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The Dark Unwinding
Actual rating 3.5
Madness or benevolence?
If I had to describe this book in two words, it would be: hidden gem. This book is not what it seems on the first look or even on the second look. Only when you reach a certain moment of the story and only then you understand the difference between what I thought it would be and what it turned to be. And I liked it.
Let's clear some things. From my perspective this book sounded like a steam-punk fantasy (don't ask me why fantasy, it j...more
The Dark Unwinding started rough for me. For the first quarter of the book at least I had a very difficult time getting into it. My attention kept waning, my mind wandering. I think mostly caused by my own restlessness, though, but surely not helped by the ambiguousness of the plot by that point. It has a strong show rather than tell writing style; while it's not always easy to initially situate ourselves in a story told as such, it does remain my preferred way ...more
Her uncle invents things, useful things and deadly ones. Two of ...more
Katherine Tulman has been given a simple task by her horrible Aunt Alice: she must go to her eccentric uncle’s estate in order to determine whether he should be committed to an asylum or not. They fear he has been squandering the family’s fortune – to be inherited by Aunt Alice’s young son one day. Although Katherine has no reason to be loyal to her loathsome Aunt, she also has no other option as she is Alice’s ward and as such is wholly de ...more
Sharon Cameron's use of language is beyond beautiful in the novel...she winds a tale that is both gorgeous and frightening with her wonderful use of image ...more
I can't believe it. The Rook by Sharon Cameron was one of the most surprising reads of 2015. I loved that book...and what actually surprises me the most is that all the things I loved of that book were missing in The Dark Unwinding. I mean, where are the spunky, sassy characters? Where's my badass, sarcastic female protagonist? W-H-E-R-E???
But here's the most important thing: how in holy hell this supposed to be a Steampunk book? * ...more
The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron
Book One of the The Dark Unwinding series
Publication Date: August 27, 2012
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the author
When Katharine Tulman’s inheritance is called into question by the rumor that her eccentric uncle is squandering away the family fortune, she is sent to his estate to have him committed to an asylum. But instead of a lunatic, Katharine discovers a genius inven ...more
Sold originally as Clockwise Turning, The Dark Unwinding and it's untitled sequel were sold pre-emtivly to scholastic back in 2010. And after looking at some of the extras on Sharon Cameron's site about the estate which inspired ...more
What ensues once she arrives there is part spooky, part mysterious, with bits of hum ...more
Speaking of the inheritance, Aunt Alice worries that her brother-in-law, Frederic “Tully” Tulman, is squandering it on the remote ancestral estate, and she sends Katharine to investigate.
Katharine is spooked by the moors, the thunderous weather, and the dark, labyrinthine house of Stranwyne itself. She’s also suspicious of ...more
Plus, the comprehensive gothic manor-house-package including grinning porcelain dolls, chambers full of one-of-a-kind clocks, hidden rooms, cobwebby nurseries, draughty chapels, squeaking trapdoors, ambivalent housekeepers and mute little servant boys has really been polished to a shining perfection.
On top of that, I had already warmed up to the reluctant, but bright and sassy, Cinderella-style heroine, Katherine Tulman, with her ...more
Three and a half stars: A book full of twists and turns that keeps you on your toes!
Katharine hates living under her Aunt Alice's thumb, but as a seventeen year old orphan, she is forced to accept the charity of her aunt and do her bidding rather than risk living in poverty. As a young woman in 1852 options are limited. Katharine currently keeps the books for her aunt and it is her job to protect the inheritance of her cousin, Fat Robert. When her aunt informs her that she is to visit her uncle ...more
When I began reading this book, I knew that it contained no paranornmal elements, that it was a straight ...more
I guess I didn't like it. The writing was okay, the villain was very predictable, and the MC was a bit conflicted. (She has to choose between losing her own income or dooming nearly a thousand people to poverty. But she still has an obvious place she could live. I don't know why this took so long to be resolved on her part.) But I didn't hate this; I did kind of like some characters. And I am a bit interested in the sequel, but only a bit. Katharine and Lan ...more
What I Liked: This is one of those stories where it takes a little bit of time for the characters to grow on you. I loved the book doubly for that, because while I started out not especially attached to any of them, by the end of the book, I loved them. Katharine is a good, str ...more
OMG THE AUDIO OF THIS BOOK IS ABSOLUTELY SPELLBINDING. (more to come later)
First Read: May 22 - May 24, 2014
OH MY GOODNESS. I cannot believe it took me this long to read this book! (It was recommended to me by a friend whose suggestions I always end up loving ... must remember to read her recs sooner!!!)
First things first - this book definitely has a little Jane Eyre feeling to it, and I LOVED that aspect. A huge house that seems to have a life of it's own; a haunting ...more
A wonderful piece of historical fiction, with plenty of fabulous characters to get attached to. I will say at the outset though, that while it sells itself as steampunk, I wouldn’t put it in that category. Yes, clocks and clockwork automata play a role, but the aesthetic that comes with steampunk is absent. If anything, I’d call it a gothic mystery.
When her cruel aunt feels that her son’s inheritance is in peril, she sends Kather ...more
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. Investigation/Detective Book: Female Protagonist lives with rich, genius mentally challenged(child like) uncle who likes his "toys" inventions. Niece tries to keep uncle safe from governments and others. [s]||6||17||Oct 15, 2020 09:16AM|
|Read Along "La fabbrica delle meraviglie"||3||8||Feb 23, 2015 12:05PM|
|Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish||1||1||Feb 16, 2015 07:34AM|
|YA Buddy Readers'...: The Dark Unwinding starting August 4th||16||26||Aug 09, 2014 09:54AM|
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