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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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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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Texie
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  • 08-28-18

Not suited for an audiobook

I had a very hard time making it through this one, it is much longer than the 1st. The story does drag on quite a bit so it can get quite boring. My main issue is that there are too many breaks in the story where the characters talk behind the scenes and it gets annoying. There were far less in the 1st novel and it made the story flow so much better, however in this one there are constant side conversations that get annoying. You can predict when they will come and they really do not add anything to the story line. Perhaps if you are reading the hard copy it is not as irritating but in the audiobook form it really drags on your nerves. I felt like to book was way too long and instead of developing the main characters into characters who you empathize and root for, you really begin to dislike them all. I am not sure why the author would want for you to dislike the main characters, but she makes you think that Mary is a prim, controlling idiot, Katharine is quite mean, Beatrice is useless, Diana is a heathen, and Justine is pointless. She shows few redeeming qualities for the characters and really makes them out to dislike each other. I was very disappointed in this story and sorry I wasted so much time listening to it.

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Disappointing

The first book in this series had me wanting more. This one was very slow going, taking far too long to get to one point and connect with another. This book just wasn't as good as the first.

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Needs an editor

Painfully long, in need of tightening up. This was eight hours of listening longer than necessary. The story is clever, the narrator excellent, but the exposition just dragged.

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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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Book 2 - just as good as the first!

First off, let me start by stating that the character of Diana is so annoying to me - that is good writing. The author takes the original characters (Dracula, Mr. Hyde, Van Helsing) tales and gives them a new spin, while the narrator brings them to life!
I enjoy reading and listening to the books, but it hasn't been since JK Rowling created Delorus Umbridge (a character I actually, physically hated) that a fictional person has honestly annoyed me as much as Diana. lol
The story is captivating, although I did find the "interruptions" of the side bars of the characters discussing random things, a bit distracting; the overall story which revolved around the vampire-type characters was facinating!
I am looking forward to future installments by Ms Goss of the Athena Club!

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Disappointingly bad.

The narrator Kate Reading is fantastic at her job and is wonderful with inflection, manner, and different voices for each character -- I think she alone is the main reason I could approach the end of this book. The grammar and vocabulary of the writing, however, sound like it was written by a modern 14 year old for school English class: The characters use slang and lazy turns of phrase that are popular today in 2018, certainly not appropriate for Victorian era Europe. And HOW MANY TIMES can the writer possibly repeat that Katherine is a puma! And the *constant* repetition of how Diana finds things "so annoying!" and everything is "so gross!" ---- over and over again those same things are repeated in what feels like almost every paragraph. After the first mention of "because I am a puma!" (puma puma puma, arghh) and something being annoying/gross//poisonous/etc, I as the reader get it and really don't need to hear the same crude things constantly echoed through the whole book. Was there not an editor tasked with removing repetitious passages and cleaning up the language to sound more historically accurate? I loved the book prior to this in the series "The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter" which was charming and had a new unique take on the Victorian monster & mystery themes. This book "European Travel" as its sequel, however, is just astoundingly disappointing and feels like it was written in a hurry with little editing.

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful