Friday, March 14, 2014

Ashes & Alchemy by Cindy Spencer Pape [Review]
Ashes & Alchemy (Gaslight Chronicles #6) by Cindy Spencer Pape
Format: ebook
Source: provided by Carina Press through NetGalley
Date read: December 14, 2013

Gaslight Chronicles
1. Steam & Sorcery
2. Photographs & Phantoms
3. Kilts & Kraken 
4. Moonlight & Mechanicals
5. Cards & Caravans
6. Ashes & Alchemy - Kindle

Cindy Spencer Pape
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
London, 1860

Police inspector Sebastian Brown served Queen and country in India before returning to England to investigate supernatural crimes alongside the Order of the Round Table. If his wifeless, childless life feels a little empty sometimes, that's not too great a price to pay in the name of duty.

Minerva Shaw is desperately seeking a doctor when she mistakenly lands on Sebastian's doorstep. Her daughter Ivy has fallen gravely ill with a mysterious illness--the same illness, it seems, that's responsible for taking the lives of many of Ivy's classmates.

Seb sniffs a case, and taking in Minnie and Ivy seems the only way to protect them while he solves it. But as mother and daughter work their way into his heart and Seb uses every magickal and technological resource he can muster to uncover the source of the deadly plague, it's he who will need protecting--from emotions he'd thought buried long ago.
Thoughts on Ashes & Alchemy: I've been a big fan of this series since book 1 when we were introduced to the large, rambling group that would one day become the Hadrian family. Honestly, the theme that family is so much more than blood that runs through this series is one of my favorites and I get a kick out of it in each book.

This time around, we get Police Inspector Sebastian Brown and Miss Minerva Shaw. Seb steps in to help when things look dire and finds himself drawn to Minnie and little Ivy. I liked Minnie and Seb together. They both have reasons for going slow and yet they're both aware of the sparks they throw when they're near one another.

I loved how the Hadrians drew the three of them in and welcomed them like it was foregone they'd be part of the group. Again, it touches on the 'family doesn't have to be based on blood' idea that I thoroughly applaud.

A touch of danger, a bit of mystery, and a dollop of the supernatural. I'm still enjoying this series.

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