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Her Own Devices (Magnificent Devices #2)

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Escaped lunatics, lost children, vengeful lords, and love. Really, the situation is becoming quite impossible.

Seventeen-year-old Lady Claire Trevelyan, left alone after the Arabian Bubble financial disaster claims home and family, now leads the cleverest gang in the London underworld. Between outwitting a rival gang, inventing a device that will net her and her scientist e
Kindle Edition, 285 pages
Published December 22nd 2011 (first published December 2nd 2011)
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Starla Huchton
Aug 08, 2012 Starla Huchton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steampunk, ya
Sometimes there are series where the subsequent books aren't as good or as addicting as the first. You know, the series where you only finish it just to find closure so you can put the whole mess behind you and find a new book that you'll like better.

This is most definitely NOT one of those.

I didn't think it was possible for me to be more disappointed that the next book wasn't out yet than I was with LADY OF DEVICES, but Ms. Adina has trumped herself. My only complaint about these books is tha
Lala_Loopsie [fire breathing B!tch Queen]
Rating: 4.3 stars. (What can i say, i like it)

I'll admit to liking the book, and even more. It made for a good start for 2016. I hope that staring the year with a good book will mean great books and stories for this year. Never hurt anybody to hope, in my case.

Back to the book. It was short, so i read it after my champagne. Even though it was short, it got a point across, and it was written wonderfully, and after every unladylike action, Claire would... I'll give you an example.

She had never s
Laura Martinelli
Feb 02, 2014 Laura Martinelli rated it really liked it
For as much as I berate myself for filling up my ereader with cheap or free YA books, when I find one that’s really good and defies my expectations of self-published ebooks makes me happy. I first picked up Lady of Devices shortly after a post-Gail Carriger binge and going “I need more, I can’t wait until November.” And going into it, I was a bit apprehensive about how things were going to turn out, and if it was just going to be taking up space that I really don’t want wasted. And thank God I w ...more
Lynn Green
Dec 30, 2012 Lynn Green rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk
I think that part of the reason so many writers and their readers are drawn to 19th Century settings for their stories is the fact that roles in that society seem very definitive compared with our "post-modern" time. We like the feeling of having boundaries if only for the chance to go beyond them.

This is apparent to me in the Magnificent Devices> series created by Shelley Adina. I have had the pleasure of reading the first two books in the series: Lady of Devices and Her Own Devices. The pr
Amy Acosta
Aug 24, 2012 Amy Acosta rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steampunk
Lady Claire Trevelyan took matters into her own hands after her family was ruined financially. Two months have passed since then, and now she’s known as the Lady of Devices, leader of a gang of smart orphans who she’s taken under her tutelage. Claire’s passion for engineering is strong and she has decided to ignore Lord James’s threats and accept Andrew Malvern’s offer of becoming his lab assistant. Work, the children, James’s advances and her mother’s schemes, all make for a very hectic life, ...more
Jun 09, 2015 Noura rated it it was amazing
The story just get better and better!

Here the story picks up where we left off - with Claire settling down with her newfound "family" of orphans. We've got Lord James still vying for her hand in marriage and Andrew Malvern still not having the guts to really tell her that he's in love with her.

1) the story! The adventure! I know i was complaining the lack of romance in the first book but who cares? The story itself is amazingly well crafted. The descriptions clear you can almost smell the
May 27, 2013 Twyll rated it it was amazing
How I loved it! The dialogue; the use of large, uncommon yet befitting words; the Austen-like witty exchanges; everything! I loved how Adina wrote accents. It made it very easy to hear the various characters speak, to take note of their individual dialects as well as show their station in society.
Building on the first book, this novel definitely felt like it had more meat to it, now that the starring roles had been introduced and established. Things definitely picked up with the introduction of
An Odd1
Feb 03, 2015 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
"The last man who had said You must to her was no doubt still nursing his burns and mourning the loss of his future progeny" p 117.

Lady Claire Trevelyan 17 lost her father to suicide and London home to riot. Now she leads the cleverest Underworld gang who win at Cowboy Poker in drawing rooms. She blasts rivals with late Luke's Lightning Gun. Dr Rosemary Craig, put in Bedlam ten years ago, holds key to Gun and device Claire and "blackamoor" p 111 Tigg 13 build with engineer Andrew Malvern, funded
Oct 22, 2013 Ian rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of steam punk.
Lady of Devices (book 1)

After her father's death, Lady Claire found herself with nothing to live on except her wits. With intelligence and a knack for understanding machines, she manages to land on her feet and takes up residence with a band of street children who call her The Lady of Devices.

