The Girl & the Clockwork Cat
By: Nikki McCormack
Genre: Steampunk, Science Fiction
Publisher: Entangled Publishing/Entangled Teen
Publication date: 9.2.2014
Recommended by: Entangled Teen, Read 2 Review
Date read: 9.1.2014
Summary: Feisty teenage thief Maeko and her maybe-more-than-friend Chaff have scraped out an existence in Victorian London's gritty streets, but after a near-disastrous heist leads her to a mysterious clockwork cat and two dead bodies, she's thrust into a murder mystery that may cost her everything she holds dear.
Her only allies are Chaff, the cat, and Ash, the son of the only murder suspect, who offers her enough money to finally get off the streets if she'll help him find the real killer.
What starts as a simple search ultimately reveals a conspiracy stretching across the entire city. And as Maeko and Chaff discover feelings for each other neither was prepared to admit, she's forced to choose whether she'll stay with him or finally escape the life of a street rat. But with danger closing in around them, the only way any of them will get out of this alive is if all of them work together.
I am a huge fan of science fiction and steampunk, so when this came up for grabs from Entangled Teen, I had to give it a go. I've read several good books published from Entangled Publishing, but I must say that I like the Entangled Teen side the most. Yeah, it may have romance in the story, which I grudgingly read while mumbling under my breath (haha), but along with the adventure is a really great stories and I don't have to deal with the guy taking the gal to bed the first day they know each other or explicit sex scenes, so if you're into a cleaner romance, definitely check them out.
This is a really fun story full of adventure and "action" - something is always happening with Maeko and there are never any "dull" moments as she goes from one thing to the next (sometimes one trouble to the next). She's fun to read about and the characters that she shares the story with (Chaff, Ash, the pirates, the street rats, the cops) are really well written, even the ones who are only in the story for a short time. The murder mystery turned conspiracy is definitely one that keeps you thinking.
The cat - the cat is awesome. I mean, most cats are awesome, but this one is special - how can you get any cooler than a clockwork one :)
It came out today and (9.2.2014) and is being sold on Amazon for $0.99 (they usually put it on for a week or so for $0.99 before moving it up to full price), so follow this link to pick up your own copy today :) -> The Girl and the Clockwork Cat