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    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.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #73

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

    These are books for the week of May 22nd-May 28th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Shadow Bound by Rachel Vincent will be released in the U.S. on May 22, 2012 in paperback format and will be available in eBook format on June 1, 2012. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Mira, the print edition is 448 pages.

    Shadow Bound is the second book in author Rachel Vincent’s Unbound series. The third book, Oath Bound is slated for release in 2013.

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    I can’t believe that release date is finally here for Shadow Bound. I feel like I’ve been waiting forever. Although I will have to wait just a bit longer for my Kindle download, I do plan on picking up the print edition when it hits stores on Tuesday.

    And while I may have read Shadow Bound a bit earlier in the year, it wasn’t the final version and I wasn’t reading it purely for pleasure like I plan on doing when it releases. So, I’m super excited for release date.

    I am such a huge fan of this series. The world is dark, the abilities are definitely different. And Kori is my new favorite character in the series. Which I never thought would happen. I love Liv and Cam, but Kori definitely has that extra something that makes her awesome.

    This sequel is even darker, the action is definitely more intense and seeing this story come together from both Kori and Ian’s perspective adds that element of nail-biting suspense I love so much about Rachel Vincent’s books.

    I cannot wait to read this book. It’s my most anticipated release this week. And I hope that ending didn’t change….

    The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross will be released in the U.S. on May 22, 2012 in hardcover format and will be available in eBook format on June 1, 2012. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 416 pages.

    The Girl in the Clockwork Collar is the second book in author Kady Cross’ Steampunk Chronicles.

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    I absolutely love this series by Kady Cross. I never thought I’d be such a fan of steampunk, but I fell in love with the Steampunk Chronicles last year and am super excited for this sequel’s release.

    I have the eBook pre-ordered, although it won’t download until next week, but I may just head to the store to pick up a print edition as I have the first book in print.

    As I already spotlighted The Girl in the Clockwork Collar for my Book Watch post a couple weeks ago, I will try not to ramble too much. But I can’t wait to head to New York City circa 1897 with Finley Jayne to find out if she will be able to save Jasper and Mei.

    And I can’t wait to see what other steampunk creations are in this re-imagined city. Though I’m already totally freaked out by that clockwork collar. I really, really hope things end well.

    Fated by Alyson Noel will be released in the U.S. on May 22, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 368 pages.

    Fated is the first book in author Alyson Noel’s new Soul Seekers series. Echo, the second book in the series is due out later this year. And books three and four, Mystic and Horizons, are slated for release in 2013.

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    I first noticed Fated when I saw its cover a few months back. As a fan of author Alyson Noel I had to check it out. And the description sounded so interesting that I added it to my list of pre-orders.

    I love the characters’ names – Daire and Dace – and the premise sounds definitely intriguing. Being able to “navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead” seems like a creepy and yet utterly fascinating ability to have.

    I can’t wait to find out if Dace is on Daire’s side in her battle against his evil brother and if they are in fact “meant to be.” And I can’t wait to find out what life is like for Daire in a town called Enchantment. I hope to be able to find out this summer.

    Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen will be released in the U.S. on May 22, 2012 in paperback format and will be available in eBook format on June 1, 2012. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 352 pages.

    Dark Kiss is the first book in the Nightwatchers series by author Michelle Rowen. The second book in the series, Wicked Kiss, is slated for release in 2013.

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    I heard about Dark Kiss awhile back thanks to Jaime of Two Chicks On Books who pointed it out to me on Twitter. The title is awesome as is the premise. So I had to add it to my list of pre-orders the second it was available.

    While I did get an eARC for review, I haven’t yet been able to move it to the top of my pile, but I do plan on reading it in the next few weeks. I am so totally intrigued by the idea of this sinister kiss that did something strange to Samantha. But I’m really dying to meet Bishop of the “unearthly blue eyes.”

    I am so curious about what it means to be a nightwatcher and whether the darkness inside of Sam is a good thing or a bad thing. And I just can’t wait to find out what kind of evil would cause angels and demons to work together.

    This book sounds dark and exciting and I can’t wait to discover this author’s writing, story and characters. This definitely sounds like a “me” series and I am thrilled that it’s releasing this week.

    The Lost Code (The Atlanteans #1) by Kevin Emerson

    Pub. Date: May 22, 2012

    Published by: Katherine Tegen Books

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    Only four new books for the collection this week, but a couple of them have been books I’ve been dying to read – or re-read as the case may be – for a long time. All four are books for the TBR pile so I’m glad there are only four being added this week.

