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His Clockwork Canary

(The Glorious Victorious Darcys #2)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  308 ratings  ·  55 reviews
For ambitious engineer Simon Darcy, winning Queen Victoria’s competition to recover lost inventions of historical significance is a matter of pride—and redemption. After all, it was Simon’s failed monorail project that left his family destitute, and winning the tournament would surely restore the Darcys’ reputation.

Simon sets his sights high, targeting no less than the in
Paperback, 324 pages
Published September 2013 by Penguin Signet Eclipse (first published 2013)
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Beth Ciotta Sorry for the delay. I'm just now seeing this question. Thank you for voicing interest in the third GVD adventure. Unfortunately the original publishe…moreSorry for the delay. I'm just now seeing this question. Thank you for voicing interest in the third GVD adventure. Unfortunately the original publisher decided not to go forward with the Darcys. That said, I do indeed hope to write and publish Jules's story by other means as soon as my crazy-packed schedule permits. Release date TBA (less)

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Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
4.5 Awesome Stars!


So okay. I have to admit. His Clockwork Canary was the very first Steampunk novel I have ever read. I own a copy of one I bought recently but have not had a chance to crack it open, so I was so excited to get a copy of this one from the tour for the review because I absolutely loved it!

I had a hard time putting this one down. I liked Simon from the first page that he was introduced to me. He was ambitions character with a lot of heart that had me pulling a smile every few
Barry Huddleston
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
*** Free review copy provided by the author via Deborah Richardson

I commented on Facebook that I was drinking tea and reading a romance novel and that I should do something manly, like wrestle an alligator, before the guys found out. One of the guys replied — I wont tell anyone. This is one of those reviews that I preface with the comment that I don’t like romance books. Let’s just say that if all romance books were this good, I wouldn’t have to say that I usually don’t like romance books.

Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Oh kay.

Remember when I said I'd wait to pass judgement om some tropes in the first book until I've read the sequel? Well, here we go.

All in all it's better written than its predecessor, but recycling tropes and entire scenes from the previous book is a bit grating and... cheap. Granted, it's just one scene, but it could have been handled and written much neater.

And the tropes. Oh my god, save me from this jumble of Alpha male-possessive nonsense. I know it's supposed to be Victorian and that wom
Dark Faerie Tales
Feb 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Too slow and I completely lost interest even though I’ve read over 67% of the book.

Opening Sentence: Since the day he’d been born (three and a half minutes later than his twin brother), Simon Darcy had been waging war with time.

The Review:

I have to regrettably inform you that His Clockwork Canary is the first book that I shall be adding to my DNF (Did Not Finish) list since joining Dark Faerie Tales over a year ago. I have been reading this book
Shera (Book Whispers)
His Clockwork Canary . . . makes me think of a dirty joke.
Catherine Stein
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Kinda mixed feelings about this book. The unique but bizarre world was interesting, but I never got very invested in the romance and the ending felt really rushed, like everything just "poof!" got wrapped up. Enjoyed reading it, though, and may pick up the others in the series.
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. I received no additional compensation for my review. I rated it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

A fan of steampunk romance and books with mixed sub-genre, I was definitely looking forward to reading His Clockwork Canary by Beth Ciotta, the second full length book in The Glorious Victorious Darcys series. Unique world building, interesting characters and a second chance romance made this a page turn
Jun 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review, steampunk
This is the second book of the Glorious, Victorious Darcys series and features Simon, the brother of the heroine from the first book Her Sky Cowboy. While I couldn’t get into that first book, too much information thrown at me for my comfort, I do know Simon is the reason for the drama surrounding his family mentioned in the first book. This story is his journey to repair that damage and rebuild–and replace–the dubious reputation of the Darcy name.

For me, this story was very superficial. Everyth
Lisa Filipe
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-tour
First I want to start by saying that Beth Ciotta's imagination stretches FAR BEYOND my capacity of thinking...She is spectacular! HIS CLOCKWORK CANARY, which is the second book in her Glorious Victorious Darcy's Series, and it is a Steampunk, which is actually the first Steampunk I have ever read. For those of you who don't know what Steampunk is, here is a description:

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery,[1] especially in a setting inspired
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
Simon Darcy wants to redeem his family's honor and bring in some money to help. His father died in an accident working on an invention. His family name has been destroyed in the papers thanks to the Clockwork Canary. He knows if he manages to win a competition Queen Victoria has going on he can achieve that goal. His brother and sister are also looking for inventions that have had a huge affect on their time. Simon's soon has company on his journey by the one person he does not want to be around ...more
Gillian (Tattooed Book Review)
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As a fan of both Steampunk and Romance, His Clockwork Canary is absolutely everything I could have asked for. It has that steampunk “tone”, a bit Victorian and a bit modern, clever and inventive; a pleasing combination of light-heartedness tinged just enough with darker elements.

