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The Inventor's Secret

(The Inventor's Secret #1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  3,706 ratings  ·  590 reviews
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Sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees have scraped out an existence on the edge of Britain’s industrial empire. Though they live by the skin of their teeth they have their health (at least when they can find enough food and avoid the Imperial Labor Gatherers) and each other. When a new exile with no mem
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by Philomel
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Jun 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
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I wasn't a fan of Andrea Cremer's Nightshade series, but I decided to read The Inventor's Secret because I absolutely loved its premise. An alternate history, steampunk novel that explores what if the British won the Revolutionary War? Count me in! The major problem with The Inventor's Secret is that Cremer focuses on an illogical romance and plot and never really lets the steampunk elements fully take off. So much of The Inventor's Secret
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
-potential light spoilers-

I was at the library when this little fellow caught my eye. "Hey!" it called from the "New Books" section. "Pick me! Pick me!" But I was determined to ignore it's pleas to be read.

But it was steampunk.
And it was third person (I'm sick of first person!)

"Oh, I'll just check it out. If it's bad, I can always laugh about it."

And I'm glad I did! It's far from perfect, but it's one of the better "New YA Fiction" I've read this year. Let me break it down for ya.


Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5. I loved rereading this and can't wait to read the sequel! ...more

This is an enjoyable and entertaining read, but, to me, it lacks depth.

This book is an alternate history story. It explores the idea of what America would be like if the British won the Revolutionary war. The British control the country from the Empire, which is located in NYC.
Our main character, Charlotte, is part of the resistance, living in underground catacombs. Teens live in these catacombs until they are old enough to join the adults in fighting the British control.

Along with this aw
Colleen Houck
I think I just love everything Andrea Cremer writes. Not only do I bookmark like every page but I swoon over her heroes. Jack Winter was no exception. Love him and the world building in this book is amazing! If you're a steampunk fan pick this one up! ...more
Apr 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
I received this as an ARC in a GoodReads giveaway. I was looking forward to reading this book, as I have enjoyed just about every other steampunk novel/short story anthology I have read in the past.

Unfortunately, this one was just not for me. I would classify this as chicklit steampunk, for the following reasons:

1. There is little action in the first 100 pages (I got to 106 before I abandoned it, which shows I tried, I really tried). The beginning seemed promising, but then it quickly morphed i
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
The American Revolutionary War was a failure. British justice was swift and merciless. Sixteen-year-old Charlotte is the daughter of resistance fighters, hiding out with other children in a network of caves, safe until they are old enough to join the fight. When a new exile with no memory escapes from the floating city of New York, he brings with him a lot of questions and plenty of danger.

This alternative history steampunk novel had some really great world building. Boston is a penal colony whe
Rose Lillian
Oh look I'm disappointed. And I'm saying that as I pick up the next book in the series.

I had two main problems with this book: the plot and the romance.

The plot was way too predictable to the point where I guessed every major plot point, and even some minor ones. The fault with this probably lays with the fact that the plot was just a bunch of YA tropes sewn together. Now a plot can be completely obvious and I'll still enjoy the book if one of two things happen: 1) it has a good message 2) if th
Lauren - SERIESous Books

Despite the lightness of the plot, this book kept my attention and entertained from the start. I enjoyed learning more about the characters and the world (such a cool alternative history twist!). It was a little lighter on the steampunk than I would have liked and I feel like certain plot twists were super obvious but it was enjoyable nonetheless!

Check out more spoiler-free book and series reviews on my blog SERIESousBookReviews.com as well as read book series recaps!

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Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
Well. This was nothing but a gigantic letdown. I picked up The Inventor's Secret because I enjoyed Andrea Cremer's short story addition to A Tyranny of Petticoats and the premise of her novel sounded right up my alley: Alternate history, set in a steampunk America after Britain won the Revolutionary War. Ever since the British crushed the revolution, they've been ruling over the colonies with an iron fist. While the people of the Empire live pompous lives surrounded by wealth, everyone who was o ...more
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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I wasn't expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did! I haven't exactly been seeing raving reviews on this book and after reading Bloodrose, I had mixed feelings on Andrea Cremer's books. This book actually exceeded my expectations and I ended up enjoying it!

This book takes place in the early nineteenth century, in an alternate timeline where the British won the Revolutionary War. The Empire has been punishing the descenda
Rebecca Veight
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
" If a storm comes, may the wind be with us" I have always loved books/movies about growing rebellions and I sincerely heart this one.

In a steam punk alternate 19th century where the Revolution was lost & America is still a British colony, Charlotte finds a boy with amnesia. In danger, she takes him to the Catacombs, a refuge for teens of the Resistance.

Exciting from the very beginning, Cremer has created an amazing world which she details with such colorful care. She has a way of making you jum
WTF Are You Reading?
Fans of Steampunk will expect a great deal from this novel. As will fans of alternate history and fantasy.
Unfortunately, what this book promises and what it is able to deliver is in no way the same kettle of fish.
Try as she might.
It is quite clear that authoress, Andrea Cremer, is clearly out of her depth with this book.
Just the scope of the world building alone requires a level of attention to detail that just isn't there.
The love interest is confusing!
The use of the Greek pantheon as a b
Chelsea Couillard-Smith
I've never read Andrea Cremer before, and I'm not a particular fan of steampunk, so I was surprised to enjoy this book as much as I did. I'm a sucker for a good cast of characters, and I really enjoyed getting to know this group of allies. Cremer's world-building is also excellent. Despite a few info-dumping sections, she allows readers to decipher her world gradually and organically from the story. And what a fascinating world! Exploring what might have happened if the US lost the Revolutionary ...more
I saw this series on a Penguin list for best slow burning romances. Anyone that ranks with Falling Kingdoms and Bloodlines has to be given a chance. The beginning was somewhat shaky. I don't mind being brought in mid-story, but the recapping and telling of past events was a distraction. Also, the author seemed to constantly tell the reader about events, instead of using dialogue or letting you just experience them.

