God Save the Queen
by Kate Locke
The Immortal Empire, book one
Oh, I almost gave this book a shiny gold star. Almost.
This book reminded me a lot of Gail Carriger's brand of steampunk in that there were paranormal creatures of every variety and some awesome costumes/gadgetry. Unlike Carriger's books, though, this was set in an alternate contemporary London...
This made for the COOLEST blend of modern euphamisms and societal behaviors, blended with some of my favorite bits of historical etiquette. The world-building by Locke, here, was brilliant. I loved the way that she explained the creation of paranormal cretures and their ranking in society. I loved that all of that knowledge built to a revelation at the end that I actually DID NOT see coming...for once!
This book was an utter delight of a romp. Just what I needed for a little mental break. Something I outright devoured and I cannot wait to dive into book two, The Queen is Dead.
Full disclosure: Purchased for my Nook