The Blonde Bookworm: Grigory's Gadget by E.A. Hennessy - Review

Grigory's Gadget by E.A. Hennessy - Review

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Title: Grigory’s Gadget (Book 1 of the Gaslight Frontier Series)
Author: E.A. Hennessy
Publication: March 12th, 2016 by Emerald Owl Publications
Pages: 346
ISBN: 0997194324


Lodninsk, Morozhia is a frozen, industrial wasteland. Isolated by steep mountains and ruled by an authoritarian government, it isn’t anyone’s idea of home-sweet-home.

Zoya and her friends Demyan, Lilia, Anya, and Nikolai decide to leave their freezing home to start a new life. They set their sights on the tropical paradise of Mirgorod, Vernulaia, where they can study at its prestigious university while taking in the sun and sand…but nothing ever goes so smoothly.

When pirates attack their passenger ship, the friends are shanghaied and forced to be part of their crew. What’s more, the pirates have a particular interest in Zoya’s family heirloom: a small gadget of compacted wires and gears. Unsure what power the gadget holds, Zoya knows she must protect it with her life.

Trapped with pirates, caught in the struggle for the mysterious gadget, will Zoya and her friends be able to make it safely to their new home?


So this was a first for me. I’ve never really read a “steam-punk” novel before… (gasp at your computer, its ok). With that being said, it was a little dark, rusty feeling, and dirty. And from what I understand, it hit the steam-punk nail on the head! The main characters showed a wide range of personalities and fit together well. The writing was clear and descriptive, and the story line was easy to follow.

Grigory’s Gadget had me on the edge of my seat from the beginning, and I never knew what would happen next. Hennessy even keeps you guessing about the gadget until the last half of the book! I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but don’t get too hooked to any one character because things change quickly!

Overall, Hennessy wrote a thrilling and creative novel and I look forward to reading the remaining books in the series. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend!

*Rating 3.5/5


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