Steel Lily by Megan Curd
Steel Lily is being released on August 20th, so with 10 days to go until then, I wanted to share my review of this fabulous book. **I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review**
It’s hard enough being the youngest one in a class, especially when you are the best in the class, but when that class is about mastering the element you control, it is bound to get you noticed. Such is the case with Avery Pike, an Elementalist who can convert water into steam. This steam that she and other Water Elementalists create powers the Dome 4 where they live. “Donating” steam to the imperfect Dome 4 drains Avery’s energy, so when she is approached by a mysterious man with a mechanical arm provides her with a way to leave Dome 4 behind, something she never thought possible, Avery is cautiously interested. After leaving, she discovers that while Dome 4 may be imperfect in many ways, at least it was honest. What is her new home hiding, and, perhaps more importantly, who can she trust?
In addition to having a fantastic premise, Steel Lily is comprised of a rich cast of characters. Avery is a fiery redhead who stands by her friends and tries to do what she feels is right even if that means she has to skirt around the rules. She’s strong, but also has moments of insecurity, and overall I thought she was extremely likable. The secondary characters are fully developed from best friend Alice’s caring and inquisitive nature to Jaxon’s multi layered personality (I <3 Jaxon). I loved the characters within Steel Lily, every one from Avery to her friends to her enemies to those who you can’t pin down as having chosen any one side. Everyone, even if they appear only briefly, is dynamic character.
The settings of Steel Lily, Domes 4 and 7, are characters in and of themselves and are vastly different from each other. I could effortlessly imagine the gritty feel of Dome 4 and its humid climate from the steam. Dome 7′s setting, which I won’t give away, is wonderfully described, and the sights, sounds, and feelings that it conveys were just as easy to picture.
Steel Lily was such a page-turner, I had a hard time ever putting it down and when I begrudgingly had to (for things like sleep-my eyes were literally closing one night while I was reading because it kept me up later than my usual bedtime), I had absolutely no problem diving right back into the story. Plus there were twists that I was totally not expecting, and they were awesome. I am always so pleased when I can’t figure out how a book is going to end up. It was truly a captivating plot, and its additional strengths in setting and character development combine to make Steel Lily the complete package when it comes to books. I look forward to seeing where the next book takes Avery and everyone else.
Thank you Megan Curd, this is the first book that I have read by you, but it certainly will not be my last. I can’t wait to read Book 2 of the Periodic Series, Iron Pendulum, but since I have no choice, I am glad to be able to dive into one of your other books.