Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Book Review Steel Lily

Happy Wednesday, good people of the blogosphere! Today, I have another book review for you all. I know you've seen Ms. Megan Curd's book, Steel Lily, on the sidebar of the blog for the last week and a half. Well that's the book on the chopping block for today! I bet you've been wavering on whether or not you should pick up a copy, too, eh? I hope this review will help you make that decision.

First, as always, I'm gonna give the book blurb before moving on to the review.

Title: Steel Lily
Author: Megan Curd
Genre: Dystopian with hints of Steampunk
Length (print): 314 pages
Links to Purchase: Amazon—$0.99 Kindle  B&N—$0.99 Nook  Kobo—$0.99

AVERY PIKE is a commodity. No, more than a commodity. Her existence is guarded at all costs.

She's a water Elementalist, the strongest of her dwindling kind. She creates steam to provide energy to fuel Dome Four: the only thing standing between humanity and an earth ravaged by World War III. No steam, no Dome. No Dome, no life.

Or so she thinks.

That is, until a mysterious man offers her a way out of having to donate steam. A way to escape the corrupt government of Dome Four. While the offer seems too good to be true, Avery is intrigued. But when she arrives to her new home, she realizes the grass isn't any less dead on this side of the fence. Instead, the lies are just hidden better.

...Which means digging deeper.

When Avery enlists the help of her friends to uncover the truth, she learns that while some secrets are better left concealed, humankind was never meant to live in a cage. And when you can control the most sought after resource, you can learn to control anything...including the fate of your world.

I just love love love the cover for this book. It really encompasses the story within the pages. Rust, gears, and beautiful type! How could you go wrong?

Let's get to the juicy!

I picked up a copy of Steel Lily on Amazon not too long after I got my interviewee list for the UtopYA Con authors. They signed up and I snagged a couple of their books to read (wasn't planning to write reviews at all). But some of them were so good, I just haven't been able to help myself. Besides, it's a nice surprise for the authors when they find their shiny new review. Enough of my babbling, let's get to it!

From a reader's perspective:
I found the characters to be well rounded and full of life. Avery's struggle to contain the instant attraction she felt toward Jax had me laughing at times. It shows her strong will and how much she's been hurt in the past. But she also judged him by his arrogant attitude at first, which gives me insight into what kind of person she is. I connected with her in this way. I loved that there were no infodumps in the book. I know this is the first book in a series and that leaves the open-ended things a good plot idea. It makes me want to read the next book. I got completely pulled into the world Curd created and it was easy to picture in my head. It's a great YA story many will enjoy. I simply adored the twist in the end of the book. That's just good stuff right there. I didn't like the hits at the relationship with Legs. There's never any indication that he's interested in Avery romantically until Jax shows up. I could've used a bit more lead-in with that whole triangle of fun and tension. I was thrown out of the fantasy a couple of times by errors I noticed. Which leads me to...

From an editor's perspective:
As I read on my Kindle app, I highlight errors (my editor brain works all the time). I find it easy to open the book up and hit the notes to see how many booboos a book had without having to remember them all. I found a slew of them in this book. One, the dates go all wrong from page 34 to page 56. I also found a large number of errors in sentence construction, grammar use, and word use. I don't usually give heavy weighting to editing errors (limiting them to 1 star overall in my rating scale), but the date error was a booboo from a story perspective so it bled over a hair.

+1 Star for giving me characters I could see and identify with
+1 Star for excellent world-building
+1 Star for great pacing and an awesome twist
-.5 Star for the sudden use of a character in a love triangle that wasn't led up to in any way
-1.5 Stars for errors in both timeline keeping and general writing
Overall, 3 out of 5 stars. Recommended for anyone who's looking for a good, clean, YA read.

I hope you enjoyed that review! I had a great time reading the book. I do hope you'll scoot on over to the platform of your choice and get your own copy. Links are above the book.

Have you read this book? What did you think?

Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!



  1. I read and loved Steel Lily by Megan Curd (though at 40+ I don't qualify as a Teen! lol) The actual "Steel Lily" of the book comes in at the very ending of the book, and it's. . . .well . . .perfect!

  2. I've been on a bit of a book buying spree so may have to pick this one up. Great review!


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