Tarnished: 1: The St. Croix Chronicles

Tarnished: 1: The St. Croix Chronicles

Book rating: 03 Paperback St. Croix Chronicles

By (author) Karina Cooper

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  • Publisher: AVON BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 104mm x 170mm x 28mm | 180g
  • Publication date: 5 July 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0062127640
  • ISBN 13: 9780062127648
  • Sales rank: 245,088

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"A wickedly wonderful storyteller." -Jocelynn Drake "A brilliant new voice in paranormal romance." -Christina Dodd Author Karina Cooper enthralls with her stunning new series, The St. Croix Chronicles. Cooper, whose haunting Dark Mission novels set a new standard for paranormal romance, carries readers into the shadows of a very different Victorian London, where science skirts the line between magic and mechanics. A magnificent talent writing in the vein of such paranormal and urban fantasy superstars as J.R. Ward, Jeaniene Frost, Gail Carriger, and Meljean Brook, Cooper introduces readers to a truly remarkable heroine: Cherry St. Croix. Debutante by day and bounty hunter by night, Cherry makes a truly smashing debut in Tarnished, as she trawls the seedy underbelly of an alternate London in search of a killer...and finds herself at odds with the dangerous-and dangerously handsome-criminal kingpin, Micajah Hawke, ruler of the Midnight Menagerie.

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Born from the genetic mash-up of lesser royalty, storytellers, wanderers and dreamers, Karina Cooper was destined to be a creative genius. As a child, she moved all over the country like some kind of waifish blonde gypsy and learned how to adapt to the new cultures her family settled in. When she (finally) grew up, she skipped the whole genius part and fell in love with writing Paranormal Romance because, really, who doesn't love hot men and a happy ending? When she isn't writing about things that go bump in the night, Karina designs Steampunk and neo-Victorian couture for gentleman hobbyists and ladies of questionable reputation. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with a husband, three cats, one rabbit and a passel of adopted gamer geeks.

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By Lisa Richards 16 Oct 2012 3

While I love Steampunk, UF, and a good suspense story, this book failed to fill the need. Despite reading the book till the very end (cause of course I had to know the why),it failed to entertain and drag me completely into the story. I often found myself distracted while reading it. There were too many details in the Steampunk world building and the scientific world. The character descriptions often made me NOT care about them though I wanted to. I think this book would have benefited greatly with more romance sprinkled in. It had the potential to be a great recipe but the ingredients just did not jell for me.

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"Sexy steampunk intrigue set in a world rich with dark imagery and lush detail. I did not want to put it down!" -- Kady Cross "his is absolutely one of the best books I've read so far this year." -- RT Book Reviews (top pick) "BEFORE THE WITCHES was edge-of-the-seat good and I couldn't stop reading until I was finished." -- Parajunkee.com