The Zeppelin Deception (Stoker & Holmes, #5) by Colleen GleasonQuality Rating: Three Stars
Enjoyment Rating: Four Stars
Stoker & Holmes has been a guilty pleasure of mine for about three years, and Im a little sad to see it end. The Zeppelin Deception does a good job of satisfying wrapping up the series to the point where I enjoyed it a little more than the others, actually. It didnt have loads of filler crammed in to make it longer; it just focused on finishing the story.
So pacing was a real strength in the final instalment, but it still didnt stop the completely unnecessary descriptions. I really dont need to have two pages reporting on every piece of food eaten or every outfit worn. I really dont care. Yes, the designs (particularly of clothes) are pretty cool with the Steampunk element prevalent in this series, but Im not here for a catwalk or a buffet. Take a paragraph (if that) and then move on, please.
But, regardless, The Zeppelin Deception was very disciplined in wrapping up the series as a whole. The temptation in a final instalment is to throw in loads of last-minute twists for the sake of it, but this ultimately ends up either confusing the resolution or just completely changing the game youre supposed to be wrapping up. What this book did was give enough of a new plot to get momentum up, but then allowed the characters to naturally follow their own lines of suspicion that have been building up over five books to finally end the series. (And thats not to say that there werent any final twists - oh, there definitely are - but they arent at the expense of the final resolution.)
A book where the characters are allowed to be themselves with (mostly) no consequences - while unrealistic, especially in Victorian London - is really nice to read. Im not here to gather material for an in-depth essay, Im here for an enjoyable, easy read. And, whether deliberate or not, Gleason takes full advantage of that in her creative license; our imagination is already stretched so use it to give the reader things they will genuinely get joy from. For example, these books are 60% fluffy romance - totally valid anyway. But its not my thing, yet a couple like Mina and Grayling are cute enough for me to forget about that for a while. Why not?
Its quite a sappy ending, but sometimes thats enjoyable. Stoker & Holmes are definitely a guilty pleasure and arent works of Shakespeare, but theyve been a lot of fun to read.
The Clockwork Scarab (Stoker and Holmes Series #1)
Mina Holmes and Evaline Stoker return in their final--and most exciting--adventure together. It's a cold, blustery day in January of when Mina Holmes receives an invitation to Evaline Stoker's wedding. The two young women--partners and occasionally friends--haven't spoken for nearly two months, since the events at the Carnelian Crow. Shocked, Mina is still looking at the invitation when constables from Scotland Yard begin pounding on her front door. They've arrived to arrest her for the murder of a man she's never even heard of. Meanwhile, Evaline has her hands full with wedding plans boring and an overbearing sister who wants to manage her every move--including a dizzying array of social activities.
Greetings Earthling! These books have honestly become of my favorite things ever. I have now placed them on my favorite series list because they are that good! Together they try to solve mysteries and stop supernatural things from happening. It is wonderful, amazing, and so much find to read.
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Today I give you the final review: The Carnelian Crow. Ever since the debacle of the Chess Queen Enigma, Mina Holmes and Evaline Stoker have laid low, trying to settle back into their quiet lives as young ladies of London. Meanwhile, Evaline has received some very disturbing news—news that will change her life forever. Along with that unpleasant knowledge is the strange disappearance of her nemesis, the disreputable pickpocket Pix. This book has been brought out by a different publisher, which has tried to make it look like the other books… yet it Just not fits which is kinda annoying. It also means, I am guessing, it had a different editor seeing as it does read differently.
She nods gracefully to her previous work in passing and then sets to work building this new department of her creation — no prior knowledge is necessary. Gleason's inventive take on Steampunk Victoriana is bristly with machinery and all the famous buildings we know in our timeline are there, just surrounded by heavily built-up superstructure. You can feel the steam, smell the oil, hear the clanks. Mina Holmes is impetuous and not quite as fully-formed as her famous uncle is in his tales. Evaline Stoker has recently come into a strange inheritance as actual vampire hunter see the Gardella Vampire Chronicles for more , and she's still trying to figure out what her new powers might mean. Both young ladies have a lot to learn, especially about working together.