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In the sequel to the critically acclaimed The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Mary Jekyll and the rest of the daughters of literature’s mad scientists embark on a madcap adventure across Europe to rescue another monstrous girl and stop the Alchemical Society’s nefarious plans once and for all. Mary Jekyll’s life has been peaceful since she helped Sherlock Holmes a In the sequel to the critically acclaimed The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Mary Jekyll and the rest of the daughters of literature’s mad scientists embark on a madcap adventure across Europe to rescue another monstrous girl and stop the Alchemical Society’s nefarious plans once and for all. Mary Jekyll’s life has been peaceful since she helped Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson solve the Whitechapel Murders. Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherine Moreau, Justine Frankenstein, and Mary’s sister Diana Hyde have settled into the Jekyll household in London, and although they sometimes quarrel, the members of the Athena Club get along as well as any five young women with very different personalities. At least they can always rely on Mrs. Poole. But when Mary receives a telegram that Lucinda Van Helsing has been kidnapped, the Athena Club must travel to the Austro-Hungarian Empire to rescue yet another young woman who has been subjected to horrific experimentation. Where is Lucinda, and what has Professor Van Helsing been doing to his daughter? Can Mary, Diana, Beatrice, and Justine reach her in time? Racing against the clock to save Lucinda from certain doom, the Athena Club embarks on a madcap journey across Europe. From Paris to Vienna to Budapest, Mary and her friends must make new allies, face old enemies, and finally confront the fearsome, secretive Alchemical Society. It’s time for these monstrous gentlewomen to overcome the past and create their own destinies.


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In the sequel to the critically acclaimed The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Mary Jekyll and the rest of the daughters of literature’s mad scientists embark on a madcap adventure across Europe to rescue another monstrous girl and stop the Alchemical Society’s nefarious plans once and for all. Mary Jekyll’s life has been peaceful since she helped Sherlock Holmes a In the sequel to the critically acclaimed The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Mary Jekyll and the rest of the daughters of literature’s mad scientists embark on a madcap adventure across Europe to rescue another monstrous girl and stop the Alchemical Society’s nefarious plans once and for all. Mary Jekyll’s life has been peaceful since she helped Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson solve the Whitechapel Murders. Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherine Moreau, Justine Frankenstein, and Mary’s sister Diana Hyde have settled into the Jekyll household in London, and although they sometimes quarrel, the members of the Athena Club get along as well as any five young women with very different personalities. At least they can always rely on Mrs. Poole. But when Mary receives a telegram that Lucinda Van Helsing has been kidnapped, the Athena Club must travel to the Austro-Hungarian Empire to rescue yet another young woman who has been subjected to horrific experimentation. Where is Lucinda, and what has Professor Van Helsing been doing to his daughter? Can Mary, Diana, Beatrice, and Justine reach her in time? Racing against the clock to save Lucinda from certain doom, the Athena Club embarks on a madcap journey across Europe. From Paris to Vienna to Budapest, Mary and her friends must make new allies, face old enemies, and finally confront the fearsome, secretive Alchemical Society. It’s time for these monstrous gentlewomen to overcome the past and create their own destinies.

30 review for European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman (The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club #2)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard

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  2. 4 out of 5

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    This Victorian-era fantasy brings together a valiant group of women who are the results of mens’ scientific experiments: men like Dr. Moreau, Dr. Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and others. In this worthy but long-winded sequel to The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter, this group of women head to Europe to try to rescue a young woman, Lucinda van Helsing, who’s been kidnapped and may be in grave danger. It’s got a great cast of characters, and some fun new ones join the story. But this book is re This Victorian-era fantasy brings together a valiant group of women who are the results of mens’ scientific experiments: men like Dr. Moreau, Dr. Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and others. In this worthy but long-winded sequel to The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter, this group of women head to Europe to try to rescue a young woman, Lucinda van Helsing, who’s been kidnapped and may be in grave danger. It’s got a great cast of characters, and some fun new ones join the story. But this book is really long and just so detailed, and not always in a good way. I mean, it’s possible to be inspired a bit TOO much by Victorian novels. Full review to come, after it posts on Fantasy Literature.

  3. 5 out of 5

    ❀⊱Rory⊰❀

    So much fun and I love the characters. More please!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lena

    “I stop listening when academics start mixing their Greek and Latin roots, that never leads anywhere productive.” Theodora Goss you excel at finding, and creating, remarkable historic female characters. They are unique, usually harmonious, and a pleasure to spend time with. Which is fortunate as it was a very long journey and short on action. The leisurely pace is redeemed through the sheer novelty of bringing together Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, Frankenstein and making them secondary characters! “I stop listening when academics start mixing their Greek and Latin roots, that never leads anywhere productive.” Theodora Goss you excel at finding, and creating, remarkable historic female characters. They are unique, usually harmonious, and a pleasure to spend time with. Which is fortunate as it was a very long journey and short on action. The leisurely pace is redeemed through the sheer novelty of bringing together Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, Frankenstein and making them secondary characters! Goss uses the world building/plots but keeps her focus on the women of The Athena Club.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    Absolutely great, if you enjoyed The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter you will love this book. Not only do we get to know the characters from the first book better and learn more about their pasts but we get to be introduced to a bunch of new characters whose range of backgrounds, history and abilities are amazing. Can't wait for the third book!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kitkat

