Monday, August 6, 2018

Ticker by Lisa Mantchev

I finished listening to the unabridged audio version of Ticker by Lisa Mantchev and narrated by Fiona Hardingham.

Listening time for Ticker by Lisa Mantchev is 8 hours, 2 minutes.

I was initially attracted to Ticker's cover as I love the colors on the cover and overall design on the cover. I also was intrigued by the steampunk theme of this novel, so I decided to give it a try.

However, I wasn't that enamored by Ticker by Lisa Mantchev. The storyline/premise of this novel was good in theory, but I felt like it was a flat, two dimensional read that needed an fusion of something to give it a pop and make it a better, more engaging/captivating read. Ticker also had a lot of action in it, but sometimes I felt like it had action for the sake of action to kept the story moving. The characters were a cliche, which made them feel just as flat and two dimensional as the plot... Long story short, Ticker by Lisa Mantchev could have been a much better novel in my opinion.

The following is a plot summary for Ticker by Lisa Mantchev from Amazon:
A girl with a clockwork heart makes every second count.
When Penny Farthing nearly died, the brilliant surgeon Calvin Warwick managed to implant a brass "Ticker," transforming her into "the first of the Augmented!" But soon it was discovered that Warwick kidnapped and killed dozens of people striving to perfect another Ticker for Penny.
The last day of Warwick's trial, the Farthing factory is bombed, Warwick disappears, and Penny and her brother, Nic, receive a ransom demand for all of their Augmentation notes if they want to see their parents again. Who is trying to stop their work? Or to control it? Or is the motive more sinister?
Determined to solve the mystery and reunite their family, the Farthings recruit their closest friends: fiery baker Violet Nesselrode and gentleman-about-town Sebastian Stirling. Unexpectedly leading the charge is Marcus Kingsley, the young army general who has his own reasons for wanting to lift the veil between this world and the next. Wagers are placed, friends are lost, romance stages an ambush, and time is running out for the girl with the clockwork heart.
I am giving Ticker by Lisa Mantchev a rating of 2 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!!


  1. The plot summary makes it sound really good. No wonder you decided to read it. Sorry it was not very good.

    1. Yes, the plot summary is really good and that was a big draw for me too. I simply wish there was a bit more of something else to it.

  2. I've been intrigued by this one, too, mostly because of the cover. Too bad it wasn't a better read.

    1. Thanks for your thoughts... The plot premise is definitely good, execution not so much.