I started reading the "Clockwork Princess" and got bored by half way though the story.
The book is set in the Victorian era with a hand full of teenagers fighting off evil machines and a love triangle in the center.
The whole thing boiled down to a question if I cared about the characters, and I didn't. I want to think it is because that book is the third installment in a series and I needed to grow with the characters, but I suspect it is because the reader ship is supposed to be teenage girls. The dialogue was a major sticking point. The dialogue about the love triangle has a stiff and has a common feel like anime.
I did like some of the Victorian word decoration that only works in the narration. When the Victorian speech is used by the characters, it's confusing. In one part a character writes a letter that tries to be funny, but the letter doesn't snap instantly to humor because the vocabulary about dresses and actions are uncommon to the reader and uncommon within the book which makes hard to read.
I did enjoy the efforts of trying to make it an effort at the whole "fantasy of manners." To explain "fantasy of manners" it is a fantasy world where there are strict and maybe unspoken rules and actions a person must or must not do. It grows out of England strict social rules about dealing with the nature of king hood. Like you can't say "I hate the king" unless you feel like relieving your body of the weight of your head. Also it lead to sexism. There is a couple lines of "women are the less sex" and "because you are a woman you can't do this." Those insult do not full feel in the era and do not feel like they are said by characters who are products of that time. The story feel American and rough with the teenagers just saying what ever they want without any poise.
Really I wanted to know if one character who was a dying, was going to die, so I read the wiki, and that Epilogue about the love triangle was NUTS!
Ok the girl tried to marry the dying guy, but couldn't for plot reason, then the dying guy turned into an immortal monk, so the girl married the other guy. Turns out the girl was immortal and the other guy was human, and after they had been married for 50 years, he dies. She then meets back up the immortal monk dying guy who who found a cure for his disease that was killing him and is able to become human again. So the immortal girl and the dying guy hook up.
That's weird! The end.