February 07, 2018

#BookReview: A Study in Silks by Emma Jane Holloway of @RowanAshArt via @adivineeternity

About the Book: 

London, April 4, 1888 ~ Evelina Cooper, niece of Sherlock Holmes, is ready for her first London Season - except for a murderer, missing automatons, a sorcerer, and a talking mouse. 

In a Victorian era ruled by a ruthless steam baron council, mechanical power is the real monarch, and sorcery the demon enemy of the empire. Evelina has secretly mastered a coveted weapon - magic that can run machines. Should she trust the handsome, clever rake who speeds her breath, or the dashing trick rider who would dare anything she would ask?

Reviewed By: Caity G.
Publisher: Del Rey
Recommended Age: Teens and Adults
Genre: Fantasy, Steampunk
How I Acquired this book: I bought it
Overall rating: ★★★★
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About the Author: Ever since childhood, Emma Jane Holloway refused to accept that history was nothing but facts prisoned behind the closed door of time. Why waste a perfectly good playground coloring within the timelines? Accordingly, her novels are filled with whimsical impossibilities and the occasional eye-blinking impertinence—but always in the service of grand adventure.

Struggling between the practical and the artistic—a family tradition, along with ghosts and a belief in the curative powers of shortbread—Emma Jane has a degree in literature and job in finance. She lives in the Pacific Northwest in a house crammed with books, musical instruments, and half-finished sewing projects. In the meantime, she’s published articles, essays, short stories, and enough novels to build a fort for her stuffed hedgehog.

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: Not really

Check out author's other books? I'm reading the short stories and will be finishing the others in the series this year, so yup.
Recommend this book? Yes. It was fun!

Notes and Opinions: What a fun read! I'm not what you'd call a Sherlock Holmes fan girl by any means, but I do like him as a character and I have always felt that his stories and world were particularly well-suited to the steampunk genre. I'm pleased to say that I was not wrong.

While certainly not a perfect book, I found Evelina to be a little bit less annoying than other teenage females, which was a big fat bonus. She was more focused, too, and able to actually think her way out of nasty situations and get to the bottom of the problems at hand, with only a bit of help from her uncle, the great Sherlock Holmes himself, toward the end.

Unfortunately, it also has the love triangle affliction and those will never win me over. Ever.

Go Into This One Knowing: Sherlock Holmes is not the main feature of this book, so if that's who you're here for, you'll be disappointed

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