Book review – Alice Payne Arrives by Kate Heartfield

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Alice Payne Arrives (Alice Payne, #1)

ARC provided by Tor in exchange for an honest review! This will be published November 6th!

2.5/5

Honestly, I’m not quite sure how to rate this book, but it was somewhere between me liking it and me finding it okay. At first I liked it, then I thought it was just okay and I didn’t find the ending as interesting as I wanted.

Alice Payne is a half black woman growing up with her white father in England in the late-1700s. She has a girlfriend who is an inventor. Also, she’s a notorious highway man called the Holy Ghost.

Then, there’s Prudence Zuniga, a woman who has been reliving the year 1888 for a decade, sent from the future to keep history on track and to make sure other meddlers don’t get involved in it.

One day, their paths intersect.

Yet… I didn’t find it that interesting? I felt like there was a fair bit of infodumping to establish the worlds. Because, first, the 1700s are steampunk. Then you have the sci-fi element of the future. And the book’s only 160 pages.

See the issue?

There were too many elements brought in and I didn’t think they were accounted for or explained enough for my liking. I caught on and I understood it, but I didn’t think it was weaved into the plot well and there were too many things brought in for such a short book. That’s the biggest con that took away from the story for me.

It also took away from character development. I think that Prudence’s POV could have been cut out and likely benefited the plot as a whole because I didn’t necessarily need to read her part. I thought that Alice was a far more compelling and interesting character to read about. I understood her world (even with the changes) while Prudence’s felt flung together and confusing. There was so much explaining that had to be done that I didn’t feel like Prudence got the same amount of character development.

All in all, it was a fine book, but the amount of things brought into the story took away from the actual plot. I wanted to like it more than I did because I really want to read more sci-fi and I’ve never actually read anything steampunk before.


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