There have actually been a lot of books that I've ditched here lately. I just find that I'm getting very impatient with books that aren't excellent. I mean, who has the time or the patience for mediocre books? Not me.
But this one I'm having conflicting feelings about, so I thought I'd ask your opinion.
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 from the coastal cities 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.I mean look at that cover! And it's Steampunk, and alternate history? This should be right up my alley. One of my favorite series is the Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld which is a Steampunk alternate history of WWI. Plus it's Andrea Cremer! I love her, I love her Nightshade series, especially the prequel books, Rift and Rise.
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.
It's not that there's anything bad about The Inventor's Secret. I'm just not compelled to listen to it. And maybe that's part of the problem. I'm listening to it on audiobook, and I don't love the reader. She's not terrible either, I just find myself zoning out because her narration is a little monotonous. I also just listened to her read Landry Park, which I didn't care for at all, so maybe that's affecting me?
So what do you think? Have you read this? Should I keep going? Should I drop the audio and pick up the book? I NEED YOUR HELP!
Thanks bookies (the good kind)!!