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{January 16, 2012}   {Review} Pilgrim of the Sky by Natania Barron

From Goodreads: Just when Maddie Angler thinks she’s over the death of her longtime boyfriend, Alvin, she discovers that he’s not only alive, but he may just be part god. And a killer. Now it’s up to her to unite Eight Worlds she didn’t even know existed in the first place, before chaos reigns.


I’m not really sure why I thought this was a YA book, but when I first read the synopsis, that is exactly what I was expecting.  However, this is not a YA book at all, but rather an adult book with some adult situations that I wouldn’t necessarily want my teen reading about; not that it’s extremely bad or extremely erotic, but there are some scenes within that are not my cup of tea, let alone something I would give to a younger reader.  And, since I made the mistake of thinking this was YA, I’m guessing others might as well, so I just wanted to put that out there.

Now, my prudish self aside, there weren’t that many sexual encounters, and the book was very well written as it is, but it wasn’t really my style, not because of the sexual encounters, mind you, but because I had some difficulty connecting to the story itself.  I am still new to the steampunk era, and I haven’t quite wrapped my head around it all, but I truly believe an avid steampunk reader would love this book.  The other worlds within Barron’s novel were extremely interesting, but I had a little difficulty connecting everything together, though I think this is more reader error than author error.  I also feel like this would be the type of novel that lovers of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland would enjoy as it follows that same type of surreal writing.  Unfortunately, it is not for me. Two stars.


I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


mamabunny13 says:

I don’t think I would enjoy reading the steampunk era either but I want to keep an open mind and give it a try eventually. Thanks for sharing your opinions of this book. I thought you were very fair and honest in the review.

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