I must admit that The Snow Queen is one of my all time favourite fairy tales. Which meant that a steampunk adaptation of it was immediately going to draw me in. Particularly when the other two adaptations I’ve read by Karsak (Curiouser and Curiouser and Wolves and Daggers) were just so damn good. And you know what? This didn’t disappoint. It was fantastic and wonderful and did absolute justice to the original fairy tale (thank goodness).
I absolutely loved the time travelling theme in this story. It was completely unexpected, joyful and wonderful. It also dealt with time travel in a way that I understood better than I had expected. After all, I frequently find time travel stories to be seriously difficult and convoluted.
The use of Hoodoo / Houngan / Voodoo practices in this “home improvement” story was completely unexpected and seriously joyful. I also loved how it kept Kelner’s sense of humour and self alive throughout the pages. I was smiling and relaxed as I read this. Making it not only an amazing short story, but a fantastic way to end the Home Improvement collection.
This was such a beautiful story. Which, really isn’t surprising. Because pretty much every Robyn Carr story seems to be beautiful. I just can’t get enough of the woman! The fact that it’s loosely set within the Virgin River series just makes me fall all that much harder for this story. Even though there is just a peripheral attachment / appearance of Mel and Paige.
Christy was not my favourite romantic heroine. There was nothing overly wrong with her. But I have never understood people pleasers. And she is the epitome of a people pleaser. Particularly as throughout the development of this story, she manages to constantly jeopardise her own happiness just to keep other people happy… not my favourite thing in a heroine at all.
This was a very sweet and relaxed romance. I bought it because I enjoyed Macomber’s novella Silver Bells and wanted to find out more about the Manning family. Starting with Taylor was definitely a good decision and I found that I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was also a really nice and easy read, which I needed since I was recovering from being sick while reading this.
I found this short story really difficult to concentrate on. I’m not sure if it was my mood, or the story just really didn’t grab my attention. I have a sinking feeling it may just be the fact that this just wasn’t my “type” of story…
Something about this short story made me think about the Innkeeper Chronicles. In the best way possible of course, since I loved that series. And I loved this short story. After all, a house that straddles two worlds and works to keep the peace, keep people safe… it’s definitely the kind of story that I get drawn into.
So I had absolutely no clue what to really expect from this novel. But even if I had expectations… they would have been surpassed. This was completely, totally and utterly unexpected. In the best of ways possible. It was absolutely awesome and a lot, lot, lot of fun. I didn’t want to put this down. I didn’t want to look away. And I most certainly desperately want the final two books in this trilogy!
I love reading a paranormal fantasy story and spending it trying to guess what “being” the lead characters are. In the case of this story, I spent my whole time trying to figure out what Nate and Lily’s paranormal species was. I didn’t get it. And now, knowing what I know… I feel like it should have been WAY obvious… but oh well.