Once the storyline truly gets underway, I was hooked. Charolette is a strong and
Rebecca Elizabeth
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow! Just wow! This book took me by complete surprise. I'll admit the paperback cover grabbed my attention. Then when I realized it was a historical fantasy\ Steampunk, I knew I had to have it. This is my first book by Andrea Cremer and now I'll be checking them all out.

The story takes place in 1816 in an alternate historical setting. I love this time period and even though it's an alternate setting its still intriguing. Charlotte and a group of rebels live underground hiding from The Empire
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Hmmm. I was reluctant to start this because of a bad experience reading other books by this author. LOVED LOVED her debut, NIGHTSHADE, but the series went downhill and the last book was awful in my opinion. Read another book in the next series and hated it. This was a book club pick and different from the other books, so I finally gave it a go.

The beginning was actually really amazing. I was thinking that I've got to get the next books on hold so I can continue the story and see what happens. B
OMG, Andrea has done it again! I liked NIGHTSHADE, I loved RIFT and RISE, and I LOVED LOVED LOVED The Inventor's Secret! I started it on the airplane and I read, and read, and read, until I finished it. It was one of those books that I kept telling myself to SLOW DOWN because I wanted it to last longer but I couldn't stop turning the pages. The world-building was flawless, the steampunk aspects were fascinating, the romance was angsty and delicious (MILITARY PILOTS!), and the characters were wel ...more
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
A good YA book, with lots of imagination and a good romantic tension. I'm looking forward to read the sequel! ...more
First Look:  I love the premise of this.  British Empire where the American Revolution never took place? It's an interesting concept, and even more so when you throw steampunk into the mix. This was actually one of the very first books I ever marked as "to-read" on Goodreads, even before it had a cover image, but I never got around to reading it until recently.

The idea was there, but the execution didn't follow through.  We're told that there's a revolution brewing, but we only see thi
Aug 26, 2017 marked it as dnf
DNF @ 72%
Nov 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Good writing, an interesting world if a little predictable. Will definitely be continuing the series!
Faith Dever
Jun 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: lovetirangleugh
Will try to contain the headbanging to a minimum.
Disclaimer: Did not make it through the entire book....which is saying something because I truly enjoy steampunk. And I started out so hopefully too...

Liked: At least initially, the world. Yeah, I'm a sucker for Steampunk anything and this sounded like it had potential.
Grave- I'm sorry he's adorable and I liked him more than most of the other characters.
Lynette- How about a story with just Grave and Lynette?

Disliked: (These are just my persona
Apr 06, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't really know what I expected from this book, but I had hoped for some action or a kickass female protagonist and other awesome characters. However, it fell short on all accounts.

First, I was about 200 pages in (too much, I know) and realized that nothing of any significance had happened yet. Yes, it's the first book in a new series, so there has to be some build-up of the characters and the world, but there was also nothing about any of it that made me love it and want to continue the sto
Mar 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Steampunk Pisces sub? Oh yeah! Flying steampunk dragonfly - even better! Loved the world building and the era setting. The revolution between America and Britain... toss it in favor for the Brits. Yet, we continue to fight. Now, I do realize this is modeled for the YA market, but I guess I am not one who usually goes all gooey for love interest angst, even worse, a love triangle (Jacky Faber aka Bloody Jack aside). Otherwise, I would have given this 4 stars.

Strong female roles along with no smal
C.J. Nestor
Oct 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Picked up an ARC for free with a promise of review, so here we go:

I enjoyed it. The plotline is pretty typical YA fare, and if you're genre-conscious at all, you'll see everything coming half a mile away. What really works for it here, though, is the setting. Cremer's history background really comes through in creating a Steampunk America still under British control, and everything from the etiquette to the dress feels authentic. It really brings an air of authority to the entire proceeding.

If y
Dec 14, 2011 marked it as to-read
I can't decide if I want to read this. It sounds interesting but what if I read it and then my heart gets broken like in Bloodrose??? I don't want to fall in love with a character and then see them get treated like shit! *sigh* Indecisive about this one. ...more
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The world is clearly great and strange but in a good way. I really like how the book start with the mystery about the boy but the second part is a lot more about romance and charlotte's feeling, I think we kind of lost the spirit of the story but I will read book two because it was still good ...more
Jan 10, 2011 is currently reading it
Shelves: young-adult
If it's possible, I think I may be more excited about this novel than I am about Nightshade! ^_^ ...more
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Andrea Cremer also known as Andrea Robertson, is the author of the internationally bestselling Nightshade series. She spent her childhood daydreaming and roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin.

Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but she only recently plunged into the deep end of the pool that is professional writing. Before she wrote her first novel, A

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