Title: The Clockwork Scarab (Stoker & Holmes #1)
Author: Colleen Gleason
Published Date: September 17, 2013
Genre: YA Steampunk / Fantasy
Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you’re the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood. And when two society girls go missing, there’s no one more qualified to investigate.
Now fierce Evaline and logical Mina must resolve their rivalry, navigate the advances of not just one but three mysterious gentlemen, and solve murder with only one clue: a strange Egyptian scarab. The stakes are high. If Stoker and Holmes don’t unravel why the belles of London society are in such danger, they’ll become the next victims.
When I saw that she had released a steampunk inspired YA novel featuring characters named Stoker and Holmes I knew I needed to read it and I didn’t regret it. Oh yes you read those names correctly, and YES they are related to the characters you are thinking about.
Although it is a YA premise there are plenty of little gems scattered through out that fans of Gleason’s previous work will definitely appreciate. From a nod to the Gardella history and a whimsical little quip from the young Miss Stoker to Bram that perhaps vampire hunting should be left to her opposite (an old man ….. Van Helsing …. Genius!) there was plenty in this that kept me turning the pages.
There is a LOT to take in, murder, vampires, Egyptian history and even some time travel. Add to that a new twist on some familiar faces and this was definitely a hit.
I cannot wait to read further adventures of this feisty little pair! A little suspension of belief may be suggested due to the way that the female characters are portrayed versus what they could probably have gotten away with in that age but the strong female theme is one of the things that Colleen does best and let’s be honest …. when you throw in everything else if a touch of mismatched history is all you can find to point out … that says it all!!
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