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The Velocipede Races

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Emmeline Escot knows that she was born to ride in Seren’s cutthroat velocipede races. The only problem: She’s female in a world where women lead tightly laced lives. Emmeline watches her twin brother gain success as a professional racing jockey while her own life grows increasingly narrow. Ever more stifled by rules, corsets, and her upcoming marriage of convenience to a b ...more
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Published April 12th 2016 by Elly Blue Publishing (first published October 11th 2013)
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Aaron Wilson
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Velocipede Races is victorian steam punk fantasy focused on bicycle racing with an ample helping of feminist activism and a touch of awkward romance. I loved every moment in this novel. I loved the bike racing, which was well detailed and realized. I loved the shop talk, the parts of the bike, the way the tack is built, the race rules, and culture of gambling on the jockeys - very well researched!

But I also loved the melodrama, the romance, the intrigue, and the scandals - oh, the scandals! A wo
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Joseph Street
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, so maybe I'm a bit biased, but this is a really strong debut novel. Emmeline is an extremely well-drawn character, and her intensity, drive and almost obsessive need to ride is very believable. The book contains some of the best writing about the mental (spiritual?) experience of physical exertion that I've come across. The discipline of this story mirrors that of the heroine. There are no wasted words, but the world in which the story is set nonetheless comes through Emmeline's eyes more cl ...more
Tamara Shoemaker
A delightful story with touches of foreign culture that pulls the reader in from the get-go.

The Velocipede Races is set in a world where only men can race and women are expected to stay at home and/or find husbands. Emmeline Escot struggles against these restrictions with all of her racing-loving soul, and every chance she gets, she uses her brother's velocipede racer to practice.

Besides the incredible world-building of a society that exists in a sort of side-dimension from the ones in which we,
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Keira
Aug 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was possibly one of the best finds of my reading life! I loved it and it's publisher! It was captivating and stunning and I can't wait to read anything else Emily June Street might write.
Nina Test
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I received this for free through a good reads giveaway and i am over the moon about it.

I put off reading it for a while ...which was a mistake because I loved this story! Women breaking barriers and having passion and dreams and not letting anyone stop them , well thats what i live for
Rebekah Haas
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
This book was great. I read a majority of it on one day, after reading three pages and heading off to camp. It's a great debut novel, the characters are well drawn and multifaceted, the book knows how far to push topics and when to let them go. Overall, I loved it.
Laurie
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Emmy lives in a world similar to late Victorian England, but in her world, bicycle races are the big thing that men bet on. Women don’t bet, or ride. Or do much of anything. The upper class women are corseted and cossetted, pressed into marriage early and trained only in things like embroidery. Emmy hates this way of life; she wants to ride, like her twin brother Gabriel. Her brother is reluctantly following a career in professional riding; the family is in poverty because of their father’s gamb ...more
American Mensa
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Velocipede Races is an amazing book by Emily June Street. Personally, I believe that it’s written for the young adult and older audience because children won’t understand some of the references. The main character is Emmeline (Emmy) Escot, a girl born into the upper class of Seren, which is where the story takes place. Though she was born in the upper class, her family was poor, due to her father’s gambling and drinking habits. Her brother, Gabriel, and her fiancé, Cassius Everett are also m ...more
Betsy Streeter
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Have you ever wanted to punch an inanimate object in the face, even though you knew it had no face? That's how I felt about a certain corset in Emily June Street's "The Velo Races." Vivid characterizations like this are part of the charm of this richly-imagined story.

"The Velo Races" is about the struggle of its main character, Emmeline Escot, to be true to her nature while inhabiting diametrically opposed realities. The story deftly contrasts societal constraints with the physical liberation of
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Alicia
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I'm not much of a cyclist... I do absolutely love this book, though! This was one of those books that made me want to pause life so I could read it all at once. I would carry it everywhere with me and sneak pages in whenever I possibly could, I felt a bit like Emmy as if some rebel with a cause! Night after night I had to fight with myself to put it down well past midnight.

