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5,0 von 5 SternenGood Lord, what is happening to me!?
8. Mai 2014 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I've always had a somewhat exaggerated sense of my own manliness, and I originally came to this section of the Kindle bookstore in order to peruse two-fisted, iron-clad, rip-snorting steampunk adventures of brutal testosterone-laced intensity. But I accidentally stumbled on the ever-proper Lady Claire and the inimitable Mopsies, got hooked, and I've been reading them all as fast as Ms. Adina can write them. "A Lady of Spirit" may actually be my favorite thus far. I was reading it in bed and I'm embarrassed to say I finished it off at 2AM with tears streaming down my face. I'm only glad I was reading it on my phone's Kindle app with the lights off so my wife couldn't see me, or I'd never hear the end of it. Such a good ending! And yes -- I'm ready for more!
Mike Billington author of Murder in the Rainy Season
5,0 von 5 SternenA spirited adventure - 5 stars!
28. August 2017 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
I am an unabashed fan of Steampunk and I have to admit that, as a result, I have become an unabashed fan of Shelley Adina's "Magnificent Devices" series. The sixth book in the series - "A Lady of Spirit" - finds the Mopsies - cousins Lizzie and Maggie - on unfamiliar ground, meeting their grandparents for the first time. The grandparents are, to put it bluntly, not very nice people. They treat Lizzie well enough because she is the daughter of their married daughter even though she was murdered by her husband, who turned out to be an anarchist and traitor. They believe Maggie to be the illegitimate daughter of the same man and their other daughter, who died in childbirth. As such, she is given short shrift by two people who should love her. If that were the entire plot this would still be an interesting tale but, because this is a Shelley Adina novel, that's not even the half of it. There is also a fantastic plot to invade England and Prussia, "underwater dirigibles," a blossoming love affair, a monstrous weapon, awkward social affairs, newly discovered family ties, and... well, let's just say this novel is crammed full of plots, subplots, a few red herrings, and some truly interesting characters, Another five-star effort by the prolific - and very imaginative - Ms. Adina.
I AM USUALLY NOT A FAN OF TEEN/YA OR STEAMPUNK BOOKS BUT I ENJOYED THIS ONE.
This is Maggie's Story with Lady Claire as secondary character.
....how I determine that I enjoyed a book...
YES: Am I glad that I PAID for the book? YES: Was there good and realistic CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT? YES: Was the PLOT logical and/or interesting? NO: Would I buy the AUDIOBOOK or REREAD the story because I enjoyed it so much?
Amazon recommended this book for me because once I read the Vampire Academy books and YA books every once in a while pop up on my Recommend List. I needed a new book to read and got this one. When I received it I was disappointed that it was for teens, was a steampunk genre (not my favorite), and features an aristocratic girl forced to make a living with no skills, a theme that I have come across recently in many books. I was not thrilled to start reading.
I found that the storyline was unique enough and the characters so interesting that I am looking forward to the next book.
This go around we get to delve into the back story for the other half of the Mopsies, Maggie de Maupassant... or is it? You will have to read to find out.
While we once again get a delicate braid of Lizzie's (and possibly Tigg's) and the Lady's story within Maggie's, each novel is completely unique to fit the very unique identity of the girls. While they may have grown up attached at the hip, they have evolved into their own person. Just one of many reasons why these are easily becoming my favorite series. There is so much raw storytelling talent that shines in the individuality of these novels as a series.
I finished the entire book in two days; I just could not put it down. (Who needs sleep or food?) We have survived the disaster of meeting Lizzie's real family and now progress forward to finding a space for Maggie. There are still so many questions floating in the air from the last book. As a teen turning into an adult, Maggie certainly struggles with not understanding how she fits into the puzzle; especially in the face of such open, hostile diversity. The women in this series are certainly proving to have the muster to make something of themselves outside expectations. I give extreme kudos to Maggie for wanting to pursue genetics research. These are extremely smart lasses.
However, it wouldn't be a Mopsie story if there wasn't an element of disaster and mayhem (and pirates?). Such wonderful steampunk glory abounds in this novel. We are moving from the world of dirigibles (which I appreciate not being over used in this series) into an underwater leviathan (very 20,000 Leagues) of engineering and the reappearance of an old enemy... and friend. We even get a new brood to love and interrupt those too serious moments in life, Rosie's daughters, Holly and Ivy.
I was slightly disappointed with the obvious, cliche happy ending. So I think I'm going to have to only give this one 4 and 3/4 stars. I'm slightly fatalistic and get a little put off by happily ever after, so I think most people will find this to be a 5 star book.