Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl

Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl

by Leigh Statham

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Overview


Lady Marguerite lives a life most 17th-century French girls can only dream of: money, designer dresses, suitors, and a secure future. Except she can’t quite commit to a life of dull luxury and she suspects she may be falling for her best friend Claude, a common smithy in the family's steam forge. When Claude leaves for New France in search of a better life, Marguerite decides to follow him and test her suspicions of love—only the trip proves to be more harrowing than she anticipated. Love, adventure, and restitution await her if she can survive the voyage.

Based on the true story of The Daughters of the King, Louis the XIV’s social program to settle the wilds of Canada with women of noble birth, Marguerite’s steampunk adventure follows in the footsteps of nearly one thousand brave women and girls who were rewarded handsomely for trekking across the pirate infested Atlantic to a strange land.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692337349
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC
Publication date: 03/17/2015
Pages: 297
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author


Leigh Statham has had many jobs including being a waitress, a math teacher, a nurse, an art director, and a thirty-foot inflatable pig and mule wrangler. She was raised in the wilds of rural Idaho, but found her heart in New York City. She lives in North Carolina.

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Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Bookaholic_Banter More than 1 year ago
This was an imaginative story. It kept me interested enough to keep reading. However there wasn't anything so intriguing that I couldn't put it down or read in one sitting. When I first started reading the story I felt a little bored. The story quickly took offf when Lady Marguerite boards the aership. This was where most of the action and adventure took place during the story. At times in the story Lady Marguerite is a loving, caring, strong, and independent woman who doesn't like to be told what to do and puts others first. However sometimes during the story she could turn a little whiny and acted a little entitled because of her upbringing. It was easy to connect with the first side of Lady Marguerite. She set an example for other women showing them that they did not have to settle for what society says you should be or do. She showed other women how if you really want something all you have to do is go out there and work for it and it can be yours. There wasn't too much worldbuilding in the book. I would have liked a little bit more of that. It was hard to escape into the story at times because I felt like I couldn't really see what the world looked like. I would have liked to see a little more vivid detail. Also on the aership, when the pirates came I would have liked to see a scene with them fighting off the pirates. It was a little hard to believe the ship was under attack when that wasn't shown too much. The element of romance wasn't overpowering in the story. It was there but it didn't take over the whole story which I loved. Often times books focus on the element so much that it tends to take over the whole story. It was subtly there. It didn't take over the story and we knew it was there without it having to be talked about on every page. Kudos on the romance! There was a bit of something missing for me in this story. It might have been the transitioning from scenes. Sometimes I felt like it jumped into another scene a little abruptly rather than smoothly. Overall, I did enjoy reading this story. It is a fictional story that empowers women. It shows how we can be unstoppable and how when we really want something we can be strong and go for it! It was an interesting and fun, quick read.
naturalbri More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: This book was absolutely brilliant. As we know by now, I am a huge fan of steampunk. I love all of it, and this book has everything. From the first page, upon meeting Marguerite, I was in love, especially in love with her little steampunk cricket! She showed a curiosity, eagerness to accept new things and the determination to create a life she loved. Though Marguerite is well off, she goes against the grain of her station, by being interested in the work of her friend Claude. She loves his inventions, and carries the little mechanical cricket he made her,  everywhere. She also loves the thought of introducing mechanical bots into the household. Though her ball includes lots of mechanics, which is unheard of in New France, and many lovely treats and beautiful items, all of the latest fashion, it is not the world Marguerite wants. She wants a few things, to explore and find a life she suits and to stay with Claude. When Claude announces that he is going to join the Royal Corp of Engineers, to better his career, Marguerite is devastated and instantly begins to think of ways to keep them together. Soon, she realises she can't keep Claude there, but she can begin her own adventure, and follow him. From there, our steampunk world explodes with adventures, mishaps, love and more. With a blend of pirates, class wars, mechanical wonders and Marguerite battling to stay on top of all the problems, we find ourselves thrust into a fast-paced story. I love that the story starts out a tad slow, giving us a few chapters of details. It really builds the world, gives us background and we get to know our main characters and a major secondary character. Then the pace is quickened, allowing us to feel the excitement, fear, anger, indecision and pride that flow through the different points in the story. The emotion is written very well and really made me connect with Marguerite. I truly felt she was strong female, one who was keen to learn and dive right in to save those she cares about, even if the danger could bring horrible consequences. The steampunk nature of the book was carried well throughout. Unlike some stories, this book really kept the steampunk nature involved throughout the entire read. Everywhere we turned, we were 'seeing' mechanical devices that really built the wonder of this story. Overall, I think this is one of the best books I have read this year. It written very well, flows nicely, has an excellent, action-packed pace and the characters are brilliant. I highly recommend checking out this book if you are YA, steampunk or fantasy lover or if you just want to try the world of steampunk. This one will make you love the steampunk world as much as I do!
