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Young Adult Fiction 2201
Kick Butt Edwardian Heroines
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
The cover of this book is great, because it offers a lot of clues about what we should expect from the story. The costumes are somewhat anachronistic but show that the girls are ready for action. The nod to the latest "Charlie's Angels" pose indicates that this is not a book that should be taken too seriously, but should just be enjoyed for the hectic ride it is.

The Edwardian era is getting a lot of attention now (credit Downton Abbey, perhaps?), and the details of elaborate dresses and entertainment in this ring true. There's plenty of historic detail even if replicating the language of the era sometimes falls short.

The struggles of the three girls from different backgrounds is really interesting, as is their interaction with each other. Supporting characters add some romance and depth-- interesting how Cora is mad that her employer has a new assistant, but this doesn't keep her from finding him attractive!
Good Points
Lots of adventure and a Jack the Ripper, Edwardian era vibe. Steampunk gadgets (cavorite-- which glows and makes objects impervious to gravity!), martial arts, kick butt heroines, mad scientists, and some steamy kisses make this lots of fun.

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