The Carnelian Crow (Stoker & Holmes, #4)
Ever since the debacle of the Chess Queen Enigma, Mina Holmes and Evaline Stoker have laid low, trying to settle back into their quiet lives as young ladies of London. But the Holmesian deductive abilities won't remain dormant for long, and when Mina receives a strange package from a winged, midnight visitor, she is catapulted into a new, dangerous adventure: the search for The Carnelian Crow.Meanwhile, Evaline has received some very disturbing news--news that will change her life forever. Along with that unpleasant knowledge is the strange disappearance of her nemesis, the disreputable pickpocket Pix.When it becomes clear the arch-villainess the Ankh has made her next move, it will take all of Mina's Holmesian ingenuity and Evaline's courage and determination to stop the criminal from executing her boldest and most dangerous plan yet!

The Carnelian Crow (Stoker & Holmes, #4) Details

TitleThe Carnelian Crow (Stoker & Holmes, #4)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 11th, 2017
PublisherChronicle Books
ISBN-139781944665333
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Steampunk, Young Adult, Mystery, Fantasy, Historical, Historical Fiction

The Carnelian Crow (Stoker & Holmes, #4) Review

  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    There's finally an updated publication date.Here's to hoping!Update: I may have just screamed a little when I saw that a cover has been added.Update II:Guess what I just picked up from the library!
  • Patty (IheartYA)
    January 1, 1970
    **Read in July** I had to give in and buy this book because my library didn't have it yet and I waited long enough. I only buy a couple books a year so that says a lot. However, compared to the previous books I was slightly disappointed. The other books had more substance. The beginning of this one seemed to drag onto nowhere fast. Not much action but it did progress the story line slightly and left me with questions. I was a little disoriented because the last book came out so long ago and I do **Read in July** I had to give in and buy this book because my library didn't have it yet and I waited long enough. I only buy a couple books a year so that says a lot. However, compared to the previous books I was slightly disappointed. The other books had more substance. The beginning of this one seemed to drag onto nowhere fast. Not much action but it did progress the story line slightly and left me with questions. I was a little disoriented because the last book came out so long ago and I don't remember the little details. Still a favorite series of mine and I hope I remember this one when the last book comes out.
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  • Shelley
    January 1, 1970
    *Source* Library*Genre* Young Adult, Mystery*Rating* 3.5*Thoughts*The Carnelian Crow is the fourth installment in author Colleen Gleason's Stoker and Holmes series. This series features Mina Holmes, niece of Sherlock Holmes, and Evalina Stoker, great-granddaughter of Victoria Gardella (who you can read about in the Gardella Vampire Hunters series). Ever since the fiasco of The Chess Queen Enigma, Mina has been itching for a fight. She has spent the past 8 weeks in limbo without having her mentor *Source* Library*Genre* Young Adult, Mystery*Rating* 3.5*Thoughts*The Carnelian Crow is the fourth installment in author Colleen Gleason's Stoker and Holmes series. This series features Mina Holmes, niece of Sherlock Holmes, and Evalina Stoker, great-granddaughter of Victoria Gardella (who you can read about in the Gardella Vampire Hunters series). Ever since the fiasco of The Chess Queen Enigma, Mina has been itching for a fight. She has spent the past 8 weeks in limbo without having her mentor, Irene Adler, give her and her supposed partner Evalina any cases to attempt to solve for Queen and country. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*http://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/201...
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  • Connor
    January 1, 1970
    The first 260 pages of this book are Flawess (TM). I refuse to comment on the last five because I'm pretending they don't exist. (More Grayling dances and Pix disguises and Mina and Evaline being BFFs in the next book, pls. This was delightful.)
  • Basia
    January 1, 1970
    Hands-down the best one yet. I love all of these characters so much--well. Except you-know-who.
