"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is: Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times by Emma Trevayne which is due to be released on May 13th.
Ten-year-old Jack Foster has stepped through a doorway and into quite a different London.
Londinium is a smoky, dark, and dangerous place, home to mischievous metal fairies and fearsome clockwork dragons that breathe scalding steam. The people wear goggles to protect their eyes, brass grill insets in their nostrils to filter air, or mechanical limbs to replace missing ones.
Over it all rules the Lady, and the Lady has demanded a new son—a perfect flesh-and-blood child. She has chosen Jack.
Jack’s wonder at the magic and steam-powered marvels in Londinium lasts until he learns he is the pawn in a very dangerous game. The consequences are deadly, and his only hope of escape, of returning home, lies with a legendary clockwork bird.
The Gearwing grants wishes. Or it did, before it was broken. Before it was killed.
But some things don’t stay dead forever.
OK, what is NOT perfect about this book? First of all, the cover. OMG SQUEEEE!!! The steampunk, the detail, the whispy ghost? It is fantastic. Then there is the title. It begs you to open up and see what is inside AND IT RHYMES! Even the author's name sounds like a J.K Rowling character. I have never been a fan of Steampunk, but this book may just be the one that I finally love.