The Hidden Goddess In a brilliant mix of magic history and romance M K Hobson moves her feisty young Witch Emily Edwards from the Old West of to turn of the nineteenth century New York City whose polished sur

  • Title: The Hidden Goddess
  • Author: M.K. Hobson
  • ISBN: 9780553592665
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Paperback
  • In a brilliant mix of magic, history, and romance, M K Hobson moves her feisty young Witch, Emily Edwards, from the Old West of 1876 to turn of the nineteenth century New York City, whose polished surfaces conceal as much danger as anything west of the Rockies.Like it or not, Emily has fallen in love with Dreadnought Stanton, a New York Warlock as irresistible as he is iIn a brilliant mix of magic, history, and romance, M K Hobson moves her feisty young Witch, Emily Edwards, from the Old West of 1876 to turn of the nineteenth century New York City, whose polished surfaces conceal as much danger as anything west of the Rockies.Like it or not, Emily has fallen in love with Dreadnought Stanton, a New York Warlock as irresistible as he is insufferable Newly engaged, she now must brave Dreadnought s family and the magical elite of the nation s wealthiest city Not everyone is pleased with the impending nuptials, especially Emily s future mother in law, a sociopathic socialite But there are greater challenges still confining couture, sinister Russian scientists, and a deathless Aztec goddess who dreams of plunging the world into apocalypse With all they must confront, do Emily and Dreadnought have any hope of a happily ever after

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    1. As you may have seen, my review of "Native Star", the first book in this series, was a big rave, and the world-building here continued to shine in this next book. Emily continues to be a wonderful heroine, and the story of her family and the secrets of her past were very engrossing and paid off very well. This is a great magical/steampunk/turn of the century world. I could definitely read lots of stories set in this alt-NYC. Very fun.I guess I had a bit of a problem with the Big Bad of the plot [...]

    2. Second book in the saga of Emily Edwards. I enjoyed it, but didn't love it. The pacing is off. The main character feels curiously passive, even though, thinking back, she actually did keep taking matters into her own hands. But for some reason, it doesn't feel like it. Why is that?Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

    3. M.K. Hobson, I want my twenty dollars back. Ten for the first book and ten for the second. Maybe even some extra for the time I lost reading these books.Needless to say, I was very disappointed with this book. For 3/4 of it I readily accepted Stanton's absence, the slow plot, and a kind of "where the fuck is this going?" feel. Hobson's writing style kept me interested, even though some of her descriptions can get tiresome after a while, and I was eager to find out more about Emily's back story. [...]

    4. This was not what I was expecting. With Dreadnought about to be invested as the Institute's Sophos, there was little chance of him and Emily getting together. It's this separation that allowed for a lot of discovery. This second book brought me back to what I loved in Native Star: adventure and a peculiar mix of magic and fantasy. It was a little heavy on the true love stuff. BUT as both of them discover, sometimes that just isn't enough. It's that last bit that had me reading on. There are so m [...]

    5. This book disappointed me more from the reading experience than the context. I enjoyed the first in this series mainly due to the fun atmosphere and light romance.This book recreated this same feeling of joy whenever the two main characters were together. Unfortunately they rarely were.The story itself was okay, but not captivating enough for me to keep reading, so it took me very long to finish.

    6. Amazing. This book is just plain AMAZING.I read THE NATIVE STAR and adored it, yet I think THE HIDDEN GODDESS manages to be even better. Emily's history is fascinating, and the continuation of the "End of the World" plot from book 1 culminates into such a thrilling, unpredictable ride!The most amazing part of this book was how well Hobson employs "resonance". Little things mentioned in passing or trickled throughout the story all come back into play at the end. Everything intertwines, leaving yo [...]

    7. This book had a pretty rocky start for me, mostly because I couldn't remember the first one very clearly but knew if I kept putting it off, I'd never get this one read. Fortunately, though, this book is fairly self-contained, so even though it references earlier events, I was able to follow it pretty easily without having to reread its predecessor, The Native Star.Strangely enough, although the book repeatedly comes back to the concept of "true love" and whether or not it exists at all, our prot [...]

