The Clockwork Scarab (Stoker and Holmes #1)
Published: 16th August, 2013
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.
What I liked: I was hooked by page two. The narration in this novel is just something that catches you and entices you to keep reading to find out more. Mina is stuck up, acts like a know-it-all, and has terrible social skills and can be a klutz; each of these traits make Mina’s narration interesting and fun to read. Before the novel ends we see her change, realize this about herself she wouldn’t have thought. Being the niece of Sherlock Holmes isn’t just her claim to fame, she’s a true Holmes with how she is. Evaline Stoker is much less sure of herself, knows how to act in Society, and is a vampire hunter, but she’s got a bit of a complication with that. While she is related to Bram, he’s not well known but her family name of Stoker marks her as part of the family who’s served the Crown for centuries. Like Mina, we see Evaline change and grow by the end of the book. The way the characters think and speak shows things about them, they’re individuals whose voices project and are clear to follow. They both have their own faults, things that keep them from being perfect and make them see they’re not always like how they think they are. I loved these two, and I’m so excited to read The Spiritglass Charade!
What I didn’t like: There were portions that, while having good narration, I felt like I could put it down (and did) to do other things and read other books before picking it back up to continue.
Overall Review: The Clockwork Scarab is an entertaining and wonderful story of two young Victorian girls who operate outside of social norms because of who they are. Mina and Evaline are well developed characters who pull you in from page one with their narration and actions. With the somewhat of a cliffhanger ending this novel presents I’m excited to read the second book, The Spiritglass Charade!
Recommend?: While not my typical type of book to read I ended up loving the narration style and the characters. So if you’re not sure you should read it because it’s like a mystery book, this book will sweep you off your feet!
My Rating: 4.9/5
Review by Bri