Summary: Sophronia isn't the lady her mother wishes her to be. She likes climbing, figuring out how things work, and getting into trouble a bit too mucSummary: Sophronia isn't the lady her mother wishes her to be. She likes climbing, figuring out how things work, and getting into trouble a bit too much. In an attempt to tame her wild ways, Sophronia's mother sends her off to finishing school. Little does she know this finish school will do more than teach Sophronia the etiquette of polite society, it will also teach her how to be a phenomenal spy.
Review: So often I will read the first book in a series and usually go no farther. Sometimes because the book fails to hook me and sometimes because I have so many other things to read. With this series I believe I will make an effort to read more. The characters were well drawn and interesting and I think I want to know more about Sophronia's life and lessons at finishing school.
As I said before, the characters are well drawn. Sophronia is an interesting main character and you never know what kind trouble she will be getting into.
The action is fast paced and the plot resolves itself well. I really enjoyed all the humor in the book too--it is nice when a book isn't so serious.
Audiobook Review: I purchased this audiobook from Audible. It is narrated by Moira Quirk who does an excellent job with the narration. Her voices were fun and her pacing is great. The unabridged audio is 8 hours and 55 minutes in length. It is a Hachette Audio publication. I loved listening to the audio and will probably do the rest of the series on audio as well.
Overall: This is a fun and entertaining read that never takes itself too seriously. I recommend it for fans of steampunk and anyone who likes a good boarding school adventure.
Cautions for Sensitive Readers:
Sex: None Alcohol: Might have been mentioned, but not significant. Language: None Violence: Some, but mostly just mild shenanigans. ...more
Summary: When Lucy Carlyle accepts the job with Lockwood and Co. she has no idea what she is in for. For approximately the last 50 years the country haSummary: When Lucy Carlyle accepts the job with Lockwood and Co. she has no idea what she is in for. For approximately the last 50 years the country has been besieged by spirits whose touch can kill. Unfortunately only the young can see them and contain them by destroying the source. When Lucy takes the job with Lockwood she is curious about her young employer who runs his own agency without the guidance of adults. When a job goes bad, Lockwood and Co. finds themselves in financial difficulty, and takes a case in the most haunted house in the country risking all their lives in the process.
Review: I loved this book! It was fun, creepy, entertaining, and action packed. Lucy is a great character. She has some skeletons in her closet and trouble finding a new job after the fiasco of her last one, but she lands on her feet with Lockwood and Co. I like her, and I like that she was forthright with her companions when things happened--she didn't try to cover up her mistakes--she admits to them.
Lockwood himself is charming and mysterious. He owns the home the agency uses, but there is no sign of his parents. He doesn't talk about himself and there is a mysterious locked door in the house that he won't discuss. Still, Lucy is intrigued by him and more than happy to have a job.
The pacing at the beginning was a little awkward for me. The story starts out in present day and then flashes back to Lucy's past and her history with the Lockwood agency. It was a little rough, but necessary to understanding where Lucy is coming from. The pace picks up in the middle and the end flashes by at breakneck speed.
Audiobook Review: I purchased this book from Audible. The unabridged audiobook is 10 hours and 10 minutes long. It is produced by Listening Library and read by Miranda Raison. Raison does a brilliant job with the narration and the various voices. The production quality is good without anything to distract the listener. This is a well done audiobook.
Overall: Again, I have to say I loved this book. It has been a couple of weeks since I read it and I can't stop raving about it to everyone who will listen. This book has one of those remarkable moments when you feel chills rush up your spine because you don't know how your characters will get out of the predicament. I love it when that happens and when an author can keep you on the edge of your seat. Another mark of how good this book really is, is the fact that I still want to read the sequel. I made myself pick up another book in between, but I couldn't wait to get back to these characters and their adventures. Anymore, a book has to be remarkable before I will read the sequels because I have so many others to read--this one I couldn't wait to read the next book.
Cautions for Sensitive Readers:
Sex: None Drugs and Alcohol: None Language: None Violence: Can be pretty violent and gory, but all of that is mostly directed and ghosts.