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Magnificent Devices (Magnificent Devices #3)

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An air voyage to remember turns into a disaster no one may survive.

With her orphaned charges, Lady Claire Trevelyan joins the Earl of Dunsmuir’s family on an airship voyage to the Americas. If she can stay out of Lord James Selwyn’s way until her eighteenth birthday, she will be of age and cannot be forced into marriage. What she doesn’t know is that Lord James is in the A
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Published October 4th 2012 by Moonshell Books
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Another great adventure, this time with a lot of airship time and a change of scenery to an alternate Old West. A supposedly simple trip to Canada went wrong in every possible way. What a ride!

The only thing is, I'm not sure what I think of the Texican Territories as the setting in this one. I think I ended up liking it OK, but I did miss London. And then the ending seemed a little too easy - dramatic, yes, but (view spoiler)
Lala_Loopsie [fire breathing B!tch Queen]
Finally finished. Second book of the year.

4 stars for now

I'll say the book is short, shorted than what i usually use. The occurrences are quite unrealistic, fantastically so, but it's part of the charm.

Shelley creates a world with advanced technology for the Victorian era, with a bunch of flying contraptions i would love to fly myself. Being ladylike and gentlemanly is good, being poor and uneducated is a no-no, yet women can't go to University and be considered ladylike. A lot of this sexism i
May 13, 2014 Ian rated it really liked it
Wanting to avoid a forced marriage to Lord James Selwyn, Lady Claire needs to make herself scarce until she turns 18. Joining the Earl of Dunsmuir and his wife on an airship to America she seems to be in the clear, but when sky pirates take over their ship things take a turn for the worse. Before long Lady Claire finds herself battling pirates, evil railway men, Texas rangers and Lord Selwyn who is also in America. Luckily she has her band of orphaned street urchins with her to lend a hand.

Sep 02, 2014 Arne rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody - those who didn't like the first book
I punched through a wall in anger over this book and came fairly close to destroying my laptop out of share frustrations with how idiotic and out of sync with the original character from the first book this is.

I that said, I came fairly close to almost finishing the book, until I had to stop in order not to go into shock or something more horrifying. I was delighted to learn that I could trade this in for store credit and I have as such enjoyed a much better book than this for the money.

So why w
Laura Martinelli
Feb 25, 2014 Laura Martinelli rated it really liked it
I have a feeling that I’m going to eventually shell out and pay for physical copies of this series because it’s OMG SO GOOD. As in, I’ve told multiple friends, “No, you HAVE to read this” and it’s a lot easier for me to shove something into their hands instead of sending a download link and hoping they’ll buy the other books. (For as much as I’m loving this series—and I am!—you have to read books 1 & 2 together to really get into it.)

And the big reason that I’m really loving this series is
Amy Acosta
Oct 27, 2012 Amy Acosta rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk
Magnificent Devices picks up right after book two, where we left brave Lady Claire and her wards about to embark on a journey to the Americas. Claire feels safe now that she’s far away from Lord James’s grasp. But then things go wrong, and their airship is boarded by sky pirates! And the ransom request is answered by none other than James who’s in the Americas too! Claire knows it’s time for the Lady of Devices to reappear and cause some trouble of her own to save her flock.

Shelley Adina writes
Oct 09, 2012 Schweighsr rated it really liked it
First a minor spoiler - I thought this was to be the end of the triology and it is not. In fact, it resolves nothing and leaves us waiting for a sequel. I was greatly disappointed by this. The blurb supplies the plot, so I needn't summarize it here - instead of resolving things with James and Andrew, Claire and her charges are kidnapped by air-pirates and spend about 60% of the book escaping.

Claire seems less spirited and clever in this book; in fact, for the first time portions of the book are
Oct 14, 2012 Beth rated it really liked it
Lady Claire Trevelyan, her orphaned charges and a smuggled along Rosie (the hen) have joined the Earl of Dunsmuir and his family on a dirigible voyage to the Americas. Lady Clare did not realize that both Lord James Selwyn and Andrew Malvern have both also traveled to the Americas.

James has stolen the credit and design for Andrew and Claire’s coal transformation device and has made plans to sell its uses to the Spaniards.

The trip takes a drastic turn when the dirigible is attacked by a pirate
Quinn Whittaker
Oct 23, 2013 Quinn Whittaker rated it it was amazing
If you like Steampunk, but don't want to have to sift through all of the Steampunk Smut novels out there, this series is for you. Light, fun with a twist of adventure and a gratuitous dash of propriety and practicality.