  • Maria
    January 1, 1970
    This has developed into such an entertaining Victorian mystery series with a paranormal twist. This fourth installment in the series has to be my favorite one so far, not least because a certain Dylan Eckert is out of the picture at last. Don't get me wrong, I liked him alright when he was busy making medical breakthroughs aka when he was too busy with science to flirt with Mina. But now that he's gone, it is finally time to shine for the lovely Inspector Grayling, just like I always knew he wou This has developed into such an entertaining Victorian mystery series with a paranormal twist. This fourth installment in the series has to be my favorite one so far, not least because a certain Dylan Eckert is out of the picture at last. Don't get me wrong, I liked him alright when he was busy making medical breakthroughs aka when he was too busy with science to flirt with Mina. But now that he's gone, it is finally time to shine for the lovely Inspector Grayling, just like I always knew he would. The Carnelian Crow did a good job at moving the overall story forward, answering some questions while at the same time raising some new ones, especially concerning the role Pix plays in the mystery surrounding electrical power, vampires, the infamous Siri and of course the Ankh. I'm very much looking forward to the fifth book in the Stoker & Holmes series, I just wish I didn't have to wait a whole year after that cliffhanger...
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  • Emma (TellerofTales)
    January 1, 1970
    Light and fun but missing that punch at the ending 🙃
  • Oda Renate
    January 1, 1970
    Ooooo... ITS ALREDY OUT? AND IT HAS A BEAUUUTIFUL COVER AND TITLE...OOOO!!!!I really need to get my hands on the third and this book.---Just finished it. The Pix moments OMG!The Ambrose moments aww 😃
  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    We are certainly climbing to the climax of this series as we find out the Ankh's plans. I'm looking forward to seeing how Evaline evades marriage, Mina foils the Ankh's plans, what happens to Grayling and Pix, and the mystery solved about what happened to Mina's mother.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    This is book 4 in the fantastic YA Steampunk Stoker and Holmes series and they really need to be read in order, so if you haven't started them yet you need to grab book 1 ASAP and get on this train with me!. Reviewing the 4th installment is HARD, not because they book was anything other than excellent, but because I don't want to give spoilers and pretty much everything I go to type seems to be filled with them. Ass with all of this author's works the descriptions are absolutely incredible, but This is book 4 in the fantastic YA Steampunk Stoker and Holmes series and they really need to be read in order, so if you haven't started them yet you need to grab book 1 ASAP and get on this train with me!. Reviewing the 4th installment is HARD, not because they book was anything other than excellent, but because I don't want to give spoilers and pretty much everything I go to type seems to be filled with them. Ass with all of this author's works the descriptions are absolutely incredible, but as this installment delves a little more into the society elements I feel that they shine here maybe even a little more than normal. Keep an eye out for a light festival that made me want to travel back and visit it now!The characters have grown so much over the series of books, something that I always look for especially in YA reads, and all I can say is I have my endgame worked out for these 2, I can only hope that the author feels the same way!As a huge fan of the Gardella series by the same author I am ALWAYS looking for those little crossover nods, and anyone who is there with me won't be disappointed. Book 5 cannot come soon enough ..... literally .... as I got to the end and was frantically trying to get more pages that just were not there!An easy 5 out of 5 stars from me and a strong recommendation to start this series if you haven't! V""V
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  • Wende
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve had the first book in this series on my shelf FOREVER and I randomly decided to pick it up during one of my book slumps. I had no idea that I would enjoy it as much as I did!For starters, I thoroughly enjoy the world and the characters. Each of them are decently developed and I love the “come together” dynamic that occurs at the end of the book (as well as in the prior ones). *spoiler-ish section*The characters are all extremely well rounded, and show immense signs of development (primarily I’ve had the first book in this series on my shelf FOREVER and I randomly decided to pick it up during one of my book slumps. I had no idea that I would enjoy it as much as I did!For starters, I thoroughly enjoy the world and the characters. Each of them are decently developed and I love the “come together” dynamic that occurs at the end of the book (as well as in the prior ones). *spoiler-ish section*The characters are all extremely well rounded, and show immense signs of development (primarily Mina and Grayling, in my opinion). I do feel as though the beginning dragged a bit, but I assume that’s only per the publishing issues the book came into contact with. As a picky reader, the author manages to not only hold my attention, but manages to make me set my book down in laughter, anger, and worry for the characters she created. I look forward to the next and finale installment!
