Sunday, March 9, 2014

Book Review ---> Hatshepsut's Collar


Mad Scientist has the pleasure of sharing a book review of a truly wonderful second book.  Mad Steam is today's stop for the Blog Tour of The Artifact Hunters.

If you fancy yourself taking on a fun book for a future tour contact the lovely Candace at Candace's Book Blog & CBB Book Promotions is an excellent host! Stop by if you are interested in being apart of future Bookish delight tours.

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Hatshepsut's Collar
By: A.W. Exley
Published:  Curiosity Quills Press
Publish Date:  Nov. 13th 2013
Pages: 280 ebook
Tags:  Science Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, Mystery, Mythology, Historical Fiction, Steampunkery
Source:  Candace's Book Promotions



 
Concoction of a Review:

Upon the closure of book one, Nefertiti's Heart, within 30 seconds MS had book two open and started. Honestly, waiting to jump into the next tome of inky goodness was not an option. 

If you desired one word to explain book two compared to book one, DIFFERENT. Such a wonderful read that was just so much different from the first murder mystery. Around this historic artifact of Hatshepsut's Collar is a global conquest for information which kept MS guessing to see what comes around the steam carriage next. 

My lovelies, this book has more of what was delightful from the first book. Loki, a sky pirate, was even more impossible & Miguel was fun to watch as a character. Nate caged in the tower of London and doing crunches with no shirt as he awaited his fate. More swooning all the way around. Ladies you have to love that. *grin*

Here is how MS pictures Cara & Nate:
Hatsheptsut's collar is the main artifact of book two. It was also listed in the rare book Cara managed to obtain in book one. This piece of jewelry is sitting around the neck of the queen. As queen she is very powerful add in the collar and her lust for power is so much more. A combination that turns out to be a thorn in Nate's side & the reason for his impending rope collar. 


A seriously wonderful novel that meshes together steampunk elements, Egyptian mythology, & mystery. Blend those elements with some great characters and you will enjoy The Artifact Hunters series as much as the Mad Scientist has.

Eagerly awaiting book three, Nero's Fiddle, will test Mad Scientist & the art of patience. 

Overall, MAD LOVED this book!!  Just as much as book one.




** Thanks to Candace's Book Promotions for the ebook. However, all Mad thoughts are presented in as right of mind a twisted brain can be inside of this Mad Scientist!**





 5 Blasts --->  A Most Delightful Read
A delight you must read.

 


Please do not forget to stop by the other beautiful blogs hosting this tour!




Give Away!!!

  • 1 Steampunk Dragon Jewelry Box, Butterfly Hairclip, Full set of paperback books in the Artifact Hunters series & A pair of custom Nefertiti's Heart / Hatshepsut's Collar bookmarks with drawn character art (US/CA)
  • 1 Google Chromecast, Full set of paperback books in the Curiosity Quills anthologies (Primetime & After Dark '13) (US/CA)
  • 12 ebook prize - READ AN EBOOK A MONTH Any 12 ebooks from the CQ catalog in the format of your choice (INT)





 

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About the Author


Anita Exley's Biography:
Books and writing have always been an enormous part of A.W. Exley’s life.

She survived school by hiding out in the library, with several thousand fictional characters for company. At university, she overcame the boredom of studying accountancy by squeezing in Egyptology papers and learning to read hieroglyphics.
Today, Anita writes steampunk novels with a sexy edge and an Egyptian twist. She lives in rural New Zealand surrounded by an assortment of weird and wonderful equines, felines, canine and homicidal chickens.


Author Links:



Candace at Candace's Book Blog & CBB Book Promotions is an excellent host! Stop by if you are interested in being apart of future Bookish delights tours.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Book Review ---> Nefertiti's Heart



Today Mad Scientist has the pleasure of sharing a book review on a rather gripping tale. Mad Steam is today's stop for the Blog Tour of The Artifact Hunters.


If you fancy yourself taking on a fun book for a future tour contact the lovely Candace at Candace's Book Blog & CBB Book Promotions is an excellent host! Stop by if you are interested in being apart of future Bookish delight tours.

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Nefertiti's Heart

By: A.W. Exley
Published:  Curiosity Quills Press
Publish Date:  Feb. 14th 2013
Pages: 280 ebook
Tags:  Science Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, Mystery, Mythology, Crime, Historical Fiction, Steampunkery
Source:  Candace's Book Promotions





 
Concoction of a Review:

My lovelies, this book is just so delightful. Amidst the horror of the crimes Mad Scientist took to the ol' streets of London with Cara.


Her father has had a rather curious death bringing Cara back into the clutch's of the upper crust society of London after being away for many years. Speculation of murder via an Egyptian asp has her wondering what happened, as well as, one of the inspectors. Soon she is off in search for her father's historic treasures to sell off bit by bit.  


Cara is one of those heroines you just want to hug as  you cheer on her kick ass ways. She was shunned by the ton of the day making her an outcast and free all in the same. She had a childhood that will make you spill a tear but she is so strong and set that it is amusing to follow the advances of a rebel Viscount Nathaniel Lyons. Peeling away her layers all the while standing beside her as she takes on the rich with their tongue lashings.

Here is how MS pictures Cara (imagine short hair):


There is so much mystery afoot from the murders of daughters to Cara loosing Lyons goons by going out back doors of such a well described bookshop. How MS wanted to be there. *tries to sniff the old book smell*

Back to the mystery. Dear swoon worthy Lyons was a deep mystery, through the pages MS could not put her lacy finger down and peg him in an certain way. Shall we like the man or fall in love with him. *fans self*

One who loves books embraces differences with more fever. The point of view switches was just so well done. Switching was not too often that it gets weird but enough where you look forward to it. Grasping is just a settle way of doting on how engaging the mystery of the book was wrapped up with the tidbits the POV switch offered.

