Yeah! This is my first blog tour so this is really exciting and all. There is going to be a review, favorite quotes, and even a GIVEAWAY (at the bottom)! This is all about Rise of the Arcane Fire by Kristen Bailey. It is the second book in the Secret Order (the first book was the Legend of the Clockwork which I adored). Click HERE for more of the tour. Thank you Kristen Bailey for the eARC from Edelweiss.
Rise of the Arcane Fire by Kristen Bailey
February 4, 2014
Book 2 in The Secret Order
Bookologist Analysis: You should get a gif of me after I finished the book.
After her parents died in a fire and her grandfather disappeared, Meg Whitlock thought her life had come to a standstill. But when she learned that the pocket watch her grandfather left her was really an intricate key, Meg, with the help of a stable hand named Will, uncovered the Amusementists: members of an elite secret society dedicated to discovery and shrouded in mystery.
Now the Amusementists are convening in London, and Meg is determined to join their ranks. But being the first girl in the Order has its difficulties, and with Will away in Scotland Meg fears she can’t trust anyone but herself. Her worries are only supported by the sabotage happening at the academy, with each altered invention being more harmful than the last.
With threats lurking around every corner, and while trying to prove her worth as the first female Amusementist, Meg must uncover the identity of the academy’s saboteur before the botched devices become deadly. And after she finds evidence of a sinister and forbidden invention, Meg must stop it - or risk the entire future of the Amusementists.
This books blew me away like the Minotaur had hit me, beat me up, and then thrown me. I mean a lot of books fall into sequel slumper, but this did not in the least bit feel like that. The plot was even more deceiving than the first book and I have to say I liked this one more.
I enjoyed Meg's decision and character development. Second books are known for the character to become more mature and a better person. She made the choice to become an apprentice and she will not quit, she will not stop, she will be an Amusementist. I like that she determined to do something that she will not stop. Heroines that are strong and not damsels in distress are the best type. Meg also didn't mope about Will, she moved on. I enjoy that she realizes that she has a life to fulfill. She has determination to do what she wants to do then maybe she will think about love. With her machines Meg will labor over them till she knows they are the best they can be. Meg does what he wants and for that she is the best heroine in steampunk. Never let anything hold you back.
I feel that everybody else in the book besides Meg is a supporting character. I feel that is a good thing in this book, but some people don't like that. David is definitely someone to look out for. I personally like his many sides; it makes him one of those characters that you never saw coming. Will- I can't say Will got any more love from me in this book. He just sliced away anything in my heart that as there for him. Will just is someone not trying his best for Meg or himself. That makes me feel that he is no longer worthy, but is still Meg's sweetheart. My favorite minor characters were definitely Oliver and Lucy. They genuinely like Meg and do no backstabbing. Oliver doesn't hate Meg despite all the mistakes she does and Lucy is one of her only girlfriends. O how I love the few characters that do not backstab. Supporting characters, I could do entire thesis on them.
The plot had a different twist. I honestly can say that I got confused a bit, till the end. I finally got the two villains figured out in my head. The writing itself was something that I only see great masters accomplish. This book was well worth the time waiting for. The plot made think if maybe the Amusementists are hiding something after all. I mean for a bunch of ‘enlightened’ scientists they are certainly close-minded to gender equality. The mysteries are superb. I liked the way it made your heart beat loudly till the very end.
Steampunk is one of my favorite subgenres. I like the fact of sci-fi where we can pretend we are in a much more technology enhanced world with cool Amusementist machines. I also love historical fiction where we see a world that happened. Victorian era is one of my favorite time periods because of the fact it is when women were just starting to come out. Combined they take on such a good part of my love of all things historical and scientific. Go Steampunk!
My review here is fairly short because it is just one more stop till I have to convince you to read the book. Steampunk with a little determination, romance, automen, killers, and pigeons totally make this book worth reading after you've read the Legacy of the Clockwork Keys. I have to say I liked this book better. I can't wait till I can fangirl over it with you.
"I bet the only pi she knows is in the kitchen!"
Ignorant males, never underestimate the power of a female mind. Meg will blow you away with her intellect, stupid males [insert evil laugh].
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kristin Bailey grew up in the middle of the San Joaquin Valley in California. As a kid she enjoyed visiting the beach, camping and skiing with her two brothers. Now she is a military wife and mother of two young children. She is also terrible about spoiling her pets. She has one fluffy mutt, two cats who think they own the world, and a fish tank with a quartet of fat fish, and two secretive striped ninja-assassin snails.
In the course of her adventures, she has worked as a zookeeper, balloon artist, and substitute teacher. Now she enjoys writing books for teens who enjoy mystery and adventure as much as she does.
www.kristinbailey.com | twitter.com/KBaileyBooks
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