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'Etiquette and Espionage,' a steampunk YA title, garners strong reviews and sales

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“Carriger’s YA debut brings her mix of Victorian paranormal steampunk and winning heroines to a whole new audience,” Booklist wrote.

The retro-futuristic steampunk style continues strong in pop culture in general. It seems to fascinate readers of Cassandra Clare’s bestselling "Infernal Devices" trilogy, the third title in which is scheduled for a March release this year. It has also been featured in movie theaters with the recent success of the rebooted “Sherlock Holmes” movies, which starred Robert Downey Jr. as the sleuth and Jude Law as his sidekick Watson and found them dodging lots of steampunk-style machines.

As we’ve previously discussed, skillfully written and well-reviewed young adult titles are today winning wider and wider adult audiences. The “Harry Potter” and “Hunger Games” series, of course, won praise from critics as well as appealing to young and adult readers alike. (Stephenie Meyer's “Twilight” series failed to wow the critics and yet  attracted a vociferous, wide-ranging fan base nonetheless.) More recently, books like John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars” and the “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” series by Laini Taylor have received positive reviews and experienced strong sales among both adolescents and adults.

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