Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

Submitted by Stephen, teen reviewer:

What do you get when you cross Sherlock Holmes, a vampire hunter, Egyptian artifacts, steam punk London and murder? The premise of this book sounds like the set up to a bad joke and if it seems complicated, it is. It seem like the author tried to combine all of the most popular themes in young adult fiction instead of just choosing one. The plot is well done although it does drag in some spots and the dynamic between Stoker and Homes is great. There were some elements that were added that just seemed unnecessary but may possibly play out more in the following books. The inner-monologue of Holmes is interesting although it seems that the author breaks the rule of “show, don't tell” by often mentioning that Holmes is intelligent. I generally disapprove of vampire fiction in all of its forms but the Stoker character is a decent female protagonist. The book ended with a lot of loose ends, witch is typical for the first book in a series. The plot covers all possible interests that any junior fiction reader will find something interesting in it.  

The Clockwork Scarab will be in stores September 17, 2013.

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