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Highly amusing installment of the series, even if I wasn't as fond of a few of the subplots as usual. (Namely, I really don't like Ned. I'm not very fond of Florence and Bram either. And I'm mad at Miss Adler.) On the other hand, there are now many more questions to be answered in book five.
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  • Helen
    January 1, 1970
    This is the fourth book in the Stoker and Holmes series. I overall enjoyed the other books in the series but for me the two main characters are the main reasons that I read them. Normally I lean towards Holmes but for this one I preferred chapters from Stoker. Regardless of the two main characters I was not as interested in this story line. There is one more book in the series and I will be reading that but I am not as excited as I once was.
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  • Stacie Haden
    January 1, 1970
    Well, poop. Ended with a cliffhanger, and the next is not yet written. I'll be watching for the 5th and final of the series.
  • Ralph
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoy this series. The villain is known but play between villain and Miss Holmes is entertaining.
  • Kimberly Russell
    January 1, 1970
    These just keep getting better and better. Give me next one!
  • Ivy
    January 1, 1970
    That was really good. I had feels but now I have to wait for the next installment 😑😑😑. I am teh disappoint
  • Mary Beth
    January 1, 1970
    4/4.5 - I found this one a little slow going in the beginning but it really ramped up in the end. I still love all of these characters. I need book 5 now! Seriously I can't wait for 2018!
  • Jaedyn
    January 1, 1970
    WHY, WHY, WHY does it have to be so darn short?? my full review will be coming but for now...this is the fourth book in the Stoker and Holmes series, and can I just say that this had me glued to it from page 1. It was fast paced and gave the readers, or at least me, what I wanted *cough cough*. I had a few problems, hence the four stars, but other than the overuse of brackets I have no other complaints!! Definitely read this, but expect to be extremely annoyed you'll only be able to read the nex WHY, WHY, WHY does it have to be so darn short?? my full review will be coming but for now...this is the fourth book in the Stoker and Holmes series, and can I just say that this had me glued to it from page 1. It was fast paced and gave the readers, or at least me, what I wanted *cough cough*. I had a few problems, hence the four stars, but other than the overuse of brackets I have no other complaints!! Definitely read this, but expect to be extremely annoyed you'll only be able to read the next (and sadly last) one next year...
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  • Caitlin Gonya
    January 1, 1970
    I do believe I have said before how much I love this series. The Carnelian Crow finds our heroines downtrodden after the disappointing result of The Chess Queen Enigma. While moping in her bedroom, Mina Holmes receives a rather unusual visitor, a crow, and it comes bearing gifts, a carnelian. If it had stopped there, would have thought that the crow was building a nest. However, Inspector Grayling also visits, and our mystery begins.For Evaline Stoker, things seem to be bad and getting worse by I do believe I have said before how much I love this series. The Carnelian Crow finds our heroines downtrodden after the disappointing result of The Chess Queen Enigma. While moping in her bedroom, Mina Holmes receives a rather unusual visitor, a crow, and it comes bearing gifts, a carnelian. If it had stopped there, would have thought that the crow was building a nest. However, Inspector Grayling also visits, and our mystery begins.For Evaline Stoker, things seem to be bad and getting worse by the second. After being informed that the family isn't doing so well financially, it appears that it is up to Evaline to marry a well to do man, and save them all. If she doesn't, they lose their home and have to move back to Dublin with her family. On top of that, she hasn't had contact with Pix, and she is beginning to get worried (again!).What does a carnelian have to do with the Ankh? Where's Pix? How is Evaline supposed to do her fates cursed duty while finding a fiancée or an alternate solution? What does any of this have to do with the missing Miss Adler, and Mina's mother?Overall I rate this novel 4 out of 5 stars, because the only downside I had were Pix and Evaline. Pix was very subdued in this novel, whereas Evaline seemed to have turned into a coward. The fact that their personalities changed so much was concerning. It seemed to take away from the plot because I was very confused as to what I was reading.The highlight was imagining Mina and Grayling. I NEED THIS TO HAPPEN, PEOPLE!!!! Mina has a similar personality to her father and uncle (especially in how the TV show, movies, and other novels portray) in that intellect, not emotion, lead the way. However, I think Mina needs to learn that a little affection will not hurt her, and I think Grayling can teach her that. While also keeping her intellectually stimulated and "keeping up" with her family.https://caitlinmariegonya.blogspot.co...
