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"Surprising, vivid and cohesive-the work of a pro." -- Kirkus Review*Starred* review

"Teens will enjoy the fast-paced action ." -- VOYA

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In her other life, Kady Cross is a USA TODAY bestselling author of over 20 books. She lives with her husband who shares her love for the slightly twisted and all things geek, and a houseful of cats with whom she shares all her secrets. When not writing, she\u2019s either trying to create the perfect lip gloss or teaching herself to solder. She has a weakness for all things girlie, sugar skulls and boots. Her love of books and makeup borders on addiction. Visit her at www.kadycross.com.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen; First Edition edition (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780373210534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373210534
  • ASIN: 0373210531
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.4 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
After I finished The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross, I had mixed feelings going into the sequel. On the one hand, I really feel like the world, the story and the characters have so much potential. On the other, I was disappointed in TGitSC. It felt like it was just trying to cram too much in, plus it repeatedly beat me over the head reminding me that the genre was steampunk.

I don't know about you, but even in the most fantastic of genres, I don't need to be constantly reminded of what it is: "Remember, this is the FUTURE! Remember, this world has MAGIC! Remember, this is a DYSTOPIAN!" So it irked me a bit that I felt The Steampunk Chronicles continually making sure I remembered that they were set in a steampunk world. I get it. I knew it going into the book, and I wasn't likely to forget.

However, despite my reservations, I decided to go ahead and read the second book, The Girl in the Clockwork Collar. I had high hopes that maybe it would improve on the promising elements of the first book, and not be quite so heavy-handed in its execution.

[Warning: Spoilers from TGitSC ahead]

The Good

There are fewer plot elements going on here than in TGitSC. It doesn't try to accomplish nearly so much, which is good. Also, the clockwork collar is actually a significant plot element, and Mei a significant character, making the title and the cover not nearly as superfluous as the last book (while Finley does sport a steel corset for part of TGitSC, it's pretty irrelevant to the plot. And don't even get me started on the cover). It also doesn't engage in quite so much bludgeoning with the steampunk concept.
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This is the second book in the Steampunk Chronicles series. As with the first book, this book reads more like a romance than a straight steampunk novel. This novel takes place in America and I missed the London setting. Still there were plenty of twists and turns here to keep the reader engaged.

Jasper's been taken back to America by a bounty hunter and Finley Jayne and crew hop aboard Griffin's airship to journey to America to rescue him. Jasper is in the hands of an evil man who wants Jasper to recover a powerful device. An old flame of Jasper's named Mei is being held as well to keep Jasper in check; she wears a creepy clockwork collar that tightens when she misbehaves. Finley will have to journey into the underbelly of the city if she has any hope of rescuing Jasper.

I really didn't like this book as much as the last one. First let me say what I liked about the book. I liked that Finley found some balance, she's developed into a kick-butt strong female character. It was also to see Emily share some of the fun action scenes. The plot has some excellent twists and turns as well.

There is a lot about this book that wasn't as well done as the first book. There really isn't any more of that Jekyl and Hyde vibe with Finley; there is some talk about her being drawn more to her darker nature with her undercover work in the gang that has Jasper. But Finley very much has one personality in this book; that of someone who is spunky and full of trouble. It was nice to see her find harmony between her two halves...but at the same time it made the story a lot less interesting.

As for Finley and Griffin as a couple...I just wasn't feeling it. They don't respect each other enough and the scenes between them are awkward.
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Format: Hardcover
First Sentence: "'What are you doing?'"

The Review: The Girl in the Clockwork Collar is the second book in The Steampunk Chronicles and is a sequel to last year's The Girl in the Steel Corset. That was a book that I thought was great, but could have been so much better with its premise. I also thought the same thing about The Girl in the Clockwork Collar, but this time, to a much higher degree, meaning I thought it was only good, not great, this time, and could have been so, so much better.

I shall start with the positives first. There is a ton of action in this book, as you might expect from its description. And bonus points for the premise: the plot revolves Finley, Griffin, Emily, and Sam trying to clear their friend Jasper's name, after he was captured by bounty hunters and charged with murder in The Girl in the Steel Corset. As a result, though, the scenery shifts from London to New York City, which could be either a positive or negative for you. Part of the allure that drew me into reading The Girl in the Steel Corset was that it was set in London, so this was a small negative part for me.

Back to the good stuff. There's plenty of vivid fight descriptions in this installment. (An action-packed plot means nothing if you don't have good descriptions of the action.) Take this example from page 146 (I read an eBook version, so the page numbers may not match up to the physical copy's page numbers): "It was like shards of glass exploding in his chest. Pain screamed through his body, slamming him to his knees, bringing the taste of blood to his mouth. He opened his mouth to scream, but nothing came out. It felt as though his vocal chords had been cut in half. And then there was nothing..."

Pretty darn good description, eh?
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