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The Girl with the Iron Touch

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THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH by Kady Cross was released in the U.S. on May 28, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Harlequin TEEN the print edition is 384 pages.

THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH is the third book in author Kady Cross’ The Steampunk Chronicles. An eNovella, THE DARK DISCOVERY OF JACK DANDY is due out in July.

Note: This review is based on an eARC I received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Goodreads Description…

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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 at triumphing, she must summon a strength even she doesn’t know she has….

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THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH is the utterly enchanting and wildly entertaining third installment in author Kady Cross’ Steampunk Chronicles. With its charming characters, fascinating inventions and imaginative storyline, this book will take readers on an exciting, if at times chilling, adventure.

Told from multiple points of view, readers will be privy to all the action, danger, romance and surprise twists the characters experience, making for an even more thrilling read. And it gives readers the edge when other characters are forced to remain in the dark.

After returning to London, things seem to be getting back to normal for everybody except Griffin. The connection he made with the Aether in New York has continued to plague him, making him withdraw from everyone, including Finley. And after what happened between them during their travels, she is not willing to stand idly by and do nothing.

But when Jack Dandy stops by mentioning a mysterious shipment containing a rather unusual automaton, trying to solve Griffin’s problems will have to wait. Because if someone is attempting to revive The Machinist’s work, they’ll have to find out who it is and stop them before things progress too far and it becomes too late to stop them at all.

Author Kady Cross has written yet another captivating story in her already delightful series. With a new threat, a new character and the unexpected return of a few characters, this third book in the series offers an even more riveting adventure than the last.

The author keeps readers engaged with her lovable characters, her fantastical creations, the easy flow to her writing, and a plot that is filled with danger, suspense, fiendish schemes, murderous spirits and a touch of romance.

THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH moves the plot forward, answers a few burning questions, delivers two heart-warming love stories, reveals that not everything may be as it seems as regards one character and that there are things yet to be uncovered about another. It adds in an element of the unknown with the introduction of a new character and uncovers the shocking and gruesome plans of an existing one.

All of which will keep readers riveted to the story, keep them in suspense once the mystery presents itself and keep them wondering how it will all end and whether everyone will be able to reach that end unscathed.

THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH is a must for fans of this series and for readers who enjoy a Victorian Era setting infused with steam-powered inventions, fierce, witty and incredibly likable heroines and charming, charismatic and incredibly stubborn heroes, and for readers who like to experience their stories from multiple perspectives or those who simply enjoy a fun, clever and exciting read.

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On a personal note…

The amazing thing about reading Kady Cross’ Steampunk Chronicles is that even when I’m reading for review it feels very much like a guilty pleasure read. Her characters are lovable and her stories exciting, enchanting and always a lot of fun. And this third book in the series is no exception.

In fact, the very first words in the very first line pulled me right in. Not every book can start off talking about a giant tentacle without making it feel ridiculously unbelievable or making me want to roll my eyes. Yet THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH completely pulled it off.

This latest adventure brings Emily, Sam, Griffin and Finley back to London. It introduces a new character who I’m not entirely certain I can trust. It clears things up about just who Finley prefers as between Jack and Griffin. And it offers not one but two swoon-worthy romances.

It also puts several of the characters in danger. On more than one occasion.

While I would love to talk about just why the characters were in danger, doing so would spoil the surprise… the really creepy surprise. And while I’d also love to talk about why I’m not entirely sure about the new character, saying anything about her, other than that it is a “her,” would be way too revealing.

What I can say is that it was just so easy to get caught up in the adventure, to follow along as Emily tried to extricate herself from the dangerous situation she was in. And to see just how Griffin handled his. It was so easy to get transported into this world of fantastical inventions, diabolical creations, Organites and the Aether.

And with the return of a few surprise characters from previous books in the series, this book was an utterly captivating read.

I’m so excited that there will be more books in this series and that the adventure will continue for these characters I adore. THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH leaves a number of questions unanswered and one or two secrets still to be revealed. And with a few rather major things left unresolved, including an ongoing threat, a potentially deadly affliction and a love story’s happily ever after, I am even more anxious and excited for the next book in the series.

THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH has everything that makes a story a must read for me. Action. Check. Adventure. Check. Romance. Check. Mystery… yes there is a bit of a mystery when it comes to the evasive Mr. Jack Dandy and also one as regards Finley, so…. Check.

And with dark secrets, evil schemes, suspicious and intriguing characters, fascinating inventions and an ending that leaves me desperate for more, THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH is not only a must read, but a must read again.

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Favorite passage…

I had so many favorites. And not all of them involved Jack Dandy, though quite a few of them did.

And while my most favorite was one that involved Griffin and Finley, I thought it was just too spoiler-y to share. But I couldn’t resist sharing these two, much shorter passages.

“Jack manipulates with charm and power. He doesn’t lie so much as wrap the truth in temptation.”

“I can’t promise that I’ll never be an ass, or that I’ll never make you cry. I can’t promise that I won’t make you so angry you want to cosh me over the head with a brick. I can’t promise you forever, Finley. I’d love to, but I can give you right now. I can give you me in all my defective glory.”

This review is based on an eARC I received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Book Watch: Releasing This Week #126

Below are the YA books releasing this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

These are books for the week of May 28st-June 3rd that I have pre-ordered.

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Of Triton

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OF TRITON by Anna Banks will be released in the U.S. on May 28, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Feiwel & Friends, the print edition is 256 pages.

OF TRITON is the second full-length book in author Anna Banks’ Of Poseidon series. The third book in the series, OF NEPTUNE, is slated for release in 2014.

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I’m super excited for the release of Anna Banks’ OF TRITON this week. While I haven’t yet read the first book in the series, OF POSEIDON, I will definitely be reading both books this June because I love being able to read books in a series back-to-back.

I pre-ordered OF TRITON just as soon as it was available for the Kindle and actually had traded for an early copy in the hope that I could read it before it released, but wasn’t able to. But there’s no way I will miss the chance to read both books and the prequel novella next month.

Because I want to meet Galen and Emma and can’t wait to discover this story and series told from both characters’ perspectives. At least I think this sequel also has dual POVs….

I did end up accidentally taking a peek at the description for OF TRITON while creating this post and couldn’t help but read it all. So now I’m more excited than ever to learn about Emma’s mother and see what happens when the kingdoms of Poseidon and Triton turn against each other.

If I get caught up with this week’s reads, I can (hopefully) get this series on the pile next week. My fingers are crossed. Tightly.

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Goddess

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GODDESS by Josephine Angelini will be released in the U.S. on May 28, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 432 pages.

GODDESS is the third and final book in author Josephine Angelini’s Starcrossed trilogy.

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I’m both so happy and so so sad that GODDESS is releasing this week. I love this series and I’m devastated that it comes to an end in this book. I have the eBook pre-ordered but plan to buy the print copy as I have both previous books in the series in print. The first one is even signed.

I did read GODDESS just a little bit early and it was amazing, so it won’t be added to my TBR pile even though it is being added to my collection. Though I think the entire series needs a re-read so it will likely end up on the TBRR pile in the next few weeks.

But I have to own this final book because it is one of those books – and series – that I love, love, love. And it’s one I definitely will re-read again and again.

As I already talked about GODDESS in my Book Watch post and my review will go up on Monday or Tuesday, I won’t ramble on much more here. But yes the mythology had me riveted. Yes there is a resolution to the love triangle. Yes this story felt very epic. And yes I wish there were more stories in the series even though things did wrap themselves up… somewhat….

There is this tiny opening that I’m hoping means there will be more stories in this world. Which would be awesome. Even if the MCs aren’t Helen and Lucas and Orion. But I’ll say no more about that.

The one thing I will say is that reading GODDESS has made me desperately want to re-read STARCROSSED. So, hopefully, I’ll get the chance in a couple of week and can follow it up with re-reads of DREAMLESS and GODDESS, too.

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The Girl with the Iron Touch

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THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH by Kady Cross will be released in the U.S. on May 28, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 384 pages.

THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH is the third full-length book in author Kady Cross’ Steampunk Chronicles. There is no information yet available about the fourth book in the series.

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I am so happy that THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH is not the final book in this series. I didn’t think it was until very recently, but then I read something on Goodreads which said it was. So I read the entire book – yes, I got an early eARC from NetGalley – thinking it was “the end.” Then was totally confused when I got to the end and everything was still so up in the air.

I thought maybe the series was canceled unexpectedly. That is not the case. At least I don’t think so, as Goodreads now says there are five books planned in the series. Which makes me even more thrilled that THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH is releasing this week and my finished eBook will be downloading to my Kindle on Monday Midnight.

Because this installment in the series was absolutely adorable. I loved the current adventure. I loved that there was more Emily and Sam in this one.

The start of this book just pulled me right in and I couldn’t wait to see how it ended. Even though I thought it was a series-ending book at the time.

And I am so glad there will be more, as I want more Jack Dandy. I want more Finley. And as I’m still wary about the new character, I am anxious to see what happens there.

As I’ve already read this third book in the series, it won’t be going on my TBR pile and I won’t ramble on any more. Especially since I will be posting my review in the next couple of days. A review in which I seem to ramble on endlessly.

But I am super stoked that THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH is releasing this week and that I’ll be able to add a finished copy of this book to my Kindle this week.

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Dare You To

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DARE YOU TO by Katie McGarry will be released in the U.S. on May 28, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 480 pages.

DARE YOU TO is the second full-length book in author Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits series. The third book, CRASH INTO YOU, is slated for release on November 26, 2013.

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I can’t believe release day is just about here for DARE YOU TO by Katie McGarry. I will be reading it on Monday and will hopefully be done around the time the finished eBook downloads to my Kindle.

I’ve heard that both books in this series are amazing and am just about ready to start reading PUSHING THE LIMITS, so I should be able to agree or disagree with that statement in a few hours. But I am just as excited to read this second book in the series about Ryan and Beth as I am to read that first book.

I love contemporary stories that are about real-to-life issues and ones that put the characters in difficult situations. So I’m curious to see how the author approaches each book and how she resolves things for her characters.

And DARE YOU TO sounds like an opposites attract story, which I love, so I am stoked that I won’t have to wait until Monday Midnight to start reading it.

Other Books of Note

Wild Awake

WILD AWAKE by Hilary T. Smith

Pub. Date: May 28, 2013

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

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Faerie After

FAERIE AFTER (Bones of Faerie #3) by Janni Lee Simner

Pub. Date: May 28, 2013

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

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Impostor

IMPOSTOR (Variants #1) by Susanne Winnacker

Pub. Date: May 28, 2013

Publisher: Razorbill

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Rebel Spirits

REBEL SPIRITS by Lois Ruby

Pub. Date: May 28, 2013

Publisher: Point

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Sky On Fire

SKY ON FIRE (Monument 14 #2) by Emmy Laybourne

Pub. Date: May 28, 2013

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

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Spirit

SPIRIT (Elemental #3) by Brigid Kemmerer

Pub. Date: May 28, 2013

Publisher: K-Teen

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I’m guessing it was a bit quieter of a week for releases due to the holiday in the U.S. Which is kind of nice as the next two weeks have quite a few books I’m looking forward to adding to my collection.

I’m even more thrilled that of the four books I’ve pre-ordered three of them are ones I’ve read – or will have read – by the time of their release. And as I definitely plan on reading OF POSEIDON and OF TRITON in the next couple of weeks, technically none of my pre-orders will be TBR books.

However… I am going to be buying SKY ON FIRE. I own the first book in the series and always planned on pre-ordering this second book. And I would have clicked to pre-order it for my Kindle while creating this post, but it seems there’s something hinky with my account. So it will have to wait until I have time to deal with it on Tuesday.

And I think there’s another book in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES series – The Salvation: Unseen – releasing this week, published by 47North (Amazon). On Goodreads it only shows a UK version so I’m not sure about its connection with the other books in the series penned by different authors. As I haven’t really been following this series since all those TV tie-in books were released, I’m a tad clueless.

