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Product Details

  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479117471
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479117475
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,371,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Makayla Yokley is a college student who lives in Kansas with her somewhat evil cat named Cujo. She likes to write fiction of all genres. Currently she is majoring in Liberal Arts.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samantha LaFantasie on September 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
I had the pleasure of beta reading this little gem. And to be honest, I've read a few debut novels that were good, but never came close to this!
The story is from the point of view of Violet, an escaped convict who finds out she's from a long line of heroes and she's next in line to play the role. Something she really wants to avoid at all costs, preferring a life of solitude with her one and only best friend of the four-legged furry variety. But when Ethan and soon there after Aurora join her and she's coerced into the role of hero. But don't worry, Violet's got a plan and playing hero isn't apart of it. Well, maybe just until it pads her pockets enough to disappear.
Set in the world of steam punk fantasy, Makayla Yokely has woven a thrilling tale of adventure with complex characters that bring the story to life and makes you forget that you are reading the story instead of watching it unfold before you.

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By Alastair Rosie on December 13, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I've only just started appreciating steampunk as a genre, so maybe I'm not the best one to review this from the perspective of a steampunk fan but having read The Ruby Curse I'm actually quite intrigued by the genre. I've read a few over the last six months but I admit my opinions were soured by the whole Batman thing which I found ludicrous and poorly done from the perspective of world building.That being said, I'm a stickler for realism when it comes to building worlds, if you want to break the laws of physics then do it but do it consistently and don't throw in silly little gadgets just for product placement value.
The world of The Ruby Curse is not one of those kinds of worlds. It's actually well thought out. Makayla has put a good amount of research into creating her fictional world, there could have been more detail but I would put that down to the size of the book, perhaps a larger novel would have given her time to expand her world and give it more colour.
The story revolves around an escaped convict, Violet who discovers that not only is she one in a long list of heroes but she's also crucial to unlocking the reason behind the disappearance of the mages. Along the way she is shackled to Ethan, a do gooder cop, and Aurora, a blind mage. This unlikely trio is helped by Aurora's cat, Nox and Violet's dog, Morrigan. The trouble starts almost straight away when Violet acting true to form refuses to play along as hero, not unless there's something in it for her. She's not your traditional hero, more the antihero, a teenage squalling brat who does whatever it takes to get what she wants when she wants. Ethan seems dragged along behind and Aurora looks to be the only one with the courage to slap her down now and then.
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By B. Berry on April 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
Violet is a girl who has managed to escape prison multiple times. While constantly on the run, she likes the solitude of living alone, with her dog being the only exception. She literally runs into two men who are trying to catch her, but are amazed at her ability to live though such physical pain and are convinced that she is a hero. Violet is willing to play along, as long as it works to her benefit.

This is a thrilling story that will hook you from the very beginning. The characters are detailed and manage to make you feel like you are running along with them. While this is a different type of book than I have ever read before, I enjoyed it and look forward to (hoping for?) a sequel.

I finish by warning that this book is one I wouldn't feel comfortable recommending to a teen.
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