    8. M. K. Hobson doesn’t fail to shine in this sequel to The Native Star. The Hidden Goddess was just as brilliant and intriguing and incredible. Hobson is a brilliant author. She skillfully weaves history with magic, suffusing brilliance into every intricately worded page. Once again I was astounded at the storytelling, and the research that must have gone into writing this piece of fiction set in New York in the 1870’s.This book is just so enchantingly real. The characters, the setting, the pl [...]

    9. This book was very frustrating. Or, rather, the people within the book were often frustrating and I was annoyed with them.So, anyway, picking up pretty much directly where the first book lets off, we find Emily trying to make nice with Stanton's family and learn to pass in society. And, ya know, this part was kind of fun and I was enjoying it - not to mention expecting it, since it's mentioned on the book cover - but it doesn't really last that long until the adventure kicks and the story shifts [...]

    10. Full review featured on TheRekindledReaderSo, as I was sitting in my bath thinking about what I thought about The Hidden Goddess and not finding the exact words, I realized the best way to describe it was like lukewarm bathwater. It had its hot moments, but it was so diluted with bland characters and unnecessary diversions that it came out being irritatingly tepid. I felt like a book I might’ve very well enjoyed had been wasted.All of the plots had potential. If they were introduced gradually [...]

    11. This only just made it to three stars. So blah, blah, Stanton's not here in six different ways many nasty people are paraded onto the stage Emily has increasingly nasty flashbacks. Puase. I've read too many books lately in which the protagonist has serial flashbacks to Something Too Horrible To Remember. Getting tired of it. It's moving up in the annoyance scale to the knocked-out hero who wakes up and ALWAYS asks, "how long was I out?" Several hundred pages of Emily being dragged around, som [...]

    12. This suffers from "sequel syndrome" where it's not as good as the original story. There is not as much of what made the previous book enjoyable - magic, for example - and too much of other things that don't set the story apart, such as spending time in New York society of the late 1800's. And I think I have definitely had enough of the angsty main character "I'm grumpy that things aren't working out for me as well as I want and I'm going to spend pages and pages obsessing about it until somethin [...]

    13. This review has spoilers from the first book.The Native Star was on my favorites list for 2010. I absolutely adored everything about that book. So could The Hidden Goddess live up to it? Well, no. I still like The Native Star better. BUT I still loved The Hidden Goddess. It was different, it was certainly a different story and it was much darker. But I still loved the characters the same and watched them both grow a bit.Emily and Stanton's relationship is so sweet. In the first book they fought [...]

    14. I gave the first book in the series 5 stars, and I was debating whether to give this 3 or 4. 3.5. I don't remember much of the first book other than I really, really liked it, so I went back to read my review to see what was different from this second book. I adored the characters in the first one, but I really kinda didn't in this one.This book just doesn't really hold up to the first in plot or character moments. It's a fairly unpleasant book, in that the characters are unhappy and things are [...]

    15. I thought this was an excellent sequel. I kinda had a complaint about how some things seem to resolve a little too quickly in the end and I wanted a little more Dreadnaught, but as a whole it was a really fun read.

    16. I enjoyed this book for the most part though it and its predecessor have a few flaws. That being said, I really liked the main character - she's real and natural. Unfortunately the double deus ex machina kind of ruined the story for me.

    17. Simply put, this book was very, very enjoyable (just like the previous one). Truly excellent world-building and great female characters.

    18. DNF @ 75% and I'm desperately refraining from hate-reading the remaining 25%. Our heroine is aggressively passive, incurious, and acts as stupid and useless as *literally every other character* is constantly telling her she is. The plot and web of alliances between factions isn't complicated--it's just bullshit running on forward momentum. The heroine is a non-character, the love interest from the first book--our secondary main--is MIA for a minimum of 3/4 of the book, and every other character [...]

    19. (review originally posted on my livejournal account: intoyourlungsvejournal)***WARNING: This is a review of a sequel, so spoilers for the first book may crop up here. Read with caution. :)***While I didn't like this book quite as much as the first, it's still a very awesome sequel and I'm very glad I picked it up. The first thing I noticed is how differently this book reads from its predecessor. TNS had a little more tension going on because Stanton and Emily were being pursued through the whole [...]