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  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    I NEED TO READ IT
  • Daisy
    January 1, 1970
    Quality Rating: Three StarsEnjoyment Rating: Four StarsOh, these books are fun. Every time I race through them and want the next one immediately. Yeah, they're silly and border on absurdity, but I enjoy every second reading them and I appreciate an action and puzzle-solving mystery with female heroines.Honestly, I ended up skimming the text a bit. Luckily, it's the kind of book where you can miss the odd sentence and still understand what's going on - a lot of internal monologue that has varying Quality Rating: Three StarsEnjoyment Rating: Four StarsOh, these books are fun. Every time I race through them and want the next one immediately. Yeah, they're silly and border on absurdity, but I enjoy every second reading them and I appreciate an action and puzzle-solving mystery with female heroines.Honestly, I ended up skimming the text a bit. Luckily, it's the kind of book where you can miss the odd sentence and still understand what's going on - a lot of internal monologue that has varying degrees of interest. I'm not ultimately here for the inner musings of Mina and Evaline; they tend to be a bit simple and shallow in the grand scheme of things. Their mystery-solving, puzzle skills and action, however, is definitely what's kept me coming back. The interactions between characters, too, but I'll get onto that. But it's satisfying to watch these girls go through deliciously gothic murder mysteries and grand robberies when I'm so used to watching boys in those roles. I don't really care how feasible it is, that's not the point to me.That being said, I feel like The Carnelian Crow finally shows things starting to fall together and gain proper rhythm. Each novel stands very much on its own as well as holding little details that have clearly been building up to the final chapter, but this was the first time I felt like I could see people's paths intersecting and pointing in the same direction. I'm not sure whether the fifth book in the Stoker and Holmes series is the final one, but we're defintely coming near to the end.One thing that did bug me a little bit about The Carnelian Crow (there's always one thing that gets me each time) was the way it addressed marriage. Now, I'm ambivalent because I appreciate it being explored in the first place, but I think the way everyone outside of the situation was demonised is slightly counter-intuitive. We get a situation where Evaline is in the predicament of having to marry in order to keep her family finacially secure, and only she feels reluctant to do it. Yes, it was the societal expectation, but you're telling me that not even the other women vaguely understand the pressure? Or, at least, they would notice that she's uncomfortable and reason with her, rather than just acting confused at her hesitation. The only person that vaguely responds understandably is Mina (predictably, because they're the most developed) - and I did like that. She's slightly cold about it, but she gets into an argument about it with Grayling who just can't understand. That bit was great. But having everyone other than the main characters react thoughtlessly just doesn't make sense and taints the argument.With a warning of mild spoilers (not really it was obvious), the best part of this book is the fact that Mina and Grayling finally get together. It's taken bloody long enough. Dylan, with the greatest affection, is an unnecessary distraction who's purpose I still don't entirely understand in both the characterisation and narrative of our heroines. What we really wanted was for young-detective heroine Mina and the polite-but-respectful Inspector to speak their minds about more than their suspects. (If you want the way to my heart, give me a love interest that values and encourages the intgellience and curiosity of the heroine.)The only reason I didn't read The Carnelian Crow sooner was because how expensive it was on kindle (£9 on kindle?! Come on!), but after reading Ash and Quill I wanted more fun and caved in. Do I regret it? No. Did I wish it was less expensive, oh yeah. Would I pay the same to get the next book right now? You bet I would.
