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Beauty and the Clockwork Beast

(Steampunk Proper Romance #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  4,343 ratings  ·  979 reviews
Jane Eyre meets Beauty and the Beast.

When Lucy Pickett arrives at Blackwell Manor to tend to her ailing cousin, Kate, she finds more than she bargained for. A restless ghost roams the hallways, werewolves have been reported in the area, and vampires lurk across the Scottish border. Lord Miles himself is clearly hiding a secret. He is brash and inhospitable, and does not t
Paperback, 318 pages
Published August 2nd 2016 by Shadow Mountain
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Jessica Scarlett As with any book, the age group depends on the maturity level of the individual. There were vampires, werewolf's, ghosts, etc, but honestly nothing to…moreAs with any book, the age group depends on the maturity level of the individual. There were vampires, werewolf's, ghosts, etc, but honestly nothing too graphic that a mature 13 or 14 year old couldn't handle. Some of it unsettled me somewhat, but I think that's mostly because these types of books are really not my style (I'm the girl who sinks into the couch and squeezes her eyes shut at a scary part in the movie at a slumber party). The romance is squeaky clean, if not a little unbelievable. Hope this helped! :)(less)

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Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was my first foray into the steampunk genre. This was the most bizarre mashup of a book I have read but somehow it worked. This is set in Victorian England with advanced technology, vampires, werewolves, curses, murder, mystery and magic all twisted into a Beauty and the Beast mashed up retelling. I quite liked it although the I do admit the first 1/3 of this book I was wondering what in the world I was reading. By the halfway point I was hooked and ended up sitting in a mall parking lot un ...more
AAAH! I'm so mad! I wrote an entire huge review and then somehow got deleted...GAH!!! Okay so let's try this again shall we....?

I really liked this book, enough so that I would totally buy a hardcopy of it to own. This book really does have everything that makes me like a book, mystery, romance, good characters, great world building and just the right touch of paranormal. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone who likes a good mystery and romance with a touch of paranormal. However,

I've wanted to give the Steampunk genre a try for a long time now and was excited when I saw that one of my favorite authors wrote a book in this genre. I get to try out the genre by an author I trust and throw in a good Beauty and the Beasy plot and it turned out being pretty epic.

Lucy Pickett will do anything to help her cousing Kate. Kate is newly married and has taken up residence with her new husband at the family estate of Blackwell Manor. Home to the emfamous Earl of Blackwell, Lord M
From now on, when I imagine the perfect Steampunk, Paranormal Romance novel, Beauty and the Clockwork Beast will come to mind.
Victorian Era, Check
Werewolves, Check
Gadgets, Automatons, and Alchemy, Check, Check and Triple Check
Vampires, Check
Suspense and Mystery, Check
Paranormal Phenomenon, Check
This book had it all.

Lucy works for an organization that deals with supernatural and paranormal investigations. She is their expert botanist. She receives a letter from Kate the concerns her greatly.

Katie W
I've never read a steampunk novel before and I actually had no idea what that even meant. It's a type of science or speculative fiction that usually features fantasy or horror themes. How intriguing is this? Especially in a proper romance setting?

One of my favorite classic novels is Jane Eyre and one of my favorite fairy tales is Beauty and the Beast, so just image my delight in discovering a way for these two favorites to mesh in a way that involves vampires and werewolves too. This story conc
Kathy Jo
When Lucy receives a letter from her cousin Kate stating that she is afraid and falling ill, she drops everything to rush to her side. There was an urgency to the letter and she could not waste a moment in getting there.

From the moment she arrives at Blackwell Manor, Lucy knows that there is definitely something amiss. Her cousin is worse off than she thought, the ghost of Lord Blackwell's sister, Marie, roams the halls of the manor and is bound and determined to get Lucy's attention, there are
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Not bad. Not bad at all!

A little bit slow, but the idea is good!

We have a ghost, a werewolf, a vampire, a botanist. We also have a murder and mystery!

As I said, it is slightly slow, but it is mostly in the beginning. As the story progress, the pace accelerates and toward the ending becomes break-neck! :)

I liked both the hero and the heroine, but I found their actions a tad confusing.

Lucy does speak, but I found her too reclutant to disclose her suspitions. It would have help enormously if she j
The Captain
Jan 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: walk-the-plank
Ahoy there mateys!  Aye, this be another romance so quickly after abandoning ship on the last one but this one was supposed to be different!  Ye see it was described as "Jane Eyre meets Beauty and the Beast."  These be two of me favorite stories.  It is a steampunk fantasy romance.  It has vampires and ghosts and werewolves.  The main character is a female botanist.  I adore retellings.  Matey Zeezee gave it a wonderful review and all the other crew gave it high ratings as well.  Yet again this ...more
Tanya Tate

3.5 Stars

This was looking like a solid 4 until the last 20-30% of the book. It was good enough to keep me interested and finish the book but it has it's major problems. I just feel like it had too much going on that the author didn't have time to completely flesh out and it was all over the place. 

