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The Carnelian Crow: A Stoker & Holmes Book (4) (Stoker and Holmes Books) Paperback – July 11, 2017
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"Gleason has vamped up the familiar world of Holmes and Watson...to paranormally exhilarating effect." -- The New York Times
The girls are back! Evaline Stoker (sister of Bram) and Mina Holmes (niece of Sherlock) return in the fourth volume of the steampunk adventure series set in an alternate Victorian London.
Ever since the debacle of the Chess Queen Enigma, Mina Holmes and Evaline Stoker have laid low, trying to settle back into their quiet lives as young ladies of London. But the Holmesian deductive abilities won't remain dormant for long, and when Mina receives a strange package from a winged, midnight visitor, she is catapulted into a new, dangerous adventure: the search for The Carnelian Crow.
Meanwhile, Evaline has received some very disturbing news--news that will change her life forever. Along with that unpleasant knowledge is the strange disappearance of her nemesis, the disreputable pickpocket Pix.
When it becomes clear the arch-villainess the Ankh has made her next move, it will take all of Mina's Holmesian ingenuity and Evaline's courage and determination to stop the criminal from executing her boldest and most dangerous plan yet!
PRAISE FOR STOKER & HOLMES
"This book has it all...the vivid setting and the finely drawn, compelling heorines make this a fine choice for reaaders who like their stories with steampunk spice and smart, strong women." -- School Library Journal
"There's lots of fun to be had from this odd-couple investigative team's snarky banter, the well-imagined setting's steampunk details, and Gleason's flashes of satiric humor." --The Horn Book
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- Publisher : Avid Press (July 11, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 282 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1944665390
- ISBN-13 : 978-1944665395
- Reading age : 13 - 18 years
- Item Weight : 10 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.64 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #332,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is another splendidly imaginative novel, geared for young adults but more than entertaining for adults as well. The author has crafted her protagonists, and their adversaries, carefully, so their interactions cruise through the story like a fish through cool water or a kite through the air.
The plotlines twine around each other and tighten, spiralling to the end in gorgeous fantasy until they finally meet and create a dynamic force that end the book - but leaves a door open for additional exploration of their world.
In this book, the two girls are forced, however, to realize they will have to assume adult roles inside society. Now these two unconventional women do that creates a question that needs answered, and that is the challenge that remains.
This was one of my highly anticipated books of 2017, the fourth book following the adventures, the mysteries, and even the romances of Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes. Full of wit and many surprises, The Carnelian Crow DID NOT disappoint!
The girls are back and they are smarter and sassier than ever. Mina really grew on me in this novel and I think she really outshone Evaline. Their friendship and “working” relationship really blossoms here, making for a great team.
There are several new characters to flesh out existing stories, and to travel down new paths, as well as more mischief and mayhem for many previous characters.
I enjoyed the world building and the imagery in this novel. The cool descriptions of the gadgets (I especially liked Lady Thistle’s dress shop and the automated mannequins) and the descriptions of the winter scenes at Vauxhall Gardens / the Yule ball were really special. The scene watching the Christmas light show was a favorite. I want to go to a spectacular like that!
The development of the relationship between Mina and Grayling was really nice. There was a slow build up and a sweet tension. They were actually very funny together, and I really enjoyed that. Since I can’t have the unrated version, I thought it was totally appropriate for the target audience (and as the mother of a13 year old, I approve.)
There was A LOT of information in this book. I’ve obviously read the three previous novels, so the insight and information on the previous books were definitely welcome, and I felt all that previous plot and character info was worked seamlessly into the telling of the story, the overall plot definitely moved along at a good swift pace, I was never bored. But, and I’ve said this before in my reviews, this really is a series that is best read in sequential order to fully appreciate the complex intricacies of the mysteries involved.
The Carnelian Crow is another fantastic addition to the Stoker & Holmes series. It ends on a cliffhanger (but I love those, and the books in this series always end with a whopper). And what a gorgeous cover!
Books in this series, in order:
The Clockwork Scarab
The Spiritglass Charade
The Chess Queen Enigma
The Carnelian Crow
While there was still plenty of action, I thought this book focused more on the girls' relationships with the men in their lives. Mina and Inspector Grayling started working more as a team, and the attraction between those two just keeps getting stronger! Unfortunately, Evaline had some tough choices to make, since her family was pushing her to choose a husband. She knows having a husband will seriously curtail her vampire hunting, so she'd just rather not get married, even if the leading candidate is rather handsome and rich. And with Pix missing, her heart is rather confused by the whole process.
I also like that there was more actual detecting involved in following the clues to find out who or what the Carnelian Crow was. Since the girls were more on their own this time around, it really showed off their detecting skills and their abilities to get out of a jam.
There were a lot of surprises at the very end, and the resolution was really only postponed, so I'm looking forward to the next book to wrap everything up.
Mina's love life (if you can call it that) is complicated she is still broken hearted over the fact that Dylan has to go back to his own time. The only thing that is keeping her mind off of Dylan is Inspector Ambrose Grayling who is trying to show her how he really feels about Mina. Mina never lets anyone no matter what they whether she is not ladylike, too intelligent she won't change who she is.