Anyway….

Hopefully some of the books releasing this week are ones you are looking forward to adding to your collection. Hopefully a few of them are ones you’ve already had the chance to read. And if there are any books I should have on my radar that I don’t, I’d love to hear about them!

As always, I would love to hear what you’re hoping to add to your collection this week!

And if you have any great suggestions of “must read” books to buy that are releasing this week, please let me know!


THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH Blog Tour: Jack Dandy Character Interview + Giveaway

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When I found out that I was selected to be a part of THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH Blog Tour hosted by the lovely folks at Kismet I may have squealed just a little bit. I absolutely love this series, its enchanting characters and the incredibly imaginative world the author created in her Steampunk Chronicles.

But when I found out that I would get to interview Jack Dandy for the tour, there may have been a fist pump and a happy dance. Because Jack is one of my favorite characters in this series. Though I love all of them… the good ones anyway… and maybe Reno Dalton.

And when I read Jack Dandy’s responses to my questions… well… there was grinning involved. Perhaps some head-shaking. Yes, if the name weren’t already taken, I’d say that Jack Dandy was the Artful Dodger given just how evasive he was when answering some of my questions.

But I still love him. More than ever, actually. And I’m glad that Finley, Griffin, Sam, Emily and Jasper are back in London in THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH so that this book can include Jack.

Anyway…

While I normally introduce the book and author first, I just had to start off with Jack’s interview. Because you don’t have to have read any of the books in this series to see just what a charming rogue he is.

And if you haven’t met him yet, this interview just might convince you that he’s someone you’ll want to meet. I know if I hadn’t yet met him, I’d definitely want to!

But if you do want to learn more about the book, series and author first, just scroll a little bit further down and there are details on all the full-length books in this series, some information about the author, and places where you can find them all online.

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Don’t forget to check out the TWO awesome giveaways that are being offered as part of the tour and the tour schedule for more chances to win.

Now, without any further ado, let me introduce to you, Jack Dandy.

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…with Jack Dandy

Q. For those readers who might not have had the pleasure of meeting you as I have, how would you describe your most charming self? And what would you say is your most endearing quality?

Just one? Ah, you’re hard on a man, ducks. I would describe my most charming self as… most charming, of course. Witty. Devilishly handsome. A force to be reckoned with. Terribly humble too, right?

Fiktshun: *Giggles.* Humble? Oh yes, absolutely.

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Q. Finley Jayne is quite a complex individual. Some initially underestimate her, but it doesn’t seem that you have. While you might not be willing to share with Finley exactly what you think about her, would you care to share your thoughts about Finley with me and my blog’s readers?

You delightfully nosy baggage. Hate to disappoint, but I don’t fancy airing out me dirty washing for all to see and titter at. However, you’ve been dead charming thus far, so I’ll say that dear Treasure will always have my affection. If I were to want something more from her – and I ain’t sayin’ I do – I would be disappointed if she ever decided she wanted to be with a scoundrel like me.

Fiktshun: Yes, I am nosy. Especially when it comes to you. But, awwww. How could she not want someone as charming and… what was it… devilishly handsome as you? Seriously, though, she would be lucky to have you.

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Q. While you may not have had much of a role to play in Finley’s last “adventure” in New York, you definitely made your presence known by sending flowers. Were your motivations entirely pure, did you do it to make Griffin jealous or was that just an added bonus?

I’ve no idea what you’re jabbering on about. Ain’t I the very picture of purity?

Fiktshun: *Snickers.* Oh yes. Absolutely. You are synonymous with purity.

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Q. While Finley and the rest of the Duke of Greythorne’s entourage were in New York what were you up to back in London? Did you have any adventures of your own that you’d care to share?

None that be fit for your delicate ears, love.

Fiktshun: *Snorts.* Me? Delicate ears? I think I could handle whatever it was you had to reveal. My blog’s readers on the other hand… well, maybe those are the delicate ears you’re concerned about?

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Q. I understand that there’s a short novella coming out told from your perspective entitled “The Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy.” Could you give us a little hint about just what will transpire?

