Dec 4, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Hatshepsut's Collar by @AWExley + #GIVEAWAY


Hatshepsut's Collar 
by A.W. Exley

Publishing Date: November 13, 2013
Genre: Steampunk Mystery
Series: Artifact Hunters #2
Source: Received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review

DeeJay's Rating
Now this was fun!

"Loving you is easy, it's living with you that's killing me."

An ancient Egyptian artifact is driving Queen Victoria insane, and that's not top of Cara Devon's growing list of problems.

Viscount Nathaniel Lyons is a man of numerous secrets, but there is one in particular that threatens his fledgling relationship with Cara. Stunned by Nate's revelation, and before she can absorb the ramifications of his actions, he is arrested, charged with treason and imprisoned in the grim Tower of London. He stole something the mad queen wants, and only has days to deliver, before his date with the executioner.

Although sorely tempted, Cara can't let him die on Tower Green, not when their connection means she would share his fate.

Only together can Cara and Nate figure out how to wrestle Hatshepsut's Collar from around the queen's neck, before she plunges Britain into a world war. The search for answers sends Cara to the opulent Winter Palace of St Petersburg and the frozen depths of Siberia, with every step shadowed by an enemy with his own dark plans. (Goodreads)

So Ms. Exley came a' calling once again and I answered. Screamed is more like it. I've been excited to read this book, so I was ecstatic when she asked if I wanted a copy. 

I was like...hell yes!

I've got to say it. I love our main characters Cara and Nate together. They are just so cute and complete each other so completely (unless you've read Nefertiti's Heart, you'll never guess how completely). Even though Nate has grown a bit soft, Cara is still the fireball that you love to love. She's still adventurous and daring and how can you hate on that? Nate is still cunning and sexy, but like I said, a little softer than he was in N.H. I thought his personality was perfect in the first book–an exquisite combo of good boy and villain. In this book he was more good boy than I wanted him to be, a lot more in touch with his feelings than I cared to know. I like them BAD with good hearts. Always have. But I like 'em mostly bad. It's always so much fun to read about bad boys, and we all know it.

Then there was Nan and Nessy...what a mess these two were! Too funny and they weren't even in the book that long. We also met a few new characters who added quite a bit of spice to the plot and I really hope to see them all again in future books.

There was a lot more adventure and Steampunk elements in this book and that's why it got a higher rating. It had what was missing from Nefertiti's Heart. There was a very awesome jail break, some pirate business, royalty (Queen Victoria and Prince Albert), another great artifact, and a mythical creature (or two) that had me squealing with glee! You know what else I loved? The fashion. Cara's clothes were cool in book one, but in this one they were bad ass! Loved that!

The pacing was great and I liked that it was multi-POV. We got to hear Nate's voice and even the queen's! Very cool. It got a little confusing at times because there were sudden POV jumps, but not too bad that I couldn't keep up.

Bottomline, I'm a fan of this series. I'm excited for the next book, Nero's Fiddle. It's going to be more like Nefertiti's Heart looks like with a murder mystery and such, but involving Nan and Nessy. Yes! This is going to be a riot, I'm sure. So this is a YES to the recommend question. There's no way you won't have as much fun with this book as I did!




  1. Thanks DJ for taking the time to read & review - I honestly don't know how you do it and still have time to write! :)

  2. Insane people do some amazing things :P

    You're welcome! Excited for the next book!

  3. Great review! I really like both the covers, so it's really hard to pick my favorite. But if I have to choose I'll go with Hatshepsut's Collar cover. It's just gorgeous! :)


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