You had 

1.Steampunk which was there but should have been flesh out a little more.
2.Vampires and Werewolves which were never really explained on how they become to exist in Victorian London.
3.A gh
Michelle Griep
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To begin with, I'm a sucker for Beauty & the Beast type stories, so I knew that was going to be a huge win for me. The unknown, however, was would I like a steampunk? I've never read one before…but I'm here to tell you this won't be my last, and you know what?

This book has earned a spot on my coveted keeper shelf.

I adored the characters. Lucy is a spunky, intelligent yet compassionate heroine. Miles is everything a hero should be with his dark and brooding side, keen protective instinct, and hea
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love a good Gothic romance, and Nancy Allen's newest book is a creepily delightful read. Added to the charming Victorian era is a dash of steampunk, resulting in a fascinating new world to learn about. Miles and Lucy are the perfect hero/heroine. I enjoyed the combination of scientific and modern ideas, and now I want a book about Daniel. And then maybe later, Sam :-) ...more
Anna lost in stories *A*
I wanted to finish this book fairly quickly cause I am feeling myself heading toward a reading slump and it would have been a shame to toss this one aside because my mood was shitty… so I will keep my review short and sweet :) this is the first book in a steampunk / paranormal series but each book in it will concentrate on a different couple, and I can atest that we get answers to most of our questions in this installment and the few that are left I assume will be answered in the next stories :) ...more
Julie Carpenter
I am a fan of Nancy Campbell Allen. So I ordered a copy of this book and then it sat on my dresser as I had so many other books to read. I would look at it and think I really need to read this. Then time would go by without me having done so, just continuing to stare longingly at it. Well enough was enough! I told myself it was past time. Also, I had just been given a copy of the next book, Kiss of the Spindle, from Netgalley and discovered that one of the characters from this book was the male ...more
I LOVED this book!! I stayed up way too late last night reading it and I was so sad when I finished it this morning. This is a steampunk, Victorian, paranormal, & clean romance book that just hooks you and doesn't stop. This book has vampires, ghosts, shape-shifters, murders, swoon-worthy kisses, and well-developed characters. If you are looking for an action-packed, romantic, well written story, I highly recommend this one. ...more
Lindy Thompson
Mar 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first ever steampunk romance and it definitely will not be my last. The world-building is so good. It's this wild mash-up of science fiction, Victorian England, fantasy creatures, and romance. And yet, it was so ridiculously enjoyable! Lucy is independent, capable, brilliant, and brave. Her loyalty for her cousin Kate is admirable and shows such a great facet of her character. She fiercely takes care of those she loves, which serves her well as she tries to discover the cause of Kate ...more
I've given this a B+ for narration and a B- for content at AudioGals, so I'll leave it at 4 stars.

A Victorian era steampunk/paranormal story, Beauty and the Clockwork Beast is the first in a projected series from this new-to-me-author, and while it was an enjoyable listen, I can’t say that it breaks any new ground. The story is a fairly predictable one, and while the author has peppered the text with things like “telescribers” (which I imagine are mobile phones or tablets), “tons” (short for aut
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I have been anxiously waiting to read this book. It's been sitting on my shelf for awhile now, staring at me, begging to be read. :) I was so happy to finally settle in and get to read it. I've been so curious about it. This book is a combination of so many genres- steampunk, paranormal, mystery, romance. It really does have a Jane Eyre slash Beauty and the Beast feel to it. There is something dark and edgy about it while also being romantic and sweet. It's so hard to explain but I can honestly ...more
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Where do I begin? I absolutely loved this book. Every page was a delight. I loved Miles' and Lucy's gradual relationship. I appreciated how Lucy held her own with the intimidating Miles. As they would get to know each other, I loved some of the tender moments that they shared. Actually, I loved all of them. Especially their dance in the ballroom and their time at the lodge. There is so many awesome goings on in this book too: curses, vampires, werewolves, and all of the steampunk/gothic stuff wa ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
I am impressed with this mash-up of genres. It's a steampunk/gothic/paranormal set in a very proper English time. People travel by horseless carriages with robotic servants. The future and the past collide in this engaging book!

