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Gunpowder Alchemy (The Gunpowder Chronicles) (Volume 1) (2014 original; edició 2017)

de Jeannie Lin (Autor)

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In 1842, the gunpowder might of China¿s Qing Dynasty fell to Britain¿s steam engines. Furious, the Emperor ordered the death of his engineers, eliminating China¿s best chance of fighting back.Since her father¿s execution eight years ago, Jin Soling has kept her family from falling apart. With her mother addicted to opium and her younger brother in danger of being sent off to the factories, Soling has no choice but to sell off the last of her father¿s possessions. Unwittingly, her actions bring her to the attention of the imperial court¿the same court that betrayed her father. The Crown Prince has launched a secret mission to bring together the remnants of the former Ministry of Science. To restore her family¿s name, Soling must track down the rebel alchemist who holds the secret to powering the imperial fleet. Her only ally is a man she¿s just met¿the engineer with a mysterious past who was once meant to be her husband¿… (més)
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Títol:Gunpowder Alchemy (The Gunpowder Chronicles) (Volume 1)
Autors:Jeannie Lin (Autor)
Informació:Jeannie Lin (2017), Edition: 2nd Edition, 342 pages
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Valoració:*****
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Gunpowder Alchemy de Jeannie Lin (2014)

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My only complaint about this book is that (at least in my copy) there was a weird continuity error that made things very confusing for me. Soling was reflecting that she couldn't stop thinking about her first kiss, and I was like "whaaaat? when did they kiss and how did I miss that?! I have to go back and find that scene right now!", but after a lot of fruitless searching and rereading I finally established that the first kiss doesn't actually occur until two chapters later. I guess that line somehow ended up in the wrong scene, which is a shame because it broke my immersion just as the plot was really starting to ramp up.

But other than that, this was totally awesome! Soling is a smart, wonderful protagonist. I haven't been so swept off my feet by a straight romance in a long time. I loved how Chinese culture was such an important part of the story - it couldn't have been set anywhere else without being a different book. It all felt very grounded in the historical setting even with the steampunk elements, which were extremely cool (they had steampunk wheelchairs and prosthetics as well as airships and such!). I love it, I definitely want to read more books by this author. ( )
  elusiverica | Aug 15, 2020 |
My copy had a few chapters out of order: 31 should have been between 28 and 29. ( )
  haloedrain | Mar 18, 2020 |
[I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.] ( )
  tldegray | Sep 21, 2018 |
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. When it comes to romance and steampunk, I am exceptionally picky. However, the description for this book caught my attention and I'm happy I gave it a try.

The world building and historical references were fantastic, and the character building is excellently done. Of course the bigger plot(s) aren't wrapped up until the next book, but there wasn't a moment's hesitation in buying book two.

Note to author/publisher: I read the Kindle version and there were a lot of typos throughout the book. It didn't bother me, but I know there are less forgiving readers that this would bother quite a bit. ( )
  taraWritesSci | Apr 6, 2018 |
If you're looking for a G-rated YA romance set in 19th-century China - this is the book for you.
I see from the author's bio that she's known for her historical romances with a Chinese setting. If you liked those, I'm sure you'll like this one as well. However, I was persuaded to read this by the touted 'steampunk' angle - and in that, I was disappointed. All of the 'steampunk' elements in this book could easily have been inserted with half an hour's editing of a completed manuscript. None of them are any more than window dressing, and affect the plot not at all.

Our Heroine is the young woman Soling. Her family has fallen from Imperial favor, and she is living in poverty. Once, her father was the Emperor's chief engineer, but after a naval defeat at the hands of Western invaders, he was executed for his failure.
When Soling resorts to trying to sell one of the last items of her father's that she owns, she unintentionally attracts Imperial attention. Before she knows it, she's whisked from the streets and brought to the palace, where the Crown Prince, who disagreed with the Emperor's policies, hopes to acquire any secrets that may be in Soling's possession. While there, she happens to encounter the man to whom she once was betrothed... and, of course, finds herself attracted to him.

From there, Soling gets bundled off this way and that way, most of it against her will, while she tries to keep her head above water and get back to taking care of her young brother and her opium-addicted mother. She's mystifyingly reluctant to accept help or grab opportunities that present themselves.

That said, the book was fun, action-filled, and kept my interest throughout. A good beach read, if you're not looking for anything too heavy or involved.

A copy was provided to me by NetGalley - many thanks for the opportunity to read. As always, my opinions are my own.

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  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
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In 1842, the gunpowder might of China¿s Qing Dynasty fell to Britain¿s steam engines. Furious, the Emperor ordered the death of his engineers, eliminating China¿s best chance of fighting back.Since her father¿s execution eight years ago, Jin Soling has kept her family from falling apart. With her mother addicted to opium and her younger brother in danger of being sent off to the factories, Soling has no choice but to sell off the last of her father¿s possessions. Unwittingly, her actions bring her to the attention of the imperial court¿the same court that betrayed her father. The Crown Prince has launched a secret mission to bring together the remnants of the former Ministry of Science. To restore her family¿s name, Soling must track down the rebel alchemist who holds the secret to powering the imperial fleet. Her only ally is a man she¿s just met¿the engineer with a mysterious past who was once meant to be her husband¿

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