    20. Slightly more complex loops in the storyline with this book compared to Native Star; I did have to go back a few times in order to get the story straight. Otherwise solid, no/very negligible punctuation and grammatical errors which is always a good thing.

    21. All I can really give this book is 'not terrible'. The story line had potential but it failed to leave me feeling satisfied. The heroine is much too passive for my taste and her love interest in unappealing.

    22. Format: Audio (from Audible)Narrated By: Suehyla El-AttarOriginal Publication Year: 2011Genre(s): FantasySeries: Veneficas Americana #2Awards: NoneI read a blog post(Savidge Reads)a few months back that posited that the most important reason for writing a book blog is a passion for spreading the word about really awesome books. This is the first book where I want to consciously promote a series of books and spread the love I have for them. I really enjoyed book one in this series, The Native Sta [...]

    23. When last we saw our heroine Emily Edwards, she had defeated the evil conspiracy of sangrimancers and other practitioners of magic with the help of the Earth Goddess Ososolyeh (and Dreadnaught Stanton) to poison the earth (see The Native Star), losing her hand in the process. She also became engaged to Stanton. The sequel, The Hidden Goddess, starts with Emily facing an even scarier threat--her future in-laws and New York City high society.Hobson opens the novel with a prologue that introduces t [...]

    24. On the whole I enjoyed it, but not nearly as much as "The Native Star", and at the end I was left feeling rather melancholy because the series seems wrapped up now. It's got a "happily ever after" feel to it, which for some reason I found oddly dissatisfying (even though I'd been rooting for Emily and Stanton to finally get to be together through the whole book). I liked this universe and was looking forward to getting to explore it over the course of 3 or 4 books, but instead it all wraps up in [...]

    25. em-and-emm/2011/0The Hidden Goddess continues the story that was started in The Native Star. Picking up only a few weeks after the first book left off, we start the story by getting an idea of how much Emily and Dreadnought's lives have changed since the events in The Native Star. Emily is trying to make the transition from rural small town witch to the world of high-society New York City ladies. Her fiance, Dreadnought Stanton, is being groomed to take over the leadership of one of the most inf [...]

    26. The Sequel to The Native Star, is unlike its predecessor. This is not a rehash of the same adventure by any stretch. And unlike the first, this one kept me peeled from start to finish, and flowed flawlessly. I also have to add, that this is not at all the type of book that I usually prefer reading, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. A month has passed since the adventures that brought Emily from Lost Pine to New York City, but navigating New York magical society is as taxing and treacherous as anythi [...]

    27. When the plot of a novel centers around nothing less than then end of the world, things tent to take a turn for the melodramatic. Unfortunately, this one is no exception. Lacking the magic of its predecessor, which drew me in despite it's frequently-annoying protagonist, The Hidden Goddess is instead mired in politics, social structure and secret organizations. Adventure is traded for scheming, no one is telling anything close to the full story and, in the end, the narrative collapses under its [...]

    28. Oh, this book. I desperately wish I could give it five stars. Maybe after I have finished processing everything I will be able to but my current feelings won't let meAfter finishing The Native Star (which--by the way--left me dying for more) I ordered The Hidden Goddess immediately. And it didn't take me long to finish reading it. Hobson's writing is so nice its like that extra special dessert after an amazing dinner. But while her prose is lovely I always felt like something wasmissing from thi [...]

    29. I really enjoyed this book. While I haven't quite come to grips with Steampunk, if this world and that of Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal are examples of its new cousin 'Bustlepunk', count me a fan.The characters are three-dimensional and generally believable, though I think some of the villains could have been depicted a little more deeply. I hope that their backgrounds and motives are explored more fully in future volumes of this series.The love story - that of a new love, two [...]

    30. 17 AprilOkay, I'm not finished with the book yet, but this doesn't fit in the status update, so here it shall have to go:In page 34, M.K. Hobson talks about how Emily feels bad for young men, because they always have to give up their seats for ladies, help people carry stuff, and people judge them for leaving a place of unrest (even though as most young men are non-magic folk, they won't be very useful anyway), comparing those 'deserters' as little more than a lily livered coward, a weakling, a [...]

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