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His Clockwork Canary (The Glorious Victorious Darcys #2)

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1887 London. Simon Darcy seeks time-travel engine to restore fame and fortunes. Old flame Wilhemina Goodenough, disguised as tabloid reporter Willie G. "Clockwork Canary" needs his story to keep her job and family safe from villain Lord Bingham, also behind contest. 'Mixed race' 'Freaks' have kaleidoscope eyes, mind powers; Willy sees another's memories.
Paperback, 324 pages
Published September 2013 by Penguin Signet Eclipse (first published 2013)
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Lily (Lily Pond Reads)
4.5 Awesome Stars!


So okay. I have to admit. His Clockwork Canary was the very first Steampunk novel I have ever read. I own a copy of one I bought recently but have not had a chance to crack it open, so I was so excited to get a copy of this one from the tour for the review because I absolutely loved it!

I had a hard time putting this one down. I liked Simon from the first page that he was introduced to me. He was ambitions character with a lot of heart that had me pulling a smile every few
Barry Huddleston
*** Free review copy provided by the author via Deborah Richardson

I commented on Facebook that I was drinking tea and reading a romance novel and that I should do something manly, like wrestle an alligator, before the guys found out. One of the guys replied — I wont tell anyone. This is one of those reviews that I preface with the comment that I don’t like romance books. Let’s just say that if all romance books were this good, I wouldn’t have to say that I usually don’t like romance books.

Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Too slow and I completely lost interest even though I’ve read over 67% of the book.

Opening Sentence: Since the day he’d been born (three and a half minutes later than his twin brother), Simon Darcy had been waging war with time.

The Review:

I have to regrettably inform you that His Clockwork Canary is the first book that I shall be adding to my DNF (Did Not Finish) list since joining Dark Faerie Tales over a year ago. I have been reading this
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. I received no additional compensation for my review. I rated it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

A fan of steampunk romance and books with mixed sub-genre, I was definitely looking forward to reading His Clockwork Canary by Beth Ciotta, the second full length book in The Glorious Victorious Darcys series. Unique world building, interesting characters and a second chance romance made this a page turn
Jessie Potts
This is the second book in The Glorious Victorious Darcys series and involves one of my favorite genres — steampunk! The first book is Her Sky Cowboy, and I loved that one, too! His Clockwork Canary opens up with the Diamond Jubilee and Simon Darcy, who is trying to restore his family's good name (some nonsense about his father blowing himself up trying to get to the moon) and a whole other mess of characters. Simon enlists Willie's help and finds out he is a she and hiding who she really is and ...more
gillian (Tattooed Book Review)
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As a fan of both Steampunk and Romance, His Clockwork Canary is absolutely everything I could have asked for. It has that steampunk “tone”, a bit Victorian and a bit modern, clever and inventive; a pleasing combination of light-heartedness tinged just enough with darker elements.

Ciotta expertly creates a fantasy setting, serving as a backdrop for an engaging and adventurous plot. I had so much fun reading Willie and Simon’s story. They are e
Diana N Neal
This is the second book of the Glorious, Victorious Darcys series and features Simon, the brother of the heroine from the first book Her Sky Cowboy. While I couldn’t get into that first book, too much information thrown at me for my comfort, I do know Simon is the reason for the drama surrounding his family mentioned in the first book. This story is his journey to repair that damage and rebuild–and replace–the dubious reputation of the Darcy name.

For me, this story was very superficial. Everyth
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First I want to start by saying that Beth Ciotta's imagination stretches FAR BEYOND my capacity of thinking...She is spectacular! HIS CLOCKWORK CANARY, which is the second book in her Glorious Victorious Darcy's Series, and it is a Steampunk, which is actually the first Steampunk I have ever read. For those of you who don't know what Steampunk is, here is a description:

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery,[1] especially in a setting inspired
Oh wow! A romantic hero who is SELF AWARE enough to both recognise when he & the heroine are faced with relationship and life issues they need to talk about AND can actually see the situation from her perspective! "Why yes, honey, I can see that I am letting my preconceptions trample on the freedoms I, as a privileged white man, take for granted that you've had to beg, borrow, and steal for yourself - guess I'd better be sure about the difference between 'compromise' and 'being a domineering ...more
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I was introduced to the Steampunk genre thanks to Beth Ciotta's first book in the Glorious Victorious Darcys Series and now it has become one genre I must read more often. I was definitely looking forward to Simon Darcy's story and, who he ended up being with.
First, let me just say I have loved the covers of this series and I plan on buying these books in print soon because these books will definitely look great on my book shelves at home.

