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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
Selina has lived a hard life, struggling to be a better person and to have trust in those who care for her. At a very early age, she is found in a foreign abandoned ship that landed on the flying city of Ozark. A nice family by the name of Roberts takes her in and raises her as their own. Keeping those around her at bay and doing everything in her power to prove herself right, Selina finds herself involved with a criminal group who call themselves Steam Junkies. These outlaws run in different gangs, but they all have the same idea in mind; create new inventions using steam power. Selina is in a gang of girls led by Rosa, who becomes her best friend. When an important and rare valve is stolen from her on the streets by one of Miasma’s goons, she finds herself asking Rosa for help. As they try to track down Miasma and his gang of thugs, they find out the horrible truth of what he is building. A machine whose sole purpose is to destroy the city of Ozark and the only person Miasma wants to build it is Selina herself. Will they be able to put a stop to this madman and save their city and all the people that live there, or will all be destroyed?
I found The Inventor's Gift a very interesting read. It’s not a book that I would typically have picked up but, after reading it, I am glad that I did. Ashley J Bailey has done a wonderful job creating the steampunk city of Ozark. It’s different and unique but is very detailed and keeps the reader both invested and entertained. The characters are very well written and in-depth, which makes it easy to relate to them. Selina has a very realistic storyline, being abandoned as a small girl. Her behavior and impulsive need to push people away is a very real struggle for many kids in the foster system in real life. It’s nice though to see the main character mature and become aware of why she does what she does and tries to overcome it. Meanwhile, we have this gang leader who wants to destroy Ozark with the machine he is trying to invent but needs Selina’s help. It’s a very twisted adventure story but it keeps you on your toes and eager to read more. I would definitely like to read more of Bailey’s work.