Review: The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross

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What happens when someone you love becomes a weapon to use against you…

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.

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….

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When I read the first book, The Girl in the Steel Corset, I fell in love with the world Cross created. I had doubted that book two would continue to build the world and develop the characters I loved further, but it did.

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar picks up with the gang arriving in America to try to find Jasper. Each character remains true to their selves, but we such great growth with each as they get to know each other better. Their predicament has kind of thrown this “new girl”, Finley, into their group and while she helped them in book 1, they still don’t really know her. That’s actually one common complaint I’ve seen regarding this book/series is the lack of romance. It’s there, I actually prefer how Cross is gradually introducing it. Instead of the typical insta-love aspect, we get to know the characters and learn more about them as they get to know each other. It’s refreshing!

The new characters in The Girl in the Clockwork Collar proved entertaining and I really hope we see more of them! We are introduced to Mei, the lovely girl with the collar. We also meet an inventor, who I find myself being more and more curious about – I hope we get to learn more about him!  (Ahem, I’m a bit of a nerd…I LOVE the invention aspect of steampunk, so I want to know more.) There are also a slew of other new characters that I have a feeling we’ll see more of soon.

As the synopsis teases, there is a gang leader, Dalton is holding Jasper “hostage” by threatening the life of the girl Jasper loves. It proves to be action-filled and just so much fun! I loved getting to see a bit inside of this crime world, as Finley infiltrates it to save Jasper’s life. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

The only thing, well, person I found myself missing was Mr. Dandy. I can’t wait until he appears again, he was one of my favorite characters in the first book.

If you’ve never read steampunk before, Kady Cross’s series is a lovely place to start! It’s a series that is sure to entice.

I received my copy of The Girl in the Clockwork Collar  from Kismet Book Tours and Harlequin Teen in exchange for my honest opinion.

girl in the steel corset

In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one…except the “thing” inside her.

When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch….

Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she’s special, says she’s one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.

Griffin’s investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help—and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.

But The Machinist wants to tear Griff’s little company of strays apart, and it isn’t long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she’s on—even if it seems no one believes her.

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  1. I have never read a Steampunk Novel I really liked ….I always thought this is not a genre for me. But this series seems so awesome that I might give this genre another try! I’m so happy and glad to hear that the sequel is as good as the first one!!

  2. I’m so glad I got to read and review this book despite other circumstances! I’m actually the opposite of you – I liked the first book but I wasn’t invested in the story or the characters, but I knew I wanted to read the second and I’m glad I did, because that’s when I fell in love with it. I didn’t even miss Dandy. I’m a Jasper gal now, all the way! :)

    Awesome review!

    The Musings of ALMYBNENR

  3. I love the covers for these books-the one bright color on the girl’s dress for each is *so* eye-catching! I should be picking this up soon and I am so excited to read about all of the things you mentioned.

  4. kimba88 says:

    I thought this was awesome and agree with your thoughts on it. I liked this novel and the novella the best!

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