I reckon I make a dark discovery, hijinks ensue and it all works out in the end. Can’t give away the mystery, ducks! I will say that it involves a very unique creature whom you will meet very soon.

Fiktshun: Well, I love hijinks so I’m sure I’ll just adore your marvelous adventure. And I believe I may have already met this creature, but I won’t reveal my guess just in case someone reading this hasn’t.

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Q. What can we expect from you next? I’ve heard hints that Finley’s going to be forced to confront her feelings about you and Griffin, so I’m guessing that something happens between you two when she returns to London. What, if anything, can you tell us about that?

My Treasure’s a smart girl. She’ll make the right decision for her, and if she don’t, I’ll make it for her. But I didn’t get where I am today by being loose-lipped. I’ll be right happy to see her, but I’m not going to be sitting on the step when she arrives home, if that’s what you’re asking.

Fiktshun: Hmm…. well, I can be just as tight-lipped as you. And I won’t reveal just what does happen when Finley returns, either. But no, I never imagined you to be the type of gentleman – yes, I called you a gentleman – to sit around pining over a girl. Even one as awesome as Finley Jayne.

About the Book

The Girl with the Iron Touch

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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 at triumphing, she must summon a strength even she doesn’t know she has….

GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND | HARLEQUIN

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Other Books in the Series

The Girl in the Steel CorsetAbout THE 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.

GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND HARLEQUIN

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The Girl in the Clockwork Collar

About THE GIRL IN THE CLOCKWORK COLLAR

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….

GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND | HARLEQUIN

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The Novellas

THE STRANGE CASE OF FINLEY JAYNEGOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

THE DARK DISCOVERY OF JACK DANDYGOODREADS

About the Author

In her other life, Kady Cross is a USA TODAY bestselling author of more than twenty books. She is lucky enough to have a husband who shares her love for the slightly twisted and all things geek, and a houseful of cats with whom she shares her darkest secrets.

When she’s not listening to the characters in her head, she’s either trying to formulate the perfect lip gloss or teaching herself to solder. She has a weakness for all things girlie, sugar skulls and boots. Her love of books and makeup borders on addiction—of which she never, ever wants to be cured.

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 The Giveaways

There are two really awesome giveaways on this tour. Both are US Only. (Click here for contest rules.)

Giveaway #1

A daily giveaway for a chance to win a choice of either THE GIRL IN THE STEEL CORSET, THE GIRL IN THE CLOCKWORK COLLAR or THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH.

So be sure to visit ALL the stops on the tour for additional chances to win.

Giveaway #2

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A Grand Prize giveaway for a beautiful Clockwork Necklace, the matching Ring and a set of The Steampunk Chronicles books!

Enter in the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win both giveaways.
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The Tour Schedule

Monday, May 6th

Harlequin Paranormal Blog – Spotlight Post

Reading Teen – Character Interview: Griffin King

Wednesday, May 8th

Candace’s Book Blog – Character Interview: Emily O’Brien

Friday, May 10th

Rainy Day Ramblings – Character Interview: Sam Morgan

Monday, May 13th

Two Chicks on Books – Character Interview: Jasper Renn

Wednesday, May 15th

YA Bibliophile – Character Interview: Finley Jayne

Friday, May 17th

Fiktshun – Character Interview: Jack Dandy

Be sure to visit Kismet Book Touring for all the details about this awesome tour!


Review: The Girl in the Clockwork Collar

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar

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THE GIRL IN THE CLOCKWORK COLLAR by Kady Cross was released in the U.S. in hardcover and eBook formats on May 22, 2012 and was released in paperback format on April 30, 2013.

It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 368 pages.

THE GIRL IN THE CLOCKWORK COLLAR is the second book in author Kady Cross’ The Steampunk Chronicles. The third book in the series, THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH, is slated for release on May 28, 2013 and a short novella in the series, THE DARK DISCOVERY OF JACK DANDY, will be releasing on July 1, 2013.

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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.

