Monday, August 19, 2013

Blog Tour: Book Review: Steel Lily by Megan Curd

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Steel Lily (The Periodic Series, #1)

Author: Megan Curd

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Synopsis: AVERY PIKE is a commodity. No, more than a commodity. Her existence is guarded at all costs.

She’s a water Elementalist, the strongest of her dwindling kind. She creates steam to provide energy to fuel Dome Four: the only thing standing between humanity and an earth ravaged by World War III. No steam, no Dome. No Dome, no life.

Or so she thinks.

That is, until a mysterious man offers her a way out of having to donate steam. A way to escape the corrupt government of Dome Four. While the offer seems too good to be true, Avery is intrigued. But when she arrives to her new home, she realizes the grass isn’t any less dead on this side of the fence. Instead, the lies are just hidden better.

…Which means digging deeper.

When Avery enlists the help of her friends to uncover the truth, she learns that while some secrets are better left concealed, humankind was never meant to live in a cage. And when you can control the most sought after resource, you can learn to control anything…including the fate of your world.

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“You know, you’re kind of like a lily. A steel lily.” (Jaxon)

“Is that a compliment?” (Avery)
He laughed. “Yeah. At least, that’s how I meant it. I mean, you’re a girl; you’re this beautiful person inside and out, but you hide it. You’re hard, or that’s what you want people to think, anyway. That’s why I think you’re a steel lily. Hard and beautiful, intricate and unmoving. It’s the most puzzling thing I’ve ever seen or experienced. You’re …different. 

Review: I am GIDDY with EXCITEMENT for this book! There aren’t a lot of dystopian novels I have really enjoyed and I haven’t read too many steampunk books that have gained my interest, but Steel Lily won me over! I ASBOUTELY LOOOOVE this book! ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I’VE READ IN 2013!

Steel Lily begins with a girl named Avery Pike. She lives in Dome Four with her best friends Alice and Legs. The world outside has been devastated by World War III. Domes have been built to keep those that are left safe from the radiation poisoning produced by the war. There are those known as Traditionalists such as Alice and Legs, who work to barely exist in poverty in their dome. Avery is one of the Elemantalists, one of the few who can create steam among other elements, something all the domes need to survive and then there are the Elites, the ones who are wealthy. The government exploits the Elementalists more than anything else and Avery can’t stand it. She wants to fight back but knows if she does, her friends will have more to lose than she does. One day, though, her life changes when she gets cornered by Mr. Riggs. He offers her passage to Dome Seven, the dome he runs, and tells Avery she will be free there. Avery brushes him off, not believing anything he offers until he claims to know about the one thing Avery desperately needs answers to the most: her parents. She agrees to meet with him later in the day but before she can, she and Alice get found out by the Polatzi (the government police) and take off running, trying to find somewhere to hide. A stranger suddenly comes to the rescue in the form of Jaxon Pierce. He helps them escape and takes them back to Dome Seven where Avery, Alice and Legs will discover that not everything that paints itself as beautiful or boasts of freedom is as true as they’ve been led to believe.

The story begins at a slow and steady pace. It takes a few chapters to really grip the reader’s attention but once it does, you’re thrown into a world full of spunky characters and tension inducing plot.

The characters are by the far the BEST element to the book! Avery not only has powerful gifts but she has a sassy attitude to boot. She is strong-willed and fierce. Alice is shy and quiet but she’s also bubbly and light-hearted. She will speak her mind though when you really get her going! Legs is adorable and funny and brave. Sari is smart and determined and follows a strict moral code for justice. She isn’t just a pretty girl with a great sense of style, she has brains to match. Then there’s Mr. Jaxon Pierce. He’s gorgeous, blunt, sarcastic as hell and reckless. But underneath his bravado, he is compassionate, intelligent and wise. He’s also bitter because of his relationship with his dad. The characters were beautifully well-rounded. They had strengths and weaknesses. They needed each other and depended on each other. No one was ever seen as better than the other nor did they treat each other that way. They were the type of friends you would want to have. I really appreciated that the female characters were strong in their own way and weren't ever catty or trying to one-up the other.

The world-building was another wonderful element to the story. The steampunk world never felt too heavy or too overwhelming nor did it feel out of place. The technology used matched what you could expect for a dystopian world rebuilding itself. Everything was described with enough detail to build the imagery without causing the reader to feel confused or lost or logged down. I also really liked the setup of the first narration. Usually, first narration can be hard to get through because the word “I” is used so much, your brain just lashes on and keeps catching it as you read. Steel Lily is told from Avery’s point of view and I never felt any sense of distraction from it which I appreciated.

One of my MOST FAVORITE aspects from Steel Lily is the relationship between Jax and Avery. Their relationship starts off in rough waters and it slowly builds as they get to know each other, as they learn to trust each other. The humor between them was ridiculous! I caught myself laughing out loud so much from the first moment Jaxon comes onto the scene, I kept writing out my favorite lines from him. Avery goes toe to toe with him. She has no problem throwing the jabs right back and I loved her even more for that.

The plot is filled with layers. It moves forward at an enjoyable pace and when the action scenes kick in and the secrets start getting revealed, you just can’t help but read faster and faster to know what will happen next! The villains play their roles well and a certain one of them was my favorite (despite how much I wanted to punch him).

It’s mind-boggling that Megan Curd hasn’t been picked up by a publisher. She not only has the talent but  Steel Lily proves she can deliver an amazing story with great skill. I look forward to continuing the Periodic Series and fangirling over Jax *hehe* Megan Curd has definitely become one of my new favorite authors to stalk!

If you have yet to read Steel Lily, I suggest stop wasting time and GO READ IT! Trust me, you will thank me when you do *wink wink* 

About the Author: Megan Curd is a graduate of Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota. While having always enjoyed reading any books she could get her hands on, Megan didn’t begin writing until a friend encouraged her to do so while in college. 

When not writing, Megan enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Traveling and snowboarding are hobbies she loves, and doesn’t turn down the opportunity to play xBox with her brother and friends when it presents itself.

Megan currently resides in Kentucky with her husband, son, and Great Dane named Dozer.

Where to Find the Author: Website/Goodreads/Twitter/Facebook

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