I want to state for the record before I go on with my review that anything I write is my opinion (naturally). Others might feel differently than I do especially if they compare what they read to what I've shelved this book under. They'll most likely completely disagree with half those shelves but I feel they pretty much explain the book from my eyes.
With that said, this book, honestly, blew me away. There were, of course, things I didn't like about it but the world-building and the details and descriptions held me captivated. It was stop and go for me. At times, all I wanted was for the book to be over. I felt annoyed and scoffed at how some things were possible but other times I was glued to my kindle. I wanted the story to go on and on and never stop. Even with the menage.
The book is definitely a unique one. Others might feel disgusted with some of the content in this book but I enjoyed it overall. It's told strictly from Querrilous Knotte's POV. He's an extremely adventurous, slightly egotistical, bold, selfish thief. He wants what he wants and that's mainly to live and have his ex-lover, Reginald Whitney, in his arms again. Unfortunately, Reg just wants to do his duty and marry and have kids. When pointed to a certain house, Querry becomes intrigued with it and eventually finds a clockwork doll. An extremely attractive, intriguing, innocent doll that has a thirst for anything new who eventually names himself Frolic. It's not long before everything comes to light including the trios eventual love for each other, the reason for Frolic's existence and how Frolic could be manipulated in the worst way.
All these characters are very interesting. Frolic was my favorite. He is an extremely fascinating character with his naivety and the things he does. I found him just adorable. Querry and Reg, I wasn't as in love with them. For one, Reg annoyed me in the beginning but by the end of the story, I liked Reg more than I liked Querry. Mostly because Querry is just an idiot. I wanted to smack him a few times so he'd start making sense and stop talking nonsense. Still, I did like him just not as much.
A lot of things happen in this book, most of it around the discovery of Frolic and his purpose. It causes a lot of chaos that requires a lot of fighting. In all honesty, I was surprised by this story, it wasn't anything I was expecting. For one, there's the menage. I didn't know about it until after I received the book. For all those wondering, it was actually not so bad. The romance wasn't really the main focus of the book and I appreciated that. I think also the fact that Frolic is a doll helped me get over my menage hang-ups. Also the fact that there's not many sex scenes helps as well ;-P. Another thing that surprised me was the storyline and suspense. The blurb doesn't do enough justice to how much excitement is in this book. That kept me reading the book till the end.
As much as I enjoyed the book, I had a few problems with it. My main problem was with the detail. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the detail. I enjoy good world-building and a lot of detail. I'm a visual person. Unfortunately, some of the details given were detailed in a manor that I could not picture at all. It left me confused sometimes on how something could be beautiful to these characters when all I envisioned was something disgusting or ugly.
Overall, I DID enjoy this book. The steampunk and paranormal themes held me hooked throughout the whole book. There's some things that dimmed my enjoyment, however, so the only people I can really recommend this to are people who DON'T have any problems reading about unconventional and unique elements. Other than that, I think whoever reads this will appreciate the detail and work put into this world. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.