Book Review

CORRODED
by Karina Cooper

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, E-book, Steampunk

RT Rating

This is a series that is simply not to be missed. Corroded is the third book in the St. Croix Chronicles, and the author does a fantastic job of catching up new readers without being too heavy-handed with exposition. Fans of the series will be completely captivated by the continuation of Cherry St. Croix’s adventure and character advancement. Expect the plot to be turned around and upside down, making this thriller practically impossible to put down. The author’s unique voice brings London’s alternate steampunk reality to life so vividly, you won’t want to leave. This is one dark, twisted and wonderful series.

Cherry St. Croix is driven by revenge. A rival collector has committed murder, torn apart Cherry’s life and stolen from her, leaving Cherry to seek sanctuary in the most unlikely of places, the Midnight Menagerie, where people go to satisfy their darkest desires. Cherry believes the best way to vanquish her rival is to race him for the ultimate collection: Jack the Ripper. As more enemies crawl out of the woodwork, the consequences of her hunt cause her to question how far she should go. Being trapped between two killers may finally send Cherry over the edge. (CARINAPRESS.COM, dl $3.99)

Reviewed By: Terri Dukes

Publisher: CARINAPRESS.COM

Published: September 2013

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LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Corroded

Submitted by MichelleLOlson on September 16, 2013 - 1:53pm.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:
*eARC Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
--Actual Rating 4.5 Skulls

Corroded was another amazing read by Karina Cooper! She's evolving so much with her St. Croix Chronicles, and you can really feel how enmeshed she's becoming in Cherry and the world when she's writing. Her narrative is so fluid and gripping, yet incredibly legitimate to the time period and sub-genre, even in regards to the divide of hierarchical social dialects. I found it absolutely fascinating.

As I stated at the end of my Gilded review, the series was on a continuously accelerating darkness slide - which I personally, absolutely loved - and after the tragic conclusion of book #2, Corroded was steeped in that darkness. Cherry falls back on old habits to numb her pain and help her on her quest for revenge, and more and more she heaps on the guilt for everything that has happened in the series thus far and finds new ways to punish herself. It was heartbreaking to read, especially after having learned to love Cherry like I have over the course of the series. You just want to give her a huge hug and then slap some sense into her immediately afterward. This heaviness also weighs the very beginning of the book down a bit, making it somewhat of a slower read than the previous books or the last 1/2 of Corroded, but I personally felt it necessary, and very apropos, given the heaviness weighing on and slowing down our leading lady.

Those of us on team Hawke get a startling amount of page time for Micajah in this installment, and it's oh - so - very - good! I can't say any more without giving anything away, but we all know how scary and sexy he can be... well the previous books had nothing on the Cage that we see in Corroded! :)

And as always, Karina gives us yet another incredible Victorian Horror Classic reference/feel (or at least I thought so), and the surprise unveiling of an antagonist that I don't think anybody will see coming. It was head shakingly gasp worthy.

Corroded's ending opened up a lot of doors for this series (or a possible spin-off)as well, and that has this loyal fan and reader incredibly excited.

Another beautifully written and intense St. Croix Chronicle installment that I would readily recommend. I can't wait for more!