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Her Sky Cowboy

(The Glorious Victorious Darcys #1)

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  790 ratings  ·  126 reviews
Amelia Darcy has no interest in marrying well. Her heart belongs to the sky and the dirigibles of brass and steel that swoop over Victorian England. But when her father, an eccentric inventor, dies, the Darcy siblings are left with scrap metal—and not a penny to their names. Their only hope to save the family name and fortune is to embark on a contest to discover an invent ...more
Paperback, Signet Eclipse, 328 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Penguin New American Library
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Sep 05, 2012 marked it as did-not-finish
Steampunk can be a tricky business, and I'll be the first to admit that I'm persnickety about what I like. For the most part, I seem to gravitate to darker versions of the genre, Meljean Brook’s Iron Seas or Lilith Saintcrow’s Bannon & Clare. Gail Carringer’s Parasol Protectorate series is the only one of the lighter, more overtly comical series that I made it through (and that can be contributed to how often I laughed out loud).

HER SKY COWBOY has glimmers of goodness, and I made it about 100 pa
Chloe Friend
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've been looking for a book that reminds me of the Iron Seas series every since I read the first book a few years ago, finally I've found one that measures up to it... Some what, because really, will any book be as good as the Brook's Iron Seas series?

This book is one of my favourite steam punk series I've read thus far and I've read a fair few! This steam punk world is amazing! I feel some I've read in the past can be rather idiotic, this one however explains all the advancement so I was like,
The Book Tart
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing

I reviewed this on my youtube channel

I'm new to the steampunk genre and this book was easy for me to escape into. I loved the mashup of Victorian England, inventors, dirigibles, gadgets and the unique twist Beth took in her world building. The world was FUN! But I adored the characters. The heroine Amelia is feisty and brave and not willing to let her brothers go off on a treasure hunt and leave her out. She has clues that could lead her to the perfect prize to win Qu
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Come for the time-traveling hippies, stay for the banter.

I think steampunk is stupid, but had to read something in the genre for a book challenge. I basically picked this book off the shelf at random, but it was so fun I might read the next book in the series. Extremely pleasantly surprised!
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk
Review from Backchatting Books

The first few pages of this novel drew me in raising my hopes but I found the rest of the book rather uneven. Our heroine Miss Amelia Darcy loses her eccentric inventor father during his attempt to create a rocket ship. Shortly after, she and her two brothers each receive a letter inviting them to partake in a competition to find a lost technological invention for Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. In order to save her family from their financially embarrassing situat
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Amelia Darcy wants a life full of adventure and gadgets. She is utterly engrossed by the idea of flying and would rather tinker in her father’s inventing lab than worry about silly things like finding an eligible suitor and settling down. Gadgets and their inventors are the lifeblood of the Darcy family. Amelia sees no reason for her gender to push her destiny in a different direction than that of her two brothers.

Wrongly accused of a murder he has not committed, Tucker Gentry is on the run. At
Jun 14, 2013 rated it liked it

I was going to rate this 4 stars right up until the final chapters. The plot was interesting and inventive, the characters quite likable, action thrilling, and most importantly the author refrained from giving too much away to early. For me, a good novel provides the unexpected until the final page. Her Sky Cowboy certainly did that, but instead of cheering I was like "NOOOOOOO!" Okay, maybe I wasn't that dramatic.

I believe this is a trilogy. I was expecting Amelia to narrorate each bo
3 stars for the ideas, 1 star for the execution. I wanted so badly to love this book but there were so many things that fell flat or that were outright irritating. Really wasn't worth the time & effort but I might just end up reading the sequels anyway.

10% status update: It's going to be such a relief to read a Steampunk book written by an American that doesn't need to be Brit-picked despite having already been edited. Peace Rebels & a cowboy means the usual language errors won't actually be er
May 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book.

I really, really did. It's got loads of elements I enjoy - a plucky young heroine, grand adventure, romance, a handsome hero, steampunk trimmings...I should have loved this book. The world building was actually something I was really fascinated by.

Except some parts of it really stuck in my craw. Particularly how the titular Sky Cowboy seems to be so inclined to have to restrain himself at the sight of the heroine once they meet. Gee, you're so turned on by thi
Art (aka Whistler Reads)
In a parallel world where a Gentleman inventor has jumped forward 100 years in time and then a group of hippy geeks have jumped back from the '60's warning of world catastrophe in 1967, precipitating a "Peace War", our story begins thirty some years later.
Our heroine, Amelia Darcy. grew up as the steampunk equivalent of a tomboy daughter, tagging not her brothers but her distracted father, assisting with "inventions" in his "laboratory" (a converted stable) where he made, among a lot of other th
Crystal (Goddess in the Stacks)
This book is FANTASTIC. It's the closest thing to a feminist, egalitarian romance I've seen in quite some time, and the romance subplot is expertly woven into the main treasure hunt plot. With it all set against the steampunk backdrop of a time-travel-altered Europe, this is a spectacularly fun read.

