Lady of Devices is the first in the Magnificent Devices series by Shelley Adina. Goodreads states:
London, 1889. Victoria is Queen. Charles Darwin's son is Prime Minister. And steam is the power that runs the world.
At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire's talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It's not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices.
When she meets Andrew Malvern, a member of the Royal Society of Engineers, she realizes her talents may encompass more than the invention of explosive devices. They may help her realize her dreams and his . . . if they can both stay alive long enough to see that sometimes the closest friendships can trigger the greatest betrayals . . .
I just literally could not finish this book. I do find it ironic though that in the book, it says "For fans of Gail Carriger and (I forget the other author's name xD)" I just read Soulless before I started this book, and for the life of me I could not find any similarities at all. I could not get into this story. I didn't understand anything that was going on, and was just skipping pages whilst confused.
Claire was not a good heroine. I was unable to connect with her as a character, and could not follow her in the story.
Seems that once again, I have finished a Currently Reading List. I shall post the next one in a bit.
Until next time, viva la literature!