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  • Laurel Ann Marie
    January 1, 1970
    Ugh Dylan coming back at the end was SO OBVIOUS. The author clearly thought she could trick us by being like "he's gone now let me build up Mina and Greyling and trick you all". Nice freaking try but I didn't buy it for one second. I genuinely like the world building in this book so two stars for that. I am STILL annoyed with the two main characters. Mina has an EQ of about 2 which isn't acceptable. EQ is actually very important for being able to function in society and her acting like is isn't Ugh Dylan coming back at the end was SO OBVIOUS. The author clearly thought she could trick us by being like "he's gone now let me build up Mina and Greyling and trick you all". Nice freaking try but I didn't buy it for one second. I genuinely like the world building in this book so two stars for that. I am STILL annoyed with the two main characters. Mina has an EQ of about 2 which isn't acceptable. EQ is actually very important for being able to function in society and her acting like is isn't important is CHILDISH. If she was slowly working on it I'd be ok but she asks like it doesn't apply to her as being beneficial. Being able to read people and say the right things to get good answers out of them is paramount. I'm also super disappointed she took the high road with the Onyx. Boring. Ever heard of a double agent? That would be so interesting, but instead her pride got the best of her. Boring. Evelyn pissed me off with how she wants to protect her brother and for ever loving, just tell your sister in law your a vampire hunter already! So boo hoo she's going to be upset you're about to throw your life away and not protect the general public because she and your brother are childishly spending more than they have. They clearly don't care about you or the common good as much as you are deluded to believe. Also Evelyn being squeamish about blood is a JOKE. What is this ridiculous trend in YA where "we have a faux-strong female character who has taken on some work that exposes them to blood and gore but "oh no" they're a girl so we need to pretend they can't handle blood and gore". COME ON. Talk to any nurse, doctor, EMT, extra you will get that BULL out of your head in about 2.5 seconds. It would be more convincing if she had to learn how to not be stone cold about these things all the time. At least that would be realistic. Also really not into Evelyn freezing and whining 24/7, I feel like the author has "pretty girl revenge syndrome" where is couldn't be possible a pretty girl could be competent at anything. Evelyn should be competent at something stop pretending Mina is the only one worth a dang. I get they aren't besties but pretending Mina is significantly more talented is dull. It would more interesting if Evelyn and Mina were both skilled and just took different approaches (think Amy Santiago and Jake Peralta) and argued over whose approach was better, but eventually had to realize they both had good points. No just "ugh Evelyn pull it together or my robot brain is going to explode". I think this series frustrates me so much because I feel like it has SO much potential, but the main characters are one sided stereotypes and therefore let downs.
