Sunday, June 17, 2012

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross

Genre:  YA Steampunk
Steampunk Chronicles, Book 2

Description (taken from Kady Cross' website):
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.

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.

Before reviewing this book, I have to admit that the first book slightly disappointed me.  Because I wasn't expecting a book from so many people's points of view.  I guess the title lead me to the wrong expectations.  Having the right expectations in mind when I picked up this one, I believe I liked this one better than the first book.

From the first book, we are introduced to Finley, Griffin, Emily, Sam, and Jasper.  The 'girl in the clockwork collar' is introduced in this one, and she's an interesting character to say the least.  If you asked me, I had hoped to see Finley end up with Dandy instead of Griffin because I thought the latter tended to be more whiny and pansy-ish (in the first book).  But Dandy is hardly ever mentioned in this book.  And yes, there is still a lot of banter between Finley and Griffin in this novel.  And while I hate seeing the second-guessing and self-doubt every twenty pages, it seemed to work for this book.

I have to say I'm glad I stuck with the series.  While the plot is fairly predictable, I feel like I know the characters (and I'm reading the books solely because of them now).  Fans of steampunk and historical fiction should pick this series up.  I still hold to my earlier recommendation that fans of Cassandra Clare's Infernal Devices series should give this series a go.

Thanks goes to Harlequin Teen and Netgalley for providing me a review copy.

Challenges:  Sensational Seconds Challenge and Young Adult Reading Challenge

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