Friday, August 16, 2013

~Review & Giveaway~ Charmed Vengeance by Suzanne Lazear Blog Tour

Thank you for stopping by my stop in the Charmed Vengeance 
Blog Tour! Thank you to Book Nerd Tours for hosting and you 
can find the rest of the tour HERE!

Release Date:  August 8, 2013 
Published By:  Flux
Review Copy: E-ARC
**from Netgally

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  In the Faerie realm, Noli Braddock's relationship with her best friend V has grown into something more. But V's mother, Faerie Queen Tiana, has ruled that they are forbidden to see each other. Returning to the mortal realm, Noli joins the crew of her brother's air-pirate ship, the Vixen's Revenge. There she discovers that her brother has hired the scallywag Faerie huntsman, Kevighn Silver. While serving as shipmates, Kevighn and Noli learn that the Earth Court King plans to find a forbidden artifact--one that will bring destruction to everyone Noli loves.

 Sometimes picking up the second in a series can be a worrisome thing and often it's something that gets put off no matter how excited I may be.  With this one there was  no worry but serious excitement. When I walked into Innocent Darkness I got something much different than I had expected but with this there waiting for me was the steampunk fantasy world that I had fallen for.  Opening this book was a death sentence for everything else that was supposed to be done that afternoon because once I started I was hooked once again.

  What got me with this read was that the Otherworld was not really a focus but there was much more of the alternate Steampunk 1901.  Although there was some serious love from me for the Otherworld, the more that I read about this 1901 and well...air pirates the more I found myself hoping that the story would stay there and not switch back into the Otherworld too soon.  Turns out that Lazear is brilliant and only touches on it and focuses on the alternate, as she did the opposite in the first book.  I loved kind of getting a glimpse into the world of air pirates and like everything they aren't all black and white.  No there is grey areas as well, it's like taking the good with the bad.

  There is a large part of me that loves Noli more now than in the last book.  This is not saying that I didn't like her before because I did.  She was strong and thought for herself but I think now with the sprite being a part of her she is that much more fun.  Notably she does not enjoy this herself and that is totally understandable but I feel it gave her a little something extra and kind of made her that much stronger.  The only problem really was that she occasionally had to fight to remain in control and the periods of time that she wasn't the one controlling everything.  She also gets to take a step forward in her desire to be able to go to school, to be more than just a proper wife.  Basically there is so much that goes on for Noli in this book and a lot of forward movement for her, nothing negative to report.

   I enjoyed the fact that the romance was not the center of attention again but there was some minor heart breaks for me and some minor irritation.  I can't say too much without ruining a lot but I will do my best.  I was appalled that V did what he did.  Yes I understand that he was ordered to but he should have used his head and figured something out, he is Fae for Figs sake!  So much heart break and pain over something that should have been avoided to start with.  I was glad that Noli remained hopeful though because when Kevighn came back around all I could think was "Here comes then damn triangle."  I was wrong.  That isn't saying that the guy isn't giving up but I was glad that he wasn't used as a romantic distraction.

  This book only strengthened my attraction to this series and my only problem with getting to read it early is that I have to wait that much longer to see what happens next.  With an alternate past and an Otherworld that are both done extremely well I have nothing to complain about because both worlds have characters that fit perfectly and Noli that belongs a little to both.  I can easily recommend this to people that love fantasy and people that want to ease themselves into Steampunk but I do recommend you start with book 1.

  V and James had done something, preventing her from losing all of herself during the transformation. However, she was left with the body and abilities of a sprite and a sprite sharing the space in her head. Calling it awkward was an understatement.

  Noli wasn't some vapid doll dependant on the males in her life to support her and direct her future. Eventually she and V would find a way to be together, just like they'd make her mortal again. Until then, she'd thrive-and avoid getting married off.

  Noli smiled back. Jeff never liked proper girls any more than Noli liked being a proper girl. Also, he loved things that flew more than anything. Any girl that could capture his attention would have to share that passion.

  Rahel seemed to be the only one allowed to come and go freely and they'd played "dolly tea party" more times than she cared to count. The sprite liked doll tea party.

Suzanne Lazear is the author of the Young Adult Steampunk dark fairytale series THE AETHER CHRONICLES. Book 1, INNOCENT DARKNESS is out now. Book 2, CHARMED VENGEANCE, releases 8-8-13. She always plays with swords, is never described as normal, and has been known to run with bustles. Suzanne lives in Los Angeles with her daughter and the hubby,and a hermit crab. Learn more about. THE AETHER CHRONICLES at and her at

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