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I picked up this book off a shelf in the library, read the blurb and thought aw this seems pretty cute I ll give it a go and then accidentally fell in love with it Astor is a noble, yes, and she retains some of those pompous qualities but as the story progresses her wilder side comes out and i absolutely loved that the fact that in the beginning of the book, she s sneered at by the plutocrats as too soft and without character and instead of wallowing in self pity, she sits up and ta I picked up this book off a shelf in the library, read the blurb and thought aw this seems pretty cute I ll give it a go and then accidentally fell in love with it Astor is a noble, yes, and she retains some of those pompous qualities but as the story progresses her wilder side comes out and i absolutely loved that the fact that in the beginning of the book, she s sneered at by the plutocrats as too soft and without character and instead of wallowing in self pity, she sits up and takes on the world with music and passion the characters in the book are all so nuanced and complicated all flawed Astor and her naivety at the start, Verrol and his struggle with his violent past unlike most YA books, where violence seems almost coveted in the main male protagonist , in Song of the Slums, Verrol actively stands against war and feuding because of what his past taught him, and learns from his mistakes something I especially appreciated considering how novels usually fare with this Ollifer and his narcissism , yet all so relatable even if you don t like them, you believe in their possibility and potential And the romance between Astor and Verrol tbh Their differences in terms of experiences and personality and how they deal with that had me totally engaged Their relationship is raw and based on mutual respect, though filled with confrontational attitude and tension they know each other s strengths and weaknesses, and it comes across with their emotional honesty Astor is spirited, and she knows what she wants, and understands that Verrol, though inclined to irony, hides his pride and vulnerability beneath They respect each other She understands his problems and he hers, and that bond of respect is what convinces me both characters would know when to draw the line, despite struggling with their issues to better themselves in order for the other to respect them Though one scene in particular comes to mind when view spoiler Astor announces Lorraine Swale s proposal Verrol gets passionate then, and bitter words are exchaged all with a tinge of honesty, and neither stands for the other s problems Verrol with her unwillingness to view past the promised luxury, and Astor with his rage I m not going to deny it was a bit of a let down for me that the author didn t have them discuss this conversation outright I felt that was essentially what was lacking from the relationship though I m also glad this is the only time he becomes aggressive for a reason other than self defense throughout the course of the book it s a marked difference, as mentioned before, from other books of this nature, and the character development shows , hide spoiler however, generally speaking, it s a healthy, strong relationship that I enjoyed seeing developing a lot The music I quit piano when I was 10, and occasionally I wish I hadn t This book dug deep and completely revived that feeling like it or not, music is a powerful tool and songs of the slums utilizes this in a wonderfully creative and dare I say inspiring way.Entwined in this book are great parallels to our modern day political and socioeconomic environment and that was a huge part of why i loved this book so much Steampunk is intriguing, of course, but no fantasy or sci fi is better than when it s believable the writer did a fantastic job contrasting the slums with the rich i was very sorry to leave the slums behind granny s words still echo through my head This is where you began Never forget it , and gave us such an insight into the inner workings of the city, much of which will be uncannily familiar to readers seedy politicians and tense gangs, riots and a swelling London smog the leftover soldiers from war, the stratification between rich and poor, the manipulation of democracy and the masses, the connections and dealings, even the awfully un fairytale like, yet starkly realistic ending with prime minister Hassock i can almost believe this story did happen, once upon a time and is in fact still happening.This book isn t perfect there are moments where i wish the author delved deeper, particularly into certain relationships e.g Astor and her mother, the unresolved questions in Astor and Verrol s argument , and generally i wanted a fuller resolution though I ll be picking up the other books set in the same universe to find out what happens but i believe in it enough to give it 5 starschokengtitiktitikchokengs listen to fall out boy when reading this trust me u will not regret it i recommend