Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Corsets and Clockwork

Corsets and Clockwork
ed. by Trisha Telep

Dark, urban fantasies come to life in the newest collection of Steampunk stories, Corsets & Clockwork. Young heroes and heroines battle evils with the help of supernatural or super-technological powers, each individual story perfectly balancing historical and fantastical elements. Throw in epic romances that transcend time, and this trendy, engrossing anthology is sure to become another hit for the fast-growing Steampunk genre!

This collection features some of the hottest writers in the teen genre, including: Ann Aguirre, Jaclyn Dolamore, Tessa Gratton, Frewin Jones, Caitlin Kittredge, Adrienne Kress, Lesley Livingston, Dru Pagliassotti, Dia Reeves, Michael Scott, Maria V. Snyder, Tiffany Trent, and Kiersten White. (description from

I am a huge steampunk fan so I was stoked to read this book featuring tons of great authors each spinning their own steampunk tale. They did not disappoint me! Each tale was full of machinery, adventure, and romance. I was swept over and over into new and exciting worlds.

Though it's hard in a collection like this to pick favorites, I will name three stories that really stood out for me:

Wild Magic by Ann Aguirre - This steampunk also featured a lot of fantasy with wild fey magic that had become illegal. It was a great story about love overcoming one's duty and class barriers. (Now I have to go read Enclave because I really loved Aguirre's writing style!!)

Under Amber Skies by Maria Snyder - This interesting tale was set in Poland during World War II. It had lots of really ingenious steampunk inventions, including little protection crabs. Really cool.

Tick, Tick, Boom by Kiersten White - This tale featured a super smart female protagonist who is a secret revolutionary. When her day to day and secret lives collide it makes for very interesting sparks!

Steampunk lovers and newbies who want to tiptoe their way into the genre would both do well to read this collection. I enjoyed it from start to finish!!

Full disclosure: ARC received from Book It Forward ARC Tours

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