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Supernatural Devices

(Steampunk Scarlett #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  300 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Scarlett was a sensible seventeen year old young lady or so everyone thought, but there was definitely more to her. The daughter of famous English Egyptologists and archeologists Theodore and Gemma Seely, she was prone to adventure and all the world had to offer.

It was the 1890s, and she had just received a letter from one of her parents' dearest friend, a certain detecti
Mass Market Paperback, 262 pages
Published October 28th 2011 by Edge (first published October 27th 2011)
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Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
Supernatural Devices: A Steampunk Scarlett Novel #1
By Kailin Gow

** May contain spoilers!

Supernatural Devices is really more of a historical paranormal novel, rather than a steampunk novel, which makes the title very misleading. The Devices are the only steampunk elements in the book and they don’t come into the story until almost the end. Most of the book is instead about a seventeen year old girl named Scarlett Seely who has second sight, which is the ability to see things such as ghosts and ot
Mary Ann
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Read the electronic ARC from NetGalley on my Kindle. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed with Supernatural Devices (A Steampunk Scarlett Novel: Book 1) by Kailin Gow. Initially I thought it had great promise, but it fell far short of what it could have been. It felt like Gow was trying to capitalize on the latest trends in YA lit--vampires, fey, steampunk; I expect zombies and werewolves to show up in the sequel. Everything is shallow: the characters have no depth, the plot is not compelling, ...more
I listened to the audio version, and I confess I fell asleep during the last portion only to wake right before the end. So, this is based upon me missing a bit near the end.

I also confess I do not enjoy stories that are mainly romances, most especially those of the current fad of teen hearthrob vampire romance variety.

So, your mileage may vary.

I did not expect this story to be great literature or the next blockbuster. I did have hopes for a fun and entertaining story, with hopefully likeable cha
Crazy for Books (Stephanie)
Jan 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
I thought this had promise after reading the sample. It had a young girl who was going to be working for Sherlock Holmes on a case. There was some interesting chemistry between the girl and Cruces. Once I bought the book though, it all deteriorated. It was definitely "supernatural"--there were vampires and fey and ghosts and other "gifts." most of the book involves the one male lead or another kissing this poor girl and putting their "mark" on her. It was so ridiculous that it would be worth one ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Dec 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
I always like to read Kailin Gow's series to see what new spin or twist she will put on a theme whether it be vampires or witches or fey.
So I was pretty excited to see that she was coming out with a steampunk series because even though I am new to the genre I really like what I have read so far.

And this just isn't steampunk (although, I will admit it is pretty light in that area as far as steampunk goes, so light in fact that I think people who don't like steampunk will still really enjoy this
Miranda Merrill
Jan 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have wanted to read a book by Kailin Gow for a while now. I am glad I finally got the chance to read one of her books. Supernatural Devices was an enjoyable quick read. I felt myself get pulled in from the very first pages. The book is fairly short compared to what I am used to, but I found in the end the length was perfect. It answered questions and left enough questions to have me wanting to read the next book in the series.
Supernatural Devices is about Scarlett a seventeen year old young
Becky Soledad
*Copy provided by NetGalley*

What I Liked: I really liked the character of Scarlett. She was smart and adventurous. She was a fairly strong young woman who used her wits and special abilities to help Sherlock Holmes solve mysteries. She is unofficially apprenticed to the great detective and is eager to learn all that she can from him. It was a fun story with some adventure and romance. The mystery was fairly predictable but still enjoyable. We are left with a sort of cliff hanger ending so I am l
Rachel Marks
I found out about this book through reading through the book reviews on YA-holic. I was immediately intrigued because of the word Steampunk. For those of you that don’t know, Steampunk is a genre in science fiction where steam power is widely used instead of electricity. Steampunk stories ususally take place in the Victorian period of Britain, or the Wild West of the United States (for more info on steampunk check out wikipedia). I personally love Steampunk and think it is an extremly interestin ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Scarlet (FMC) is a modern girl in an old fashioned time. 1890 to be exact. With family friends like Sherlock Holmes and Watson she jumps at the chance to help them when they ask for it. What she doesnt plan on is that this will suck her into a Supernatural World and unlocks some talents that she didnt realise she had as well as the ones that she did. Everyone seems to have an ulterior motive in this book. If you keep an open mind and opinion its not a bad read finding out what they are. A good s ...more
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was my first read by Kailin Gow; I was pleasantly surprised by the first of the Steampunk Scarlett series.

