Her Sky Cowboy (The Glorious Victorious Darcys, #1)
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Amelia Darcy has no interest in marrying well. Her heart belongs to the sky and the dirigibles of brass and steel that swoop over Victorian England. But when her father, an eccentric inventor, dies, the Darcy siblings are left with scrap metal—and not a penny to their names. Their only hope to save the family name and fortune is to embark on a contest to discover an invent...more
Paperback, Signet Eclipse, 328 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Penguin New American Library
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Julia
Steampunk can be a tricky business, and I'll be the first to admit that I'm persnickety about what I like. For the most part, I seem to gravitate to darker versions of the genre, Meljean Brook’s Iron Seas or Lilith Saintcrow’s Bannon & Clare. Gail Carringer’s Parasol Protectorate series is the only one of the lighter, more overtly comical series that I made it through (and that can be contributed to how often I laughed out loud).

HER SKY COWBOY has glimmers of goodness, and I made it about 10...more
The Book Tart

I reviewed this on my youtube channel http://youtu.be/tts_fB7EH-o

I'm new to the steampunk genre and this book was easy for me to escape into. I loved the mashup of Victorian England, inventors, dirigibles, gadgets and the unique twist Beth took in her world building. The world was FUN! But I adored the characters. The heroine Amelia is feisty and brave and not willing to let her brothers go off on a treasure hunt and leave her out. She has clues that could lead her to the perfect prize to win Qu...more
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Amelia Darcy wants a life full of adventure and gadgets. She is utterly engrossed by the idea of flying and would rather tinker in her father’s inventing lab than worry about silly things like finding an eligible suitor and settling down. Gadgets and their inventors are the lifeblood of the Darcy family. Amelia sees no reason for her gender to push her destiny in a different direction than that of her two brothers.

Wrongly accused of a murder he has not committed, Tucker Gentry is on the run. At...more
PointyEars42
3 stars for the ideas, 1 star for the execution. I wanted so badly to love this book but there were so many things that fell flat or that were outright irritating. Really wasn't worth the time & effort but I might just end up reading the sequels anyway.

10% status update: It's going to be such a relief to read a Steampunk book written by an American that doesn't need to be Brit-picked despite having already been edited. Peace Rebels & a cowboy means the usual language errors won't actual...more
Vilia
Review from Backchatting Books

The first few pages of this novel drew me in raising my hopes but I found the rest of the book rather uneven. Our heroine Miss Amelia Darcy loses her eccentric inventor father during his attempt to create a rocket ship. Shortly after, she and her two brothers each receive a letter inviting them to partake in a competition to find a lost technological invention for Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. In order to save her family from their financially embarrassing situat...more
Shannon
3.5 STARS

I was going to rate this 4 stars right up until the final chapters. The plot was interesting and inventive, the characters quite likable, action thrilling, and most importantly the author refrained from giving too much away to early. For me, a good novel provides the unexpected until the final page. Her Sky Cowboy certainly did that, but instead of cheering I was like "NOOOOOOO!" Okay, maybe I wasn't that dramatic.

I believe this is a trilogy. I was expecting Amelia to narrorate each bo...more
Barbara
This inventive alternate history steampunk story was great fun. Set in Victorian England after the arrival of time travelers from the future (the 1960’s), we see the effects such a visit would have on history. After Amelia Darcy’s father is killed while tinkering with one of his inventions, she vows to bring honor and respect to the Darcy name by winning a competition to produce the best item of historical significance. She has an idea of where she can get her hands on such a thing, and sets off...more
Lindsay Mead
Dec 23, 2013 Lindsay Mead rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Steampunk Romance or Heart of Brass by Kate Cross
I really liked this book. So much fun! It was probably one of the better books, in terms of romance, that I've read. I actually really loved the couple together and found them absolutely adorable. It's a steampunk book, heavy on the steam (While this was a steamy book, I actually mean that in the sense of clockwork and machines lol) which rocked. The characters were great, lovable, and the story was well paced. My only complaint was the occasional chapters from the bad guys point of view. I hate...more
Crystal
This book is FANTASTIC. It's the closest thing to a feminist, egalitarian romance I've seen in quite some time, and the romance subplot is expertly woven into the main treasure hunt plot. With it all set against the steampunk backdrop of a time-travel-altered Europe, this is a spectacularly fun read.

