I am super excited to be a part of this amazing tour for the recently released GRIM anthology. The classic fairytales were my most favorite stories growing up and I am so excited that a number of my favorite authors today have decided to put their own spin – sometimes a darker spin – on these already grim tales. (Pun intended.)
For my stop today I get to share my thoughts on Amanda Hocking’s THE PINK: A Grimm Story and Jackson Pearce’s SELL OUT. I am also going to ramble just a little bit about My Grimm Childhood.
While I haven’t yet read all of the stories in this anthology, I do plan on reading each and every one, along with the original. But the ones I have read so far have been absolutely delightful. And by delightful I mean dark and twisty and different and enchanting. They are the perfect short bites to read when I have a spare moment.
And although some have been quite different from the original tales, they bring back fond memories of my childhood. Which was also often dark and twisty and different and enchanting.
Anyway… if you haven’t yet had a chance to take a peek at this anthology, the details are below. And if you’d like to read THE KEY by Rachel Hawkins and THE BROTHERS PIGGETT Julie Kagawa, they are currently available for free download at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Harlequin Teen created a wonderful trailer for this anthology. Be sure to check it out if you have a moment.
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Release date: February 25, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Editor: Christine Johnson
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Inspired by classic fairy tales, but with a dark and sinister twist, Grim contains short stories from some of the best voices in young adult literature today.
1. THE KEY by Rachel Hawkins
2. FIGMENT by Jeri Smith-Ready
3. THE TWELTH GIRL by Malinda Lo
4. THE RAVEN PRINCESS by Jon Skovron
5. THINNER THAN WATER by Saundra Mitchell
6. BEFORE THE ROSE BLOOMED: A Retelling of the Snow Queen by Ellen Hopkins
7. BEAST/BEAST by Tessa Gratton
8. THE BROTHERS PIGGETT by Julie Kagawa
9. UNTETHERED by Sonia Gensler
10. BETTER by Shaun David Hutchinson
11. LIGHT IT UP by Kimberly Derting
12. SHARPER THAN A SERPENT’S TONGUE by Christine Johnson
13. A REAL BOY by Claudia Gray
14. SKIN TRADE by Myra McEntire
15. BEAUTY AND THE CHAD by Sarah Rees Brennan
16. THE PINK: A Grimm Story by Amanda Hocking
17. SELL OUT by Jackson Pearce
I really enjoyed reading Amanda Hocking’s version of THE PINK. It’s one of the shorter, more obscure of the Grimm’s stories, but it’s actually one I remember rather well. It involves a young prince who can make wishes come true, a queen who is framed for his death, and a young girl who puts her own life at risk to save another.
Instead of revamping the story, the author opted to stay somewhat true to its original setting and voice. It reads like a fairytale. But as the original was so quick and lacking in much detail, this author chose to expand upon it, fleshing out the story and characters a bit more, adding in her own creative and imaginative elements.
Amanda Hocking’s THE PINK retains much of the essence of the original story but is far more enchanting than the original and even a bit less grim. By giving the characters a voice, taking away some of the antiquated notions about women, and taking religion out of this tale, the author has made this modern adaptation a charming, sweet and absolutely delightful read.
SELL OUT is the first story I’ve read by author Jackson Pearce and it definitely won’t be my last. It is loosely based on the classic Snow White story, but with quite a few nods to the original. And as this is such a popular fairytale I don’t think I need to refresh anyone’s memory, but just in case…. It involves an envious queen, a huntsman who chooses to defy his orders, a bunch of rather greedy dwarves, a tightly-laced bodice, a poison apple, a state of suspended animation, a kiss and a happily ever after.
Jackson Pearce’s SELL OUT mixes things up a bit and adds its own grim twist. It’s a modern interpretation involving a character who can revive the dead with a kiss. There is a “wicked” stepmother, or at least a greedy one. The huntsman and the prince are combined into one character, Emmett, who is not quite as altruistic. Snow White, a.k.a. Elise Snow, isn’t nearly as innocent as she was in the original tale. But the “dwarves” in this story – free-spirited creative types – are much more kindly than their counterparts in the Brothers Grimm’s version, treating Elise more like family than like a servant.
SELL OUT is a super quick read, a lot of fun and is definitely a unique modernization of the classic. The grim twist to this story – in which no young boars were harmed (and no, taxidermy does not count) – is provided by Emmett’s job. It’s definitely worth the read and will likely leave you wondering about happily ever afters. This short story is one that I would love to see expanded into a full-length novel.
I loved reading fairytales when I was a child, and my most favorite stories were those by the Brothers Grimm. Many of those fairytales, like many in this anthology, were rather grim. I still can’t get the images of what happened to Cinderella’s step-sisters, and what they were willing to do to catch a prince, out of my head. I suppose gruesome is a more befitting word.