headfirst slide into cooperstown on a bad bet THIS ISN T A BAD BOOK Just putting it out there for people who judge 3 stars as meh.I really wanted to rate this 3.5 stars Now I feel bad that I demoted it instead of increased itSorry Richard Harland So when I saw the description of the book, I admit I didn t sound too interested I bought the book because I read his other book WORLDSHAKER and loved it Think I rated it 5 But I read SONG OF THE SLUMS anyway and I have to give credit to Harland s writing style for keeping me enga THIS ISN T A BAD BOOK Just putting it out there for people who judge 3 stars as meh.I really wanted to rate this 3.5 stars Now I feel bad that I demoted it instead of increased itSorry Richard Harland So when I saw the description of the book, I admit I didn t sound too interested I bought the book because I read his other book WORLDSHAKER and loved it Think I rated it 5 But I read SONG OF THE SLUMS anyway and I have to give credit to Harland s writing style for keeping me engaged in a plot that I didn t necessarily support from the beginning I loved the first act and the main character Astor, though there were some of her parts that I questioned I liked the situation Harland chose to put her in and the way she reacted her attitude towards certain events Maybe I didn t support all of her decisions, but it certainly made her an interesting character And Verrol I loved him and his backstory, and his personality I do like how he turned out to be view spoiler one of the Starks and is actually an ex killer hide spoiler Liked every bit of him.Additionally I also liked the little action scenes that Harland managed to insert into the book I NEED books with action, and he put it in It was less than I d usually like, but I went in expecting none at all, so I still wasn t too disappointed.The thing that let me down for this book is probably the pacing And the romance, come to think of it But I guess that comes under the same point For me it seemed like act 1 ended quickly because tons of things happened, like Astor getting chased out of the Swale house, but act 2 seemed to drag on for me a little on just one sole point the development of the band It seriously went on for about one hundred pages Then when it got to act 3 everything happened again and it became kinda messy There was too much conflict to be smashed into the amount of pages it was, and too much change It would ve been nice for him to slow it down at some parts and speed it up at others Which leads me to the love Astor and Verrol s relationship seemed mostly like friends to me They didn t really have much romantic chemistry in the book to me, except view spoiler in the end when Astor realises that she s in love with Verrol and begins to beopen with her feelings hide spoiler It probably could ve been improved if we heard from Verrol s POV, instead of just Astor s it s third person after all He has the space to do so view spoiler Instead, we re really only revealed to Verrol s feelings at the end of the book And at the blurb, I guess hide spoiler Again, this book isn t bad It s entertaining Just in comparison to WORLDSHAKER, I honestly didn t think it compared #FREE PDF Ã Song of the Slums ë Seventeen year old Astor thinks she is about the wed the handsome plutocrat Lorrain Swale But, to her horror, her mother and step father abandon her, and she finds herself a lowly governess in the Swale household Treated with contempt by the whole family, Astor is determined to escape Help arrives unexpectedly in the form of the laconic and mysterious Verrol Together they plunge into the slums of Brummingham and find themselves in a street band, making wild music a new kind of music that s set t take the world by storm But the Swale brothers haven t finished with them yet A nice YA steampunk, a good gateway drug to the rest of the genre Had the ending spoiled by the author but overall quite good also he had this badass steampunk guitar that I recommend seeing I don t understand how I ever enjoyed this book because upon reading it a second time, it s quite possibly the worst book I ve ever read The story line was impossibly shallow and the sentence lengths were all of similar lengths meaning that there was no flow and it was hard to read Characters never spoke to one another apart from when they needed to for plot and while I understand that unnecessary dialogue can bring down a perfectly good book otherwise, this really hammered in the shallowness I don t understand how I ever enjoyed this book because upon reading it a second time, it s quite possibly the worst book I ve ever read The story line was impossibly shallow and the sentence lengths were all of similar lengths meaning that there was no flow and it was hard to read Characters never spoke to one another apart from when they needed to for plot and while I understand that unnecessary dialogue can bring down a perfectly good book otherwise, this really hammered in the shallowness of the book by making it clear that the