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  • Tarra
    January 1, 1970
    In Which a Fan Girl Muses on the Carnelian CrowThis was one of my highly anticipated books of 2017, the fourth book following the adventures, the mysteries, and even the romances of Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes. Full of wit and many surprises, The Carnelian Crow DID NOT disappoint! The girls are back and they are smarter and sassier than ever. Mina really grew on me in this novel and I think she really outshone Evaline. Their friendship and “working” relationship really blossoms here, making f In Which a Fan Girl Muses on the Carnelian CrowThis was one of my highly anticipated books of 2017, the fourth book following the adventures, the mysteries, and even the romances of Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes. Full of wit and many surprises, The Carnelian Crow DID NOT disappoint! The girls are back and they are smarter and sassier than ever. Mina really grew on me in this novel and I think she really outshone Evaline. Their friendship and “working” relationship really blossoms here, making for a great team. There are several new characters to flesh out existing stories, and to travel down new paths, as well as more mischief and mayhem for many previous characters.I enjoyed the world building and the imagery in this novel. The cool descriptions of the gadgets (I especially liked Lady Thistle’s dress shop and the automated mannequins) and the descriptions of the winter scenes at Vauxhall Gardens / the Yule ball were really special. The scene watching the Christmas light show was a favorite. I want to go to a spectacular like that!The development of the relationship between Mina and Grayling was really nice. There was a slow build up and a sweet tension. They were actually very funny together, and I really enjoyed that. Since I can’t have the unrated version, I thought it was totally appropriate for the target audience (and as the mother of a13 year old, I approve.)There was A LOT of information in this book. I’ve obviously read the three previous novels, so the insight and information on the previous books were definitely welcome, and I felt all that previous plot and character info was worked seamlessly into the telling of the story, the overall plot definitely moved along at a good swift pace, I was never bored. But, and I’ve said this before in my reviews, this really is a series that is best read in sequential order to fully appreciate the complex intricacies of the mysteries involved.The Carnelian Crow is another fantastic addition to the Stoker & Holmes series. It ends on a cliffhanger (but I love those, and the books in this series always end with a whopper). And what a gorgeous cover!Books in this series, in order: The Clockwork ScarabThe Spiritglass Charade The Chess Queen EnigmaThe Carnelian Crow
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  • Tarra
    January 1, 1970
    In Which a Fan Girl Muses on the Carnelian CrowThis was one of my highly anticipated books of 2017, the fourth book following the adventures, the mysteries, and even the romances of Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes. Full of wit and many surprises, The Carnelian Crow DID NOT disappoint! The girls are back and they are smarter and sassier than ever. Mina really grew on me in this novel and I think she really outshone Evaline. Their friendship and “working” relationship really blossoms here, making f In Which a Fan Girl Muses on the Carnelian CrowThis was one of my highly anticipated books of 2017, the fourth book following the adventures, the mysteries, and even the romances of Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes. Full of wit and many surprises, The Carnelian Crow DID NOT disappoint! The girls are back and they are smarter and sassier than ever. Mina really grew on me in this novel and I think she really outshone Evaline. Their friendship and “working” relationship really blossoms here, making for a great team. There are several new characters to flesh out existing stories, and to travel down new paths, as well as more mischief and mayhem for many previous characters.I enjoyed the world building and the imagery in this novel. The cool descriptions of the gadgets (I especially liked Lady Thistle’s dress shop and the automated mannequins) and the descriptions of the winter scenes at Vauxhall Gardens / the Yule ball were really special. The scene watching the Christmas light show was a favorite. I want to go to a spectacular like that!The development of the relationship between Mina and Grayling was really nice. There was a slow build up and a sweet tension. They were actually very funny together, and I really enjoyed that. Since I can’t have the unrated version, I thought it was totally appropriate for the target audience (and as the mother of a13 year old, I approve.)There was A LOT of information in this book. I’ve obviously read the three previous novels, so the insight and information on the previous books were definitely welcome, and I felt all that previous plot and character info was worked seamlessly into the telling of the story, the overall plot definitely moved along at a good swift pace, I was never bored. But, and I’ve said this before in my reviews, this really is a series that is best read in sequential order to fully appreciate the complex intricacies of the mysteries involved.The Carnelian Crow is another fantastic addition to the Stoker & Holmes series. It ends on a cliffhanger (but I love those, and the books in this series always end with a whopper). And what a gorgeous cover!Books in this series, in order: The Clockwork ScarabThe Spiritglass Charade The Chess Queen EnigmaThe Carnelian Crow
