Sunday, 22 September 2013

Stoker & Holmes #1 The Clockwork Scarab

A most wonderful..... wonderful book. Presenting Stoker & Holmes #1 The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason.

Here is the summary of the book:

Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you’re the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood. And when two society girls go missing, there’s no one more qualified to investigate.

Now fierce Evaline and logical Mina must resolve their rivalry, navigate the advances of not just one but three mysterious gentlemen, and solve murder with only one clue: a strange Egyptian scarab. The stakes are high. If Stoker and Holmes don’t unravel why the belles of London society are in such danger, they’ll become the next victims.

There is everything to like in here..... Come on what's not to like.... There is history. 1800s Steampunk London..... Some pretty slick inventions too. A great plot. A delightfully mysteriously crime scene. Time travel. Egyptology. Action..... And at the heart of it two legendary names - Stoker & Holmes...... and this is just the beginning.

Mina Holmes & Evaline Stoker. One is the niece of the infamous Sherlock Holmes, while the latter, the sister to Bram Stoker and a vampire hunter. Called in to help with the murder of two young woman. Curiouser and Curiouser, there is a clockwork Scarab found close to their bodies. The evidence may suggest it to be suicide but the appearance of these contraptions may just suggest otherwise.

Reluctant partners. While similar in many ways, they are as opposite as night and day. Mina inheriting the priced qualities of her uncle, portrays a calculated mind, with the ability to make decisive deductions. Just by a glance she can state the history or the day timeline of a person and just like her uncle loves to conduct experiments on any and everything imaginable. But a loner, she is socially awkward and insecure when it comes to the opposite sex.

Eve stoker. She is beautiful, determined, boisterous and the type who attacks first and ask the questions later. Super strong and isn't afraid to get dirty with the opponent but despite all that goes numb at the sight of blood, which is rather strange for her since she was born to be a vampire hunter. Although highly regarded in the society, prefers hunting the vampires instead of attending balls. Resourceful in their own means, both Mina & Eve come together as the perfect partners supplying support where the other falls short.

The plot cleverly constructed around these two, there are no shortage of males. As possible love interests, there is one charming and notorious thief, another the imposing uniformed member of Scotland yard and the third, to a lesser extent, our out of place modern boy.... as for the villain, cunning.... very cunning.... and I'm eager for a sequel to see how things pan out.

I would highly recommend it you guys. Again I say, you have everything in here you want. There's 1800, London, Sherlock Holmes, Bram Stoker, Dr. Watson, some pretty slick steampunk inventions.... an interesting and a very strong plot..... the boys of your dreams and pretty ass-kicking heroines.

"Fresh and riveting heroines with the name tag Stoker & Holmes ..... 1800 Steampunk London ...... Pick it up folks, highly recommended"

Genre :      Young Adult, Thriller, Steampunk, Paranormal, Historical fantasy

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Release Date: 17th September, 2013

My Copy: publisher and edelweiss

Rate:              5/5 (It was Amazing)

Buy:           Amazon | Book Depository 


  1. I'm so glad you liked it! Now I'm looking forward to it now! Thanks for the review :)

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