If I was to see this book and base my view of it on the cover alone, as a male I probably wouldn't give it a look. The cover suggests that the story is a bit "girlie". In fact its not really, its a bit of a "sci-fi" romp with, dare I say it, callings on the popular Dr Who franchise albeit with more "ethereal" gadgetry and a few more adult leanings ( not quite as adult as Torchwood is to Dr Who though!). ( Will I get in trouble with Steampunk's for referring to it as Sci Fi? ).The main character is Chrystal ( the female Dr Who type who swings both ways so to speak ) and the book is written from the perspective of her very 21st century assistant. It's a bit different and an easy to read yarn , ideal for the forthcoming holiday period. I like books I can pick up and put down with short punchy chapters, and this fits the bill nicely. Look forward to the follow up.