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Posted December 9, 2013
I admit, I was hesitant to pick up what the description implied was essentially Sherlock Holmes fan-fiction. I am glad I did, however. While Sherlock does pop in every now and then the story is entirely Evelina's. The steampunk and magic elements really lend themselves to the plot favorably and I quite enjoyed working out the various twists and turns they threw in. It is well written and the characters develop wonderfully and in sometimes unexpected ways. For me the ability of a novel to surprise me is something I value. No, this isn't a piece of literary history that will change your world, but reading for pleasure isn't about that. I definitely recommend this.
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Posted December 6, 2013
Here again we have too many plot spoilers revealing every detail of the book then bragging how THEY got their book for free for their so called honest review, when we all know is a bought review. Bn, please put a stop to these plot spoilers and their book report reviews. They should be banned and their book reports deleted as they ruin the books for other readers.
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Posted December 25, 2013
This book is well worth reading, assuming you can handle all 549 pages. It has everything a great book needs, suspense, romance, a bit of sci-fi, and extreme intrigue. The setting takes place in the 19th century in Victorian England, around the time period of Sherlock Holmes.
Evelina has magical powers, which her Uncle Sherlock does not condone. This matches how I think Sherlock would respond to a niece thinking she has powers. In addition, magic is forbidden, and punishable by death or experimental testing.
Evelina is a commoner, but wishes to be part of the wealthy society as a magician, an investigator and a debutante. See, her mother was upper class, and her father was from circus folk. Everything Evelina dabbles in, is viewed as not lady like.
To make things even more complicated, she has two boyfriends that she's juggling. There's Nick, another magician who she has known since her childhood in the circus, who shares something common with her, magic, and the circus. Then there's Imogen brother, Tobias, who is handsome and intelligent and makes her feel things no other can. They both hold different and unique spots in her heart.
She's set out to solve the murder of a parlor maid named Grace, which takes place in the mansion she herself is a guest in. There are clues left behind that could possibly ruin reputations and cause an uproar. She's no ordinary sleuth of her time, she has the genes of Sherlock Holmes in her which are possibly going to aid or hinder her investigation.
Jane Holloway knows how to bring the magical world to life, and enthrall the reader. She especially captures the attention of the reader, by ending the book in a cliff hanger to die for. Many of the sub plots are unresolved, and if you're anything like me, you'll be dying to find out what happens. At the same time, I'm glad it didn't go any longer, with the amount of pages that I had already read, I was excited to finally finish the book. I give this book 5/5 with great enthusiasm. I'm excited for the sequel.
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Posted October 26, 2013
to be in a constant state of angst, then this book is for you. I couldn't get even half way through it. The main character, who's a niece of the famous Sherlock Holmes, constantly comments that she should be able to solve this mystery, yet doesn't do much of any kind of investigation. She's too caught up in her love life - trying to decide which man she really loves. The story line has no light moments to help the plot along. Too much doom and gloom for my taste.
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Posted September 28, 2013
Amazing! I loved everything about this book! It's full of murder, mystery, magic, steampunk, and some romance. I highly recommend it! I cannot wait to read the next book in the series!
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Posted September 26, 2013
Evelina, the niece of Sherlock Holmes, is trying to make her way in the Victorian era's society. Joining her friend for their coming out, she is caught in a murder mystery...a young maid has been murdered with magical traces left behind. Trying to save the reputation of the kind family that has taken her in for the season, Evelina slowly uncovers truths that can destroy all she cares about.
There might be a Queen of England but the “steam barons” are ruling the country by monopolizing the utilities' distribution. Ruthlessly the barons fight for more power while other political mechanizations come into play.
Caught in these games, Evelina must enlist her sleuthing abilities as well as her mechanical and magical gifts. In a world where witches are burned at the stake or become a resident of the Queens laboratories, this path might also lead to Evelina's destruction.
The characters were packed full of emotion and realism, making their journey a fascinating and alluring trip to take. Detail and care was taken with the historical language, back ground and social acceptability, pulling us back into time but adding the perfect mechanical splash of steampunk.
A wonderful romantic tension exists between Evelina, Tobias and Nick. A choice between her old life and new, right and wrong and duty and honor all come into play...the strength of character shown by Evelina's perseverance was extraordinary.
I loved this book. I found A Study in Silks a brilliantly witty and imaginative twist to an off shoot of the Sherlock Holmes stories. Crossing steampunk, paranormal, romance and historical fiction, this story was a perfect and seamless blending or all my favorite genres.
This ARC copy of A Study in Silks was given to me by Random House - Del Rey in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication on September 24, 2013.
Written by: Emma Jane Holloway
Series: The Baskerville Affair
Sequence in Series: 1
Print Length: 560 pages
Publisher: Del Rey - Random House
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Rating: 5 Stars
Genre: historical-fiction, paranormal, romance, steampunk
Age Recommendation: Young Adult +
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Brilliant! This novel dives right in. Of course Holmes neice would be as dynamic a character as he is. So many elements to her personality and to the plot. She spends part of her childhood in a circus, the other groomed and educated as a lady. But her life isn't slated for ballrooms and early marriage. Nuff said. You have to read the rest.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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