Review by Delaney35 -- The Engine Woman's Light

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Review by Delaney35 -- The Engine Woman's Light

Post by Delaney35 » 20 Jun 2019, 08:18

[Following is a volunteer review of "The Engine Woman's Light" by Laurel Anne Hill.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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The Engine Woman’s Light by Laurel Anne Hill is a gritty coming-of-age novel that takes place in nineteenth-century California. Juanita, a girl with a connection to her dead ancestors, is given a mission to stop the trains that take people to the asylums. Juanita’s great-grandmother saved her from going there as a child. This initial mission sets Juanita on a difficult path. She learns who her family is, what love is, and she ultimately finds herself.

Along with Juanita, a mysterious man named Guide, several dead ancestors, and Tony, a seemingly terrible man, work together to blow up the train tunnels. If they can succeed, then the trains will be stopped for several years, and the conditions of the asylums will be brought to light. If they fail, they will all certainly die a painful death.

This book is not a light read. Juanita suffers at the hands of both friends and enemies. None of the characters in this story are perfect people; they all have pasts that haunt them. The characters are incredibly interesting and diverse. Their flaws made them seem real; this was my favorite part.

The pacing of the book was excellent as well. There was never a time I felt bored while reading it. Whenever things started to go right, there was a new problem, and Juanita had to find a new way to adapt. Whether it was a natural obstacle, like lack of water, or another group trying to stop their sabotage of the trains, there was never a dull moment. However, it didn’t feel rushed. Hill created a proportioned blend of action and description. I felt the descriptions were detailed enough without being overwhelming.

Grammatically, this book was practically flawless. I only found one tiny error in the entire book.

I am happy to rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. There was nothing about it I truly disliked. All the elements worked together to create a portal to a different time and place. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a darker coming-of-age novel. I would caution that this book deals with many darker topics, including rape, murder, and abuse. If any of these topics make you uncomfortable, then avoid this book. Hill approaches these topics bluntly and without fear. Additionally, I would only recommend it to mature audiences because of some of the more graphic scenes. If none of that bothers you, then I highly recommend reading this amazing book. It will transport you to a world where the dead walk among the living. It will also remind you that your past doesn't have to define your future. Finally, it will make you question how far you would go to do what you thought was right.

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Post by Prisallen » 21 Jun 2019, 08:33

Great review! This sounds like a fast-paced book with some dark undertones that I would like. I'm curious, how old was Juanita?

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Post by Delaney35 » 21 Jun 2019, 08:58

Prisallen wrote:
21 Jun 2019, 08:33
Great review! This sounds like a fast-paced book with some dark undertones that I would like. I'm curious, how old was Juanita?
She started the book at 15 and it took place over the span of 3 years

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Post by Kaylee123 » 21 Jun 2019, 10:59

This book sounds so interesting! You wrote a great review!
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Post by Delaney35 » 21 Jun 2019, 11:12

Kaylee123 wrote:
21 Jun 2019, 10:59
This book sounds so interesting! You wrote a great review!
Thanks for commenting!

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Post by cornelia_SD » 22 Jun 2019, 11:50

You made the book sound very interesting. Good review! 😁 I kind of like stories like that, but sensitive to topics like rape, etc. But because of your comprehensive review, I am looking forward to read this book. Thank you.
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Post by Delaney35 » 22 Jun 2019, 16:41

cornelia_SD wrote:
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You made the book sound very interesting. Good review! 😁 I kind of like stories like that, but sensitive to topics like rape, etc. But because of your comprehensive review, I am looking forward to read this book. Thank you.
Thanks for commenting and if you end up reading it I hope you enjoy!

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Post by BuzzingQuill » 23 Jun 2019, 09:50

Great review! I have been hearing nothing but positive things about this book. Its also nice to see something different from YA sci-fi books, I haven't seen much steam punk novels peak through so this sounds like its worth checking out.

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Post by Delaney35 » 23 Jun 2019, 10:46

BuzzingQuill wrote:
23 Jun 2019, 09:50
Great review! I have been hearing nothing but positive things about this book. Its also nice to see something different from YA sci-fi books, I haven't seen much steam punk novels peak through so this sounds like its worth checking out.
It is very different, but in a good way. Thanks for commenting!

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Post by danielleamy » 24 Jun 2019, 17:57

The fact that this is edited so well and you couldn't find anything you disliked is huge praise. I'm not a sensitive reader and I love fantasy novels, so I'm sure this book would be something I would love to read. Thanks for the recommendation Delaney, I'm adding this to my list :)
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Post by Delaney35 » 24 Jun 2019, 19:10

danielleamy wrote:
24 Jun 2019, 17:57
The fact that this is edited so well and you couldn't find anything you disliked is huge praise. I'm not a sensitive reader and I love fantasy novels, so I'm sure this book would be something I would love to read. Thanks for the recommendation Delaney, I'm adding this to my list :)
If you end up reading it I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Thanks for commenting.

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Post by kdstrack » 29 Jun 2019, 18:36

I enjoyed your comments about this book. Juanita's resourcefulness does come through in the story. It certainly is not a light read. This is a great review that covers many different aspects of the book. Great job!

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Post by Tatan Hidayat » 29 Jun 2019, 19:19

the story gives a meaningful and amazing impression. because an incident occurred which is told in this story that the main actor who is still alive mingles with people who have died, and together in a rescue mission against a problem that occurs outside of human reason. even though with a variety of twists and turns of the scene. but it becomes a blend of meaning and story that gives its own purpose to the audience.

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Post by Delaney35 » 30 Jun 2019, 08:41

kdstrack wrote:
29 Jun 2019, 18:36
I enjoyed your comments about this book. Juanita's resourcefulness does come through in the story. It certainly is not a light read. This is a great review that covers many different aspects of the book. Great job!
Thanks for your comment!

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Post by Delaney35 » 30 Jun 2019, 08:42

Tatan Hidayat wrote:
29 Jun 2019, 19:19
the story gives a meaningful and amazing impression. because an incident occurred which is told in this story that the main actor who is still alive mingles with people who have died, and together in a rescue mission against a problem that occurs outside of human reason. even though with a variety of twists and turns of the scene. but it becomes a blend of meaning and story that gives its own purpose to the audience.
It definitely has a lot of different parts that work together. Thanks for commenting!

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