June 7, 2013

The Girl With the Iron Touch by Kady Cross

The Girl With the Iron Touch by Kady Cross
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 384
Series: The Steampunk Chronicles
Review Source: Netgalley

Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
In 1897 London, something not quite human is about to awaken...

When mechanical genius Emily is kidnapped by rogue automatons, Finley Jayne and her fellow misfits fear the worst. What's left of their archenemy, The Machinist, hungers to be resurrected, and Emily must transplant his consciousness into one of his automatons—or forfeit her friends' lives.

With Griffin being mysteriously tormented by the Aether, the young duke's sanity is close to the breaking point. Seeking help, Finley turns to Jack Dandy, but trusting the master criminal is as dangerous as controlling her dark side. When Jack kisses her, Finley must finally confront her true feelings for him...and for Griffin.

Meanwhile, Sam is searching everywhere for Emily, from Whitechapel's desolate alleyways to Mayfair's elegant mansions. He would walk into hell for her, but the choice she must make will test them more than they could imagine.

To save those she cares about, Emily must confront The Machinist's ultimate creation—an automaton more human than machine. And if she's to have any chance at triumphing, she must summon a strength even she doesn't know she has....
My Thoughts:
If I’m being totally honest, books with romance are my favourite type. But steampunk adventures? Also pretty awesome. So what I love about these books is that they are adventurous and full of action, but they’re such kissing books as well. Finley and Griffin are definitely my favourites. They’re so swoony, even though their relationship is complicated. I loved seeing them admit their feelings for one another and having their relationship progress in different ways.

Finley is my favourite character, so I liked her perspective the most, but especially as the book went on I was intrigued by every viewpoint and the story as a whole. Emily is such a kickass character, and I loved seeing both her tough side and her relationship with Sam. Those two have such friendship and respect, so seeing how they wanted to save one another was a great part of this book.

This volume features the continued traps of the evil Garibaldi, who returns in a crazy and unexpected way. What’s interesting in this volume, like in the past, is how the author delves into issues of humanity when referencing automatons and the placing of mechanical parts into humans. Really, with all these things how could you go wrong with this series? When you can include both ethical issues and swoons in your steampunk romp, you’ve got a winner in my book. The Steampunk Chronicles is a series filled with characters who I enjoy reading about tremendously, and I can’t wait for the fourth book to be announced officially.

The Cover:
The girl looks a bit old, but besides that it's gorgeous!


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  1. I *adore* Emily! She's so smart and her relationship with Sam is sweet. Finley, of course, rocks! Plus, this story actually uses a lot of steampunk elements in it instead of just throwing in a blaster or whatever and calling it steampunk.

    1. Yes! I haven't read a lot of steampunk, but I like how this one uses all those elements and the machinery without making it too technical

  2. I've only read the first book but it was so good! I loved Finley and Griffin but Jack and Emily are pretty awesome too.

  3. Oh I've yet to find a true steampunk read. Maybe this one will work?


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