• Review: Billy Christmas

    Billy Christmas is a wonderful start to a series of strange and interesting adventures, as we go into a magical and darkly dangerous world. The warm natured and good-hearted Billy soon discovers that world, which was right under his nose all along. He...

  • Interview: Night Owl Reviews Interviews R. K. Mann

    Current Release: The Trader - Man With No Face What's your book about? Set in an interstellar future, an enslaved woman doctor and a maimed Patusian trader team up to overcome slavers, pirates and predatory aliens. In the process, these two very different...

  • Article: The Golden Apple by Michelle Diener

    The Golden Apple - The Dark Forest, #1 Kayla’s world has been turned upside-down . . . Her father has made her the prize in a deadly, impossible tournament, and Kayla has retaliated in the only way she knows how; by choosing her champion beforehand....

  • Review: Succubus Ascendant The Telepathic Clans Saga, #4

    As I was reading this book, a bittersweet thought came to me. Yes, it’s another fantastic Telepathic Clans Saga novel, and Brenna, Siobhan, Irina, and Rebecca are all back for more. And yet, it’s also the end of the series. Yes, sadly, this is the final...

  • Review: Dreamer's Pool A Blackthorn & Grim Novel, #1

    This intricate and bewitching tale is a delicious introduction to a new series featuring two mysterious characters who are bound together by a challenging set of circumstances. The gradually unfolding histories of these characters paint a portrait of...

  • Review: Forged by Fate Fate of the Gods, #1

    Most of you know that I adore retellings and this one was no different. I really loved Forged by Fate! It was told by the POV of Eve where she has been reincarnated throughout history. Which was great! I loved how all the gods collided in this one. We...

  • Review: Fate Forgotten Fate of the Gods, #2

    I think I need to make a 5 star rating that says OBSESSED Because that is where I am with the Fate of the Gods stories. This one really made me kind of sad for Adam in some ways. I mean he still has to go...but it’s sad. This book really made me think...

  • Review: Silverblind Ironskin, #3

    Throughout the Ironskin books I have loved Jane the most. Dorie shines with her fey magic and THIS is what I wish the other two books would have had! This one is a world wind of story, action, and magic and does a great job for ending this series! Jane's...

  • Review: Beyond Fate Fate of the Gods, #3

    I was so scared that the ending of this wonder story was going to be ruined. This book has had one of the most complicated love triangles, deity blending that I've ever had the opportunity to read! And I have to say that all readers and authors should...

  • Review: Alice's Wonderland A Visual Journey through Lewis Carroll's Mad, Mad World

    Are you obsessed with all things Alice in Wonderland? Well if so then this is definitely the book for you! Made for the true fan this book has everything from behind-the-scenes info to the original manuscript. This book is a breath taking collection on...

  • Review: The Witches of Echo Park An Echo Park Coven Novel, #1

    When her great-aunt Eleanora, the woman who raised her becomes gravely ill, Elyse MacAllister returns to Echo Park. She learns of extraordinary Secrets but soon things become chilling as there is an evil coming for the Witches of Echo Park in this riveting...

  • Review: The Zombie Combat Field Guide

    Do you love zombies, coloring books and activity books? If yes, then this is a book that is not to be missed. It's perfect for the adult zombie lover who doesn't mind a bit of blood and guts along with their coloring. Make sure you have a red crayon as...

  • Review: Fearsome Magics

    One thing that appeals about reading fiction is that it’s a chance to get away from reality. And that’s what readers of the fantasy anthology Fearsome Magics get when they read this book. They get a chance to get away from it all – away from the hassles...

  • Review: Dead But Not Forgotten Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse

    Anyone who loves Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse characters will love these fantastic short stories. Each one features a secondary character from the series. Though all of the short stories are written by other authors, each stays true to the character...

  • Review: Closer to Home Herald Spy, #1

    I never cease to be amazed by the textures that are inherent in this well-established and intricately complex fantasy world. The realism is such that I am instantly transported to one of my favorite universes whenever I open one of this author’s books,...

  • Review: Cress Lunar Chronicles, #3

    Cress by Marissa Meyer is the third novel in her Lunar Chronicles, a series that has a legion of devoted fans who adore Marissa’s unique futuristic characters spun from classic fairytales. In this book, instead of being trapped in a tower struggling with...

  • Review: High Moon A F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Investigation, #4

    I LOVE, Love this author and the F.R.E.A.K.S series. These books have a unique take on the paranormal that will have you hooked from the first book, only to increase to obsession with the next. Beatrice is a character that grows on you. She is a tough...

  • Review: Far Orbit Speculative Space Adventures

    If you’re looking for a good anthology of science fiction stories, look no further than Far Orbit, which I found to be a really awesome collection of traditional sci-fi stories that was hard to put down. I totally loved reading this book! All of the stories...

