The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis [Read to discover a steampunk badass]

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The second steampunk novel I’ve read this year and I was NOT disappointed.

The plot: In Robyn Bennis’ The Guns Above, Josette Dupre, our badass protagonist has been made the Corps’ first female airship captain, after she turned the tide against the enemy in a battle.

For Josette, it means a death sentence but a happy one because she finally gets to live her dreams as captain of an airship, but she is also aware of how far some would go to overthrow her. Like Lord Bernat, who was set up by his Uncle to find and record all the negatives of Josette, so that Bernat can get his money and the Uncle would get to see Josette fall.

35018900Imagine our history, but with Steampunk. While it is a made up world, that’s what it reminded me of because of the sexism. And oh Lord! The sexism was so intense. I’m pretty sure that’s how bad it used to be in our world too, but the book treats it very lightly by using humour along with it but it also keeps coming back to the issue over and over again which made me doubt the real message behind the book.

And while the book is Steampunk, it has no magic in it. It reads very much like a military historical fiction with lots of witty banter.

The characters reminded me of the cast of Pirates of the Caribbean mainly because of their witty banter. But note that Josette and her crew are anything but pirates.

In the beginning, I didn’t enjoy the book as much and it took me a while to realize that it was because I wasn’t feeling that bond readers usually feel with characters. This was probably because of the epic airship battles, airship descriptions and airship repairs that constantly took place.

Yeah, there’s a LOT of airship info in this one, something that I enjoyed immensely. The airship battles had to be my favourite though. The suspense of an oncoming attack, the total chaos aboard the ship, the captain screaming orders, the small and major victories, just the way everything was written was beautiful. And once the friendship between Josette and Bernat grew, I was head over heels in love with the book.

And this book actually made me laugh out loud on multiple occasions, something that doesn’t happen often.

Here are a few excerpts:

These are just a few of the many instances where the humour was just fabulous.

Review bannerI would definitely recommend this book to Steampunk lovers, military fiction lovers and also people who just want an engaging and funny read.

Lots of love,

Raven

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books to read without the synopsis

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It’s been so long since we’ve done a Top 5 Wednesday. We’ve had a super busy year so far but this topic is just so good that we couldn’t pass it up.

So today we’ll be telling you about 5 books that you should be going in blindly because they are just THAT good.

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Tree Magic by Hariett Springbett [A coming of age story tangled with France]

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This book was something of a hit and miss for me. There are many who loved it but also a few like me who just didn’t feel much about it. Before I get into the details though,

The plot, from my point of view: The story revolves around a girl named Rainbow who discovers that she has magic hands that can communicate with trees, understand them and change the direction of their growth. But Rainbow is yet to decide whether her powers are a gift or a curse.

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon [I’m surprised I haven’t burned my eyes after reading this book] DNF review

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THIS BOOK! Where do I even begin with this book?

I started this book with @bookedbybliss (She is a really good friend of mine and you should totally check out her page!) We decided to read it together and I’m glad to say that she and I have the same thoughts regarding this book, because I was terrified of what would happen if I told her I hate this book and she said the opposite to me.

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Icefall (Episodes 1-6) by Mica Stone and Walt Stone [A perfect icy dytopian read]

Copy of Raven'sI’m so glad I got to read this amazing book after some of my recent disastrous reads. This book takes your over-rated dystopian genre and snows all over it. The plot is such a strong sci-fi, the kind of sci-fi we fail to see in YA genres for some reason because I think “adults” think that “kids” can’t process/handle all that info.

The plot: Take our Earth and dip it in a snow-cone and VOILA! You have Earthland. A world that’s trapped in a perpetual ice-age. There is an endless grey-sky that further promotes the continuous snow fall.

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We were liars by E. Lockhart [so am I]

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What started out as an easy and interesting read turned into the last chapter of shock.

We were liars, is about what goes on behind the scenes in the house of the Sinclair family.

Particularly, Cady.

The story is about four cousins who get together every summer and hence call themselves the liars.

And then there’s an accident.

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Looking for space bounty hunters? Chasing Shadows by K.N.Salustro is all you need

Copy of Raven'sThis book was provided to me by the author and I’m so glad that she approached me with her book because I absolutely adored it. I would have never known about this gem otherwise so here I am to enlighten you guys now SO THAT YOU CAN FEEL MY PAIN OF BEING IN A FANDOM ALL BY MYSELF!

Also, just so it’s clear, even though I have received the book by the author for free, my opinion is absolutely honest and is in no way biased. You can trust me on that because I loved this book so much that I bought the second book in this series. Yeah, that’s right, I paid actual money because it’s so good. (And I’m so broke all the time you guys so if I’ve gone ahead and bought a book then it’s a huge commitment on my end)

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Tarquin Jenkins and the Book of Dreams by Peter Ford

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29201240The plot as I read it: At 13 Tarquin Jenkins discovered that his uncle is a time traveler and now he can finally learn to be one too. Fast forward to age 15 and he has started time traveling alone. The book is filled with adventures and mishaps so I won’t go into further detail in fear of spoiling it.

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Bookish Resolution: More Poetry

Copy of Raven'sIn the beginning of this year, when everyone was busy trying eat more healthy and exercise more, I opened up my imaginary notepad and wrote down, “Read more poems” and I’m glad to say that I actually have read 5 poetry books so far. It’s a huge upgrade from my previous number which was 0.

So if you’re looking to read some poetry books this year, lemme help you out a bit with my mini poetry reviews.

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Twisted minds: Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

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Eileen is the debutante novel by Ottessa Moshfegh, about the titular character Eileen, an outsider, a lonesome woman in the 1960’s living in a gloomy town in New England, a self-obsessed woman working as a secretary in a young boy’s juvenile correctional facility. The book follows Eileen a week before a looming life-altering incident through Eileen’s thoughts, her obsessions, behavior, her routine, and her relationship with her old alcoholic father, her fantasies regarding a handsome guard at work and towards the end, her obsession and friendship with the new and beautiful Rebecca, also from work.

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