May 17, 2012
The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: Steampunk Chronicles #2
Review Source: Netgalley
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
In New York City, 1897, life has never been more thrilling - or dangerous.
Sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne and her "straynge band of mysfits" have journeyed from London to America to rescue their friend Jasper, hauled off by bounty hunters. But Jasper is in the clutches of a devious former friend demanding a trade-the dangerous device Jasper stole from him...for the life of the girl Jasper loves.
One false move from Jasper and the strange clockwork collar around Mei's neck tightens. And tightens.
I really liked ‘The Girl in the Steel Corset’ and its sequel does not disappoint. ‘The Girl in the Clockwork Collar’ was a fun and adventurous ride from beginning to end. The writing is entertaining and keeps your interest, but the best part of these books are the characters. Finley is such an interesting and layered character, and I liked the continued examination of both sides of her personality. I also loved all the side characters, but I especially love the Duke of Greythorne, Griffin King. And most of all I love the interaction between Finley and Griff. I mean, sa-woon! The book is full of both of them reiterating how confusing their relationship is, and how Finley knows it can’t ever happen, but those two have chemistry like woah. I love it when books can bring on the swoon just with lingering glances and meaningful hand contact.
I did miss the London setting from the first book, but New York in that time period is pretty cool as well. I also think having Nikola Tesla show up in every steampunk type of book imaginable gets a little bit tired, but the way he was presented was still interesting.
One thing I really liked was the villain and his part in the story. A lot of times the bad guy can get cartoonish, so I liked how Dalton just seemed like a criminal. He was a bad guy and he was nasty and greedy, but he had different sides to him. He wasn’t just this diabolical presence: he seemed like a person too.
Overall I just really enjoy these books. The characters, the story, and the style of writing are all great, and I’d highly recommend them, especially to fans of The Infernal Devices series.
Hey look, a POC character actually shown as a POC! (In other words, A+) Actual cover design = pretty good.
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