ARC Review: Corsets and Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances Edited by Trisha Telep

Corsets and Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances Edited by Trisha Telep
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Release Date: May 10th, 2011
Review copy courtesy of Book It Forward Tours

I loved this collection of 13 Steampunk Romances! Trisha Telep is the talented editor of many wonderful anthologies, and this is no exception. She has an amazing knack for choosing authors that will not only complement each other, but will stand on their own as well! There’s an amazing line-up of authors here. Instead of just raving about how great it is as a whole (which it is), I decided to break each story down and give you a little idea of what each story is about, and give each one a rating.
Wild Magic by Ann Aguirre:Pearl, an uppercrust socialite in an age of steam and clockwork, discovers a door to Faery, and through a handsome fae named Pick, the secret of her own magic. Loved this one. (4) 
Under Amber Skies by Maria V. Snyder-A young girl in wartime Poland discovers just what her father’s clockwork inventions are about, and the family secrets that may get her killed. (5)
The Vast Machinery of Dreams by Caitlin Kittredge:In the city of Lovecraft, where dark magic seethes and Elder Gods reign, a young writer falls in love with a beautiful girl that feeds on dreams…and may not be a girl at all…(4.5)
Tick, Tick, Boom by Keirsten White: Catherine, the daughter of an baron of industry, has a penchant for building things that go boom. In her efforts to stop unfair labor practices, and those that further them (such as her father), she meets a man that makes her lips tingle, and will turn her world upside down. (5)
Rude Mechanicals by Lesley Livingston: Quintillius Farthing, a disillusioned thespian counting the minutes until his Uncle’s failing theatre closes, finally meets his perfect Juliet, a beautiful clockwork girl with copper filament hair and metallic skin. But will her Juliet be too realistic? (4)
The Cannibal Fiend of Rotherhithe by Frewin Jones: A rather disturbing tale of an evil man that kidnaps a mermaid and takes her as his wife. When she dies in childbirth, he raises the girl, Silka, shackled in a cage, telling her stories of how he will seek his true love in the big city. Around the time of her 15th birthday, Silka eats her father (she has teeth like a carp), breaks out of her shackles, and goes off to seek her true love. During her journey, she meets all manner of men with less then honorable intentions, so she eats them too. Then she meets a thief named Toby, who teaches her a better way to live. Like I said, rather disturbing, but also surprisingly sweet and probably one of my favorites of the bunch. (5)
Deadwood by Michael Scott: It’s 1868, and the independent Martha Burke sets out to search for her brothers who have disappeared after seeing work in the mines. On an airship, she meets the charming JW. When their airship makes an unscheduled landing in Deadwood, it will take all of their wits to get them out of Deadwood. (4)
Code of Blood by Dru Pagliassotti: In 1815 Venezia, a young girl that commands air elementals will do anything to save her grandfather and her city. (3.5)
The Clockwork Corset by Adrienne Kress: 16 year old tomboy Imogen recognizes her growing affections for her childhood friend, but what will she do when he is called away to war? Why, join up, of course! (4)
The Airship Gemini by Jaclyn Dolamore: Siamese twins and freak show performers Faith and Patience, are once again performing on the Gemini airship. When a powerful magician offers to separate them, and uses the fate of their dearest friend as leverage, can they possibly refuse? (4)
King of the Greenlight City by Tessa Gratton: In the City of Light, a boy that can fly and a girl intended for another fall in love, but will it be their undoing? (3.5)
The Emperor’s Man by Tiffany Trent: Corporal Reed, of the Imperial House Guard, is charged with keeping Princess Athena safe in the magic filled woods during the Hunt, and he will find out a truth about Athena that will change his life forever. This was a magic and wonder-filled story! (4)
Chickie Hill’s Badass Ride by Dia Reeves: Welcome to 1961 Portero. Join Chickie Hill and Sue Jean for one hell of a ride. Time travel, otherworldy creatures, and as the title suggests, one badass ride are the order of the day for a town that sits just this side of normal. (5)

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  1. Thanks for breaking the stories down with individual reviews. This seems like an anthology that works. I enjoy these time frames, we're going to Venice this summer, and well, book's on the TBR list.

  2. I am not a fan of short stories (too short) but these might work for me because of the steampunk factor – thanks for a review!

  3. Sounds like an awesome antho! Like how you broke them down by each story! Anthos can be hard to review! Might get this one just because I love Maria Snyder's work!

  4. Hott Books - Gina

    Awesome! I've been wanting to reading this but haven't gotten to it. Thanks for the reminder!

  5. I have never read a collection of shorts before, but this one has been calling me. I will definitely have to take a look at this now! Thanks for the review. :0)

  6. I had seen this title and was intrigued —- now out to get the book!! 🙂 Nice review!

  7. Thanks for all the kind words, guys! This one was a fun read!!

  8. ARC Review: Corsets and Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances Edited by Trisha Telep | My Bookish Ways – just great!

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