Posts Tagged ‘Steampunk fiction’

I think I might have to move into the new library as it has only been opened three days and I have already been there two out of three. 

Today I attended the Gareth Ward writing workshop and found it very inspiring. His ideas on the writing structure were very useful. Lots of things to consider when writing and the keen writers in the room listened to his every word.

His Young Adult novel The Traitor and the Thief  (Walker Books) won the Storylines Tessa Duder Award and was a finalist in the 2018 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.


Caught picking pockets at Coxford’s Corn Market, 14-year-old Sin is offered a way out of his life of crime: join the Covert Operations Group (COG) and train to become a spy. At Lenheim Palace, he learns spy craft and is befriended by eccentric Zonda Chubb. After an assassination attempt on the founder of COG, they endeavour to unmask the traitor. Sin is then forced into an uneasy alliance with the school bully, Velvet Von Darque. But can he trust her? And will COG try to bury him with the secrets he discovers?


I’m very much looking forward to reading my signed copy of his book. If you ever get the chance to attend one of his writing sessions, I urge you to go for it. Well worth it.

Thanks to Turanga for making this possible. 


By Wendy Spinale

ISBN 9780545836944

Scholastic Press

“The only way to grow up is to survive”.


I love the idea of this book.

A deadly virus, steampunk, danger, and heaps of adventure.  Peter Pan and Captain Hook in a way you would never imagine. I love how some of our old traditional stories are being retold with robust Young Adult re-imaginings. 

The trailer is very brief but moody and enticing. I just want to dive right in and explore the landscape. The wonderful sepia tones of this trailer add such a strong sense of setting. 

Gwen Darling and her siblings have survived the bombs, a deadly virus outbreak, and an army of Marauders bent on abducting the war’s youngest victims. But when Captain Hook snatches her sister, Gwen will stop at nothing to get her back, even if means sacrificing her own life. In Everland, the only way to grow up is to survive.

 This is one to look out for. It is on my list! 

The clockwork scarab : a Stoker & Holmes novel
By Colleen Gleason

Stoker & Holmes
What a quirky idea to mix historical characters in a murder mystery.

“Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you’re the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood. And when two society girls go missing, there’s no one more qualified to investigate.”
The trailer is quirky too and I love the sound of the old fashioned typewriter tapping away in the background. It is of course 1889!
I think I may have to unsubscribe a few family members because I know they will want to get the e-book before I get my hands on the paperback and then they will have read it before me. Hmm!
If you check out the link above you can read an excerpt of the book. Great beginning and I love the language. It sounds so authentic.
It has a bit of everything with fantasy, mystery, steam punk and a bit of Egyptian mythology and I will definitely be looking out for this one – due this month!

Song of the slums

By Richard Harland

Astor is seventeen and finds herself trapped in the lowly role of governess after a riches to rags sequence of events. This is not the life she wants and with the help of a young man, Verrol, they escape into the smoggy slums of Brummingham.

Together Astor and Verrol play music and soon join a band named The Rowdies. The band is at the start of a whole new music style which is about to set the world on fire. However, danger lurks not far behind. The Swale’s from where Astor escaped, have their own agenda and are on her trail.
I haven’t read much in the way of steampunk but this mix of romance, music and steampunk has me very intrigued. I think this is going to offer something quite different from many YA books out there so do keep an eye out for it. Verrol’s steampunk guitar on the cover is gorgeous. I will be adding this novel to my list.