Although you can totally read this book without having read her other two novel in the series, (Beauty and the Clockwork Beast & Kiss of the Spindle) READ THEM ALL. This series is so, so, so good. I love the twist on these classic tales, I LOVE the plots, and the romance is so, so good! Read it. Seriously READ IT!
The first time I read Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by this author, I was taken aback by the Steampunk genre. I wasn't expecting it and wasn't sure what to think. My hesitation quickly turned to enjoyment though, and that became one of my favorite stories to read. I have enjoyed each of Allen's stories in this series and this one was no exception.
I enjoyed getting to know Hazel and Sam better and loved Hazel's unusual sense of adventure. (Even if she didn't!) Eugene was a riot and it was easy to forget that he was a 'ton, not a human. Allen brings each one of her characters to life in such a way that the reader really feels like they know them.
This was such a fun story to read and I know I'll be reading it over and over again. I hope that Emme and Oliver get their own stories too... not only because I want to get to know them better, but also because I don't want this series to end!
I don't know how Nancy Campbell Allen does it, but I don't think I've ever read one of her books that didn't keep me entertained long past the last page. I have been a huge fan of this series of steampunk fairy tale retellings from the start and always look forward to the next book with great anticipation. I loved this steampunk version of Rapunzel--the mystery, the intrigue, the romance. Sassy characters, a little social commentary, and a whole lot of fun round out this fantastic read! When does the next book come out?
This book was another winner in Allen's fascinating steampunk twisted fairy tales. I've read all of them so far and was happy to see mention of other familiar characters. This book can be read as a stand alone but it's fun to see how connections keep building in Allen's world.
Hazel Hughes has an interesting set of abilities that she doesn't quite understand. She works with the gorgeous doctor Sam MacInnes and each day tries to talk herself out of a growing attraction.
When Hazel is invited to Romania by a count with nebulous intentions, Sam accompanies her and a mystery ensues. I enjoyed the hints, the chase, the romance, and the adventure. This book has a little bit of everything and will keep you busy uncovering secrets until the end.
I have really grown to love this world of Steampunk Romance. This is the third book in the series of a shared world where the characters from all of the books live. This novel has one of my favorite plots. It combines not only a budding romance but dark magic, evil relatives, magical healing, and a mad sister locked in a tower. This story is loosely based on the fairy tale of Rapunzel.
I truly liked the suspense build up as the novel progressed. You could sense the danger but not always know the who or whys behind it. Main character Hazel has such strength and courage and I loved to see how she grew into her own light magic. Sam is the best male protagonist while he's there supporting Hazel in her quest. The villain is appropriately creepy and mysterious, which only leads to the dark feeling of what may happen next. There were enough twists that kept me reading and great clues to figure out what was going on.
The Lady in the Coppergate Tower has enough magical elements and fantasy to keep readers that love this genre interested. It also has the right amount of romance to keep lovers of clean romances happy too. This book would be great for older teens and all adult readers. There is some violence, not graphic, and mild kissing. I hope that there will be more in this genre of Steampunk Proper Romance.
Anytime there’s a new Proper Romance out, you can bet I’m going to read it. And even more so these Steampunk romances by Nancy Campbell Allen, I LOVE them! This one is amazing. It’s based on the Rapunzel story. I loved the way the author took this fairy tale and added Steampunk elements.
This one features Hazel and Sam. Hazel is Sam’s medical assistant. She seems to have a special ability to heal those she comes in contact with. That makes her a perfect assistant for Sam. But because he is her boss, Sam feels like Hazel is off limits for him to date or even dance with at balls. I loved these two main characters. Hazel is a strong woman, she works hard to not need protection. And she’s smart too. But everyone knows that everybody needs some help sometimes. And Sam is always there to help. These two make a great team!
The plot of this one kept me wanting to read more and more. I loved all of the little touches, the ‘ton named Eugene, the dreams that Hazel had, the ship they traveled on to Romania, Hazel’s crazy uncle. All of these things made the story fun. But it was the twists and turns in the plot that kept me interested. The story wasn’t at all what I expected, it was better!
I can’t wait for more of these Steampunk romance novels! They’re amazing!
