Author: Claire Robyns
Series: Dark Matters #1
Got from: Author- ARC
Publication: Claire Robyns September 24, 2012
Average Rating: 4.0
Synopsis:Lady Lily d'Bulier is prim, proper, and prefers to think of herself as pragmatic rather than timid. And avoiding life-threatening situations at all costs was just plain practical. But everything changes when Lord Adair tracks her down in London; searching for answers he seems to think she has.
Greyston Adair is a blackguard and a smuggler, although British Customs would have to catch him red-handed to prove the latter. Fortunately, the dirigibles they float around in have never been able to get near his air dust.
Hell is rising, One Demon at a Time...
With Lady Ostrich hunting them, and the mystery of how their lives tie back to Cragloden Castle and the powerful McAllister clan, Lily has no option but to throw propriety to the wind and run off with Greyston to Scotland, away from the immediate danger and toward possible answers.
(Courtesy of Claire Robyns)
My Review:My Rating: 5 out 5 stars
This book left me wanting more, wanting more of Lily and Grey, more of Kendall, and also Neco and Ana. I started out reading this and at first it had me a little confused, because I didn't quite exactly know what was going on with Lily, and her visions, but it did start out like you'd see in something like Jane Austen's- Pride and Prejudice. Where the height of society is at a ball, and all the elegible women, are seeking their future husbands, and some have already found them. Well Lily she basically is an 'uptight' lady, who is the most extreme at being proper. She's a no frills kind of girl. Then she meets Lord Adair (Greyston), and she was turned off from him from the very beginning because he had eyes for her friend Evelyn, who was already married to a Duke. Evelyn is the live life to the fullest, need for the thrill, and very flirtatious woman. She loves her husband to death, but is a definite thrill seeker.
Next day or a few days after the ball, Lord Adair calls upon Lily. She doesn't have any clue onto why, until she brings in Ana, and Celludrone (basically a clockwork person, an android for the early era). Lord Adair asks Lily all sorts of questions about her mother, and what she knew about her death, but Lily doesn't really know much. Then he does something drastic and Ana comes to Lily's aid, protects her. Lily is furious and tries to through him, out but doesn't succeed because as she's trying to throw him out, and unexpected guests walks in, she is known by "Lady Ostrich"who later on in the book they find out is a demon. Lady Ostrich then gets into a fight with both Ana and Neco who by the way is a Celludrone himself. They both get defeated, and Lady Ostrich ends up killing Lily. Horrible right? right.
Next thing Lily knows is that she's back with Lord Adair, and he basically kidnaps her. This is where the adventure starts. Lily goes along with Greyston, on this epic journey to find out why they are being chased after by Lady Ostrich, and why their pasts are connected, and why their pasts lead them to one place. The place where her mother was killed "Cragloden Castle".
I loved this book, because one I love a good adventure book, two I love the paranormal aspects, Demons! gotta love Demons, and three because there is passion between Lily and Grey, and that passion is quite intense. It basically fits with today's women and how they think men look at them. The whole i'm not enough this, I'm too much of this and he won't or doesn't like etc. etc. etc. And...AND.... it leaves you hanging wanting more. I recommend this book, especially if you love a series that continues the story from each book to the other, you love steampunk style books.... oh and don't forget the Demons hehe. Plus if a book is so interesting that it keeps you up most of the night because you can't seem to put it down, then you know it's a good book.