  • Review: Loves, Myths and Monsters A Collection of Folk and Urban Myths

    Loves, Myths and Monsters is a collection of eerie, suspenseful tales that I recommend. The tales include stories about the Chupracabra, a serial killer family, mermaids, werewolves and many other mystical creatures interacting with humans. This book...

  • Review: Stolen Heart of Dread, #2

    Stolen started out really well. It has a fast paced start and it was going very well. But, somewhere along the way it got lost. The story took a turn for the worst and just started to drag. I really loved the story. It made me think about the storyline...

  • Review: Pushed Sense Thieves

    OMG this book was so good! I really wish I would have had book one. I will definitely be grabbing it now! And although I was a little lost to start, I was quickly caught up with the story so far. Remy was a great character! She is well rounded and she...

  • Review: Once More Upon A Time A Talaria Press Anthology 2

    Talaria Press has put together some beautifully arranged anthologies. In Once More Upon A Time we have a group of authors who have really worked at giving the reader something different. I wasn't sure when I started reading just what I would get. I found...

  • Review: Mirror Sight Green Rider, #5

    This is an impressive addition to a compelling fantasy series that explores what parameters of progress improve society. Those who are familiar with the series should be aware that this is more a dystopian tale than the straight fantasy that was present...

  • Review: Imperfect Sword The Lost Stars, #3

    This is another fun addition to an imaginative science fiction series and it is remarkable how much is still unfolding on multiple fronts. The author does an admirable job of exploring the permutations of dealing with diametrically opposed philosophies...

  • Review: Solaris Rising 3 The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction

    When picking up an anthology to read, I never know what to expect. I do know there are stories that fall under a theme or fit into a genre, but I never can predict just how far those stories will go to stretch the genre just a bit or take me on some kind...

  • Review: The Lady Marakand, #2

    This cover is so pretty! I kind of want a poster of it! Well I have to say that this one was much better than book one. It was fast paced, with more world building and better characters (both new and old). Where book one gave you characters then took...

  • Review: Shifting Shadows Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson

    The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs is loved by many readers, myself included. When I saw that the author was coming out with an anthology filled with stories from Mercy's world, I wanted to read it as soon as possible! Some of the stories were...

  • Review: Nyctophobia

    "Nyctophobia', by Christopher Fowler, is creepy, to say the least, but in a good way. The characters are well-developed and we learn a lot about them throughout the story. Callie, the main character, is easy to identify with. Her lack of confidence spurs...

  • Review: The Killer Next Door

    Ever wondered about who your neighbor really is? Well, don't look too closely, you may just find out something you wish you never knew. "The Killer Next Door" is a book about the residents of 23 Beulah Grove that will make you say, "What? No way, no she...

  • Review: Things Fall Apart Supervolcano Trilogy, #3

    Colin Ferguson and his wife Kelly. Vanessa Ferguson. Rob Ferguson. Marshall Ferguson. Louise Ferguson ... and Bryce Miller. Survivors, all. How does life go on after the supervolcano eruption? It just does, one day at a time. You do what you can with...

  • Article: What The Rise of Self-Published Novel Means for the Modern Reader by Tom Stacey

    Sign-up for Contests & Special Event Notifications Until recently, the choices a reader had in what novels to read were limited. They weren’t thought of as limited at the time, nor were they limited in the sense of variety: there have always...

  • Review: Suspicion

    Other than the gorgeous purple maze on the cover, I felt a slight kinship to Suspicion. For whatever reason, I recalled a horror movie from my childhood which featured a sinister maze overlooking a creepy hotel. It scared the pants off me at seven. Inside...

  • Review: Valley of Fires The Conquered Earth, #3

    This is the third book, and possibly the last, in A Conquered Earth series. This series has a very complex world and has multiple story lines going on at the same time so it would be best to start this series at the first book to understand all the issues...

  • Review: Kinslayer The Lotus War Trilogy, #2

    Kinslayer for the most part was boring. I nearly didn't make it through book one and well this one was no better. I experienced off the wall names and things that I couldn't pronounce let alone understand what it was. I just ended up having to put this...

  • Review: The Bloodbound Bloodbound, #1

    This exciting and enthralling tale provides a delicious adventure that centers around a strong, opinionated female, and a war-torn land that features both mystical and pragmatic elements. I loved that the action started immediately and continued escalating,...

  • Review: Sleeping Late On Judgement Day Bobby Dollar, #3

    I love the Bobby Dollar series. He's not your average angel by far. He may fumble and mess up (like everyone else) but he also does what he thinks is right. He's not altruistic by far--he has his own motives but generally he helps others along the way....

  • Review: Falling Sky

    This is a good dystopian novel. Ben Gold is a hardened survivor and is a pilot down to his very marrow. If he's not sailing above the ground, he's not himself. At first he seems selfish and closed off. Willing to do nearly anything to survive and thrive...

