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Good, but not amazing
on 13 June 2013
This is my first venture into reading Gail Carriger. Whilst I did enjoy reading it, I felt like it had a very slow build and it didn't grip me as much as I'd hoped.
I'll start with the positives. I thought it was fun and completely silly. I didn't realise it was directed for a 12-13 year old audience and with that in mind I think it's fantastic for the target audience. I hadn't experienced steampunk before which was interesting. I also really liked the Victorian element of the story. The characters were good, but I think Sophronia was the best character. She's a strong, feisty protagonist which I like.
I did think that there was far too much going on for the size of the book. I began to find it quite confusing and personally think if some of the ideas had been condensed and expanded on then it would've gripped my attention more. Perhaps if I had read the series that preceded this, with the same world, I would've been more familiar/interested in it.
Overall, I would recommend this book because although I don't think I'll continue with the series, the writing is good and it's good, silly fun.