I wish that I could do this EVERY month; but I can’t. My writing and the rest of my schedule have been out the window this month and starting in February, it’s back to work – the 682 books on my ‘to read’ shelf will simply have to take a deep breathe, and wait patiently until I have a chance to listen to their frantic pleas for me to pick them up.
But enough chit chat – on to the books!
This is not the kind of book you buy second hand. You need a perfect, pristine version of this, it needs a cherished spot on the shelf….and it needs someone to thumb it to death as they lovingly read it over and over again. ‘Armstrong: Mouse to the Moon’ would be the perfect gift; it is a treasure.
As I read further, I was also able to appreciate some of the backstory that I had been reading before. One reveal literally brought tears to my eyes as the authoress capped off a satisfactory read with the perfect note of happiness.
Now that I’m ‘over’ all those preconceived notions I had mysteriously gathered, I’m able to gain some perspective on this book and really enjoy its uniqueness. I am definitely buying a copy and planning on reading it all the way through with fresher and more appreciative eyes. I have never read diesel-punk before, and I think I’ll be glad – I certainly will never forget – that Storming was my first foray into the genre.
Content: The following description sounds incredibly graphic, but the references I am about to list are either restrained / editable. This is a fairly intense book and it’s not for everyone….but I thought the fun adventure and great world building balanced out any of the content.
Some romantic moments involving, kissing, holding, feelings/thoughts. Quite a bit of violence near the end including torture, stabbing, shooting. One rather sad/upsetting death that a small child witnesses. The little boy has been traumatized because a moment of carelessness nearly resulted in the death of his little sister, thus he won’t speak. The little boy is frightened/terrorized throughout the end finale. The MC was separated from his wife (she died afterwards). There are some themes of vengeance.
But Sharon Hinck disproved all my presuppositions. First of all, she started with the brilliant idea that the lesson that Susan needed to learn was in her world, her heart was firmly in her world, it was her emotions that had to be sorted out in the parallel world. Then, making it a family affair helped immensely, having you-know-who, actually from you-know-where turned the whole scenario upside down, inside out and placed the whole story into a shiny, new concept that had me utterly captivated.
On top of that, Hinck’s rich writing, incredible world building, powerful allegories and believable characters are just like a double shot of sweetener in a story that felt like a warm drink of cocoa….warming me consistently from the first sip down to the very dregs. I literally could not put this book down, but stayed up to the wee hours to soak in this beautiful world and the message of hope.
Content: Some intense/frightening moments. Torture scenes. Very brief scene involving the main character and her husband (not graphic/specific).
And there you have it!