Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Review: A Lady can Never be too curious - Mary Wine

A Lady Can Never Be Too Curious
Janette Aston is fascinated by all things scientific, and couldn’t care less that her thirst for knowledge is regarded as unladylike by Victorian society. Enthralled by the Illuminists, a group of individuals committed to scientific discovery, she sneaks into their headquarters and is caught by Darius Lawley, an Illuminist Guardian. The attraction between the two is instant and magnetic. 

When the Illuminists realize Janette is a rare Pure Spirit who can harness the power of crystals, she’s targeted by a rival society, the Helikeians. It’s up to Darius to protect her for the sake of science and love.

My thoughts:
This was a bit of early steampunk. Dealing with crystals and a secret society that most look down upon. So they are not secret in that sense but they do not let people in.

The heroine Jeanette wants more from life, society is strict. She wants to try and wear pants, study and just be free. The Illuminsts are everything she should not want to be. She was a free spirit and I liked her courage.

Darius is a guardian and looks after his fellow Illuminists. I was a bit on the fence about him. He clearly wanted her, but he did not trust Jeanette and still he did little Darius do the thinking and it just did not feel right to me. So even though he wanted her..I dunno, I did just not warm up. He was so not trusting her and there was one thing he said that just made me angry. He should have known better. But Jeanette at least liked him so I can forgive.

I most also mention that there were these two side characters that I liked together so I hope they get a book and if so then it will be thrilling. That one I could like more.

I did feel there could have been, well more of things. But as it was it was a good book. The crystals were cool butI would have liked to learn more.

Conclusion:
There is action, romance, passion, creepy bad guys and wonders to see.

Cover:
Good

Series: Steam Guardians #1
Genre: Steampunk /romance
Pages: 320
Published: Aug 7th 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Source: For review


50 comments:

Mirjam said...

The cover and title I like, but I'm not so sure about the book itself. I'm sure my wallet will be relieved! :)

Jenny said...

Oooo steampunk! I'm such a fan of this genre:) I love when there are really great side characters as well, so this is going on my list! Thanks for the rec!

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

great review, i passed on this one b/c i've read books by this author before, and I didn't like her heroes at all. way too mean, not anything 'romantic'. sounds like it's the same in this one.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Kind of frustrating to like a book but wish for more (not in the usual sense).

Aurian said...

Mmm nice review, I would like to read this one.

Carole Rae said...

Ooooh cute cover! The guy seems a little awkward though hahaha.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I know I'd want to know more about those crystals as well. Still sounds entertaining enough and I do like steampunk!

Blodeuedd said...

Lol, I am sure it will be relieved too. I wish I would win tons of money ;)

Blodeuedd said...

I so liked the two side characters that I hope will fall in love..ok so I liked the heroine. The guy...I can't say more

Blodeuedd said...

I did not think of that but yes I have read her books before and sire her heroes were perhaps like that..but I liked them then ;)

Blodeuedd said...

True, I just want more details sometimes

Blodeuedd said...

iT was different :)

Blodeuedd said...

Maybe he is thinking, oh no! What is she getting up to now?

Blodeuedd said...

And at the end something really interesting showed up..but perhaps that will be saved for book 2

Anachronist said...

I like steampunk so maybe...

The Bookworm said...

This sounds good, I need to read more steampunk.

brandileigh2003 said...

The side characters sounds fascinating, esp if you want another book with them, glad to hear you enjoyed.
Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

Chris said...

*waves*

Carole Rae said...

perhaps that or...."why am I wearing this odd pair of goggles" lmao

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Hmmm, a new one to me, and steampunk to look into. ;) Thanks!

Nise' said...

I was on the fence about this book, still not sure.

Staci said...

I actually picked up a steampunk book the other day!! You would be proud of me!

Book of Secrets said...

I think the guy on the cover is smirking at me. ;) I don't know...I haven't tried Steampunk yet.

Teddyree said...

I haven't read Steampunk in romance before, might wait for the side characters to get it on lol

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I really enjoy a good steampunk. So how creepy are the bad guys?

Blodeuedd said...

Lol. Or perhaps it has to do with the clock, it's hammertime

Blodeuedd said...

There is romance, I do warn thee

Blodeuedd said...

STeampunk is just so cool :)

Blodeuedd said...

I always love good sidecharacters, and there were actually two "couples" that i want books about

Blodeuedd said...

*waves back, a royal wave*

Blodeuedd said...

It's all new and shiny

Anonymous said...

"little Darius do the thinking" - Oh, these are the reviews I live to read!

Blodeuedd said...

There was something that made me unsure too, mostly how they interacted

Blodeuedd said...

You did!? YAY :D I can't wait to see you read it

Blodeuedd said...

Oh Mr Smirk, what's on your mind?

Blodeuedd said...

Lol, I am glad you enjoy my little ramblings

Blodeuedd said...

You haven't? It's kind of all I have read ;)

Blodeuedd said...

They are, well they are just idiots, it's not that they are scary creepy. It's just that they believe and they will kill for it

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

It sounds like this one could have been more developed. Sounds cool though.

roro said...

sounds good though but there must be better outthere i think. i will ponder about it. i\m falling in love w/ steampunk. gr8 review

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

I think my biggest issue with steampunk is the gadgets/world are often more developed than the characters. That drives me bonkers. On the other hand, I want to own all the books because of their covers!

Melliane said...

I didn't know this one but I like the sound of it. I don't think I've read a stempunk book like that yet. thanks!

Blodeuedd said...

The thing with me is that is always what I want

Blodeuedd said...

I haven't read a lot of steampunk cos there are a lot out there these days :)

Blodeuedd said...

Here, well it was not a fiercely gadget kind of world

Blodeuedd said...

I do like my steampunk, it's a nice subgenre :D

Anna said...

I've never read steampunk, so I have no idea what to expect, but this one sounds pretty good.

Blodeuedd said...

Never..ever? Well there are lots of kinds, western steampunk, zombies, you name it

Carol said...

I love the cover and title, but I'm not sure if I'll actually read the book.

Blodeuedd said...

At least something was good :)

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