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsI love this series and these books are some of my favorites but I'm sad that they have gotten much shorter over the years. I do feel like this book was well paced and not rushed so that is a plus side. Mina and Evaline are back on their grind after the disastrous events of The Chess Queen Enigma. This time they investigate the mysterious Carnelian Crow when an actual crow delivers a pendant to Mina in the middle of the night. And on top of that some other characters have gone missing an 4.5 StarsI love this series and these books are some of my favorites but I'm sad that they have gotten much shorter over the years. I do feel like this book was well paced and not rushed so that is a plus side. Mina and Evaline are back on their grind after the disastrous events of The Chess Queen Enigma. This time they investigate the mysterious Carnelian Crow when an actual crow delivers a pendant to Mina in the middle of the night. And on top of that some other characters have gone missing and must be found (including the infamous Pix). The adventures of these two girls are as daring and dangerous as ever.The plot was good and exciting but there wasn't really too much surprises. All the reveals were pretty obvious to me. I enjoy the journey to the reveals though so I didn't really mind. There is only one book left and I cannot wait to see how it all wraps up.There were not really any new important characters in the book so I will discuss my feelings on the main cast. I love Mina as always. She is by far my favorite character and the more enjoyable point of view to read. Evaline I still have problems with. She is still too impulsive and she constantly is annoyed at Mina for no reason. Mina is your friend and you know what she is like so why are you always bashing her? Kind of ridiculous in my opinion. I still don't like Inspector Grayling. I think he is rude and judgmental and a little misogynist in my opinion. I understand this takes place in 19th century London and expectations of women were different at the time but Mina has constantly voiced her opinion on the matter to him but he will still feel the need to tell her "this is no place for a young lady of your stature." That is not your decision to make sir. He is good in certain situations but bad in others and I don't like that his misogyny mostly comes from the fact that he has feelings for her and wants to "protect" her. She doesn't need it. Pix was not in this book that much since he was missing so I can't really say much but I still like him. He was just kind of wimpy in this one.All in all this was a satisfactory story and I cannot wait to see how it all ends in the final book.
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  • Shrishti Dubey
    January 1, 1970
    MAY CONTAIN SUBTLE SPOILERS!!!!! Actual Rating: 4.5OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!! I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!! AND SERIES!!!!!!!!!! However, I would like it the relationship between Evaline and Mina was more friendly and a greater focus for the story. Also, too often, they keep secrets and go off on their own to investigate. It would have worked out better had they collaborated and shared more information. I also felt that the removal of a character not introduced previously could have been beneficial to Ev MAY CONTAIN SUBTLE SPOILERS!!!!! Actual Rating: 4.5OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!! I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!! AND SERIES!!!!!!!!!! However, I would like it the relationship between Evaline and Mina was more friendly and a greater focus for the story. Also, too often, they keep secrets and go off on their own to investigate. It would have worked out better had they collaborated and shared more information. I also felt that the removal of a character not introduced previously could have been beneficial to Evaline's situation.This installment still does not have too much romance, but certainly more than was in the others. And then, there's Inspector Ambrose Grayling, of the Scotland Yard, who we all love to hate (but like in secret). He turns into a bit more of a sweet guy in this book. BUT, I liked it better when he and Mina were competing (with Mina winning). His apparent wealth compared with his not quite well paying vocation is a mystery that can be explored.And, Dylan Eckert is barely mentioned, as well as Irene Adler. I would have appreciated a bit more of those characters, but their relative absences have been explained and I am sure will be utilized well in the final novel.Some characters I dislike very much in this tale are Ned Oligary, Florence Stoker, and Bram Stoker to an extent. Lady Isabella Cosgrove-Pitt is a very interesting villain, but there was not enough of her presence in this book.Overall, I loved the book(mostly due to Mina Holmes), and while it may not be the best in the series, it is still an excellent book written by a talented author.In the next(and final) book, I hope to see more cunning plans, adventures, and clumsiness(from Mina), as well as a close to the mysteries of Siri/ Desiree, Inspector Grayling's finances, and the Stokers' misfortune coinciding with the events of the past book.
