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Steampunk YA Review: A Lady of Resources by Shelley Adina

A Lady of Resources by Shelley Adina (Magnificent Devices #5)


Synopsis from Goodreads
You can choose your friends, but you cannot choose your family … or can you?

Now sixteen, the twins Lizzie and Maggie are educated young ladies who have not been called “the Mopsies” in years … except by their guardian, Lady Claire Trevelyan. With the happy prospect of choosing their own future, the girls can leave their dodgy past behind, and Lizzie can bury her deepest childhood memories where they can do no harm. Upon her graduation from school, Lizzie is awarded an enormous honor—but can she pay the price? Is she ready to be separated from Maggie and become the woman she believes she was meant to be—or will old habits tempt her into defiance and plunge her into disaster?

On a dare, Lizzie picks the wrong man's pocket and nearly loses her life. But these frightening events bear unexpected fruit: The dream Lizzie holds closest to her heart comes true in a most unexpected way. But this dream, too, comes with a price. Lizzie must decide whether her true family is the one she was born to … or the one she chose that long-ago day when the Lady of Devices steamed into their lives …

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I remember really enjoying The Mopsies in the previous books of the series, so when I heard that A Lady of Resources was out I grabbed it pretty fast. And it was fun to read. Boisterous, action-driven and light fun.

Claire was still mentioned here, but the limelight was on Lizzie - one of the orphaned twins Lady Trevelyan adopted. Lizzie was all of sixteen, practically a grown girl, ready for her coming out and choosing her own path different from Claire's passions of a scientist and an inventor.

I could understand Lizzie and her desire to belong, but at the same time, after the grand adventures she lived through, her dreams of going to a finishing school in Switzerland and finding a husband were...well, trivial. Maggie and Claire certainly seemed to think so too.

It was hard to read about  this growing divide between them, but have no fear, my dear reader! The splendid villain whom Lizzie accidentally uncovers and whose evil plot endangers the whole Britain will put that girl on the right track and reunite her with her family. Fancy that.

A nice read, great for younger teens who loved Untimed and Etiquette & Espionage

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Милый такой стимпанк для подросткового возраста, лёгкий, веслый и задористый, а также полный приключений.

Я с удовольствием читаю эту серию, и когда узнала, что автор переключилась с главной героини Клэр Тревельян на её удочерённых близняшек Лиззи и Мэгги в новой книге, то сразу же ухватилась за неё по как только эта история вышла в свет.

Леди Ресурсов рассказывает в основном о Лиззи, которой исполняется шестнадцать лет. В отличие от Мэгги, уверенной в том, что она хочет делать в своей жизни, Лиззи важно традиционное для женщин признание и уважение окружающих. Она стыдится своего прошлого на улицах Лондона и хочет закончить школу манер в Швейцарии и удачно выйти замуж - мечта настолько тривиальная, что ни Мэгги ни сама леди Клэр её не понимают.

Однако спокойная жизнь, как оказывается, Лиззи не светит, так как в силу своего любопытства она случайно открывает замыслы злодея, грозящего основам Британской империи. Теперь от неё и Мэгги зависит судьба государства, множество жизней и на всё про всё им дан всего лишь один день. Готовьтесь к приключениям, от которых придут в восторг фанаты Энди Гевина и Гейл Кэрриджер. Хорошо книга подходит для подростков, интересующихся жанром стимпанка.


Blodeuedd said...

I guess the steampunk ladies really wanted to wear lots of makeup

Victoria S said...

Blodeuedd, I was thinking the same thing... :)

I only read the first book, but I thought "the Mopsies" were very interesting characters.

Aurian said...

Sounds very good, adding it to my wishlist. or my stepdaughters wishlist.

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