Friday, February 6, 2015

REVIEW: The Diabolical Miss Hyde

Electric Empire 1:
The Diabolical Miss Hyde
Viola Carr

Genre: Steampunk
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication date: 2.10.2015
Pages: 464

Recommended by: Pump Up Your Book, Read 2 Review
Date read: 2.4.2015

In an electric-powdered Victorian London, Dr. Eliza Jekyll is a crime scene investigator, hunting killers with inventive new technological gadgets.  Now, a new killer is splattering London in blood, drugging beautiful women and slicing off their limbs.  Catching The Slicer will make Eliza's career - or get her burned.  Because Eliza has a dark secret.  A seductive second half, set free by her father's forbidden magical elixir: wild, impulsive Lizzie Hyde.
            When the Royal Society sent their Enforcer, the mercurial Captain Lafayette, to prove she's a sorcerer, Eliza must resist the elixir with all her power.  But as the Slicer case draws her into London's luminous magical underworld, Eliza will need all the help she can get.  Even if it means getting close to Lafayette, who harbors an evil curse of his own.  Even if it means risking everything and setting vengeful Lizzie free ...



I have this obsession with Steampunk - art, gadgets, wardrobe, lifestyle, etc - so when a book comes across my desk, I just can't help myself - I have to read it.  This one especially so because it's another look at the Jekyll and Hyde story, this time a woman.

I absolutely love the cover - THIS is a physical book that I need for my shelves.

Before the story begins, there is a "playbill," giving you a little look-see at the main characters in the book.  Such a cool addition to the story.  More people should do this.

I really enjoyed this book, from start to finish.  The characters are fun and memorable, the murders and mystery were attention grabbing, the setting a perfect backdrop for the story.  This was a great beginning of a series that I can't wait to finish.  

I really like how the story was told - there is a narrator for most of the story, but when Lizzie is running loose, you get to see things from her perspective, and even hear her voice in Eliza's head.

My favorite characters are Lizzy (she is amazing) , Malachi Todd/Razor Jack (there is just something about him) and Hippocrates (oh so cute).  

This is DEFINITELY my favorite book so far this year.

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