Monday, February 2, 2015

Ticker by Lisa Mantchev

Publication Date: December 1, 2014
Publisher: Skyscape
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Steampunk
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Synopsis: A girl with a clockwork heart must make every second count.

When Penny Farthing nearly dies, brilliant surgeon Calvin Warwick manages to implant a brass “Ticker” in her chest, transforming her into the first of the Augmented. But soon it’s discovered that Warwick killed dozens of people as he strove to perfect another improved Ticker for Penny, and he’s put on trial for mass murder.

On the last day of Warwick’s trial, the Farthings’ factory is bombed, Penny’s parents disappear, and Penny and her brother, Nic, receive a ransom note demanding all of their Augmentation research if they want to see their parents again. Is someone trying to destroy the Farthings...or is the motive more sinister?

Desperate to reunite their family and rescue their research, Penny and her brother recruit fiery baker Violet Nesselrode, gentleman-about-town Sebastian Stirling, and Marcus Kingsley, a young army general who has his own reasons for wanting to lift the veil between this world and the next. Wagers are placed, friends are lost, romance stages an ambush, and time is running out for the girl with the clockwork heart.

My Rating: 4/5 stars

My Review: “I am more than a pretty little windup doll.” 

Penny is the first person with a clockwork heart. Due to a hereditary heart condition and a fatal accident, Penny's heart stopped working. Doctor Warwick managed to install a brass ticker that works as a windup heart. But when her doctor is locked away after being accused of murder, her family's factory blows up, and her parents get kidnapped, Penny makes it her mission to find her parents and uncover the truth.

Ticker is such a creative and hilarious novel. There were many parts that made me laugh and fall in love with the characters, but I also found some parts to be a little confusing and rushed, especially near the end.

Penny is a fantastic character. Even with a heart condition, she isn't afraid to go out and live life the way that she wants to, not how people tell her to. She is witty and adventurous. You can't help but fall in love with her, and some of the things she says. 

This book was a fairly short read, but there was tons of action that kept you on your toes. I would have loved to see the author slow down a little in the action heavy parts of the story and add more detail but other than that, I found the book to be almost flawless, and very entertaining.

I definitely recommend this book, especially to people who love Steampunk and kick ass characters. Even thought this is a fantastic stand alone novel, I wish that it was a series so that I could read more about Penny's adventures.

Happy Reading,

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