Steampunk set in London a little too stuffy for you? Magnificent Devices incorporates the Wild West! Flash floods, Railroad tycoons, big explosions and pirating, this book has it all. An excellent blend of Victorian London and the Wild West without losing the series' core
Anne Odom
Jul 27, 2013 Anne Odom rated it it was ok
Shelves: steampunk
In book 3 of the Devices series, things get a little slow again. Also a little shaggy dog for me. I found I got a little bored waiting for the characters to develop further.

What I liked:
* Steampunk creativity and world building remains strong

What I didn't like:
* Felt like the story started to wander a bit
* Felt like the relationships started to stagnate
* Found the antagonist's continued desire for matrimony less believable as the story went on
* Finally getting a bit tired of the chicken
* Abrupt
Jun 09, 2015 Noura rated it it was amazing
After the cliffhanger ending in the last book, we now move on to Claire's continuing adventures in the air. She's now travelling with the Dunsmuirs in an effort to run away from Lord James and hide while she awaits her 18th birthday (so that she has come to age where she is an adult and therefore can refuse a marriage offer independently). Lord James has run away with the carbonator equipment (the sneaky villain), Andrew is also flying over to America to regain the equipment and Claire is also f ...more
Nov 15, 2012 Kimm rated it it was amazing
I loved this novel. I have loved them all thus far but this was my favorite. Exciting and unpredictable, it was enjoyable ride. I love that young women and girls are portrayed as capable, resourceful, and strong individuals. I also love that though romance is part of the novels driving plot, it does not overshadow the story to the point of nausea. I can't wait for the next next year. No seriously, I can't wait.
Aug 17, 2015 Mommaang rated it it was amazing
LOVED this. Finished it in less than a day because I couldn't put it down. Eagerly awaiting the next installment.
Oct 24, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
I read and reviewed book #1 in this trilogy, Lady of Devices, when I did Steampunk week last year (it was only last year? I swear that was longer...). I had bought that book for myself and was very pleased with how it was written. Unfortunately I wasn't able to read the second book (you book bloggers know why that happens...) but was contacted to read the third in the series. I was hesitant to pick it up since I haven't read the second (I do plan on correcting that) but was assured that I could ...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
Feb 05, 2013 Fangs for the Fantasy rated it really liked it
Lady Claire Trevelyan is making her way across the Atlantic to the Americans with her flock of adopted wards and Lord and Lady Dunsmuir; thereby escaping forced marriage to Lord Selwyn and his dastardly plotting.

Unfortunately, they run into air pirates over the Americas and quickly find themselves at their mercy – and Claire’s little flock is separated. Ransoms are demanded and Claire and her charges must try to escape and reunite in a harsh, lawless, unforgiving land.

And then Lord Selwyn rears
After her fiance and employer reveals himself as a blackguard and flees to America with the device she helped invent, Claire Trevelyn takes off for America herself. She is overjoyed to explore her friends' airship, but then sky pirates attack and her friends are taken hostage. But Claire's not called the Lady of Devices for no reason. After escaping from the pirates, Claire ends up in the alien landscape of America's southwest and must struggle to survive the elements. Along the way she meets an ...more
Apr 03, 2013 Kristin rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-childrens
Just a quick note that the four stars only applies if you read all four (so far) books in the series. These four books form the story of Claire Trevelyan, the unexpected Lady of Devices, who transforms from schoolroom young lady to dashing steampunk heroine over the course of these books. Much in the style of Gail Carriger, this is an alternative Victorian world, filled with steam-powered gadgets, overly polite society figures, and a young woman determined to do much more than her mother's expec ...more
Kris MacNaughton
This is a fun adventure that continues in the same vein as the rest of the Magnificent Devices series.

The Mopsies play a more major role in this book which made me pretty happy.
Oct 20, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk
Shelley Adina is truly a master (mistress?) of series writing. Her books always sort of have a conclusion, but leave enough of a cliff-hanger to leave you dying to know what's next.

