By Shannon Delany Editions: ebook, paperback Expected publication: June 25th 2013 by St. Martin’s Griffin Genre: YA Steampunk / Historical Source: NetGalley
In a vastly different and darker Philadelphia of 1844, steam power has been repressed, war threatens from deep, dark waters, and one young lady of high social standing is expecting a surprise at her seventeenth birthday party–but certainly not the one she gets!
Jordan Astraea, who has lived out all of her life in Philadelphia’s most exclusive neighborhood, is preparing to celebrate her birthday with friends, family and all the extravagance they might muster. The young man who is most often her dashing companion, Rowen Burchette, has told her a surprise awaits her and her best friend, Catrina Hollindale, wouldn’t miss this night for all the world!
But storm clouds are gathering and threatening to do far more than dampen her party plans because someone in the Astraea household has committed the greatest of social sins by Harboring a Weather Witch.
Bomy’s Flutter: sadly, it didn’t work out
I’ve been trying to read this novel for months. Seriously, I kept trying, and I got to Chapter 2…and gave up, in the end. What frustrated me about giving up, what still frustrates me about it, is that the story had such an original air and so much potential. It truly did, this felt like a great story.
Why, then, did I not read it? Sadly, because of the writing style. Now, if you’re of the school of thought that thinks historically flavored stories should read as close to the language of that time as possible, I believe you’ll be ecstatic about this novel. Not only do I strongly encourage you to try it, but I’ll go as far as to say I think chances are really really good you’ll love it. Because the writing style has a lot of merit, I do believe it was a very hard thing to accomplish. The way characters express themselves, the whole narrative has this consistent quality of writing. Sadly for me though, it’s not something I enjoy.
It’s the kind of writing that makes you really focus on the phrasing and sometimes even re-read a bit, just to make sure you got that right the first time. If I’m spending that much time giving the writing all my attention, it means I’m spending all that time not giving the story that attention. It’s just how it works for me. Keep in mind, I’m a reader of classics. I’ve seen classic phrase structure, peculiar even at times, but this was still too distracting for me to invest myself in the actual story. It’s a style I did not respond to at all and that made the whole reading experience more of an exercise in attention than a fun ride. I read because I want fun rides, and the story, how much of it I could focus on, seemed to promise a lot of that.
I think you can tell, I’m not of that school of thought mentioned before. I like a more classic air to the writing, I even enjoy the so-called purple prose, but always when it has that feeling of smooth flowing as I read it. You know what I mean? This, to me, felt a bit staccato.
I’m sorry to say it was a no go. 🙁 I hope it’ll go different for you guys, let me know if you do give it a try, yes?