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The Girl in the Clockwork Collar Hardcover – May 22, 2012
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About the Author
Kady Cross, publishing under various names, is a USA TODAY bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Harlequin TEEN's Steampunk Chronicles. She is lucky enough to have a husband who shares her love for the slightly twisted and all things geek, and a houseful of cats with whom she shares her darkest secrets. Her love of books and makeup borders on addiction—of which she never, ever wants to be cured. Visit her on the web at www.alterkate.com or on Twitter: @AlterKates.
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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]
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.Read more ›
I read the e-ARC from the publisher. This in no way influenced my review.
Can I just say I LOVE this series!!!! I am so in love with Finley and Griffin that I can't believe I went through a whole year waiting for this sequel! There will be mild spoilers for the first book Girl in the Steel Corset so you've been warned.
Our quartet of friends, Finley, Griffin, Sam and Emily are after Jasper, determined to find the truth about Jasper. Did he kill a man in cold blood? Is their friend capable of murder? They are determined to find out. So without a plan, they fly off in Griffin's own personal dirigible to New York City. They stay at the Waldorf Astoria where Finley has flowers waiting for her from, guess who? And of course Griffin is jealous. I thought , God if this book goes back and forth like the last one about their feelings for each other, I may not be able to stand it. But, Finley makes and interesting comparison about her being Cinderella and Griffin the prince but then they aren't really like that at all. She just doesn't know where she stands. Circumstances in this one make them each take a stand in this one.
Sam and Emily are their usual selves though they took a back seat a little more in this book. Finley is her usual bad a** self and plays a big role in this one. But she also sees the error of her ways when it comes to her darker side and evil.
Set against the backdrop of an alternate New York City in the late 19th century, this novel delivers everything it promises and more. The ending was everything I wanted! I think this novel was even better than the first and I absolutely loved the first one! I hope Kady Cross continues to write this series for several more novels.
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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There are spoilers, because I really can't talk about what I hated without spoiling the "big twist."
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A great book for teens and all ages. It gives you a real sense of Victorian New York with a science fiction twist. Mechanical horses and mechanical robots. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
This mini-genre featuring 18th/19th century heroines in a fantasy or Steampunk setting has become my new favorite. This is another strong addition. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Seangreyson
Love Kady Cross and her work, this installment did not disappoint!Published 2 months ago by Rae Cook
The characters have what it takes for the reader to want to cheer for them. The author has done a great job with the story line to keep us wanting more.Published 4 months ago by Dave Reynolds
The second book in this captivating series brings us to New York, hoping the rescue the group’s American friend Jasper Renn. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Melanie O'Rorke
Ah. So good. Everything just clicked into place with this one. There was this one character that I hoped, and wished, that Cross would go there with. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Shera (Book Whispers)
Never was interested in steampunk books until I started this series. After reading half of the first book I bought the rest of the series, definitely a must read.Published 12 months ago by Rochelle G.
Jasper having been taken in the last book back to America to stand trial for a crime his friends know he didn’t comment, Finley and the crew follow him there to try and help him. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Nicole @ The Reading Rebel