I was given The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales when I was eight or nine. It was just over 850 pages and I devoured it cover to cover so many times that the spine first bent, then broke, then tore into sections. And still I continued to read it. I loved the magic of these stories and was fascinated by their darkness. It wasn’t until later on in life that I learned a bit more about German fairytales and bedtime stories and what their true purpose often was.
Of course I didn’t recognize how sexist these stories were, how quick to judge and punish the kings and princes were, how only the most wholesome of girls was rewarded, and how innocence and beauty went hand-in-hand. And I didn’t understand how delousing a man was not something particularly enjoyable. I was blinded to all of that by these stories that transported me to imaginary lands where happy endings were real and evil was punished.
These stories provided me an escape that was much needed and I cherished them dearly. No matter how much a few of the elements in them should offend my sensibilities, I can’t seem to get upset with them or stop loving them. They were written in a time that is so very different from today.
But I’m really excited that children today have an alternative to Hollywood’s overly cheery version of a fairytale, or ones that are filled with concepts that are a bit outdated, with such modernized versions as those offered in the GRIM anthology. And it’s absolutely wonderful to see today’s spinners of tales pay homage to their predecessors in these most beloved stories.
I’m certain that I would have happily exchanged my GRIMM Childhood for a GRIM one.
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Monday, Feb. 17th – Harlequin Paranormal Blog
Tuesday, Feb. 18th – Two Chicks on Books – Stories 1, 2 & 3
Wednesday, Feb. 19th – A Book and a Latte – Stories 4, 5 & 6
Friday, Feb. 21st – Fiction Freak – Stories 7, 8 & 9
Monday, Feb. 24th – Mundie Moms – Stories 10, 11 & 12
Wednesday, Feb. 26th – Bumbles and Fairytales – Stories 13, 14 & 15
Friday, Feb. 28th – Fiktshun – Stories 16 & 17
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Published by Harlequin Teen, the book is 268 pages.
Note: This review is based on an eARC I received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.
Cami Broussard has her future all figured out. She’ll finish her senior year of high school, then go to work full-time as an apprentice chef in her father’s French restaurant, alongside her boyfriend, Luke. But then twenty-year-old ex-Marine Julian Wyatt comes to live with Cami’s family while recovering from serious injuries. And suddenly Cami finds herself questioning everything she thought she wanted.
Julian’s all attitude, challenges and intense green-brown eyes. But beneath that abrasive exterior is a man who just might be as lost as Cami’s starting to feel. And Cami can’t stop thinking about him. Talking to him. Wanting to kiss him. He’s got her seriously stirred up. Her senior year has just gotten a lot more complicated….
STIR ME UP is a sweet, fun, romantic and absolutely heartwarming story by author Sabrina Elkins. It’s a love story that brings together two unlikely characters – Cami Broussard, a high school student and chef-in training, and Julian Wyatt, an injured war veteran and former marine.
When Cami first lays eyes on Julian, she is shocked by his injuries and her heart immediately goes out to him. But her sympathy is short-lived, as from the moment he opens his mouth he is rude and insulting. Having to adjust to his presence in her life and in her home is one thing, but she’s not about to put up with his attitude. No matter what he’s been through. And no matter how gorgeous he is.
It’s not as if she doesn’t have her own problems. Her father is pushing her to go to college. Her boyfriend is pushing for more of a commitment than she’s ready to give him. And she hasn’t figured out what she wants to do when she graduates.
But she certainly doesn’t want to have to give up her room to an irritable and ungrateful house guest. One who argues with her. One who drives her crazy. One who she can’t seem to stay away from. One who makes her feel things that her boyfriend doesn’t.
Author Sabrina Elkins created an utterly captivating story that is both charming and sexy with characters that are lovable and sympathetic. She brought depth to her story through characters that have had to deal with loss, face hardships and overcome incredible obstacles. She brought excitement with a love story that is at first flirtatious and fragile but which grows in its strength and its intensity.
She gave readers something unique through her character Cami’s passion for food. And she gave them something to smile about with a story that delivers on its promise to stir things up for Cami Broussard.
STIR ME UP is a quick and incredibly entertaining one-sit read with a deliciously appealing dynamic between the two central characters. It is a must for fans of contemporary romance, love stories that promise the possibility of a happily ever after and stories that are well-written, engaging, thoughtful and romantic.
Reviewer gives this book…
When I picked up this story I could not put it down. STIR ME UP was a totally addictive and super-quick read.
I was expecting a story that was light and fluffy – a cotton candy read – but was surprised by its layers. Happily surprised.
I’d been an avid fan of chick lit before I started reading YA and it got to the point where each story felt formulaic – girl meets boy, girl gets boy, girl loses boy, angst, angst, angst, girl gets boy back on the last page. That was not at all the case here.
STIR ME UP was clever, it had depth, it presented some real issues. It had a main character who was strong and passionate and determined and focused. I loved that she was able to see Julian for who he was, not the injuries he sustained. And I loved that the author presented this in a way that was believable and not over the top.