The book is set in 1887, 31 years after the "Peace Rebels" traveled back in time from 1969. They came back to warn the world of the dangers of technology - they had stories of Hiroshima, and the Holo
Lindsay Mead
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Steampunk Romance or Heart of Brass by Kate Cross
I really liked this book. So much fun! It was probably one of the better books, in terms of romance, that I've read. I actually really loved the couple together and found them absolutely adorable. It's a steampunk book, heavy on the steam (While this was a steamy book, I actually mean that in the sense of clockwork and machines lol) which rocked. The characters were great, lovable, and the story was well paced. My only complaint was the occasional chapters from the bad guys point of view. I hate ...more
Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This inventive alternate history steampunk story was great fun. Set in Victorian England after the arrival of time travelers from the future (the 1960’s), we see the effects such a visit would have on history. After Amelia Darcy’s father is killed while tinkering with one of his inventions, she vows to bring honor and respect to the Darcy name by winning a competition to produce the best item of historical significance. She has an idea of where she can get her hands on such a thing, and sets off ...more
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“Her Sky Cowboy” mixes Victorian England with 1960's technology.
Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee is a chance for Amelia Darcy and her twin brothers to save the family’s reputation and wealth. If one the Darcy siblings can discover an invention of historical importance in honor of the Queen’s Jubilee. Amelia embarks on trip to Italy to find a lost da Vinci workshop with her mechanical enhanced falcon and an Italian cook but when her kite cycle crashes into a ship of ex-Air Marshal Tucker Gentry.
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Okay, not entirely sure why I didn't enjoy this book more. I love steampunk, and I love unconventional women, which Amelia definitely falls under. Maybe I wasn't feeling the Western aspects or the time travel. Maybe the villain was too familiar. Maybe the sex wasn't hot enough. Maybe everything was too easy.. I really don't know, which makes it all the more frustrating.

I'll have to read the twins' stories before passing judgment.
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I've read some of Beth's other books and thoroughly enjoyed them. I love the steampunk genre and couldn't wait to give this one a try. I wasn't let down nor disappointed. It brings the fun of history meets new age and thrown in steampunk components, a unintentional love, and a crew full of fun and interesting characters.
Julie Clarahan
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am loving this new steam punk genre of fiction. I love that it blends the Victorian age with technology. This story was so much fun to read. The witty repartee between Tucker and Amelia (aka Sky Cowboy and Flygirl) was as heartwarming as it was funny. I can't wait until the next book comes out.
Jun 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
This book really did not do it for me. I can not put my finger on what exactly bothers me about the book. Was it the storyline that was not explained enough or the world wind romance that was just not believable enough or was the writing just not there, I do not know. However I thought the idea of the book was interesting just could not get into it.
I love steampunk novels but this just.... I don't know. Somehow it all fell flat to me. Maybe I need to come back to it at a later date but for whatever reason, I just couldn't get lost into this novel, I wanted action, adventure and dirigibles, but this book just seemed... somehow one dimensional to me. So sad.....
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: steampunk
Just couldn't get into it. The characters felt very stereotyped. There was so much world building that it was a bit confusing. I didn't hate it, I've just got too large of a tbr to mess with something that isn't grabbing me.
May 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, steampunk
Sadly, this didn't work for. I generally like spare writing and more streamlined plots and this was the opposite. There were too many adjective and too much craziness in the plot. The characters and the world were all too over the top for my taste.
Sep 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
My coworker's reaction when I summed it up for her was perfect.

Me-"It's a steampunk romance novel."
Coworker-*interested nodding*
Me-"With time traveling hippies."
Coworker-"Ahh!!" *drops book*

And that is exactly what I should have done as well.
Nov 19, 2012 marked it as dnf
I like the idea of this series but the writing and the characters just didn't click for me on either of my attempts to read this... oh, well.
Cindy Holby
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic world building and a great plot. Loved the characters. Can't wait for the next installment.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: steampunk
I was very prepared to like this book - steampunk, airships, time travel, cowboys, romance, what's not to like. However when I was reading it I kept falling asleep. You could say I must have been sleep deprived or jet-lagged, but in the same time frame I read other books without falling asleep. So I guess that says something for the pacing of the book. The pacing did pick up in the last 3rd of the book and I managed to read that part without falling asleep in the process.

One thing I found confu
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
I'm afraid that I wanted to like this book far more than I actually did.

First, the negatives:
All of the characters (except perhaps for the hero) felt flat and showed little to no growth or development throughout the story. The heroine had the most personality, but both her moods and mannerisms seemed to flip-flop a lot - so much so, in fact, that I wondered if two people actually wrote this book. The story had decent set-up, but then seemed to falter for a while, and honestly the main plot didn
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Typically, I like the aesthetic of steampunk more than I like what it actually looks like in book form. I mean, I've tried a few Gail Carriger books and never managed to finish any of them. I've had a handful of other ones recommended to me (like Boneshaker), but this is one of the first I've actually started and finished.

I was mostly drawn to the genre mashup. Time Travel Steampunk Adventure Romance Western? I'm there.

Anyway, it was quite cute. Silly, but endearing. Amelia was as plucky as you
Review originally posted here:

Publisher: Penguin
Publish Date: Nov 6th
How I got his book: ARC from the publisher

Amelia Darcy has no interest in marrying well. Her heart belongs to the sky and the dirigibles of brass and steel that swoop over Victorian England. But when her father, an eccentric inventor, dies, the Darcy siblings are left with scrap metal—and not a penny to their names. Their only hope to save the family reputation and fortune is to embark o
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
I like steampunk and I like romance, however this book was lacking in my opinion. It throws a lot of terms at you, some times several at the same time, and you have to infer what kind of device it is based on the name alone. Also, there should be some explanation about how some of the devices work but even the characters don't seem to know how it works and yet they helped make the device. For example there are attachable wings for a horse and yet the main male character doesn't even know how it ...more
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed it, it was a fast and easy read. It had some logical issues, but some books make you not want to question all things.

It's a Steampunk Romance, has an arc that goes beyond the first book and makes me want to read the next book. This is the first part of what I suspect is a Trilogy and if the same problems persist in the next book(s) will not excuse them as individual one-off quirks.

I give it 4 Squees out of 5.
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