Obsidian Eyes by A.W. Exley

1836, a world of light and dark, noble and guild. The two spheres intersect when seventeen-year-old Allie Donovan is placed at the aristocratic St Matthews Academy. More at ease with a blade than a needle, she finds herself ostracized by the girls and stalked by a Scottish lord intent on learning why she is among them.
She begins to suspect the underlying reasons when soldiers arrive to see her friend, Zeb, a mechanical genius. On the hunt for answers she breaks into his underground laboratory. There, Allie discovers he is not just constructing sentient mechanical creatures, he is building a devastating new weapon for the military.
The guilds want the weapon and Allie is trapped by ties of blood. She must obey the overlord of the guild and deliver up her friend, unless she can rely on bonds of friendship, to save both their lives. Published by: Curiosity Quills Press  Publication date: March 2014  Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

 In Obsidian Eyes, you will find a great adventure story with a fun setting in St Matthews Academy. Allie is not much cared for with the other students and is mostly content with that. She doesn't like people asking many questions and manages to find a few quirky fun friends.

Allie's character is very strong, smart, and adventurous. She is a good fighter and a well rounded character with a lot of secrets. She finds an equal and romance in her love interest Jared. They worked very well together and the romance was very cute.  My absolute favorite character was Zeb, he makes gizmos out of spare mechanical parts and he is not only smart, but very creative. 

The storyline is varied and at times complex, but very entertaining. I always enjoy reading historical stories that have a strong female lead. This story was a very fast paced and entertaining read. The steam-punk and variation of characters with the slowly unraveling of secrets really kept me stuck to the pages. I recommend this one!

A.W. ExleyAbout the Author
Books and writing have always been an enormous part of Anita’s life. She survived school by hiding out in the library, with several thousand fictional characters for company. At university, she overcame the boredom of studying accountancy by squeezing in Egyptology papers and learning to read hieroglyphics.
Today, Anita writes steampunk novels with a sexy edge and an Egyptian twist. She lives in rural New Zealand surrounded by an assortment of weird and wonderful equines, felines, canine and homicidal chickens.
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