Review: Badlands by Seleste DeLaney

Posted on 03/11/2011 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Review: Badlands by Seleste DeLaneyBadlands by Seleste DeLaney
Published by Carina Press on February 28, 2011
Genres: Adult, Steampunk
Pages: 101
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
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After a brutal Civil War, America is a land divided. As commander of her nation's border guards, Ever is a warrior sworn to protect her country and her queen. When an airship attacks and kills the monarch, Ever must infiltrate enemy territory to bring home the heir to the throne, and the dirigible Dark Hawk is her fastest way to the Union.\r\n\r\nCaptain Spencer Pierce just wants to pay off the debt he owes on the Dark Hawk and make a life for himself trading across the border. When the queen's assassination puts the shipping routes at risk, he finds himself Ever's reluctant ally.\r\n\r\nAs they fly into danger, Ever and Spencer must battle not only the enemy but also their growing attraction. She refuses to place her heart before duty, and he has always put the needs of his ship and crew above his own desires. Once the princess is rescued, perhaps they can find love in the Badlands— if death doesn't find them first..

I have never read a book quite like this one.  It has everything: warrior women, sex, politics, a chivalrous leading man, and – most importantly – love.  It reminded me of the old western movies and The Book of Eli all rolled into one steam-punky, action-filled novella.  I did think Ever was a bit of a forced character and I didn’t always understand her actions, but I still liked her.  Her character development seemed a little hurried, but perhaps that’s because this is a novella, so there isn’t room for any kind of lengthy development.  The clockworks intrigued me; I wish we could see more of them.

I definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys science-fiction with a bit a romance thrown in for good measure.  It was a great read!

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Jennifer is both a book nerd and professional photographer. That means she lives in the fantasy world all the time, whether of her making, or someone else's. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids, and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.

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