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Monday, August 6, 2012

A Lady Can Never Be Too Curious by Mary Wine

A Lady Can Never Be Too Curious by Mary Wine
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (314 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

Beneath the Surface of Victorian Life Lies a Very Different World...

Hated and feared by the upper classes, the Illuminists guard their secrets with their lives. Janette Aston's insatiable quest for answers brings her to their locked golden doors, where she encounters the most formidable man she's ever met.

Darius Lawley's job is to eliminate would–be infiltrators, but even he may be no match for Janette's cunning and charm...

Lady Janette Aston loves science and has a fascination with the Illuminists. It’s forbidden by her father but she refuses to be cowed by him. She sneakily reads their magazine, hiding it in her bedroom. But when she dresses in pants and visits their building, she’s gone a bit too far…

The Illuminists use the power of crystals to make energy that powers lights and doors and heats water. She is totally fascinated by how it works and what it can do. Her curiosity and smart brain get her in a lot of trouble. Especially when it was determined she was a true spirit that melds well with the crystal and can locate it by its vibrations.

As can be expected, there is another group who wants control of the crystal and a pure spirit to do it with. They are making weapons and have plans to take over the world. When they go after Janette, the story gets even more exciting.

The two main characters are Janette and Darius. Darius is a guardian and takes the responsibility of keeping Janette safe. That’s no small task. There is a traitor in the safe house and action picks up and doesn’t stop until the very end.

All the characters are well developed, they each face numerous challenges and the bad guys are really evil and full of only their self-interest. The fight between the two factions is intense. Janette has been learning about Illuminists, but she’s not through with her training. When she becomes a pawn in a game that has been going on for years, it’s dangerous, breath-taking and almost looks hopeless. Even worse, she’s fallen in love with Darius.

This story grabbed me right at the beginning and I had great fun seeing the world the author created. The dynamics between characters keep the story interesting and I read it all in one sitting. It’s also going in my personal library because I liked it so much and want to read it again.

The best part: I think there will be a sequel. Janette’s friend Sophia has been affected by the crystals, too, and she seems to have a crush on Bion. I’m hoping we will have an opportunity to visit this world again.