MS has had many good reads one right after another, however, Nefertiti's Heart has just earned the coveted "must reread soon" status!

The steampunk element for me was there in light touches. If you have not yet dabbled heavily within the genre this would be a great one to get your feet wet without feeling too overwhelmed.

Overall, MAD LOVED this book!!  Highly recommended in so many ways.




** Thanks to Candace's Book Promotions for the ebook. However, all Mad thoughts are presented in as right of mind a twisted brain can be inside of this Mad Scientist!**






 5 Blasts --->  A Most Delightful Read
A delight you must read.

 



Please do not forget to stop by the other beautiful blogs hosting this tour!





Give Away!!!

  • 1 Steampunk Dragon Jewelry Box, Butterfly Hairclip, Full set of paperback books in the Artifact Hunters series & A pair of custom Nefertiti's Heart / Hatshepsut's Collar bookmarks with drawn character art (US/CA)
  • 1 Google Chromecast, Full set of paperback books in the Curiosity Quills anthologies (Primetime & After Dark '13) (US/CA)
  • 12 ebook prize - READ AN EBOOK A MONTH Any 12 ebooks from the CQ catalog in the format of your choice (INT)





 

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About the Author


Anita Exley's Biography:
Books and writing have always been an enormous part of A.W. Exley’s life.

She survived school by hiding out in the library, with several thousand fictional characters for company. At university, she overcame the boredom of studying accountancy by squeezing in Egyptology papers and learning to read hieroglyphics.
Today, Anita writes steampunk novels with a sexy edge and an Egyptian twist. She lives in rural New Zealand surrounded by an assortment of weird and wonderful equines, felines, canine and homicidal chickens.


Author Links:







Candace at Candace's Book Blog & CBB Book Promotions is an excellent host! Stop by if you are interested in being apart of future Bookish delights tours.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Teaser Tuesday that of March 4th


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Currently the Mad Scientist is taking apart of a wonderful blog tour. This Tuesday the Mad Scientist is going to share some goodness from two wonderful novels infused with bits of Steampunk, Nefertiti's Heart & Hatshepsut's Collar by A.W. Exley.

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Post snippets of inky goodness from current book to share.
Hosted by MizB of Should be Reading.

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"Horses pulling a variety of different carriages worked alongside the new steam - powered coaches, which puffed black smoke as they were fed coal to keep them moving. Cara didn't know which she preferred, the equine droppings on the road or the noxious fumes of their steam replacements." 
page 13 via Nook Color 
 "If you can make a mechanical horse, why wouldn't you make it a unicorn?"

page 31 via Nook Color

"He appeared genuinely delighted with his acquisition and Cara extracted a promise from the woman to stay in touch, so she could keep an eye on the situation. She would play no part in the trafficking of women and made her opinion clear."

page 4 via Nook Color


"Loki and Miguel were up to tavern number five for the evening, and still no sign of Sergei. At their last stop of the previous evening he found a wench willing to pierce Miguel's nipple."

page 150 via Nook Color

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Please do not forget to stop by the other beautiful blogs hosting this tour!


Give Away!!!
  • 1 Steampunk Dragon Jewelry Box, Butterfly Hairclip, Full set of paperback books in the Artifact Hunters series & A pair of custom Nefertiti's Heart / Hatshepsut's Collar bookmarks with drawn character art (US/CA)
  • 1 Google Chromecast, Full set of paperback books in the Curiosity Quills anthologies (Primetime & After Dark '13) (US/CA)
  • 12 ebook prize - READ AN EBOOK A MONTH Any 12 ebooks from the CQ catalog in the format of your choice (INT)
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Saturday, March 1, 2014

ARC Book Review ---> The High Druid's Blade

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The Defenders of Shannara #1
By: Terry Brooks
Published  By:  Del Rey
Publish Date:  March 11th 2014
Pages: 320 Hardcover
Tags:  Adult, Fantasy Fiction, Magic, Series
Source:  Netgalley.com

Concoction of a Review:

The High Druid's Blade is not only the first of a new series stemming off of The Dark Legacy series following 150 years after the previous book in the Shannara novels but it is also the first Terry Brooks for the Mad Scientist. 

A young Paxon Leah lives what he considers to be a dull life. Dreaming of something more then the family business and watching for his dear mother and sister. Until his sister, Chrys, is unfortunately kidnapped by Arcannen, an evil sorcerer. He may want his old life back but things will never be the same again. 
Here is how the Mad Scientist pictures Paxon:
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During his heroic rescue he found out that the family heirloom blade does indeed wield magic from his descendants. Turns out his blood line from the Omsfords & Leahs was unique beyond even his desires.  

Paxon is soon asked to come to the city of Paranor to learn how to hone and command the magic of his blade.
"Small breakfast room. I never realized how right I was to call you a hopelessly spoiled little brat."  14% 
The story does take a few moments to open up and get into world. The plot is mostly action driven with tendency toward flourished curves & various headings. Be that as it may some of these whirling turns are predictable. Although, it does not take away from the adventure that is a foot!

"You are mad."
"I have been accused of that, yes," 92%

"He gladly took a swallow of coffee to wash away the taste of sweet flowers."  56%
Overall, MS did feel like it was another fantasy novel where one trains magical ability wherein they venture forth on quests. Albeit this series does have profound potential. Looking forward to more quests and more about the previous of those before him. 

For in the future MS does look forward to the next in the series and perhaps going back in time to grab the first of the Shannara series by dear Terry Brooks. 


** Thanks to Netgalley! All Mad thoughts are presented in the right mind of a twisted brain of the Mad Scientist!**


3.0 Blasts --->  A Desirable Book



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