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really liked this book. I thought it took a while to set up however I loved every bit of it. How Holmes bought an extra ticket for Diana because she would tag along. Then they went off and met Holmes' associate, Irene. I can understand why they are friends because Irene is very similar to Sherlock. However before that Mary, Justine, and Diana went on the Orient express which I thought a murder was going to happen according to Agatha Christie. However Mary fell head over heals for a boy who is I really liked this book. I thought it took a while to set up however I loved every bit of it. How Holmes bought an extra ticket for Diana because she would tag along. Then they went off and met Holmes' associate, Irene. I can understand why they are friends because Irene is very similar to Sherlock. However before that Mary, Justine, and Diana went on the Orient express which I thought a murder was going to happen according to Agatha Christie. However Mary fell head over heals for a boy who is apparently apart of the alchemical society. I felt bad for her on how embarrassed she was. Many things did happen before the plot took place but dam it went crazy. Mary and the others run to Irene like I said before and they start to plan how to get Lucinda out of the asylum. At home Sherlock Holmes goes missing which is very suspicious. Cat finds out information that some members are going to meet about Van Helsing. Cat brings Alice there hiding and they find out that they're planning to overthrow Madame President. I was surprised that the President is a female and also that they're getting rid of her. Cat hears Prendick which makes her hate or love him. I honestly loved their complicated relationship but it sadden me. Anyway Prendick looks straight at them but doesn't see them at all. Alice some how made them invisible to his eyes and they soon help the orangutan man. He was created by Prendick but soon they help him escape. Archibald is his given name and now helps around with Mrs. Poole. I honestly think he's awesome. Back to Mary's group Diana comes up with a brilliant idea to get Lucinda out. She'll be admitted in the asylum and Diana is going to be diagnosed by a psychologist. Mary is also diagnosed but she doesn't want to do that again. He was really rude and she doesn't like it. Diana goes in and finds Lucinda. However she finds Lucinda's mother. Lucinda's mother drinks from her and Diana starts a fire to get them out of there. If they didn't get out she would've died there. How Mary was so worried about Diana was heartwarming. Then they escape fighting the vampires. I knew they were vampires but they didn't know why bullets didn't help. Soon after they leave and Lucinda refuses to eat. Every time she eats she throws up. Diana tells them she needs blood and Mary offers hers. Diana flips out telling her to get away from her sister. I loved that Mary laughed at that because she didn't believe Diana would freak out. To Cat's group, Cat and Beatrice join the circus. Beatrice and Clarence are adorable together! I loved them together but I understand Beatrice's cautiousness. Then they're off to Venice. Someone steals Cat's telegram which the person is Sasha. But she thinks it's the new person. They're all mad at her but she forgives Cat. Cat and Beatrice get there and Irene tells them they're missing. Mary's group gets kidnapped by her father. She finds out Hyde is taking Lucinda's blood to heal Adam. Then she finds out that Hyde created her by drugging her mother. What the fuck? That's crazy! Now we know why she was a perfect baby and never cries. How Hyde just ignores Diana and gives attention to Mary. I mean I understand why but that had to hurt Diana. I feel bad for her. They escape by Carmilla and Laura. Laura and Carmilla together is adorable! I love them together. Also Mina was a spy for alchemical society. Then how the nurse for her mother was a spy. Everyone they know is a spy. Also we meet Count Dracula who is badass. I loved that during their conversation on how Lucy was dead and Mina being married to a horrible man, the Count winks at her coming in. I loved that Diana was hanging out with the dogs. I wish they had a dog like the Count. Beatrice and Cat come yay! They're all together and they take down Van Helsing's plan. They save the society and they try to stop the experiments. Prendick sadly passes away by trying to save Cat. I thought it was sweet but sad. Then the President says no to their request. Beatrice makes a request to make a human rights section in the society which she allows surprisingly. There is progress but the next book is the last one. I'm excited but sad for this series to end.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michael Austin

