Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Review: The Dark Unwinding (The Dark Unwinding #1) by Sharon Cameron
Reading Level: YA
Publication Date: September 2012
Short Synopsis: When Katharine Tulman's inheritance is called into question by the rumor that her eccentric uncle is squandering away the family fortune, she is sent to his remote English estate to have him committed to an asylum. But instead of a lunatic, Katharine discovers a genius inventor with his own set of childlike rules, who employs a village of nine hundred people rescued from the workhouses of London. Katharine is now torn between protecting her own inheritance and preserving the peculiar community she has grown to care for—a conflict made even more complicated by a handsome apprentice, a mysterious student, and fears for her own sanity. As the mysteries of the estate begin to unravel, it is clear that not only is her uncle's world at stake, but also the state of England as they know it. With twists and turns and breathtaking romance at every corner, this thrilling adventure will captivate readers.
My Review: I had heard about this book and loved how it seemed kind of steampunk/ gothic romance. It had quiet a few good reviews but a part of me was hesitant to start it because what it if was just fluff as sometimes the hyped up books end up being?
I am happy to say that this one was not fluff!! Katharine was quite analytical and I could relate to her wanting to look out for herself but then falling in love with the people that she came to know.
There wasn't really steampunk, but I didn't mind. There were creative characters and I found myself laughing out loud more than once. The storyline was inventive and I am looking forward to more!
I will say that there were some...confusing parts...that I thought were resolved a little later than I would have liked. I get frustrated when I can't figure something out and those bits tantalyzingly on the edge frustrated me just a little bit. Sometimes it doesn't, but this time it did.
Also, the ending. It was ok. Hmm, I can't really say a whole lot without giving away stuff (and I hate spoilers so I won't do that to you!). Needless to say, it wasn't my favorite. Not just for what happened, but how people acted. Some acted spot on and I thought were really great. Others though, not as much.
Another point in the books favor though was the attraction between Katharine and another character. It was slow to happen, but made complete sense. I'm just looking forward to it resolving more in the next book!