Book Review: Supernatural Devices (A Steampunk Scarlett Novel: Book 1)

First, I have an confession.

As a reader, I finish almost every book I start.  I think it’s because I’m an author and I know what it takes to write, edit and put a book out into the world.  I feel like I owe it to any author to finish their book.  At the minimum, I will slide through my Kindle and skip to bits that seem interesting.  It’s super rare that I won’t finish a book.

This is especially the case if I pay for a book, and even more so when I intend to read that book as research for a manuscript.  Guys, I finally hit a book I couldn’t read another page of.  Now, I should have been warned – the reviews weren’t exactly inspiring for Supernatural Devices: A Steampunk Scarlett novel.  For the 20% or so I’ve read of the book, I have yet to run across a single steampunk element, but have met – wait for it – Sherlock Holmes!  Of course he would trust a case to a teenage girl.  Of course he would call her back from her parents in Egypt (unescorted).  Why wouldn’t he?  And why wouldn’t this young woman have thoughts like this: After all, she knew she was beautiful, with an athletic figure and high cheek bones that could hardly be called anything else.”  My level of acceptance for a straight Mary Sue insert reached it’s maximum capacity at the introduction of who I could only assume was the love interest, a young chap who came off as practically too attractive to even gaze upon and, of course, kind of a jerk

Sadly, Ms. Gow, I could not go further.

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Guys, I tried. I really did. And getting past this cover was one of the more difficult things. #DNF

For anyone who did finish, what did I miss?  Did some steampunk elements ever show up?

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