Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Legacy of the Clockwork Key Blog Tour: Review of Legacy of the Clockwork Key (Secret Order of Amusementists #1) by Kristin Bailey + GIVEAWAY

This is my tour stop for the Legacy of the Clockwork Key blog tour, which I'm super excited to be a part of! Here's a little about the book, and then my review!

Goodreads rating: 3.76
Ebook, 403 pages
Publication: March 5th by Simon Pulse

A teen girl unravels the mysteries of a secret society and their most dangerous invention in this adventure-swept romance set in Victorian London.

When a fire consumes Meg’s home, killing her parents and destroying both her fortune and her future, all she has left is the tarnished pocket watch she rescued from the ashes. But this is no ordinary timepiece. The clock turns out to be a mechanical key—a key that only Meg can use—that unlocks a series of deadly secrets and intricate clues that Meg is compelled to follow.

Meg has uncovered evidence of an elite secret society and a dangerous invention that some will stop at nothing to protect—and that Meg alone can destroy. Together with the handsome stable hand she barely knows but hopes she can trust, Meg is swept into a hidden world of deception, betrayal, and revenge. The clockwork key has unlocked her destiny in this captivating start to a trilogy. 

As much as I thought steampunk was going to be the next big thing in YA, it turned out that it didn't shoot off as quick as I imagined. Which was why I was really excited to read this book. This is the story of Meg, who's been sent to live at her parent's friend's house as a maid after her house went up in flames, killing both of her parents. his created the dynamic of Meg's original character. At first, Meg is really angry about the fact that she has to do things that are below her station. But if she doesn't, then she'll be turned out and has nowhere to go. But Meg now has this pocket watch that she found closed within her dead father's hand. Turns out, it's not really a clock, but a key that opens up this secret world, which she first discovers in the home she's a maid in. She finds the etchings on the key in another part of the house, where she finds a secret room. It turns out the caretaker was right: the master is always watching. I thought it was pretty stupid sometimes how Meg was acting, because she was dragging people into her problems, but she had to learn that not everything is about her, and it was right that she follow what the key was telling her. The timepiece also brings her closer to Will. And the timepiece isn't the only key.

The romance was sweet. At first, it's obvious that Will isn't really interested in Meg. He can tell that she's been bread to think that she's better than those ranked lower than her, and that include Will. He's just a simple stable-hand, but he has the master's favor and doesn't get in trouble when Meg is caught sneaking into his stable. The master assumes the worst (basically that she's been sleeping with Will), and so she's turned out. But as soon as she leaves, she gets shot at, and who comes to her rescue? Will, of course! Will seems to not think of Meg in the best light at first, but he does help her despite the fact that what she's doing is a little crazy and a lot dangerous. But when Meg finds out that someone she loves is actually alive when she thought thy were dead, she knows she can't stop. And Will is just along for the ride. Eventually Will is able to admit that he feels something for her, though Meg seems to be falling for Will way before he did. They just go through so much together that they end up being drawn together. I'm really excited to see where their relationship goes, especially since it was so sweet by the end.

Over the course of the book, we also get to meet Lucinda and Oliver. Lucinda is the widow of one of the men that belonged to the society that Meg uncovered, and his letter brought Meg to Lucinda to see i sh could find out more about the society and her loved-one she recently found out was alive. But Lucinda is still distraught over her husband's death a couple years before, and while she's willing to tell Meg what she can, she doesn't feel like she can leave the store her and her husband used to live above and where she still resides. But eventually Lucinda is drawn out with Meg and Will, and they eventually meet Oliver. Lucinda and Oliver have a bit of history, and I think watching those two made Meg and Will realize how much they needed each other. Not that Meg really needed any condition. But not everyone is who they seem... There were so  many little adventures in this book, and so many animatrons! There really was a great steampunk aspect to this story, and I so can't wait to see what happens next!

About the author:

Kristin Bailey grew up in the middle of the San Joaquin Valley in California. As a kid she enjoyed visiting the beach, camping and skiing with her two brothers.
Now she is a military wife and mother of two young children. She is also terrible about spoiling her pets. She has one fluffy mutt, two cats who think they own the world, and a fish tank with a quartet of fat fish, and two secretive striped ninja-assassin snails.
In the course of her adventures, she has worked as a zookeeper, balloon artist, and substitute teacher. Now she enjoys writing books for teens who enjoy mystery and adventure as much as she does.


  1. I have been eying this one for a while. Thanks for the giveaway!


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