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

Published July 25, 2012 by LS Murphy

Synopsis: 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.

The First Line: “‘What are you doing?’

Finley Jayne smiled in the darkness. She should have known Griffin would come looking for her.”

I love that this opens with a scene between Finley and Griffin. After The Girl in the Steel Corset, I wanted more of just these two together. It feels like setting down with two old friends I haven’t seen in a year.

The Good: There is so much to love about this series. I never thought I’d enjoy steampunk, other than the fashion that is, but I absolutely love these characters.

Finley is a strong female lead who literally kicks arse. She’s smart, daring, and lovable. Griffin is the kind of guy who knows who he is, and knows who he isn’t. Sam and Emily are well-rounded characters that balance the others.

Jasper plays a much bigger role in this book than he did in The Girl in the Steel Corset. It was nice to see his story flesh out more. I wasn’t crazy about him in the first book, but grew to love him in the second. He’s so … American. J

The Bad: I wanted to smack Miss Astor-Prynn, not that it’s necessarily a bad thing. Seriously, the ending was a tad predictable for me, but the characters are the reason I love these books anyway.

Recommendation: If you’ve never read steampunk and want to give it a try, I recommend picking up The Girl with the Steel Corset and The Girl in the Clockwork Collar. This isn’t a standalone novel, so you really do need to read the first book.

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