Thursday, January 3, 2013

Weighted review

Blurb:
The Great War of 2185 is over, but my nightmare has just begun. I am being held captive in the Queen’s ship awaiting interrogation. My only possible ally is the princess, but I’m unsure if she is really my friend or a trap set by the Queen to fool me into sharing the secret of my gift. A gift I keep hidden even from myself. It swirls inside my body begging for release, but it is the one thing the Queen can never discover. Will I have the strength to keep the secret? I’ll know the answer soon. If the stories are true about the interrogators, I’ll either be dead or a traitor to my people by morning.

My review:
Raeth Arteres is at the mercy of the cruel interrogators aboard the Queen's ship. There's information they want, but she cannot talk or it might mean the destruction of all her people. The Queen won't let Raeth go into the arms of her parents in the land of the dead, though. Whatever it takes to make Raeth talk, they will find a way. Raeth's only hope is Princess Semara, but is she truly an ally or is she pretending to be to learn Raeth's secrets?

I was immediately hooked with the first paragraph. This steampunk novella thrummed with tension and kept it tight from beginning to end. I couldn't stop reading. Though Raeth is narrating the story, she's a mystery even to herself, and I was enthralled by her people's plight and her strange gift. For such a short story, I became emotionally invested quickly and ached for Raeth's escape. Semara also fascinated me. She and Raeth are two unlikely friends. If they are friends at all!

A veil of dread covered everything. The setting was frightening and exotic. The writing was brilliant. Such amazing detail! Why was this book sitting on my TBR list for so long? I highly recommend Weighted to everyone. Bravo, Ciara!

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15 comments:

  1. Oh goodness, this has been on my TBR list for ages, I really need to get round to reading it!

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  2. I've only read the first chapter - still sitting unread because I've too many books on my iPad!!

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  3. Wow, this sounds like a great book!

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  4. Sounds good, even though it's not my usual genre. ;)

    I have so many "why didn't I read this sooner?" books on my TBR shelf. :)

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  5. I haven't tried much steampunk, so I never really know what to think of it when I hear of a new book with that angle, but this sounds great! The cover is absolutely stunning, and the premise hooked me in right away. Great review!

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  6. Thanks for stopping by, everyone. This is definitely one of those "you've got to read it" books.

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  7. Fantastic review! I believe I have this one sitting on my ereader shelf too.

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  8. Nothing better than a short, good read. Thanks for pointing this one out!

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  9. great review! I'll have to check it out!

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  10. Great review... makes me want to go and pick it up now:) Will have to do that in fact. thanks;)

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  11. Ooh, I love the last lines of that excerpt!

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  12. I read Weighted myself a while back and agree wholeheartedly with your review. It was great stuff!

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  13. Thank you so much for the review!!! I'm so glad you liked it. I'm hoping to release Escapement by the end of February. It is about to go to the editor in a few days.

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