Monday, September 1, 2014

Review: The Girl and The Clockwork Cat by Nikki McCormack

Feisty teenage thief Maeko and her maybe-more-than-friend Chaff have scraped out an existence in Victorian London’s gritty streets, but after a near-disastrous heist leads her to a mysterious clockwork cat and two dead bodies, she’s thrust into a murder mystery that may cost her everything she holds dear.

Her only allies are Chaff, the cat, and Ash, the son of the only murder suspect, who offers her enough money to finally get off the streets if she’ll help him find the real killer. 

What starts as a simple search ultimately reveals a conspiracy stretching across the entire city. And as Maeko and Chaff discover feelings for each other neither was prepared to admit, she’s forced to choose whether she’ll stay with him or finally escape the life of a street rat. But with danger closing in around them, the only way any of them will get out of this alive is if all of them work together.

Rating: 3 stars

When I first read the synopsis, I thought that the cat's name was Chaff and both Maeko and Chaff the "cat" want to explore their feelings for one another. Obviously, that is not the case. This is a YA book, but not in the way other books are. This doesn't focus on Maeko or her troubled home life, although she does go to get help from someone who she would never want to see again, but it does focus on the brutal murder and disappearance of Mr. Folesworth and his wife and daughter and Captain Garret as the suspect. 

It was an ok book as far as a YA book goes, but it was a good mystery book. I thought it might be the next big standalone book because it deals with the Steampunk time period in London which is an interesting time to consider. And it has a cute cat on the front!! But it wasn't all I thought it would be. Maeko, the main character, has two boys vying for her attention. Ash, the murder suspects son, and Chaff, the only person who cared for her and taught her how to survive on the streets. I wished she would've choose one in the end, but no such luck. Everyone loves a good love triangle!!