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Lady of Devices (Magnificent Devices #1)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  5,197 ratings  ·  612 reviews
London, 1889. Victoria is Queen. Charles Darwin’s son is Prime Minister. And steam is the power that runs the world. At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire’s talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where thing ...more
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Published May 30th 2011 by Shelley Adina
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BK Blue
Okay. So....

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
Lady of Devices is the first pure Steampunk I've ventured into. I've read some that were also historical fantasy or paranormal, but I was afraid I wouldn't like the scientific aspects of steam and gadgets on their own quite as much. But I'm really loving this series. It's a lot of fun, and the technology isn't dry at all. You mainly just have to be willing to suspend disbelief about this alternate Victorian world because Claire's escapades are so outlandish. She's a fantastic heroine, full of sp ...more
I read a whole book in one day. Hooray. I almost feel like one of the giants of GR (you know who you are).

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
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I didn't care much for the cover, but I'm really glad the TBR jar decided it was time to read this book anyway. I read the Finishing School series by Gail Carriger and although this is not a school training girls to be assassins and spies it did have the same feel to it (which is good because I can't wait for the next book in that series).

In school Claire has always been experimenting, in chemistry for example. After her fortune takes a
Lady Claire has finally graduated finishing school. Despite her best efforts, none of her professors would teach her engineering, and her parents refuse to allow her to attend college. Claire tries to figure out how to reconcile her society's expectations with her own dreams, but the farthest she manages to go is to invite a Wit to her graduation party. Then her comfortable life is shattered, and Claire goes from rebelling against her family to just trying to keep herself together. And at this p ...more
Jennifer Ashley
Book 4 of my recommended reads for Goodreads Romance Week 2015: While this book is not strictly romance, Lady of Devices and the Magnificent Devices series has quickly become one of my favorite YA reads, as well as one of my favorite steampunk worlds. In this alternate Victorian universe, steam has just elbowed aside oil and internal combustion engines, to the misfortune of the heroine's father, a viscount who had invested heavily in combustion engines. Claire, who's never really fit in to her w ...more
Sydney Blackburn
This book was recommended to me so I was incredibly disappointed. After reading the blurb, I was nervous about the science - if internal combustion engines fail, what reason will the author give? None, as it turns out it.

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
Oct 12, 2015 ~Geektastic~ rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of light steampunk adventure
Recommended to ~Geektastic~ by: the internet
I can’t in good conscience say that the plot of this tale is “believable.” But the pieces fall together so nicely that suspending my disbelief was surprisingly easy. I suppose this is because the setting and the characters do all the heavy lifting, with actual plot taking a backseat to the development of the world.

Claire Trevelyan, the titular Lady of Devices, goes from well-to-do finishing school graduate with hopes of attending university to the den mother of a gang of pickpockets within a mat
Jacob Proffitt
This was a fantastic find. I never know if what comes across as “young adult” in my head actually qualifies as young adult for anyone else. This book feels like it's solidly young adult, though, with a young protagonist, short page-count, and, uh, simplified solutions to some of the protagonist's bumpy road. Claire is 17 and newly graduated from a finishing school for upper-class girls. It isn't long after graduation, though, that her life is fundamentally altered from her expectations and she f ...more
Pitch-perfect pulp. And I mean that as the highest form of compliment. (This review will stand for the first three books, taken together in one big gulp, which is how I read them.)

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
Bought this because it was cheap. Sadly, it remained so.
Marcos Carmo filho

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

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Lady Claire is a smart, headstrong woman who wants nothing to do with the life she's had chosen for her. Instead of being married she would rather go to college and learn more about the power of steam and chemistry. Her formidable mother however, will hear nothing of her plans, and suffocates Claire under her lessons on manners and propriety. After a horrible accident changes Claire's fortune, it seems the path has opened up for her to be free at last. With her new freedom, Claire collects a ban ...more
The Pen Punks
This book contains two types of stories I love—the fish out of water story, and the rich-kid-turned-ass-kicking-lord-of-the-underground story. I know, that last bit was a little long, but that’s exactly what happens to Lady Claire in this fun steampunk romp through Victorian London. All of our favorite steampunk trappings are there—airships, steam trains, lightning guns (oh yeah, dude, LIGHTNING GUNS)—but the heart of the story is Claire’s transformation from the viscount’s daughter who wants m ...more
Meg Mims
After her deft handling of the All About Me YA series, Shelley Adina steams off in a new direction with Lady of Devices. Resourceful Claire Trevelyan, at 17, is poised to enter society until a family tragedy pushes her into the dregs of London’s Whitechapel underworld. Adina keeps the reader’s interest with a sympathetic heroine, a smashing story and incredibly rich details of both true Victorian London and the imagined steam-punk world. You won’t regret sticking with this series!
A very entertaining, if highly unrealistic, piece of fluff. Claire's mother is determined that Claire will become a properly accomplished young lady, prior to making a good marriage. Claire is more interesting in chemistry and scholarship. Then the family loses all its money, and Claire's life becomes a lot more complicated.

