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The Inventor's Secret (The Inventor's Secret #1)

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  2,379 Ratings  ·  421 Reviews
Sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees have scraped out an existence on the edge of Britain’s industrial empire. Though they live by the skin of their teeth they have their health (at least when they can find enough food and avoid the Imperial Labor Gatherers) and each other. When a new exile with no memory of his escape from the coastal cities or even his own ...more
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by Philomel
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I wasn't a fan of Andrea Cremer's Nightshade series, but I decided to read The Inventor's Secret because I absolutely loved its premise. An alternate history, steampunk novel that explores what if the British won the Revolutionary War? Count me in! The major problem with The Inventor's Secret is that Cremer focuses on an illogical romance and plot and never really lets the steampunk elements fully take off. So much of The Inventor's Se
Feb 23, 2016 Sean rated it it was amazing
4.5. I loved rereading this and can't wait to read the sequel!
Feb 08, 2016 Martitara rated it liked it
Me ha faltado un poco de profundidad en los personajes, en sus relaciones. Me parece que la idea de esta historia alternativa está muy bien asentada, pero que no desarrolla todo el potencial porque se pierde en una trama romántica más bien floja. Pero qué puedo decir, ha terminado por engancharme: la mística, el steampunk y los caballeros del s.XIX es lo que tienen...
Oct 19, 2014 Kuromi rated it really liked it
-potential light spoilers-

I was at the library when this little fellow caught my eye. "Hey!" it called from the "New Books" section. "Pick me! Pick me!" But I was determined to ignore it's pleas to be read.

But it was steampunk.
And it was third person (I'm sick of first person!)

"Oh, I'll just check it out. If it's bad, I can always laugh about it."

And I'm glad I did! It's far from perfect, but it's one of the better "New YA Fiction" I've read this year. Let me break it down for ya.



This is an enjoyable and entertaining read, but, to me, it lacks depth.

This book is an alternate history story. It explores the idea of what America would be like if the British won the Revolutionary war. The British control the country from the Empire, which is located in NYC.
Our main character, Charlotte, is part of the resistance, living in underground catacombs. Teens live in these catacombs until they are old enough to join the adults in fighting the British control.

Along with this aw
Mar 11, 2015 Justine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wish-list
Je suis contente d'avoir persévérer parce que j'ai plutôt bien aimé, au final.
En ce moment, c'est un passage à vide niveaux lectures, je suis un peu laborieuse. J'ai eu du mal à rentrer dans l'histoire, à m'investir dans l'intrigue et les personnages. Il y a quelques détails qui me gênent (encore un triangle amoureux à l'horizon ?). Mais j'ai vraiment bien apprécié les 200 dernières pages qui m'ont plutôt captivée au fur et à mesure et la fin me donne envie de lire la suite... évidemment : je n
Colleen Houck
I think I just love everything Andrea Cremer writes. Not only do I bookmark like every page but I swoon over her heroes. Jack Winter was no exception. Love him and the world building in this book is amazing! If you're a steampunk fan pick this one up!
Apr 29, 2014 Venus rated it it was ok
The American Revolutionary War was a failure. British justice was swift and merciless. Sixteen-year-old Charlotte is the daughter of resistance fighters, hiding out with other children in a network of caves, safe until they are old enough to join the fight. When a new exile with no memory escapes from the floating city of New York, he brings with him a lot of questions and plenty of danger.

This alternative history steampunk novel had some really great world building. Boston is a penal colony whe
Apr 12, 2014 Cornmaven rated it did not like it
I received this as an ARC in a GoodReads giveaway. I was looking forward to reading this book, as I have enjoyed just about every other steampunk novel/short story anthology I have read in the past.

Unfortunately, this one was just not for me. I would classify this as chicklit steampunk, for the following reasons:

1. There is little action in the first 100 pages (I got to 106 before I abandoned it, which shows I tried, I really tried). The beginning seemed promising, but then it quickly morphed i
WTF Are You Reading?
Fans of Steampunk will expect a great deal from this novel. As will fans of alternate history and fantasy.
Unfortunately, what this book promises and what it is able to deliver is in no way the same kettle of fish.
Try as she might.
It is quite clear that authoress, Andrea Cremer, is clearly out of her depth with this book.
Just the scope of the world building alone requires a level of attention to detail that just isn't there.
The love interest is confusing!
The use of the Greek pantheon as a b
Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
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I wasn't expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did! I haven't exactly been seeing raving reviews on this book and after reading Bloodrose, I had mixed feelings on Andrea Cremer's books. This book actually exceeded my expectations and I ended up enjoying it!

This book takes place in the early nineteenth century, in an alternate timeline where the British won the Revolutionary War. The Empire has been punishing the descendant
Chelsea Couillard-Smith
I've never read Andrea Cremer before, and I'm not a particular fan of steampunk, so I was surprised to enjoy this book as much as I did. I'm a sucker for a good cast of characters, and I really enjoyed getting to know this group of allies. Cremer's world-building is also excellent. Despite a few info-dumping sections, she allows readers to decipher her world gradually and organically from the story. And what a fascinating world! Exploring what might have happened if the US lost the Revolutionary ...more
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OMG, Andrea has done it again! I liked NIGHTSHADE, I loved RIFT and RISE, and I LOVED LOVED LOVED The Inventor's Secret! I started it on the airplane and I read, and read, and read, until I finished it. It was one of those books that I kept telling myself to SLOW DOWN because I wanted it to last longer but I couldn't stop turning the pages. The world-building was flawless, the steampunk aspects were fascinating, the romance was angsty and delicious (MILITARY PILOTS!), and the characters were wel ...more
Apr 10, 2016 Oda rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, it wasent fantastic but it held my attention I like he characters and the world.
There wasent that much that happened, still its the first in a trilogy so that can be forgiven.
I found the premise very interesting and have high hopes for the sequel.
Mar 22, 2015 Francesca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
A good YA book, with lots of imagination and a good romantic tension. I'm looking forward to read the sequel!
Rebecca Wash
Nov 14, 2015 Rebecca Wash rated it it was amazing
Oh wow! Just wow! This book took me by complete surprise. I'll admit the paperback cover grabbed my attention. Then when I realized it was a historical fantasy\ Steampunk, I knew I had to have it. This is my first book by Andrea Cremer and now I'll be checking them all out.

