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Wicked as They Come (Blud) Mass Market Paperback – 27 Mar 2012
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About the Author
Delilah Dawson is an artist, wife, mom, goof, nerd, and cupcake enthusiast. She's also an Associate Editor on CoolMomPicks.com, one of the hottest product review sites on the web. Before writing, she was a kids art instructor and arts administrator, including gallery direction and public relations. She lives in Atlanta with her family.
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I bought this book accidentally. I was sending a copy of Wicked As They Come to one of my giveaway winners and sent a copy to myself, too! I started reading it on the day it popped up in my mailbox and enjoyed the book.
Wicked As They Come by Delilah S. Dawson is a steampunk paranormal romance. The author has created a steampunk world which is filled with fantasy, strange characters and interesting plot. The book was well-written and it was easy to read.
Regarding the plot:
The story begins where Letitia, a nurse and caretaker of dying people, finds a locket on a estate sale. She is drawn to the locket and after she sees it on the estate sale, she steals it and takes it with her to her home. After she finally is capable of opening the locket to see, what's in there, she is opening a door to unknown world - a world of bludmen, Coppers and Pinkies.
She finds herself in the parallel world where all the names and places are very similar to her own world, but everything is different. Vampires are not vampires, they are bludmen; Pinkies are humans like herself and Coppers are the rulers of the existing world; rabbits are not little cute and puffy animals, they are blood eating bludanimals.
Letitia finds out that the locket brought her to Criminy and to the world of Sang which is very similar to Victorian England, but is nothing she has ever seen or heard before. Criminy is the only person capable of taking care of her and introduces her to Criminy's Clockwork Caravan which is like a circus on the wheels. Criminy finds out that Letitia is a glancer - a person who can see future and gives her a job as a fortuneteller in the caravan.
When someone important - an evil Magistrate finds out that she has a locket which is a gateway between the real world and the Sang, things get dangerous both for her and Criminy.
I absolutely loved the world of Sang and I think that the author did an excellent job with creating such a strange, surprising and fascinating steampunk world. It kept me surprising and turning the pages with a pace which was incredible fast. I wanted to read the book in one sitting, but had to sleep just to continue the reading. It was truly fascinating!
I also liked the idea of parallel worlds and travelling between them and I think that the characters which you met in both worlds were excellently executed by the author. The idea of the plot was brilliant and refreshing.
Regarding the characters:
Wicked As They Come offered so many characters and the best part of it was, that the characters were wicked too!
I really liked Criminy! When I was reading about him, I was picturing Jonny Depp. Whenever the book will be made into a movie, he would be perfect to this role, except Criminy is much younger than Depp is.
Criminy has cast a spell to bring Letitia to his world. He is a mixture of a good and wicked, even though when it came to his support and feelings towards Letitia, nothing wicked was left: he was sincere, supportive, lovable and willing to go many extra miles to help Letitia. He knew that by helping Letitia to get back the locket would mean that she travels back home to her own world, but he left that freedom of choice to her!
Letitia was lovable! In the beginning of the book she is a woman who pities herself and is afraid of getting attached or loving, but the Sang and meeting with Criminy changed her. She becomes braver, more independent and step by step she opens her heart to Criminy.
Besides Criminy and Letita you meet many other supportive characters: evil Magistrate with the name of Goodwill, Mrs Cleavers who worked in the caravan as a dresser and a fascinator, Tabitha the Mermaid, Casper Sterling whom you met in both worlds.
The characters were supporting the plot amazingly well and they all had their own stories to tell.
I have to admit, that I have never been a big fan of steampunk novels, but Wicked As They Come by Delilah S. Dawson has somewhat changed my mind. It was such a fun read with amazing world and creatures and characters. The plot was solid and the writing was smooth and humorous. I would highly recommend it to the lovers of steampunk and paranormal romance!
