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So pleased to reach my goal for the last four months of the year with this book.

I should have read Soulless when I first bought it so that I'd have Changeless and Blameless already. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the sequels.

I read a review that suggested the book should have been more heavily marketed as a romance - and this was a fair assessement. The Steampunk components, which I had been lead to believe were strong, were not so strong. Yes, there's a Victorian setting, with the Queen herself putting in an appearance. And we have werewolves and vampires setting this reality apart from our own. But steampunk? A brass/buckshot outfitted parasol and references to diribles and scientific experiments fail to fully satisfy me on this point. The experiments do have some significance, but I think there's too much reliance on the supernatural and magical for me to be satisfied with this book as a suitable representation of steampunk. More steampunk will definitely be on my list for next year's reading.

A real strength of this book was the voice it was written in. I loved it and it made me feel inspired to stop letting myself get caught up in what genres are saleable and what the conventions are for those genres in terms of voice. I was able to remember that authors each put their own spin on a genre through the voice in which they write, and that there's no reason I couldn't bring something fresh to the table as long as I stay true to myself and stop worrying about not being prepared to pounce on the newest/fuure trends.

  

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Lucy's Shelf [View all] , Lucy, Sun Sep-05-10 06:34 AM
  1. The Alexander Cipher by Will Adams, Lucy, Sep 08th 2010, #1
2. P is for Peril by Sue Grafton, Lucy, Sep 18th 2010, #2
3. Halfway to Heaven by Susan Wiggs, Lucy, Sep 20th 2010, #3
4. Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas, Lucy, Sep 23rd 2010, #4
5. First Impressions by Nora Roberts, Lucy, Sep 25th 2010, #5
6. Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas, Lucy, Sep 26th 2010, #6
7. Minx by Julia Quinn, Lucy, Sep 27th 2010, #7
8. Night Shadow by Catherine Coulter, Lucy, Oct 05th 2010, #8
9. Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas, Lucy, Oct 07th 2010, #9
10. My Lord and Spymaster by Joanna Bourne, Lucy, Oct 21st 2010, #10
11. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire, Lucy, Oct 24th 2010, #11
12. Dangerous by Amanda Quick, Lucy, Oct 25th 2010, #12
13. A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire, Lucy, Oct 26th 2010, #13
14. An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire, Lucy, Nov 12th 2010, #14
15. Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews, Lucy, Nov 12th 2010, #15
16. Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews, Lucy, Nov 12th 2010, #16
17. Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn, Lucy, Nov 12th 2010, #17
18+19. Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn and S..., Lucy, Nov 16th 2010, #18
20. The Road to Darjeeling by Deanna Raybourn, Lucy, Nov 19th 2010, #19
21. Someone to Watch Over Me by Lisa Kleypas, Lucy, Nov 21st 2010, #20
22. The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia..., Lucy, Nov 25th 2010, #21
23. The Venetian Betrayal by Steve Berry, Lucy, Dec 07th 2010, #22
24. The Charlemagne Pursuit by Steve Berry, Lucy, Dec 22nd 2010, #23
25. Soulless by Gail Carringer **Goal Reached, Lucy, Dec 22nd 2010 #24

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