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The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl
(The Perilous Journey of the Not So Innocuous Girl #1)
By Leigh Statham
YA Steampunk, Historical Fantasy
Paperback & eBook, 286 Pages
September 13, 2022 by Cricket Press, LLC

Summary

This brand new edition of the book contains updated historical facts, an amazing new cover, and extra punk for your steam machines!

Lady Marguerite lives a life most 17th-century French girls can only dream of: money, designer dresses, suitors, and a secure future. Except she can't quite commit to a life of dull luxury and she suspects she may be falling for her best friend, Claude, a common smithy 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 if she can survive the voyage.

Based on the true story of The Daughters of the King, Louis the XIV's social program to settle the wilds of Canada with women of noble birth, Marguerite's steampunk adventure follows in the footsteps of nearly one thousand brave women and girls who were rewarded handsomely for trekking across the pirate infested Atlantic to create a home in a strange land.

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My Review

THE PERILOUS JOURNEY OF THE NOT-SO-INNOCUOUS GIRL is full of adventure of the steampunk variety with fun characters and quite a bit of heart. If you like character-driven stories where a character shows quite a bit of development as she faces new experiences and challenges, then this one is for you. The addition of a dashing captain to add a bit of romance and fun contraptions only make for a more enjoyable story.

This is one of those stories where the heroine grows on you. Marguerite is a bit spoiled and takes what she has for granted. She also has a curious mind and an adventurous spirit that her governess tries to squash. Throw in a father who believes her only value is in marrying the most elite and rich of suitors, and you have a situation for disaster. As a reader, I also had some moments where I joined in Marguerite's anger and betrayal at the treatment she endures. The adventure really starts a bit before the half-way point of this story. Then Marguerite's character begins being tempered as she finds what she is used to stripped away and faces challenges that test her strength. There are a few places that tugged on my heart and a few where I was thrilled to cheer Marguerite on. In the end, you can't help but love her choices and the spirit in which she carries them out. I also loved the touch of romance, although I felt it could have used more development (as in actual time between the love interests to get to know each other).

This was a previous read for me from when it was first released. This newer version has some additions, although I couldn't tell what specifically was edited out or added in. I did struggle a bit this second time around with the first part of the story because Marguerite is so snobbish. There were also a few places or scenes that didn't work for me logistically. These would be my only complaints.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was a fun read, especially for steampunk fans! The character development and adventure as a whole was very enjoyable.

Content: One mild swear word, otherwise clean.
Source: I received a complimentary copy through Rock Star Book Tours, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author


Leigh Statham was raised in the wilds of rural Idaho and now resides in North Carolina. She has published five YA novels including her latest, Girls of War, from Owl Hollow Press. Her essays, poetry, and short stories can be found in the Remington Review, Southeast Review, North Carolina Literary Review, and several anthologies.

Leigh has an MFA in Young Adult literature from Converse College where she served as the Managing Fiction Editor at South 85 Journal for two years. She is the winner of the James Applewhite Poetry prize honorable mention and Southeast Review Narrative Nonfiction prize.

You can follow and contact her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Wattpad.


Tour Schedule

Week One:

9/12/2022

Jazzy Book Reviews

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9/12/2022

The Reading Devil

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9/13/2022

@allyluvsbooksalatte

IG Spotlight

9/13/2022

Epic Book Society

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9/14/2022

BookHounds YA

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9/14/2022

Ya Books Central

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9/15/2022

Two Chicks on Books

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9/15/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

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9/16/2022

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IG Review

9/16/2022

Wishful Endings

Review/IG Post

Week Two:

9/19/2022

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9/19/2022

Brandi Danielle Davis

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9/20/2022

A Blue Box Full of Books

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9/20/2022

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9/21/2022

@enjoyingbooksagain

IG Review

9/21/2022

@jypsylynn

Review/IG Post

9/22/2022

@jacleomik33

IG Review

9/22/2022

The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post

9/23/2022

History from a Woman’s Perspective

Review

9/23/2022

@just_another_mother_with_books

IG Review


Tour-Wide Giveaway

1 winner will win a $10 Amazon Gift Card, International.

1 winner will receive a signed finished copy of THE PERILOUS JOURNEY OF THE NOT SO INNOCUOUS GIRL, US Only.

Ends September 27th, midnight EST.

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