Standalone/ARC Reviews

Review ~ Cogheart by Peter Bunzl

Cogheart (The Cogheart Adventures, #1)

No one conquers fear easily. It takes practice to reach true heights; a brave heart to win great battles.”

Thaddeus Townsend

About the Book: Lily’s life is in mortal peril. Her father is missing and now silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows. What could they want from her?

With her friends – Robert, the clockmaker’s son, and Malkin, her mechanical fox – Lily is plunged into a murky and menacing world. Too soon Lily realizes that those she holds dear may be the very ones to break her heart…

5 stars

# of Pages: 

Middle Grade, Fantasy, Steampunk (is that a genre?)

Age Range: 
12+ (violence)


I absolutely adored this book! It was honestly so hard choosing my favorite quote to put at the top of this review because I had so many highlighted. I’m a big fan of lyrical writing – it helps pull me into the story’s world more – and Peter Bunzl’s writing style is beautiful, especially for a middle grade! The writing was simple enough to be understood, but still enjoyable for anyone who picks it up, no matter what age!

Lily is a great main character! She’s realistic and relatable and her sass is on point! I love stories with MCs who actually have good relationships with their parents (AND THEY’RE NOT DEAD) and the relationship that grows between Lily and her father is so nice. I love the fact that Robert has the same fears that I do, and that he was able to face them every time that he had to. The villains of this story were all very well developed and certainly hate-worthy because I hated them basically the moment they showed up, haha! As for the mechanicals, each of them was so unique and I loved them all!

Another thing that I really liked was how realistically this book describes the feeling of loss. I’ve recently learned just what that feeling is and the way it’s described in Cogheart was so relatable; I feel like this was definitely a story that came in at the right time in my life.

Altogether, Cogheart is a story full of adventure and strong bonds, along with learning how to cope with loss. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I’ll be getting my hands on the sequel ASAP! Cogheart comes out next Tuesday on March 12th, so be sure to check it out!!

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