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Publisher's Summary

A girl with a clockwork heart makes every second count.

When Penny Farthing nearly died, the brilliant surgeon Calvin Warwick managed to implant a brass "Ticker," transforming her into "the first of the Augmented!" But soon it was discovered that Warwick kidnapped and killed dozens of people striving to perfect another Ticker for Penny.
The last day of Warwick's trial, the Farthing factory is bombed, Warwick disappears, and Penny and her brother, Nic, receive a ransom demand for all of their Augmentation notes if they want to see their parents again. Who is trying to stop their work? Or to control it? Or is the motive more sinister?

Determined to solve the mystery and reunite their family, the Farthings recruit their closest friends: fiery baker Violet Nesselrode and gentleman-about-town Sebastian Stirling. Unexpectedly leading the charge is Marcus Kingsley, the 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.
©2014 Lisa Mantchev (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Susan on 07-03-15

Superb Narration, intriguing but unsatisfying plot

The narration was out of this world. Excellent ear candy.

The story - was interesting, intriguing - but the idea of a 16 year old girl, her twin, and two similarly aged mates and a very slightly older "commander in chief" being the agents of the story was just a bit hard to swallow. Then again I have lived with teenagers far more recently than I've been one myself, so if I were 13 or so, I'd naturally think it was totally natural that these characters were barely out of the childhood yet have the suave sophistication of the 1960s era James Bond Riviera set. I couldn't personally relate to the people in the story, but other than that it was good, and was enjoyable. I would give the overall rating at 3 stars *personally* but it would be unfair I think to the general impression of the quality overall if I did that.

So 4 generous overall stars, and 5 stingy stars for the performance quality. Think of it as 5 stars + a few more for the performance. Fiona Hardingham turned an otherwise not-quite-satisfying book into a fantastic listen.

I do have the ebook, and read a few pages in print in the middle of the story, however my take is that this is a book far better as an Audible experience than as a quiet read curled up in a sunny window somewhere. Go straight to the Audio book if you have any interest. Its really a great listen even if the ability to 'believe' in the characters was impaired for me. It was very tightly written, lovely word play and moved at a fast pace.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Kimberly on 05-12-15

Good. Not great.

Worth the listen. Interesting, original story. A fair amount of action my biggest issue was following the story properly. There are quite a few characters and it moves fast. The reader did an excellent job though.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 01-11-15


I love the book. Every evening I listened it was very cheesy with Marcus and penny pretending they didn't love each other.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Christine on 12-25-14

From young adult to old adult!

Supposedly for 12 year olds (and i'm guessing they would love it), I enjoyed this tale immensely, and I'm in my 40's. I bought it because I love Steam Punk and the premise looked intriguing. The story is fast paced, like most young adult tales, but still has enough depth for me to find it interesting.

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