Thursday, February 7, 2013

Review: Asher's Dilemma by Coleen Kwan

Asher's Dilemma by Coleen Kwan
Synopsis (Goodreads):
Ever since he awoke one day on the floor of his workshop with a brain-splitting headache, Asher Quigley has been haunted by fleeting visions of a beautiful woman everywhere he looks—a woman he's sure he knows, but can't recall. In spite of this he has finished his most wondrous invention yet, one that will literally make history: a time machine. But before he can complete his exacting calculations a bizarre accident causes the device to be activated, with him inside! He awakes to find himself in his lab, eight months in the past, and suddenly he remembers her…

Asher knows that something in the near future causes Minerva Lambkin, the woman who turned down his marriage proposal, to be erased from existence. And he's sure it has something to do with his device. Alone in a familiar world where he doesn't belong, he'll have to find a way to destroy the time machine to save the woman he loves from extinction. Even if that means erasing his own future.
My Thoughts: Steampunk time travel! Something about that seems so right. Honestly, I enjoyed book 1 in this series, but I really liked trying to figure out what was causing the time anomalies and what catastrophic event was going to unpin Minerva's very existence. Plus plus plus, Asher's two sides were intriguing. I liked the differences between his future self and his past self. I liked that he learned something in his time without Minerva.

At the core of all these shenanigans lies the machine that Asher is constructing. It nearly causes him to lose Minerva both figuratively and literally. It brings him into contact with some unsavory characters. It gives him a chance to make everything right.

I'm going to keep this intentionally vague so as not to give anything away. I like that we learned more about Minerva's family and got to see Asher's emotional growth as he realized what's important to him. *nods* And then I'm going to throw my hands in the air and shout "Steampunk time travel!" while giving some serious spirit fingers.

Books in this series
1. Asher's Invention
2. Asher's Dilemma - Kindle

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Asher's Dilemma was provided for review by Carina Press through NetGalley.