I love the Proper Romance line of books. This is a welcome addition. I can't imagine the mind of Nancy Campbell Allen. She is very creative and knows how to tell a great story. The characters are fantastic, the setting is different in a good way, the pacing is excellent.
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steampunk, retelling
This was so fun! I think this is only the second book I've read in the steampunk genre. I like the different world it creates. The mashing together of old and modern. I liked that even though this was based on Beauty and the Beast, it did not have the Stockholm syndrome issue that most versions have. I liked the main characters and enjoyed all the different storylines and twists that it pulled in.
Content: Clean.
I haven't had a book pull me in like this one did, in a very long time. I didn't even know a "steampunk" genre existed but I love Beauty and the Beast and I've enjoyed other books by this author, so I thought I'd give it a try. It was so different and bizarre but yet somehow it worked....and completely flowed together. I absolutely loved it. I don't usually read "scary" maybe it was just me, but the book was SPOOKY! The vampires were terrifying people. I was seriously hearing noises ...more
Lucy travels to Blackwell Manor to help her cousin Kate who has become ill. There have been recent, mysterious deaths of Clara, the late wife of Miles, the Lord of the manor, and his sister, Marie. There is a supposed curse that Lucy doesn't buy into, and Miles has secrets to protect. She and Miles work together to figure out what is really happening before something terrible happens to Kate.

I loved this book! I've read a few steampunk novels and have enjoyed them all so apparently it's a genre
Sadie Forsythe
Apr 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Amusing, but nothing exceptional. Lucy is your oft-seen plucky, science-minded, Victorian lady and Blackwell is charmed by her almost immediately, despite being a beastly grump. They were sweet. But so much of the book is established but never explored. There was a war apparently, Blackwell and his three besties fought in it. No idea what it was about, but there were laser guns. There are vampires and they're bad apparently, and there's some sort of "vampiric assimilation aide" that lets them bl ...more
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This is so much better than I thought it would be! I expected it to be a little bland if I'm being totally honest.

As a retelling of Beauty and the Beast I expected it to be utterly predictable and fully intended to zone out on my work while listening to the audiobook. Imagine my surprise to find that not only is it a beautiful retelling, but it integrated mythological creatures and Victorian steampunk as well. Who knew vampires and ghosts could so plausibly mold a story together, alongside autom
This was recommended to me by Holly from Book Binge and I should have liked it more than I did. It's got a Beauty and the Beast trope (love!), a Gothic vibe (super love!) and the mystery was compelling. Unfortunately the rest of it didn't keep me engaged. The romance was meh and the paranormal aspects (admittedly a hard sell for me) felt like the author pulled random ideas out of her cupboard, mashed them all together, and then under-cooked the whole thing in an oven that wasn't up to temperatur ...more
Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen is my first attempt to reading a "steampunk" novel. I found it to be somewhat entertaining because of the variety of differences in this world versus our current world. I felt like I was reading a gothic romance with a paranormal and sci-fi spin to it. All in all it made for an interesting afternoon read. ...more
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When I first read the back copy for this book, I almost passed on it. I don't read a lot of fantasy stuff with vampires and shape-shifters, but I love Nancy's work and since it was also billed as a proper romance, I decided to pick it up. I am glad I did!

Lucy's cousin Kate has recently married and she's fallen ill. Since Lucy is a renowned botanist and loves her like a sister, she goes to Blackwell Manor to help. Once she arrives, however, she can almost immediately see there is something wrong
Donna Weaver
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
ETA--I read the paper book earlier in the year and thoroughly enjoyed it. Enough that I purchased the audiobook, knowing I'd want to revisit the story. I listened to it and loved it still. The narrator did a fabulous job with story. I know there will be other stories to come, and I'm really looking forward to it.

When Lucy Pickett arrives at Blackwell Manor to tend to her ailing cousin, Kate, she finds more than she bargained for. A restless ghost roams the hallways, werewolves hav
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love re-tellings so much, when they are done well. This one is done well. Different! Plus, this is Beauty and the Beast. Does it get any better than that? Not in my opinion. This is one of my all time favorite fairy tales. What better story than seeing beyond what's outside and seeing what really matters.

This story is just that. Lucy arrives at the Blackwell Manor and has heard all the horror stories of the Lord of the manor. Not having met him yet, she only had to go off what every one else h
Make note that it is almost impossible for me to rate any Beauty and the Beast retelling three stars or less, because I'm entirely biased (I'm wearing BatB socks as I write this).

I originally rated Beauty and the Clockwork Beast 4 stars upon finishing, even though I wasn't thinking of any flaws at the time. The only thought that crossed my mind was "I loved this so much, but it wasn't perfect," therefore, the rating. However, regardless of its imperfection, I've decided to boost my rating to 5.
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