Blog Tour: Charmed Vengeance by Suzanne Lazear

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Welcome to my stop on the Charmed Vengeance Blog Tour. I'm so happy to be able to share my thoughts with you for this fantastic steampunk. Also make sure to enter the Giveaway and check out the rest of the tour stops HERE

Charmed Vengeance by Suzanne Lazear
August 8, 2013

**ABOUT THE BOOK**

In the Faerie realm, Noli Braddock's relationship with her best friend V has grown into something more. But V's mother, Faerie Queen Tiana, has ruled that they are forbidden to see each other. Returning to the mortal realm, Noli joins the crew of her brother's air-pirate ship, the Vixen's Revenge. There she discovers that her brother has hired the scallywag Faerie huntsman, Kevighn Silver. While serving as shipmates, Kevighn and Noli learn that the Earth Court King plans to find a forbidden artifact--one that will bring destruction to everyone Noli loves.

**MY REVIEW**

There’s nothing like a good steampunk that mixes magic and history, Charmed Vengeance by Suzanne Lazear is exactly that. I love most things that have fairy lore because there are so many variations on it but there are always the basic elements. The fairy courts, the wlydwood and Tiana. I really like the world that Suzanne creates because it’s an alter version of history. If you read her author note at the end she mentions how she took some liberties with it. Which of course how else would do you a history that includes steampunk? You are not going to find airships in your history book. It’s such a great blend though. There is something awesome about mechanics and corsets.

Let’s just say I have always loved airships, have always loved pirates and have always wanted to be a female captain of a pirate airship. Enter Vix, full of awesomeness. I think if I was in the book I would be looking at her with awe. Seriously I almost clapped my hands with excitement while reading when she came on the scene. She is one tough lady and her relationship with Jeff is adorable. I liked how they portrayed them as partners in their endeavors in a world where women are meant to be in their place. She is not the only female air pirate though. There is also the Hayden Follies crew of all girls.

I love the three different journeys that the book is divided into. How you keep thinking oh they are going to cross paths and then they don’t. That whole anticipation factor of that happening is one of my favorite things when I read. It helps propel the book forward because you're anxious to see when and if it will happen. Although I found Noli and Kevighn’s the most interesting and V’s questing was just okay. Although it got James up and moving and the banter between the brothers is always amusing. I think if the book was solely focused on their quest then more could have been done with it but even though I think it wasn’t my favorite of the three storylines I did find it to be appropriate amount of detail.

Noli’s dedication to V warms my heart. She never doubts him, even when others look at her like she should. I love that about her character and it makes her stronger because of it. She misses V and because of some of the circumstances she is in a lot of emotional pain. We don’t see her moping around feeling sorry for herself. She also has to deal with sprite in her head and as much as I would worry for her getting committed, her conversations with the sprite were amusing. I thought her and the sprite started to really jive together.

So Kevighn, sometimes I feel like I shouldn’t like him but I really do. I love how cute he is when he talks about Noli. I mean I love V and all but sometimes he can seem like a spoiled prince, where Kevighn has this strangely attractive dark roughness about him. I really wanted him to see Noli again, even though he probably is bad for her.

The whole book has such a sad undertone. Just from events that occurred in the previous book. I mean seriously the prologue right off the bat cinches your heart. Plus everyone is dealing with some rough waters.

The plot and the pacing of the book are great. I thought dividing the story into the three parts really kept it moving. I easily read this in a day because it captivated me that much. I enjoyed it and it didn’t suffer from middle book syndrome. I felt like it did a great job setting up for book number three and I’m excited to continue on with the series.



About the Author

Suzanne Lazear is the author of the Young Adult Steampunk dark fairytale series THE AETHER CHRONICLES. Book 1, INNOCENT DARKNESS is out now. Book 2, CHARMED VENGEANCE, releases 8-8-13. She always plays with swords, is never described as normal, and has been known to run with bustles. Suzanne lives in Los Angeles with her daughter and the hubby,and a hermit crab. Learn more about THE AETHER CHRONICLES at http://www.aetherchronicles.com and her athttp://www.suzannelazear.com

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About Jen S

I love books, tea/coffee(by the gallon) and sour candy. I wear my nerd badge with pride and have two children ages 5 and 3 that keep me on my toes.
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2 comments:

  1. This looks like it is really going to be a fun read. I have a couple new steampunk books recently and they are a treat :) Thanks for sharing and for the lovely giveaway opportunity.

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