The story takes place in 1816 in an alternate historical setting. I love this time period and even though it's an alternate setting its still intriguing. Charlotte and a group of rebels live underground hiding from The Empire
Apr 01, 2015 Althea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, owned-books, ya

Le Secret de l'Inventeur est typiquement de ce genre de coup de cœur que l'on voit arriver dès les premiers chapitres. L'univers tout juste effleuré, les personnages principaux rencontrés, le style d'Andrea Cremer découvert, suffisent à révéler le potentiel fantastique de ce récit en quelques pages à peine.

Dans Le Secret de l'Inventeur on découvre une version alternative de l'histoire où l'empire britannique a étouffé la tentative d'indépendance américaine. Dans ce mo
The main character was immature, which annoyed me.
Hmmm. I was reluctant to start this because of a bad experience reading other books by this author. LOVED LOVED her debut, NIGHTSHADE, but the series went downhill and the last book was awful in my opinion. Read another book in the next series and hated it. This was a book club pick and different from the other books, so I finally gave it a go.

The beginning was actually really amazing. I was thinking that I've got to get the next books on hold so I can continue the story and see what happens. B
First Look:I love the premise of this. BritishEmpire where the American Revolution never took place? It's an interesting concept, and even more so when you throw steampunk into the mix. This was actually one of the very first books I ever marked as "to-read" on Goodreads, even before it had a cover image, but I never got around to reading it until recently.

The idea was there, but the execution didn't follow through. We're told that there's a revolution brewing, but we only see this throu
Mar 18, 2014 pdarnold rated it liked it
Steampunk Pisces sub? Oh yeah! Flying steampunk dragonfly - even better! Loved the world building and the era setting. The revolution between America and Britain... toss it in favor for the Brits. Yet, we continue to fight. Now, I do realize this is modeled for the YA market, but I guess I am not one who usually goes all gooey for love interest angst, even worse, a love triangle (Jacky Faber aka Bloody Jack aside). Otherwise, I would have given this 4 stars.

Strong female roles along with no smal
C.J. Nestor
Oct 27, 2013 C.J. Nestor rated it liked it
Picked up an ARC for free with a promise of review, so here we go:

I enjoyed it. The plotline is pretty typical YA fare, and if you're genre-conscious at all, you'll see everything coming half a mile away. What really works for it here, though, is the setting. Cremer's history background really comes through in creating a Steampunk America still under British control, and everything from the etiquette to the dress feels authentic. It really brings an air of authority to the entire proceeding.

If y
Jul 04, 2016 Norav rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pas mal mais c'est très long à démarrer. Les personnages ne sont pas très très approfondis. Bref, un avis un peu mitigé.
Feb 16, 2015 Lulai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The world is clearly great and strange but in a good way. I really like how the book start with the mystery about the boy but the second part is a lot more about romance and charlotte's feeling, I think we kind of lost the spirit of the story but I will read book two because it was still good
Jan 10, 2015 Elena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book but it did have a few things that really annoyed me. One was Coe. I do not like Coe. at. all. I have no idea why too. He just gives me the creeps. "My brother likes this girl so I must too" oh okay ya right buddy
Also I'm still not 100% with the whole magic mythology stuff. I kind of get the mythology because its not real, just aspects represented through figures.
Still I read it quick and the characters for the most part were enjoyable. At times Charlotte got a bit annoyi
Shannon Thompson
Athene’s helm, this book is fantastic! I could barely put it down, and I’m so sad it’s over. I am getting my hands on the second book as soon as possible. (Oh, dear November, please come soon.) To be perfectly honest, this—to me—is my first Steampunk novel, and if all Steampunk novels are like this, I think I just found a new favorite genre. The Inventor’s Secret is imaginative, edgy, and all-around brilliant. I adored the cast, and found myself in love with all of the characters’ relationships ...more
Feb 23, 2015 Den rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Je n’ai jamais lu de roman steampunk de ma vie et ce livre m’a permis de découvrir ce genre très particulier. Je connais Andrea Cremer de nom pour sa trilogie Nightshade mais j’étais curieux de la lire dans un registre différent, plus novateur, comme c’est le cas avec Le Secret de l’Inventeur. Je ressors de cette lecture satisfait et émerveillé par l’imagination impressionnante de l’auteur. On est plongé dans l’Empire britannique, dans une réalité alternative où la rébellion qui a permis l
Aug 01, 2012 Nicole marked it as to-read
I can't decide if I want to read this. It sounds interesting but what if I read it and then my heart gets broken like in Bloodrose??? I don't want to fall in love with a character and then see them get treated like shit! *sigh* Indecisive about this one.
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Andrea Cremer is the author of the internationally bestselling Nightshade series. She spent her childhood daydreaming and roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin.

Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but she only recently plunged into the deep end of the pool that is professional writing. Before she wrote her first novel, Andrea was a history professor at
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