Thursday, April 3, 2014

C for Clockwork Scarab

Day 3 of the A to Z blog challenge. Today's offering:

C is for The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you’re the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood. And when two society girls go missing, there’s no one more qualified to investigate.

Now fierce Evaline and logical Mina must resolve their rivalry, navigate the advances of not just one but three mysterious gentlemen, and solve murder with only one clue: a strange Egyptian scarab. The stakes are high. If Stoker and Holmes don’t unravel why the belles of London society are in such danger, they’ll become the next victims.
This book pulls an 8 because it did what no other steam punk book has for me, caught my attention and held it

I will be the first to admit that I may be a little....picky.... about what books I read, but I think everyone is to a certain point.
I personally love paranormal, romance, fairy tale retelling, fantasy and urban fantasy. But I am not adverse to reading other genre's, just cautious. I have found several contemporaries and mysteries and thrillers that I have liked..... They just have to catch my eye first.
You'll notice Steampunk was not one of the genre's I listed above, that's because I normally have a difficult time getting my head around the descriptions of the cool gadgets and steampunkie ideas as well as the Victorian language.
HOWEVER, at long last, I have found one that has grabbed and held on to me!
Pretty much any thing with Sherlock Holmes or Bram Stroker will be a sure fire way to catch my attention. This goes to the next level by not starring the great characters or their children, but the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock. Points for originality!
I also appreciate that while there was a bit of romance in this story, it wasn't all about the romance. Don't get me wrong, I'm a sucker for a great romance in my books, but it was nice to have a YA that wasn't all about it; there was just enough romantic tension to keep me going.

I would highly recommend this book for those who are just getting into steampunk, love a good mystery with a healthy dose of time travel and magic, and love Sherlock Holmes and Bram Stroker.

There you go, come back tomorrow for day 4!
Later lovelies!
<3 L.H.
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