Paranormal, Steampunk, Amateur-Mystery, Young Adult series.

What a delectable vampire, gorgeous gypsy man, chivalrous English gentleman and the most noted detective of all-time have in common?

Miss Scarlett Seely, a young woman seventeen and of proper breeding, is one who has been exposed to many peculiarities in her short lifetime. She has traveled to Egypt and is accompanying her parent
Oct 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars.

Rounded down because the last 20% of this ebook was sneak previews of other books by this author.

There are several things about this book that annoy me. Let me list them for you.

1- False advertising. This is not steampunk. Nor does it really involve Sherlock Holmes in any real capacity.

2- Scarlett is not your typical "silly" Victorian girl. Or so we are told... repeatedly. And I do mean REPEATEDLY. And it's something that everyone around her feels the need acknowledge (or to tell anyon
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Scarlett Seely is in Egypt with her parents, who are archaeologists. She really doesn’t want to be there and is glad when she gets a letter from Sherlock Holmes wanting her help on a case in London. When she’s in London, she heads out to meet him. As she’s outside, two thieves grab her bag. She chases after them, when all of a sudden a man sticks out his foot, so he can retrieve her bag. The man, Cruces, just happens to be the client that Scarlett is supposed to help.

Apparently, his servant, Cec
Feb 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Supernatural Devices is set in London during the Victorian era. Scarlett, however, is not the typical female from the time period that you would envision. She is a tough girl who has been trained in self-defense and fighting. She is also very smart and helps Holmes in some of his case because her powers of deduction are also finely honed. She is also blessed with a gift that allows her to see the supernatural that is around her - including ghosts and vampires.
When Scarlett gets called home from
Feb 15, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was definitely a bit of fun!! 17 year old Scarlett, who travels around with her archaeologist parents, is suddenly called to return to London to help a family friend, a Mr Sherlock Holmes! She returns to London, very happily, and then the rest of the book is one small adventure or mishap after the other. We don't actually get to meet Mr Holmes but we do find out that Scarlett has a special ability, to see paranormal activity....whether that be vampires, or the Fey, Or even the Romanian ...more
Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Scarlett, the daughter of world traveling archeologists, sees more that most and is open to new ideas and oddities. When family friend contacts Scarlett to return home from another boring trip, Scarlett is thrilled. Her parents agree because they know and love Holmes’s, so she moves quickly to get home. A thief steels Scarlett’s satchel from the steps of Holmes’s house kicking off a series of events that stretch even Scarlett’s mind and put her in danger. Scarlett discovers that she has a lot to ...more
Dharia Scarab
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
Not very good I'm afraid. Far too many love interests to keep track of. The story felt very immature.

And Steampunk? Uh what Steampunk? The entire book revolved around the supernatural and various types of supernatural creatures. The only nod to Steampunk I found in this book was using the term "devices", when they really should have been referred to as "ancient magical artifacts".

