Book Review: Cogheart

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Book Review: CogheartCogheart by Peter Bunzl
Series: The Cogheart Adventures #1
Published by Usborne on September 1, 2016
Pages: 362

Some secrets change the world in a heartbeat...

Lily’s life is in mortal peril. Her father is missing and now silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows. What could they want from her?

With her friends—Robert, the clockmaker’s son, and Malkin, her mechanical fox—Lily is plunged into a murky and menacing world. Too soon Lily realizes that those she holds dear may be the very ones to break her heart...

Murder, mayhem and mystery meet in this gripping Victorian adventure.


Cogheart is an interesting steampunk middle grade novel. Set in my favorite steampunk time period, we see an alternate London, full of clockworks, mechanimals, and all sorts of steampunk elements. From one point of view we have Malkin, a mechanical fox who has survived a crash with his inventor Professor John – he must find the Professor’s daughter Lily. Currently, Lily is at finishing school and having a hard time of it. She thinks books are for reading, not balancing on your head to work on your posture.

Robert is another character, a teen boy who’s father works with clockwork and he assists him. He finds Malkin broken and tries to help him and ends up on the adventure of a lifetime. There are some seriously tragic moments in this book and major betrayals. It’s a bit of a wild ride as Lily and Robert team up to find out what has happened to the Professor and what they want with him, if he is indeed not dead already.

I love the twist at the end, I definitely did not see that coming! I did see the villain coming as is typical with middle grade novels, but I found the journey of this book so amazing. Both characters overcome terribly hard situations and are able to come together and help each other. I also loved the little mechanical fox, very sassy and possibly my favorite character.

Verdict: A high stakes adventure with a steampunk setting, sure to delight young readers with the action and twists and turns.


2 responses to “Book Review: Cogheart

  1. Kristen, this book looks so delightful. I am going to scribble down the title in my wish-list notebook. I like steampunk but I am still very new to it and I have yet to figure out which subgenres are my favorites. Did you get to see more of the mechanimals? Was Malkin able to have banter and/or an opportunity to shine as a character? (I am recovering from another book where a sad thing happened with an animal, so I am trying to prep myself in advance).
    On a completely unrelated note (kind of), I love the set up of your blog. The subtle variety of shades of white in the background, and the lovely yellow, green-blue, and peach colors are nice bursts of fresh colors and liveliness. So beautiful. I am still trying to figure out this blogging thing and I just thought I”d share how sweet your site looks.

  2. Thanks Dina! Yes he talks and is very funny in his sarcasm at times. There are other mechanical creatures – most more humanoid feeling than that cute fox.

    I was fortunate to have someone savvy with design as my first blog partner. Sadly she left the world of blogging and we don’t talk much. She did all the great designs around here. 😊 Kate – miss her, but love working with Jessica now.

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