Since I finished it, I have been just aching to read more about the characters and the races! I truly hope this is the begin
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Kaiulani Anderson-Andrei
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When I describe this book, I describe it as a feminist romance novel. I absolutely adored this book, and it had me on edge the entire time I was reading it. Emmeline is the perfect character.
dirt
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: liberators!
An exciting book you can't help but barrel through.
Brianna
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, lgbt-fem
Reasons to Read:
- Steampunk-esque setting
- Woman in a male-dominated sport
- Female empowerment
- Fast-paced plot
- Author’s own inventive words

“Meh” Moments:
- Plot hinges on an arranged marriage spurred from a mother’s outrage
- Everett’s generosity toward Emmeline, a stranger
- Twin brother’s role was a bit predictable

Quick Thoughts:
Despite not being into any sort of sport myself, I rather enjoyed the competition-fueled storyline. I admired Emmeline’s ambition to make it at all costs in a man’s wor
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Heather
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Travis
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"How can I explain what it was like to ride a racing velo for the first time out of doors? You could only understand my exhilaration if you had experienced a long-term denial of your greatest desire. I had been forced to observe a thrilling game, but never been allowed to play. Suddenly I had a place on the field. The air caressed my face. A mania captured me; as Gabriel and I pedaled out the city gates into the western hills, I let loose a yell, a shout of triumph and joy that reverberated in t ...more
Virginia
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
An fun romp written by someone who understands what it is to love racing a bike and possibly the frustration of racing in what can be a mans world. As fast paced as the races it describes, this book captures one womans passion to be true to herself.
Hassan
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this. Fantastic pace. The world is crafted with a delicate touch to make it feel slightly foreign/exotic and yet obviously close to our own. A protagonist you will cheer, literally and loudly.
Kathleen
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book! I wasn't sure I would at first because I am neither into steampunk nor bike racing, but I love stories styled around the Victorian era and there was enough of that in this book to keep me glued to each page.
Xochitl
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm not a big fan of historical fiction but this book was something else. I couldn't get enough of it. Emmeline's persistent perseverance to race in her restricted society completely awed me.
Christa Torrens
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was more romance-y than most books I read and enjoy: but it was also fun, funny and highly entertaining. A good, quick read.
Sandee
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Romancy book with a cycling theme. Fun summer read.
Book
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
What an enjoyable, interesting read. I wasn't sure if I would like the book at first but I loved it!
Janet
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a great journey. This was a Goodreads giveaway winner.
Mmeg16
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Taylor
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: strong women and lovers
This book is great fun! I tore through it in two sittings, excited to find out what would happen to our hero, her "borrowed" bicycles, and her tasty gentleman. The book takes place in an alternate reality in the roughly the Victorian era with sexist city-states and a heavy emphasis (at least for the primary characters) on their version of the bicycle.

It took me a few chapters to ease into the linguistic differences of the story, but the relationships between Emmeline & bicycles and Emmeline
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Gena
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting book. I thought it would be more steampunky but was disappointed. Still the story was engaging, the heroine intelligent and resilient, and the hero kind, so I liked it. It's set in a pseudo Victorian era in another world (I think) where women of an upper class have very little freedom in society at all. Emmy's desire to race velocipedes is more than frowned upon while her brother, who could really care less, is the family star for his achievements on the racecourse. Through a series ...more
Anne Cole
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I won this book through a giveaway from goodreads.com. When I started this book, I thought it would be more along the steampunk genre but it was more reminiscent of a Jane Austin book. I was disappointed at first but thoroughly enjoyed the book. This was set in a time when women were oppressed and tightly laced in their roles and corsets. The names of the geography areas were different but it was very recognizable as the Victorian era and parts of the middle east. The female lead was strong and ...more
Beth
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love reading a book that I can't put down. That is precisely what my writing partner Emily June Street delivers with her first novel. The story centers around Emmeline Escott, a young woman of the upper class who defies the strict conventions of her time period and social set to do what she loves best: race a velocipede. Street has conjured a richly detailed fictional world for her beautifully drawn characters. The novel also features nail-bitingly exciting action sequences so vivid you can pr ...more
Beth
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love reading a book that I can't put down. That is precisely what Emily June Street delivers with her new novel. The story centers around Emmeline Escott, a young woman of the upper class who defies the strict conventions of her time period and social set to do what she loves best: race a velocipede. Street has conjured a richly detailed fictional world for her beautifully drawn characters. The novel also features nail-bitingly exciting action sequences so vivid you can practically hear the ch ...more
Mark
Who knew there was a genre such as of young adult feminist bicycle (science) fiction? I didn't until I read Emily June Street's "The Velocipede Races." And what a read.

I'll the the story line for you to discover. The writing is excellent, the characters well developed, and the storyline appropriate for the audience.

The velocipede race scenes are particularly well written and engaging.

I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in bicycling, the struggle women endure in a fiercely pat
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