The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

This was my first ever steampunk novel. I decided to find one for the Popsugar reading challenge, and I’m so glad that I did. My life (and my personal library) have been changed forever. I’ve always had an interest and love for the steampunk subculture, but it’s always just been a passing interest. Now that I’ve read this book, it’s more than a passing interest, it may grow into a full blown obsession to be quite frank. The mentions of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Journey to the Centre of the earth have also further increased my To Be Read pile.

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The Strange Case of Finley Jayne by Kady Cross

This was a great way to start the Steampunk Chronicles series. It introduces Finley, her strange affliction and her strong sense of loyalty. It’s also how she got the job that started her journey into the band of misfits. It also highlights her sense of loss and confusion in the world. How she doesn’t quite fit, and that although she is loved, she doesn’t really belong anywhere. Even when she saves the day and creates strong relationships with her employers, she still leaves to start anew.

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Burning Castles by M. Rickert

This was kind of a dark short story. Especially compared to the majority of the others throughout the Under My Hat anthology. Most of the stories were humorous, cute and left me smiling. This story didn’t so much leave a smile as a look of bewilderment on my face when I turned the last page.

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Princess in Pink by Meg Cabot

I really wasn’t bothered by my prom. Actually, I thought it was kind of lame and didn’t really want to go. I went to the dress shops once, got annoyed and used a hand me down dress. But, for us, it was a compulsory experience, and my high school boyfriend, for whatever reason, actually wanted to go. Which is probably why I couldn’t quite understand Mia’s obsession with going to prom with Michael was, well, so obsessive. Having said that, I also didn’t quite understand why Michael was so completely against it and convinced that the entire thing is lame and pathetic. Maybe something about not being American?

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Project Princess by Meg Cabot

As someone who grew up camping, I don’t think that there’s anything funnier than a city-slicker trying to camp. At university I remember teaching some of my friends how to pitch a tent – a skill that I had taken for granted. Which is probably what made me laugh so hard throughout Project Princess. The shock and unpreparedness that some people experience when camping is certainly akin to what Mia felt. The fact that she didn’t even really know that she was going to be camping just made it all the more entertaining and interesting.

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Valentine Princess by Meg Cabot

This is even shorter fluff than the rest of the Princess Diaries books. And by fluff I mean, mindless, happy, easy reading. It’s cute, it’s funny, and like the rest of the stories so far, this left me with a smile on my face, reminiscing about when I was a teenage girl thinking every drama was the end of the world. Of course, I didn’t ever worry about my boyfriend’s forgetting valentine’s day, and I certainly didn’t have to worry about being a princess. And the media. Bleugh.

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Princess in Waiting by Meg Cabot

Princess in Waiting follows Mia’s first foray into the political world of Genovia and details her many responsibilities as princess. As always in the world of Mia, even with the best of intentions, not everything goes perfectly and she is constantly putting her foot in it. The added complications of her new love life and diabolical grandmother just makes it more fun and entertaining.

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Veiled Magic by Deborah Blake

I love the magical realism that Blake brings to her work. She manages to take the world of today, Wicca and our daily social struggles and create a world that is entirely her own. It is the most enjoyable and wonderful way to become immersed in a story. Especially when Donata is such a relatable and thrilling character to take you on such a whirlwind adventure.

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