    European Travel for the Mostrous Gentlewoman was preposterous, contrived, way too long, shamefully propagandistic, and not the sort of book that respectable people should be caught anywhere near. And I loved it. The book is not as tightly plotted as The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter, but it has the same approach to its subject matter, which is to create an absolutely ridiculous story out of bits and pieces of Victorian novels (most of which take themselves way to seriously) and never f European Travel for the Mostrous Gentlewoman was preposterous, contrived, way too long, shamefully propagandistic, and not the sort of book that respectable people should be caught anywhere near. And I loved it. The book is not as tightly plotted as The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter, but it has the same approach to its subject matter, which is to create an absolutely ridiculous story out of bits and pieces of Victorian novels (most of which take themselves way to seriously) and never fall into the same trap. One never gets the sense that the author is doing anything other than having fun. The basic moral of the story is something like "don't try to cook in God's kitchen"--which is the basic moral of pretty much all of the stories represented in the pastiche: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Island of Dr. Moreau, "Rappaccini's Daughter," and Frankenstein. With a fair bit of Sherlock Holmes thrown in for good measure. But the real moral of the story is that all of these ridiculous Victorian novels written by men used women as plot devices rather than actual characters and, in the process, deprived them of their story--which Ms. Goss is determined to tell her own way, which (I think) is a pretty good way. With the women in charge, the stories change--but every time the book is in danger of taking itself too seriously, Goss brings in the device of the characters sitting around and writing the book together in a narrative future. This is an important device because it keeps the focus of the book on having fun. This volume brings in two new Victorian novels into the mix: Dracula, who is teased through the presence of Renfield and Seward in the first volume, but is fleshed out substantially in this one; and Ryder Haggard's wonderful novel She, about which I will say very little to avoid spoilers. The cast expands almost, but not quite, to the edge of the reader's ability to keep track of stuff. And there are plenty of loose ends to be tied up in the inevitable sequel. I loved it. I stayed up all night reading it. But, as I am a respectable English professor, I did fairly hate myself in the morning.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    More of the same and that’s good. World: The world building is pretty great, it’s one of the best things from the last book. I’m a sucker for taking established literary characters and playing with them in fun new ways (sometimes they turn out great sometimes not so much). Here, the world building is solid, Goss has a strong understanding of these characters and then plays with their backstory to make it unique and fun. I love that travelling aspect of this book as staying in London would have b More of the same and that’s good. World: The world building is pretty great, it’s one of the best things from the last book. I’m a sucker for taking established literary characters and playing with them in fun new ways (sometimes they turn out great sometimes not so much). Here, the world building is solid, Goss has a strong understanding of these characters and then plays with their backstory to make it unique and fun. I love that travelling aspect of this book as staying in London would have been tedious and making the scope bigger is always a fun thing. I’m not going to spoil anything but this world is a fun place to visit. Story: The pacing is much like the first book, it’s a bit slow and plodding and sometimes too meticulous for it’s own good in giving us drama and tension. There are also choppy and basic action scenes which are few and far between and written fairly basically. That being said, this is not the best part about this book, it’s the characters that make it great and we get the same banter and stories this time as with the last book. The journey they go for Lucinda is interesting and the two groups travelling separately is good cause it allows Goss to focus on character interaction and let’s their characters shine. The new pieces this time are told well and the core story is solid. The writing style is also fresh and fun with the breaking of the fourth walk something I really enjoy and allows for situations and dialog that normally would not be possible if the story was traditional. A good second chapter to a series that I hope keeps going and going. Characters: The heart of this book. It is the best thing about this book and Goss knows it. The group interact well and have distinct character voice and it’s amazingly fun reading their interaction and their personalities butting heads and develop. The new characters this time around are also fun and the twist and play on expected and preexisting idea if them is interesting. I really won’t talk much here cause this is the best part of the book and the main reason to read it. I love this group of ladies and I love this series. It’s not perfect but the characters alone make for a fun read. Onward to the next book!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bridget Robertson

    Have I mentioned how much I love novels set in the Victorian Period? I wanted to love this book. I did love “The Strange Case Of The Alchemist Daughter “ and Theodora Goss is a favorite author, which is why I am sad to say this one fell a bit short for me. I liked it and did not love it. While her characters are fully fleshed, flawed and delightful, this time they seemed to have lost some of their unique voices. The fact that the narrator on Audible did not do as good of a job, did not help. The Have I mentioned how much I love novels set in the Victorian Period? I wanted to love this book. I did love “The Strange Case Of The Alchemist Daughter “ and Theodora Goss is a favorite author, which is why I am sad to say this one fell a bit short for me. I liked it and did not love it. While her characters are fully fleshed, flawed and delightful, this time they seemed to have lost some of their unique voices. The fact that the narrator on Audible did not do as good of a job, did not help. The plot was over complicated. The multiple kidnaps and subsequent rescues were not always done by our main characters, adding too many new characters. I still love Diana Hyde because she has all of the street smarts and reads people so well. While this is a mystery and a chase it’s suppose to be a light touch. Diana is always the comic relief. The ending was a “to be continued “. This was still entertaining enough for me to go onto the third when it comes out.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Briana

