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Lady of Devices: A steampunk adventure novel (Magnificent Devices Book 1) (English Edition) di [Adina, Shelley]
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Book One of the Magnificent Devices series.

London, 1889. Victoria is Queen. Charles Darwin’s son is Prime Minister. And steam is the power that runs the world.

At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire’s talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It’s not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices.

When she meets Andrew Malvern, a member of the Royal Society of Engineers, she realizes her talents may encompass more than the invention of explosive devices. They may help her realize her dreams and his . . . but sometimes the closest friendships can trigger the greatest betrayals . . .

“An immensely fun series with some excellent anti-sexist messages, a wonderful main character (one of my favourites in the genre) and a great sense of Victorian style and language that’s both fun and beautiful to read.” —Fangs for the Fantasy: The latest in urban fantasy from a social justice perspective


Award-winning author Shelley Adina wrote her first teen novel when she was 13. It was rejected by the literary publisher to whom she sent it, but he did say she knew how to tell a story. That was enough to keep her going through the rest of her adolescence, a career, a move to another country, a B.A. in Literature, an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction, and countless manuscript pages. Between books, Shelley loves traveling, playing the piano and Celtic harp, making period costumes, and spoiling her flock of rescued chickens.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
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  • Lunghezza stampa: 258
  • Editore: Moonshell Books, Inc. (30 maggio 2011)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B0053CYXS0
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14 di 14 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
2.0 su 5 stelle Please sir, may I have some more 14 maggio 2014
Di Nikster - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
The concept was really good and I loved the crew she gathered around herself. However Claire herself is not really likable, she's arrogant and privileged. "You've had a tough life", "and no one knows that more than me."- seriously???? She was too proud to sleep in the bath at her idols house but she'll make a home with a bunch of urchins, then after a couple of nights thinks she knows what their life is all about?
Not too keen on the thing going on between Claire, Andrew and James. James didn't actually come off across as bad as I guess he was meant to in the laboratory because I just don't feel Claire's hate for him. She also makes a whole lot of assumptions about him based on their brief interaction that are the poler opposite, and yet both men have fallen hopelessly in love with her.
I didn't hate the story, I just don't like any of the people in it.
4 di 4 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle Fun steampunk tale, but feels like only half a novel 16 marzo 2015
Di Kenya Starflight - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
Lately I've found myself growing more attached to the genre of steampunk -- stories set in Victorian times or some other era of the past, but with some trappings of higher technology, usually steam-powered as the name implies. Cherie Priest's "Boneshaker," despite being set in America during the Civil War rather than Victorian England, cemented my interest, and I've since kept a sharp eye out for books that continue in this genre, especially Kindle books (where the genre seems more prominent than in print books). "Lady of Devices" caught my eye right away, both due to the steampunk nature and the promise of a good heroine.

I loved this book -- it presented a fascinating picture of an alternate London, and I fell in love with the main character. But one factor keeps me from rating it five stars.

Claire Trevelyn is the daughter of a viscount in an England that runs on steam power, and she wants nothing more than to attend university and become an engineer. Her mother has other plans -- because her family is of noble blood, she intends to marry Claire off to a prominent bloodline, and her schooling thus far has been preoccupied with dancing, etiquette, and catching a suitable husband. But when the family fortunes fall after her father's investments collapse, she finds herself searching for employment on the mean streets of London. Luck and her own quick thinking land her among a gang of young thieves... and help her catch the eye of young scientist Andrew Malvern, who's seeking a way to increase the efficiency of steam power. And soon Claire finds herself torn between helping the youngsters better their fortunes, or throwing her lot in with Andrew in order to better hers...

Shelley Adina spins a fun tale, with a London just alien enough to be interesting but still familiar. It's fascinating to see what's changed, and how the advent of technology alters the world and the social hierarchy -- this world pits Bloods, people of noble lineage, against Wits, people of common lineage but with intelligence and skills that advance their social standing, but it's obvious that the Bloods are facing a losing battle as society marches on. And of course, seeing modern devices with thoroughly Victorian flavors is a treat -- the "mother's helper" is obviously a steampunk Roomba, and landaus and drays are early prototypes of our modern-day cars and trucks.

Claire herself is a good heroine, and I enjoyed reading about her. She's no dainty lady or personality-less Bella Swan, and it's nice to see a young heroine who doesn't need a boyfriend or lover to make her life complete. But the book doesn't go to the opposite extreme either -- making a "strong" female character who has no personality beyond "strong, badass, and completely unfeminine." Too often books and movies either go to one of these extremes or the other, instead of finding a middle ground and making an actual female character instead of a caricature. Claire fits into this middle ground nicely -- she wants to better herself and make use of her engineering skills without relying on a man, but she still holds her skills at deportment and etiquette as valuable. It was a joy to get to know her, and I'd like to see where her tale takes her.