Sky pirates, stolen devices, scheming fiances... and a stow-away chicken. Lady Claire has her hands full with more than just her ingenious wards in this third installment in the magnificent devices series. Claire and the children quickly find a quiet escape to the Canadas turning into a whirlwind adventure in the wild
May 19, 2016 Mstv rated it it was amazing
The Magnificent Devices novels are set in an alternate Victorian age where the combustion engine has been a flop and steam-powered devices are capable of sending the adventurous to another city, another continent ... or even another world. Society is divided into Wits (those who make their way using their intellect) and the Bloods (those who have inherited what they have). Lady Claire Trevelyan has been born a Blood, but she has the heart, soul, and mind of a Wit. And therein lies the problem .. ...more
This Series Just Gets Better and Better!
Airships and pirates and diamonds and kidnapping...this, the fourth book in Shelley Adina's wonderful Magnificent Devices series, is the most exciting yet! Chock full of unexpected twists and turns, Claire and her "flock" must use all the resources and imagination they can muster when sky pirates take over the Airship that they are on, travelling to Edmonton with the Earl of Dunsmuir and his family. The action doesn't stop! I love this series!!!
Nov 04, 2012 Jax rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk
Escaping to the "New World" for an unscheduled vacation, while waiting for the heat to die down from the events in "Her Own Devices" Claire, and a few of her friends, discover that not everything is as it seems. And it may take all of their combined wits to survive.

Fast-paced, fun, and intriguing. The third installment of the Magnificent Devices Series does not disappoint!! And I eagerly await the next!
Dec 07, 2015 LadyCroft86 rated it liked it
Magnificent Devices is by far the best book in the whole series so far. There was lots of excitement and action. Airships, sky pirates and the Wild West. Claire is a little more likable in this book but the kids are just as annoying as they were to begin with. Lord Selwyn is a pretty bad guy and you really want him to get what's coming to him. Andrew Malvern shows up but not for long enough.
I really enjoyed the Wild West angle as well as the evil sky pirates. The amount of action was much bett
Philda Todzaniso
Oct 06, 2012 Philda Todzaniso rated it really liked it

I love these characters, they are never helpless even when things are clearly not going their way. Couldn't sleep until I'd finished this story , I already can hardly wait for the next instalment ! I only gave it 4 stars because it was a little short. Really loved it though.
Karen Patterson
Jul 28, 2014 Karen Patterson rated it it was amazing
Book 3 takes off with a vengeance as Claire and her entourage take to the air with the Dunmuir’s as they set off for America. Unbeknownst to her, Lord James has stolen her device and is on his way with the Texicans and Andrew Malvern is right behind him determined to retrieve the device. A major storm and air pirates cause a simple trip to spiral out of control and everyone is soon fighting for their lives as they taken to a small town in the middle of nowhere to be ransomed off or killed. Betra ...more
John Otte
Jan 30, 2015 John Otte rated it really liked it
While I think this series and this book are wonderful overall, I did have two minor complaints about this particular book:

1) The cartography didn't make a lot of sense to me, especially in the beginning. Since we're in an alternate timeline, I have no problem with the idea of the Texican Territories. I just couldn't figure out how Claire and company wound up in them at the beginning of the book.

2) The ending felt a bit abrupt, like there wasn't enough build up to it. Just sort of happened and, b
Verity Brown
Mar 03, 2014 Verity Brown rated it liked it
Although I enjoyed reading more of Claire's adventures, this book starts laying on the deus ex machina and Hand-of-the-Author a bit more heavily than I prefer. We need Claire to meet up with the bad guy again? Well then, let's have her ship captured by air pirates who just happen to live near where the bad guy was going. *facepalm* I do like the new character, Alice. And the Mopsies really develop a lot here. But as satisfying as the ending is (in an action-adventure movie kind of way), it feels ...more
Connie Fogg-Bouchard
May 16, 2016 Connie Fogg-Bouchard rated it it was amazing
chickens and tiaras

passing from the Continent to the Wild West in search of freedom, Lady Claire, Lord and Lady Dunmuir, and the rest of the flock are enjoying their flight until they are attacked by sky pirates. there is betrayal all around and some grand and daring escapes and rescues.

what is so delightful is that the England and the West the history knew is corkscrewed just enough to make you wonder where they will travel next. it's so much fun to allow one's imagination to soar.
Erin Germain
This book takes place in the Americas, as they are referred to in the book. The nearest big city is Santa Fe, so we're talking the southwest.

The reason for Claire's trip across the Atlantic is to put distance between herself and Lord James, who is determined to marry her before her eighteenth birthday, despite her open aversion to him (I mentioned in my review of the last book that he was a jackass; he proves himself to be even more so this time around). Unfortunately, instead of landing in the
Mar 02, 2015 LastBreath rated it it was amazing
Is it even possible for a series to get any better? Once again, Lady Claire Trevelyan and her orphaned children prove themselves. This time they must do battle with American sky pirates, avoid the Texican Rangers, save Rosie the hen, retrieve the stolen carbonator and manage the rules of English Society!

The tenacious Mopsies, Maggie and Lizzie, earn their stripes as, The Ladies of Resources. Never have they let anyone think any less of them because of their age or size. And never once have they
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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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