    So...this took me a LONG time to finish. I absolutely loved the first book in this series, and was eagerly awaiting the sequel. Unfortunately, this didn’t quite live up to my expectations. This could’ve been two hundred pages shorter and nothing would’ve been lost. There were SO many unnecessary details in this, from what the countryside looked like to every single the thing the girls were eating to the extremely detailed furnishings of houses. I don’t need any of that, and a lot of it was extre So...this took me a LONG time to finish. I absolutely loved the first book in this series, and was eagerly awaiting the sequel. Unfortunately, this didn’t quite live up to my expectations. This could’ve been two hundred pages shorter and nothing would’ve been lost. There were SO many unnecessary details in this, from what the countryside looked like to every single the thing the girls were eating to the extremely detailed furnishings of houses. I don’t need any of that, and a lot of it was extremely repetitive. I get it. Catherine is a puma, they need to sell books, Mary lives in London. And I can’t tell you how little I care about green hills and the different assortment of pastries there were. I was annoyed much more in this book with the girls’ interruptions, and didn’t find it funny or cute anymore when they kept saying I had to read the first book. Obviously I had to read the first book- why the hell else would I pick up a sequel before I read the previous one? Also...if you loved Mary in the first book, be prepared for her suddenly turning into a dumb ass. I’m not sure why she became such a naive idiot in this book, but she did, and I hated it. She was so brave and strong in the first one, I’m not sure why anyone thought she had to change. I only cared about the actual things that mattered, and when I was reading about those, I enjoyed the book. But there was a lot of lulls and pointless backstories that I just skimmed over. I’m really disappointed in this and I wish so much had been taken out. This was a poor imitation of the first book and I felt like the only thing I read that was interesting was about Lucinda and Carmilla, and that’s because I took a vampire class in college and I loved how she incorporated the stories. Take this sequel with a grain of salt if you were enamored with the first.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kylie Westaway

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I LOVED the Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter, and I couldn't wait for the second book in the series to come out. So I was hugely disappointed to find that it didn't stand up to the excellence of the first book. I still liked most of the main characters, but I had big problems with Mary and Cat. Why has Mary suddenly turned stupid??? She was smart and brave in the first book, but in this book she has suddenly become completely dense. The number of times she 'had no idea what was going on' I LOVED the Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter, and I couldn't wait for the second book in the series to come out. So I was hugely disappointed to find that it didn't stand up to the excellence of the first book. I still liked most of the main characters, but I had big problems with Mary and Cat. Why has Mary suddenly turned stupid??? She was smart and brave in the first book, but in this book she has suddenly become completely dense. The number of times she 'had no idea what was going on' when it was obvious to everyone else in the room what was about to happen. For example, having spent 4 days with Lucinda feeding her blood, why on earth did she stand there wondering over and over again what Hyde was about to do when he said 'We're going to feed Lucinda, here is a girl who has volunteered and here is a sharp knife'. Obviously Agnes is going to give Lucinda blood. Why on earth does Mary have to wonder for four paragraphs what is about to happen, and not realise until Hyde cuts Agnes' arm? And when Adam shows up again, Mary recognises the voice, sees Justine's reaction, but 'has no idea what is going on'. The author makes a point of saying that Mary works with Holmes and she was so clever and took so much initiative in the first book, but all of that has vanished in this book. She has become the thickest of bricks and it's hugely disappointing. There are few things more irritating than a main character who hasn't got a clue what's going on when the reader has figured it out pages ago. One of the things that is more irritating? The constant ads for the first book and mentions that Cat is a puma. Seriously, I think the word 'puma' was in this book at least eleventy-seven times. We get it. She's a puma. And enough with the ads. It was funny the first couple of times - the 10th time it was incredibly irritating. My other main gripe with this book was that it rehashed so many emotions, characters and scenarios from the first book. Did no one actually die in that fire at the end of book 1? There was some point in Prendick escaping, since we hadn't properly had the showdown between him and Cat, and the situation felt unresolved. But we had the big scene between Adam and Justine. We had Mary realising that Hyde was her father and meeting him again. Time to move on to something new. But instead, we are just getting the same villains and the same emotions all over again. Except this time we are getting them with Mary being an idiot who has lost all her initiative. It's a poorer rehash of the first book and it feels like either the author wasn't happy with the first book, or else had no new ideas for the second book. Very disappointing for a series that had so much promise.

  12. 4 out of 5

    terpkristin

    I wasn't as interested in this story as I was in the original story, maybe because I wasn't as familiar with the supporting cast ((view spoiler)[I haven't read the stories of VanHelsing or much about Dracula (hide spoiler)] ). That said, I still enjoyed the story...and the setup for book 3! I can't wait to go to book 3. The intrigue setup in this book about the powers of mesmerism were pretty fun, though the main problem seemed solved too easily, for all the setup. I think this book was doing a l I wasn't as interested in this story as I was in the original story, maybe because I wasn't as familiar with the supporting cast ((view spoiler)[I haven't read the stories of VanHelsing or much about Dracula (hide spoiler)] ). That said, I still enjoyed the story...and the setup for book 3! I can't wait to go to book 3. The intrigue setup in this book about the powers of mesmerism were pretty fun, though the main problem seemed solved too easily, for all the setup. I think this book was doing a lot of setup for book 3. I wonder where it will take us.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Pierce

