Lady of Devices (Magnificent Devices #1)
1. Lord James is an ass, and if I read more into this series and the two become romantic, I'm going to be pissed. Not to mention, the dude has a mustache, if I read correctly. I just can't take mustaches seriously.
2. As others have stated, she can't afford to ride a high horse when she is in a pot-calling-the-kettle-black kind of situation. Who is she to judge the kids on picking pockets considering her new reputation as an underground arms dealer, not to mention what happened along ...more
This was not at all bad. The only thing that irked me was how Clare, a smart young woman not yet wholly in possession of her own life, transforms when she takes up with the East End gang, into a prim and governessy figure. True, she does, half jokingly, describe herself as the governess of the children who constitute the gang; but it's the change in her manner of speaking and behaving that i ...more
So often, authors feel the need to add stuff to steampunk. (I'm looking at you Kate Locke). Or they take the differences too far and create a world that is too alien to feel Victorian (Cherie Priest). But really, it's lovely as it is and a good writer can do so much with the setting. And Ms. Adina does. All three books ...more
But that doesn't mean there wasn't plenty of other really bad science. Lets start with the exploding herbs. Then we'll look at steam engines that are the power that moves society, but no one seems to have realized that you can burn things besides coal to make steam. Steam cars c ...more
Although I liked Claire, and enjoyed her story, I was ultimately disappointed because this isn't a book. It's half of one. All along, events seem to be leading up to...well, ...more
I thought the story was very interesting. Claire does not have an easy go at life and has never really fit in. And when it all comes crumbling down, she does a great job of holding her head up high and just trying to make lemonade out of the lemons she's be ...more
Lady of Devices occasionally felt a bit like a video game, with Claire acquiring skills and then moving on t ...more
And the plot twisted in ways I didn't see coming. Of all the books I've read, I'd really like to see this one turned into a movie.
Now I'm reading the rest. I hope they don't disappoint. My expectations are high.
Okay, I'll admit it: I only finished hearing this book because of my reading challenge. The fact that I had already heard half of it by the time I decided I couldn't tolerate the story anymore barely factored in. It was torture to listen to the second half even at 1.5x speed. So much so that this is the first book I finished hearing that I will request a refund for.
The narration wasn't great, but not nearly as bad as the story. It's ridiculous. The main character paints herself as a "lady of wit...more
I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was very very well done. I highly recommend this on audiobook.
Claire Trevelyan is the daughter of a Viscount and her mother is trying her best to get her married off to a fine gentleman. However Claire would ...more
I downloaded this when I saw it was on free offer as I'd never tried reading something in the steampunk genre before, and when I started reading this I'll admit I wasn't too sure that I was going to enjoy it. I prefer modern settings in general so I found it quite hard to get into this to begin with. It took until about 40% in to really hook me which ...more
The story is a becoming-typical Jane Austen-Jules Verne mash up but the story telling is excellent. A slow start but kept the reader engaged throughout.
A very good read.
What I found it difficult to get past were the two-dimensional characters and the lack of emotional response by the sheltered sixteen ...more
At times it did mark of regency romance, especially with the nod towards Pride & Prejudice's opening line near the beginning. But for the most part, thankfully, Claire's mind was far from pompous society and focused on things that truly matter. ...more
In Lady of Devices, Shelley Adina introduces us to this world through the eyes of aristocratic Claire Trevelyan. A young woman who struggles for independence in a world where she is expected to marry rich and ke ...more