Monday, October 3, 2016

Deadly Alchemy by Julie Morgan


Book Description:

Winner 2015 sexiest steampunk book award

Vampires. Werewolves. An unlikely love story. How do you choose who lives and who dies?
Alchemist Amelia Rimos has just discovered the cure for the Undead. Being na├»ve and vulnerable, she does not realize the Undead have their targets set on her. Happening upon a tall, dark, exotic man named Michel Gauthier, he saves her from becoming a victim, thrusting her into a game of cat and mouse. Amelia realizes being an Alchemist is not in her best interest when she befriends him. Is Michel as sincere as he seems or does he have an ulterior motive? When her life cannot be more complicated, John Hawthorne interjects himself into Amelia's life and shifts it completely upside down. He informs Amelia she has the key to their survival. Soon, she will realize the Undead are not the only monsters in the world… Amelia will find herself in a stalemate: She will be forced to choose between destroying her evidence and saving the man she’s grown to love or destroying over half the population of the world, including the love of her life with it.

My Thoughts:

The Audible version of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.  Not being a big fan of steampunk, vampires or werewolves, I wasn't sure how I would feel about this book.  But I have read other books by Julie Morgan and thought I would give it a try.  I am so glad I did!  Started listening late afternoon and at 1:30 in the morning I couldn't stop!  Listened straight thru to the end and loved it!

When I first started listing to this audio version of the book, I wasn't fond of the narrator, but soon I realized that Fiona Thraille's voice kept me in the period.  The actions and vocabulary of the characters sometimes appeared more modern (yes, this is steampunk), but that appears to be the intent of the author and when read by this narrator I was able to stay submerged in the setting.  I also want to add that Julie Morgan's description of the world to which this book was created was brilliant.  The visualization was intense.

When asked if there was a moment in the book that particularly moved me, I would have to say "Several moments in different ways."  I loved the "dream" scenes but wanted to scream when the dream would end and the realization sank in that it didn't really happen (breathing heavily).  But I loved it!  Then there was the blood and gore and bathtub... Ugh!  I won't say more on that.  You need to read it to get the full impact.

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