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Blurb (from Goodreads):
The two-bit town of Rogue City is a lawless place, full of dark magic and saloon brawls, monsters and six-shooters. But it’s perfect for seventeen-year-old Westie, the notorious adopted daughter of local inventor Nigel Butler.
Westie was only a child when she lost her arm and her family to cannibals on the wagon trail. Nine years later, Westie may seem fearsome with her foul-mouthed tough exterior and the powerful mechanical arm built for her by Nigel, but the memory of her past still haunts her. She’s determined to make the killers pay for their crimes—and there’s nothing to stop her except her own reckless ways.
But Westie’s search ceases when a wealthy family comes to town looking to invest in Nigel’s latest invention, a machine that can harvest magic from gold—which Rogue City desperately needs as the magic wards that surround the city start to fail. There’s only one problem: the investors look exactly like the family who murdered Westie’s kin. With the help of Nigel’s handsome but scarred young assistant, Alistair, Westie sets out to prove their guilt. But if she’s not careful, her desire for revenge could cost her the family she has now.
This thrilling novel is a remarkable tale of danger and discovery, from debut author Michelle Modesto.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This wasn’t a bad book, but it didn’t hold my attention well at all.
Westie was an okay character, and she was certainly intent on finding the people who had killed and eaten her parents (yes, eaten!). That being said, she did like to go charging into situations without thinking first, and because of that constantly needed someone else to make her consider what it was that she was doing before she did it.
The storyline in this was a bit slow, and the world building seemed to have too much going on for me. We had Westie with her robotic hand, in a steam-punk setting, trying to stop the cannibals who had eaten her parents and brother, but then we had vampires, werewolves, zombies, magic, and other strange creatures thrown into the mix, and it was all just a bit much for me, and detracted from the main storyline.
There was a little bit of romance in this, but that didn’t really interest me much either.
The ending to this was okay, and I will say that the little twist that was thrown in was quite clever, and I didn’t see it coming! This was only an okay book for me overall though.
6 out of 10.