A Clockwork Heart by Liesel Schwarz
(Del Ray, 2013, 304 pages)
Hugh and Elle are enjoying their newly married status but, like any newly married couple, are struggling to agree on a few aspects of their new lives together. After a particularly intense fight over Elle’s flying schedule, Elle returns home to find Hugh missing and rumors about people walking around at night surrounded by a strange ticking noise. Elle now has to use her powers as the Oracle to track down Hugh with the help of Loisa, a Nightwalker. Throughout Elle’s search, she meets new friends and enemies and discovers the mystery of Hugh’s disappearance and the clockwork zombies are more intertwined then she expected.
This is the second book in The Chronicles of Light and Shadow series and although it has a slower pace in the beginning, I really enjoyed the ending and the different Steampunk characters that Schwarz introduces. I’m glad that Hugh’s character had a backseat role this time around because that gave way for other characters to develop, like Loisa. I also liked that Schwarz showed that Elle didn’t need Hugh to be a strong heroine and that she’s a little more independent then I originally thought. I wasn’t super excited to read the second book in the series but with the surprise ending, I can’t wait for the next installment, Sky Pirates, coming out next year!