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl' is a young adult novel that effortlessly blends several genres together to tell the story of Marguerite - an upper class French debutante who has the kind of life that other girls can only dream of. Marguerite is the main character in the book. For a large portion of the book, she is spoiled, haughty, and doesn't do what she's told. Marguerite does have redeeming qualities too - she's intelligent, loves her father and her friends, and is definitely a free spirit with a bit of a wild streak. Her father is throwing her an official "coming out" ball so she can be formally introduced into society and begin looking at rich young men as possible husbands. Only Marguerite doesn't want it - the ball, the snotty families with their sons - who all have some sort of fault, and being paraded around like a prize animal by her father. That night, her best friend since childhood - Claude - tells her that his military orders have changed and he has to leave in the morning. Marguerite is heartbroken at the thought of losing Claude and (not surprisingly) she realizes that she's in love with him. He (of course) loves her too, but isn't good enough for her and nobody would allow them to be together. Marguerite has a huge fight with her father, which ends with him sending her away to a school for women like her. She wants nothing to do with this lifestyle and only wants to be with Claude. So (naturally), she hops on a ship and follows him to New France, so they can finally be together. The journey proves to be much harder than she expected, both physically and emotionally, but if she can make it to New France and Claude - she can finally be free. As you can probably tell from my summary of the book, I found the plot to be rather mediocre and not very original. It's basically the story of two people in love, who are from completely different ways of life (the whole star-crossed lover thing), and the journey and obstacles they must overcome to be together. This type of story has been told a million times in a million different ways. This is no different - it's the same plot only it's been altered to the author's taste. I'm not saying that this is a bad thing - everyone loves reading about the star-crossed lovers, including me. I'm just pointing out that I thought the plot was pretty obvious and is one that has been written so many times that it gets lost among the others just like it. The writing was well done and had a natural flow. For some reason - and this is all on me and has nothing to do with the author or the writing itself - I just couldn't lose myself in the book. Usually I'm able to slip inside the world the author has created and completely immerse myself in it. That just didn't happen with this one. I can't pinpoint any specific reasons or issues I had - the writing just didn't grab me at the beginning. Marguerite was an interesting main character for the book. She's defiant, a bit wild and reckless, but also caring, smart, and a loving daughter and friend. I was able to identify and empathize with her character throughout the book. She takes a lot of risks and faces tons of danger when she decides to follow Claude to New France. She basically leaves her entire life - which is a nice posh one - in order to follow her heart and to be with the guy she loves. I have to admit that I'm a romantic at heart and I always love these types of stories; where one person risks everything to be with the one they love. I'm a sucker for it every time - and this was no different. I loved watching Marguerite and Claude's relationship grow - from being childhood friends and then falling in love with one another. It might have been a bit cliched, but I liked it anyway. The last thing I want to talk about concerning this book is the world the author created. This is one component of the story that blew me away completely. The story takes place in an alternate history - one filled with awesome steampunk gadgets and inventions. I don't often have the chance to read steampunk fiction, so I ate this up. The author did a magnificent job building this world and incorporating all the different aspects of both history and steampunk. I loved reading anything and everything about Marguerite's world - it all captivated me. There's such detailed descriptions of things - especially the steampunk inventions like the bots, Marguerite's cricket toy, and the aerships - to name a few. I felt like I could see these contraptions right in front of me as if I were there. Steampunk in general has always fascinated me and this book was full of it. Needless to say, I loved learning about everything that had to do with it - from the small things to the bigger and more impressive ones. Learning how they worked, what they looked like, and any other details about the devices had me truly enthralled. Honestly, it's because of this amazing world and the intense attention to detail that kept me reading this book. None of the other aspects seemed to grab my attention like the steampunk world blazing in front of me in all of it's shining glory. I feel like I'm not describing it right or using the right words to capture it, but I'm doing the best I can. It left me speechless and filled with wonder. Overall, this was a good book with a plot that was mediocre and a bit tired - but the writing and world building brought it back and gave it the spark I needed to stay interested. Recommended for fans of fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, and those who enjoy steampunk. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
