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- File Size : 801 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : AxeLord Publications (April 20, 2016)
- Publication Date : April 20, 2016
- Print Length : 215 pages
- Language: : English
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- ASIN : B01EM7ZMUO
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,009,196 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book centers around a cat named, Calico Cogg or Cali for short. Her owner, Lionel, rescued her from the streets and upgraded her to have mechanical parts. Now, she can see better, has sharper claws and a communication device in her tail. She is a perfect mouser and a great companion.
Lionel works odd jobs, but mostly for the factory where he lives. He is a very good engineer and often tinkers and creates new inventions. He is quite gifted. This being so, the Guild wants him. Jamison Morcroft, a former member of the Guild, wants him. He wants to force his genius for his benefit.
Shortly after Lionel's kidnapping, Cali learns of a robbery plan. This plan is lead by Jamison Morcroft and she has plans to stop it, but she first has to find out what he is trying to steal.
This book isn't very long. The world is a bit different than other steampunk novels with the added Guild but that's about it. I thought the world wasn't drawn out very well. In the beginning things were explained to the reader but it wasn't carried out throughout the book. Don't expect the steampunk additions to be overly new or impressive.
Cali makes a new friend, who helps her solve the mystery. A mouse named Emmi,t helps her get into the really small places and learn new things. He is a great look out.
The title of the book comes into play when the reader learns about what Jamison is trying to steal. Even after learning about the item, I felt it was not central to the story, in that it was only mentioned for a millisecond in the book. However, after looking at the title again, I figured that the next book will too show what Cali is sleuthing for.
Cali is the central character in the book. The book is told through her eyes and the reader gets to know her. We see other characters but it is all through her perception and really the character development for anyone else is not very good.
There was a chapter, near the end, which I thought was kind of boring. The book has some action but I wouldn't consider it to the the best quality. Instead, this book is about a steampunk cat solving a mystery and stopping the bad guy. Pretty basic stuff.
Overall, the ending of the book is open for another installment of Cali and Emmit. I think for children, the book is "good enough." The author doesn't add many details into the world but concentrates on her mystery and animal characters. I thought the writing was good but the book has some slow parts. I would recommend this book to young children, maybe beginning readers who are between the ages of 6-10. The book offers a different sort of feel with animals for interest. As an adult, it wasn't my favorite. There is one quote in the book that I thought I'd share. It made me laugh.
<blockquote>"Well, Cali, I saw your master this afternoon, the mouse began. He's my friend, she corrected. Cats have no masters."</blockquote>
I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
The story is penned in the third point of view, and told from the perspective of a cat, imagine that! Though I am a dog person, this is one cat I wouldn't mind having. Calico Cogg is not a regular cat. She was rescued from the streets of Ticswyk by the inventor and self-proclaimed master tinker Lionel Cogg. She has been fitted with metallic implants to enhance her natural feline abilities, thus becoming a clockwork Calico. She is the cat version of Steve Austin, the Six Million Dollar man, and the "marvel of the ages".
When her owner, oops sorry her friend since cats don't have owners, is kidnapped by his arch enemy, Cali steps to the rescue. With the aid of unlikely friends such as Emitt the mouse and Nellie the horse, a long story, she comes to his rescue. It is up to her to save her friend, stop a master criminal in his tracks, and prevent a major heist. Who thought that sleuthing was such a dangerous work!
Tiny clockwork spiders, corrupt Guilds, golden owl, talking animals, loyalty, true friends, cool inventions, street smart mouse, and mechanically enhanced cat are some of the ingredients of this wonderful book.
It's a fun, quirky, innocent and highly original tale with delightful details and a heroin you can't help but adore. Though it's written just right for a middle-grade audience, it will appeal to older readers as well, and it will make even the most reluctant young reader unable to put this one down. The author’s writing style is very engaging and easy to read. It does have a slow start, but it picks up steam literally (excuse the pan).
It does require a suspension of belief, but under Lana Axe’s deft touch the unbelievable becomes believable and talking animals seem perfectly plausible. I recommend it for all audience, but especially to people who have owned or love cats - because yes, you will laugh. A LOT!
The book was a treat to read from start to finish, and I absolutely loved it! The story stands alone very well, even though it is the first book in the series, and I can't wait to read the next one!
If you enjoy exciting tales where the action doesn’t let up, you’ll enjoy this, especially if you’re a fan of steampunk, like I am. This was a very fun read, great for kids and adults alike! I highly recommend it!
Top reviews from other countries
The author's stunning writing style and beautiful descriptions immediately drew me in to this strange but fascinating world. She also knows cats very well I think as she depicts all the feline mannerisms with such fine detail.
I highly recommend this book, even if you are not a fan of steampunk as it's a really fun and enjoyable read. Cat lovers will love it!