Ticker by Lisa Mantchev

A girl with a clockwork heart must make every second count.
When Penny Farthing nearly dies, brilliant surgeon Calvin Warwick manages to implant a brass “Ticker” in her chest, transforming her into the first of the Augmented. But soon it’s discovered that Warwick killed dozens of people as he strove to perfect another improved Ticker for Penny, and he’s put on trial for mass murder.
On the last day of Warwick’s trial, the Farthings’ factory is bombed, Penny’s parents disappear, and Penny and her brother, Nic, receive a ransom note demanding all of their Augmentation research if they want to see their parents again. Is someone trying to destroy the Farthings…or is the motive more sinister?
Desperate to reunite their family and rescue their research, Penny and her brother recruit fiery baker Violet Nesselrode, gentleman-about-town Sebastian Stirling, and Marcus Kingsley, a young army general who has his own reasons for wanting to lift the veil between this world and the next. Wagers are placed, friends are lost, romance stages an ambush, and time is running out for the girl with the clockwork heart.

Lisa Mantchev is the author of the acclaimed Théâtre Illuminata series, which includes Eyes Like Stars, nominated for a Mythopoeic Award and the Andre Norton Award. She has also published numerous short stories in magazines including Strange Horizons, Clarkesworld, Weird Tales, and Fantasy. She lives on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State with her husband, children, and horde of furry animals.

Okay, that wasn’t what I was expecting.


the characters
This book sported a horde of wonderfully well-made and well-developed characters. They were vibrant, and real.

Penny was a great main character. Though slightly cliché in the sarcastic department, she was great. One main thing I noticed was that she was fun. It was awesome.

the plot
It kept me on my toes and jumping(literally). Nothing was thrown, but still—jumping. The plot was beautiful and well-crafted.

the ending

the villain
Because SERIOUSLY. That villain is FREAKY.


the innuendos
There were some, but nothing extremely horrible.

plot holes
There were a few, but nothing really major.

the book ended
That’s the worst thing about good books—they always end.

Five stars, for a book well-crafted! 🙂


*I received this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion. This is my honest opinion.

**This book IS NOT a Christian title.

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