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THE GIRL IN THE CLOCKWORK COLLAR is the charming, fun and utterly delightful second book in author Kady Cross’ steampunk series set in the late 1800s. While the setting may have changed from London to New York for this installment, all the elements that make this series a must read remain – appealing and charismatic characters, writing that flows easily, a plot filled with action, suspense and a hint of danger, and a slew of interesting inventions that add a modern touch to this bygone era.

And with a fierce but lovable heroine who isn’t afraid to put herself in the middle of the action, a charming yet utterly maddening hero whose distrust is keeping him from pursuing what he wants, and a daring and extremely risky rescue attempt planned, this sequel will captivate readers from start to finish.

When Finley, Griffin, Emily and Sam journey to New York to save their friend Jasper Renn, they find that rescuing him won’t be as simple as helping him prove his innocence for the murder he’s been accused of. Because Jasper’s not being held in jail. He’s being held captive by someone he once called a friend.

A friend who has given him an ultimatum – return what he stole or watch someone he loves die.

The choice is easy, but recovering what was taken would not be. And without the help of his friends, there is no way Jasper would be able to collect the pieces of the device he’d hidden, save Mei and possibly save himself.

Certainly not before lawman Whip Kirby caught up with him. And definitely not before Reno Dalton ran out of patience and allowed the clockwork collar around Mei’s throat to constrict.

Author Kady Cross takes readers on a new and exciting adventure with her characters. Without the threat of The Machinist and the temptation of Jack Dandy, Finley, Griffin, Emily and Sam are able to face their current challenge head-on. And even though their foe, Reno Dalton, is formidable, clever, cunning and extremely lethal, between Finley’s fierce determination, Sam’s brawn, Emily’s inventions, Griffin’s connection to the Aether and a little help from the Organites, the odds against them are not insurmountable.

THE GIRL IN THE CLOCKWORK COLLAR immediately invites readers into this world of airships, steam-powered inventions, corsets and clockwork devices and sends them back in time to this alternate version of the Victorian Era as seen through the author’s eyes.

With its quick pace, its endearing characters, its engaging and action-filled storyline that includes a surprise twist or two, THE GIRL IN THE CLOCKWORK COLLAR delivers on its promise to be an exciting, must read installment in this series.

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On a personal note…

I absolutely adore Finley Jayne. I have since the moment I “met” her in the prequel novella. And that hasn’t changed in the least since I read THE GIRL IN THE CLOCKWORK COLLAR. I actually love her even more.

She is totally my kind of heroine. She is fierce. She has a dark side. But she is a good person. And while she’s definitely not someone who could be called sweet, she is charming and at times vulnerable. Especially when it comes to Griffin King.

I’m so glad to have finally read this second book in this amazing series by author Kady Cross. I have no idea what took me so long to get it to the top of the pile. Once I started reading it I could not put it down. And I fought very hard not to pick up the next book in this series before writing this review.

I loved going back in time to the author’s version of late 1800s New York City. While steampunk is not a genre I typically read, I loved reading about the interesting inventions that make this past era something that feels a bit more modern. I also loved getting to read about Finley’s kick-a** outfits.

It took all of two sentences for me to be transported into the author’s world and story. Her writing has such an easy flow that makes tumbling into it effortless. I immediately reconnected with her characters and couldn’t wait to let the details of this story unfold.

I got caught up in the adventure – yes, this was most definitely an adventure. I was riveted by it. I was anxious to find out just what happened to Jasper Renn. I was curious about Dalton and Mei. And I was excited to explore this new setting.

While I did miss Jack – how could I not? – it was not enough to prevent me from falling in love with this installment in the series. I loved the new setting. I loved getting to solve this puzzle with Finley, Jasper, Emily, Sam and Griffin.

And I loved seeing just how things developed between Finley and Griffin without Jack’s presence in her life. Yes, Griffin was just as maddeningly frustrating without Jack nearby. I may have added the notation, “Kiss her already!” to my Kindle… on more than one occasion. But his behavior did add the perfect amount of tension to the story.

Of course I found Reno Dalton to be such an appealing character. He was totally charismatic and far more dangerous than Jack Dandy. And because he was so unpredictable, I couldn’t help but instantly like him.

