Thursday, February 20, 2014

Review: The Clockwork Scarab - Colleen Gleason

Where I got it: Egalley from Edelweiss
Rating: 4 stars  
Cover Rating: 5 stars (Very pretty.)
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: September 17, 2013
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Page Count: 356 p.
Add it: Goodreads

Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes. Two highly intelligent and skilled girls brought together due to their family names. Both girls would rather work alone but this job calls for them to combine their strengths. Girls are going missing and turning up dead and the only clue connecting the girls is a small Scarab amulet near each of the victims. Mina and Evaline are thrust into secret societies and society life. They must blend in and blend together to make everything work.

What an exciting book. If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes, you will love this book. It was a nice mystery with a hint of Egyptian mythology woven in and a dash of time travel to make things interesting.

Although I didn't fall in love with Mina as I have with Sherlock she was still a good character. Her age shows many times when she makes some rash decisions. Evaline does not play well with others so it was interesting watching her and Mina interact. Mina certainly did not make it easy to get along with her (as so happens when people think they are smarter than you).

I was not expecting the time traveling aspect in this novel and it was a welcome added mystery. I was also a very big fan of the Steampunk feel for the novel. It added an extra element to the atmosphere of the novel.

If you're looking for an exciting mystery I would highly recommended checking this one out. The only problem is that it's the first book in a series and book two doesn't come out until October 2014. You'll be dying to read book two, but won't regret having read this one!

First Line:
"Tonight, I ask, on behalf of Her Royal Highness, the Princess of Wales: will you do what no other young women are called to do, and place your lives and honor at the feet of your country?"

Favorite Line:
"They looked so very different than we women do, with their broad, square shoulders and bulging arms. And the muscular ripples on their torsos."

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