Review: The Girl in the Clockwork Collar- Kady Cross

Title: the Girl in the Clockwork Collar 
Author: Kady Cross
Series: The Steampunk Chronicles Book 2
Release Date: May 291 2012
PublisherHarlequin Teen Net Galley
Genre: YA/ Romance 
Rating: 4 Hoots
Reviewer: Lenore
Buy From: AmazonBarnes and Noble
Sum It Up! Her characters are unique with unique abilities causing for a refreshing blend to this quickly rising genre. 

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.

From the rough streets of lower Manhattan to elegant Fifth Avenue, the motley crew of teens with supernatural abilities is on Jasper's elusive trail. And they're about to discover how far they'll go for friendship.

More than ever, Finley Jayne will rely on powerful English duke Griffin King to balance her dark magic with her good side. Yet Griffin is at war with himself over his secret attraction to Finley…and will risk his life and reputation to save her. Sam, more machine than man, finds his moody heart tested by Irish lass Emily—whose own special abilities are no match for the darkness she discovers on the streets.

Now, to help those she's come to care for so deeply, Finley Jayne must infiltrate a criminal gang. Only problem is, she might like the dark side a little too much…. (Amazon)

Kady Cross uses many different point of views to establish what is going on in her steampunk world. A universe where clockwork collars and steel corsets are common has got to be alluring right? Right? Her characters are unique with unique abilities causing for a refreshing blend to this quickly rising genre. 

Cross focuses heavily on the romance between Finely and Jasper in this book, which will be exciting for some and a disappointment from those who wanted more of a steampunk vibe with plenty of steampunk elements. Finely is battling a darker nature in The Girl With the Clockwork Collar, but she is still a likable character.

The beginning starts out a bit slow, but as the story and action pick up, readers will be anxious to turn the pages. If you are a fan of Caitlin Kittredge's Iron Codex series or Cinder by Melissa Meyer, you are likely to enjoy this one as well. Reading The Girl In the Steel Corset is highly recommended before reading this YA romance.

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