About The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl
Publication date: March 17, 2015 Publisher: Month9Books, LLC. Author: Leigh Statham
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 her heart 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. Only the trip proves to be more harrowing than she anticipated. Love, adventure and restitution await her, if she can survive the voyage.
If I were to classify this book, I would classify it as a YA Steampunk novel. It’s a really quick read, and I really enjoyed it. Marguerite is a pretty awesome character – strong and independent, a good friend, and she’s smart! These are refreshing to see in a female character. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Claude, but there are plenty of other male figures in the book who are worse. I really enjoyed how resourceful Marguerite is, and how she never really depended on or needed a man to get herself in (and out!) of some really interesting situation.
The book is completely appropriate – even though there are some romantic parts, I would not hesitate to give to my 13 year old. I think she will definitely enjoy the steampunk aspect to the novel!
ABOUT LEIGH STATHAM
Leigh Statham was raised in the wilds of rural Idaho, but found her heart in New York City. She worked as a waitress, maid, artist, math teacher, nurse, web designer, art director, thirty-foot inflatable pig and mule wrangler before she settled down in the semi-quiet role of wife, mother and writer. She resides in North Carolina with her husband, four children, five chickens and two suspected serial killer cats. If the air is cool and the sun is just coming up over the horizon, you can find her running the streets of her small town, plotting her next novel with the sort of intensity that will one day get her hit by a car.