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Monday, April 14, 2014

READ OR DITCH? The Inventor's Secret by Andrea Cremer

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.

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.
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.

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)!! 


  1. I think this is a case where you definitely need to stop listening and start reading. A narrator that you just can't get into makes it so hard to really get into an audiobook (I had to stop listening to The False Prince, which a ton of people loved, because I didn't like the narration). Since you love Andrea Cremer and you love steampunk alternate history, I think this book deserves a read. Also, the first book in a series can be naturally slower than sequels anyway. Those are my two cents!

    1. I was the SAME with The False Prince!! I didn't like that reader at ALL, and my kids loved him.

  2. Ditch and I read the book ...and no the question isn't really answered at all. I was meh about it. Ditch it and my feelings is that maybe this isn't the time to read this book, maybe later.

    1. I've heard this from quite a few people on Twitter. They're saying it was meh too....

  3. I'm not sure what I want to do with this one. I was not a fan of her newest installment to Nightshade, Snakeroot, but I like her writing well enough. I haven't really heard about this one, so I'm to sure if I want to bother I've had the ARC for a while and it comes out soon. If you read it, I am interested in knowing if you like it.

  4. KEEP READING! This is the type of book I am looking for! Steampunk <3 I'm also going off in search of Leviathan and Nightshade now too, if they are similar in this in theme. I need more books like this, and I'm looking forwards to seeing what this one is like :D


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