The Iron Thorn, by Caitlin Kittredge (Delacorte Press, 2011)

What do a clockwork house in a steampunk setting, the Cthulhu Mythos, the Fae, and a girl engineer all have in common? They factor into Kittridge’s endlessly entertaining YA debut, a delightful juxtaposition of unlikely elements and high adventure. When Aoife Grayson receives a plea for help from her long-lost brother, she runs away from the strict school she calls home, accompanied by her best friend and guided by a dashing rogue. Encountering airship pirates, flesh-eating ghouls, untrustworthy Fae and more, Aoife must unlock the secrets of her family, even as her world is torn apart by betrayal, revelations. With its unique blend of steampunk science, eldritch horror, dark magic and Gothic atmosphere, this book draws you like a shoggoth’s tentacle and doesn’t let go.

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