The story spanned just about a year in the characters’ lives. It took the time to develop the characters. It didn’t rush the love story. It didn’t make light of the seriousness of Julian’s losses. It didn’t present an unrealistic relationship between the characters. It didn’t pile on the angst just for the heck of it.
It was sweet, it was romantic, it was sexy as hell at times. It had its moments of heartbreak. It had just the right amount of tension and angst.
The added bonus was how the author incorporated Cami’s passion for cooking and for creating recipes into the story. I am not a foodie, nor am I a cook, but I loved reading those passages where Cami was preparing a dish for the restaurant or her family. It made her more three-dimensional, it made her interesting. It made this story unique.
And it made me love this story all the more.
Of course I loved the swoon-worthy marine. I loved the back-and-forth between Cami and Julian, the electricity, the sexual tension. I loved the romance and found myself hoping for a HEA – a rarity for me.
But it was everything all together that made this story as amazing as it was. It gave me all the smiles. It gave me the happy feels. And I don’t say this often about contemporary romance, but STIR ME UP is a total must read.
I actually had two favorites. But as one of them was from right there at the very end, I thought it would be best not to reveal that here. So I chose the one from just a bit earlier in the story, the one that made me sigh.
He kisses me long into the night, until my lips are swollen and my heart is full and my hands feel electric from running over his back and chest. And then, once the taste of him is locked inside me, once I’ve memorized the feel of him, I curl up against him and fall asleep.
This review is based on an eARC I received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.
Published by HarperTeen, the story is 6o pages.
DIE FOR HER is a novella in the author’s Die for Me series set between UNTIL I DIE and IF I SHOULD DIE.
Set in the romantic and death-defying world of the international bestselling Die for Me trilogy, this digital original novella follows Jules, a brooding, immortal French artist who has fallen in love with his best friend’s girlfriend.
Jules Marchenoir is a revenant-an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save human lives. He’s spent the better part of the last century flirting his way through Paris, but when he met Kate Mercier, the heroine from Amy Plum’s Die for Me trilogy, he knew his afterlife had changed forever and he had found the love of his life. Until Kate fell for his best friend, Vincent. Now Jules is faced with an impossible decision: choosing between his loyal friend and a love truly worth dying for.
DIE FOR HER is a wildly entertaining and incredibly revealing novella in author Amy Plum’s Die for Me series told from Jules’ perspective. Released between books two and three, this short story takes a look at events from the first two books in the series from his POV and concludes at the same point in the story as UNTIL I DIE.
As it does parallel the story as told from Kate’s point of view, this novella should not be read prior to having read both previously released books. And as it reveals certain things that were hinted at in that second book, and which will likely come to light in IF I SHOULD DIE, it is best read prior to reading that third and final book in the series.
Jules is one of the author’s more charismatic characters. His charming and flirtatious behavior serve to make him one of the more likable characters in this series, even if at first glance he appears to be a bit shallow. But in this novella, readers will get to see a different side of Jules and will learn that there is more to him than what meets the eye.
This novella also gives readers an expanded look at the world as well as a look at it from an alternate viewpoint. It offers a quick look at events that couldn’t be explored from Kate’s perspective, insight into events where her POV may not have been the most accurate, and an eye-opening peek at scenes involving both Kate and Jules.
DIE FOR HER is not only a riveting read but a heartbreaking one. For fans of the series, and especially Jules, this story is not one to be missed. And for those readers who may not have picked up on the hints in UNTIL I DIE, reading this novella will make them want to go back for a second look.
As it doesn’t cover new ground or bridge a gap between novels, it’s not mandatory to read DIE FOR HER to complete the series. But for those readers who like to take a longer look at the world or who like to see another character’s views on what has transpired, this novella is a must.
And as it includes a short excerpt of chapter one from IF I SHOULD DIE, readers will get to continue the story right to the edge of a small cliff.
Reviewer gives this novella…
On a personal note…
Jules is my favorite male character in this series. While Vincent may have held the top spot in DIE FOR ME, I’ve always been fond of his ever flirty best friend Jules. But after having read UNTIL I DIE, Vincent was out and Jules was in.
So I was totally thrilled to be able to read this short novella from his perspective. And I was even more thrilled to find out that what I thought was going on with Jules wasn’t just wishful thinking.
As a fan of this character, I couldn’t help but fall instantly in love with this story. It made me grin, it tore my heart out and it made me want to read an entire novel from his point of view. It also made me happy that I was right to adore him, that he wasn’t just a flirt, that he was so much more.
And I am so glad I read this before reading IF I SHOULD DIE. I would have been wondering if my suspicions were correct for the entire read until all was revealed. And not knowing Jules’ thoughts would have made for a completely different reading experience of that last book.
I don’t usually get all swoon-y over a novella. And I almost never fall madly in love with one. But it couldn’t be helped. This story was all sorts of awesome.
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.
*** Spoiler-y for this book***
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….
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.
Reviewer gives this book…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reviewer gives this book…
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.
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.
It was a terrible time to realize you were falling in love with someone—when you were kissing another bloke.