Thursday, June 21, 2012

Supernatural Devices by Kailin Gow

Supernatural Devices (Steampunk Scarlett, #1)

Title: Supernatural Devices
Author: Kailin Gow
Part of series or standalone: series
Published: October 28, 2011
Publisher: Edge
Format: e-book
Source: borrowed


Scarlett Seely is in Egypt with her parents, who are archaeologists. She really doesn’t want to be there and is glad when she gets a letter from Sherlock Holmes wanting her help on a case in London. When she’s in London, she heads out to meet him. As she’s outside, two thieves grab her bag. She chases after them, when all of a sudden a man sticks out his foot, so he can retrieve her bag. The man, Cruces, just happens to be the client that Scarlett is supposed to help.

Apparently, his servant, Cecilia, took his ring, so he’s trying to find her. As he is walking her home, they spot her and chase after her, but she gets away. Cruces continues to say anything that will rile her feathers. When she lives in a huff, she finds an old woman on the street that appears to know where Cecilia is. The old woman isn’t who she appears to be. In reality, it’s Cecilia’s brother, Tavian. He does take Scarlett to see Cecilia, and Scarlett convinces her to let her see the ring.

After a short time, Scarlett realizes someone’s behind her, and she immediately feels sleepy. She was chosen for the case for her ability to see the supernatural, but is this case more than she can handle?

I’m really not too familiar with steampunk fiction because this is the first one I’ve read. At first, I wasn’t for sure if I’d like it or not because I usually like books that are set in the present. I really ended up enjoying this one.

I’m usually pretty sure who I like more in Kailin’s books, but on this one I’m not so sure. I can say for now Rothschild is in dead last, but that could change in later books. I do think Tavian is really nice, but Cruces can be a rake and somewhat nice at the same time. I might like Cruces a little more just because I liked it when he tried to rile up Scarlett.

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