Lady of Devices
It was Steampunk Weekend in our little town. In spite of the weather, we had a blast.
The pop up Steampunk Shop
It rained on our parade!
&, yours truly!
& of course I did a Theme Read.
This book was a download on my kindle. & I had forgotten it was YA.
A very readable book at the start, but it lost it's way a bit when Claire was trying to make her own way ...more
1. Lord James is an ass, and if I read more into this series and the two become romantic, I'm going to be pissed. Not to mention, the dude has a mustache, if I read correctly. I just can't take mustaches seriously.
2. As others have stated, she can't afford to ride a high horse when she is in a pot-calling-the-kettle-black kind of situation. Who is she to judge the kids on picking pockets considering her new reputation as an underground arms dealer, not to mention what happened along ...more
Our main character Clair has just left high school and wants to go on to college to be a member of the Royal Society if Engineers. Her Mother wants to have her coming out parties. She is not interested in womanly duties, she is interested in chemistry. Coming from a ...more
This was not at all bad. The only thing that irked me was how Clare, a smart young woman not yet wholly in possession of her own life, transforms when she takes up with the East End gang, into a prim and governessy figure. True, she does, half jokingly, describe herself as the governess of the children who constitute the gang; but it's the change in her manner of speaking and behaving that i ...more
But that doesn't mean there wasn't plenty of other really bad science. Lets start with the exploding herbs. Then we'll look at steam engines that are the power that moves society, but no one seems to have realized that you can burn things besides coal to make steam. Steam cars c ...more
I didn't care much for the cover, but I'm really glad the TBR jar decided it was time to read this book anyway. I read the Finishing School series by Gail Carriger and although this is not a school training girls to be assassins and spies it did have the same feel to it (which is good because I can't wait for the next book in that series).
In school Claire has always been experimenting, in chemistry for example. After her fortune takes a ...more
After her father, the Viscount St. Ives, loses everything in a business deal gone awry, Lady Claire Trevelyan finds herself in a difficult position. That position then compounds itself exponentially when her father, wrought with guilt, takes his own life. Leaving Claire, her mother and her baby brother Nicholas not only penniless but without a protector to help them through their new struggles. When her mother flees their town house in London with little Nicholas in tow, Cl ...more
The book was good. Short but good. So is my review.
I liked the book, it's characters (all except the mom), and the plot. Though, nothing major happened, except that she, or her dad, loses his job, and she decides to make a living for herself (was that grammatically correct?), kills a guy and... She's awesome.
If you like steampunk, you must read it.
Though she certainly did not show signs of discomfort. Rather, Peony seemed amu...more
I liked the characters and the writing was okay. The story itself seems bumpy and taking short cuts to get to its destination while at other times just bluntly hitting you on the head with statements and ideologies.
It was a nice fast read with potential for being a great series or an utter disaster. Not sure if I want to continue or not, yet.
Okay, I'll admit it: I only finished hearing this book because of my reading challenge. The fact that I had already heard half of it by the time I decided I couldn't tolerate the story anymore barely factored in. It was torture to listen to the second half even at 1.5x speed. So much so that this is the first book I finished hearing that I will request a refund for.
The narration wasn't great, but not nearly as bad as the story. It's ridiculous. The main character paints herself as a "lady of wit...more
Claire Trevelyan, the titular Lady of Devices, goes from well-to-do finishing school graduate with hopes of attending university to the den mother of a gang of pickpockets within a mat ...more
So often, authors feel the need to add stuff to steampunk. (I'm looking at you Kate Locke). Or they take the differences too far and create a world that is too alien to feel Victorian (Cherie Priest). But really, it's lovely as it is and a good writer can do so much with the setting. And Ms. Adina does. All three books ...more
Also, it didn't feel YA to me, at least not in the bad ways that have me avoiding the genre these days. If anything, Claire read much older than 17, though that could be due to the historical setting. The steampunk elements were great and I felt this is everything I could want from the subgenre.
It was funny and light with sparklingly vibrant chara ...more
Lady of Devices occasionally felt a bit like a video game, with Claire acquiring skills and then moving on t ...more
I appreciated how clean this read was and the resourcefulness of our heroine. However, given that this story read more like a prequel to the series, I'll reserve my judgment for later installments. As it was, the steampunk world was decently developed as was the social aspect of high society. However, given that I mostly read fiction for the relationships, neither the heroine's and the children's, nor the heroine's and the hero's (although he didn't even really factor much in this fir ...more
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