Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar
Kady Cross
411 pages
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Source: NetGalley

You can read the Goodreads summary here.

This review may contain spoilers from The Girl in the Steel Corset, the first book in the series.

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar starts five days after The Girl in the Steel Corset ends; Finley, Griffin, and their entourage have left London for New York, where they think their friend Jasper has been taken by the police.  Instead, it turns out Jasper has been stolen away by an old enemy who wants a contraption that Jasper has hidden around the city.   While Jasper must find the pieces, his love interest, Mei, has also been captured and is wearing a special clockwork collar - one false move and it will tighten around her neck choking her to death.

I loved this book just as much as the first one and for pretty much the same reasons.  The steampunk genre is rich in fantastical technology and, of course, the setting and clothing of the Victorian Era.  What's more awesome than a girl with a parasol kicking some butt?  Finley Jayne is one of my favorite heroines in YA lit - she coming of age, getting to know herself, falling in love, but she's not shy and needy.  She knows how to fight and look out for herself, which is convenient considering in order to help Jasper she has to fight her way into his captor's gang to get in on the inside.  As perfect as that sounds, though, Finley also has her human flaws, sometimes struggling to balance her good and dark side.

Eeeee... I just adore these books so much!  Even though this book is over four hundred pages, the time just flew by as I was reading.  From great settings and costumes, from fights to balls and parties, this book has a little something for everyone.

Five stars!  If you haven't started reading this spunky, butt-kicking series yet, you really ought to consider it.  The Steampunk Chronicles series is so much fun, it would be a great start for someone who wants to try out the steampunk genre.  Meanwhile, I can't wait for the next book!

1 comment:

  1. I really want to read this book but I am holding off until the all of the books come out. It sounds weird but I hate getting sucked into books and then having to wait for the next book to come out!!!


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