Apr 15, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Indigo and Iris by C.M. Stunich


Indigo and Iris by C.M. Stunich

Publication Date: Sept. 24, 2012
Genre: Steampunk Fantasy
Series: Indigo Lewis #1
Source: Purchased for Kindle

DeeJay's Rating: 3.5/5 STARS

“If I had known last week that I would be sitting in the middle of a Dr. Seuss/Wild, Wild West hybrid nightmare, I would've brought more booze.”

Rule One:
Gold protects but doesn't prevent.

Rule Number One Hundred and Eighteen: Do not discredit any information for all things are, in time, inherently useful.

Rule One Hundred and Eighty Seven: Remember the Rules.

They sound more like fortune cookies than bits of advice, but Indigo Lewis is going to have to get real used to 'em if she wants to survive. After eight years on the lam, her maniacal twin sister has finally caught up with Indigo and taken away everything she's finally built for herself. On the coattails of that tragedy comes Lynx, the man with the goofy grin and the gold epaulettes, who brings with him a train that travels without tracks and an arsenal of weapons that shouldn't reasonably exist. And all of it for a broken spyglass. Indigo thought she'd seen it all. She was wrong. (Goodreads)

C.M. Stunich is well on her way to becoming one of my favorite authors. Not only do I like her writing style but her stories are fun and imaginative, and this one was no exception. It was my first steampunk adventure, and after reading it, I definitely want to read more books like this one.

To be honest, I had no idea what was going on for most of the book, yet I couldn't stop reading. The first few paragraphs sucked me right in, but from there I stumbled through the rest, just trying to get a grasp on the plot and the ridiculous, out-of-this-world characters. I think I have it down now, but hell, I could be wrong.

Indigo Lewis has been running from her crazy-as-hell twin sister and the life they once shared together for several years. Then Iris, the said crazed sis, shows back up, promptly destroys Indigo's new life (she has been living under the name Taryn), then tries to kill her. Oh the sibling rivalry! Luckily, Iris doesn't succeed, but to Indigo, maybe death wouldn't have been so bad. Especially after Lynx shows up and gives her another dose of that crazy she hadn't been missing in the least.

I don't even know where to begin with Lynx. All I know is that his first meeting with Indigo ends with her being shot and ending up aboard a train that can go anywhere. Here and There. Driven by a cute conductor named Melody, they proceed to locate the spyglass that Indigo's father told her to protect, which she does in a way that seemed pretty stupid to me. But whatever.

Lynx is CRAZY. He talks in riddles and confusing truths and knows how to avoid answering a question like no one I've ever seen. But I like him because I had no choice. It was impossible to hate him. He was just too...GONE. Or pretending to be so. I couldn't decide. I don't know if I want to call him the love interest of the book, because, well, that ain't what it is. Ohmigosh. Just read the book and decide for yourself. I can't call this one because every other page Indigo threatened to kill him...

I love all the simple issues that Indigo has to deal with because they may not seem like big issues, but when you think about it they are! Like having no bra and being forced to wear men's boxers. Yeah, I'm dead ass serious. Indigo has to deal with this shit and more. But it was hilarious and pretty much the least important thing going on but Indigo made such a big deal about them, I was like damn, get this woman a bra!

The steampunk elements were awesome. The train, the weapons, the fashion. So, so cool. Then they leave Here and go There, and that's when things get really interesting. I won't say too much about it. But Here is here. And There is...somewhere else. Does that make sense? Nope? Well, then you know exactly how I feel about this book. Yet, I'm sooooo gonna read the next one.

The writing was as good as expected, but something was up with the formatting. The font size kept jumping back and forth and it got really annoying. But that's a minor issue. I'm a fan of this series, even though I only gave this book a 3.5 rating. I felt the plot was too all over the place and confusing, and that got so frustrating at times. But I couldn't rate it any lower because it was just too cool.

Recommended to: adults who love colorful curse words and guns.

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