Fires of Invention (Mysteries of Cove #1) – YA Review

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Fires of Invention

Fires of Invention

Fires of Invention (Mysteries of Cove #1) by J. Scott Savage

Age range: 10-14 | Grade level: 4-8 | Series: Mysteries of Cove (Book 1) | Hardcover: 288 pages | Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing (September 29, 2015)


About Fires of Invention:

Trenton Colman is a creative thirteen-year-old boy with a knack for all things mechanical. But his talents are viewed with suspicion in Cove, a steam-powered city built inside a mountain. In Cove, creativity is a crime and invention is a curse word.

Kallista Babbage is a repair technician and daughter of the notorious Leo Babbage, whose father died in an explosion an event the leaders of Cove point to as an example of the danger of creativity.

Working together, Trenton and Kallista learn that Leo Babbage was developing a secret project before he perished. Following clues he left behind, they begin to assemble a strange machine that is unlikely anything they ve ever seen before. They soon discover that what they are building may threaten every truth their city is founded on and quite possibly their very lives.

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About J. Scott Savage:

J Scott Savage is the author of 16 novels including the Mysteries of Cove series, the Farworld middle grade fantasy series, and the Case File 13 middle grade monster series. He has been writing and publishing books for over fourteen years. He has visited over 1000 schools, dozens of writers conferences, and taught many writing classes. He has four children and three grandchildren. He lives with his wife Jennifer in a windy valley of the Rocky Mountains.

He loves hearing from his readers at scott at jscottsavage dot com.


My Thoughts on Fires of Invention:

A mystery surrounds the hidden city of Cove, but the citizens and government refuse to see it. Trenton retrieves a dangerous object causing a jam in some vital city equipment, he finds himself on a wild goose chase for information. He meets Kallista along the way and the two of them follow the clues to unlock the mystery behind their city.
I’m not going to lie, the cover totally sold me on this book. Of course, I was very happy to find that the story is every bit as good as the cover. I love the setting of the city inside a hollowed out mountain. It had aspects of various science fiction books in it, but I like how it was presented in a new way. Nothing felt stale or cliché.
Fires of Invention is intended for upper middle grade and lower YA readers. It has a fast pace and lots of action, but the main characters are only thirteen. There is action, mystery, and a slight touch of romance. I may be biased when it comes to steampunk novels, but I really enjoyed this one. If you have a reader in the 10-14 age bracket, hunt this book down!Content: Clean, but has some action/danger

Source: I received a copy of this book from Saichek Publicity in exchange for an honest review.



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    Tressa @ Wishful Endings
    February 18, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    So glad you loved this one too! I think that because it did feel unique and was well written definitely kept it at the top of my list from last year. I’m really looking forward to book two!

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      February 19, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      Me too! I’m excited to see where this story goes next. I love it when books live up to my expectations. 🙂

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    February 18, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Does this have dragons in it or just one on the cover?

    • Reply
      Dena at Batch of Books
      February 19, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      There are dragons in it! It’s always disappointing when the cover doesn’t accurately represent a book, but this one does! 🙂

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