I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Clockwork Ghost (York, #2) by Laura Ruby
Published by Walden Pond Press on May 14, 2019
It was only a few weeks ago that the Biedermann twins, Tess and Theo, along with their friend Jaime Cruz, followed the secrets of the Morningstarrs’ cipher further anyone had in its century-and-a-half history—and destroyed their beloved home in the process. But the Old York Cipher still isn’t solved. The demolition of 354 W. 73rd Street only revealed the next clue in the greatest mystery of the modern world, and if Tess, Theo, and Jaime want to discover what lies at the end of the puzzle laid into the buildings of New York by its brilliant, enigmatic architects, they will need to press on.
But doing so could prove even more dangerous than they know. It is clear that the Morningstarr twins marshaled all the strange technology they had spent their lives creating in the construction of the Cipher, and that technology has its own plans for those who pursue it. It is also clear that Tess, Theo, and Jaime are not the only ones on the trail of the treasure. As enemies both known and unknown close in on them from all sides and the very foundations of the city seem to crumble around them, they will have to ask themselves how far they will go to change the unchangeable—and whether the price of knowing the secrets of the Morningstarrs is one they are willing to pay.
I’ve always enjoyed mysteries and love steampunk novels, of which both genres fit the York series. I love the twists and turns and a new character introduced towards the end of the book. Our trio – Tess, Theo and Jaime are on the case to finish solving the cipher, but also a missing cat and raccoon. There’s some interesting new bad guys – including blonde women who all seem to look the same but aren’t. I also must say I love Aunt Esther who helps the kids out just a little bit during the book and seems to understand what is going on while not knowing at all what is going on. I love the mix of robotics in an older time setting and especially the robot that helps them that they call Ono (for saying consistently “Oh no”).
Of course, there are many unfinished parts of this mystery and I’m excited to see what the last volume will hold for our three adventuring friends.
Verdict: A fantastically wondrous book about ciphers, disappearing chimeras (hybrid animals), and robotic insects among many other things.
Blog Tour stops:
May 14 Nerdy Book Club
May 16 The Book Monsters
May 18 Writers’ Rumpus
May 19 Novel Novice
Thanks to Walden Media, we have one copy to give away of York: The Clockwork Ghost by Laura Ruby.
Giveaway ends June 1st, 2019