Review Chasing the Star Garden by Melanie Karsak

Monday, March 2, 2015

Title: Chasing the Star Garden
Author: Melanie Karsak
Series: The Airship Racing Chronicles (1)
Genre: Steampunk
Publisher: Clockpunk Press
Release Date: Audio Book Sept 2014
Edition/Format Available In: Audio/eBook/Print
Source: Author for Honest Opinion
An opium-addicted beauty.
An infamous poet living in self-imposed exile.
An ancient treasure about to fall into the wrong hands.
Melanie Karsak's Chasing the Star Garden takes readers on a thrilling adventure from the gritty opium dens of gaslamp London to the gem-colored waters of the ancient world. Lily Stargazer, a loveable but reckless airship racer with a famous lover and shattered past, reluctantly plunges into a centuries-old mystery in a romantic adventure best described as Dan Brown meets Mary Shelley.
It all begins on one of the worst days of Lily’s life. She just lost the London leg of the 1823 Airship Grand Prix. To top it off, a harlequin fleeing from constables shoved a kaleidoscope down her pants, told her to fly to Venice, then threw himself from her airship tower. What’s a girl to do? For Lily, the answer is easy: drink absinthe and smoke opium.
Lily’s lover, Lord Byron, encourages her to make the trip to Venice. Lily soon finds herself at the heart of an ancient mystery which has her running from her past and chasing true love and the stars along the way.

**Due to steamy scenes and depictions of drug use, this novel is intended for mature readers.**
My Thoughts 

Ok no judging here this was my first official audiobook. I do own some but I never brought myself to listening to one due to the fact I was afraid it would ruin my image of the story being told. BOY was I wrong. I was pulled right into Chasing the Star Garden and was left wanting more. The world created is so vibrantly described the characters are amazing and not even perfect I loved it. Lily was an awesome protagonist and I loved the journey she lead us on.  I know I will be adding Melanie Karsak to Authors I must Stalk List next up is her Harvesting Series well as soon as I can get them at least. 

Melanie Karsak is the author of the Amazon best-selling steampunk series The Airship Racing Chronicles, the award-winning horror/dark fantasy The Harvesting Series, and The Saga of Lady Macbeth. She grew up in rural northwestern Pennsylvania and earned a Master's degree in English from Gannon University. A steampunk connoisseur, Shakespeare nerd, and zombie whisperer, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.

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Kayti Nika Raet said...

I always worry about audio books. It's harder for me to follow along than regular books and like you I worry that if I don't like the voice it would snatch me out of a story I otherwise would have loved. This book looks really good by the way. Maybe I'll dip a toe into the audio-realm

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