Saturday, January 26, 2013

Asher's Dilemma by Coleen Kwan

Asher's Dilemma

Summary - Ever since he awoke one day on the floor of his workshop with a brain-splitting headache, Asher Quigley has been haunted by fleeting visions of a beautiful woman everywhere he looks—a woman he's sure he knows, but can't recall. In spite of this he has finished his most wondrous invention yet, one that will literally make history: a time machine. But before he can complete his exacting calculations a bizarre accident causes the device to be activated, with him inside! He awakes to find himself in his lab, eight months in the past, and suddenly he remembers her…

Asher knows that something in the near future causes Minerva Lambkin, the woman who turned down his marriage proposal, to be erased from existence. And he's sure it has something to do with his device. Alone in a familiar world where he doesn't belong, he'll have to find a way to destroy the time machine to save the woman he loves from extinction. Even if that means erasing his own future.

My Rating - 4stars

My Review - Steampunk is a bit of a new genre for me. I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well thought out and interesting on many levels. Asher has to make some very serious choices and it is great to see him grow as a person to realize what is really important. It was a little weird having two versions of him around. Nice romance angle going and I totally get how Minerva would be attracted to both versions of Asher.

This was a novella so that equals quick read. It was fun, quirky and moved at a great pace. I really enjoyed the writing and style. I will definitely look more into this genre! I almost forgot how much I enjoyed Jules Verne as a kid and this is like a grown up type version!

One complaint, this was not marked as a sequel. I have a reading OCD when it comes to series or connected books. I now have to go back and read Asher's Invention to fill in some gaps. It did not really matter for understanding this book but the previous book plot twists are definitely spoiled for me when I read it.

Cover Art - Beautiful!! I love this cover and it is one of the reasons I requested the book. 

*ARC courtesy of Carina Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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