Review ~ The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

Posted September 6, 2013 by Michelle in Uncategorized / 2 Comments

Dracula was one of my favorite books and sadly I never read an entire Sherlock Holmes book just never found the time to read them but that doesn’t stop me from loving the character.

When I saw the cover of The Clockwork Scarab I was totally pulled in, it’s fantastic. When I read the synopsis and realized this was about the relatives of both Holmes and Stoker with a huge chunk of Steampunk. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. The publisher whom I met at BEA sent this to me. I was so excited to be able to get an advanced copy.

The Clockwork Scarab 
A Stoker & Holmes Novel
By Colleen Gleason


Expected publication: September 17th 2013
by Chronicle Books 
ARC’s from Publisher through Edelweiss

This is my opinion and honest review of the book
NO compensation was give for reviewing this book

Synopsis and Cover taken from Goodreads

Two young women of similar age and standing have disappeared:

one found dead and the other still missing. The only clue to connect them is a small Egyptian clockwork scarab. Only Miss Stoker and Miss Holmes are well-positioned enough—similar in age and stature as they are to the victims—to investigate. An unlikely pair, the fierce Evaline Stoker and logical Mina Holmes must follow in the footsteps of their infamous families—Miss Holmes has inherited her Uncle Sherlock’s keen investigative skills, while Miss Stoker has accepted her family calling as a hunter of the undead. The partners must find a way to work together, while navigating the advances of a strange yet handsome American, a clever Scotland Yard investigator, and a cunning thief, to solve the mystery of the clockwork scarabs.

Set in steam punk London, steeped in Egyptian mythology and literary references, with a surprising time travel twist and compelling romantic triangles, Colleen Gleason has crafted a fast-paced and romantic debut young adult novel.


This is my first book from Colleen Gleason and my first Steampunk style read, I am now a fan of both.

Evalina Stoker and Alvermina Holmes are complete opposites; the only thing they have in common is they are both related to some pretty famous men.

Evalina Stoker is the sister of Bram Stoker. She is very popular and a socialite, invited to all the parties but she has a secret that only her brother knows she is a 17 year old badass Vampire Hunter by Heritage with Superhuman strength.

Alvermina (Mina) Holmes is the niece of Sherlock Holmes. She is very observant and prefers clockworks and modern mechanisms. She is extremely smart and tends to spend a lot of her time by herself. For some reason I really liked Mina I loved how quirky she was and her manner of speaking. I hate to pick favorite but I really enjoyed reading the book in Mina’s POV.

The story takes place in 1889 London; both girls receive a little from a mysterious person to meet at the British museum. They are asked to help find who is responsible for the death of High Society Girls. Each girl is found with an Egyptian Scarab by her bodies and a strange person named the Ankh seems to be behind it. Who is the Ankh and can the girls put their differences aside to help find the killer? Will they be able to find them in enough time prevent anyone else from dying?

There was three guys in this book; Pix, Dylan and Inspector Grayling. Evalina and Pix has great chemistry I loved reading about the both of them together, they really played off of each other great. Mina and Inspector Grayling also had great chemistry I actually thought it was rather funny how she was so snarky with him. I didn’t feel Dylan got enough page time. I am hoping to learn more about him in the next book.

I loved the mystery, history, steampunk, romance and even a bit of time travel.

I have to recommend this book. It did leave me with a lot of questions but that makes me more eager to read the next one when it comes out. Even if you are a first time reader of steampunk or love it this is a fantastic read.

I gave The Clockwork Scarab 4/5 stars because of its original story, awesome writing style and fantastic characters you grow to love.

Looking forward to reading more from Colleen Gleason and really looking forward to the next book 🙂

I got in-touch with Colleen Gleason and she gave me permission to show you the trailer. I got the goose bumps watching it even after I read the book 🙂

Taken from HERE

Wanna read the first 4 chapters?
You can get them at
Amazon or Barnes & Noble
You must read it you will be hooked 🙂 

Hope you enjoyed my review of The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

Hope you all have a clockwork kind of day
Happy Reading 

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2 responses to “Review ~ The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

  1. This is a creative idea, I find myself very intrigued!! And you're right, that is a great trailer. Adding it to my TBR. Great review 🙂