In this debut young adult steampunk novel by Evangeline Denmark, we meet Grey Haward, a tall strong girl who tries her hardest to to not stand out by working in her grandfather’s hardware shop. Doing her best to follow all of the rules set before her, she can’t help but wonder if she needs to take the potion that the Chemists dictate that everyone take since both her father and grandfather don’t require it.

Then everything changes one night when her best friend, Whit, is caught trying to protect her and she witnesses his punishment. What follows is an exciting story as she Grey discovers secrets and new locations that she didn’t even know exist as she works toward freeing Whit and ending the Chemists rule.

Since Evangeline Denmark is the daughter of one of my favorite authors, Donita K Paul, I expected much from her and I can’t say that I was disappointed. I enjoyed every minute of this book and I can’t wait to read more from her! I thought that the style was very gripping and engaging and I didn’t want it to end. Here’s to hoping the next book comes out sooner rather than later.

I received a free copy of this book through http://booklookbloggers.com in exchange for an honest review.

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_225_350_Book.1436.cover“Two Renegade Realms” is the second book in the Realm Walkers series by Donita K. Paul.  It continues the story of Cantor and Bixby, along with Dukmee and Cantor’s dragon constant, Bridger.  Three years have passed since the events from the first book, and the companions are now on a mission to locate the fabled Chomountain after they learn that he might still be alive, just imprisoned somewhere.  Time is of the essence since they are also trying to prevent their realm from being invaded, despite the fact that they had been close to success previously. With twists and turns, Ms. Paul has once again weaved a story that readers of all ages would immensely enjoy!

I’ve read almost all of Ms. Paul’s other books, and I am a huge fan of her story-telling.  This novel fit with what I was expecting and I am looking forward to any other book that she writes, as well as hoping that she continues the Realm Walkers series since I can’t wait to find out what happens next!  I would definitely recommend this book to all of my friends, especially those who enjoy fantasy fiction.

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