Review: Flash Gold by Lindsay Buroker

 Cover for 'Flash Gold'

Extended Description

Eighteen-year-old Kali McAlister enters her steam-powered “dogless sled” in a race, intending to win the thousand-dollar prize and escape remote Moose Hollow forever. The problem? Fortune seekers and airship pirates are after her for the secret to flash gold, her late father’s alchemical masterpiece.

With a hand-modified rifle and a pocketful of home-made smoke bombs, Kali wouldn’t normally hide from a confrontation, but taking on a whole airship single-handedly is a daunting task. Unfortunately, the other racers won’t assist her–they’re too busy scheming ways to sabotage her unorthodox sled.
When a sword-slinging stranger shows up, wanting to hire on as her protector, she’s sure he has ulterior motives, but he’s the only one interested in helping her. The question is…why?
An 18,000-word steampunk novella set in the Klondike Gold Rush era. 

My Thoughts

This was my second attempt at a Steampunk book and I was impressed with this quick witted story.  And interesting mix of machinery and dog sledding in the Yukon.  The interactions between Khai and Cedar who seemly appears at her door from nowhere is both humorous to their lack of trust in each other and witty because they seem to play off each other very well.  I felt the the read was over before I even started it.  I got sucked in and wanted to know so much more about what there two could accomplish together.  Lindsay Buroker caught my attention with this novella and I will be check out more of what she has written.

My Rating

4 stars – I want to know more!  It was over before it was really started which made me kind of sad.

About the Author

From Lindsay Buroker’s website 

I’ve been publishing web content and blogging for a living since 2004. Before that I worked for other people. It wasn’t nearly as fun. I was even an enlisted soldier in the army for a few years, which had it’s fun moments but was mostly about getting up way earlier than I like and doing grunt work (they liked it if you actually grunted while doing it…).
As I was saying before I distracted myself, I’m working for myself these days. My main hobby, and the reason for this blog, is writing fantasy.
I’ve had short stories published here and there, but I never had much interest in

 querying agents (too much like applying for a job with ten thousand applicants). I did want to get my work out there for anyone who might enjoy reading it. Thanks to the e-publishing revolution, I’m now able to make this happen, and, as with my day job, I can do it on my own terms. More fun that way. Really.

Review: 13 Little Blue Envelopes By Maureen Johnson

13 Little Blue Envelopes

Overview – 

13 Little Blue Envelopes

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: September 2006
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Paperback , 317pp
  • Sales Rank: 19,252
  • Age Range: Young Adult


Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket.
In envelope 2 are directions to a specific London flat.
The note in envelope 3 tells Ginny: Find a starving artist.
Because of envelope 4, Ginny and a playwright/thief/ bloke–about–town called Keith go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous–though utterly romantic–results. But will she ever see him again?
Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it’s all because of the 13 little blue envelopes.

My Thoughts

Okay, so I need to get this out of my system before I start writing my review, I really liked this book!  Such a fun story and so very different from the other YA that I have read.

Ginny gets a little blue envelope that lays out some crazy rules, buy a plane ticket to Europe, take only 1 backpack, no additional money, and NO contact of any kind with those States side.  She is go to the Chinese restaurant below her aunt’s former apartment in NYC pick up a package and get on the plane.  As crazy as it is, she gets the package and gets on the plane after hours of restless travel she opens the package to find 12 little blue envelopes.  She opens #2 which gives her directions to her first challenge.  The oddest part of the this whole hunt is that her aunt has been dead for three months.  

Ginny is in for challenges she never thought she dreamed she would faced with.  She is alone in a foreign country following the envelope challenge of a dead women who left her when she really needed her.

My favorite part of this book it is that of a discovery of who Ginny really is and just how far outside her comfort zone she is willing to be pushed  She will meet quite a few interesting people and might just fall into a relationship.  She will lose everything before realizing that means she has won everything and more.  

This was a nice simple read good for even young YA reads and it a really clean well written book.  Self discovery is a strong message and done very well in 13 Little Blue Envelopes.  

My Rating

4 of 5 stars – I really liked this book and can’t wait to read the next.  I really want to know what happen with Ginny from here.
*I purchased this book and all opinions are my own.