Her Own Devices

After accepting a job as assistant to Andrew, Lady Claire seems to have all she wants. A job where her skills are valued, an opportunity to study engineering at university, a roof over her h
Jan 06, 2016 Amber rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk
Much better then the first book! The first entry in the series felt like "an extended prologue" to quote another reviewer and they are exactly right. It was still good but took far too long to get into the deeper substance of the story.

Not so with this book! James of course is even more of a chauvinistic pin head then he was in the first book. By the time this novel comes to an end his true colors have shown through bright and clear! Lady Claire has certainly grown up and has developed quite a b
After securing her position amongst London's criminals, Lady Claire is able to turn to her real interest: science. As assistant to a smart young inventor, she's able to work on the edge of current science. But after a breakthrough, Claire is horrified to find that no one will acknowledge her contribution to the work.

This is one of my favorite steampunk series out there, with a lot of verve and wit. The dialog never feels forced and theatrical, and the science is only a bit fantastic--it never fe
Apr 12, 2012 Josefine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-ya, 2012, ebook
The Magnificent Devices continue to impress! Even though it often happens that the quality of book series diminishes with every number, I thought this number 2 very much held on to the bar Lady of Devices set - so much so that it leads me to believe that they were probably written as one and only split up later (maybe by the publishers since one novel on its own would have been too long).

In any case, Lady Claire's story continues to be enthralling and exciting and I cannot wait for the third vo
Feb 08, 2012 Charlotte rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk
I really enjoyed this second installment much more than the first. Much better flow, plot elements were explored more, you got to know the characters better. The romance element is sweet and I just love all the orphans to pieces. Lady Claire is a fantastic heroine. While I still think books 1 and 2 should have been combined, I am looking forward to the next installment with great anticipation.
Catnip (Antonija)
Jul 31, 2015 Catnip (Antonija) rated it really liked it
James the jackass caused irritation and that is why it took me so long to read it. I was angry about the engagements ,too. Why Claire,whhyyy???
But still, I really enjoyed this book. There is always something going on and it never gets boring.
Mar 17, 2012 Cheri rated it liked it
I liked the first book better, but that's not to say I didn't enjoy this book immensely. I just preferred the gadgetry and character development that we had which focused on Lady rather than the love triangle that is forming. If I have to pick a side, however, count me in with the Wits!
J.L. Dobias
Oct 17, 2013 J.L. Dobias rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Steampunk and SFF lovers
Shelves: book-shelf-11
Magnificent Devices 4-book Bundle by Shelley Adina

I initially obtained the first book Lady of Devices free and thoroughly enjoyed the story and the characters to the point of not being able to pass up the great bargain of the 4 book bundle. I thought if they were even only half as well done as the first I couldn't go wrong. I set them aside for a bit before getting to them, but when I started I couldn't put the whole group down until I finished.

Lady Claire or Claire Trevelyan daughter of Viscoun
Diana Conner-Marks
Nov 24, 2016 Diana Conner-Marks rated it it was amazing
I liked it even better than the first. Ready to finish the series!
Oct 07, 2016 Cleo rated it liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed these books .. The story base is not all that original; a bright young woman wants to follow a career in science over a well connected marriage and decides to go her own way…but it is the type of story I never tire of reading. I love all the steampunk adventure elements in this novel.
The main character,Claire, is a lovely mix of a properly bred lady and a young independent woman who is determined to make her own path in life regardless of societies expectations. She is at ti
Fangs for the Fantasy
Nov 20, 2012 Fangs for the Fantasy rated it really liked it
Lady Claire is back with her horde of children, defending her patch of London with lightening and bombs, if necessary. But far more fraught than keeping her squad of gamblers safe on the mean streets of London is negotiating the pitfalls of marriage.

Because her erstwhile employer and frequent foe, Lord Selwyn has proposed to her. And it seemed like such a good idea at the time that she found herself saying yes. Unfortunately, it’s never that simple – especially since she still holds on to the de
Jan 03, 2016 Dasteroad rated it liked it
A good sequel to the first book, with many challenges to face for Claire - including an entirely new one such as love. The main complaint I have is that the first book, especially at the beginning, had a more intimate quality to it that made Claire much "closer" and interesting to the reader, showing exactly all of her weak spots and opportunities for growth. Now that she's settled as the Lady of Devices, she feels distant, as if she were suddenly playing a "firm governess" part, and while the ...more


^ literally the most accurate description of my face throughout this entire book.

there will be mild spoilers ahead, so read at your own risk.

