Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Book Review--The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross

Release date: May 22, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: Steampunk Chronicles #2
Author: Kady Cross
Thanks to Net Galley and Harlequin Teen for providing this ARC for review.

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.

It was a true pleasure to read book 1, The Girl in the Steel Corset (see my review here) and book 2, The Girl in the Clockwork Collar back-to-back.

While I really enjoyed book 1, book 2 was even better!

Finely is just an amazing character. I can't sing her praises enough. I just LOVE the girl to death! What a great character for teen girls to relate to!
And Emily--Ah, Em. Yep, she's still my fave for sure!

In this book the gang travels to New York, giving a whole new look to the series--and a new set of troubles to Finley and friends!

Clockwork Collar has a really cool 'Gangs of New York' vibe that I LOVED. And the historical accuracy Ms. Cross adds to the pages is wonderful!

This book is the perfect compliment to the series opener. We learn more about Finley and Griffin, Sam and Emily. Jasper has a much larger role, and we meet a new cast of characters that I loved to hate! ;)

The one small complaint that I have? No Jack Dandy. ;)
But I do understand why he's not included. With Finley on a whole other continent, there's really no way--or cause--to bring Jack into the plot.
I do hope he's in book 3, which I'm waiting on the edge of my seat for.

Steampunk Chronicles has very quickly become my new 'must-read' series!

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