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Archive for the ‘Steampunk’ Category

YORK, by Laura Ruby

October 5, 2017

The story: Three kids trying to save their building from destruction stumble upon a mystery more than a hundred years old. If they can figure it out, they’ll find a treasure–maybe enough to buy the building themselves. But it’ll take more than luck…more than hard work…more than fast thinking, to make THAT happen. Because the […]


May 22, 2017

The story: Jack comes from a long line of Trackers–people whose ability enables them to find things in service of king and country–not exactly an ability he was expecting. But then, he never expected to lose his father, almost drown in a steampunk submarine, or see his 12th great-grandfather stop the plague in London by […]

THE STAR THIEF, by Lindsey Becker

March 20, 2017

The story: Honorine is an orphaned housemaid at the Vidalia estate until the night that thieves break in and she escapes their clutches only to find herself swept off on an adventure. She’s rescued by a mysterious being and becomes a traveler on the Carina–a steampunkish airship piloted by the Mapmaker. He’s on a mission […]

THE CLOCKWORK SCARAB, by Colleen Gleason

September 20, 2016

The story: Sherlock Holmes’s niece meets Bram Stoker’s vampire-fighting sister in this kick-butt mystery set in steampunk London, 1889. The mysterious Ankh is trying to bring the ancient goddess Sekhmet back to life, and is killing bored young noblewomen to do it. Irene Adler, working for the Crown, has recruited the two very different young […]


January 6, 2016

The story: It’s the Wild West like you’ve never seen it: Arthur, Camelot, and airships! When the deadly Spanish Flu decimates the world’s population after World War 1, those left in America break up into smaller nations ruler by the admirals of airships. Problem is, the Texans own the most precious resource of all–helium to […]

MECHANICA, by Betsy Cornwell

July 24, 2015

The story: In this futuristic Cinderella tale, our heroine isn’t waiting around for a handsome prince to come and save the day. And while there’s a stepmother, and two really awful stepsisters, there’s no fairy godmother–just Mechanica’s own hard work and smarts. Handsome prince? Check. (But things don’t quite go the way you’d expect there, […]


July 24, 2015

The story: When Verity Newton set out for New York City in 1888, she never expected to witness a train robbery on the way, experience the first ride of a mostly-illegal steam car that could possibly put magical carriages out of business, or get hired as a governess by one of the most powerful magical […]

ETIQUETTE & ESPIONAGE (Finishing School series Book 1), by Gail Carriger

January 28, 2014

The story: Sophronia Temminnick is a tomboy, skulker, and troublemaker. Her family, minor aristocrats in a very steampunk 1800s England, want to be in the snooty upper levels of society, but Sophronia does NOT fit the mold–so when Sophronia is recruited to attend Miss Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality, the family is […]

CLOCKWORK ANGEL, by Cassandra Clare

November 10, 2010

Tessa’s life was normal back in 1870s New York, but the moment she steps off the boat in London, she’s kidnapped by two immensely creepy old ladies who force her to learn to use a power she never even knew she had – the power to shape-shift.  Tessa becomes a pawn in a deadly contest […]

LEVIATHAN series, by Scott Westerfeld

November 4, 2010

I have to say two things about these books:  they happen in an extremely weird alternative past, and they areall really great stories!  Imagine that Charles Darwin had discovered DNA, and used it to develop animals who were also fighting machines.  Imagine the walkers you saw in Star Wars being used in World War I.  […]