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3.43  ·  Rating details ·  5,975 ratings  ·  731 reviews
A girl with a clockwork heart must make every second count.

When Penny Farthing nearly dies, brilliant surgeon Calvin Warwick manages to implant a brass “Ticker” in her chest, transforming her into the first of the Augmented. But soon it’s discovered that Warwick killed dozens of people as he strove to perfect another improved Ticker for Penny, and he’s put on trial for mas
Paperback, 273 pages
Published December 1st 2014 by Skyscape
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Nov 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle
Kindle First Program

Dear lord, this book was awful. Plenty of readers are going to write glowing reviews about how much they just loooove steampunk and that's great. But piling a whole bunch of gears and mechanized crap all over the page does not a book make. The author wasted so much time writing mechanical horses and flying machines and bustles and 'copper curls flying loose from their hairpins' and velocipedes and all the rest that she didn't bother with any of what is important. The worst a
Jan 25, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF: finished 30%
I can't do it.

It's short and free through Kindle First and I still can't do it.

I just can't do steampunk, especially not this over the top, beating you over the head with gears and brass and corsets type of steampunk.

More time is spent describing unnecessary inventions and gadgets and clothing than expanding the world and characters in any meaningful way.

Which is, in truth, a little upsetting, because I feel like there might actually be an interesting, thoughtful story here, hi
First... I feel cheated.
Second... WTF!
Third... Nope. No. Nada. Zero. Cares were given about this book.

DAMN! Damn it, man.

Stuti Rai
Dec 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book is basically what would happen if you took a pretty, sparkling snow-globe, broke and filled it with glitter, excessive words and exclamation marks in disguise.

I gave up on Ticker early on because, despite kernels of originality, it has nothing to show for in terms of world-building, characterization, or story. The writing itself is too structured. Steampunk doesn't become steampunk by stuffing in loads of contraptions and mechanical workings. Steampunk itself has an entire feel/atmosph
Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
Mar 02, 2014 marked it as nevermind
Shelves: net-galley
DNF at 58%.

I loved Mantchev's Théâtre Illuminata series, so I was really looking forward to this, even though I don't care for steampunk.

Unfortunately, this book was long on action and steampunk details, and short on everything else. There was little overall atmosphere, almost no character development, and I had no idea what half the characters looked like. Worst of all (for me) the romance was so boring and had no foundation.

This was a huge disappointment.
Nov 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
I got Ticker for free through Amazon's November 2014 Kindle First program. The plot sounded promising, with the main character in an interesting moral dilemma: needing a mass murderer (whom she previously received help from, without knowing the human life cost he extracted) to stay alive.

Unfortunately, that back story was the only interesting part of the novel. Ticker was a jumble of messy events barely strung together coherently, a plethora of annoying characters, steampunk gadgets tossed in ve
Emma Michaels
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If I hadn’t already been in love with steampunk before reading Ticker I would be now. With a girl who has a clockwork heart and a title like ‘Ticker’ the play on words was just too delicious to resist. I had high expectations, especially being a Lisa Mantchev fan, and my expectations were not only met – they were exceeded. I connected with Penny right away. I don’t know if I have the words to explain it but there was that rare affinity a person sometimes feels for a character once in a blue moon ...more
Aslaug Gørbitz
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
For those of you who don't know what steampunk means here is a definition, of sorts. Steampunk is any story which contains steam powered machines, is set in an alternate universe that loosely resembles the 1800’s, and involves lots of useful gadgets. When I think of steampunk, I think of a story exactly like this one. While not all steampunk contains clockwork, I would think most stories containing clockwork would fall under the category of steampunk. Another way to put it would be any story wit ...more
Carrie Gulledge
Nov 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
If you haven't remotely caught my interest by a quarter of the way through the book, then I just can't muster the interest to finish. There were too many nonsensical words thrown in to describe Mantchev's new world she was creating; and too little actual description written in terms that we could understand. We were thrown in to this world with the expectation that we would already have a basic understanding of how the world was set up, when we did not have the slightest inkling. I had an incred ...more
YO so I read the first page on this book on Lisa's Facebook and it's everything I could've wanted. I'm far too ready for this book to be IN MY HANDS.

THE COVERRR! I love the teal and gold! <3



shady boots
Nov 01, 2014 added it
Shelves: covergasm
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
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Lisa Mantchev’s Theatre Illuminata trilogy is one of my all-time favorite series and I don’t think that will ever change. Its whimsical tone and imaginative use of theatrical mainstays like Shakespeare’s plays (among many others) enchanted me from the very first page. Naturally, a steampunk novel from her would have much the same effect on me! Well, that was the assumption. It was as intensely readable as her past works, but like
DNF at 34%

Arc provided by Amazon Children's Publishing through Netgalley

I blame it on the pretty cover.
If it weren't for it, there's no way I would have requested this on Netgalley, not with the avalanche of one star ratings that this is getting!
But no...I decided to be stubborn.
Also, this explains why you only had to click on the request button to be approved. :/

Here's what I could understand from this story...
I guess it attempts to flow in that light
Halle Watson
May 30, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was not good.

I usually don’t cut to the chase like that, but I had to make an exception with this one because it was pretty bad.

I feel like this author woke up on day and said “I am going to write a young adult steampunk novel.” And instead of thinking of interesting characters or a unique plotline, she just wrote a “perfect steampunk” checklist and tried to fill it out.

