Friday, September 25, 2015

Blog Tour/Review: Mysteries of Cove: Fires of Invention by J. Scott Savage

Mysteries of Cove: Fires of Invention, by J. Scott Savage
2015, 370p, Middle-Grade Sci-Fi/Fantasy
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

Trenton Coleman is a creative thirteen-year-old boy with a knack for all things mechanical. But his talents are viewed with suspicion in Cove, a steam-powered city built inside a mountain. In Cove, creativity is a crime and “invention” is a curse word.

Kallista Babbage is a repair technician and daughter of the notorious Leo Babbage, whose father died in an explosion—an event the leaders of Cove point to as an example of the danger of creativity.

Working together, Trenton and Kallista learn that Leo Babbage was developing a secret project before he perished. Following clues he left behind, they begin to assemble a strange machine that is unlike anything they’ve ever seen before. They soon discover that what they are building may threaten every truth their city is founded on—and quite possibly their very lives.

I don't generally read steampunk and dragon type books, but this one sounded too good to pass up! I also love the dystopian feel to it. Cove is a place where inventions are forbidden and improvements are not to be made. That's extremely difficult for anyone that's creative. 

Trenton Coleman is 13 years old and loves mechanics. He's looking forward to getting assigned to mechanic training at graduation and can't imagine any other assignment. His life gets turned upside down when he finds a mysterious tube. He meets Kallista Babbage, and they start following clues left by her father, Leo Babbage, an inventor who died in an explosion. As they work together, they discover secrets about their city that can put both of them in serious danger.

Trenton is a regular 13 year old who is just trying to fit in. He comes across some dangerous information and has to figure out who to trust and who he can confide in. He goes through some major changes over the course of the book. He's not impressed with Kallista but they need to figure out a way to get along and work together. Kallista is an orphan who has a hard time making friends and likes to keep to herself. Then there's a boy, Angus, who doesn't like him and a girl, Simoni, who does and they each add to the story.

I read this with my children and we all loved it! We enjoyed learning the truth about Cove and there was plenty of action to hold our attention and there were many times we had to keep reading just one more chapter. The ending isn't a cliffhanger but definitely left all of us wanting more!

Author Bio:
J. Scott Savage is the author of the Farworld middle grade fantasy series and the Case File 13 middle grade monster series. He has been writing and publishing books for over ten years. He has visited over 400 elementary schools, dozens of writers conferences, and taught many writing classes. He has four children and lives with his wife Jennifer and their Border Collie, Pepper, in a windy valley of the Rocky Mountains.

INSTAGRAM: jscottsavage


Unknown said...

This sounds fantastic, and I love the cover. I think my son would enjoy it as well! Thanks! Great review

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