Friday, June 1, 2012

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross

Release Date: Out now!

Publisher: Harlequin

Pages: 416pgs

The Story

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 a girl Jasper loves.

One false move from Jasper and the strange clockwork collar around Mei's neck tightens. And tightens.

The Review

A big thanks to the publisher on netGalley for accepting my request in reading this book early!

THE GIRL IN THE CLOCKWORK COLLAR is the second installment of the young adult series Steampunk Chronicles that features the fiesty heroine Finley and her gang of misfit friends. Unlike what happened in the previous book, The Girl in the Steel Corset, this time round the characters find themselves travelling across over to New York to rescue their beloved friend, Jasper, whom was hauled away on murder charges the last time we'd seen him.

Just like in the first novel of this steampunk YA series, the main character Finley remains to be that "I'll-do-what-I-want" and that same old kickass girl we know her to be. In fact, many readers will be really impressed by the maturity Finley has developed from books one and two, and even though for the majority of this book she's struggling against her two personalities as seen in the previous novel, but in the end of this sequel, she's still that girl we love and adore. Only she relies more on her brain cells rather than her fists. And for those hearting over Finley and Griffin, readers will be grateful to see there's also less awkward scenes going on between these two characters and there's far more chemistry sizzling between them which was great to read about!

With that said, while I thought this sequel was a pleasantly enjoyable one and entertaining in its own right just as I expected from Kady Cross's writing, however I still firmly believe the first book was slightly better than this one especially since it had more steampunk elements which I loved, and which this sequel did not have as much. Also, there was another aspect I was disappointed by such as things like the new character Mei and her relationship with Jasper, which wasn't really my cup of tea and I couldn't really warm up to either of those two characters, the ending where there was lack of a I-want-more-of-this-series kind of ending, and also I thought many of the events featured in this novel were a bit too predictable for my taste. And as for those fans of Jack Dandy such as myself, unfortunately for us there is no appearance from him whatsoever in this new sequel which was really, really disappointing for me because I completely and wholeheartedly adored his character from the first book. But regardless of those few downers, I still enjoyed this book and everything it offered up onto the plate.

Overall, Kady Cross's sequel THE GIRL IN THE CLOCKWORK COLLAR was an easy-to-read and flowing novel. With the main heroine, Finley, still remaining on top compared to the other supporting characters and still continuing to be that kickass chick we love her for, I think many readers of this series will find the sequel another great installment and will certainly help gear you up for the third and final book in the series!

The Rating 3 1/2 / 5 stars

41 comments:

  1. I haven't started this series yet but I sure want to. Glad you enjoyed it. Donna xoxox

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    1. Definitely start reading this series!

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  2. I haven't been that interested in this series but it does sound like a good read. It's a shame it wasn't as good as the first book, which is normal for a second book but Finley sounds like a great girl to read about!

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    1. It's an awesome series despite a couple of things. Finley you would love! She's a feisty little thing!

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  3. Aw... while I wasn't the biggest fan of Jack (purely because his accent annoyed me LOL), I'm sorry he didn't make an appearance for your sake. Especially given how much you adored him. I hate when secondary characters just disappear.

    I enjoyed Steel Corset, but wasn't crazy in love with it, so I wonder if I'd like Clockwork Collar less or more. Sad it was less for you, but I'm glad it's still a worthy and entertaining sequel! Awesome review!

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    1. Oh Brodie . . . I LOVED his accent. Just want my Jack back! *sulks* But I was the same with the first book . . . wasn't crazy in love with it but I still enjoyed it. The sequel was very entertaining to say the least.

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  4. I loved this book! I thought the story was so excited and Finley/Griffin are adorable, as always. There was definitely less of a steampunk feel while they were in New York but I was too engrossed in the story to mind at all! <3 I'm glad you enjoyed it, regardless. Book 3 should be great ;) Great review!

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    1. I loved the scenes between Finley and Griffin! Makes me even more excited to get Book 3 which I'm sure will be epic.

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  5. Great review, Erin. Book two is often a let down but it sounds like this was still okay! I hope the next one is even better :)

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    1. Thanks Nicola! A few sequels have been disappointments for me this year, but it was still a good read. I too hope the next one is better.

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  6. Oh it's a shame on of your favourite characters didn't even show up! I still haven't read the first book in this series, but I've seen a lot of people say this book was disappointing, so I'm wary about starting the series now. Glad the main character stays likeable though! Great review, thanks! :)

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    1. I know! It was a bit disappointing but this series is still pretty good. Lot's of great action and romantic scenes. :)

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  7. I still need to read this! The first book wasn't great for me, but it was decent enough. I'm hoping I will enjoy this one more even though you preferred the first book. The fact that Finley shows some growth is nice to hear! Great review, Erin! :)

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    1. I had a couple of problems with the first book, but it was still a good read. Hopefully you'll like this sequel more. :)

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  9. This sounds like SO much fun, Erin! Shame it wasn't quite as brilliant as GitSC (I STILL NEED TO READ MY COPY OF THIS -__-), but it still sounds fab! Great review! xx

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  10. I do love this series, I missed JACK!! That was very sad for me, but I got over it..sort of. Mei ..meh! Didn't fancy her much, Griffin is just a beautiful boy. I loved Wildcat! Don't suppose she will make it over to USA. Would be great if she did. Definitely book 1 better, but it had Jacky boy in it....*sigh* but I did enjoy this installment nearly as much. Great review! I think we were all missing that cockney dandy:D

    Michelle

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