Series: Stoker & Holmes
Published by Chronicle Books on 9/17/2013
Genres: fantasy, Historical, Young Adult
Length: 8 hours and 25 minutes
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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. And when two society girls go 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 murder with only one clue: a strange Egyptian scarab. The stakes are high. If Stoker and Holmes don’t unravel why the belles of London society are in such danger, they’ll become the next victims.
Clockwork Scarab is such a fun novel. I love that we get dual points of view.
Mina is very much like her Uncle Sherlock. She has to have reasonable answers to everything that happens. If logic doesn’t fit she finds a way to make the information understandable. Evaline is the next vampire hunter in her family, and she wants to prove that she’s capable of it. Seeing these two together is comical. Evaline has all the street smarts and Mina is very much the book sort. Their ideas on how to handle situations usually clashes, and causes many arguments.
I loved the differing opinions between these two. They definitely learn how to combine their knowledge to work together in thsi book. There are many action scenes, and trying to figure out who is behind the abducions is maddening for these ladies. They definitely push the boundaries that women in this era had. I loved seeing them do things that most wouldn’t think possible for girls of their age, or station.
The narrator did a fabulous job of separating the two voices. Each was their own character, and I was never confused as to who was speaking. A great book for middle grade and YA readers. It’s fun and engaging.