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  • Lisa Kucharski
    January 1, 1970
    As typical of the second to last book in a series this one is a part one of a story arc. Many pieces are linked together from the girls' past, but more so for Ms. Holmes, and even her emotional development has grown.The basics are someone, it seems a crow, comes to deliver a red crow pin to Mina in the middle of the night. In the morning Grayling comes to visit in order to ask where Ms. Adler is? Upon seeing the pin Grayling lets on that he believes the pin is part of a place called the Carnelia As typical of the second to last book in a series this one is a part one of a story arc. Many pieces are linked together from the girls' past, but more so for Ms. Holmes, and even her emotional development has grown.The basics are someone, it seems a crow, comes to deliver a red crow pin to Mina in the middle of the night. In the morning Grayling comes to visit in order to ask where Ms. Adler is? Upon seeing the pin Grayling lets on that he believes the pin is part of a place called the Carnelian Crow, which he has been trying to find. With this Mina decides that she will investigate this as Ms. Adler has not asked her to return for new orders (which she assumes means she has failed her last task and is unworthy in Ms. Adler' eyes.)Ms. Stoker on the other hand suffers a different setback. It appears she must make a sacrifice to help save the family, and one that doesn't sit well with her nor her secret calling. The two join forces to find out where the Carnelian Crow is and what is happening there, and for Ms. Stoker she hopes she will find Pix as well.The ending combines many of the various forces that have woven for and against the ladies throughout all the stories up to this point. Well told, and actually for me Holmes come out ahead a little in terms of development and growth- for I see with her, she will be the one who will be of clear help in the last book, and that Stoker will need to make some really hard decisions.If you've been reading the series you won't be disappointed.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    This is another exciting installment in the Stoker and Holmes series where Mina Holmes and Evaline Stoker continue to track down their nemesis, the Ankh, and stake the ever-increasing number of vampires in steampunk Victorian London. While there was still plenty of action, I thought this book focused more on the girls' relationships with the men in their lives. Mina and Inspector Grayling started working more as a team, and the attraction between those two just keeps getting stronger! Unfortunat This is another exciting installment in the Stoker and Holmes series where Mina Holmes and Evaline Stoker continue to track down their nemesis, the Ankh, and stake the ever-increasing number of vampires in steampunk Victorian London. While there was still plenty of action, I thought this book focused more on the girls' relationships with the men in their lives. Mina and Inspector Grayling started working more as a team, and the attraction between those two just keeps getting stronger! Unfortunately, Evaline had some tough choices to make, since her family was pushing her to choose a husband. She knows having a husband will seriously curtail her vampire hunting, so she'd just rather not get married, even if the leading candidate is rather handsome and rich. And with Pix missing, her heart is rather confused by the whole process.I also like that there was more actual detecting involved in following the clues to find out who or what the Carnelian Crow was. Since the girls were more on their own this time around, it really showed off their detecting skills and their abilities to get out of a jam.There were a lot of surprises at the very end, and the resolution was really only postponed, so I'm looking forward to the next book to wrap everything up.
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  • Patricia
    January 1, 1970
    STOKER AND HOLMES RIDE AGAIN!Clear characters winging their way through Steampunk London, in search of a place where adventure does not await. For that is what these two young ladies are after, right? Happily ever after? Maybe not.This is another splendidly imaginative novel, geared for young adults but more than entertaining for adults as well. The author has crafted her protagonists, and their adversaries, carefully, so their interactions cruise through the story like a fish through cool water STOKER AND HOLMES RIDE AGAIN!Clear characters winging their way through Steampunk London, in search of a place where adventure does not await. For that is what these two young ladies are after, right? Happily ever after? Maybe not.This is another splendidly imaginative novel, geared for young adults but more than entertaining for adults as well. The author has crafted her protagonists, and their adversaries, carefully, so their interactions cruise through the story like a fish through cool water or a kite through the air. The plotlines twine around each other and tighten, spiralling to the end in gorgeous fantasy until they finally meet and create a dynamic force that end the book - but leaves a door open for additional exploration of their world.In this book, the two girls are forced, however, to realize they will have to assume adult roles inside society. Now these two unconventional women do that creates a question that needs answered, and that is the challenge that remains.
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