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Tempered: Book Four of The St. Croix Chronicles Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1855 KB
  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (10 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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This is a very different books from the rest of the series, like a quiet before the storm, and I have to say, that it surprised and delighted me at the same time.

Corroded was really dark. All that desperation and pain and hurt led to an explosive ending which left us all feeling hollow, and this is how Tempered starts. Cherry goes through all the expected motions of a recovering addict, but what intermixes with such a recovery is a fascinating twist.

One word, Ashmore. Her old guardian, who is apparently not so old and not so scary. In some ways he might even give Hawke a run for his money. *gasp* He is the one, who saves broken and suicidal Cherry and he is the one who is giving her means to go on when she discovers the darkest secrets of her family line. Secrets that I suspect is a major reason behind her emotional and mental instability.

This book is quiet, but it is full of revelations and some pretty steamy moments. It's also Gothic and delves into much more metaphysics and alchemy that I've ever expected to see. I know at last why each book of this series is named in such a peculiar way! Two words - alchemical transformations. *grin* I loved that it gave the series a very new and powerful direction and I can not wait to see what will happen next. Very much recommended.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9513b054) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
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HASH(0x952de1ec) out of 5 stars I'm hooked! Love this series. 10 Mar. 2014
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Oh man. Yet again, Karina Cooper had me glued to the edge of my seat for the entire ride. Once the story really got going, I knew there was no putting it down until I finished. So here I am having just finished TEMPERED, at nearly 5am.

Was it worth it? Oh, yeah. It absolutely was.

As a preface, please note that this series CANNOT be read out of order. You must start with book one, Tarnished. And I absolutely recommend this series. Another thing to keep in mind is that as I read each book, I'm more and more hooked. That is to say it is like the long con; while appearing slow at first, it builds with intensity at increasing speeds with each book.

The end of the previous book, Corroded, I had absolutely no clue where the story was going to go. Cherry is so addled, so betrayed, so utterly drowning to the depths, that I was curious to see how the following events would play out.

As usual, I went into this book with high expectations but no assumptions of what would happen (except for seeing Hawke naked) and was happily taken on a roller coaster with so many twists and turns I was blown away.

Secrets revolving around Cherry's parents and past, and her mysterious guardian, Oliver Ashmore, are brought to the forefront in this novel. I was hungry for answers, and it didn't disappoint.

And, I must admit that despite everything that is revealed, I do have quite a soft spot for Ashmore.

I absolutely loved the journey Cherry goes through in this book-her journey to become sober, and her journey of self. She's an absolutely broken women as the novel opens, truly becoming the Fool, and with a new beginning in her grasp.

I am DYING for the next book because (Hawke) although not a cliffhanger (there's a natural swell and crest of a solid storyline), I feel as if I've been raised to the top of the next hill on the roller coaster and am anticipating the next ride.
HASH(0x9563ffcc) out of 5 stars Keeps getting better 5 Mar. 2014
By Kristina - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

Where the previous books in the St. Croix Chronicles were fast paced with danger and dangerous people lurking around every corner, TEMPERED deals with more internal battles and emotional trauma. Cherry has gone through so much externally dealing with the Veil and Society it felt fitting to have a story spend some time dealing with the internal effects of what happened to Cherry. A large portion of the book is dedicated to Cherry’s addiction to opium, how she became an addict, and what she goes through mentally as she detoxes. Being familiar with detox from movies like TRAINSPOTTING which depict detox and a harrowing and scary thing to go through I think TEMPERED did an excellent job of depicting the paranoia and sickness Cherry feels.

In the midst of dealing with Cherry’s addiction there is the mystery of her guardian and the large house she is trapped in. I loved the gothic horror aspect of TEMPERED where we have a dark, foreboding house with ghosts and dark secrets hidden within the walls. The house is almost its own character and it was thrilling to go exploring with Cherry as she opens doors in search of answers to just who her guardian, Ashmore really is and learn about her family’s twisted past. When Cherry finally learns about how Ashmore is related to her family the plot becomes a sort of dark soap opera filled with betrayal and obsession. Along with the revelations and internal struggle there are some pretty steamy scenes between Cherry and Ashmore that after we find out more about Ashmore had me questioning her choices in regards to suitors.

TEMPERED also deals with a lot of alchemy and metaphysics which was really confusing but actually seeing the alchemy in action was pretty cool. With this much needed rest from the outside world I am looking forward to see what is in store for Cherry as she goes back to London, her friends, and the ever mysterious Hawke who seems to grow more mysterious and confusing with every new fact we learn about him.
HASH(0x95336b1c) out of 5 stars Tempered 12 Feb. 2014
By Beth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Tempered takes us out of the familiar steampunk streets of London and brings us into a country side estate.

Mr. Oliver Ashmore, Cherry's guardian, has stepped in and saved Cherry from the menagerie...he has also taken her away to help her “dry out” from her opium addiction.

It is a very rocky road and at least the first 1/3 of the book is Cherry struggle through her withdraws while strange circumstances and loss of large chunks of time plague Cherry. Hating the prison of the estate, Cherry starts to explore what she soon discovers is one of her family's homes. The more she uncovers the more foreboding her future becomes...

This is quite a change up from our normal St Criox adventures. The character cast is at a minimum, but the dark fantasy side still shines through. We are given a lot more details into the technical side of alchemy, showing us the mystery behind the "magic".

Tempered unveils shocking insights into Cherry's past and her future while Cherry delves deep into her own character attempting to correct her flaws. I think we are going to find a much stronger Cherry in the future.

We get to know the illusive Mr. Oliver Ashmore, the secretive guardian...the secrets behind his past and his connection to Cherry.

I found myself slowly drawn into this story and by the end I was glued to the pages wanting to discover more. Karina Cooper writes awesomely wounded and dark characters that she weaves into a magnificent story for us to enjoy.

I received this ARC copy of Tempered from Carina Press in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication February 10, 2014.

Written by: Karina Cooper
Series: The St. Criox's Chronicles
Sequence in Series: 4
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: February 10, 2014
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Genre: Steampunk, scifi, fantasy
HASH(0x953beba0) out of 5 stars Getting Better & Better 19 Feb. 2014
By R. Krueger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
After the previous book I was worried; the ending was rushed and, to me, frustratingly off kilter. However, there is no need to worry! This book was brutal in its portrayal of Cherry going through drug withdrawl and took an honest look at her, ugly parts and all. One of the top strengths of this series is the willingness of the author to give us a flawed, almost tragically damaged, heroine. I never know if Cherry will be strong, will fall apart, or run away. One of the surprises in this book is the author allowing Cherry to embrace her sexuality without a terrible moral ambiguity. I was worried she would remain a somewhat stunted character in this respect but it was not so. This book takes us on a journey I didn't anticipate, brought the character forward with increased knowledge, skills and fleshed out history, and maintained a paranormal line that I love. This is a good one!
HASH(0x9552a99c) out of 5 stars Back to her best work here 5 April 2014
By Kim E. Power - Published on Amazon.com
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Lily is out of her usual milieu, painfully healing from her humiliation at the hands of a man she trusted. It seems like anything more I could say about the plot would be a spoiler. At the end, I wasn't sure that her choice to ... Was valid. I could understand it might be necessary to carry the series forward, but I was torn between hope that redemption might be possible in this series, where characters are usually killed off, and fear that Lily will simply travel the same journey again to keep the series going. Thus far, I trust the author enough to see where she goes next.
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