Smiling! I am smiling as I finish this book. I love a book that satisfies my desire for a good story. This book had characters that I couldn't help but like. It had mystery, conflict, and romance.
Hazel grew up thinking that she was an only child. She is smart, inquisitive, and proficient at her job. She is a healer working with Dr. Sam MacInnes. She has admired him for a long time and is pleased when he offers to accompany her on a journey to find the sister that she just found out she had. Her Uncle is shrouded in mystery. There is something that isn't quite right about him. Having Sam with her adds a level of comfort.
The mystery surrounding her Uncle is well written. I couldn't quite piece together all of the clues and figure out what he was about for most of the book. Hazel's sister, Marit, is introduced as snippets in Hazel's dreams. Hazel knows there is something wrong with her sister's situation and is determined to free and heal her broken mind.
This book has everything that I enjoy. I loved the Steampunk and paranormal aspect of the book. It was present without being overwhelming. Nancy Campbell Allen does a wonderful job at giving the right amount of information in increments to keep the interest of the reader
This book contains non-graphic violence and kissing.
Source: I received a complimentary copy of the book. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
I think the thing I like most about this book and the others in this series is that it feels different to me. When I start reading, I know I will get a story that isn't like all the others. The light steampunk feel is fun and I love the creativity is allows the author to build up a world unlike the one I know. While this book is based on Rapunzel, it really doesn't feel that way at all, which also makes me happy.
This book has mystery, danger and a growing intensity that I really felt. The darkness sort of hovered around everywhere, waiting to jump at me. It gave the story a bit of edge that I really liked.
Sam and Hazel are two intelligent, even tempered people. They suit each other very well in their professions and as people falling in love. I loved being right there with them as they research, learn and put all the clues together. I think what I most appreciated was that even though they were smart, it was their intuition that they followed. Those gut feelings should never be ignored. Oh! And I cannot forget Eugene! He was definitely the comedic relief in this story. He kept things entertaining and light which was a much needed balance to the heavier feel to other parts of the story.
Overall, this was a fun story. I always love reading books by this author and can't wait to see what comes next!
Content: dark magic, death, mild violence, kissing
- I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
The author does a wonderful job drawing the reader into the world of fantasy fairy-tale retelling and steampunk with realistically grounded characters and a mystery to solve. Unrequited love that is secretly not unrequited is one of my favorite tropes and I really enjoyed the developing romance between Hazel and Sam with the tension that holds them back all the while falling more in love with each other. There is a darkness to the suspense as they follow the dubious Romanian uncle to Hazel's sister, and I was anxious to see how they would rescue her. Such creative world-building! Characters and situations from the previous two books are referred to and while I had read the second book in the series, I wish that I had read the first one also, so I would recommend reading them in order for full enjoyment. It definitely works as a standalone though.
(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Steampunk isn't a genre I seek out, but I have enjoyed this steampunk series by Nancy Campbell Allen. The Lady in the Coppergate Tower was a fast and enjoyable read. It had some fun twists and turns and interesting characters.
I was a little confused at the beginning about who was who. Names were at least somewhat familiar from the other books in the series, but it took awhile to place everyone.
I will admit that I was thinking this was a Sleeping Beauty retelling (I'm not sure why-maybe something about the name or from the cover), even though Campbell already did that fairy tale remake. It was similar to Rapunzel but a bit of a stretch. I do think being focused on trying to fit it probably lessened my enjoyment a little, so I would recommend just reading for this story's sake and not trying to fit it into a retelling.
It was a good summer read, and a fun addition to the Proper Romance Line.
This steampunk version of Rapunzel was not exactly what I expected. It was a fanatasic story. I love Sam and Hazel and their professional relationship. I love that I hear a little more about characters from Nancy's other steampunk stories: KISS OF THE SPINDLE and BEAUTY AND THE CLOCKWORK BEAST. The way the story is woven together is beautifully done. However, I was expecting more of the Rapunzel type them far earlier in the book. It was a great intrigue to keep reading in order to see when the tower appeared in the story. Truly it was done very well. I would highly recommend this story to anyone who loves steampunk and/or romance.