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The Unnaturalists by Tiffany Trent

Saturday, August 18, 2012

In an alternate London where magical creatures are preserved in a museum, two teens find themselves caught in a web of intrigue, deception, and danger.

Vespa Nyx wants nothing more than to spend the rest of her life cataloging Unnatural creatures in her father’s museum, but as she gets older, the requirement to become a lady and find a husband is looming large. Syrus Reed’s Tinker family has always served and revered the Unnaturals from afar, but when his family is captured to be refinery slaves, he finds that his fate may be bound up with Vespa’s—and with the Unnaturals.

As the danger grows, Vespa and Syrus find themselves in a tightening web of deception and intrigue. At stake may be the fate of New London—and the world.

Goodreads Summary

What would you do in a world where magic was evil and science mandatory, the only logical explanation? Would you still believe? Vespa doesn't want to mold herself to the role expected of her, but having to find a husband and settle down is looming ever near. Those readers expecting romance in this story may be disappointed, however, as Vespa does not focus much on romance at all. The world the author created is richly detailed. The reader will learn of Pedants and Unnaturalists, of worshipped scientists and hated supporters of magic. The first in a series, this book lays the ground work for more books to come and leaves a few questions unanswered to draw readers in.

The story has alternating view points. Vespa's character is easy to like. She strives to become someone she can respect and is determined to become a Pedant. Syrus provides both comic relief and some explanations for the reader. The world seen through his eyes is informative. It is interesting to see how Syrus and Vespa's decisions affect each other and how their fates really do seem to be intertwined. The other characters are interesting and add to the plot point, but are not as memorable. The plot may sound familiar, but the author puts a new twist that will make for a quick read. Overall, this book is recommended to young adult/teen readers.

4 Stars

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  1. Unknown said...:

    Ooohhh I am looking forward to reading this myself. I like Steampunk with paranormal elements.

  1. Monica said...:

    This book sounds like a cool read! :)

  1. Anonymous said...:

    Wow, this book sounds cool!!! :D

  1. aLilLacey said...:

    Love the cover and the plot does sound unique. Thanks for the review!

  1. Well, this one sounds intriguing.
    I love YA Paranormal :D
    Add this to my TBR list. Thanks a lot for the review :)

  1. I can not wait to read this fabulous book.

  1. Chelsea B. said...:

    Hmmm, sounds interesting! Thanks for sharing a review!

  1. Adira said...:

    I really want to get into steampunk. This may just be the book that kick starts my reading adventures.

  1. Unknown said...:

    BEAUTIFUL cover!! Thanks so much for the review!

  1. Susan T. said...:

    This looks to be right up my alley! I love steampunk and paranormal!