Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Tarnished: The St. Croix Chronicles by Karina Cooper
Cherry St. Croix is an odd mix. She's a lady during the day and a bounty hunter at night...
Avon and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity read this ebook for review (thank you). It will be on sale June 26th and, if you love steampunk, this is an excellent read for you.
The author creates of world of "haves" and "have-nots" with an upper and lower England. It's Victorian times, if ladies are found to act incorrectly they are shunned, and while Cherry knows all this she still does bounty hunting to support her opium habit. It's not healthy, but it's also not something she's willing to give up and has been depending on for years. It's power over her is so overwhelming, it makes her put herself in danger time and time again.
Her parents are dead, her guardian gives her a small allowance, her staff is loyal and loves her, and she's coming of age for marrying. She's also getting close to receiving her inheritance and doesn't think she wants to get married.
The author cleverly throws in a couple of attractive love interests and Cherry finds her heart torn. She's not sure what to do.
There is a unique twist in this story that makes it much more exciting. If you like fast action, daring characters and a bit of romance, this is very good read. I'm also happy that it appears there will be a sequel. Cherry's confusion about what has happened and what will helps make this story both entertaining and interesting. You will be intrigued enough to wait for the next story, too, I bet.