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As I'd understood it, this was a steampunk book with some elements of romance.
As I found out, this was a romance book with some elements of steampunk.
Again, I really wanted to like this book and every time Johnson dove deep into mechanics, engineering, and elements of fiction, I was able to start to enjoy, but it didn't last long because I found myself going back to copper eyes, a dimple smile, and lots of yearning of all sorts.
It's not so much that I dislike romance, it's just that my expectations were way off for what I ended up reading and that was a little frustrating. Imagine you see a trailer for a movie promising robots, fiction, and intense action and then finding yourself with the Notebook.
It was a tough read for me because I held hope that some twist would surprise me up to the end, yet for me, it never happened.
Am I saying that no one will enjoy this book? Not at all. I'm just saying that if romance is not your cup of tea, take heed. If you're expecting something where fiction and action take center stage, then the same.
If on the other hand you enjoy fiction to have a good dose of romance, elements of engineering, and some action, then by all means, give this a shot.
For me however, it wasn't my cup of tea, and that's Ok too.
A Chroniker City Story
By Brooke Johnson
Petra Wade wants to be a engineer with the Guild. But she is a girl and as such is not allowed to enter the Guild. But Petra knows that she belongs in the Guild, she feels it in her very being. If only she could convince the members of the Guild that she has the skills needed to earn her a place within its walls.
But Petra doesn't know who she is, she's one of the victims of the Guild fire, she lost her family and her heritage. Her days are spent working as a shop girl cleaning and tinkering with damaged clocks and similar small machines.
But when she sees a young engineer showing off his automaton, she can't help pointing out its flaws. Her knowledge and critique convince Emmerich Goss that he needs Petra's assistance if he is to perfect his automaton within the time frame he has been given.
But accepting Emmerich's offered chance will put them both in danger. And if caught the charge is treason with a possible sentence of execution. But something about Emmerich and the chance to create an automaton is worth the risk.
More than her life is at stake if she's not careful, she could lose her heart.
But there is a faction that is determined to change the world forever and Petra's work with Emmerich is about to become the catalyst that will decide the fate of the world. Who can be trusted? And who is manipulating the Guild? Discovering the truth may be Petra and Emmerich's only hope.
The Brass Giant is an exciting and entertaining story. Fans of Steampunk, Romance, Alternate Histories, Mysteries, or just Fiction in general will find much to love in this book.
I was provided a digital loan of this book in exchange for my honest review, but I enjoyed this book so much I purchased a copy so that I could read it again at a later date. I, for one, hope to read more Chroniker City stories in the not too distant future.
This was a solid steampunk book. It's clear the author did her research, and it wasn't just a few elements here and there -- it was the whole thing. It was just what I wanted and needed.
I will say that there is a heavy romantic element to this book I did not expect. It didn't necessarily detract from my experience, but I'm not typically much of a romance reader. Since it takes such a dominant role in the book, that might be something to consider when picking it up.
That all said, it was well written with solid pacing and storytelling, a few mysterious subplots here and there, and a variety of interesting, distinct characters. There were also many loose ends tied up at the end, but a few left tantalizingly open-ended to encourage you to move on to the next book. At least for me, it worked. If you're looking to pick up a good steampunk series, I'd recommend this one for sure.