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Supernatural Devices (Steampunk Scarlett #1)

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  268 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
Jan 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a short, silly read. I was a little wary at first, once I realized the author was the same as the Shiver books (angst much?). But this was a reasonable read once you got in the right mindset for fluff. The heroine has a team of handsome men vying and kissing for her attentions, it was much like those Japanese dating sim games with your own reverse harem. But it was too pressured or emotional, it was a girl caught up in the moment. Bad notes on the book were plenty of speech anachro ...more
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