THE GIRL IN THE CLOCKWORK COLLAR was such a fun and wildly entertaining installment in the series. While I may have guessed correctly when it came to a certain character who shall not be named, it did not take awake from this story’s appeal.

And while I loved that this story took place in New York City, I am thrilled that everyone will be heading back across the pond to London to embark upon a new adventure. One that is sure to include Jack Dandy.

Favorite passage…

I had ten favorite passages in this book and I wanted to include each and every one of them. And then talk all about why they were favorites.

While I couldn’t or shouldn’t do any of that, I really, really wanted to. But I did narrow it down to four passages and then finally chose just two very short ones. Because there was no way I could pick just one.

Finley glanced out into the audience. Her gaze locked with another—one the color of a stormy sky and every bit as volatile.

It was Griffin. And he wasn’t nearly as impressed with her as Emily was.

 …and…

It was a terrible time to realize you were falling in love with someone—when you were kissing another bloke.


My Reading Pile #110

As I mentioned in last week’s My Reading Pile post, due to the arrival of an out of town guest I knew I wouldn’t be around the blogosphere this weekend. So I had to schedule this post quite a bit early.

Which means that at the time I created this post I had no idea whether any books had arrived for me in the mail. If for some reason there turn out to be bookish surprises – though I’m expecting none – I’ll take a picture and include them in next week’s MRP post.

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So, once again, this week I’ll only be able to ramble about the books I will, hopefully, be reading this week and not the books received. And because this is getting scheduled early, I have no idea if I’ll have finished last week’s reading pile.

But I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I have, so that I can start reading the two books I put on the pile this week. And, so…

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
(April 21, 2013 – April 27, 2013)

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Icons

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First up on the pile is ICONS by Margaret Stohl. I received an early copy thanks to Jaime of Two Chicks on Books. She picked up a copy for me at ALA and I’ve been just dying to get this on the pile ever since. Especially since I’m still very much in the mood for all things dystopia/post-apocalypse.

I am so curious about just what happened on The Day and why Dol survived. But I really, really am dying to know exactly what this Icon is and why its power is so “terrifying.”

The description reveals enough to pique my interest and leaves enough of this story, its characters and its world in the dark to make me ever so curious. Curious about just what things these four teens – Dol, Ro, Tima and Lucas – have in common. Curious about just what conspiracy seems to be brewing.

And very curious about how the characters’ “uncontrollable emotions” could possibly be one of “their greatest strengths.”

The first line of the description gives me the chills and is a line that I hope sets the stage for an exciting and nail-biting story.

Your heart beats only with their permission.

Everything changed on The Day. The day the windows shattered. The day the power stopped. The day Dol’s family dropped dead. The day Earth lost a war it didn’t know it was fighting.

Since then, Dol has lived a simple life in the countryside — safe from the shadow of the Icon and its terrifying power. Hiding from the one truth she can’t avoid.

She’s different. She survived. Why?

When Dol and her best friend, Ro, are captured and taken to the Embassy, off the coast of the sprawling metropolis once known as the City of Angels, they find only more questions. While Ro and fellow hostage Tima rage against their captors, Dol finds herself drawn to Lucas, the Ambassador’s privileged son. But the four teens are more alike than they might think, and the timing of their meeting isn’t a coincidence. It’s a conspiracy.

Within the Icon’s reach, Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas discover that their uncontrollable emotions — which they’ve always thought to be their greatest weaknesses — may actually be their greatest strengths.

Bestselling author Margaret Stohl delivers the first book in a heart-pounding series set in a haunting new world where four teens must piece together the mysteries of their pasts — in order to save the future.

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The Girl with the Iron Touch
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Next up on the pile is THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH by Kady Cross. I received an eARC for review from the publisher, Harlequin TEEN, via NetGalley and I’m so excited to get the chance to read this third book in the series just a bit early.

While I have some time before its release at the end of May, I couldn’t help but move it to the top of the pile when I found out that I would be on the tour next month. My stop is not a review stop, but I just have to know what happens in this third book before then.

