Friday, June 14, 2013

The Girl with the Iron Touch by Kady Cross

Genre:  YA Steampunk
Steampunk Chronicles, Book 3

Description (taken from Kady Cross' website):
In 1897 London, something not quite human is about to awaken

When mechanical genius Emily is kidnapped by rogue automatons, Finley Jayne and her fellow misfits fear the worst. What’s left of their archenemy, The Machinist, hungers to be resurrected, and Emily must transplant his consciousness into one of his automatons-or forfeit her friends’ lives.

With Griffin being mysteriously tormented by the Aether, the young duke’s sanity is close to the breaking point. Seeking help, Finley turns to Jack Dandy, but trusting the master criminal is as dangerous as controlling her dark side. When Jack kisses her, Finley must finally confront her true feelings for him…and for Griffin.

Meanwhile, Sam is searching everywhere for Emily, from Whitechapel’s desolate alleyways to Mayfair’s elegant mansions. He would walk into hell for her, but the choice she must make will test them more than they could imagine.

To save those she cares about, Emily must confront The Machinist’s ultimate creation-an automaton more human than machine. And if she’s to have any chance of triumph, she must summon a strength even she doesn’t know she has….

So, the description above seems more succinct and coherent than the book I just read.  And I feel awful saying that because I grew attached to these characters in the second book.  But the different stories: Finley/Griffin's and Emily/Sam's just didn't seem to mesh well for me.

After what happened in the second novel, we're seeing repercussions.  Jasper, the American, takes a back seat (I like to think he's sulking --- err, still dealing with what happened).  And Griffin, as always, is keeping secrets which tends to make him whiny.  And it's driving Finley and Sam nuts until Emily mysteriously disappears.  And then everyone's focused on finding Emily, or so you'd think...

Griffin and Finley focus more on themselves and their relationship.  Yes, that is what bothers me.  When Finley's best friend goes missing, I'd expect her to do everything in her power to find her.  Not let Sam, the massive hulk, go on his own to find her.  But instead, she's off flirting with Griffin.  Yep, I still don't care for his duke-ness.  This book focused more on this than the interesting things and answering questions.

Ugh, I feel like the camera's focus was on the wrong spots in this story.  It's still a fun and quick story.  But I'm mad with my characters here...

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