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Crown Phoenix: Night Watchman Express [Kindle Edition]

Alison DeLuca , Pamela Brennan , Ross Kitson , Lisa Daly
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An underground factory, a terrifying laboratory, and the eerie whistle of the Night Watchman Express…

Miriam has only her guardians' son for company, and she and Simon dislike each other from the start. But they must find a way to trust each other, or they will end up on the sinister Night Watchman Express.

Full of danger, suspense, betrayal, and a hint of romance, this steampunk adventure is for readers of all ages.

“Alison DeLuca is a master storyteller who deserves much more recognition than she gets. I would not hesitate to recommend not only this book but also the entire series. This is Steampunk adventure at its best!”


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About the Author

Alison DeLuca is the author of several steampunk and urban fantasy books. She was born in Arizona and has also lived in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Mexico, Ireland, and Spain. Currently she wrestles words and laundry in New Jersey.

Product Details

  • File Size: 736 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1939296161
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Myrddin Publishing (October 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009LMACWY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,061 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Adventure, Beautifully Written! November 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Miriam's comfortable world is thrown into chaos when her father dies and his so-called business partners, Virgil and Theodosia Marchpane move in and start to take over the mansion. They've brought along their spoiled son, Simon, and his friend of more modest means, Neil. Upon the horrid realization that Theodosia is intent on moving Miriam up to the attic and installing Simon in her room, is not going down without a fight. She throws things, she curses, and is relegated to her room for days with only bread and water.

Mysterious, steampunky elements appear: twelve silver circles set in the stones near the shore, a seemingly magical night train that inspires strange dreams, and Miriam's own secret possession: her old-fashioned Crown Phoenix manual typewriter, which takes on a larger aura.

Miriam overhears Virgil and Theodosia's whispered business dealings. She reads their private papers and learns of shocking details. The Marchpanes hate her snoopy ways and hire a governess to keep Miriam in line.

Enter Manalapata Postulate, a character every bit as trippy as her name suggests. As Miriam's new governess, she has a hypnotic hold on everyone--for instance, the very racist Theodosia cannot recall saying yes to hiring Miss Postulate, who is the color of dark chocolate, yet Theodosia's signature's on the contract!

At first Miriam rails against her new governess, but soon Miss Postulate, or Mana, not only turns Miriam into a proper lady, she has also, to Theodosia's horror, charmed young Simon and Neil. When Miriam asks Mana why she's being so nice, we wonder too! Most everyone has a nefarious motivation that is big fun trying to figure out. Miriam is much more than she seems as well.
Danger lurks, and finally, the kids learn that Mana has been taken.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review October 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book, alongside its sibling, came to me just it time. I was in a desperate need of something interesting and different. To tell you the truth, steampunk and dystopian novels are something I love to read, but my world is full of weird creatures, that there is, simply, not enough time.

About the characters:
Miriam is a slightly spoiled, orphaned girl. Her world turns upside down when her guardians and their son move in her house. She has a vivid imagination and some spirit and this is something I liked about her.
The Marchpanes are Miriam's guardians. They are awful to her and their purpose is mysterious, since from the moment they move in with Miriam, they try to find something specific and for an unknown reason.
Simon is the Marchpanes' son. He is a rich kid, with no trace of his parents' characters. He's not ambitious for money and fame. He and Miriam dislike each other from the start, but their mutual hate for the Marchpanes brings them together.
Neil is Simon's best friend. He is a simple poor boy, and smart enough to win a scholarship at the same school Simon attends.
Mana is the most awesome character in the book. She is mysterious, wise and from the Islands, and she has some unique powers.
The Cantwells are some rich, charming and evil people. Their full plans of whom are best reveiled in the second book of the series.
And finally, Riki, an island girl that we meet later in the book. She is so nerve-breaking that, in my opinion, makes Neil a hero for tolerating her.

About the book:
The story is set in England and in an island called Lampala. The author is great with the descriptions of the places and the situations.
This book has two parts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Tale! October 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Many times I've picked up a book and lost interest after the first few pages, but this book is NOT one of them. "The Night Watchman Express" is a richly-OtterBox Defender Series for the New iPad (3rd Generation) & iPad 2 - Blackwoven story filled with unique characters. Alison DeLuca has managed to interplay the personalities that populate this story so that you are drawn in immediately. There are very few times that I've been sucked into a story so much that I didn't want to put it down. The story line is original and the fictional people and places are drawn so masterfully that I saw it unfold in my head like a movie. I look forward to reading more from Ms. DeLuca very soon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pure brilliance, for all ages October 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Alison DeLuca's first book in the Crown Phoenix series is a compulsive and stylish piece of fiction. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from the book and its reviews and had an idea it would be a dark steampunk style tale. In fact it read very differently to me. Alison's story has a wonderful adventurous feel to it, with echoes of traditional children's adventure fantasy like CS Lewis, Nesbitt and even Enid Blyton and the pace of a 'ripping yarn.' Yet against this backdrop is placed a darker, creepier edge, with mysterious objects, prophetic dreams, drugs, psychic powers and the ominous Nightwatchman's Express.

This lifts it above a straight adventure story for MG/YA and into a realm which appeals to older readers.
Where the book shines most is in the depiction of rich, strong characters- notably the females in the book. Miriam, Mana, Barbara and Teri are all vibrant characters and knock the spots off the poor lads in the book.

The book ends with numerous mysteries yet to solve and the fate of several MCs unresolved. I'll be downloading the sequel very soon and urge everyone to read this great book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun, compelling read, but I expected more
This has been a real fun and surprising read, although as the vote says, several things didn't really work for me. Read more
Published 11 days ago by DasteRoad
4.0 out of 5 stars good
It was a good start to the series. Enjoyed it. So far the other
two books as just as good as this one.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but does not live up to expectations it set
Kind of like one part Frances Hodgson Burnett, one part E. M. Forster, and a tiny pinch of Philip Pullman, this book is pretty good but lacks the masterful touch and structural... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Alysa H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Start to a Steampunk Series
I accepted this request because I found the blurb to Night Watchman Express very interesting . Now I am glad I did. I enjoyed every part of this book. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Donna Newman
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
Steampunk is a fairly new to me genre and this series is an awesome plunge in to the genre. There are three book currently in this series. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Robin Blankenship
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended because of dark humor, historical intrigue, and memorable...
The Night Watchman Express (The Crown Phoenix #1) by Alison DeLuca

Source: Complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review as part of... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Karielle @ Books à la Mode
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Steampunk Adventure for Middle Grades
Although I found Night Watchman Express to be an enjoyable and fairly easy read, I did have a couple of issues with it. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Teressa Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue and Mystery...excited for the next book!
This is the beginning of a YA trilogy containing some steampunk elements.

The heroes of this book are three children, the recently orphaned Miriam, Simon and Neil. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Elisa Neville
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to Steampunk and Something I'll Share with My...
This adventure story has something for everyone - an orphaned girl tamed by a mysterious governess and partnered with two unlikely companions Simon and Neil on an epic odyssey, her... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Dana Brantley-Sieders
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More About the Author

Alison DeLuca is a writer of urban fantasy for young adults. She was born in Arizona and has also lived in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Mexico, Ireland, and Spain. As a teacher she taught every grade level in every kind of school district possible.

She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and daughter.

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