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The Girl and the Clockwork Conspiracy (Clockwork Enterprises, #2)

by Nikki McCormack

Release Date: 09/14/15

214 pages

Summary from Goodreads:

Maeko hasn’t been long away from the gritty London streets and she’s already learning that her new “civilized” life comes with its own challenges. She has to dress proper, eat proper and be a proper lady. She can’t even talk to a boy without a chaperone. She’s got proper coming out of her ears. If not for her feline companion Macak, she might go mad. 
Her one hope for some freedom and excitement comes when the moody detective, Em, asks her to be an apprentice. But that apprenticeship comes with a price. She must agree to spy on Macak’s owner, Lucian, the wealthy businessman and inventor whose life she saved. 

Everything changes when Lucian’s brother dies in an explosion while visiting Lucian’s home in the heart of London. The Literati–a powerful group vying for political control of London–say it was murder and Maeko is on their suspect list. With Macak at her side, she must turn once more to her allies, Chaff and Ash. They will have to brave city streets torn by rebellion and conspiracy to find the truth. 

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My Review

I am a huge fan of Steampunk Fiction and will try almost any book that falls into that category. Some of them are not enjoyable but this one was well worth my time. We pick up where the first book left off and Maeko is now living life as a proper lady, or trying to and failing miserably.

I really like the author’s worldbuilding. Through her apt descriptions and attention to detail, one can easily visualise this Victorian London with its distinct separation of classes. As such, one is able to understand Maeko and her life on the streets as opposed to the life she is now trying her best to fit into.

Maeko is such a spunky character! No simpering, teary eyed simpleton of a heroine here! She is endowed with the necesary traits one would expect from a ‘street rat’; intuition,cunning, great powers of observation, quick feet, self defence strategies and a will to survive!

She is once again, caught up in the ongoing conspiracy and has to rely on her street smarts to get her out of tight spots with a little help from her partner in crime, Chaff. Her obervational qualities allow her to uncover details that eluded so many others. I find her character to be really likeable and couldn’t help but admire her tenacity, cleverness and penchant for geting into trouble!

  • There is a brewing romance and a love triangle which I think captures the uncertainty of not only a teen on the cusp of womanhood but a “street rat’ uncertain whether to choose the familiar or the potentially more comfortable way of life.
  • The suspense element is well done and the pacing is smooth and quick.
  • The mystery is not very complex but it makes for a good read.
  • There is enough intrigue woven throughout out to keep one invested and engrossed.

My Rating

4 stars

Recommendation

I would recomend this to fans of steampunk fiction and lovers of mystery.

Other Books In This Series

The Girl and the Clockwork Cat

by Nikki McCormack

Release Date: 09/02/14

Summary from Goodreads:

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.

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About The Author

Nikki started writing her first novel at the age of 12, which she still has tucked in a briefcase in her home office, waiting for the right moment. Despite a successful short story publication with Cricket Magazine in 2007, she continued to treat her writing addiction as a hobby until a drop in the economy presented her with an abundance of free time that she used to focus on making it her career.

Nikki lives in the magnificent Pacific Northwest tending to her husband and three cats suffering varying stages of neurosis. She feeds her imagination by sitting on the ocean in her kayak gazing out across the never-ending water or hanging from a rope in a cave, embraced by darkness and the sound of dripping water. She finds peace through practicing iaido or shooting her longbow.

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