I think the author was going for a strong determined heroine, but she just came across as selfish and stubborn to me. She also did a lot of crying and sleeping. There was a POINTLESS and BASELESS love triangle for a little while. I didn't understand Criminy's obsessive love for woman he just met. I thought the bad guy was cheesy and she defeated him too easily. But most of all I thought the whole thing felt random. They ran here and did this. Then, they ran there and did that. Then, they ran into this creature or interesting contraption. I was not overly impressed. If my library carries the books, I'd probably read another but I'm not buying any more.
WICKED AS THEY COME is the first book in a new paranormal romance series by debut author Delilah S. Dawson. And I have to say that is one of the most refreshing reads I have read in a while.
It opens with Tish at the house sale of a former patient of hers. She is somehow drawn to a silver locket with a red ruby. She accidently steals it and through a spell she is transported into the dark and gothic world of an alternative of Britain in the early 1900's.
Dawson weaves a tale that pulls you along to the point where you don't even realise you are almost halfway through the book and as lost as our heroine, Tish.
I sympathized greatly with Tish when she lands in this world where the rules she lives and abides by no longer apply. She is a fish out of water, but while some authors may have chosen to make Tish the weaker more vulnerable character, Dawson gives her a side that means she is a born survivor. We know this since Tish managed to get out of an abusive relationship with an ex and it has made her more wary of men. After being controlled by her ex, she fights for her independence with every ounce of her being even with our dashing hero intent on wooing her.
It does take Tish a little while to get used to her new surroundings, especially as it turns out that she has gift of clairvoyance in this Otherworld. She can foretell the future, but has little control of the gift. It's eerie, yet does prove useful in her mission to get back the locket.
Though the book can get very heavy and dark at times, there are humorous parts to lighten the mood. One such part was when a Bludbunnie bit Tish's ankle. I couldn't help laughing at the image of a cute fluffy bunny with vampire like teeth, bopping around the countryside.
On the subject of the bunny, the world is different due to the fact that humans, or Pinkies as they are referred to in this world, are in the minority and the Blud people are the dominant species, at least in the sense of being top of the food chain. They are unlike Vampires, for as our hero Criminey, points out he is as alive as Tish and has a heartbeat, just like her.
All wild animals are Blud species too, and the only non Blud animals are contained in the city to help keep the Pinkies fed. Let's put it this way, Snow White really would have to watch out in the forrests of this world!
Criminy is an intriguing character. He came across as bit like Spike from the Buffy and Angel TV series. He has that slightly cocky attitude and is so sure that Tish will stay with him in the end. He will do almost anything for her, even if it means putting himself in danger. I did fall in love with his character. He had this dash of suave sophistication while also having dangerous side. Criminy is the epitome of the bad boy with the heart of gold, which I am such a sucker for. By the end of the book I was glad that Tish picked him.
The interesting thing about this book is that Tish isn't stuck in this world at first. Whenever she falls asleep in our world, she is wakes up in the otherworld and vice versa, as long as she has the locket. It is this fact that makes the theft of the locket so important.
Tish is smart and starts to put pieces together about the relationship between her world and this one. The pieces begin to fall into place when she meets one of her patients in the Otherworld. In our world she is a care nurse for the terminal ill or those that are housebound. So when she comes face to face with Casper, who in our world is a gifted pianist that ended up in a coma after a motorcycle accident, it makes Tish wonder how many others have ended up here.
The subplot is cleverly woven in with the main plot of getting the locket back for Tish. This is all to do with the villains plan to wipe out the Bludmen, women and children. We get to witness this first hand and the brutality of its execution is not lost on the reader. It also shows Tish that there is more at risk than just herself.
The end of the book does come to a satisfying conclusion for Tish and Criminy, but I am looking forward to the next book as it is all about Casper. We are given hints on what his future holds, but I can't wait to read what happens.
A wonderful start to a new series, that had me dying to find out more. It is a dark macabre tale that Tim Burton would only wish to dream of. It has a slight Alice in Wonderland twist to it that I just love. Many a midnight hour was burnt with me not wanting to put it down. For those who like this type of book, I can see them doing the same.
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