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A Lady of Resources

(Magnificent Devices #5)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,215 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Book 5 in the Magnificent Devices series!

You can choose your friends, but you cannot choose your family … or can you?

Now sixteen, the twins Lizzie and Maggie are educated young ladies who have not been called “the Mopsies” in years … except by their guardian, Lady Claire Trevelyan. With the happy prospect of choosing their own future, the girls can leave their dodgy past b
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Published October 4th 2013 by Moonshell Books (first published September 29th 2013)
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I liked A Lady of Resources, but I struggled a bit with Claire not being the main character anymore. Sure, I liked the Mopsies as side characters, but it was a lot different with them being center stage. Even though they had potential to be interesting as former thieves, they really weren't. Lizzie, the main POV in this one, was too focused on wanting to pretend to be a lady to allow time for antics. She was also kind of a brat. I think by the end I warmed up to the change, and to Lizzie, but it ...more
Simon Brading
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Almost better than the first four.
Laura Martinelli
While it could be easy for me to say that I didn’t like this entry in the series as much as the others because of the time skip and the change in focus, that’s actually the one thing that I didn’t mind in this book. I actually do think it’s a good idea for a series to change things up as it goes, especially when the author explores other characters. The reason why I didn’t like this book as much as I was hoping to is that there were some plot points that didn’t really work for me, and the revela ...more
Jan 14, 2016 rated it liked it
The Mopsies, Lizzie and Maggie take centre stage in book 5 of the Magnificent Devices series. On a dare Lizzie picks the pocket of Charles Seacomb and bites off a little more than she can chew. She finds herself dragged into nefarious schemes, discovers things about her past and her long lost parents and has to foil a plot that will topple governments.

This series isn't particularly original but the stories are well told and the characters are likeable. That makes up for the lack of originality
May 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: steampunk, sci-fi
Lady Claire was a naive young debutante when her family lost all money and reputation and she was left on the street with nothing but a high school level understanding of chemistry and an unbreakable will. She rapidly lept up the ranks of London's criminal underbelly, until she controlled it using a lightning gun, homemade bombs, and her very own airship. Claire, known to the underworld as "the Lady of Devices," was not content with this, and eventually invented artificial intelligence and achie ...more
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, read-2016
Lizzie takes centre stage in this book, 5 years on from the end of Brilliant Devices. Her and Maggie's graduation from the school in Munich they've been attending brings an unexpected surprise: A man claiming to be the long-lost father Lizzie and Maggie can't even remember makes an appearance, issuing an invitation to his castle in the Cotswolds and turning everything the Mopsies ever thought they knew about themselves and their lives on its head. But all is not as it seems, and the apparent dre ...more
Lígia Bellini
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another delightful reading!!! As expected, Shelley Adina, wrote another amazing and intriguing adventure on Magnificent Devices Series! The Mopsies are a grown-up girls and even more smarts and clevers! I really love to read about their strong bound to The Lady! Together they're amazing strong independent women!! More we can learn about the Mopsies past and even with so many incredibles twists,  they can always count on each other. A Lady of Resources is another story with more discovery, new fr ...more
Mike Billington
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelley Adina has created a wonderful alternative reality in her "Magnificent Devices" series and populated it with some memorable - and strong - female characters.
Two of them - the orphaned pre-teen twins Elizabeth and Margaret (Lizzie and Maggie to their friends) - take center stage in this, the fifth novel in the series. It's been five years since they first encountered Lady Claire Trevelyan when they and other members of their street gang helped steal her steam landau. They didn't know who t
Dec 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

I have really enjoyed this series, but this one wasn't as 'suck you in' as the others have been. I like the Mopsies, but having 95% of the book being about Lizzie and not Claire, didn't hold my attention as well. We were always told that Lizzie & Maggie were twins, so when one of them gets singled out by a wealthy patron, it made me wonder how he could tell them apart. I know not all twins are identical, but for same-sex twins they normally are.

