healing who saved her from Death's grip, Dr. Quinn Godspeed. But in a world run by stream and harsh laws, the physician has transgressed the boundaries of society and convention. And under his care, Abigail wonders whether Death would have been the more blessed option. The young woman is a complex heroine who navigates a Jane Eyre-esque landscape, where each turn holds mystery, sorrow, and pain. Love, courage, and fortitude are her compass to an improbable, but desired, future. Every person she meets carries a key to open the next locked door. But does she have the time to open them all, especially the one that leads her to the truth about Dr. Godspeed. From the first page, February Grace plunges the reader into Abigail's soul in a book the deftly combines romance, steampunk and horror. Beautifully descriptive, Godspeed has many layers and is quite a thought-provoking novel. It is an excellent choice for rereading and ideal for any lively book discussion. One can only hope for another opportunity to wander in Fairever.

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    Posted November 27, 2012

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