Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Unnaturalists (The Unnaturalists #1) by Tiffany Trent

I am all about steampunk these days so when I saw a copy of The Unnaturalists sitting on the shelf at the local library, I HAD to read it.

In an alternate London where magical creatures are preserved in a museum, two teens find themselves caught in a web of intrigue, deception, and danger.

Vespa Nyx wants nothing more than to spend the rest of her life cataloging Unnatural creatures in her father’s museum, but as she gets older, the requirement to become a lady and find a husband is looming large. Syrus Reed’s Tinker family has always served and revered the Unnaturals from afar, but when his family is captured to be refinery slaves, he finds that his fate may be bound up with Vespa’s—and with the Unnaturals.

As the danger grows, Vespa and Syrus find themselves in a tightening web of deception and intrigue. At stake may be the fate of New London—and the world.

This book was pretty unique.  I loved the juxtaposition of the supernatural and the scientific.  The idea that faeries could be museum pieces in a strange world.  I love it.  The switch between the points of view were interesting as well because Syrus is younger than Vespa and their worlds are so different.  The writing is such that you feel as if you have fallen right into their world.  I could almost reach out and touch each of the Elementals that Vespa describes.  The imagery is wonderful.  I really enjoyed this one.  It has so much going for it.  There is steampunk themes, fairy themes, science, and alternate history.  I can not wait to get the next book in this series to see where Vespa is headed next!

You can add The Unnaturalists to your Goodreads.  Author Tiffany Trent can be found on her website, Facebook, and Twitter.  I give The Unnaturalists 4 Fairies for a great story with epic world building.

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