I know that children grow up, but thes
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This latest instalment in the series is the tale of the Mopsies' discovery of their true history - and the ensuing chaos! A wonderful story full of romance, action, adventure, skulduggery, attempted Regicide, steampunk elements, Victorian society, airships, munitions, what it means to be a family... And, of course, devices! I highly recommend this series for all lovers of steampunk adventures, whatever your age!
I also loved listening to the audiobook of the story, and with Fiona Hardingham narra
Julian White
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Somewhat more than four years having passed. Lady Claire is about to graduate from her engineering course at Munich University and the twins from their Lycee fifth form. They have been staying with the von Zeppelins, the Landsgraf having sponsored Claire. The protagonist in this volume is Lizzie, who learns about her parentage and her actual relationship to Maggie.

The threat this time is more domeestic - to the household of the Prince of Wales, no less - and the Lady of Devices has a part to pla
Lora Edwards
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic love the first book about the Mopsies diving into the next.
Rockme Amadeus
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I give 3.5 stars.

I love this series but I must say, I'm a bit disappointed with this book. It's not bad or anything, just lacking the brilliance of the first four.
Here is what I didn't like:

1) There are almost no devices. At the beginning the pocket watch, the dream device and later the telescope but not really anything else. And even these three are not really mentioned all that much and were not invented by any of my favorite characters.
2) As much as I love Lizzie and Maggie, I missed Claire'
Fangs for the Fantasy
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Some time has passed since the last book – Claire has graduated from university and is ready to embark on her new career, flush with success. And the Mopsies, now 16, have both graduated from school with a strong education under their bodices and ready to take on the world. Once they decide exactly how they want to do that

It’s a question that haunts Lizzie, fearful of splitting up from her sister, yet not wanting to follow down the same path. She has aspirations of being a lady – but will the ba
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, kindle
Book Blurb:

Book 5 in the Magnificent Devices series!

You can choose your friends, but you cannot choose your family ... or can you?

Now sixteen, the twins Lizzie and Maggie are educated young ladies who have not been called “the Mopsies” in years … except by their guardian, Lady Claire Trevelyan. With the happy prospect of choosing their own future, the girls can leave their dodgy past behind, and Lizzie can bury her deepest childhood memories where they can do no harm. Upon her graduation from
Star Bookworm
Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steampunk
I had a high level of anticipation for this novel. It was very hard for me to put it off for my holiday reading binge. I love the first four novels in the Magnificent Devices (as witnessed in reviews earlier on my blog). This installment has all of our lovely characters from the first novels, but takes the focus into the history of the Mopsies! I adored those two little ragamuffins and their tenacious spirit. I was so excited to hear they would be garnering their own spotlight.

Lady Claire's sto
A Lady of Resources continues Shelley Adina's wonderful steampunk series Magnificent Devices.

The young Mopsies, Lizzie and Maggie, play a large role in the previous four books, going from scavenging on the street, picking pockets and living in a gang of thieves to becoming part of Claire Trevelyan's ragtag family of orphaned misfits in Victorian England. Under Claire's care, the Mopsies learn what it means to be part of a "Flock" and to know true love and loyalty. In this, the fifth book of the
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk
A fabulous continuation of a heart-warming and adventurous steampunk series. Five years have passed since we last read of the Mopsies in Brilliant Devices, and they are now 16 and graduating from the Lycée. (For anyone who does not follow Ms. Adina's website, a series of letters between the characters is posted in installments there to fill in the gap between books. They are a wonderful lead-in to this story.

This story primarily focuses on Lizzie, and being torn between the world of the London
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
The worst book so far with the worst lean character. I didn't really like the Mopsies when they were little and now that they are almost grown, I like them even less. For most of this book, Lizzie was extremely selfish, stupid and rude. Not at all the way I imagined her to be since she was raised by the Lady.
The story for this book felt very forced and was not entertaining in the slightest. Lizzie and Maggie discover their long lost family but it was not the way they imagined. All Lizzie seems
Quinn Whittaker
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Yet another great book by Shelley Adina. This installment switches between the point of view of Lizzie, the more outspoken and brash of the Mopsie twins, and Lady Claire. I wasn't sure if it was going to be an entirely new series only from the point of view of Lizzie or a continuation of the last at first. Seems it is a continuation, which is fantastic. It would have been interesting had it been a new series, so to speak, but I wanted to read more about the Lady from her own perspective.
Alexandra Rolo
Dec 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Podia ser pior... o facto de Claire não estar tão presente podia ter sido um aspecto negativo mas afinal não. Este novo volume da série Magnificent Devices tornou-se um pouco mais interessante que os anteriores. Suspeito que o grande ponto positivo seja o facto de não ter passado o tempo a ler propostas de casamento e de vidas felizes a uma moça que quer é estudar e passear pelo mundo a construir engenhocas com o grupo de putos ranhosos que retirou das ruas e educou de forma a que fosse possível ...more
Linda McLaughlin
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The fifth in the Magnificent Devices series focuses on Lizzie de Maupassant, one of the sisters formerly known as The Mopsies. Lizzie and her sister Maggie were found wandering the streets of London at the age of five and taken in by a street gang where they learned to pick pockets and engage in other acts of crime/survival. In Lady of Devices, Lady Claire Trevelyan teamed up with the gang to form a new "flock" as she put it. Claire became Lizzie and Maggie's guardian and de facto big sister.

Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I remember really enjoying The Mopsies in the previous books of the series, so when I heard that A Lady of Resources was out I grabbed it pretty fast. And it was fun to read. Boisterous, action-driven and light fun.

Claire was still mentioned here, but the limelight was on Lizzie - one of the orphaned twins Lady Trevelyan adopted. Lizzie was all of sixteen, practically a grown girl, ready for her coming out and choosing her own path different from Claire's passions of a scientist and an inventor.
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
As much as I liked the first two instalments in this series, the other books just don’t seem to live up to my expectations and they are not as exciting as the first instalments were. I think Adina got lost somewhere along the way with too many subplots (some of them quite uninteresting) that are never resolved. The only thing that has kept me reading so far is character development, which Adina does quite well. Still, I can’t say I liked what she did with Lord James, it felt like an unimaginativ ...more
Kim Power
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
resourceful, resilient steampunk

I have just reread the series and I lost in admiration of the "flock" and their adventures as recounted by Ms Adina. I say recounted as the read more as truth than fiction, such is her ability to create a world so believable when it should be so fantastic. From Claire's first determination to stand on her own feet and strive to enter university, taking street urchins under her care and then defeating evil as it comes, The Lady is not like a female Indiana Jones. R
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steampunk
First off I'd like to make a deep and heartfelt apology to Shelley Adina for ever doubting her abilities. Even for the slightest millisecond. I was worried about how well a book from Lizzie's point of view would go but I shod have known better than to have any doubts!

A few years have passed and now the twins are 16 and Lady Claire is 23 years old and making more of a name for herself than ever.

Both Lizzie and Maggie have graduated which brings on the question of what to do next and for the first
Mar 11, 2014 rated it liked it
First, I didn't like that they resolved the issues that Book #4 ended on by simply allowing a large chunk of time to have passed (5ish years or so) prior to the beginning of this book. I kind of felt that was cheating us out of the end of that particular story. Even now, I don't really know what happened, just that all turned out well.

Otherwise, this book was just as enjoyable as the others - it focuses on the Mopsies instead of the Lady Claire (Lizzie in particular) but remained true to the ton
Dec 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: steampunk
It was a little rocky changing perspectives from very-likable Claire to kinda-selfish Lizzie, although I admired her spirit and energy.
Yes, there wasn't as much air-faring adventure, but it was still adventurous and explored the character of Lizzie more. Really, can anyone say Lizzie's actions in the beginning of the book were unexpected? Do you not remember the little chit of a girl not very willing to apologize or even trust Claire at first? I say she's developed into who her childhood single
Karen Patterson
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Book five, this one jumps ahead fours years where you find Claire graduating and Lizzie and Maggie turning 16 and wanting to go in different directions. While it does contain most of the cast of characters, this is told mainly from Lizzie’s viewpoint while she tries and figures out where she goes from here and what learns about her past. This one took a little longer to get my interest, but that was probably because Lizzy was starting to annoy me with her choices, but I guess that's teenagers fo ...more
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another lively installment in the Lady of Devices series. This book follows the Mopsies as they begin to come of age and try to find their place in the world, having gone from guttersnipes to high society by mere chance. Neither of the twins remember anything about their life prior to running with Snouts and the gang, and we finally delve into their mysterious background. While some of the plot twists were a little predictable, Ms. Adina carried them off with flair and her own original twist. I ...more
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