Tarnished

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My name is Cherry St. Croix. Society would claim that I am a well-heeled miss with an unfortunate familial reputation. They 've no idea of the ruth of it. In my secret world, I hunt down vagrants, thieves... and stil, a murderer. For a monster stalks London 's streets, leaving a trail of mystery and murder below the fog.

Eager for coin to fuel my infatuations, I must decide where my attentions will turn: to my daylight world, where my scientific mind sets me apart from respectable Society, or to the compelling domain of London below. Each has a man who has claimed my time as his- for good or for ill. Though as the corpses pile, and the treacherous waters of Society gossip churn, I am learning that each also has its dangers. One choice will see me cast from polite company... the other might just see me dead.
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Published June 26th 2012 by Avon

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Another ook were a lot of problems, though the biggest is n't quit clear until the end.First off, addicts are n't charming, fun, or engaging as protagonists.

The est of he ook, Cherry is a bumbling idiot literally tripping over herself when the author ants her at a disadvantage for a bad-guy.

It probabl is n't fog that moments before allowed her to see she was in a narrow alley with bricks on either side.Add in that Cooper pulls in the all-too-common trope of character who can not kill an obviously evil person when she has chance and I lost all sympathy with Cherry, Cooper, and any future books Cooper may produce.

In short, you are, at hat point, committing a grossly evil act.At the three quarters mark, I made choice to finish this book just to see if Cooper would reveal who the bad guy was.

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Bot I eed now is to et my hands on the ext ook.

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Daughter of an accused madman, Cherry St. Croix was orphaned at a young age, forced by circumstance and a keen instinct for survival into the life of a thief, a circus performer, and an opium addict.

Cherry has seen the papers, knows a monster hunts working girls below the drift, slicing them open and leaving grisly carnage in his wake.She had n't known that the monster had hunted Hawke 's sweets.

She ha a collector, after all, and collecting things ... people ... even monsters, is what she does.It 's a pity that Cherry, for bot her experience with a life less ordinary, forgot that when you start hunting monsters, they ave a endency to hunt you in return.

vocative and compelling, descriptive to the point of artistry, Cooper uses words to paint gritty and glaring pictures that expose the corrosive cracks in life both above the drift, where Society reigns, and below, where other, far more in-your-face but no less dangerous dregs of humanity roam.The narrative seemed an effortless capture of the pulse of both, with the deftest of touches highlighting even more of the imilarities between the two than the differences.

Cooper seemed so intent on building her world and fleshing it out, as ell as focusing on creating and embellishing the framework for the two faces of Cherry, that the serious threads of external plot conflict often fell to the wayside.When the storyline started to focus too long on Cherry 's role in Society above the drift, including frequent and robust descriptions of hair, clothing, rooms, characters, and the ike, I kne my attention waning.

Unlike Cherry, who often suffers from the perils of her youth, Hawke is in ll ways adult.

That 's not uite a good thing, because I spent most of the Fever series in various stages of annoyance with Mac 's immaturity, even as I like her fighting nature, and that 's exactly the vibe Cherry was throwing off in her own story ( though, strangely, to a much less annoying extent).

If, instead, Cherry and Hawke have nearly as incendiary a relationship as Moning 's characters, well ... I 'll suck it up just as I did before, because that 's one phenomenally bumpy and hellaciously fun ride.Even with this being a series debut, with my expectations set to accept a certain number of unanswered questions, there were a few too many plot threads left unresolved or characters unexplained for me to be completely satisfied with thi story itself.

For me, this debut just had a little too much ocus on the series setup at the detrimen of story elements for the individual book.

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A essa is one of he othe reasons as to why I love Steampunk!

Steampunk, Tarnished takes the readers on a wild ride through the streets of Victorian London.

Uploaded with ImageShack.usCue Music: Twisted and Broken- Abney Park Set in the 1888 's, Tarnished is the retellin of Cherry St. Croix -daughter of a mad scientist- who lives a dual life.

But at night, Cherry disguises herself as Miss Black, a bounty hunter or Collector as they are usually called wandering the streets of London looking for criminals and vagrants, and delivering them to the concerned parties for a certain quantit of money ...

Bought up on the streets and forced to live life under a ringmaster who keeps his performers ( mostly kids) pumped up with opium, Cherry has had a difficult time kicking the habit.

Just like how Cherry lives a dual life, she has two interesting dudes keeping her company, or ore, taking a keen interest in her.

shadow figure himself, Lord Compton finds Cherry different from the odd assortment of women in thi society.

Micajah Cage, like Lord Compton is quite a mysterious figure too.

Getting back on track here, the story deals with Cherry trying to prov a creep who is murdering the 'sweets' ( prostitutes) and taking a piece of their body ( could be an organ or something) with him as trophy of job well done.

I kne the fact that Cherry is n't in no sense a perfect female lead.

Her addiction to Opium, the reason that she hate the 'fake' society she lives in, her need to do good by those who care for her shows that she is n't perfect.

Another is that part of the ity that is mostly populated by the working class and Pollution.

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Her guardian has one, deliciously sinful Hawke has several, and thus her powerful aristocratic admirer, Lord Compton hides something.Cherry manages to stay under radar of London crime lords until few prostitutes approach her asking to find and stop thi mad killer who is butchering their friends.

She tarts the investigation and in the process finds unexpected links to her past, a powerful magical solution which weakens the link between body and soul, so the body an be possessed, and most treacherou of all,- she gets indebted to Karakash Veil ... I wo n't add anything else away, but this an exciting, exhilarating read, with an albeit abrupt ending, and I highly recommend it not only to the fans of steampunk, but to anyone who loves Stacia Kane.

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Eventually it ended up full of Cherry being in these drugged states at the mercy of people she does n't know whether to trust over and over again while she 's still thinking she 's some ind of bad ass.

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The blurbs for Karina Cooper ’ s new series, The St. Croix Chronicles, intrigued me.

Sounds like perfect winte read! Cooper ’ s TARNISHED has a lot going for it.

I never liked author ’ s vision of an alternative Victorian London.

I mus have worked through this, hough, along with the hazy climax, but for my main problem with book -- there seemed to hav no resolution by the time I got to the next page: no growth of character, no conclusions or advancement to most of the pressing questions posed by the plot.

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