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