characters were characters and nothingI skipped a good portion of the middle of the book simply because each sentence made me feel like I was banging my head into a brick wall It seemed the author had no sense of the simple show don t tell rule that everybody is told from Year 4 onwards when writing and stated the character s emotions and intentions openly rather than letting facial expressions or movements or dialogue do the work In short, it was frustrating and I will definitely not be reading this again This was probablylike 2.5 stars for me I loved the first section I mean, how can you not love a steampunk y YA story in which the female protagonist thinks she s en route to get engaged to one of the most eligible bachelors in the land only to discover that her stepfather has actually contracted her to be governess to his niece and nephews but then so much of the middle of the book was caught up in forming a band and musical stuff that I didn t really care about I loved the world b This was probablylike 2.5 stars for me I loved the first section I mean, how can you not love a steampunk y YA story in which the female protagonist thinks she s en route to get engaged to one of the most eligible bachelors in the land only to discover that her stepfather has actually contracted her to be governess to his niece and nephews but then so much of the middle of the book was caught up in forming a band and musical stuff that I didn t really care about I loved the world building and the background of the rebellion coup whatever But the band side of things, despite ultimately being incredibly significant, frequently dragged the pace of the story down and almost pulled me out of the world that Harland had created The romantic subplot was apparent from the get go, but petered out midway through the story only to be brought back in a rush towards the end Despite being brought back, it felt a little underdeveloped, and incomplete It almost ended up feeling like two completely different books one about music and one about a girl who finds herself in the middle of a political upheaval that had been crammed together into one I wanted to like it a lot, but it ended up falling short I m not a much of a fan of the steampunk genre I am, however, a huge fan of Richard Harland the Vicar of Morbing Vyle is in my top 10 books of all time so I was fairly sure I was going to enjoy this one In many ways the humour in Song of the Slums reminds me of that in Vicar, particularly the Swales brothers and the horrid child, Widdy The characters are all different, interesting and well developed The steampunk history re imagines post WWI England, with disenfranchised returned soldi I m not a much of a fan of the steampunk genre I am, however, a huge fan of Richard Harland the Vicar of Morbing Vyle is in my top 10 books of all time so I was fairly sure I was going to enjoy this one In many ways the humour in Song of the Slums reminds me of that in Vicar, particularly the Swales brothers and the horrid child, Widdy The characters are all different, interesting and well developed The steampunk history re imagines post WWI England, with disenfranchised returned soldiers, widespread poverty, all pollution, and insatiably greedy industrialists plutocrats Hopefully this will be the first of a series I also think it would be a good basis for a movie I d like to hear the gang music realised with songwriting input from the author of course While Richard Harland seems to have been very busy attending various steampunk conventions, it concerns me somewhat that he hasn t put out a new novel since this was published in 2013 Highly recommended Had a signed copy when I was younger, pretty fun book Definetely a unique one Richard was awesome too. A story of a young woman who falls from high society into the slums She survives with the help of her servant who has a dark secret Fortunately, they fall in with a gang whose matron has a vision of creating the best gang music of all time While finding their sound, they invent rock and roll in the nineteenth century Some of the romance was predictable, some of the characters were over the top, but overall, it was a thoroughly enjoyable ride that made me want to tap my toes to my favorite st A story of a young woman who falls from high society into the slums She survives with the help of her servant who has a dark secret Fortunately, they fall in with a gang whose matron has a vision of creating the best gang music of all time While finding their sound, they invent rock and roll in the nineteenth century Some of the romance was predictable, some of the characters were over the top, but overall, it was a thoroughly enjoyable ride that made me want to tap my toes to my favorite steampunk bands There are much much better adventure romance YA books out there with stronger female teenage protagonists, and romance with better chemistry and characterisation of her love interest The only thing that saved this book was the world building and writing style.