I personally love paranormal, romance, fairy tale retelling, fantasy and urban fantasy. But I am not adverse to reading other genre's, just cautious. I have found many contemporaries and mysteries and thrillers that I have liked..... They just have to catch my eye first.
To do that I like good blurbs and great covers that draw me to them,
You'll notice Steampunk was not one of the genre's I listed above, that's because I normally have a difficult time getting my head around the descriptions of the cool gadgets and steampunkie ideas as well as the Victorian language.
HOWEVER, at long last, I have found one that has grabbed and held on to me!
It is called The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason
I want to say right now this is not, nor do I intend this to be, a "review" of this great book. It is my thoughts on it and a recommendation but not a review like so many great bloggers and reviewers out there do! I just felt like I wanted to start sharing the books that I'm reading and why I like them with any one who visits my sites.
The first thing that grabbed me was the great cover but what sealed the deal for me was the blurb
**cover pic and blurb pulled from goodreads page**
Amazing right? Pretty much any thing with Sherlock Holmes or Bram Stroker will be a sure fire way to catch my attention. This goes to the next level by not starring the great characters or their children, but the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock. Points for originality!
I also appreciate that while there was a bit of romance in this story, it wasn't all about the romance. Don't get me wrong, I'm a sucker for a great romance in my books, but it was nice to have a YA that wasn't all about it; there was just enough romantic tension to keep me going.
I would highly recommend this book for those who are just getting into steampunk, love a good mystery with a healthy dose of time travel and magic, and love Sherlock Holmes and Bram Stroker.