Ciotta expertly creates a fantasy setting, serving as a backdrop for an engaging and adventurous plot. I had so much fun reading Willie and Simon’s story. They are e
Jessie Potts
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk, arc
This is the second book in The Glorious Victorious Darcys series and involves one of my favorite genres — steampunk! The first book is Her Sky Cowboy, and I loved that one, too! His Clockwork Canary opens up with the Diamond Jubilee and Simon Darcy, who is trying to restore his family's good name (some nonsense about his father blowing himself up trying to get to the moon) and a whole other mess of characters. Simon enlists Willie's help and finds out he is a she and hiding who she really is and ...more
Oh wow! A romantic hero who is SELF AWARE enough to both recognise when he & the heroine are faced with relationship and life issues they need to talk about AND can actually see the situation from her perspective! "Why yes, honey, I can see that I am letting my preconceptions trample on the freedoms I, as a privileged white man, take for granted that you've had to beg, borrow, and steal for yourself - guess I'd better be sure about the difference between 'compromise' and 'being a domineering ass ...more
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I give this book 4.5 moons and highly recommend it to steampunk readers out there. This is one book that will intrigue you from the first page to the last page.
Beth Ciotta did a fabulous job again in the second book in the Glorious Victorious Darcys books. I cannot wait for Jules story. He sounds like he may become a favorite Darcy of mine due to what I found out about him in this book. =)

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher via Ne
Pauline Creeden
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
The great thing about steampunk is it combines the faculties of the Victorian era with any other futuristic era the author wishes to add. Beth's addition of the 60s/70s Free Love era is both brilliant and added a bit of nostalgia to an unusual story line. I also really appreciated the author's use of the Darcy name to draw on a bit of Austen and her era of romance. Overall, it's an adventurous read, but a bit steamy in the romance department - making it blush worthy. Recommended for those who li ...more
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have been waiting for book two for awhile now. I love the world Beth Ciotta has built and the characters she has developed.

Simon & Willie are fun, though I kept thinking there would be more fall out over certain issues.

Characters: 4

Plot: 4

World: 4.5

Pacing: 4.5

Overall: 4

I really do love how easy and quick of a read this is.
Julie Clarahan
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am loving this new steam punk genre. This book was fun and I enjoy reading about the Darcy family. I love the blend of Victorian England, technology and alternative history. Beth Ciotta is certainly on my list of authors whom I'm keep my eye on.
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recommend this book, and the previous two books in the series, to anyone!! There is adventure, intrigue, romance all coupled with some fun sci-fi/fantasy stuff in the steampunk genre!! I honestly can't wait for the next book. I feel like this series could go on for long while!
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Do think I liked the first book better, but still very good :)
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
2.5 maybe. so slow the first half of the book I almost gave up on it. good, but very little action and the relationship between the two mains gave me a headache.
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
A page turning adventure, with just the right balance of action and spice. Supremely satisfying.
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
My review is coming soon to Romancing the Book!
Jul 16, 2013 added it
Amazing! But this one seemed to be more of a mystery than adventure. But I'm still excited to read more of their adventures, though I would like more Amelia and tucker.
Chelsea Johnson
History is repeating itself

For ambitious engineer Simon Darcy, winning Queen Victoria's competition to recover lost inventions of historical significance is a matter of pride--and redemption. After all, it was Simon's failed monorail project that left his family destitute, and winning the tournament would surely restore the Darcy's reputation.

Simon sets his sights high, targeting no less than the infamous time-travel device that forever changed the world by transporting scientists, engineers, an
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


Simon Darcy, tinkerer and inventor extraordinaire knows that there is something passionately familiar about the slight woman masquerading as a young pressman and calling herself Willie G. aka Clockwork Canary. Something tells him that the connection between them is much more than reporter and scoop, even in this chaotic age of Victorian England. When he discovers that the famed Clockwork Canary is in fact his one true lover, who jilted him over a decade ag
Jenny GB
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this novel through Goodreads First Reads.

I was initially disappointed when I saw on the cover of this book that it was a "romance novel", but I am really glad that I gave it a chance and was pleasantly surprised. I'm not a big fan of romance novels mainly because my few experiences with them have been poor. In the past I have found that the plot of a romance novel usually only served as a vehicle for the main couple to get together and once that happens it's all romance
Jes Jones
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Chelsey Wolford
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Simon Darcy’s father has just passed away and he is facing somewhat of a predicament. He needs to make money and provide for the family that his father left behind. When Queen Victoria broadcasts an announcement for a competition that she is holding, he knows that this could be his chance to win the prize and reclaim some pride for his family who is now in despair. Simon thinks nothing can stand in his way from winning this prize until The Clockwork Canary, better known as Wilhelmina Goodenough ...more
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
2-2.5 stars. Unfortunately this didn't work like I'd hoped it would. Wilhelmina Goodenough, aka Willie G., aka the Clockwork Canary, is forced/blackmailed to spy on Simon Darcy as he searches for his entry for the Triple R. She is a reporter for a gossip newspaper, the Informer and has held her spot pretending to be a man. The blackmailer knows everything about her, including that she's a Freak, and Willie agrees to save her family.

Simon agrees to take Willie with him to report on his adventure
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really loved Her Sky Cowboy, the first book in The Glorious Victorious Darcys series. This second book in the series was a bit slower in my mind, the characters not quite as engaging and the action a little less exciting. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the story, it just didn’t catch my interest as much as the first book. Simon Darcy, like his sister Amelia, is seeking an invention of historical significance in order to bring fame and fortune to his family. When tabloid reporter Willie G., a ...more
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Storytelling comes naturally to award-winning author Beth Ciotta. Limiting herself to one sub-genre does not. Dubbed “fun and sexy” by Publisher’s Weekly, Beth specializes in writing Romantic Comedy with a Twist of Suspense and is published in contemporary, historical, and paranormal romantic fiction. “I can’t think of anything more fulfilling than writing stories where everyone (except the villai ...more

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