Clementine's Book Club #7 (Read Description!) - 3/5/2016
Currently Reading: Rise of the Arcane Fire by Kristin Bailey (The Secret Order, Book 2)
Basic Plot: After Meg's parents died in a fire and her granfather disappeared, Meg Whitlock thought her life had come to a standstill. But when she learned that the pocket watch her grandfather left her was really an intricate key, Meg, with the help of a stable hand named Will, uncovered the Amusementists: members of an elite secret society dedicated to discovery shrouded in mystery. Now the amusementists are convening in London, and Meg is determined to join their ranks. But being the first girl in the Order has its difficulties, and with Will away in Scotland, Meg fears she can't trust anyone but herself. Her worries are only supported by sabotage happening at the Amusementists' academy, with each altered invention more harmful than the last. With threats lurking around every corner, and while trying to prove her worth as the first female Amusementist, Meg must uncover the identity of the academy's saboteur before the botched devices become deadly. And after she finds evidence of a sinister and forbidden invention, Meg must stop it-or risk the entire future of the Amusementists.
Progress: page 296/453
Just Finished: Beastly Bones by William Ritter (Jackaby, Book 2)
Basic Plot: In 1892, New Fiddleham, New England, things are never quite what they seem, especially when Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer R. F. Jackaby are called upon to investigate the supernatural. First, a vicious species of shape-shifters disguise themselves as a litter of kittens, and a day later, their owner is found murdered with a single mysterious puncture wound. Then in nearby Gad’s Valley, now home to the exiled New Fiddleham police detective Charlie Cane, dinosaur bones from a recent dig mysteriously go missing, and an unidentifiable beast starts attacking animals and people, leaving their mangled bodies behind. Charlie calls on Abigail for help, and soon Abigail and Jackaby are on the hunt for a thief, a monster, and a murderer.
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Would I recommend this book?: Yes, but read book 1 first! I'm not really sure why I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first book, because I definitely should have. Alot more things happened, very big monumental things, and we really get to see Abigail stepping out of her comfort zone and taking more charge of her life. I loved the character of Nellie Fuller in the book, I thought that she had a great influence on Abigail as an independent woman, and the tones of feminism in the book totally made me cheer. And the cover is gorgeous! I wouldn't mind owning this series of books, if only for the cover designs!
Favorite Quotes: "I might be better prepared to slay dragons, I decided, than to flirt with boys." - Abigail Rook
"But trust me, men are never worth it. Behind every great man is a woman who gave up on greatness and tied herself into an apron. Romance is for saps, Abbie. You're sharp and you've got pluck. Don't waste it." - Nellie Fuller
"So often, people think that when we arrive at a crossroads, we can choose only one path, but-as I have often and articulately postulated-people are stupid. We're not walking the path. We are the path. We are all of the roads and all of the intersections. Of course you can choose both." - J.R. Jackaby
"The greatest figures in history are never the ones who avoid failure, but those who march chin-up through countless failures, one after the next, until they come upon the occasional victory." - J.R. Jackaby
"And mostly I just want to be sure you don't come to me to discuss your romantic entanglements. I much prefer that you remain on comfortable terms with Miss Cavanaugh. Although, should she ever become available," Jackaby said earnestly, "I want you to know,"-he put a hand gently on my shoulder-"that Douglas is an excellent listener." - J.R. Jackaby
I don't know what I'll be reading next. I guess I need to make a trip to the library.
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