Legacy of the Clockwork Key (The Secret Order #1)
Meg's life now is that of a maid, a complete contrast to the comfortable lifestyle she led before her parents died and Lord Rathford took her in. All she has left of her famil...more
So I felt so bad not finishing the book, that I finally decided to actually read the remaining 158 pages that were left.
This is the story of Meg, and how she, after being orphaned and forced to work for an extremely mysterious man. She's never actually seen the man, but everyone that works in the house is absolutely terrified of him. When Meg discovers a secret she may not have wanted to, she's fired from her...more
Where to begin?
There's so much to say, and I have no clue how to say it, which is bothersome.
I could try to use a gif to sum up my feelings, but I'm really not that sort of reviewer. I guess...
I'll just start typing and hope it all makes sense in the end.
Firstly, this is Steampunk. I love Steampunk (The Airship in my name probably was a hint,) and I find books that explore this genre admirable. Usually. Just not when they're poorly written. The Legacy of the Clockwork Key does not wow...more
Legacy of the Clockwork offers readers a wonderful blend of genres from the allure of steampunk-ish machinery, historical details of London, mysteries...more
Where is that special something I was looking for?
Where is it?
Yea, it reads like a steampunk book, it's good, the plot was nice, the prose okay. But guys, for a traditionally published book, this was just not good enough. If this was published three years ago, I'd go ballistic for it but at the current standard, this just didn't cut it.
You know, if this book was made into an epic-fantasy video game, I'd be happy to play it. But as a book, it lacks powerful characters a...more
The main character Meg has recently been orphaned with the tragic death of her parents. All she has left is a pocket watch that she keeps around her neck.
As a young girl being raised in a soci...more
My" in a nutshell" summary...
Alone in the world, her fortune and family gone, Elizabeth must work as a housemaid in a very unusual house.
My thoughts after reading this book...
Poor Meg...her parents are gone...her house destroyed...she is left alone with only a necklace from her grandfather. But...the necklace turns out to be a key that opens up the most amazing things! And...poor Meg...she is the only one who knows the song and has the flowery key that...more
It all started with a cleaning girl, a maid, mooning about her lot in life. About what fate had dealt her with. She lost her station, she lost her home, she lost her parents, she lost the life she used to live. And now she was just a common maid taken in by the supposed friend of her parents, out of charity. All she had left was this pocket watch that she had taken from the charred remains of her father.
But fate was not done with her y...more
Legacy of the Clockwork key is one of many steampunk books I've read this year. I think what set this apart was the Gothic elements that brought a little something extra to the story. Instead of a paranormal element, which is often present in this genre, the mysteries are purely mechanical and quite numerous. There is everything from a clockwork minotaur to a sort of steampunk GPS system. Reading about all of the different devices was just as fun as the story itself. Meg's newly humble...more
There were several things that really drew me to this book from Simon Pulse when it first came in the mail. The first was the cover, which is different form the final shown above. Mine shoes main characters Will and Meg holding the clockwork bird. You can tell Will is a handsome Scottish lad just by the dark hair and brooding face. The setting is obviously Victorian and steam punk.
All of this rolled into a perfect read for me since I...more
The most unfortunate thing about this book is that it's the first book in a series that's not yet completed. That means you have to wait for the next one to know what happens. This has always been a problem for me and my books, but I was too curious about this one to wait a couple years for the continuation. As it happens, I plowed through the entire 400 pages of witty, imaginative writing in about two days.
It was a pretty addicting read, with a bright heroine following a long-cold trail of clu...more
The plot is literally going nowhere, and the romance is uncomfortable. Meg, the main character, seems confused a lot. Her need to find out about her family's past is too dull and uninteresting. I'm sorry, but I really just can't read for another 75% about Meg's grandfather.
Not writing a full review for this, since I didn't actually finish this.
Okay, there were certain things about this book I absolutely loved. It was organized, interesting, proper and very appropriate for younger readers. This is a book I'd be happy to suggest to people looking for a fun and clean YA book to read. With that in mind, I must say there were a few things about the book I wished had happened differently, but since I'm not a Steampunk expert I'm not sure my points are even valid. Let's just say some of the adventures fall a little short, but overal...more
We meet Meg, a young girl who is orphaned by a tragic fire and left with only one memento; a watch. But as it turns out this m...more
That said, I enjoyed the descriptions of the different mechanical wonders in the book. They were pretty amazing, and unique as far as I've seen so far. And the plot could have been very entertaining, had it been better expanded upon. Same for the characters. I could imag...more
I am not really a steampunk reader and this is actually my first steampunk novel. And as I figured out I actually do like this genre, this novel failed to impress me. What I was expecting is a book full of thrilling and suprising clues, but insead I got a quite simple and predictable storyline.
It's not that I didn't like the story, I just couldn't get into it as much as I would have liked. I found myself whishing to be done with Legacy of...more
My main problem was with the way that the characters were written. Meg was selfish, and whiney in an annoying way. At some parts of the book that was okay, knowing her backstory, but at other points it got on my nerves. Will was the other character that I didn't really understand. His personality...more
I can't even describe how much I adored this book! Legacy of the Clockwork Key was an absolutely brilliant YA steampunk romance.
I've read a lot of historical YA, but I don't think I read a steampunk YA before reading this book. So, this genre was a little new to me. But, I'm so glad I gave it a try because this book was amazing.
Meg was a strong heroine. She hasn't had the easiest time for the past several months, but...more
Meg is a fantastic heroine, one who is unapologetically smart but is also very relatable. While this book is very much steeped in class distinctions (Meg, especially, is very aware of how far she's fallen in London society), Meg isn't as concerned with her reputation as one might expect. Instead, her attention is focused on figuring...more
Meg starts the book as a scared and penniless young girl who's parents were killed in a fire in Victorian London. Forced to be a maid and barely survive she learns more about her parents and the mysterious man she works for.
I wish I could say I really loved this book, but the characters seemed to be too indecisive for my taste. Even Meg and Will's love lacked the sparks I was expecting. But...more
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