Cogheart by Peter Bunzl is the first in a YA Steampunk series of a missing father and an adventure set in Victorian Europe.
“Some secrets change the world in a heartbeat. . . .
Lily’s life is in mortal peril. Her father is missing and now silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows. What could they want from her?
With her friends—Robert, the clockmaker’s son, and Malkin, her mechanical fox—Lily is plunged into a murky and menacing world. Too soon Lily realizes that those she holds dear may be the very ones to break her heart. . . .
Murder, mayhem and mystery meet in this gripping Victorian adventure.“
This was a surprising read. There is adventure full of creepy, steampunk guys that are coming after the main character and mechanical animals/humans that are trying to help her as much as they can before winding down.
I really enjoyed reading the viewpoints on these technologies that her society is battling.
While reading this book, my mind kept jumping to the Lunar Chronicles with how the mechanical world comes together with the human body. And of course, the humans view these people as inferior and as nothing.
As the daughter of the genius who created these mechanicals, she is put down throughout her life for her beliefs. It was interesting to see how her entire world came crumbling down, yet, there’s a bane of hope in her.
But the adventure that takes place was really fun to read. We follow a second plotline that brings another version to her missing father and the secrets that he has been hiding since her mother’s death.
I really enjoyed the main character and her cleverness in following the clues. There are tons of plot twists that you won’t see coming, and the ending leaves you satisfied.
As this is a series starter, it will be interesting to see where the sequel will take off. I gave this book a high 4 out of 5 stars. It was a quick read that I ended up reading in one day, and the steampunk elements do not disappoint. It was such a creative world that even had skin-crawling moments when it came to the main villain of the story.. I couldn’t stop picturing his creepy eyes!
Published: 1 September 2016
Genre: Young Adult Steampunk / Fantasy
How I Read It: eBook from NetGalley
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All of my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way.*
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