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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Book Review: The Kraken King (Parts 1-3) by Meljean Brook

The Kraken King (Part I) 
By: Meljean Brook
Romance, Steampunk
Pub Date: April 15th, 2014

A former smuggler and thief, Ariq—better known as the Kraken King—doesn’t know what to make of the clever, mysterious woman he rescues from an airship besieged by marauders. Unsure if she’s a spy or a pawn in someone else’s game, Ariq isn’t about to let her out of his sight until he finds out…

After escaping her fourth kidnapping attempt in a year, Zenobia Fox has learned to vigilantly guard her identity. While her brother Archimedes is notorious for his exploits, Zenobia has had no adventures to call her own—besides the stories she writes...

...but when she jumps at the chance to escape to the wilds of Australia and acquire research for her next story, Zenobia quickly discovers the voyage will be far more adventurous than any fiction she could put to paper.

I'm the first to admit, I love Steampunk fashion, but for whatever reason…I can't get into the fantasy stories. Until now. Yes, you read that right! Katie is digging some Steampunk Romance!!!

The first book in this series really does a great job of setting the foundation for the next installment to come. Our leading lady starts out the saga with some high-flying action, literally. I loved it. I love her body guards/companions and meeting Ariq (Sounds like Eric) *fans self*, yeah I'm all kinds of into Kraken romance for sure!

Tentacle arms? There's no mention yet, but he is named after the sea monster so…..hey either way, I'm into it!

I only wish the story was longer! All too soon things are cut off and you're left feeling ripped off. MORE STORY!!! I'm needy and I don't care who knows it

The Kraken King (Part II) 
By: Meljean Brook
Romance, Steampunk
Pub Date: April 22nd, 2014

As they continue their expedition across Australia, Ariq is determined to stay close to Zenobia and figure out what kind of game she’s playing—even as his admiration for the enigmatic woman starts to override his suspicion.

For Zenobia, revealing her identity to a man who once made his living outside of the law is out of the question—even though Ariq’s dashing looks and blunt manner are distractingly appealing.

But before anyone’s secrets or desires can be exposed, an unexpected attack threatens to destroy them all…

I thought book one started with a bang, dear Kraken was I wrong. Book two gets even better! There was such a shocking/emotional scene in this edition, I really had no clue who was going to live or die. Nail bitter!

I'm finding myself lost in this Steampunk world, and while it's still hard to really get into the mechanical side of it all, I am loving the drama between our main pair.

Sometimes you're totally wrong with assumptions about people and Zenobia is quick to come to her conclusions. Totally understandable when you've been used and abused for so long. PS: Mean people suck.

This voyage is becoming an epic journey that's sure to change lives! I'm all in. Cash in the chips and call me an addict. I want more, give me more! There's another story arc in the book but I don't care about that. I skip right over it to get to the Kraken!

The Kraken King (Part III) 
By: Meljean Brook
Romance, Steampunk
Pub Date: April 29th, 2014

After a harrowing escape, Zenobia, Ariq, and their company take refuge in a gold rush town—but their temporary port is anything but safe. When Zenobia is almost abducted, Ariq comes to her rescue and asks for something in return: he wants to know her secrets.

Zenobia reveals that her aim is to collect information for her next story, but Ariq can’t believe that her motives are so simple. Suspecting that all of Zenobia’s “research” is actually an intelligence-gathering effort for the Horde rebellion, Ariq decides to employ a new tactic to get the truth.

Shocked and overwhelmed by Ariq’s sudden seduction, Zenobia isn’t sure his interest is sincere. But while her head is telling her to keep him at arm’s length, her heart is an entirely different matter…

As I dived into part III, things between our lead pair start out with angst and drama, but then kind of lull in the middle. I did not see this coming. Ariq spends a lot of time with everyone OTHER then Zenobia. My girl gets no love.

I get it, the author is showing other sides to this world, but I am greedy and want more of the main pair. Too much time is spent talking to this vishous lord and that, gah, give me more between the pair!

Just when I'm about to skim read to the end, the action picks back up and Ariq throws himself in the heart of danger to save his lady love! Finally! Meljean, don't tease me with drama and action and get side tracked. I'm an addict who needs a fix. Shoot the next story into my vein and let's get this party started!

I can't wait for fourth story and will gladly cause murder to get it. You can quote me on that. *winks*

Books I - III get 4 'take me to the deep sea Ariq' Sheep


  1. great review! your making me want to read more steampunk.

  2. Great review Kati, I will put this on my wishlist, though I really did not like her Iron Duke at all.