    I love Victorian horror stuff. The book is not really good for everyone, which is why I only give it 3 stars. I find it addicting despite the writing style.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jenia

    This is a review for book #2 of the Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club series, so there's spoilers for the first book. If you're thinking of getting into the series, check out my review of book #1, The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter! European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman picks up where the last book left off: the Athena Club has gotten a request to help the missing Lucinda Van Hellsing. They must set off from London and make their way across the Austro-Hungarian Empire This is a review for book #2 of the Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club series, so there's spoilers for the first book. If you're thinking of getting into the series, check out my review of book #1, The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter! European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman picks up where the last book left off: the Athena Club has gotten a request to help the missing Lucinda Van Hellsing. They must set off from London and make their way across the Austro-Hungarian Empire to rescue her. Along the way, of course, they run into members of the mysterious Alchemical Society, some of whom have their own agenda. The Athena Club thus has to make sure they not only save Lucinda, but also don't get into even greater trouble themselves. I really loved the first book in this series and I enjoyed the sequel too. It offers a lot of the same (in a good way!) — funny asides and bickering that breaks the fourth wall; encounters with historical and literary personages, including Irene Adler and Dr Freud; and altogether a fun, female-centric adventure. Except this time, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire! Which, by the way, I don't know Hungary well at all, but Goss definitely nailed Vienna. It's very pretty, it runs on coffee, and Knödel (Austrian dumplings) are disgusting. Because it's a sequel, however, we get more time to deepen the bonds between the Athena Club members. I really appreciated that: while before the group felt more like a team thrown together by necessity, now they feel more like friends. The whole club is split into two for most of the book, and I enjoyed seeing them interact and solve problems without their whole "arsenal". Justine and Mary's growing friendship was a highlight for me: it's just nice to see two relatively polite, quiet people get shit done together. My favourite character, however, remains Beatrice. Her interruptions to talk about social issues, which then got interrupted by others who're sick of hearing it, was my favourite running gag. It, ah, hits close to home. And the new characters introduced are great too. The funnest of them was Irene Adler, who's so quietly confident in everything she does. She's at least a decade older than most of the Athena Club members and it's just cool to see her helping the "younger generation" out. Somewhere 3/4 of the way through the book I realised that most of the characters here were female. The Athena Club meets random people on their adventure and... those random people are usually women. Not that there aren't any fun male characters. (Hooray for Clarence, the "Zulu Prince", getting a bigger role!) But still, it gave me the oddly bewildering thought of, "Huh, it this what it's like to read a random book as a guy?" Unfortunately, my one issue with the book is a pretty big one: I just found it too long. Several of the running gags get a little tiring in such a large book (Cat and her puma ways unfortunately got a bit much for me); while I enjoyed all the asides about the pastries they ate, I think the book could have been overall stronger with less detail. It's weird, because I'd honestly be very excited to get ten more Athena Club books. I'd just prefer them all to be more the size of the first one. Nevertheless, I quite enjoyed this continuation of the Athena Club's adventures and I'm eagerly looking forward to book #3! I recommend this book for: - People who liked book #1! - Fans of female-centric books - Fans of pastiches - Fans of fourth-wall breaking humour - People who enjoy stories about travel - Audiobook fans: Kate Reading is an amazing narrator! I don't recommend to people who really love Knödel. Boo, Knödel.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cherei

    'European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman (The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club)' is one of the best books to debut this summer of 2018!! I was absolutely immersed into the story of the Athena Club and their quest to save Lucinda Van Helsing from her father's experiment to make her a vampire. If you love the Gothic stories of Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Moreau, Count Dracula, Rappacini, and Sherlock Holmes.. this is a MUST read series!! The author has fleshed out all o 'European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman (The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club)' is one of the best books to debut this summer of 2018!! I was absolutely immersed into the story of the Athena Club and their quest to save Lucinda Van Helsing from her father's experiment to make her a vampire. If you love the Gothic stories of Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Moreau, Count Dracula, Rappacini, and Sherlock Holmes.. this is a MUST read series!! The author has fleshed out all of the favorite fictional characters.. and given them a rebirth! This wonderful romp begins in Victorian London. The Athena club travels by train, coach, and even an early automobile from Paris to Vienna to Budapest to save Van Helsing's daughter who has been kidnapped. The Athena Club must battle monsters that are determined to prevent them from finding Lucinda Van Helsing and ending the secretive Alchemical Society members mad scientific experiments. The reader learns a great deal about Athena Club members pasts and how their "fathers" experimented upon them. I totally enjoyed reading about the members who traveled with the circus. Most of the girls have many experiences that made them who they are.. as they come together.. bonded through horrific experiments conducted by the person who gave them life. They become a sisterhood that will do whatever needs doing.. to protect one another from further pain.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maria Guglielmo

