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
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
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 ...more
The book was good. Short but good. So is my review.
I liked the book, it's characters (all except the mom), and the plot. Though, nothing major happened, except that she, or her dad, loses his job, and she decides to make a living for herself (was that grammatically correct?), kills a guy and... She's awesome.
If you like steampunk, you must read it.
Though she certainly did not show signs of discomfort. Rather, Peony seemed amu...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
Also, it didn't feel YA to me, at least not in the bad ways that have me avoiding the genre these days. If anything, Claire read much older than 17, though that could be due to the historical setting. The steampunk elements were great and I felt this is everything I could want from the subgenre.
It was funny and light with sparklingly vibrant chara ...more
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 ...more
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
For setting, it's pretty much generic steampunk, with nary a tweak. People are driving steam powered cars (and we hear, though do not see, that dirigibles are the in thing.) That's pretty much definitional for steampunk.
The main problem with this story as it doesn't go anywhere. It's the beginning of a trilogy, and really has no plot arc of i ...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
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.
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 ...more