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Beauty and the Clockwork Beast

(Steampunk Proper Romance #1)

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3.99  ·  Rating details ·  2,929 ratings  ·  751 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
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Paperback, 318 pages
Published August 2nd 2016 by Shadow Mountain
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Jessica Jenson 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…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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Kathy
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
Rebekah
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,
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Kathy * Bookworm Nation
4.5

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
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Beth
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.

Lucy
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Katie W
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 conce
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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
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Heather
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 :-)
Tanya Tate
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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
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Chrissy
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.
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
Caz
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
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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.
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Annette
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.
Heidi
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" books....so maybe it was just me, but the book was SPOOKY! The vampires were terrifying people. I was seriously hearing noises ...more
Melanie
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
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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
Mindy
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
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
Brenda A
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
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Julie
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
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Becca
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
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Brooke -Brooke's Books
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I listened to it while I was on a road trip. I don't do audio books very often so it took me a bit to get in to the story while I adjusted to the new way of "reading" a book.

I also haven't read very much Steampunk. So getting used to the terminology and trying to picture what was happening in my mind took some time too.

With all of that, I enjoyed this story and the brooding beast. He was my favorite. There was intrigue and mystery and o
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Kendra
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was everything I wanted it to be.
Sheila
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew from the very beginning of this book I was going to love it! It has a mixture of mystery, steampunk, Gothic romance and paranormal elements like ghosts,vampires and werewolves and shape shifters. You might wonder, how do all of these things mix together? I would say, they blend together very well!

I loved main character Lucy Pickett because she was confident and no damsel in distress. Within the first 100 pages Lucy has met the male main character,the good looking, but beastly acting Miles
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Tressa (Wishful Endings)
4.5 Stars

BEAUTY AND THE CLOCKWORK BEAST was such an entertaining mix of intrigue, danger, complex family relationships, and romance all set in a alternate historical England world. The complex characters and a plot that played off a Beauty and the Beast theme written in its own way made for a rather interesting tale. Those who enjoy Steampunk are sure to love this from beginning to end!

I simply adored the heroine, Lucy. She was intelligent, witty, charming, and loyal. I loved her heart and deter
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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.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT
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
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Melissa
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hm... Jane Eyre meets Beauty and the Beast? Um... you know I was so going to get this book for review. And while this is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, it actually seemed more than that. At first I was reminded of Dracula and The Secret Garden. Later I became more aware of the influence of Jane Eyre and Beauty and the Beast. I actually would say it is more influenced by Jane Eyre, however. Yea, you can safely say this one felt like an homage to the classics with a bit of steampunk thrown i ...more
Marissa (Laudable Lit)
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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Kristina Brownell
Apr 18, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was so....um....weird? I likely would have given up on this book very early on if it weren't our book club choice for the month. Honestly though, once I got past the initial phase of not wanting to read something that classifies itself as "steampunk proper romance", it wasn't bad. The story is set in a futuristic time period where werewolves and vampires and magic are a real thing for the government (and the general public) to be concerned about. The characters are well developed. The ...more
Cami Checketts
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love all of Nancy Campbell Allen's books so I was thrilled when Deseret Book asked me to review this one. I have to admit, I didn't read the description and had absolutely no clue that it was steampunk, not a genre I normally enjoy. It took me a few chapters to fall in love with the book and the characters, but fall in love I did. I absolutely devoured the book and am hoping there will be more stories in the series, starting with Lucy's brother please.
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