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Monday, June 11, 2012

Review: The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross
Pages: 416
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA Steampunk
#2 in Series
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.
Review for the First Book

Check out my review for The Girl in the Steel Corset!


This book
If you read and loved the first one, then you won't be disappointed by The Girl in the Clockwork Collar. This book is quite different, in that it takes place in New York instead of London. Jasper has been kidnapped by a former associate of his, Reno Dalton. Now, we all know Jasper is pretty bad ass, so he shouldn't have a problem getting out of this situation, right? Except Dalton has something--or someone on Jasper. Mei Xing, the woman that Jasper loves. Now Jasper is at Dalton's beck and call, because Mei has a clockwork collar around her neck that will tighten and strangle her if Jasper even so much as breaths the wrong way. It's up to the gang to save him, and they hasten their way from England to come and find him.

Let me just start by saying my respect and admiration for Finley grew a thousand fold in this book. We all knew she was pretty kick ass and a total English ninja, but in this book her two halves have come together now. She's not so Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde anymore. Now Finley can control her strength, and she puts it to good use. In order to save Jasper, she infiltrates Dalton's gang by literally beating the crap out of ever tough guy that underestimates her in a fighting club. He's impressed by her, and asks her to join his crew. I just love strong heroines, so to see one as strong as Finley kicking some butt, and not needing to be saved by anyone else, is gratifying. I seriously applaud Kady Cross for making Finley into the character she is.
Although my greatest love in this series is still Jack Dandy, whom I regret to say was not in this book at all, I do have lots of love for Griffin. He's also pretty amazing, and what I love is, while he is ultimately a gentleman and a great guy, he also has a darker, more seductive streak in him. He's got some pretty cool powers of his own, which actually get him into lethal trouble quite a bit. Fans of Griffin's and Finley's romance can finally breathe a sigh of relief at the end of this book, although, trust me, it's only the beginning of them together. And it's a very long and frustrating path to get there.

There is some crazy stuff going on in this book!
It all revolves around Dalton and what he's planning, but there's some new steampunk technology that the gang is dealing with, as well as some other really spooky stuff that I think will be dealt with later on in the series (there are going to be 5 books in total!). The plot was fast paced, and there was always something going on. What I love is that Kady Cross doesn't give everything away immediately. There are pieces of a puzzle that need to be put together, and those pieces are given to you bit by bit.

Also, let me just say that I actually really loved Dalton, in a weird, he's evil but still hot kind of way. I'm a sucker for bad boys, and Dalton is just an unapologetically bad boy. There wasn't anything actually going on between him and Finley, it's all just a ruse to save Jasper, but still, a part of me wished there was.

Who Should Read This Book?

Calling all fans of any of the following genres:
  • Steampunk
  • Historical
  • Romance
  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Mystery
Yes, it's that versatile.

Memorable Quotes

"Word is Dalton likes rough girls."
* * *
"Don't you dare die. You have to live so I can curse you up and down for scaring me like this."
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"The two of you are like a twister colliding with a mountain."

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About the Author
Kady Cross is a pseudonym for USA Today bestselling authorKathryn Smith. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and a pride of cats. She likes singing with Rock Band on the 360, British guys, Vietnamese food, and makeup (she’s hopelessly addicted to YouTube makeup tutorials!). When she’s not writing Kady likes to catch up on her favorite TV shows, read a good book or make her own cosmetics.
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  2. This is a good read and I would highly recommend it for someone looking for something funny/dramatic with some sci-fi and steampumk.



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