The book is set in 1887, 31 years after the "Peace Rebels" traveled back in time from 1969. They came back to warn the world of the dangers of technology - they had stories of Hiroshima, and the Holo...more
Dayna
I really wanted to like this book.

I really, really did. It's got loads of elements I enjoy - a plucky young heroine, grand adventure, romance, a handsome hero, steampunk trimmings...I should have loved this book. The world building was actually something I was really fascinated by.

Except some parts of it really stuck in my craw. Particularly how the titular Sky Cowboy seems to be so inclined to have to restrain himself at the sight of the heroine once they meet. Gee, you're so turned on by thi...more
Korey
“Her Sky Cowboy” mixes Victorian England with 1960's technology.
Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee is a chance for Amelia Darcy and her twin brothers to save the family’s reputation and wealth. If one the Darcy siblings can discover an invention of historical importance in honor of the Queen’s Jubilee. Amelia embarks on trip to Italy to find a lost da Vinci workshop with her mechanical enhanced falcon and an Italian cook but when her kite cycle crashes into a ship of ex-Air Marshal Tucker Gentry....more
Jennifer
I'd give it 2.5 stars if I could, really, but this system doesn't allow for that. Anyway, the concept of the world is incredibly strong and intriguing, but that's all I felt was really stand-out (and even portions of the world were underdeveloped). I enjoyed many of the non-sex interactions between Tuck and Amelia, particularly when they dress up in what I imagined were inspired by the Capital residents from The Hunger Games. Other than that, the plot just kind of felt half-done, with a villain...more
Dann Todd
Did not finish. 2 stars to be charitable. I think I made it to chapter 5.

Steam punk is a difficult genre for me. An author does not necessarily have to explain how all technology works in their fictional world. But some of it should be explained and the explanation needs to make some sense as well as being reasonably consistent. (the same goes for magic, but that doesn't apply here)

In this case the author just assumes the reader will buy in by just talking about technology as if it were window d...more
Anne
I really wish I could give this book two ratings. One for the plot idea and the parts I liked, the other for the stuff that made me struggle to keep reading. I enjoy steam-punk books, so this one I was really looking forward to, despite the cheesy title.

The good: the plot is interesting, the descriptions painted the scenery nicely. I could visualize everything quite well. Why the Victorian world had all the cool stuff was actually explained -and explained in a believable and well done manner- w...more
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Jen
Book provided by the author for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

I’m still relatively new to the steampunk genre. I’ve only read a handful of books with this theme, so I’m in no way an expert. But one thing I’ve noticed is that this genre is so wide open to interpretation. I mean, really anything can happen. In Beth Ciotta’s world, a time traveler from the 1960s goes back to 1850s and ends up sharing technology and changing history. I love this concept and was e...more
Marie
I couldn't finish it. The start was so full of exposition-dump that I assumed it was, like, book 8 of a series, however it is not, it's number one!!

A few hints caught my eye - time traveling hippies? A locomotive-powered VW Bug? What is NOT to like in that? But I never got to SEE it. Not really. Everything is tell, tell, tell, with no fully-fleshed SCENES. Nothing to see or feel and no reason to like the characters. They're just so flat. UGH. And the tech! What's the point of steampunk if you ha...more
Merideth
This book really did not do it for me. I can not put my finger on what exactly bothers me about the book. Was it the storyline that was not explained enough or the world wind romance that was just not believable enough or was the writing just not there, I do not know. However I thought the idea of the book was interesting just could not get into it.
Samantha
I've read some of Beth's other books and thoroughly enjoyed them. I love the steampunk genre and couldn't wait to give this one a try. I wasn't let down nor disappointed. It brings the fun of history meets new age and thrown in steampunk components, a unintentional love, and a crew full of fun and interesting characters.
Julie Clarahan
I am loving this new steam punk genre of fiction. I love that it blends the Victorian age with technology. This story was so much fun to read. The witty repartee between Tucker and Amelia (aka Sky Cowboy and Flygirl) was as heartwarming as it was funny. I can't wait until the next book comes out.
Jennifer
Sadly, this didn't work for. I generally like spare writing and more streamlined plots and this was the opposite. There were too many adjective and too much craziness in the plot. The characters and the world were all too over the top for my taste.
Jenny
I read this from a comedic point of view and it did not disappoint. If you go in expecting every romance novel character cliche in a steampunk setting then this is the book for you.

