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Clockwork Enterprises #2

The Girl and the Clockwork Conspiracy

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Maeko hasn't been long away from the gritty London streets and she's already learning that her new "civilized" life comes with its own challenges. She has to dress proper, eat proper and be a proper lady. She can't even talk to a boy without a chaperone. She's got proper coming out of her ears. If not for her feline companion Macak, she might go mad.

Her one hope for some freedom and excitement comes when the moody detective, Em, asks her to be an apprentice. But that apprenticeship comes with a price. She must agree to spy on Macak's owner, Lucian, the wealthy businessman and inventor whose life she saved.

Everything changes when Lucian's brother dies in an explosion while visiting Lucian's home in the heart of London. The Literati--a powerful group vying for political control of London--say it was murder and Maeko is on their suspect list. With Macak at her side, she must turn once more to her allies, Chaff and Ash. They will have to brave city streets torn by rebellion and conspiracy to find the truth.

213 pages, ebook

First published September 12, 2015

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Nikki McCormack

17 books303 followers
Nikki started writing her first novel at the age of 12, which she still has tucked in a briefcase in her home office, waiting for the right moment. Despite a successful short story publication with Cricket Magazine in 2007, she continued to treat her writing addiction as a hobby until a drop in the economy presented her with an abundance of free time that she used to focus on making it her career.

Nikki lives in the magnificent Pacific Northwest serving her wondrous cat-god. She feeds her imagination by sitting on the ocean in her kayak gazing out across the never-ending water or hanging from a rope in a cave, embraced by darkness and the sound of dripping water. She finds peace through practicing iaido or shooting her longbow.

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June 28, 2017
Maeko, will she win?

This is the second book in the series and I can't leave the story hanging. I must buy the next book.
In the first book Maeko was a runaway at age 7 because she thought her mother didn't want her. She met Chaff and he trained her how to survive on the streets. She solves a murder and is taken in by the owner of Clockwork Enterprises and gets involved in a conspiracy that puts her in constant danger.
The second book continues on with her finding more trouble. Maeko has almost been killed too many times to count and now she is setting out to rescue Chaff who was captured when their last scenario to steal something failed. She gets caught again and has to chose to help the Literati, save Chaff, or continue helping the pirates. What will she choose?
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July 4, 2017
Maeko is recuperating from her injuries as a ward of Lucien Folesworth. She saved his life and now he feels compelled to save her from a life on the streets, but high society and propriety isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Maeko would rather live in poverty on the streets than have to conform to life following all the ridiculous rules as a woman in the ruling wealthy class. Will Maeko stay with Lucien or will something else tear them apart?

I have never read a steampunk series quite like The Clockwork Enterprises. The story is believable and gritty and full of plot and action and interesting characters.

Maeko is a lovable hero who doesn’t stop to think twice, even if her own life is in danger. She is now torn between her feelings for Chaff and the affection Ash feels for her, but she is almost too busy with other problems. Almost.

I loved seeing Em, the surly detective, more in this book.

The story is well put together and though the ending could have been a bit stronger, I’m glad that the third book is already available so I can start reading it immediately.

The steampunk elements were elegantly integrated. Again, like with the first book, McCormack is a genius with world building and writing a good story.
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January 29, 2019
Good Steampunk!

I happened on this book afte reading the first book in what I fervently hope will be a series. This is a YA book, yet perfectly acceptable adult read as well. The story line is tight (in both books) and the character's engaging.
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