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Each of the books ends at a logical point, with the current challenges resolved--and strings left dangling for a sequel (less so the last book. The last book completes the series, but I'm sure the author could go back to this world and do more Nyssa Glass adventures).
These are steam-punky adventures, with Nyssa a formerly criminal child gone straight, but whose past can't let go of her. She wins through pluck, courage, and creativity (and of course, her mechanical skills).
HL Burke creates sympathetic characters, and moves the plots along handily.
"She tried to find comfort in prayer, but failed. It would've been easier had she been jailed for something she'd actually done. It wasn't as if there weren't enough crimes in her past to merit incarceration, pardoned or not, but to finally be free of that life and then dragged back in, based on the foolishness of others.....that was ridiculously unfair. Especially now that she had Ellis."
Favorite characters were Mr. Calloway and Mrs. H. They truly were an enhancement to the story, even though Calloway is only in the plot briefly, his loving memory lives on throughout.
Can't recommend this YA series enough, one of the best YA I've ever read and completely enjoyed :)
I won't talk about the plot too much because to speak of the later books will spoil the first, but they are electrifying stories. Each one adds to the world and the characters.
These novellas are full of heart, exciting action, inventive solutions, and an intriguing fantasy world based on steampunk technology. Burke delves into the themes of identity as her characters fight for their happiness in her unique world.
Each novella is a fast read, the exciting pace keeping the pages turning while she breathes her characters to life. Nyssa and Ellis are great protagonist. Each one of the five novellas are amazing. If you're a fan of fantasy and steampunk, you have to check out this series. It is well worth embroiling yourself in Burke's world.
I don't like reading stories that are too dark, and steam-punk novels often fall into that category for me. If that's what you're looking for, this is probably not the series for you. I'm not saying the story didn't have anything dark, after all, there is a murder in the first chapter. But it wasn't so dark that I wanted to put the book down. It would fall more under action/adventure than horror.
The writing is such that it would be accessible to a younger audience. I wouldn't go much younger than 14 without having read it and knowing the child or teen I was recommending it to though, because of some of the content. As an adult, I could see some people finding the writing too young, but, for me, the story made up for that. In fact, the ease of reading was part of what I liked about it. I can read something that's harder, but this was wonderful for an easy escapism.
The series starts with Nyssa being framed for a crime she didn't commit. She's told if she will go into a mansion that no one's come out of (alive at least) in years and gets some things out, then evidence will be given to the police to show she isn't responsible. With no other choice, she enters the mansion knowing she might not get out alive. And that begins the five-book tale of Nyssa Glass.
Although I wanted to read more at the end of each book, there wasn't any cliff-hanger endings. There was an overriding problem that doesn't get completely solved until the last book, but there is a temporary solution to this issue so you don't feel like you've been left hanging.
I read the full series back-to-back, and it's a series I'll be rereading in the future.
I am SOOOOOOOOO glad I did. I LOVE these stories. I wish I was Nyssa. She is such an awesome character. I adore Ellis and Hart too. They are great heroes. The stories are rich in adventure and fun characters. If you are even a small fan of streampunk, you have GOT to read these stories. You won't be disappointed about your purchase.
I'll be looking for more books by H.L. Burke. Yep, yep, yep. Love her work!
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