    An incredibly fun read, this sequel to the first novel sends the Athena Club, a group of female 'monster' protagonists, over a good part of late 1800s Europe on another adventure. The book is written as a story within a story, with one of the Athena Club, Catherine Moreau (a panther-woman from the famous island) narrating her novel to the other members. There are a lot of inside writing jokes which I adored, and the characters are so vivid and engaging it's amazing the author juggles so many of An incredibly fun read, this sequel to the first novel sends the Athena Club, a group of female 'monster' protagonists, over a good part of late 1800s Europe on another adventure. The book is written as a story within a story, with one of the Athena Club, Catherine Moreau (a panther-woman from the famous island) narrating her novel to the other members. There are a lot of inside writing jokes which I adored, and the characters are so vivid and engaging it's amazing the author juggles so many of them so perfectly.I listened to the audio version, and simply didn't want it to end. The novel has a Sherlock-Holmes level of violence (in fact, it has Sherlock Holmes himself), no sex to speak of, and does spend a good deal of time describing Continental cuisine, especially desserts. Adult fantasy fans and older teen readers are a good audience for this book, which I highly recommend.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jo (Mixed Book Bag)

    Just as much fun as the first book. Once again our Gentlewomen are off on a dangerous journey. I love how Goss weaves well known characters from other authors into her story. Another fun part is where we get to hear the comments from the other characters as Catherine writes her current story. Look for further adventures for the group as the next book in the series is set up. Kate Reading does a great job with the voices for all the different characters.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Viktoria

    So much fun; even better than the first.

  19. 5 out of 5

    victoria.p

    This was a really fun read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Veronique

    4.5* review to come later

  21. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    This is a really enjoyable adventure tour of Europe with the members of the Athena Club, who are trying to save Van Helsing's daughter from her father and put a stop to the monstrous experiments of the Alchemists' Society. As in the first book, we meet more characters from 19th-century genre fiction, and we listen to the banter, chatter, and sometimes bickering of the Athena Club as they read over Catherine Moreau's shoulder while she writes their adventures. The Athena's Club stories are very m This is a really enjoyable adventure tour of Europe with the members of the Athena Club, who are trying to save Van Helsing's daughter from her father and put a stop to the monstrous experiments of the Alchemists' Society. As in the first book, we meet more characters from 19th-century genre fiction, and we listen to the banter, chatter, and sometimes bickering of the Athena Club as they read over Catherine Moreau's shoulder while she writes their adventures. The Athena's Club stories are very much ensemble adventures, in which the interplay of the characters are as important as the adventure plot. The first book in the series was as much a collection of origin stories as it was an adventure in itself, and in this one we get to see the characters develop and rub against one another. The 700-page book gives a huge amount of space to this. The interjections of the characters reading their adventures, introduced in the first book, are as much a feature of the story as the plot and I found them delightful; warm and hilarious.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    *audiobook review* First of all, this was beautifully read by Kate Reading who is an absolute treasure. She does voices of women, men, children, accents etc all so well that you instantly understand who is speaking and can immerse yourself in the story. The story itself was... tiresome. I feel like Goss just really needed to churn something out and so has a cast of characters we fell in love with in the first book, stumbling around wringing their hands about "oh what do we do" and then a random si *audiobook review* First of all, this was beautifully read by Kate Reading who is an absolute treasure. She does voices of women, men, children, accents etc all so well that you instantly understand who is speaking and can immerse yourself in the story. The story itself was... tiresome. I feel like Goss just really needed to churn something out and so has a cast of characters we fell in love with in the first book, stumbling around wringing their hands about "oh what do we do" and then a random side character appears, saves the day, finds the girl, buys the tickets, climbs the wall, explains everything, all the while exclaiming "Mary, you're so composed." Of course she is composed! Mary doesn't do anything! I don't remember feeling this way with the first book, but it seems here that all the character development comes from the cast describing each other rather than allowing their actions to speak for themselves. Oh, perhaps it was because they didn't DO anything? I mean, yes they got annoyed, or sad or decried the lack of pockets in women's clothing, but they never actually came up with a plan and they never actually figured anything out on their own. Lastly, I'm disappointed in the editor for two reasons. One, the use of slang terms which wouldn't come into use for 20 to 50 years ("easy peasy" and "girl friday" among many others) while using beloved characters and settings of historical fiction. Two; the extraordinary overuse of the side conversations of the characters while the story is being told. If I'd read a physical copy I would have skipped over them because they were overlong, repetitive, did not add to the story, were not funny when they were meant to be, and pulled you out of the narrative. I had been so looking forward to this after really enjoying the first book. Alas, it was for naught.

