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Let me tell you, I’m a big fan of all things mythology. Literally. I don’t care who or when or where, if it’s got something to do with mythology, even in the slightest, I would go for it, always. So it’s no wonder that I seem to love this one too. The author has mingled myth with the plot so well you can only like it. The best part I think is that it is spontaneous and never feels imposed.
I loved the adventure element of the book. I am biased with books that has an adventurous plot, specifically when it is executed this well. The stuff Lily, the lead of the story, does sounds so cool in itself! And the theme of adventure (in freaking Venice!), along with all the other things make this book a steampunk story in the truest sense!
Above everything else, I LOVED Lily. Pure kick-ass. Though she’s not the kind of character I would usually go for, but the author has made her character in such a way that you cannot help liking despite her antics. She’s weird, absurd, flawed, in short a kind of an anti-heroine and yet I find it impossible not to like her throughout the book! Though I’m not into reading the kind of romance that is shown here I still couldn’t dislike it. I only find the parts, specially the beginning ones that dealt with Lily’s addiction to drugs and sex to be a bit dragging. You may even feel like it’s a biography of someone with a wasted life. But if you are able to keep up with it, the fun and joy ride that comes later would surely make it up to you :)
Among other characters, Lord Byron and Sal were really really interesting to see, though I haven’t been able to swoon over either of the two (maybe because I was so busy noticing Lily all the way :P) To be honest, I haven’t paid that much attention to other minor characters as I was too preoccupied with Lily ^.^