  • Review: Endsinger The Lotus War, #3

    Dear Reader, This review is done by a friend of mine as she loved books one and two and I wasn’t able to get into the series myself. *** OMG The author of this one ripped out my heart. This book was an incredibly emotional read that will live forever...

  • Review: Color Song A Passion Blue Novel, #2

    Do you ever get tired of Gender roles? Ever say I want to do this but can’t because of my gender? Well this book can give you the courage you may need to do something about it. Color Song is about one girl whose only wish is to paint and she discovers...

  • Review: The City The City, #1

    Ms. Gemmell wrote this book totally on her own and it’s her very first book. I found it to be a good read. There are some things that are somewhat the same as some found in her late husband’s books, but then there are differences. The author built the...

  • Review: Star Wars Episodes I-VI: The Skywalker Saga Poster-A-Page

    This book was a big hit at my house. Having two boys this caught my eye and I was not disappointed. It covers events in episodes I-IV. Each page is full color and tells highlights of the stories over the years. There are 9 larger, pull out posters of...

  • Review: Bastion The Collegium Chronicles #5, A Valdemar Novel

    This fantasy story is part of a series which centers around a well-developed world that features arcane beings known as Companions, which look like horses yet have far more exceptional capabilities, not least of which is their ability to communicate directly...

  • Review: The Sword of Demelza

    When Erik and Emma, two young marsupials, befriend an orphaned red fox named Devon, it’s a very odd friendship to say the least. Normally these two different animals would be enemies, but because of the devastation caused by the evil king, they all set...

  • Review: Battle for the Blood Latter-Day Olympians, #4

    There is one word that comes to mind when I think about this novel: explosive. Let me also say that it was explosive in all the best ways. Battle for the Blood is the 4th book in author Lucienne Diver’s outstanding Latter Day Olympian’s series, and as...

  • Review: The Leopard Marakand, #1

    Well The Leopard started out OK with goddesses and a woman searching for an assassin. What is with all the spy and assassin books I've been reading? I really loved this world. Being Pagan I devour almost anything that deals with old religions and of course...

  • Review: Rebel Nation Nation, #2

    Rebel Nation is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! Ok so when I grabbed this I was an idiot and didn't know that it was a book two. So I tracked down a copy of book one and read that as well. Then I devoured book two! O look at the cute puppy on the cover, haha. Yes that...

  • Review: The Tears of the Rose The Twelve Kingdoms, #2

    This book is a series redeemer! OK. For me book one was a train wreck. If you follow my site you will know what I'm talking about. The first half of the book oozes nothing but teen YA vibes, then you get to the other half and BOOM it’s all sex and turn...

  • Review: Stranger

    So after the first two chapters I started to get really scared. I’ve had issues with books that are over like 2 POVs and this has 5! But that was fine. Each character had their own very distinct voice. So it didn't mess the story up and it didn't confuse...

  • Review: PathFinder TodHunter Moon, #1 / World of Septimus Heap

    There comes a time when you read a series (like The Selection by Keira Cass & Harry Potter) and then that series ends and your life is over. When the last book came out of Septimus Heap, I read it. I think I was in a dark place for a little while after....

  • Review: Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between Rhiannon's Law, #1

    There's a lot to like about this novel.  The characters are all, without any reservation, unique and interesting people.  I had my doubts about a couple of them, the words 'too good to be true' flashed through my head, but all in all I can happily...

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The Dastardly Miss Lizzie by Viola Carr

Dr. Eliza Jekyll must turn to her dark side, Miss Lizzie Hyde, to stop a madman who’s targeting London’s most important scientists and sorcerers, terrorizing the city with dark magic, in this third Electric Empire novel—a dazzlingly original steampunk fantasy set in the gritty world of alternate Victorian London, with echoes of H. G. Wells’s classic, The Time Machine.

Being two people in one body isn’t easy. Metropolitan Police crime scene physician Eliza Jekyll is trying to maintain a semblance of control, even as her rebellious second self, Lizzie, grows increasingly wild—threatening the respectable Eliza’s reputation and her marriage to Remy Lafayette, the Royal Society investigator and occasional lycanthrope. With England on the brink of war, Remy’s away in sorcery-riddled Paris on a secretive mission that grows ever more sinister. Has he been an enemy agent all along? Or is coping with her secret divided self finally driving Eliza mad?

Eliza needs her mind clear and sharp if she’s to catch an evil genius who is killing eminent scientists. The chase uncovers a murky world of forbidden books, secret laboratories, and a cabal of fanatical inventors whose work could change the world—or destroy it—and who may hold answers to Eliza’s mysterious past.

As sorcery-wielding terrorists attack London, Eliza discovers her own enemies are closing in, driving her to desperate measures—enlisting the aid of the wily, resourceful, mercurial Lizzie—to thwart the killer. But Lizzie’s got her own life now, and true to her nature, will resort to the devious and diabolical to keep it. Even if it means throwing Eliza to the wolves, and letting the world burn. . . .