  23. 4 out of 5

    retro

    A variation on the same plot happens three times in this book. Heroines go to a foreign place. Food (especially pastries) and clothing and architecture are described to a ridiculous degree. Heroines are threatened/abducted/in need of aid. A very wily female character comes to their rescue (with her household of other helpful characters). Bad guys are not defeated but merely delayed. Rinse, repeat. Some serials fall into the trap of having to come up with a Bigger Baddie with every installment as A variation on the same plot happens three times in this book. Heroines go to a foreign place. Food (especially pastries) and clothing and architecture are described to a ridiculous degree. Heroines are threatened/abducted/in need of aid. A very wily female character comes to their rescue (with her household of other helpful characters). Bad guys are not defeated but merely delayed. Rinse, repeat. Some serials fall into the trap of having to come up with a Bigger Baddie with every installment as a way of upping the ante. This book makes the opposite error of having baddies never disappear from the story. Plots from the first book are rehashed. Old beats revisited ad nauseam. And the final fight, the climax of these 700 pages of travel arrangements, kidnappings, and mustache-twirling villainy? One of the character even points out that it feels staged, too easy, and anticlimactic. So that's great. As for the meta interruptions by the characters in the book discussing the events of the book? Still irritating.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Cannon

    Victorian horror fan fiction sequel in all the right ways.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    That is a mouthful of a title. But I'm so excited to read this!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kim Taylor

    I loved "The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter". It was a great mix of literary references, strong characters, humor, and Sherlock Holmes. The sequel, "European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman" is more of the same - plus the Orient Express! This book begins soon after the events of the first book. The unusual suspects (Mary Jeckyll, Diana Hyde, Beatrice Rappacini, Catherine Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein) are continuing with the Athena Club in London and all are finding ways to supp I loved "The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter". It was a great mix of literary references, strong characters, humor, and Sherlock Holmes. The sequel, "European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman" is more of the same - plus the Orient Express! This book begins soon after the events of the first book. The unusual suspects (Mary Jeckyll, Diana Hyde, Beatrice Rappacini, Catherine Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein) are continuing with the Athena Club in London and all are finding ways to support themselves. Then a letter comes from Mina Murray, Mary's former governess, about another young woman who has been the subject of experimentation by her father. Lucinda van Helsing is locked in an insane asylum in Vienna, and needs to be rescued. So begins the the European adventures of our fab fivesome. Without too many spoilers, there are more characters from fiction (pretty much everyone from 19th century vampire novels and novellas makes an appearance), and our characters face new challenges as they rescue Lucinda and take on the Society of Alchemists. All of the characters continue to grow, and the mystery of Mary and Diana is further explained. Did I already mention the Orient Express? I rated this five stars, but it may not be to everyone's taste. As with "The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter", the characters break into the narrative to complain about Catherine's writing, or to add their own comments. Catherine throws in repeated references to her other books and their prices and availability. I found it amusing, but some readers might find it jarring. Fans of 19th-century British literature will enjoy all of the characters who appear in these pages, but those who aren't familiar with the original sources might be a little confused. According to the author, there will be three total books in the series, so another book will be released. Ms. Goss, if you read this, can I please encourage you to expand the series beyond the original trilogy? Thank you, and please keep up the good work!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Malcolm

    "The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter" was my favorite novel of 2017. I don't yet know what this year's favorite book will be, but I'm happy to see that book two in the Athena Club series, "European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman" is a well-written and wondrous sequel. It does not disappoint. Like book one, it is highly literate, carefully written, and intensely readable. As with the first book in the series, we find a smorgasbord of of myths and literary characters here, including "The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter" was my favorite novel of 2017. I don't yet know what this year's favorite book will be, but I'm happy to see that book two in the Athena Club series, "European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman" is a well-written and wondrous sequel. It does not disappoint. Like book one, it is highly literate, carefully written, and intensely readable. As with the first book in the series, we find a smorgasbord of of myths and literary characters here, including Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and Doctor Moreau. I know from Goss' Facebook page and blog that she Hungarian-born author knows her locations well, and enhances her knowledge of them through yearly travels. This adds a great amount of depth to her books and does the fact that she teaches and researches fairy tales at the college level. The members of the Athena Club leave London in this story and travel far afield to uncover the nasty projects coming from the rogue members of the alchemist society. One might quibble here that alchemists don't normally engage in the Frankenstein horrors portrayed in the books, but that's a small matter. The prospective mix-ups and horrors of travel add to the fun. Since the novel itself is being written by one of the members of the Athena Club, we see frequent conversations outside the narrative by members of the club as they more or less discuss how they are being portrayed. This is a clever device and provides interesting depth to the story. I do think that it's used overly much and represents a distraction after a while. Goss definitely knows what she's doing here and, when all is said and done, that makes for an exciting story with a lot of overlap with other genres that many of her readers know well. Highly recommended!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Heather W.

