Review of The Golden Owl – Clockwork Calico Book 1 by Lana Axe

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The Golden Owl

Clockwork Calico Book 1

Lana Axe

Genre: Steampunk, Middle-Grade

Released: April 2016


Calico Cogg is a cat like no other. Rescued from the streets of Ticswyk by esteemed inventor Lionel Cogg, she has been fitted with implants to enhance her natural feline abilities. When Lionel is kidnapped, Cali must put her skills to the test to free him.

Dark schemes are in the works—a plague of tiny clockwork spiders are wreaking havoc on the city’s inhabitants. Only Cali, with help from her trusted mouse friend Emmit, can get to the bottom of it all. With a criminal mastermind planning a major heist, Cali must race against time to unravel his plot before he escapes with the city’s greatest treasure.



Strange clockwork spiders have been spotted around Ticswyk, and only Cali, the infamous clockwork calico, can figure out what’s going on.

Cali is a unique cat. Her mannerisms are spot-on, portraying your typical feline. She loves to eat and nap, enjoys sitting in laps, and she has slight arrogance about her. Yes, she’s a typical cat, or wait, no she isn’t. She’s clockwork, enhanced by her human caretaker Lionel. He’s a master tinker, an inventor who rescued a kitten from the streets and turned her into this amazing crime-solving cat.
Geared toward middle-grade readers, this story is fun to read. I think adults who enjoy cats and mysteries will really get a kick out of this tale. The Victorian, steampunk setting is nicely written, keeping well within the genre. There are strange machines and some familiar items with strange twists, like Cali herself.
Mouse friend Emmit was a fun addition. The two play off of each other, both being highly intelligent for their respective species. A fun and quick adventure to bring down a major criminal with loads of fun action throughout. It’s a quick and entertaining read.
I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.






5 out of 5 stars

About the Author:

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Lana Axe lives in the Missouri countryside surrounded by dogs, cats, birds and reptiles. She spends most of her free time daydreaming about elves, magic, and far-away lands.





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