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The Girl with the Windup Heart (The Steampunk Chronicles) Hardcover – May 27, 2014

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Product Details

  • Series: The Steampunk Chronicles (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen (May 27, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373211198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373211197
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—In this dramatic final volume of the steampunk saga, part-automaton Mila, powerful Finley Jayne, and her motley crew of paranormal teens band together to rescue her love, Griffin King, and the world from the villainous The Machinist.

About the Author

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’s 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

Customer Reviews

If you've made it this far into the series, DEFINITELY read this book.
Even if you haven't, this was quite a good book, though the myriad characters were a bit confusing.
Suzanne R. Arnholt
I loved that the characters have evolved so much and that the story was so fleshed out.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Rubidoux on May 27, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Whenever I dip back into this series, I remember how much I adore it. Steampunk goodness with a side of family that's not blood but who has your back no matter what. Good times!

The bulk of the story revolves around Griffin's incarceration in the Aether and Finley's attempts to save him. Yes, Mila and Jack get some page time, but this book is really about tying up the threads of the plots that have been dangling since book 1 (Finley's run in with that dude who wanted to do bad things to her, anyone?) and I, for one, can appreciate that. I do wish we'd been able to see Mila and Jack tangle a wee bit more romantically, but I REALLY liked seeing things come together overall.

We also get some face time with the various other individuals who make up this motley group. I adored how all of them became family. Regardless of their feelings, each member of their group will stand up for another when the chips are down.

I am sad to see this series go, but I enjoyed how it all played out. Bonus, I see there's a novella or two waiting for me to grab them. Niiiiiice!

-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kimbacaffeinate on May 30, 2014
Format: Hardcover
It was nice to be back with Finley and the gang in London. Griffin is still struggling with seeing and hearing the Machinist. Jack is busy tending to Mila and trying to ignore his growing feelings for her. When men are being turned to ash, the gang sets off to stop this person and Griffin ends up being pulled into the Aether and becomes trapped. It was quite suspenseful. Finley of course goes into the Aether to retrieve him. This thread was fascinating and lose ends are tied up. Both Finley and Griffin show growth as their relationship strengthens.

The second story regarded the automation Mila who is turning human and living with Jack. She falls for Jack, and he hurts her. Who can blame her? Jack Dandy is well dandy. *waggles eyebrows* She sets out on her own and ends up in the West End at the circus. Lord Blackthorn is back and more despicable than ever. He is a thorn in Jack’s side and this thread captivated me.

Cross brought us plenty of gadgets, and trips to Aether to have fans of steampunk tingling. Finley is headstrong, and at times, her stubbornness made my eyes roll, but I adore her and Griffin together. Mila was such a joy! Her innocence, emotions and determination had me cheering. We see growth in Jack and even see him grovel. We already knew he was a softy, but getting more of his back-story was delightful.Copy received from publisher in exchange for unbiased review and originally published at caffeinated book reviewer
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Beth H on May 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover
It is amazing a few years ago, I didn't even know what Steampunk its one of my go to choices for favorite genres. Kady Cross's Steampunk Chronicles is a series I devotedly follow. The Girl with the Windup Heart is a wonderful addition to this collection.

It is about time someone really took Jack Dandy on, and Mila was a splendid match. Her basic naivety was refreshing and quite humorous. I loved watching her experience the world with such a fresh and excited demeanor while we got deep insight into the elusive Jack Dandy and his true history.

The story wasn't all about Mila's automaton to human transition, we also get a heavy dose of the ever expanding core gang and fabulous cast of the Steampunk Chronicles. The Machinist just won't stay dead and has come to play havoc with Finley and her friends.

I found myself getting lost in the story, sucked in by Cross's imaginative world building. She gives us just enough science to back her storytelling but doesn't bog it down with technical jargon. Filled with marvelous gadgets, superior female intellect, outrageously funny situations, super-natural circumstances and incendiary attraction, The Girl with the Windup Heart was a marvelous read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa on May 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Girl with the Windup Heart by Kady Cross
Book Four of the Steampunk Chronicles
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Publication Date: May 27, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

In 1897 London, a final showdown is about to begin.

London's underworld is no place for a young woman, even one who is strong, smart and part-automaton like Mila. But when master criminal Jack Dandy inadvertently breaks her heart, she takes off, determined to find an independent life, one entirely her own. Her search takes her to the spangled shadows of the West End's most dazzling circus.

Meanwhile, taken captive in the Aether, Griffin King is trapped in an inescapable prison, and at the mercy of his archenemy, The Machinist. If he breaks under the hellish torment, The Machinist will claim his powers and control of the Aether itself, and no one in either world will be safe-especially not Finley Jayne and her misfit band of friends.

Finley plunges headlong into the Aether the only way she knows how, by temporarily dying. But she cannot parry The Machinist's maneuvers for long. To defeat him for good, Griffin will have to confront his greatest fear and finally come face-to-face with the destructive power he wields.

What I Liked:

I'm actually going to try and be a little brief in this review, because I don't want to spoil anything in this book, as well as in the series in general. I kind of liked the first book, liked the second book, LOVED the third book, and definitely enjoyed this final book. The third book is by far my favorite, but I think I'd give this series four stars overall. That's pretty great!
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