Beth Ciotta brings
Simon Darcy wants to redeem his family's honor and bring in some money to help. His father died in an accident working on an invention. His family name has been destroyed in the papers thanks to the Clockwork Canary. He knows if he manages to win a competition Queen Victoria has going on he can achieve that goal. His brother and sister are also looking for inventions that have had a huge affect on their time. Simon's soon has company on his journey by the one person he does not want to be around ...more
Pauline Creeden
The great thing about steampunk is it combines the faculties of the Victorian era with any other futuristic era the author wishes to add. Beth's addition of the 60�s/70�s Free Love era is both brilliant and added a bit of nostalgia to an unusual story line. I also really appreciated the author's use of the Darcy name to draw on a bit of Austen and her era of romance. Overall, it's an adventurous read, but a bit steamy in the romance department - making it blush worthy. Recommended for those who ...more
Jes Jones
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An Odd1
"Life is what you make it" p 122. Jan 1887 steampunk Victorian London tabloid reporter, byline "Clockwork Canary", Willie G 28, accompanies inventor Simon Darcy seeking prize for contest secretly funded by villain Lord Bingham "Kingpin of the Universe" p 157, no attempt at archaic phrasing. Twelve years ago, family of Wilhemina Goodenough, then 16, prevented lovers' elopement, brother Wesley ran, mother killed in accident, father's mind wandered. Willy, like other 'Freaks' with time-traveler par ...more
I have been waiting for book two for awhile now. I love the world Beth Ciotta has built and the characters she has developed.

Simon & Willie are fun, though I kept thinking there would be more fall out over certain issues.

Characters: 4

Plot: 4

World: 4.5

Pacing: 4.5

Overall: 4

I really do love how easy and quick of a read this is.
A great steampunk romp. Simon Darcy's dreams lie in ruin. His father is dead and the family fortune is gone, sacrificed to finance Simon's dream to build a great monorail to rescue London from traffic congestion and pollution. He has to win Queen Victoria's competition to restore the money. Simon wants to find the infamous time travel device that brought the 20th century Peace Rebels back to 1851 in an attempt to prevent the problems of the 20th century. His plan attracts the attention of London ...more
I recommend this book, and the previous two books in the series, to anyone!! There is adventure, intrigue, romance all coupled with some fun sci-fi/fantasy stuff in the steampunk genre!! I honestly can't wait for the next book. I feel like this series could go on for long while!
Julie Clarahan
I am loving this new steam punk genre. This book was fun and I enjoy reading about the Darcy family. I love the blend of Victorian England, technology and alternative history. Beth Ciotta is certainly on my list of authors whom I'm keep my eye on.
2.5 maybe. so slow the first half of the book I almost gave up on it. good, but very little action and the relationship between the two mains gave me a headache.
Jul 24, 2013 Ayla added it
Amazing! But this one seemed to be more of a mystery than adventure. But I'm still excited to read more of their adventures, though I would like more Amelia and tucker.
A page turning adventure, with just the right balance of action and spice. Supremely satisfying.
Do think I liked the first book better, but still very good :)
Shera (Book Whispers)
His Clockwork Canary . . . makes me think of a dirty joke.
My review is coming soon to Romancing the Book!
I really loved Her Sky Cowboy, the first book in The Glorious Victorious Darcys series. This second book in the series was a bit slower in my mind, the characters not quite as engaging and the action a little less exciting. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the story, it just didn’t catch my interest as much as the first book. Simon Darcy, like his sister Amelia, is seeking an invention of historical significance in order to bring fame and fortune to his family. When tabloid reporter Willie G., a ...more
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


Simon Darcy, tinkerer and inventor extraordinaire knows that there is something passionately familiar about the slight woman masquerading as a young pressman and calling herself Willie G. aka Clockwork Canary. Something tells him that the connection between them is much more than reporter and scoop, even in this chaotic age of Victorian England. When he discovers that the famed Clockwork Canary is in fact his one true lover, who jilted him over a decade ag
Jenny GB
I received a free copy of this novel through Goodreads First Reads.

I was initially disappointed when I saw on the cover of this book that it was a "romance novel", but I am really glad that I gave it a chance and was pleasantly surprised. I'm not a big fan of romance novels mainly because my few experiences with them have been poor. In the past I have found that the plot of a romance novel usually only served as a vehicle for the main couple to get together and once that happens it's all romance
Simon Darcy’s father has just passed away and he is facing somewhat of a predicament. He needs to make money and provide for the family that his father left behind. When Queen Victoria broadcasts an announcement for a competition that she is holding, he knows that this could be his chance to win the prize and reclaim some pride for his family who is now in despair. Simon thinks nothing can stand in his way from winning this prize until The Clockwork Canary, better known as Wilhelmina Goodenough ...more
Romancing the Book
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Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

I was excited to get my hands on this book after reading Her Sky Cowboy. I wanted to know what was going to happen next with the Darcy family and to revisit this interesting world Ms Ciotta has created. And I wasn’t disappointed by the result.

I thoroughly enjoyed the character or Willie G / Wilhemina. Willie is the offspring of a Vic and Mod (Mod’s are from the future) and so she is a Freak who has some
Oct 23, 2013 Brooke rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
I felt like the writing in this book was just amateurish. The plot was jumbled, character development was pretty non-existent. At the end she seemed to be melding the plot and characters of this book and her previous book and it was very messily done. In most books of this nature it is common for there to be some trouble between the two primary characters (that angsty we love each-other but don't want to admit it antagonism that typically causes some break and reconciliation.)This book seemed to ...more
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