Friday, January 2, 2015

Review: Ticker by Lisa Mantchev

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My rating: 3/5 stars
Original language:  English
Series: -
Genre: Young Adult, Steampunk, Science-Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Death
Published: December 1st 2014 by Skyscape
Pages: 273 (paperback)
Source: I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review


A girl with a clockwork heart must make every second count.

When Penny Farthing nearly dies, brilliant surgeon Calvin Warwick manages to implant a brass “Ticker” in her chest, transforming her into the first of the Augmented. But soon it’s discovered that Warwick killed dozens of people as he strove to perfect another improved Ticker for Penny, and he’s put on trial for mass murder. 

On the last day of Warwick’s trial, the Farthings’ factory is bombed, Penny’s parents disappear, and Penny and her brother, Nic, receive a ransom note demanding all of their Augmentation research if they want to see their parents again. Is someone trying to destroy the Farthings...or is the motive more sinister?

Desperate to reunite their family and rescue their research, Penny and her brother recruit fiery baker Violet Nesselrode, gentleman-about-town Sebastian Stirling, and Marcus Kingsley, a young army general who has his own reasons for wanting to lift the veil between this world and the next. Wagers are placed, friends are lost, romance stages an ambush, and time is running out for the girl with the clockwork heart.
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My Thoughts

This book started out really good and it ended really good but the middle was... I don't know? A bit weird... So, anyway, the book started with the sentence: A girl with a clockwork heart shouldn't be running late, but I was. It was a positive surprise for me, because, as always, I didn't really read the blurb. I just knew it was steampunk and that kind of was enough. I started reading it and I was honestly happy it wasn't just about weirdly shaped revolvers and airships (It was also about weirdly shaped revolvers and airships) but about a girl with a clockwork heart and therefore about health issues as well. Penny has already lost two sisters and had almost died herself, still she is as sassy as can be. She doesn't think about her actions once and her decisions are often made by instinct, which is in my opinion wrong, if your parents are kidnapped and someone is blackmailing you... I don't understand Penny at all, even though the story is told in 1st person singular, her own point of view. The good thing about it was that she was pretty sarcastic about everything and so am I. 

There was a lot of dialogue in this book, pretty good dialogue. It was what made the story fluent and enthralling (So much I was tempted to skip the rest). The rest meaning, well, all of the names and inventions, most of which weren't really necessary for the story. 

The romance in Ticker was a bit unsatisfying. They met and there was this huge spark - How else could you fall in love with someone you've only known for two days? And then there was a whole lot of arguing and pushing the other one away for such a short time. 

The characters in this story were really mixed: Violet, for example, was a typical badass with a good heart and a strong will. But I liked Warwick, because he wasn't exactly evil. He just did what he thought was right and he tried to help and get over his own loss. I think he was just misunderstood and above all left alone with his grief, something that shouldn't be done to anyone who lost a beloved. All the other characters had their friends and family to mourn with.

All in all I'm not sure, whether I would recommend this book. It definitely has it's good sides, but the bad sides are also undeniable.

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