I was actually pretty disappointed to find out that this "trilogy" is about each of the Darcy siblings. The entire book I was wondering how they were going to wrap up all the plot points they created only to find that they only wrap up the main story points in the last 40 pages. All the elements that I thought were g...more
K.M. Herkes
Food review: cheesy popcorn
(Range extends from brain candy to double-decker cheesecake with whipped cream.)

This book is a solid start to what looks to be an intriguing series. It's a little rough around the edges -- some phrasings and saidisms jarred me out of my reading flow -- but for once the lack of a magical element to explain the steampunk trappings wasn't my main complaint. The science was mostly realistic to the period (with exceptions explained by the book premise) and the explanations...more
Cindy Holby
Fantastic world building and a great plot. Loved the characters. Can't wait for the next installment.
An Odd1
Passion in Victorian steampunk alternate history. At 18, during the 1867 Diamond Jubilee celebration, the late Lord Ashford received something from distant cousin Briscoe Darcy, who then vanished in his Time Machine. Peace Rebels returned, warned of nuclear holocaust in 1967, caused a Peace War. Their progeny Freaks have kaleidoscopic eyes and untested superpowers.

Amelia Darcy 20, tiny, busty hourglass figure, waist-length blonde curls, despairs when rocket fuel blows up, apparently with her pa...more
Brianne
I loved this new steam punk book. I found it very different from other Steampunk offerings in that it was set in 1880s England and had a plot line where the people had been exposed to 20th Century American technology. A very different twist to the advanced technology that I have read in the past. The hero was an exile air Marshall who was also a cowboy meeting up with an adventuresome heroine trying to save her family's reputation and financial situation.

The book was full of adventure and a swee...more
Tanya
Amelia's father dies in an explosion leaving her family destitute after an investment in her brother's project fails. The scandal sheets also ridicule her father for his many less than successful inventions. Conveniently, a contest to bring the most important historical invention back to England launches about the same time. Amelia and her brothers all traipse off in search of something to bring back in order to restore their family name and funds. Of course, Amelia heads off without her brother...more
Jess
Fantastic cover. Top 5 of the year. Well done.

The descriptions of this book are kickass, but unfortunately, Cioatt doesn't fully pull it off. While I recommend it, it'll frustrate you.

First, a list of good things:
-Hero's an exiled Wild West Marshall who takes on dangerous/illegal errands in zeppelin with a ragtag crew. He's starred in penny dreadfuls!
-He's a space cowboy. You got that, right? Good.
-Amelia is an open-minded, small town, smart inventor
-At one point, Amelia fixes her bf's ship by b...more
Tehrene
Amelia embarks on a mission to not only restore her family's fortune but also their honor by recovering a historically significant invention. Unlike so many other heroines who undertake risky endeavors, Miss Darcy actually comes equipped with skills. She is no one's definition of damsel in distress. In fact, she is usually the one trying to save the big capable men around her. 2 out of 3 times it doesn't work out the way she would like, but she still comes through swinging.

Tucker comes to Miss...more
Borderstar
Not quite 4 stars, but probably a 3.5 stars.

I could have absolutely loved this series, but I didn't and it bothers me that there was something missing but I can't quite work out why this didn't grip me as I thought it would...I think it had something to do with the characters. I liked them well enough, I just didn't feel that deep pull that would make me feel more for them. It's the only way I can describe it...

However, saying that, it had a great and interesting world set up in this book with a...more
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Title: Her Sky Cowboy

Series: The Glorious Victorious Darcy's

Author: Beth Ciotta

Genre: Steampunk Romance

Amelia Darcy has no interest in marrying well. Her heart belongs to the sky and the dirigibles of brass and steel that swoop over Victorian England. But when her father, an eccentric inventor, dies, the Darcy siblings are left with scrap metal—and not a penny to their names. Their only hope to save the family reputation and fortune is to embark on a quest to discover an invention of historical...more
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