The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl
by Leigh Statham
Genres: Young Adult, Steampunk
Lady Marguerite lives a life most 17th century French
girls can only dream of: money, designer dresses,
suitors and a secure future. Except she suspects she may be falling for her best friend Claude, a common smithie in the family's steam forge. When Claude leaves for New France in search of a better life, Marguerite decides to follow him and test her suspicions of love. But the trip proves more harrowing than she had anticipated, revealing secrets and testing her strength as well as her heart. Love, adventure and restitution await her in Canada, but only if she can survive the voyage.
I've only recently discovered Steampunk, and every story that I read in this genre makes me love it even more. The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl was such an adventure! This book is rich in so many things and lacking absolutely nothing.
The characters are what really made this story for me, though. Statham does such an excellent job at portraying everyone as their own individual person with real growth. Marguerite was simply perfect. I love learning about her and connecting to her. How I wish I could read another one of her adventures! I felt such a range of emotions when it came to her, but in the end, I adored her.
The secondary characters shined as well. There was the perfect balance with them. I was never too bogged down by their presence, but they were there enough for me to love them as well! I especially had a soft spot for Claude!
The Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl is such a thrilling adventure. With Marguerite's growth and development, the title has a double meaning with so much promise. My only downfall with this book is the blurb. The cover is outstandingly beautiful, as is the story inside of it. I only wish the blurb were just as amazing for potential readers. But take my word for it; you want to read this book!
**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.