The Clockwork Scarab (Stoker and Holmes Series #1)

The Clockwork Scarab (Stoker and Holmes Series #1)

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by Colleen Gleason

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Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you're the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood, so to speak. And when two young society girls disappear—one dead, one missing—there's no one more qualified to investigate.

Now fierce Evaline and

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Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you're the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood, so to speak. And when two young society girls disappear—one dead, one missing—there's no one more qualified to investigate.

Now fierce Evaline and logical Mina must resolve their rivalry, navigate the advances of not just one but three mysterious gentlemen, and solve a murder with only one clue: a strange Egyptian scarab. The pressure is on and the stakes are high—if Stoker and Holmes don't figure out why London's finest sixteen-year-old women are in danger, they'll become the next victims.

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"A delightful, diverting read."—Kirkus Reviews SciFi/Fantasy Blog"

Popular tropes (steampunk! vampires! Sherlock Holmes!) will bring readers in, but it's the friendship between the two girls that will keep them."-Kirkus Reviews"

Outstanding" - Bay Views: Official Blog of the Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California"

Lots of fun. Plenty of action mixes with a hint of romance, and the ancient Egyptian overlay adds atmosphere."-Booklist"

Gleason has vamped up the familiar world of Holmes and Watson. to paranormally exhilarating effect."— The New York Times"

A captivating, amusing crossover tale."—Library Media Connection"

With love interests, time travel and murder, The Clockwork Scarab has all the elements for a must-read not just for teens but for anybody who loves any of these genres."—BookPage"

Colleen Gleason manages to twine together steampunk, Holmesian mystery, Egyptian mythology, and even time travel into a seamless and fun read."—Leah Cypess, author of Nightspell"

Charming, addicting, and oh-so-much-fun! I absolutely couldn't put it down!"-Kristi Cook, author of Haven"

A delightful, engaging story."—Romance Junkies"

Thank you, Colleen Gleason, for giving the world the teenage female equivalent of Sherlock Holmes! Where has she been all these years?"—Sophie Jordan, author of the Forgotten Princesses and the Firelight series

'No question the Stoker and Holmes books will be a big hit."—"

You'll devour this one."—Fresh Fiction"

With its fog-shrouded setting, its heart-racing and clever plot and, most of all, its two completely delightful, kick-butt heroines, The Clockwork Scarab is pure, delicious fun from beginning to end."—Rachel Hawkins, New York Times Bestselling author of the Hex Hall series"

Victorian-inspired girl-power at its finest. Daring young ladies born of famed literary legacies are beautifully written and artfully woven into a historical past with fascinating futuristic elements."-Leanna Renee Hieber, author of the Magic Most Foul series"

Two strong, intelligent heroines who establish themselves as worthy of the legends that surround each of their families, come together to solve a most dangerous mystery. Gleason's writing is witty, humorous, tense, and beautifully Victorian."—Kady Cross, author of The Girl in the Steel Corset"

This book has it all. the vivid setting and the finely drawn, compelling heroines make this a fine choice for readers who like their stories with steampunk spice and smart, strong women."-School Library Journal"

The geek meets the goth. The fun comes from two main characters' quick-witted sparring, slowly developing friendship, and grudging admiration."—The Horn Book Magazine"

The author's writing exudes energy, romance, and humor, and she gives her heroines strong, vibrant personalities as they puzzle out the expansive mystery unfolding before them."—Publishers Weekly

VOYA - Katie Mitchell
Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes are an unlikely duo. When they are asked by Irene Adler to investigate the murders of young ladies who hail from Britain's upper class, the two find that once they overcome their initial distrust, they actually make a pretty good team. Evaline has trained for years to be an actual vampire hunter—a fact unbeknownst to her high society friends, while Mina possesses the same logical and inquisitive mind as her uncle. A mysterious cult focusing on Egyptology, the strange appearance of a young man who claims to be a time-traveler, the Met's own inquiry, and a street criminal create further complications for the pair, who are targeted as the killer's next victims. An alternate-universe London creates an atmospheric steampunk setting for this debut in the Stoker and Holmes mystery. Gleason is able to weave a number of genres and plotlines into a tight and suspenseful mystery. Readers who are familiar with the literary origins of the protagonists (including fans of BBC's Sherlock) will find fun bits peppered throughout the story, but the young women are also fully formed characters without their impressive lineage. Reviewer: Katie Mitchell

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Chronicle Books LLC
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Stoker and Holmes Series, #1
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Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)
880L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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The Clockwork Scarab 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
SRei.Watson More than 1 year ago
An interesting new series - cannot wait for the next one Review Tally - based out of 5 OVERALL: 4 STARS Story/Plot: 5 - I have to be honest here - going into The Clockwork Scarab, I was a little hesitant. It was promising a lot to be honest - Sherlock Holmes's niece, Bram Stoker's sister, Irene Adler, time-travel, steampunk & it was a mystery. I see you nodding your head too, but it all worked. Before I was finished with the book, I was already checking to see if the next book in the series was already in the works. Re-read Value: 3 - 50/50. Even though I enjoyed the story, I don't know if I will re-read it right away. Continue Series: 4 - As I mentioned up there in the story section, I am already anticipating the next book in this interesting series. Characters: 4 - I did enjoy the characters and I cannot wait for the growth which happens for characters over a series. This book was a good introduction and I cannot wait to learn more about them. I will be honest though - I have a slight pet peeve about love triangles and that whole "team so & so" or "team so & so" and although it appears there might be a little of that in the future of this series, I am hoping it doesn't become a serious issue. Cover: 4 - Almost a 4.5 to be honest. I think it is an interesting cover, it fits the title and the storyline. You do get a steampunk vibe from it, so it fits nicely. Genre Fulfillment: 5 - Steampunk elements, check. Sherlockian mystery, check. Young Adult elements, check. Personal Involvement 4: - I did enjoy this story and look forward to continuing the series. I do have a few issues - the triangle issue, which I find tedious to say the least - and there is an issue with the book and how it ended, which makes me wonder and hope for a REALLY good resolution. Also I wish to see if my theories pan out or if Ms. Gleason is going to surprise me. Which will make me change this review possibly into a 5. I love when authors shock me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly together with the time period and the authours thorough knowledge of it, it is no doubt why the book was so good. Along with the plot, some of the books characters were mazing, while otgers not so much. However, with the London setting was a tad confusing to me, I enjoyed watching relationships unfold. It is really a timeless novel.
beckybh More than 1 year ago
THE CLOCKWORK SCARAB: A STOKER AND HOLMES NOVEL by Colleen Gleason is a terrific start to a new and unique mystery series set in 1889 London. It's an amalgamation of several popular subgenres, including steampunk, time travel, romance and young adult mystery, and stars Evaline Stoker (Bram's half-sister) and Mina Holmes (Sherlock's niece and Mycroft's daughter) as courageous, self-reliant, 17-year-old sleuths under the tutelage of Irene Adler (Sherlock's admired female opponent). Told in alternating points of views, the story follows Mina and Evaline as they use their unique skills to identify the person(s) responsible for kidnapping and murdering upper class teenage girls and dumping their bodies around London. The palm-sized mechanical scarabs found beside each body link the murders and are crucial to the investigation. These and other clues lead to a secret Egyptian society to which all the dead girls belonged. As in all good mysteries, the two young sleuths face a number of obstacles to their investigation. The main one here, though, is the girls mistrust of each other. The ever observant and analytical Mina Holmes thinks Evaline is flighty, weak, not terribly bright, and uncooperative. The incredibly fast and strong Evaline Stoker believes Mina is a haughty know-it-all who is dull and has no sense of adventure. But as the story evolves and they save each other with their set of special skills, they grudgingly begin to admire one another as worthy partners. Though Mina and Evaline are the main sleuths in the story, they have plenty of help in solving the murders. The girls are glad to have Irene Adler as their mentor and supervisor, but their other assistants aren't as welcomed. Mina has to share her quest with the maddening but intriguing Inspector Ambrose Grayling of Scotland Yard and the handsome time traveler Dylan Eckhart, while Evaline needs help from Pix, a young man of questionable character who knows more about the case than he lets on. The men are just a bit older than the girls and provide the light romantic elements in the story. Steampunk is a large part of THE CLOCKWORK SCARAB . The variety of steam-powered mechanical devices, such as Night-Illuminators, Steam-Stream guns, and the Deluxe Tome-Selector, adds a bit of humor to the story, and a few are even used to help solve the murders. Overall, THE CLOCKWORK SCARAB is an intriguing and well-plotted murder mystery that readers from 12 years of age and up will enjoy. If you like adventurous stories with unique characters and strong, confident heroines, then this book is for you. I only hate that I have to wait a whole year for the release of the next book in the series. If You Like This, You Might Like – THE GARDELLA VAMPIRE CHRONICLES by Colleen Gleason, F.R.E.A.K. SQUAD INVESTIGATION MYSTERIES by Jennifer Harlow, THE STEAMPUNK CHRONICLES by Kady Cross, THE INFERNAL DEVICES SERIES and THE MORTAL INSTRUMENT SERIES by Cassandra Clare * An ARC was provided by Chronicle Books and Edelweiss for an honest review. ** Visit Blue Moon Mystery Saloon blog for more book reviews.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
