Book Review: The Electrical Menagerie by Mollie E. Reeder

Good afternoon, Arrowheads! Gah, I’m so excited! Why, you may ask? I recently read one of my now favorite books, The Electrical Menagerie, a few weeks back and now I get rave about it to y’all! So please, stay tuned to watch me fangirl over the epic steampunk fantasy novel that is The Electrical Menagerie!


The Electrical Menagerie is one of those books whose cover I’ve been admiring, but I didn’t think it would be the right book for me. I had never read anything in the steampunk genre before, and was skeptical about buying the book until I saw Laura A. Grace rave about it on her YouTube channel. I’m glad to say that taking a chance on The Electrical Menagerie was one of the best bookish decisions I’ve made, as the book has charmed its way onto my all-time favorites list! ❤

What I Loved

The Characters

From the first page, the author had me rooting for Carthage, and I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever related this much to a forty-something male character before. Carthage is a dreamer who stops at nothing, and I mean nothing to accomplish his goals. His attitude was a huge inspiration at this point in my life. And then, as if Carthage himself isn’t already fantastic, we have Huxley as the perfect sidekick and comic relief figure. These two together are simply phenomenal!

The World Building

I’m totally jealous of the author’s world building skills! Readers are immediately painted a vivid picture of the Celestial Isles and their quirky qualities. I felt like I was tagging along with Carthage and Huxley during every step of their journey and was seeing everything as clearly as they were.


The exquisite world building is due in part to the author’s unmatched ability to write killer, spot-on descriptions. Not only were they vivid, but they were delicious to read!

The Mystery Element

Though Laura may have mentioned it in her video review, but going in I had forgotten there was a mystery element. Oh my gracious y’all, that thing kept me invested beyond belief, especially when the main characters got caught up in the action.

I daresay that this author’s storytelling skills are better than 75% of the famous traditionally published authors I’ve read. Thank you to the author for penning such an enchanting tale! I can’t wait for the rest of the Celestial Isles series to release!


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Talk to Me, Arrowheads!

Have you read The Electrical Menagerie? If so, what was your favorite thing about the book? I’d love to fangirl with you in the comments! XD

Aim high, stay strong, and always hit your mark.

-Allyson 😀

Posted by

As an author and blogger, my goal is to teach writers that there is a way to write realistic, thought-provoking, redemptive Christian fiction that honors God while not sugarcoating the realities of the world.