The Dark Unwindingby Sharon Cameron
Now having just looked this up on Amazon, I must hasten to admit that this book seems to have a great deal of praise but no stars. It's probably not on any "Ten best of 2012 lists." I'm not sure where I found it—maybe just on the library shelves? So I'm afraid to boast too much about my love for this book, but it took me a long time to fall asleep last night because:first: I couldn't stop thinking about the book
second: I couldn't stop thinking about how I could make my current WIP (work-in-progress) more like this book (in terms of structure and characterization)
third: I couldn't stop imagining certain scenes in my head, and, okay, most of them were romantic, but let me tell you, this was good romance. Not the kind that authors put in just to keep you breathless and keep you reading.
If you aren't all that into gothic, steampunk novels, never fear, neither am I. If you are into gothic, steampunk novels, you will probably love this book (I brushed past the details of the steampunk, gasworks, automata stuff—it just doesn't interest me much). If you are in the mood to read and read and not be able to stop, give this book a try!On a side note, I just found out the author of one of my absolute favorite books, The Unfortunate Son, died quite suddenly from cancer. I was so saddened by this. Both because she was obviously too young to die and she seems like such a beautiful person, and because, selfishly, I'd been hoping for another book by this amazing author.Here is a link to her webpage, and if you haven't read The Unfortunate Son—what are you waiting for?http://www.constanceleeds.com/about-the-author/