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,
This book reminds me much of a regency romance where the heroine, strong in her brain, does not want to make a good marriage just to breed heirs. She wants to do something with her life and be something more than society allows. Her father is usually absent trying to make a new combustion engine the new big thing. His daughter who is skilled in science knows the folly of such an adventure at this time and tries to sway his opinion back toward the stable energy of steam. After her father's folly ...more
Laura Martinelli
I tend to think that steampunk is a genre at the crossroads at the moment. It’s trendy enough that more books and articles and human interest stories are being written about it, but it hasn’t quite broken through to being mainstream. And much like any genre that’s becoming popular, everyone’s jumping on the bandwagon to try to rake in the cash. I found Lady of Devices as I was browsing through the “If You Liked X, Try Y!” suggestions. (Which is a very precarious task, I’ve found.) I did really l ...more
steampunk is a genre I am still trying to get used to. it's a lot of science...and technology - which is not something I typically want to read pages and pages about. But, it's a small part mixed in with the usual character and world building.

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
Oct 22, 2013 Ian rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of steampunk
Coming from a life of privilege, little is expected of Claire except that she marry well and be a good wife. But her greatest desire is to attend college and become an engineer. Then after a failed business venture her father commits suicide, she loses her life of privilege and finds herself on the street. She must rely on her wit and her education to survive and make something of herself.

Lady of Devices occasionally felt a bit like a video game, with Claire acquiring skills and then moving on t
This was the perfect way to pass time yesterday - a Bank Holiday Monday here when I was feeling tired and achy and very unmotivated to do much more than try to juggle arm elevation and iPad balancing, and there were moments even that seemed like a lot of effort. There was plenty to like, with a smart heroine who, for the most part, rose admirably to her grim new situation, and whose ambition was to get to university, with some amusing scenes with the street rat gang she ends up taking responsibi ...more
Leanne Crabtree
I'd been interested in this for a while but steampunk isn't really one of my favourite genre's--unless it's by Lindsay Buroker and they have romance in them.

I liked this but it's not my usual read. I guess I could be tempted to read more of the series at some point but I think I'd have to be in the right mood/head space for it.
Selena Yukino (The Lioness: hear me roar)
Rating: 4.8 stars.

Wow! I really love this book! But, for some unknown reason I just can't give it 5 stars. It was just missing that something. You know? I just needed that extra oomph. *cough cough* romance *cough cough*

Plot: The synopsis is what first caught my attention because it was just what I was looking for at the time, plus it sounded amazing. Also, I've hardly read anything Steampunk before so, of course I thought this would be the perfect opportunity! Anyways getting onto the story its
Kari Chapman
I'm torn on this book. The idea is great - it's the first steampunk that I've read that also introduces the possibility of other options - specifically the combustion engine. The results of that set up a very interesting story. I would have loved to see where the story leads.

My problem was with the main character. I disliked her from the beginning and my dislike grew stronger the longer I read, until I finally quit reading just so I didn't have to deal with her overwhelming sense of superiority
I should hate this book. It was such a a wonderful read, I stayed up all night just so I could finish it.

I am an unabashed steampunk fan, but these days, I struggle to find any female-led books in the genre that don't also feature vampires or zombies. Beyond a few go-to authors, I don't actually find much straight (that is, with no fantasy or paranormal in the mix) steampunk at all these days. So, that this book was all about the steam (and the people using it) probably biased my opinion its fav
Lisa Godfrees
I so enjoyed this book. The author did a good job of painting scenes with an economy of words. For me, reading it was a bit like reading Jane Austen in a fantasy setting. She did a marvelous job weaving in the steampunk elements.

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.
entertaining but totally implausible

A Lady falls in with a gang of street hoodlums and agrees to teach them to make an explosive pepper spray mixture in exchange for returning her stolen property? Really? And teaches the children to earn a living by playing poker? What? While this may be mildly entertaining simply because it's so ridiculous, I found the story too silly to really enjoy it.
This is the first book in the Magnificent Devices series. Currently there are at least eight book planned for this series, with the eighth one releasing later in 2014. I really enjoyed this steampunk young adult read set in Victorian London.

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
Sharon Stevenson
'Lady of Devices' is the story of a young woman, Claire, as she loses the life she knows and decides she must find a way to get the life she wants.

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
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Award-winning author Shelley Adina wrote her first teen novel when she was 13. It was rejected by the literary publisher to whom she sent it, but he did say she knew how to tell a story. That was enough to keep her going through the rest of her adolescence, a career, a move to another country, a B.A. in Literature, an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction, and countless manuscript pages. Shelley is a ...more
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