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"If you love the girls in Amanda Hocking's and Suzanne Collins' novels, it's time you discovered bestselling YA series author Kailin Gow!" - Steve Windwalker, #1 Amazon bestselling author and Kindle Nation Magazine founder.

About the Author

Kailin Gow is the award-winning, international bestselling author of over 80 distinct books.

Kailin Gow is also the President of a media company, a media personality, and has been writing full-time since she was first published. Holding a Masters in communications management and leadership positions in Fortune 500 corporations, she puts her leadership abilities, her experience, and desire to help others into her fiction books.  As a result, she has written the forthcoming, Finding the Heroine in You book which is also a national tour. She is a mother and spends whatever spare time she has volunteering at the Red Cross, Battered Women's Shelters, and other organizations.

Currently her Frost Series is in development for a major international MMO Game, and she has over 14,000 and growing Frosters on her facebook fan page.

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  • File Size: 376 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Publisher: (October 27, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 27, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0060N4X2W
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #537,633 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By B. Rosenberg on April 17, 2012
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I found the heroine to be very annoying. She's a feisty, spunky heroine; that's great. She's also cliche and rather one-dimensional. Being an independent, strong heroine does not require blithely ignoring common sense and all (possibly wise) advice given by other characters. Additional annoyances were Scarlett being rather flighty, and seemingly spending half her time rhapsodizing about how smart and capable she is, and how handsome the male characters are. I got that when the characters were introduced, it didn't need to be repeated ad nauseum.
This was my first time reading a book by Kailin Gow. I didn't find the writing difficult to get through, but neither was I overly impressed with it. For me there was a certain amount of immaturity in the writing style that was unappealing. I will not be looking for further books in this series.
If you want to read a well-written novel that overlaps the supernatural/steampunk genres with a strong heroine, I recommend Gail Carriger.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Chuck In Seattle on March 20, 2012
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This is not a novel, it reads like a set of writers notes for a potentially interesting novel.

If the writer is working with a critic group to help improve her writing, she either needs to listen to them, or find another group because they did her no favors.

This reads like a 7 year old who has just discovered stories, and prattles on, not realizing that mixing up bits and pieces of other works a fiction does not a novel ( or even an interesting story) make.

One good rule for authors is "show don't tell" and the writer of this piece, tells and tells and tells ... in painful language ... Scarlet is in Egypt, Scarlet goes to London, Scarlet goes to see Sherlock Holmes, Scarlet chases a man. The man is a well known friend of Sherlock Holmes .... now was any of that interesting or fun to read ... ( hint no it wasn't)

This is terrible writing by someone who isn't even trying ... I want my money back!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Glenajo on February 3, 2012
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Scarlett, the daughter of world traveling archeologists, sees more that most and is open to new ideas and oddities. When family friend contacts Scarlett to return home from another boring trip, Scarlett is thrilled. Her parents agree because they know and love Holmes's, so she moves quickly to get home. A thief steels Scarlett's satchel from the steps of Holmes's house kicking off a series of events that stretch even Scarlett's mind and put her in danger. Scarlett discovers that she has a lot to learn and discern from those around her, but then since she sees figures from the spirit world, perhaps she should not be too surprised.

This book is a fun read, and Gow's story line moves rapidly holding your interest hostage with the twists and turns. Although the men in Scarlett's life imply that they would like to be intimate with her, Scarlett only kisses them. This is my first foray into the steampunk genre, and I was completely surprised at how much I enjoyed Gow's book. I would recommend this book to teens, or anyone, who enjoy vampires, mysteries, or love stories because Supernatural Devices is all that.

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This was my first read by Kailin Gow; I was pleasantly surprised by the first of the Steampunk Scarlett series.

Paranormal, Steampunk, Amateur-Mystery, Young Adult series.

What a delectable vampire, gorgeous gypsy man, chivalrous English gentleman and the most noted detective of all-time have in common?

Miss Scarlett Seely, a young woman seventeen and of proper breeding, is one who has been exposed to many peculiarities in her short lifetime. She has traveled to Egypt and is accompanying her parents on an excavation in Egypt. Having been afforded exposure to intriguing and exotic lands due to her parents obsession, passion and careers as antiquarians, she appreciates their passion -- just not their excitement. Scarlett never understood why they would want to seek the past. It is 1890 and her future awaits. She longs for adventure, preferably in London. Serendipity lends a hand. No sooner than her contemplation of what adventures were transpiring without her - she receives a telegram. A long time friend and associate of her parents, Sherlock Holmes, has requested her presence and assistance, in London, on a matter of great urgency. Obtaining a quick blessing of approval from her parents and she was off. The moment Scarlett steps off her train her adventures begin...

This story is full of dashingly handsome young gentlemen tripping over one another. All trying to protect this beauty, Miss Seely, from all the unknown dangers that lurk in the mist and darkness. Scarlett has a unique "gift" or ability that comes in handy for this particular case of Mr. Holmes'. Scarlett strong-willed, hard headed and determined to prove herself an invaluable, capable asset to Mr. Holmes.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amy @ Books, College, and Other Random Things on June 7, 2012
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Scarlett Seely is in Egypt with her parents, who are archaeologists. She really doesn't want to be there and is glad when she gets a letter from Sherlock Holmes wanting her help on a case in London. When she's in London, she heads out to meet him. As she's outside, two thieves grab her bag. She chases after them, when all of a sudden a man sticks out his foot, so he can retrieve her bag. The man, Cruces, just happens to be the client that Scarlett is supposed to help.

Apparently, his servant, Cecilia, took his ring, so he's trying to find her. As he is walking her home, they spot her and chase after her, but she gets away. Cruces continues to say anything that will rile her feathers. When she lives in a huff, she finds an old woman on the street that appears to know where Cecilia is. The old woman isn't who she appears to be. In reality, it's Cecilia's brother, Tavian. He does take Scarlett to see Cecilia, and Scarlett convinces her to let her see the ring.

After a short time, Scarlett realizes someone's behind her, and she immediately feels sleepy. She was chosen for the case for her ability to see the supernatural, but is this case more than she can handle?

I'm really not too familiar with steampunk fiction because this is the first one I've read. At first, I wasn't for sure if I'd like it or not because I usually like books that are set in the present. I really ended up enjoying this one.

I'm usually pretty sure who I like more in Kailin's books, but on this one I'm not so sure. I can say for now Rothschild is in dead last, but that could change in later books. I do think Tavian is really nice, but Cruces can be a rake and somewhat nice at the same time. I might like Cruces a little more just because I liked it when he tried to rile up Scarlett.
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