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate m
Amy Halbern
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It was Nancy Drew meets Sherlock Holmes meets The infernal Devices by, Cassandra Clare. I loved how adventurous it was. I really liked Scarlet's character. Scarlet is a strong independent and can hold her own . I also loved how there was a touch of romance but not mushy. I loved the bantering between her, Cruces and Tavian, very funny. There wasn't a huge cliff hanger, but enough to want more. Overall this book had everything in it; Adventure, Romance and Mystery. Thi ...more
Jan 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved Scarlett she was so fiery and independent yet retained some lady like behavior. I thought the males in this book were awesome there were four rather important men in the story and all of them sexy and different. Of course Cruces had my heart from His and Scarlett's first meeting, but then Tavian gave him a run for his money. I like Scarlett's unique aibilty and the fact that this story also involves the famous Sherlock Holmes. I didn't like the length of the book it seemed more a novella ...more
Nov 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Although this was listed under the genre of steampunk, there really isn't much gadgetry, enough to realize this isn't the usual Victorian tale. Being geared toward the YA audience there is the usual angst of several males vying for Scarlett's affections. This was a quick, fun, guilty pleasure read that gives another nod and a twist on Sherlock.

Archaeology, Egyptology is mentioned, mystery, mysticism, the supernatural, vampires, ghosts, Gypsies, Roma, family, friendship, admirers, rivals, mystica
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Steampunk + Sherlock Holmes + kissing. And no, we're not talking about kissing Sherlock Holmes here. Scarlett is a friend of Holmes with the ability to detect the supernatural. As such, she gets called in to help on a case. We see vampires, gypsies, changelings, and a mysterious Order that wants darkness, chaos, and Scarlett. First book in a series, book 2 is out now, so don't expect complete resolution, but it is a promising start.
Kathy  D.
Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
A quick, fun read. Light on the steampunk, but with a generous helping of the supernatural (and a smidgen of Sherlock!), this story has an engaging plot that draws the reader in and keeps the pages turning. Handsome suitors abound and Scarlett has a chance to sample a kiss from all of them. First in a series, this book is a great start.

An electronic review copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley.
Sep 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Supernatural Devices was, in one word, quick. Short read. Rapid (and inconclusive) chains of thought. Fast (and barely enough) character development. Quick (and underdeveloped and sloppy) fact gathering and continuity, both by the characters and the author (is Scarlett's father named Theodore or Thomas?). But, nonetheless, I have some hope for this series and its main character, and will continue with the next installment.
Kailin Gow's Steampunk Scarlett books are not actually very steampunk--they're more paranormal fantasy in a Victorian setting--but I've nevertheless enjoyed the first two books and look forward to the next. They're a light, fun read, with an appealing protagonist, interesting supporting characters, and plenty of mystery, adventure, and romance.
Mar 20, 2012 rated it liked it
scarlett fell in love a lot in this book, which is heart wrenching. If you have a hero in mind for her, she tears his heart out. think that I am getting into Steampunk Scarlett's love life... I What do you mean I have to wait til September to find out who she will love forever? Now, why am I having a difficult time editing my post....sorry for that.
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really liked Supernatural Devices. I thought is was interesting.

The book could have easily been just as good without the Sherlock Holmes tie-in. It's story was original enough to stand on it's own.

The only real down part to the book was the love triangle. It all moved too fast. I didn't like the fact she seemed to attract every single guy in the book.
Dec 20, 2012 rated it liked it
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Scarlett Seely has been drawn into the dark side of 1800s London. Working for famed detective Sherlock Holmes she is now moving through the world of vampires, the fey and rakes. Gow built Scarlett’s world filled with mystery and adventure creating a great story for steampunk fans.
Feb 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I chose this book since it was listed in the steampunk genre. It is more in the category of paranormal. I liked the heroine even though it has the theme of a romance where she is torn between several suitors.
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Not much Steampunk and more Fae then I thought. This book was short and lacked well rounded characters. The idea had so much promise, but it fell flat. Good thing I only paid $0.99 for this. I will read the next one and hope it gets better since I bought it.
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Kailin Gow is a USA Today, International Bestselling American screenwriter, director, producer, speaker, and traditionally-published and indie author of hundreds of books. She has been a host on world-class stages, an invited speaker for BEA (Book Expo America) to talk about publishing, a member of TED Talk, and regular radio/TV guest for major stations. Over 11 Million copies of her books have be ...more

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