Friday, April 5, 2013
Friday Finds: All Men of Genius
I can't remember if I've ever done a Friday Finds post before, but I've been aware of the meme (hosted by Should Be Reading) for awhile...and I thought I'd take part this week as I found a book that I really wanted to share with everyone!
I currently work at one of my local libraries and while putting books away on Tuesday night, I came across a book that really jumped out to me; the title and cover were both interesting enough for me to open the book and read the inside summary really quick. After doing so, I knew I wanted to remember this one, so I wrote the title and author down on a piece of paper and went back to work!
All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen
Inspired by two of the most beloved works by literary masters, "All Men of Genius "takes place in an alternate Steampunk Victorian London, where science makes the impossible possible. Violet Adams wants to attend Illyria College, a widely renowned school for the most brilliant up-and-coming scientific minds, founded by the late Duke Illyria, the greatest scientist of the Victorian Age. The school is run by his son, Ernest, who continues his father's policy that the small, exclusive college remain male-only. Violet sees her opportunity when her father departs for America. She disguises herself as her twin brother, Ashton, and gains entry. But keeping the secret of her sex won't be easy, not with her friend Jack's constant habit of pulling pranks, and especially not when the duke's young ward, Cecily, starts to develop feelings for Violet's alter ego, "Ashton." Not to mention blackmail, mysterious killer automata, and the way Violet's pulse quickens whenever the young duke, Ernest, speaks to her. She soon realizes that it's not just keeping her secret until the end of the year faire she has to worry about: it's surviving that long.
My Thoughts: Though this summary doesn't say, the book in my library did, so I thought I'd share--this book is inspired by Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare and The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. If you've read either of these (I've personally read both) then that might have been obvious from the summary, or may be now, but I thought it would be cool to share what "beloved books" this novel was inspired by!
Apart from that, I just think it sounds like an amazing story. I love Shakespeare and Wilde, so that has me excited already. I think the concept is a bit different and sounds like a lot of fun. I really hope to get to this one soon (and it helps that my library has it).
Goodreads seems to have some fairly positive reviews as well if you want to add it to your own wish list!
You can also buy it for $15.46 at The Book Depository (free shipping!)