PJV Quickie: Andrea Cremer is a PJV favorite, but she is one of those authors that tries new things – and those new things don’t always work for this particular reader. Luckily THE INVENTOR’S SECRET worked – and it worked really well. Imaginative, steampunk deliciousness – is what you’ll get with this gem. A must read.

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The Inventor’s Secret by Andrea Cremer #Review – Steampunk Young Adult

The Inventor's Secret by Andrea Cremer

Series: The Inventor's Secret #1
Narrator: Leslie Bellair
Published by Penguin Group USA on 2014-04-01
Genres: Steampunk, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Also by this author: Invisibility
4 Stars

New from Andrea Cremer, the New York Times best-selling author of the Nightshade novels, comes an action-packed alternate-history steampunk adventure.

In this world, sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees have scraped out an existence on the edge of Britain’s industrial empire. Though they live by the skin of their teeth, they have their health (at least when they can find enough food and avoid the Imperial Labor Gatherers) and each other. When a new exile with no memory of his escape or even his own name seeks shelter in their camp he brings new dangers with him and secrets about the terrible future that awaits all those who have struggled has to live free of the bonds of the empire’s Machineworks.

The Inventor’s Secret is the first book of a YA steampunk series set in an alternate nineteenth-century North America where the Revolutionary War never took place and the British Empire has expanded into a global juggernaut propelled by marvelous and horrible machinery. Perfect for fans of Libba Bray's The Diviners, Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angel, ScottWesterfeld's Leviathan and Phillip Reeve's Mortal Engines.

Review: Did someone say steampunk? Yes we did. Did someone say Young Adult romance angst? Yup. Original? Check. Well written? Check. Feisty? Yes. Yes and yes. With fun characters that have a ton of depth and world building that is robust and fresh. If you like steampunk and/or historical young adult novels, don’t pass this one up. With Cremer’s writing, I did run into eye-roll moments, because she has a tendency to write in — INSERT ANGST HERE — type moments. Romance to have romance and angst to promote said romance. There is a love-triangle and the 3rd party just popped in without any establishment. Only issue with this book. Otherwise. Yum!

Random: One of the main characters is named Ash. I’m now going to note books that have “overdone” YA names. Ash is one of these names.

Narration: Leslie Bellair was the narrator and she was perfect. If you can quantify and personify a young adult, educated and “dated” female – well Leslie Bellair did it.

Recommendations: For fans of Leviathan, The Girl in the Steel Corset and Dearly Departed, you’ll love this one! This is a bit different from Cremer’s usual fare – but if you are a fan of the author, you can’t go wrong.