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In the sequel to the critically acclaimed The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Mary Jekyll and the rest of the daughters of literature’s mad scientists embark on a madcap adventure across Europe to rescue another monstrous girl and stop the Alchemical Society’s nefarious plans once and for all.

Mary Jekyll’s life has been peaceful since she helped Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson solve the Whitechapel Murders. Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherine Moreau, Justine Frankenstein, and Mary’s sister Diana Hyde have settled into the Jekyll household in London, and although they sometimes quarrel, the members of the Athena Club get along as well as any five young women with very different personalities. At least they can always rely on Mrs. Poole.

But when Mary receives a telegram that Lucinda Van Helsing has been kidnapped, the Athena Club must travel to the Austro-Hungarian Empire to rescue yet another young woman who has been subjected to horrific experimentation. Where is Lucinda, and what has Professor Van Helsing been doing to his daughter? Can Mary, Diana, Beatrice, and Justine reach her in time?

Racing against the clock to save Lucinda from certain doom, the Athena Club embarks on a madcap journey across Europe. From Paris to Vienna to Budapest, Mary and her friends must make new allies, face old enemies, and finally confront the fearsome, secretive Alchemical Society. It’s time for these monstrous gentlewomen to overcome the past and create their own destinies.

©2018 Theodora Goss (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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someone learned what meta means

The interior chattiness of the book might be endearing to some, and has its amusing moments, I suppose, but I'm more interested in the story than the excess of silliness the pomo conceit seems geared toward providing. The metanarative becomes the reason for the story, so the story suffers from too much teen banter . . .

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Little Women meets Anno Dracula

I’ve been obsessed with the crossover fiction genre ever since I read Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula series. Because of that obsession I’ve read a lot of crossover fiction stories and more often than not they’re terrible. Usually they become so bogged down in the crossovers that the story gets lost in a sea of references. This is the first series I’ve read that matches Newman’s magnum opus. The characters are rich, distinct, relatable, and remarkably easy to invest in. The story is interesting too and I’m anxious to see what’s next but it’s the characters that make this series as addictive as it is and there’s nothing wrong with that. If you’re a fan of crossover fiction, want something empowering, or just want something with great characters to pass the time then definitely pick it up.

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This second book earned it's fifth star!

Mash'em ups can get pretty bland, but I've really enjoyed these books. The characters that at first feel meh grow on you, and their developments through their several trials make them even more endearing. Can not wait for the third volume. Theodora, I'd totally give you twenty shillings for a sneak peek! Diana is my favorite, but I want more Alpha and Omega!
Kate Reading (ironic name...) is a WONDERFUL narrator, and I'll be scoping out her other works, as well. Please keep me entertained!
Thank you so much!

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My new obseasion

As a fan of sherlock Holmes, having had read Carmilla, Dracula and being generally familiar with most of the characters within the Athena Club books, I love this authors take on the monsters. The author did an amazing job creating these characters, creating their stories and intertwining characters from other books in so many ways. These books have adventure, mystery, strong female characters from all different backgrounds working together, no drama within the group, funny quarrels between them maybe but no more. I cannot wait for the 3rd book

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superbly written, delightfully read

for context, my wife and I average 40 books a year, and this is the only one we actually pre-ordered.

Well worth it; great the first time, and stands up to multiple readings.

2nd in the series, can't wait for the next.

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Lively and entertaining

Super sequel, can't wait for the next book. Lots of twist and turns. Keeps you guessing.

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What fun!

Great fun and so happy to read a book in which a whole posse of feminist women get to be the stars Hurry up with Book 3 please. Narrator is remarkable - hard to be
I eve one person created all those voices.

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so much fun

very entertaining. sometimes A LOT of detail. I still enjoyed it and will look for book 3.

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Very entertaining

I love these characters!!! So well developed, so much detail, where they are, what they are wearing, what they are eating- you almost feel like you are there. The narrator does an amazing job! Can’t wait for the next book!!!

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Great story, marvelously read

Kate Reading does an amazing job of giving each of the many characters a unique and distinguishable voice. Theadora Goss' story is clever, well written, and very enjoyable. I look forward to the further adventures of the Athena Club.