Title: “Ticker” Author: Lisa Mantchev
Steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, romance
Part of a Series:
Why I read it: I got it
discounted from Amazon and figured “Why not?”
Summary: In a Steampunk world,
Penny Farthing is still rare—she has a clockwork heart after suffering from a
genetic heart disease that took both her sisters, Cygna and Demetria. However,
it is a prototype that is breaking down and the doctor that installed it has
been kidnapping people off the street to experiment on, killing them. He was
caught and put on trial but the day his verdict is to be read, an explosion
creates chaos in the city. The Farthing family’s factory is the target and
Penny’s parents are kidnapped. Enter Marcus, who runs the city’s military.
Though he and Penny clash at first, they are soon forced to work together if
Penny wants her family and city to stay safe.
Review: I really liked this
book. It is well paced and moved quickly, which matches the storyline. The story
is told from Penny’s point of view, which makes it more intriguing. She is an
interesting character and not one to shy away from adventure. Especially because
her heart could give out at any moment, so she decides to live her life. She is
always on the verge of her last moments, which makes her viewpoint refreshing.
Her relationships also drive the
story. The main one is her relationship with her twin brother, Nic. They are a
team and work together, though Nic is very protective of his sister since he
knows how fragile her heart really is. It gets to the point that he does have
some resentment, which is never really explored as it’s introduced late in the
story. That probably would’ve been a bit interesting but overall, a small
The other main relationship is
hers with Marcus, the head of the city’s military organization. At first, it’s a
bit antagonistic as neither side knows if they can trust the other. But Penny
feels an instant connection with him. She resists her pull toward him until
necessity forces them to work together. Then their chemistry explodes. Marcus
and Penny work well together—she the impulsive one, he the more cautious. But
they are both smart and quick on their feet. It’s a romance I was definitely
Long time readers (do I have any
of those?) know I’ve said action scenes are the hardest to write, so I try not
to go too hard on writers for them if they are lacking. Mantchev’s action scenes
were very good. They pulled me in and had me intrigued. Bravo!
Bottom line: A very good read
and a nice jaunt into the Steampunk world.
The antagonist is motivated by a
promise he made. How far would you go to keep a promise?