Other characters are an entertaining mix, and many of them have their own unique personalities. I enjoyed the gang of youngsters that attach themselves to her, with their wide variety of personalities and quirks. Andrew is an intelligent scientist but also a kind soul, and the author resisted making him a stereotypical eccentric scientist and gave him his own unique character. Andrew's business partner, Lord James, and Claire's mother are more stereotypical characters -- the former the society snob with an eye for Claire because she's different, the latter the typical stick-in-the-mud parent who just wants to see Claire married off -- but they still serve their roles in the story.

My main complaint with this book is that it feels like it ends without resolving anything. It annoys me when books do this, as it feels like a cheap trick to make you purchase the next book in the series. The fact that, like many Kindle series, they make the first book free and then charge you for the sequels, does not escape me, but I still feel it's a dirty trick.

A great steampunk tale with a clever heroine, I still wish the story had some kind of resolution. As it is, it feels like I got half a book, and am left feeling cheated that the rest of the story has to be purchased in a separate volume.
3.0 su 5 stelle The idea of befuddled aside, I really enjoyed this book 4 maggio 2017
Di Laundry Whispers - Pubblicato su
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I'm going to start this with a heavy dose of honesty. This book is my first foray into the idea of steampunk. I've heard a lot about it, I have some friends who are pretty into the genre, but I wasn't sure it was 'for me'. I like historical fiction. However, it's sometimes hard for me to separate that from the idea that there is the possibility of technology that we don't have and that I will never understand. Even with the explanation of how this technology worked I'm still a bit muddled. I'm not too techie. Yes, it's coal and steam type technology but still, it's me. If you know me that those two words make total sense as their own sentence. However, the idea of befuddled aside, I really enjoyed this book. The story was engaging and the characters were mostly well developed.

I liked that the story flowed realistically with the time. I also liked that the technology was well explained so as not to leave a newbie to the genre trying to figure out exactly what it all meant. Though that whole balloon thing still has me guessing! (It's in the story, just roll with me already.) There were a few things I felt were a bit glossed over, however. I get that perhaps it was due to the young adult rating to the story but that again makes me feel like it should have been dealt with more deeply. This is where I put the spoiler alert. Someone dies. Killed. Actually two someones but I digress. The one I'm talking about was not intentional but it was at the hands of a main character. I feel like it was not really dealt with but more 'here's this thing that happened, I didn't mean it, here's where it takes us and then blam like it never happened'. For a young adult novel I feel like the idea that causing a death, regardless of intent, should not be depicted as something that doesn't create turmoil within the causer of the death. I think it sets the idea that causing a death is just 'one of those things'. That really bothered me.

I wish the characters of the children had been better developed. It was easy to forget who was who and not really get attached to them as people due to this. They have to have come from somewhere, banded together for some reason. I'm hoping more of this comes through in future installments. Despite these few things the story was good. It set a good tone and pace through the story. I liked the characters, even the less developed ones, and am grateful for the opportunity to read more of their story and where they go from here.
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4.0 su 5 stelle A steampunk Sound of Music ... 29 settembre 2013
Di Kindle Customer - Pubblicato su
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... well, kinda. After a reversal of family fortunes, and the theft of her possessions, a young woman takes the young thieves as charges, and begins educating them and provides them with an alternate means of sustaining themselves. The woman is no saint, and some of her means are questionable, but she has limited alternatives. For example, her "gang" takes over the house of another gang, but she gives the other gang members the option of continuing to live in the house under her civilizing rule. One of the things I like about the character is that she reminds us that etiquette is a discipline whose soul is respect for others, and for yourself. The respect extends to other people's property: she forbids her charges to steal, she pays a chemist for a teapot broken by one of her charges, and she attempts to determine the owner of a house her group is squatting in. At the end of this first book, she accepts a job as an assistant to an engineer, with hopes of enrolling in an engineering school. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series. At the present time, the whole series is available as a set on Kindle for 99 cents.
5.0 su 5 stelle Divinely Original, and Completely Captivating! 16 agosto 2015
Di Sheila - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
I loved this book! The concept is refreshingly unique! Long may Lady Julia reign! She doesn't have a "knight in shining armour," nor does she need one . She's brilliant, resilient, creative, resourceful, and a shining example of what makes a woman a "Lady." She's the captain of her own destiny, and earns the trust and devotion of a gang of opportunists, pickpockets, and cutthroats, and forms them into a family of questionable sorts. She teaches by setting an example of what she expects with her ladylike actions and manners, and through creative coercion, bribery, through mutual respect, and open admiration for their individual talents. She's brainy, beautiful, and completely devoted to teaching her new "family" the finer aspects of refinement in society, and an education which deals primarily with science, and experimentation. I would love to see this as a television series, although the book can stand alone on it's own laurels. Thanks, Shelley Adina!
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