3 Stars for The Winter Garden (The Ingenious Mechanical Devices #2) by Kara Jorgensen #MM #Steampunk @AuthorKaraJ


Title: The Winter Garden (The Ingenious Mechanical Devices #2)
Author Name: Kara Jorgensen
Publication Date & Length: March 11, 2015 –  302 pgs


Can death be conquered?
When Immanuel Winter set off to the banks of the Thames, he never thought his life would be changed forever. Emmeline Jardine, a young Spiritualist medium, drowns, but the potion given to Immanuel by his mother brings her back from the dead and irrevocably intertwines their souls.
But Emmeline and Immanuel aren’t the only ones aware of his ancestors’ legacy. Understanding the potential of such an elixir, the ruthlessly ambitious Alastair Rose knows securing the mysteries of death will get him everything he desires: power, a title, but more importantly, dominion over the dead and the living.
Unaware of what the dashing madman is capable of, Emmeline follows him deeper into a world of corrupt mediums, unscrupulous scientists, and murder. All that stands between Lord Rose and his prize is the boy who refuses to die, but both men know the key to stopping him lies within the girl who shares Immanuel’s soul.

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Immanuel Winter and Emmeline Jardine are the heroes of this book. Two people connected by Fate and an ancient elixir. Life and death is in their hands. Unfortunately, of course, someone is looking to crack the secret of death. It’s a conspiracy that goes all the way back to the Queen herself.
This is Victorian(ish) steampunk paranormal stuff. If that appeals it’s a good representation of the genre. Anachronistic and places, which can be handwaved a bit as “steampunk,” and any little details to wonder about are quickly swallowed up by the story and the atmosphere, which are captivating.
If you’re concerned that the leads are a man and a woman, don’t be. Theirs is rivalry and contentious friendship. Immanuel’s heart belongs to a man. And it’s quite lovely that young love between lads that blossoms in the face of murder, intrigue, and homophobia.
Immanuel is likeable. Emmeline, unfortunately, is not, though she’s sympathetic. Fans of the genre will enjoy their story. I’m not big on it and I wasn’t completely sold. The story kept me interested all the way through. Kara Jorgensen is a competent writer and her characters are all striking. I just don’t know how long they’ll linger with me now that I’m through.
This is book Two of the Ingenious Mechanical Devices series. It is not necessary to read the first book in the series.
C.E. Case


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Kara Jorgensen is an author of fiction and professional student from New Jersey who will probably die slumped over a Victorian novel. An anachronistic oddball from birth, she has always had an obsession with the Victorian era, especially the 1890s. Midway through a dissection in a college anatomy class, Kara realized her true passion was writing and decided to marry her love of literature and science through science fiction or, more specifically, steampunk. When she is not writing, she is watching period dramas, going to museums, or babying her beloved dogs. Her poems have been featured in Selfish and Literary Orphans.

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