A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn | Book Review

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The following is from Goodreads:

London, 1887

After burying her spinster aunt, orphaned Veronica Speedwell is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry—and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as with fending off admirers, Veronica intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.

But fate has other plans when Veronica thwarts her own attempted abduction with the help of an enigmatic German baron, who offers her sanctuary in the care of his friend Stoker, a reclusive and bad-tempered natural historian. But before the baron can reveal what he knows of the plot against her, he is found murdered—leaving Veronica and Stoker on the run from an elusive assailant as wary partners in search of the villainous truth. 

My Thoughts:

I picked this book up on a whim; it’s not normally something that I typically read considering it’s historical fiction. I’m not usually a big fan of that genre, but it’s also a mystery, which intrigued me. Also, it helped that the cover is so pretty. And that it was (and still is as of right now) only $2.99 on Amazon.

So I figured I’d give it a try. Not to realize after starting the book that it’s part of a six-book series. And I have a hard time keeping up with series lately. I read the first book, then it takes me months (sometimes longer) to pick up the next books. And that’ll most likely be the case with this book. I probably won’t get to the sequel until the middle of next year but forget all that had happened in the first book.

But anyway, onto what I actually thought of the book. Which is to say that I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I think what kept me reading was the mystery aspect of the book. I really wanted to know what happened to the baron and why the main character’s life was in danger. And what a ride it was.

I really liked the main character Veronica, and reading the banter between her and Stoker was just so much fun. I’m always into a slow burn romance, and this one is intensely slow. I’m rooting for them to get together, but it was like everything they were put through prevented them to considering they were always on the run. Plus, I don’t think they realized their feelings for each other.

I also liked Veronica as a character in general. She was so headstrong and outspoken, which was unheard of for a woman to be in Victorian times. She was also a  lepidopterist (I had never heard of that before reading this book – it’s a person who studies butterflies). She took no shit from anyone, and I loved that about her. She goes on adventures and travels and speaks her mind.

But what made me give it four stars instead of a full five is probably because of the pacing though. There were points where I was kind of bored, which made me not want to pick the book up. But when it picked up the pace, I was on the edge of my seat. She was on the run for most of the book and also in search of uncovering her past. And finding out how those two things were related was so interesting. And something that I didn’t see coming at all.

So there you have it. Those are my thoughts on A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn. I liked it overall, and I’ll definitely consider picking up the next book in the series at some point. I don’t think it’s a series that I plan to get to right away, but it is one that I want to continue.

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts on it? Is it something you you’d consider picking it up? I’d love to chat about it in the comments below!

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I am a twenty-something-year-old who is an avid reader. I love anything from young adult fantasy to adult fiction to young adult contemporary. I also love to play video games and draw and watch movies and TV shows. And this is my safe space where I can gush about everything I love.

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