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Author: Melanie Karsak
Title: Chasing the Star Garden
Published On: December 4th 2013
Series: The Airship Racing Chronicles
Genres: Action/Adventure, Steampunk
Publisher: Clockpunk Press
five-stars
Pages: 316
Format: eARC
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An opium-addicted beauty.
An infamous poet living in self-imposed exile.
An ancient treasure about to fall into the wrong hands.

Melanie Karsak's Chasing the Star Garden takes readers on a thrilling adventure from the gritty opium dens of gaslamp London to the gem-colored waters of the ancient world. Lily Stargazer, a lovable but reckless airship racer with a famous lover and shattered past, reluctantly plunges into a centuries-old mystery in a steampunk romantic adventure best described as Dan Brown meets Mary Shelley.

It all begins on one of the worst days of Lily's life. She just lost the London leg of the 1823 Airship Grand Prix. To top it off, a harlequin fleeing from constables shoved a kaleidoscope down her pants, told her to fly to Venice, then threw himself from her airship tower. What's a girl to do? For Lily, the answer is easy: drink absinthe and smoke opium.

Lily's lover, Lord Byron, encourages her to make the trip to Venice. Lily soon finds herself at the heart of an ancient mystery which has her running from her past and chasing true love and the stars along the way.

*This novel is intended for mature readers.



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I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Chasing the Star Garden has a great pace, and is just the right amount of immersive that will have you walking the streets of a Victorian aged Steampunk London right along with Lily and her crew.

I can’t tease you a whole lot more than the spot-on excerpt manages to do without giving away the sordid details of the story. What you are going to find though, is an action packed adventure worthy of Indiana Jones that spans across Europe. And just when you think you can take a breath from the action, we get our hearts stuffed through the wringer as we learn the dark secrets of Lily’s past and why she would rather float along in a drink and drug induced haze than deal with the feelings those memories cause.

About Melanie Karsak

Melanie Karsak grew up in rural northwestern Pennsylvania where there wasn’t much to do but read books and go for hikes. She wrote her first novel, a gripping piece about a 1920s stage actress, when she was 12. Today, Melanie, a steampunk connoisseur, white elephant collector, and caffeine junkie, lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.