Thursday, December 24, 2020

Review: Hauntings and Humbug: A Steampunk Christmas Carol by Melanie Karsak

About the Book
Humbug! This Christmas, Ebony Scrooge will learn the true meaning of the holiday season.

It’s Christmas Eve in Victorian London, and Ebony Scrooge is hard at work tinkering weapons of mass destruction and avoiding all things Christmas. When the spirit of her deceased partner, Jacqueline Marley, warns Ebony that she will be visited by three ghosts, Ebony writes the visitation off as a dream. But on this Christmas Eve, the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future must try to pull off a miracle, restoring Ebony’s heart before it’s too late.

Hauntings and Humbug is a retelling of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, set in New York Times bestselling author Melanie’s Karsak’s steampunk universe.

My Thoughts

Hauntings and Humbug is a gender-swapped retelling of A Christmas Carol in a steampunk setting. I absolutely loved it. It's a very quick but satisfying read. It brought out all my emotions. It's so full of heart and made me tear up a couple times.

For some reason, retellings of A Christmas Carol always wind up being some of my favorites. This one is right up there. I loved the steampunk twist. I never would've thought to place this story in a steampunk setting, but it worked so well. Like it was made for it.

If you're looking for a unique and heartwarming Christmas story, I highly recommend this one. It'll pull at your heartstrings and leave a smile on your face.

Five Stars

Merry Christmas Eve!


  1. Just the title makes me want to read this one! I'm so glad you reviewed it. I'm adding it to my wishlist right now. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas, Ashley! :D

    1. I had planned to read a different Christmas story but I happened upon this one and couldn't resist it. It was fantastic. I hope you enjoy it if you get the chance to read it. And I hope you have a very Merry Christmas too, Lark! :D