Especially when the description mentions that Finley will be forced to confront her feelings about Jack and Griffin. And especially when it hints that The Machinist will be resurrected.

I absolutely loved the first two books in this series and the prequel novella. And I cannot wait to dive into this third book and go back in time to just before the turn of the 20th century, to London, and to the amazing steampunk world the author created.

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 at triumphing, she must summon a strength even she doesn’t know she has….

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Wishful Thinking Reads:

I have about a million and one wishful thinking reads this week. But if I had to choose just one it would be NAMELESS by Lili St. Crow. I have heard that this book is absolutely amazing. I have a copy on my Kindle and a signed copy on my book tower and I really, really wish I could add it to the TBR pile this week so that I could find out for myself just how awesome it is.

But as I am already so very far behind on my reads this month, I can’t possibly go off-pile to read it… which makes me want to read it all the more. But it really needs to remain on the wish list… for now….

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Those Left Behind:

As I am creating this post early I don’t know if anything will be left behind in terms of reading. But I know I’m still behind with reviews. While I may have finally posted my review for THE ETERNITY CURE – at least I hope I have – I still have three… or is it four… reviews that have to be completed and posted.

And I know that I’ll be even further behind when I finish the two books from last week’s pile – BLACK CITY and PHOENIX. Because I won’t have had a single moment to post, let alone write reviews. Which take hours. And hours. And hours.

I also doubt I’ll have had time to read GODDESS by the time this posts. But I am ever hopeful. And I will be reading it prior to starting on this week’s pile because I’m just dying to know how that series ends.

I am still very much in a reading versus writing mood. But with real life stuff going on, I’m not going to be able to find much time for either. But, I suppose, that’s okay. I can’t always be online or have my nose buried in a book… can I?

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NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

I didn’t request any new books since my NetGalley request binge last week. As of this post I still hadn’t heard back on any of my recent requests. I can only imagine that the publisher is inundated with requests, so I’m not going to hold out much hope I’ll get any of those titles I asked for.

And as this post is being created early in the week, I hadn’t noticed any new titles that were added. Though I did find a few that I clearly had missed. And they are…

CONFESSIONS OF AN ALMOST-GIRLFRIEND by Louise Rozett (Harlequin Enterprises Australia, Jul 1, 2013) **ONLY for Australian Bloggers/Reviewers**

A SHIMMER OF ANGELS by Lisa M. Basso (Month9Books, Jan 29, 2013) **A READ NOW Title**

GAMEBOARD OF THE GODS by Richelle Mead (Penguin Group Dutton, Jun 4, 2013) **Not a YA title**

The problem with searching for Teen/YA books is that you miss books like GAMEBOARD OF THE GODS by Richelle Mead! Oh my gosh I am so very tempted to request it. But I am going to refrain as I have way too many YA books I must be reading right now. I cannot wait for its release, though, as I have had this book pre-ordered for ages.

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I don’t know what this week held for me in terms of posting, reading and reviewing. I’m sure I’ve fallen a little behind, as I know how I get when I have visitors… crazy.

I tend to be a little bit of a perfectionist, so getting my home “visitor ready” is a challenge of epic proportions and usually results in some form of minor injury. So blogging will have taken a bit of a back seat this past week.

I also found myself distracted by my new “tester” blog that Parajunkee Design created for me. It’s really way too pretty to be a tester, but I will not cave and make No Blog to See Here an actual blog.

And I do have upcoming posts to code in the coming weeks, so it’s really necessary for me to have one.

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Anyway…

I’m sorry that I had to create this post early and have likely missed out on some really cool NetGalley adds. If you have been stalking NetGalley this past week and found any books you think should be mentioned before My Reading Pile posts next weekend, feel free to share in the comments.

Hopefully you’ve had more time to read and blog than I have this past week. And if you’ve read or received some awesome books, please let me know! If you have a post about them, feel free to leave your link in the comments so that I… or another visitor… can check them out!

As always, I hope that your reading pile has grown smaller rather than larger this past week. And as ever – Happy Reading!

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If so, what’s in your pile this week?


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