Book Reviews

Ticker by Lisa Mantchev

********I received an e-arc of this book off of Netgalley. All opinions are my own.******

Edition: eArc, Kindle

Pages: 277

Series or Standalone: Standalone

Published: December 1st, 2014

Publisher: Skyscape

Goodreads Synopsis: “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” into 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 has been 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 the research, Penny and her brother recruit fiery baker Violet Nesselrode, gentleman-about-town Sebastian Stirling, and Marcus Kingsly, 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.”

Characters: 2/5 Stars

Let’s start off by saying I felt no emotion connection to any character.

Penny was ultimately boring. For more than half the novel, she was annoying. She didn’t do much. I understand her “ticker” wasn’t great, but hey, I’ve read books where people are in life or death situations and they still contribute to the story. Also, two times is enough for her to pass out because a malfunction. I don’t need to see how it would be in different locations with the same outcome. Also, she should have been already dead by 45% in.
Next let’s talk about her twin, Nic and her ‘friend’ Sebastian. They was basically just there. Contributed nothing but a plot twist somewhere in the book that wasn’t surprising. I found both annoying and unnecessary. Also, Violet. Why was she there?

And Marcus, eh…….. better than the other characters I guess. I mean, at least he kind of cared.(?)

Plot: 2/5 Stars

Why? I don’t understand the plot. First, the synopsis is a tiny bit misleading. There really was no romance in the book, what veil between worlds and what wagers? I don’t understand even why those things where in the synopsis.

I found the boring and bland. There was nothing surprising about any of the “plot twists”. They went from one place to another and it was just eh. Nothing really happened.

I had to keep pushing myself to finish this book. I wanted to give up, but I needed to finish it.

Overall Rating: 2/5 Stars


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