August 1, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Legacy of the Clockwork Key and The Friday Society

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and features books that we just can't wait to get our hands on!

This time there's a steampunk theme:

Legacy of the Clockwork Key by Kristin Bailey

Goodreads' description:

"When a fire consumes Meg's home, killing her parents and destroying both her fortune and her future, all she has left is the tarnished pocket watch she rescued from the ashes. But this is no ordinary timepiece. The clock turns out to be a mechanical key-a key only Meg can use- that unlocks a series of deadly secrets and intricate clues that Meg has no choice but to follow. She has uncovered evidence of an elite secret society and a dangerous invention that some will stop at nothing to protect, and that Meg alone can destroy. Together with the handsome stable hand she barely knows but hopes she can trust, Meg will be swept into a hidden world of deception, betrayal, and revenge. The clockwork key has unlocked her destiny."

I haven't read that much steampunk and what I have read makes me think it's not really my kind of genre, but I'm hoping that might change depending on the story. Sounds like there are lots of secrets in this one (not to mention that handsome stablehand) and it seems like there isn't a heavy emphasis on the steampunk aspect, so perhaps it will help to ease me into the genre!

The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress


Goodreads' description:

"Be your own hero . . .

An action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns—and the heroines who use them all.

Set in Edwardian London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants to powerful men: Cora, lab assistant; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant; and Nellie, magician’s assistant. The three young women’s lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man.

It’s up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder—and the crimes they believe may be connected to it—without calling too much attention to themselves.

Told with Adrienne Kress’s sharp wit and a great deal of irreverence, this Steampunk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike—well, relatively ladylike—heroines poised for more dangerous adventures.

This book just sounds like a whole lot of fun. The three main characters sound fantastic — love that they come from three such different backgrounds and educations — and then of course there's the murder mystery! The spunky cover is awesome, too.

What books are you waiting for? Also, have you been wowed by any steampunk YA you could recommend to me?


  1. One of these days, I'm going to try steampunk. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  2. I totally want to read both of these! I'm loving the steampunk trend and can't wait to see how it develops.


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