To put it simply, this book was a perfect fit for me it had steampunk, science fiction, paranormal, classic book crossover characters, ancient gods, time travel and 2 very strong female protagonists...all a win, win for me. I am very happy to say I was NOT disappointed by my high expectations. Miss Holmes and Miss Stoker (yes, Sherlock's niece and Bram's sister) are an unlikely duo called upon by the Princess of England to unravel the murders of young society women. The corresponding clue to all these murders is a clockwork scarab. It will take all of Miss Stoker's extraordinary vampire fighting strength and Miss Holmes fabulous reasoning and observations to stop these heinous crimes. From start to finish I was pulled into this unusual caper, trying to sleuth the mystery for myself. The Clockwork Scarab provides a brilliantly written plot with twists and turns that will leave you guessing till the end and even then you will still want more. This ARC of The Clockwork Scarab was given to me by Chronicle Books in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication September 17, 2013. Series: A Stoker & Holmes Novel Sequence in Series: 1 Hardcover: 356 pages Publisher: Chronicle Books  Publication Date: September 17, 2013 ISBN-10: 1452110700 ISBN-13: 978-1452110707 Rating: 5 Genre: Steampunk and so much more... Age Recommendation: Young Adult +
MADreaderMD More than 1 year ago
Girl power in steampunk Victorian England! Mina Holmes and Evaline Stoker team up to solve the mysterious deaths and disappearance of young society girls. While they don't exactly get along to start with, they learn to work together and use their strengths to get to the bottom of the mystery and save lives from the evil doings that are afoot. With Mina's observational and investigative skills and Evaline's superior strength and fighting ability, what could possibly go wrong? Unexpected twists and turns, as well as distractions such as handsome, enigmatic, and infuriating pickpockets, police inspectors, and time travelers, make solving this mystery a challenge. The descriptions of the steampunk gadgets and the workings of this alternate reality add to the gritty and fascinating world of steampowered London. I can't wait to read the further adventures of Stoker and Holmes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure how much I'd like this book. Having the main characters that were offshoots of previously existing classic character could either be really great or really terrible. I'm so glad that in this book it was the former. I can't wait for the next book in this series.
nhr3bookcrazyNR 7 months ago
I found the story different and fun. I enjoyed the idea of teaming up two young women from famed families to work together in service of their country, the Royal Family. The neice of Sherlock Holmes, daughter of Mycroft Holmes; and a member of the Stoker family, famed killer of vampires. They both have obviously inherited the well-known talents of their family ancestors. There is an element of paranormal, the satisfaction of a mystery well solved, the tension of strong characters conflicting with one another, and a great "supporting" cast throughout the pages of the book. I am looking forward to future books in this series. It was a fun read.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Mina Holmes is used to working alone. It's hard enough to get anyone to take her deductive abilities seriously as a young woman in London in 1889. It's almost impossible to get anyone to appreciate them--even if she is the daughter of Mycroft Holmes and the niece of Sherlock Holmes. Evaline Stoker, on the other hand, is a veritable social butterfly by comparison. Much to her own chagrin Evaline finds herself spending far too much time at social gatherings when she could be using her preternatural strength and speed for their intended purposes--killing vampires. This unlikely pair is brought together one foggy night in London with a summons to the British Museum. Soon both young women are recruited into the service of the Princess of Wales for a mission of the utmost secrecy. Young women of quality are dying in London and it's up to Stoker and Holmes to figure out why. But with obstacles at every turn and odious young men underestimating their skills, both young women will have to stay sharp to solve this supernatural mystery before it's too late in The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason. The Clockwork Scarab is Gleason's first novel in this series. Gleason creates an intriguing alternate London where Sherlock Holmes is real and the Stoker family is the latest in a long line of vampire hunters. In this London electricity is illegal and steampunk elements abound in this steam-powered city. These backdrop elements, combined with a mystery based in Egyptology (the scarab on the cover is not just for show) promise a most excellent mystery novel with just a few fantastical elements to taste. Then a time traveler shows up. Then not just one but both heroines find themselves in painfully contrived love triangles. And then one of the biggest mysteries of the story isn't resolved at the end of the book. (It is clearly going to be a thread that develops in later installments, but still.) The Clockwork Scarab has so much potential that, unfortunately, is never realized as the plot becomes mired in these extraneous plot points and devices. Mina and Evaline are interesting heroines (though far too quick to gush over handsome young men--because all of the men in this book are handsome) though their first person narrations often sound surprisingly similar. Short on violence and high on action, this is an ideal choice for younger readers looking for excitement without the gore. It would also be a great stepping stone for readers who want to move onto something else besides the Theodosia books or the Kane Chronicles. That said, readers looking for a purer steampunk read (or a better plotted mystery) would be better served elsewhere. Possible