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Feb 11, 2013 Wayne rated it liked it
This is the follow-on book to "Lady of Devices". Parts of this were good, parts were kinda meh. The steampunky bits were pretty good, the romancey bits were less so. If I hadn't been told the third book is better, I probably would skip this.

I have a few particular things I'll discuss below.

The parts with Claire's gang were the best. The kids are good characters and the scenes with them are usually good. There weren't enough scenes of the gang doing their gang things; just two, IIRC. There also w
Miko (kimosumiko)
I wanted to like this book more than I did. Going into it, I expected to come away liking it as well as the first. While the writing is just as good, the world just as cool, the characters just as intricate, I couldn’t get past the love triangle, which while suggested in the first and not nearly as central to the plot, takes a front-row seat in the ongoings of the second book. Granted, the love triangle itself didn’t bother me as much as choice others have in other books, but it still dampened ...more
Aubrey Haverkamp
Oct 15, 2014 Aubrey Haverkamp rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Lady of Devices
Shelves: teen
Claire and her adventures with her motley band of orphans continue in another installment of the steampunk Lady of Devices series. In the previous book, young Lady Claire Trevelyan has already taken her world by storm: she's determined to make her own way in an industry full of men, and her adopted charges have somehow been shaped into young ladies and gentlemen of example.

But author Shelley Adina chooses to focus a bit more on Claire's personal life in this second novel. Claire is growing up,
Sep 02, 2014 Arne rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Those who didn't read the first book and as such have no high/any expectations.
Going on the momentum from the first book, I was ready to go into this and see how everything evolved. How her small pack would develop and things change for our heroine.

Sadly it turned out that it didn't focus on the overall development of the cast we have come to now, which instead turned more to move the story forward as characters she could interact with. Almost no rivalry of gangs and her role in that direct connection is close to vanished. Instead the book focuses more on the whole "must
The Beautiful Bookcase
Really enjoying this series. I had a few minor frustrations with Clair and her decisions concerning Lord James. Her motivation behind all of it seemed petty and beneath the Lady of Devices. I was also frustrated with how she never stood up for herself early on when she had the chance. She just kept reminding the reader of all the things she had done as the Lady of Devices but then wouldn't do anything about the person who had upset her.

One thing I find different and like about this series is the
Mar 02, 2015 LastBreath rated it it was amazing
Do you want to know what my greatest disappointment with this book is? That it's so darn good that by the time I flicked the ereader page, it proudly pronounced - in bold capital letters if you will - THE END, before I was willing to let this exhilarating ride end!

I wanted gore, I wanted lust, I wanted betrayal - I wanted a fluffy purple poodle riding on a pretty prancing pony! And what does our most esteemed author throw at me!?! A heavy hand upside the head coupled with a severe dose of intell
Joy Woodford
Aug 05, 2016 Joy Woodford rated it liked it
Her Own Devices by Shelly Adina is the second book of her Magnificent Devices series which can be described as YA steampunk fantasy with a spunky, intelligent young adult heroine (Lady Claire Trevelyan) whose family has experienced a recent, steep decline in wealth. Lady Claire is a women of breeding with an interest in and natural ability with all things mechanical. Not surprisingly, her talents and desires are in opposition to her family and friends' expectations.

In regards to my review,I can
*Mild Spoilers*
I would really like to be able to say that everything good in the first book became better, and everything bad in the first book just somehow dwindled and died away. Sadly, that is not true – it is the opposite of what happened, actually.


When I first started this book, I actually thought that it would last about 100 pages before finishing. Why I thought that? Well, because everything was so rushed – one minute Claire and James were enemies and the next they were engaged – that I t
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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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Other Books in the Series

Magnificent Devices (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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  • Brilliant Devices (Magnificent Devices #4)
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“Thank you. I realize my methods have dampened your spirits somewhat, but in the long run you will not regret it."
She did not answer, simply preceded him to the door of her room.
"You look very nice tonight, Claire. May I say that that color suits you admirably."
The door closed in his face.”
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