    I’ve been eagerly awaiting this book since I read The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, and the wait was. Worth. It. More adventure. More intrigue. More Diana! I didn’t think I could love the women of the Athena Club even more, but the second installment of their story proved me wrong. There were more insights into characters’ past, as well as how they’re growing individually and within the group. We met so many new characters as well, and I’m interested in seeing their roles evolving in I’ve been eagerly awaiting this book since I read The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, and the wait was. Worth. It. More adventure. More intrigue. More Diana! I didn’t think I could love the women of the Athena Club even more, but the second installment of their story proved me wrong. There were more insights into characters’ past, as well as how they’re growing individually and within the group. We met so many new characters as well, and I’m interested in seeing their roles evolving in the next book. Also, all the traveling! Goss illustrates details gorgeously--from the food to the settings to the historical and literary references, I was entirely absorbed! I could see where parts might drag, which is definitely gonna happen in a 720-page book. I, for one, loved each and every moment I spent with the Athena Club. And it still has character asides, which can be pretty polarizing. Either you love it or you hate it. I’m on the Love It side. It actually immerses me in the story more because the character interactions in these asides only reaffirm their personalities, development, and affection for one another. My only request would have been to see more of the Athena Club members interacting within context of the plot. They spend most of the novel separated into two groups, and while I loved the time spent on each group’s adventures, I missed the camaraderie and shenanigans that went on when the girls were together. (view spoiler)[Oh, and also Holmes. There just wasn’t enough Holmes to tide me over. Or Mary shooting people. They’ve talked so much about Mary shooting people, and I demand examples! (hide spoiler)] Even still, I enjoyed this so, so, so much. Couldn’t put it down. Five stars all around.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Berni Phillips

    A 700-page book had better be pretty good to keep my attention. This one was. Don't read this without first having read The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter as it builds on that. Goss uses a mechanism of "we real people are characters in the story I'm writing" so the characters break out to discuss the story at times. In the first book, this was very mysterious, as we had no idea who some of those people were for much of the book. I think to miss the reveal of that would be a shame. This t A 700-page book had better be pretty good to keep my attention. This one was. Don't read this without first having read The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter as it builds on that. Goss uses a mechanism of "we real people are characters in the story I'm writing" so the characters break out to discuss the story at times. In the first book, this was very mysterious, as we had no idea who some of those people were for much of the book. I think to miss the reveal of that would be a shame. This takes the same characters from 19th century fantastic literature and adds to it. Sherlock Holmes is off-stage for most of this book, but we have Dracula and a character from H.R. Haggard. Mary and her fellow Athenians spend the bulk of the plot in central Europe, trying to rescue Lucinda Van Helsing, daughter of you-know-who, at the urging of Mina, Mary's former governess. We spend some time with Catherine's circus friends as she and Beatrice tour Europe with them in their novelty show. There is much to-ing and fro-ing but it's all great fun. This book ends on a bit of a cliff-hanger, as Catherine intends. (She keeps shilling the first book throughout.) There is obviously intended to be a third book. Goss touches on mesmerism in this book, and it looks like it will be more of the focus of the third. I think she could keeps this series going for a few books longer, each exploring eccentricities of the Victorian era. She could do spiritualism, fairies, and I'm sure there are mode fads having to do with the supernatural that could be incorporated. She's such a splendid writer and these are such fun. Treat yourself and read it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amy Mills

    Very good sequel. With Dr. Seward and Renfield both characters in Alchemist's Daughter, it's no surprise that the sequel tackled the events/characters from Dracula, adding vampirism to the list of experimentable conditions. It has the same meandering style, much less concerned with action and more with characterization, as the first volume, though I think there were a few more action-heavy sequences here than in Alchemist's Daughter. If you enjoyed the first, you'll likely enjoy this one. I deduc Very good sequel. With Dr. Seward and Renfield both characters in Alchemist's Daughter, it's no surprise that the sequel tackled the events/characters from Dracula, adding vampirism to the list of experimentable conditions. It has the same meandering style, much less concerned with action and more with characterization, as the first volume, though I think there were a few more action-heavy sequences here than in Alchemist's Daughter. If you enjoyed the first, you'll likely enjoy this one. I deducted one star because Mary inexplicably rails against Holmes in the beginning, suddenly resenting his help and advice. First, this is out of character for her. Second, Holmes is insightful enough to figure out how to offer help without accruing such resentment. I think the intention is to set up for a reunion/reconciliation in the third volume— (view spoiler)[Holmes goes missing early on in Monstrous Gentlewoman (hide spoiler)] —but it rings false. There were a few other places where they all seemed a bit slow on the uptake (view spoiler)[They know Lucinda feeds on blood and are surprised when someone takes her to give her blood? Hyde has already taken her blood once and they're surprised he's doing it again? (hide spoiler)] , so the writing is somewhat sloppier than in the first volume, but it's still enjoyable for all that. Also, it's easy to pretend that this is Catherine ramping up dramatic tension (just doing so badly). Note: I listened to the audio for both, so I don't know for sure if that's how Catherine spells her name. And the audio is still good, but Reading may be running out of voices; there were a few character voices that were hard to tell apart.

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