I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr
Series: Electric Empire
Published by Harper Voyager on 2/10/2015
Genres: Adult, Fiction, Historical, Retelling, Science Fiction, Steampunk
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Magic, mystery, and romance mix in this edgy retelling of the classic The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde–in which Dr. Eliza Jekyll is the daughter of the infamous Henry
In an electric-powered Victorian London, Dr. Eliza Jekyll is a crime scene investigator, hunting killers with inventive new technological gadgets. Now, a new killer is splattering London with blood, drugging beautiful women and slicing off their limbs. Catching "the Chopper" could make Eliza's career—or get her burned. Because Eliza has a dark secret. A seductive second self, set free by her father's forbidden magical elixir: wild, impulsive Lizzie Hyde.
When the Royal Society sends their enforcer, the mercurial Captain Lafayette, to prove she's a sorceress, Eliza must resist the elixir with all her power. But as the Chopper case draws her into London's luminous, magical underworld, Eliza will need all the help she can get. Even if it means getting close to Lafayette, who harbors an evil curse of his own.
Even if it means risking everything and setting vengeful Lizzie free . . .
The Diabolical Miss Hyde is dark, gritty, and monsters lurk in unknown corners.
I really like this book. It’s a great mix of retelling, steampunk, and mystery. There are some predictable areas, but for the most part I was kept on my toes. There are so many secrets between characters, and you don’t know what is really going on until it’s right in your face.
Eliza has difficulty coming to terms with her shadow, Lizzie. They are completely different and go about things in ways that seem unconventional to the other. They have to learn to work together, and are fiercely protective of the other, even when they cant’ stand each other. Eliza is constantly having to justify herself in her work because it’s not a “woman’s” job. I like that she pushes the boundaries and doesn’t let some people tell her what she is and isn’t capable of.
I think my favorite thing is the way the normal self and “shadow” self are talked about. It’s a part of everyone and some characters are truly at their best when they embrace their shadow. I can’t wait for the next installment. The way this one ended has me wanting more!
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