The Lady looking lovely
Lady of Devices – Shelley Adina
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Steampunk
Cover: I can’t look away!
I love this cover. This woman is exactly how I imagine Claire Trevelyan. It’s very steampunk, the colors are vibrant and awesome, and she’s making concoctions. Also. Her clothes. I wants Claire’s Clothes.
Back Cover: Claire’s mother would desire her daughter become just well-educated enough to make a good marriage and stay respectable. Claire would desire to know many things, go to university, cause some stir, and possibly muse her hair. Experience the life of London far and wide, from card parties in fancy sitting rooms to the World’s Fair; from sleeping on dirty rags with the scum of the streets, to traveling about in a beloved steam powered Lando.
Awesome cast of characters: I love everyone in the book. Shelley Adina has a way of creating amazing characters, even the small ones. I would love to spend lots of time with Andrew, adopt Willie, Lizzie, and Maggie, and be besties with Peony and her mum.
There’s more: There are two more books that I can still read! And one more still to come! I’m pretty much psyched about this.
Artful Dodger: Yup, there are some mischievous and awesome street kids that enter the scene. They aren’t even a little annoying.
The maybe not so good:
I’ll get back to you on this one…
Most kickass character: Claire Trevelyan is spunky, consistent, adventurous, witty, and resilient. I would like her to be my friend and she could sleep under my dining room table anytime. Ever (This would be very funny if you’d read the book. Trust me on this. I’m hilarious)
Final thoughts: You might say that I’ve been a tad effusive about this book. I’ll be frank, I loved it! I flew through it and just kept on picking up speed toward the end. A vivid world was created where I was happy to hang out. The steampunk world of Victorian London was familiar with plucky characters and use of the World’s Fair, yet fresh and unexpected with Adina’s use of chemical potions and inventions. Most importantly, neither of these things overshadow the vivacious characters. Well done Shelley Adina. You are my hero!
Suggested for: Anyone who enjoys awesome characters, steampunk themes, sci-fi, etc.
Check out the my Lady of Devices Playlist on Spotify!
1) Red Balloon – Vagabond Opera
2) Splendid – Professor Elemental
3) 1816, The Year Without Summer – Rasputina
4) In Limbo – Caroline Glass
5) Rivolta Silenziosa, Humanwine
6) Superhero – Johnny Hollow
7) Airship Pirate – Abney Park
8) Coin-Operated Boy – The Dresden Dolls
9) You Don’t Own Me – Rasputina
10) The Fine Art of Poisoning – Jill Tracy
11) Pretty in Pink – The Dresden Dolls
12) Milord – Vagabond Opera
Drink Recommendation: French 95 (This drink wasn’t created until 1915 but shhhhhhhhhh, don’t tell)
3/4 oz bourbon whiskey
3/4 oz simple syrup
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz fresh orange juice
Shake all ingredients (except champagne) with ice and strain into an ice-filled goblet. Top with champagne, and serve.
Check out more about the author on my Shelley Adina page (hopefully this will be updated eventually when she lets me interview her).