The list:

1. Steam-engine era setting

2. Advanced steam technology

3. Flying airships

4. Mechanical body parts

5. Mechanic
I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Steampunk continues to fascinate me with all the historical elements mixed with gears and gadgets that are ever present in this genre along with action, suspense and a touch of romance. Ticker is an example of steampunk done well in the young adult category. It has solid writing with plenty pomp and pageantry but not too much to disturb the flow of the story. The twists and turns will keep you guessing while the non-stop action will
Cora Tea Party Princess

5 Words: Steampunk, crime, bakery, life, death

I guess it's my own fault for not liking this one... It took me so long to listen to, even at 1.5x speed that a month later I was pretty bored. The story just wasn't gripping enough for me.

I think this is just a personal preference. I mean, it's jam packed with action. But... I just didn't click with this one.

The narrator was great, Fiona Hardingham did a fantastic job.

But I felt that the world building was somewhat lacking. It felt like the
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

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A pretty cover and an original idea should be the basis of a great book. Unfortunately, Ticker failed to make my expectations come true.

After requesting this title I started to see a flow of negative reviews coming in. However, I was not discouraged by them and hoped that I would enjoy it more, as I usually quite like steam punk. The original idea was indeed really interesting, but I also have some problems with the book. It wa
James R
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a member of the young adult demographic. I only have a passing familiarity with modern steampunk culture. Steampunk to me means Jules Verne. Also I've never worn a corset - wrong gender and body type. Yet, despite all these deficits, I really enjoyed this book. It was a page turner that captured my attention start to finish. Having said that I admit I had to suspend my disbelief almost constantly, but found that easy to do and once I did I was able to enter an interesting world full of d ...more

Let it be known that I love a little weird in my novels. That was why Lisa Mantchev’s Théâtre Illuminata series appealed to me so much. I was very excited for Ticker, because steampunk has always intrigued me. But this? This was a very sad sad face.

I’ll start with the good. It’s clear that a lot of thought has gone into the world of Ticker. Clockwork horses, velocipedes, and novel advertisements place it firmly in industrial boom. But though you can tell it’s deep, I feel like the importan
Original Link to the review at my blog Le' Grande Codex - here


Steam powered dirigibles, clockwork gadgets and nonstop action. This is Lisa Mantchev's first tale since Theatre Illuminata and this is my first time reading her work and it proves her prowess with words quite well..... Of course I haven't read the Illuminata series yet, I have them and I am definitely going to read them soon .... because this has everything I love in Steampunk and add to it the non-stop action it was a must.

Nov 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
Got it for free through Amazon. As others have said, too contrived. Made it about a third of the way through, and then switched to something else, as I didn't care about any of the characters. ...more
Lady Delacour
Silly, humorous, tongue-in-cheek, steampunk mystery.
Filled with laugh out loud, one liners.
Would make an enjoyable animated children's film.
Fiona Hardingham delivers a fun, happy go lucky performance.
At times a little hard to follow however, with the alternate universe 1800 setting once you settle into the story it's self it's... interesting. ...more
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
I received a free copy of Ticker by Lisa Mantchev via Amazon's Kindle First program. I don't read a lot of steampunk - in fact, this might be the second steampunk novel I've ever read - but I found the premise of a girl with a clockwork heart more intriguing than any of this month's other offerings.

I'll start this off by saying that while Ticker isn't marketed as being super steampunky, it is. The gadgets are thrown at you until you're fed up with the very idea of technology, and then a few mor
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio-books
I was having a discussion with a friend recently where I essentially said "steampunk is an aesthetic, not a genre" nothing proves this point more clearly than this book. everything has cogs and brass but there is no explaination on how anything works not even a flippant "its magic" there are even mechanical butterflies and bugs that come from the wild somehow but are crafted out of metal.

the main plot itself doesn't even make much sense, if you can get beyond the fact that the main character is
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
Mantchev's Eyes Like Stars was brilliant! Clearly, Mantchev's writing + steampunk = awesome. This book will be awesome. ...more
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I kind of wanted more!

I want to know what happens to Penny, Marcus and Cora. Do they become a family? And Nic and Violet. What is their future like? And Sebastian. Does he ever redeem himself? With all of that being said, I REALLY enjoyed this story.

5 stars
Ticker is Lisa Mantchev's first novel since 2011 and her Théâtre Illuminata series. It's a standalone book in a contraption-filled steampunk world, following a girl with a clockwork heart. Penny, like her two deceased sisters, has a rare heart condition which turned out to be nearly fatal for her as well. She receives a mechanical heart from a brilliant scientist - who turns out to have experimented on many people to a deadly outcome.

If you're looking for a quick and fun romp through a steampun
Aneta Bak
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
“I am more than a pretty little windup doll.”

Penny is the first person with a clockwork heart. Due to a hereditary heart condition and a fatal accident, Penny's heart stopped working. Doctor Warwick managed to install a brass ticker that works as a windup heart. But when her doctor is locked away after being accused of murder, her family's factory blows up, and her parents get kidnapped, Penny makes it her mission to find her parents and uncover the truth.

Ticker is such a creative and hilarious
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ku-with-audible
So, I'm still scratching my head over this one. I feel like I'm missing a couple of details, but I may have just missed them (audiobook). However, I enjoyed the plot and the writing style. There was a small slump at around 75%, but then you're right back into the action.

The good:

It's different - I was expecting steampunk and got super futuristic Victorian gaslight steampunk with a lot of gadgets.

The MC was a strong lead character - she was also a bit gung-ho, but I'll take that over a dying swan
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Lisa Mantchev is a temporally-displaced Capricorn who casts her spells from an ancient tree in the Pacific Northwest. When not scribbling, she is by turns an earth elemental, English professor, actress, artist, and domestic goddess. She shares her abode with her husband, two children, and three hairy miscreant dogs.

She is best known as the author of the young adult fantasy trilogy, The Théâtre Il

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