RECOMMENDED: The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook is $1.99.
If you've been a little curious about steampunk, you should buy this book. If you really like emotional and imaginitive stories with excellent worldbuilding skills on display, you should buy this. If you've been thinking about trying the Iron Seas series, but the price of the books both digital and paper was too high, I feel your pain, I have no idea what Penguin is smoking sometimes, and yes, you should buy this book. This is the first full-length novel in the series, and when you're done, there are more, including novellas, novels, and soon-coming digital stories as well. You can read a guide to the world of the Iron Duke at Meljean's website to see how she took our history and twisted it just a bit to create her world.
First in an all-new series where seductive danger and steampunk adventure abound in the gritty world of the Iron Seas.
After the Iron Duke freed England from Horde control, he instantly became a national hero. Now Rhys Trahaearn has built a merchant empire on the power-and fear-of his name. And when a dead body is dropped from an airship onto his doorstep, bringing Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth into his dangerous world, he intends to make her his next possession.
But when Mina uncovers the victim's identity, she stumbles upon a conspiracy that threatens the lives of everyone in England. To save them, Mina and Rhys must race across zombie-infested wastelands and treacherous oceans-and Mina discovers the danger is not only to her countrymen, as she finds herself tempted to give up everything to the Iron Duke.
Lady of Devices by Shelley Adina is .99c right now. This book is first in the Magnificent Devices series, and has a 3.8 star average on GR. This book follows a young woman who is a gifted scientist through a divided society in an alternative Victorian era.
London, 1889. Victoria is Queen. Charles Darwin’s son is Prime Minister. And steam is the power that runs the world.
At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire’s talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It’s not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices . . .
When she meets Andrew Malvern, a member of the Royal Society of Engineers, she realizes her talents may encompass more than the invention of explosive devices.
They may help her realize her dreams and his . . . if they can both stay alive long enough to see that sometimes the closest friendships can trigger the greatest betrayals . . .
Cinder by Marissa Meyer is still $2.99. This is book 1 in the Lunar Chronicles, a YA fairytale retelling wherein Cinderella is a cyborg, and hated by many, including of course her stepmother. This book has a 4+ star average on GR with many breathless, happy reader reviews.
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing.
A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction.
Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
Shadow Walker by LA Banks is $3.99 right now, and some of the reviews on Amazon say that for the length of the book, $4 is a steal. This is a paranormal YA dystopian novel which follows a young girl heading to a secret supernatural boarding school with huge expectations following her due to the fame and talents of her parents. That's a familiar setup for sure, but Banks was a very talented storyteller. If you like this, you can read about the main characters' parents in Banks' Vampire Huntress series.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world following the Armageddon, in Shadow Walker, the teenage children of the world’s Guardians of the Light must learn to hone their extra-sensory talents to one day join in the battle with their parents.
While they are secreted away in the Temt Tchaas Academy, (aka Neteru Academy), these students must learn to fight evil as well as learn to resist the temptation of fighting with each other. Although these young people have super powers, they still struggle with the same dramas and insecurities like any other high school student – and just because their parents may be superhuman doesn’t mean their parents are perfect. Far from it. That only makes life more confusing, as peer pressure, budding romances, decisions about whether or not to snitch, or whether or not to use one’s supernatural gifts for personal gain must be sorted out.
In this coming of age story, Sarah Rivera and her twin brother, Alejandro, must figure out when to use their wings or fangs, how to get along with their compound siblings, how to fit in with others in a huge new school, and perhaps most importantly, how to pick their battles to always fight for what is right.