Pairings: Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carringer, The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby, Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R. L. LaFevers, The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan, Sorcery and Cecelia by Caroline Stevemer and Patricia C. Wrede, Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld *This book was acquired for review from the publisher at BEA 2013*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the whole series was great. I would recommend this for young adults and adventure seekers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book, mostly the Stoker side of the book. It seemed to be mainly a Holmes books though. And even though it is a Holmes book, it speaks too much about Sherlock Holmes and not enough about Mina's father: Mycroft Holmes, the elder and according to even Sherlock, smarter Holmes. I was happy that Mina, in the end, was a little less sure of her Holmesiness. Though, I did love the characters, each one had spectacular development, even the side characters, and dare I say this...."romantic interest" were pretty flippin cool. Can't Wait to read more!
RachKC More than 1 year ago
The Clockwork Scarab is an interesting read with a fresh take on a mix of themes, and it works! I was not disappointed, and I am looking forward to reading The Spiritglass Charade next. ***I received a free copy of this book, and in exchange, I have provided an honest review.***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Two young women who happens to be related to two famous people in history. Did you figure it out? Hint, read the book cover. Steam punk at its best with the flair of the past of dreary. Quirky, fun and exciting read. Mina Holmes and Evaline Stoker merged their talents and by doing so this story delightfully entertained you. Here you have two polar opposites but they complement each other when they are on the hunt for answers. I was thrown through the travel of time unraveling things that was shelved ions ago. The characters were so believable and downright compelling. Historically accurate, eye opening events. Solve a murder with only one clue; a strange Egyptian scarab. The pressure is on as stated in the book. This part I found funny and there were many but this one stood out, Dylan said, "Stoker? As in . . . Bram Stoker? Didn't he write Dracula?" Evaline Stoker, her eyes widened. "He is writing a book. About a vampire. Do you mean to say you know the book? From your time?" "Oh, um . . .crap." Hey even Scooby -Doo was mentioned in this story. All in all, very good, lessons of sleuth investigations, crushes, and their human sides. There is more to the story but I'll leave it for you to read the book. You should get it I know you will be entertained because I certainly was. The author's writing style caused my anxious mind to prematurely guess the outcome and that took someone who has the talent of distinctive writing. I won this book on Goodreads First Read Giveaway. Thank you, Darlene Cruz
KAdey More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book. Pairing the niece of Sherlock Holmes and the sister of Bram Stoker was pure genius! It was exciting following these two around in their adventures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
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SusieLin More than 1 year ago
Well written with references to past literature and new ideas for the time period. A hint of time travel, good mystery, and in good taste. I enjoyed this book and look forward to future ones in this series. Although written for teens, I enjoyed it as an adult. If you like history, fantasy, sci fi, and action this book is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't like the lack of cooperation between any of the characters, no explanations about the aspects of this strange world. Found myself not caring about either of the two main characters and couldn't believe how they could be incompatible. Forced myself to finish this one. I doubt that I'll try any other books in this series.
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Enchantress More than 1 year ago
Colleen Gleason does it again!  When I saw that she had released a steampunk inspired YA novel featuring characters named Stoker and Holmes I knew I needed to read it and I didn't regret it. Oh yes you read those names correctly, and YES they are related to the characters you are thinking about. Although it is a YA premise there are plenty of little gems scattered through out that fans of Gleason's previous work will definitely appreciate. From a nod to the Gardella history and a whimsical little quip from the young Miss Stoker to Bram that perhaps vampire hunting should be left to her opposite (an old man ..... Van Helsing .... Genius!) there was plenty in this that kept me turning the pages. There is a LOT to take in, murder, vampires, Egyptian history and even some time travel. Add to that a new twist on some familiar faces and this was definitely a hit. I cannot wait to read further adventures of this feisty little pair! A little suspension of belief may be suggested due to the way that the female characters are portrayed versus what they could probably have gotten away with in that age but the strong female theme is one of the things that Colleen does best and let's be honest .... when you throw in everything else if a touch of mismatched history is all you can find to point out ... that says it all!! V""V
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Takes place in 1890s? England, with daughter of Bram Stoker and niece of Sherlock Holmes as protagonists. Not fond of jumping from one character's POV to another - gets confusing sometimes.
EE More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Easy to read, interesting, twists & turns to keep you engaged & at the end you looked forward to the next book.
chbrown21 More than 1 year ago
The premise is good but you never develop much liking for these two whiney young women. Plot is predictable. Maybe the next book will have more substance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago