Blog Tour: The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr

Posted February 13, 2015 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Blog Tour, Book Review / 0 Comments

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Blog Tour: The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola CarrThe 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
Pages: 464
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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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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February 5

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February 6

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February 9

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February 10

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February 11

Book featured at Confessions of a Reader

February 12

Interviewed at Manga Maniac Cafe

Reviewed at Bookworm Babblings

February 13

Book reviewed at Bookish Things and More

February 16

Book featured at Booklover Sue

Book reviewed at Rhi Reading

February 17

Book reviewed at The Phantom Paragrapher

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February 18

Book reviewed at Ashley’s Bookshelf

February 19

Book reviewed at What I’m Reading

February 20

Interviewed at Theresa M. Cole

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February 23

Book reviewed at Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews

February 24

Book reviewed at The Rest is Still Unwritten

February 25

Book reviewed at Cabin Goddess

February 26

Book reviewed at I’m Shelf-ish

February 27

Guest blogging at Night Owl Reviews

About Viola Carr

Viola Carr was born in Australia, but wandered into darkest London one foggy October evening and never found her way out. She now devours countless history books and dictates fantastical novels by gaslight, accompanied by classical music and the snoring of her slumbering cat. She loves history, and pops down to London’s many historical sites whenever she gets the chance. She likes steampunk, and thought it would be cool to investigate wacky crimes with crazy gadgets…just so long as her heroine was the creator of said wacky gadgets: a tinkerer, edgy, with a dash of mad scientist. Readers can follow her on twitter at @viola_carr and online at

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About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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