Review: The Incredible Charlotte Sycamore

Book: The Incredible Charlotte Sycamore
Series: Charlotte Sycamore #1
Author: Kate Maddison
Date of Publication: March 15th, 2013
Publisher: Holiday House
Source: Library

Rating:  5/5 Beans

Short Summary:

Queen Victoria’s court knows Charlotte Sycamore as the mild-mannered sixteen-year-old daughter of Her Majesty’s royal surgeon.  Yet Charlotte has a price on her head.  A daring duelist called the Robin Hood Surgeon for stealing medicine from the rich to treat the poor, she’s wanted for high treason and, if caught, will be sent to the gallows.  When she and her best friends are mauled by rabid mechanical dogs, Charlotte must discover who is unleashing these vicious beasts, find the antidote for their poison, and ultimately save the Queen’s life.  Full of high-stakes action, fantastic inventions, a good dose of humor, and a romantic dilemma for Charlotte, this steampunk novel is a masterful blend of science fiction, fantasy, and alternative history.


My Thoughts:

I have always been a sucker for historical fiction with a female heroine who saves the day.  With a great storyline, adventure and mystery around every corner, and just a bit of steampunk thrown in this novel hit the spot directly!  Maddison had me at page one, which was the first point at which I first said: yup, I totally identify with Charlotte, and I could not bring myself to put it down until I had made it through, with the common bookworm thoughts: just until the end of this chapter.  The storyline was convincing, and I found myself playing a movie in my head, able to easily picture the characters and plot going on.  Her little details down to the mechanical butterflies and spider were compelling and I found myself laughing out loud at parts and holding my breath along with the characters when necessary.

All characters, from Charlotte to her father to Peter and even the clockwork rabid wolves, were believable.  I never once doubted that this could happen and I never felt as though this story was over the top, which is nice to get.  I look forward to getting my hands on her newly released second novel following Charlotte and her friends.

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