The Inventor’s Secret (Book #1)
This was the second book I started and the third that I completed for #Booktubeathon2017.
I chose this one as the “Read a book completely outside” challenge. The first day (Day 2 of Booktubeathon) I knocked out 206 pages total outdoors. I then began my third book (audio of When Dimple Met Rishi) and finished that one before I finally went to bed around 2 am.
During the Twitter sprints, there was a take a pic with your animal segment, and so I went in quickly to take a pic with our dog Dexter. Dexter of course then got jealous and wanted to come out with me. We hung out for a bit and then I realized that I got BURNED. Whew. The sun was not my friend.
The next day (Day 3 of Booktubeathon) I stuck to the shade only and completed this one. Wootwoot! I was able to get 3 books done in 3 days!
I was pulled into the story and the characters almost from the getgo. I loved the concept of this alternate reality of History and this group. The romance dynamics were intriguing and I really liked Charlotte as a character even if she was a bit weepy at times. She was a strong character.
My favorite character by far though was Linnet! “Even kittens have claws” was one of my favorite lines.
The brothers wanting the same girl trope was at play here, but it wasn’t annoying or angsty.
I really liked the mystery of Grave and found it an odd choice to not bring in the title of the book idea until toward the end of it. I thought the title was strange for this, but the story itself worked and I was excited to get to go into the next book in the series straight away.
Sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees have scraped out an existence on the edge of Britain’s industrial empire. YA steampunk series set in an alternate nineteenth-century North America where the Revolutionary War never took place and the British Empire has expanded into a global juggernaut propelled by marvelous and horrible machinery.
Though they live by the skin of their teeth they have their health (at least when they can find enough food and avoid the Imperial Labor Gatherers) and each other. When a new exile with no memory of his escape from the coastal cities or even his own name seeks shelter in their camp he brings new dangers with him and secrets about the terrible future that awaits all those who have struggled has to live free of the bonds of the empire’s Machineworks.
The Conjurer’s Riddle (Book #2)
This was the fourth book I started/completed for #Booktubeathon2017.
I chose this one as the “Pick a book for the cover” challenge. I had been selecting books for my TBR from my local library in preparation for Booktubeathon and was drawn to this cover. I then realized that it was book two in a series and thankfully the library had book one too and I was able to read that one prior to this one.) I was 37 pages away from completing this one on day 4 and it carried over into day 5. I finished it up this morning (day 5) and moved onto my fifth read.
I realized during this week that this was a trilogy and was able to acquire the third in the series on audio.
During the Twitter sprints, there was a take a pic like a Disney Princess challenge, and so I posed with this book and our dog Dexter got in on the pic too because what Disney Princess is complete without her lovable animal companion?!
The brothers are still fighting over Charlotte, but she is super betrayed from Jack and unsure about his brother and yadda yadda small drama but Linnet saved the day multiple times from getting to dramatic. She affectionately calls Charlotte “kitten”, which began in book one, but I feel like it was *overmuch* in this one. It was getting a bit distracting.
Pip gets lost in a funhouse and again we have some seedy characters closing in on Charlotte.
The mythology at play in these stories is well crafted and I enjoyed that as it was refreshing.
We got to see more of Grave and hear more about who/what he is.
This one felt quicker paced than the first one.
Charlotte may have left the Floating City, but she’s not out of danger yet. On the run from the British Empire’s clutches, she leads her group of exiles west and south, plunging into a wild world of shady merchants and surly rivermen on the way to New Orleans.
The more Charlotte learns about the revolution she has championed, the more questions she has. As she and her friends get to know the hidden tunnels that run below New Orleans, home to criminals, assassins, and pirates, and head deep into the mystical bayou surrounding the city, Charlotte must make a decision.
Do the revolution’s goals justify their means, or are some things too sacred to sacrifice?
The Tunecoat’s Gambit (Book #3)
I listened to the third on audio and just could not connect for whatever reason. This one was the weakest for me and it sort of went downhill. I was sad because I had really been enjoying the series…oh well. It happens sometimes.
Charlotte is on the run. The Empire is hunting her. The Revolution wants her back. Charlotte has allied herself with pirates, just to stay safe.
Things are not what they seem. There’s a traitor in the revolutionaries’ midst pulling unseen strings as surprises lurk around every corner. Charlotte is left to sort out what she truly thinks about the revolution she’s spent her whole life fighting for and she must also battle to keep herself and her friends alive.