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The Clockwork Ghost York #2 One has to admire a children's book that begins with a uote from Baudelaire about Paris What strange phenomena we find in a great city all we need do is stroll about with our eyes open Life swarms with innocent monsters Fans of Ruby's previous book in the York series will know it is a perfect fit for the world of steampunk mystery and alternate history she created so skillfully in the The Shadow Cipher the first book of the series How good it is to see Tess and Theo Biedermann and their friend Jamie Cruz and Nine the chimera cat again They are recovering from the loss of their beloved home 354 W 73rd Street still intent on solving the riddle of the Morningstarr Twins' Cipher in the hopes of defeating the vile developer Darnell Slant's plans to remake New York and possibly run for electoral office What could be worse The book leaps into that continuing adventure with the kids riding a metal carriage underground of NYC on their way to face down mad scientists evil fembots and even their own family members' desire to protect them No matter what they discover by solving the Cipher they are determined to thwart Slant who may be almost the most loathsome real estate developer New York has ever faced some rich man who doesn't care about anyone's history or future but his own Ruby delivers another puzzle box of a book but most of all it is a love letter to a New York that is changing too fast where the past can be wiped out not just by a construction crane but by callousness racism and wilful ignorance Theo Tess and Jaime must discover the answer to make them all feel real again whole again impervious to everything and everyone the people who meant to do ill and the ones who meant to do well because sometimes the result was the same This is a good old fashioned yarn where baddies are baddies monsters which take all shapes and heroes do their best to ride to the rescue of an entire city There are some real dangers that face them including animal experimentation mass environmental damage and sinister adults straight out of SPECTRE who will do anything to stop them from solving the puzzle There are villains who believe in order to fix things you had to break them Fortunately there is a diverse cast of heroes ranged against them including women senior citizens and of course brave children There are many nods to great scientists of the past most notable Ada Lovelace and Thomas Jennings as well as the fantastic influence of the Morningstarrs whose mystery continues to grow Ruby is also masterful at portraying real relationships not just between her child protagonists but also between them and other adults who may want to help but also have their own agenda Hers is the rare world where adults and children must negotiate and cooperate in order to solve not just the mystery but the secrets of just plain getting along In the spirit of other great children's books such as The Westing Game From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler Chasing Vermeer and When You Reach Me The Clockwork Ghost is both a worthy successor a ringing harbinger of the concluding book and a terrific book in its own right How else could you feel about a book that announces the children must go where all the best mysteries are The New York Public Library Bring on the next book with bells on A worthy successor to the first book in the series which I devoured in two days Every page stunningly twisty and turny leading you on a merry chase through a steampunk utopian New York CityWith wonderfully age appropriate characters and the right number of adults getting in their way this code breaking romp is perfect for tween readers and their parents and for those people who prefer their books without any sex or swearing It reminds me of the Lemoncello Library series but with action and the risk of doom and destruction Can't wait to read the next book in the series Well done to the author It's not often that the second book in a series lives up to the first x I have no idea what's going on AND I LOVE IT New characters I ADORE that we get Karl's perspective Ono was so charming and I love him and he needs to be protected at all costs The blond ladies are great villains not as delightfully creepy as Stoop and Pinscher but I find the implications of their existence interesting Can't wait to see of Dr Newt New story developments view spoilerTime travel Multiverse WHAT IS HAPPENING hide spoiler Like its predecessor Book # 2 in the York series is a wonderful combination of steampunk mystery and alternate history With their upper west side apartment building destroyed in the last book the lead trio twins Tess Theo and friend Jaime are separated the twins live in ueens now with their parents and Jaime with his grandmother in New Jersey They spend all of their time together to finish solving the Morningstarrs’ cipher plenty of which is with surprising Aunt Esther The disappearance of hybrid animal chimeras including Tess's beloved cat Nine and Cricket's beloved raccoon Karl is one of the main plotlines as is Theo's mysterious gray cloaked female superhero And who are the mysterious blondes with the red dresses and what is their deal One of the best additions to the series is the tiny robot called Ono who alternately babbles Land of Kings or Oh no and is full of surprises Kudos to Laura Ruby for keeping it fresh and exciting with both new and development of existing characters “To be concluded” whatOk rewind summarize This book is a continuation of the first diving further into the Cipher of the Morningstarr twins It follows the 3 preteens through discovering clues and the villains attempting to thwart their gain in the cipher I thought the clues in this book were way cooler and I even learned a few things I must admit I skipped over the different letter clues because obviously it’s going to be solved in like a page or 2 However I felt like the author had a much interesting way of telling this tale through different characters to give a global story Animals villains and even the last chapter all gave such great depth that wouldn’t have been fulfilled through the 3 kids’ POVs Impatiently waiting 😄 Once again middle grade mysteries rock They're so much fun and not weighed down with too much dialogue and paced well There is so much going on in this book and even when we get clues there's uestions I also loved that we got random points of view like Rocket the raccoon and Candy the blonde woman lol This book didn't have the urgency of the first there's no deadline to solving the cipher and so it was a little slower I still had fun listening to it and even laughed a couple times especially at Oh No I can't wait for the conclusion to see if my theories are correct and find out if they solve the cipher An excellent seuel I loved the character development the many middle of the night escapades and the growing friendship between the three kids And I most heartily approve of the librarian robot and disguises Aunt Esther is the BESTThe Jurassic Park thing in the middle there is a bit weird and that new character there is a bit impossible Actually the last 50 pages or so were all pretty much impossible So I would recommend going into this one with an open mind and if you get really confused just turn off the logical side of your brain until the book is done You'll be okay And if you are a mother keep a REALLY open mind Just saying In the end though this was just fantastic I really appreciate how Laura Ruby can combine an edge of your seat mystery adventure with a breathtaking world and crazy real characters who ask tough uestions and deal with actual problems and are coming awake to the world in which they liveAnother favourite aspect of The Clockwork Ghost is the writing It is clever funny insightful It brings this whole world to lifeI have many many many uestions after this book but this is the biggest how in any world is Laura Ruby going to wrap this up in one bookSome favourite uotes'I see you and your cynical eyeballs Theodore Aunt Esther said plunking a glass of lemonade in front of him They're going to get stuck that way' Like I said Aunt Esther is the BEST'She smelled of something sweet like jam and also something woody like oak As if she had been cooking up a batch of marmalade while carving wands for wizards''Every kid knew not to ask an adult any uestions until that adult had had at least one cup of coffee' I listened to this one on audiobook and really enjoyed it It wasn't uite as good as book one and I felt it didn't answer as many uestions as I was hoping it would But I still love the characters and some new mystery elements are added in which make it even intriguing The ending though I need the next book now What a reveal cliffhanger THIS WAS SO GOOD Please tell me there's another book The Clockwork Ghost was again so freaking good I don't know what it is about this series but it's a lot of fun to listen to Maybe next time around whenever I'm in the mood for a re read I will try out the physical or ebook version Just like in the first book the gang is still solving the cipher which honestly had me completely sucked in I'm a terrible detective and an okay ish problem solver so I was glad that I wasn't in this book because it would've been a complete shit show Now the whole solving per say didn't really go that uickly which in a way I liked I felt like things weren't getting rushed and it gave my brain time to piece things together Then there's getting random pov's like candy I STILL HAVE NO IDEA WHY THAT WAS IMPORTANT BUT I'M SURE IT WILL KICK ME IN THE ASS LATER Other than that it made me laugh and smile Definitely can't wait for the next book to come out because I just want the next adventure 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 onBut doing so could prove even 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

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