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Lady of Devices

(Magnificent Devices #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  7,956 ratings  ·  879 reviews
London, 1889. Victoria is Queen. Charles Darwin’s son is Prime Minister. And steam is the power that runs the world. At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire’s talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where thing ...more
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Published May 30th 2011 by Shelley Adina
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Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂

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!

Innocent bystanders!

&, 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
BK Blue
Okay. So....

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
Lady of Devices is the first pure Steampunk I've ventured into. I've read some that were also historical fantasy or paranormal, but I was afraid I wouldn't like the scientific aspects of steam and gadgets on their own quite as much. But I'm really loving this series. It's a lot of fun, and the technology isn't dry at all. You mainly just have to be willing to suspend disbelief about this alternate Victorian world because Claire's escapades are so outlandish. She's a fantastic heroine, full of sp ...more
♥ Sandi ❣
Nov 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommended to ♥ Sandi ❣ by: a challenge in BT
Shelves: 1-have, steampunk
Did not realize when I started this book that it was a series, thankfully it is book #1. I read this book because I was challenged to read something from the "Steampunk" genre. This is my first attempt at Steampunk. I liked this book.
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
Jun 14, 2012 rated it liked it
I read a whole book in one day. Hooray. I almost feel like one of the giants of GR (you know who you are).

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
Sydney Blackburn
Jan 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: steampunk, wtf
This book was recommended to me so I was incredibly disappointed. After reading the blurb, I was nervous about the science - if internal combustion engines fail, what reason will the author give? None, as it turns out it.

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
Simon Brading
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed this. Simple storytelling at its best.
Jacob Proffitt
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a fantastic find. I never know if what comes across as “young adult” in my head actually qualifies as young adult for anyone else. This book feels like it's solidly young adult, though, with a young protagonist, short page-count, and, uh, simplified solutions to some of the protagonist's bumpy road. Claire is 17 and newly graduated from a finishing school for upper-class girls. It isn't long after graduation, though, that her life is fundamentally altered from her expectations and she f ...more
Lady Claire has finally graduated finishing school. Despite her best efforts, none of her professors would teach her engineering, and her parents refuse to allow her to attend college. Claire tries to figure out how to reconcile her society's expectations with her own dreams, but the farthest she manages to go is to invite a Wit to her graduation party. Then her comfortable life is shattered, and Claire goes from rebelling against her family to just trying to keep herself together. And at this p ...more
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
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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
Jul 15, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Bought this because it was cheap. Sadly, it remained so.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Star rating: 4.5 stars

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
The Pen Punks
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book contains two types of stories I love—the fish out of water story, and the rich-kid-turned-ass-kicking-lord-of-the-underground story. I know, that last bit was a little long, but that’s exactly what happens to Lady Claire in this fun steampunk romp through Victorian London. All of our favorite steampunk trappings are there—airships, steam trains, lightning guns (oh yeah, dude, LIGHTNING GUNS)—but the heart of the story is Claire’s transformation from the viscount’s daughter who wants m ...more
Lala_Loopsie [fire breathing B!tch Queen]
Hallelujah! I finally have Wi-Fi! Thank the gods (Hermes especially)!

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
Jennifer Ashley
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Book 4 of my recommended reads for Goodreads Romance Week 2015: While this book is not strictly romance, Lady of Devices and the Magnificent Devices series has quickly become one of my favorite YA reads, as well as one of my favorite steampunk worlds. In this alternate Victorian universe, steam has just elbowed aside oil and internal combustion engines, to the misfortune of the heroine's father, a viscount who had invested heavily in combustion engines. Claire, who's never really fit in to her w ...more
Wiebke (1book1review)
This had its ups and downs. The story is mainly a set up for a series and I caught myself thinking that maybe the series is better, more captivating.
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.
Marcos Carmo filho
Mar 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books

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

Was an OK story - probably would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't read, and adored, all of Gail Carriger's Steampunk novels - one of which was set in a school as well. ...more
Laura Martinelli
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I tend to think that steampunk is a genre at the crossroads at the moment. It’s trendy enough that more books and articles and human interest stories are being written about it, but it hasn’t quite broken through to being mainstream. And much like any genre that’s becoming popular, everyone’s jumping on the bandwagon to try to rake in the cash. I found Lady of Devices as I was browsing through the “If You Liked X, Try Y!” suggestions. (Which is a very precarious task, I’ve found.) I did really l ...more
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of light steampunk adventure
Recommended to ~Geektastic~ by: the internet
I can’t in good conscience say that the plot of this tale is “believable.” But the pieces fall together so nicely that suspending my disbelief was surprisingly easy. I suppose this is because the setting and the characters do all the heavy lifting, with actual plot taking a backseat to the development of the world.

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
Karen B.
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I definitely enjoyed this book but I think it is something you have to have a taste for ... steampunk. The time period is Victorian and there's a certain formality to it, like some of the Regency romances. But the contraptions are great. I don't know if it's in every steampunk book but there's an idea in the society that women should not be involved in science. Lady Claire has her life turned upside down with the death of her father but she is able to pursue her interests but maintain her values ...more
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lady Claire is a smart, headstrong woman who wants nothing to do with the life she's had chosen for her. Instead of being married she would rather go to college and learn more about the power of steam and chemistry. Her formidable mother however, will hear nothing of her plans, and suffocates Claire under her lessons on manners and propriety. After a horrible accident changes Claire's fortune, it seems the path has opened up for her to be free at last. With her new freedom, Claire collects a ban ...more
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Pitch-perfect pulp. And I mean that as the highest form of compliment. (This review will stand for the first three books, taken together in one big gulp, which is how I read them.)

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
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this. I'd DNFd about 6 books in a row before stumbling onto this one. It captured my interest and my imagination and I'm happy to have found it.

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
Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of steampunk
Coming from a life of privilege, little is expected of Claire except that she marry well and be a good wife. But her greatest desire is to attend college and become an engineer. Then after a failed business venture her father commits suicide, she loses her life of privilege and finds herself on the street. She must rely on her wit and her education to survive and make something of herself.

Lady of Devices occasionally felt a bit like a video game, with Claire acquiring skills and then moving on t
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read! I loved the idea of the MC being more of a "modern, thinking woman" during a time when all that was expected of woman was to marry a rich man. I especially loved it when she met all the orphan children, and starting hatching crazy plans that somehow worked! ...more
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, steampunk
Exceptional! And the narrator also narrated the Ruby Red trilogy! Win/win.
2.25 stars.

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
Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reminds me much of a regency romance where the heroine, strong in her brain, does not want to make a good marriage just to breed heirs. She wants to do something with her life and be something more than society allows. Her father is usually absent trying to make a new combustion engine the new big thing. His daughter who is skilled in science knows the folly of such an adventure at this time and tries to sway his opinion back toward the stable energy of steam. After her father's folly ...more
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Shelley Adina is the author of 24 novels published by Harlequin, Warner, and Hachette, and a dozen more published by Moonshell Books, Inc., her own independent press. She writes steampunk and contemporary romance as Shelley Adina, and as Adina Senft, writes Amish women’s fiction. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania, where she teaches as adjunct fa ...more

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  • A Lady of Resources (Magnificent Devices, #5)
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