hpgirl2008 More than 1 year ago
The title of this book just gives me chills - I don't know why - but it is clear from the title and cover image that when you open this book it will not be your ordinary Victorian journey. And it isn't. What we get is a fantastical journey into the world of steampunk which is a fairly recent genre involving bots and Victoriana and imagination. This book is different from the beginning though because it is NOT set in Victorian England, but in France. So that sets it apart and I love that you can read the book and actually hear the accents in your head as they are speaking. We get a chance to meet Marguerite, a girl who seemingly has everything - she is wealthy, privileged, has her own "maid-bot", and has the absolute best of everything including clothing and education. She is extremely smart but in the beginning we see her as this "model" of girls during that period - she conforms but wants to break free and be herself. When I first started reading I saw her as a very shallow girl and then watched her grow into this strong and independent woman by the end of the book. Fantastic characterization from the author as you really get to KNOW the characters and almost build a relationship with them. Madame Pomphart is actually a hilarious character in my mind - and she reminds me a lot of the teachers in Jane Eyre. She is mean and it is hard to figure out whether she dislikes the lifestyle Marguerite lives; Marguerite herself; or is coming from a place of jealousy. Marguerite is fairly naive about the larger world and she decides to follow the man she believes to be the love of her life Claude into that world. But what comes next throws Marguerite into a whole new landscape of reality, fear and ultimately becoming an adult. The title comes into play when she leaves because she seems like the normal rich girl but underneath she is something different - and that something will allow her to face the realities of the big world she has never seen and overcome her flaws to become the lady inside. After reading this I REALLY want an Outil maid-bot of my own :) The whole book is filled with the backdrop of the steampunk theme - automation, bots, innovation and more. I had to laugh at the "automated koi". It is something that seems like a dream world, but in reality is it something we would really want? And I guess that is part of the question that Marguerite must ask herself and find the answer to. Very intriguing novel, and definitely a steampunk staple if you are into that genre!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review Steampunk, adventure, romance-- all can be found in The Perilous Journey of the not-so-Innocuous Girl. This is one of those rare novels that blends a fun plot with great characters, making for a wonderful read. I was entirely too grumpy when forced to put it down, and yes- I did read it in just a few hours. Marguerite- what can I say about her? She was the type of female protag I love: smart, too sassy for her own good, and courageous. Marguerite knew she wouldn't be happy with the life being forced upon her. It takes great courage to take a chance on a new life- even if she did do it originally to be with Claude. No one could ever accuse her of taking the easy way out of anything. I liked Claude, he seemed like a great childhood friend, but there were no sparks between the two characters. Now Jacques, on the other hand, seemed to set Marguerite's heart racing-- both in outrage and attraction. I loved the steampunk aspect of this novel-- so many fun inventions, bots, machines-- and everything was described in such a way that it was easy to picture in the minds eye. The story unfolded at a great pace, in fact there was only one lull that occurred toward the middle when Marguerite first boarded the aership. There wasn't a whole lot of romance in the story, but what was there was rather sweet. Lots of action- did I mention that Marguerite was a woman of action. As the book progressed I became more and more impressed with her. The Perilous Journey of the not-so-Innocuous Girl is great for fans of nonstop action and adventure. Vivid imagery, great characters, and a fun plot made it one of the better books I've read this year.
Kristen_Noel More than 1 year ago
  I've only recently discovered Steampunk, and every story that I read in this genre makes me love it even more. The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl was such an adventure! This book is rich in so many things and lacking absolutely nothing.   The characters are what really made this story for me, though. Statham does such an excellent job at portraying everyone as their own individual person with real growth. Marguerite was simply perfect. I love learning about her and connecting to her. How I wish I could read another one of her adventures! I felt such a range of emotions when it came to her, but in the end, I adored her.   The secondary characters shined as well. There was the perfect balance with them. I was never too bogged down by their presence, but they were there enough for me to love them as well! I especially had a soft spot for Claude!   The Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl is such a thrilling adventure. With Marguerite's growth and development, the title has a double meaning with so much promise. My only downfall with this book is the blurb. The cover is outstandingly beautiful, as is the story inside of it. I only wish the blurb were just as amazing for potential readers. But take my word for it; you want to read this book! **I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.