Title: Chasing the Star Garden (The Airship Racing Chronicles, #1)
Author: by Melanie Karsak
Published Date: December 4th 2013
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
An opium-addicted beauty.
An infamous poet living in self-imposed exile.
An ancient treasure about to fall into the wrong hands.
Melanie Karsak’s Chasing the Star Garden takes readers on a thrilling adventure from the gritty opium dens of gaslamp London to the gem-colored waters of the ancient world. Lily Stargazer, a loveable but reckless airship racer with a famous lover and shattered past, reluctantly plunges into a centuries-old mystery in a romantic adventure best described as Dan Brown meets Mary Shelley.
It all begins on one of the worst days of Lily’s life. She just lost the London leg of the 1823 Airship Grand Prix. To top it off, a harlequin fleeing from constables shoved a kaleidoscope down her pants, told her to fly to Venice, then threw himself from her airship tower. What’s a girl to do? For Lily, the answer is easy: drink absinthe and smoke opium.
Lily’s lover, Lord Byron, encourages her to make the trip to Venice. Lily soon finds herself at the heart of an ancient mystery which has her running from her past and chasing true love and the stars along the way.
*Due to steamy scenes and depictions of drug use, this novel is intended for mature readers.
Continue Lily’s adventure in Chasing the Green Fairy, now available at Amazon.com.
Lily is one of the best, well written characters I’ve come across lately. She’s so far from flat it’s funny. Not only is she beautiful, she’s a killer airship pilot, who’s got a bit of an opium addiction, and a penchant for lovers. She’s witty, interesting, driven, and I really enjoyed reading about her. I think it’s the adventure that really pulls this book in a perfect direction. I did laugh out loud when the kaleidoscope was stuck down her pants, but otherwise, you can really see that the author took a lot of time to craft a believable story. I also enjoyed that though the main character had various lovers, it wasn’t in your face and definitely not a romance novel. You didn’t have to drown in a sea of sex to understand that this character is free, and loves to love, but it doesn’t make her a bad person. She’s a flawed human, which is a perfect example of anyone. I dare you to find me a perfect person, as you see in some novel… Bring them to me, and I’ll find a flaw. No one is perfect, but its human nature and it’s what brings a real level of depth to a novel, and allows you to throw yourself in and connect. I definitely liked Lily and related to her dreams and struggles, and was excited by the adventures she has. The reckless abandonment of the main character is what makes it all the more fun, a woman like her in 1800s is such a fun, wild concept, and the author executed it lovely!
I think this was a beautiful novel from a world building, descriptive stance, because the author knows her way around some wording, and I just wanted to live in this world. It was lush, and detailed without being heavy, and I think that really speaks to the skill of the author. I’ve read a variety of Steampunk novels since the genre has blown up, but I have to say, this is one of my favorite. Lily is a beautiful, daring mess, and I loved it!
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