Review and Giveaway: THE ROOFTOP INVENTOR by Nooce Miller

Nooce Miller

The Rooftop Inventor (The STEAMPUNK Adventures of Theodocia Hews – Book 1)
Release date: May 1, 2015
Genre: YA Steampunk Fantasy Romance

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It’s 1879 and seventeen-year-old Theodocia Hews is out of control. Her inventor father Orin Hews tried to raise her to be a proper lady, but Theo says and does whatever she wants. Since girls aren’t supposed to be inventors, she’s secretly building her own airship up on the roof of their house. When her father is attacked and his valuable invention is stolen, she sets out in her untested airship to get her father’s contraption back. She’d better hurry. Her father’s contract with his buyer expires in three days and without it they’re ruined.
The airship lifts off but things get complicated when Theo finds an unintended passenger aboard. Henry Caracticus Thorne—the thief she’d spotted that morning making off with things in the market—is an altogether unsuitable companion. But he’s unlike anyone she’s ever met before, he’s willing to help, and he’s drop-dead gorgeous. As they soar through the sky in the close quarters of Theo’s airship, it’s not just the steam engine heating up.
Theo has a hunch who took her father’s invention. Will she manage to catch the culprit before it’s too late? What did that strange lightning storm do to Theo and Henry? And will Theo give in to her heart and act on her growing feelings for Henry?
The Adventures of Theodocia Hews is a humorous YA steampunk adventure/romance series set in 1879 Cincinnati in an alternate universe where the evil institution of slavery was abolished shortly after the United States was founded, the Civil War never happened, crazy inventions are commonplace, and steam power rules!


Rooftop Inventor is a good story. I found it to be fun and interesting. Just the thought of building an airship and setting off on an adventure sounds so exhilarating. I love the personalities that Nooce Miller gave the main characters. Theo is a little spitfire who too often speaks her mind. She is rejected as an inventor, but she still pushes forward. Her travel companion Henry is a known thief, but you can tell through Nooce’s writing that there is so much more to him. Little bits of information about him are revealed throughout the story, which goes to show we should never judge a book by its cover.  Together these two characters make a great team, but since they are both strong minded they butt heads often.  

 The journey comes loaded with little surprises that would have me wondering, what in the world could happen next. It did start off a little slow, but once the story picked up it kept my interest till the end. This YA Steampunk novel is definitely worth the read.

Rooftop Inventor is about a young female inventor ahead of her time. After Theodocia’s father was attacked and robbed she sets off on an adventure in the airship she had secretly built on her roof, to get the stolen item back before it is too late. To her surprise she finds a stowaway aboard as she lifts off. Now Theo and Henry race against time to catch up with the thieves and find themselves in a lot of trouble along the way. It seems like everything is working against them. Will Theo succeed?

 About the Author

Nooce Miller writes fantasy, speculative fiction, and YA steampunk. Technical writer, lawyer, marketing communications editor, medical writer, she’s held a lot of jobs, but her current gig is the one she likes best—author. Her favorite music to write to is silence because the dialogue turns out better. She’s also fond of birdsong, thunder, and the sound of the wind in the trees. She sees herself as a visually creative person, though others might disagree once they’ve been exposed to the questionable quality of her drawings, paintings, and photography. She drinks a lot of hot Earl Grey tea, usually in the company of her dog Stinky—who never partakes.

She’s lived in six different states and one foreign country. Tiring of so much moving, she undertook to persuade her husband that they should settle down and enjoy the four glorious seasons of her beloved Midwest until their two sons were grown, and lo and behold, it worked.

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