    As I’ve been hiding from the publishers’ catalogs for the past few months I know I’ve been missing a few books I’d normally have added to my pre-orders. But any books I’ve missed I’ve ended up buying after the fact, like Underworld by Meg Cabot. So it really has not helped my wallet very much by staying away.

    I did end up visiting Barnes & Noble with the hope of leaving with a nook glow and a copy of Shadow Bound. Both weren’t available. Which means I’ll be taking another trip there on Tuesday. But it seems I can never leave a bookstore empty-handed and I can never walk past a signed book, even if I don’t keep signed books that aren’t personalized. Both things that I definitely have to work on.

    But for now… happy book buying and reading!

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    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!

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    Book Watch: The Girl in the Clockwork Collar


    The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross will be released in the U.S. on May 22, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats.

    It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 416 pages.

    The Girl in the Clockwork Collar is the second book in author Kady Cross’ Steampunk Chronicles.

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    Apparently there were three titles I have been anxiously awaiting that are releasing the week of May 22nd, but due to the fact that their Kindle counterparts aren’t releasing until June 1, I missed them last week when creating this post. But as there were three awesome books releasing on the 22nd, I couldn’t just skip that week and move on to the week of June 5th as I’d planned.

    So, I’m heading back a week to May 22nd….

    It was tough to choose a book to spotlight for the week of May 22nd. There are three amazing books releasing that week that I’ve been coveting for a long, long time. But I decided to put my most anticipated YA title in the spotlight this week, The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross, as I’ve been dying to read it ever since I got my hands on an eARC through NetGalley.

    I am so excited that Finley Jayne is heading to America. I can’t wait to find out how the author imagines life to be in her version of New York City in 1897. And I am curious to see just what steampunk inventions, aside from this clockwork collar, will be introduced.

    I am worried that they might not be able to save Jasper and Mei. Especially Mei. Her situation sounds extremely dire. And I’m already biting my nails with just how worried I am.

    The clockwork collar doesn’t sound like it’s giving everyone much time to find the device that Jasper stole… or enough time to remove the collar without having to cave to the demands of his abductor.

    But I hope they do. And I hope this book has a happy ending, or at least one with the promise of happiness in the future. Which won’t happen if anything happens to Jasper. Or to Mei.

    I loved the prequel novella The Strange Case of Finley Jayne and I loved the first book in the Steampunk Chronicles, The Girl in the Steel Corset. I’m so curious to see if all the characters from the first novel return in this sequel. Especially Jack Dandy who I found wildly entertaining and totally charming.

    If The Girl in the Clockwork Collar has all the suspense, intrigue and excitement of that first book in the series, and Finley retains her fiery personality, then I just know I’ll fall in love. And from reading the description, I can’t imagine that not happening. Which is why this book is definitely worthy of being the book to watch on May 22nd.

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    Places to Watch

    The author on TWITTER

    The author on FACEBOOK

    The author on GOODREADS

    The author’s WEBSITE

    The author’s BLOG

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    About the Book

    Goodreads description:

    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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    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    There are two absolutely AMAZING books releasing on May 22nd that I’m seriously dying to read – or re-read as the case may be for one:

    Shadow Bound by Rachel Vincent

    Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen

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    ARC Giveaway: The Girl in the Clockwork Collar

    I just received a copy of The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross from a trade with another blogger. I had forgotten I traded for it and requested it the moment I saw it on NetGalley, and so I thought I’d pass it along.

    I loved the first book in the series, The Girl in the Steel Corset, and the short novella, The Strange Case of Finley Jayne, and I can’t wait to read this sequel. But I am more than happy to do so on my Kindle.

    The ARC is in great condition and there don’t appear to be any misprints or missing pages, but as I haven’t read it I can’t be certain.

    As always, while the giveaway is not restricted, my hope is that if you enter you do plan on reading and reviewing it.

    What’s up for grabs:

    An ARC of The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross that I received through a trade.

    The deets:

    1. One entry per person.

    2. There will be ONE winner.

    3. You must be 13 or older.

    4. Giveaway is International.

    5. Contest ends at 10:00 p.m. Pacific on Thursday, March 29, 2012.

    6. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced on March 30th in this post.

    7. Winner will have 48 hours after notification to respond with their details.

    There is no requirement to like or follow. But if you’d like to spread the word that would be awesome!

    NOTE: I am moving back to Google Forms for most of my giveaways as I’m not thrilled with Rafflecopter. It seems that those who subscribe by email to my site can’t enter through the email and so it is an added inconvenience.

    However, if I find that there are as many multiple entries as I had for my ATM2 giveaway of people using different usernames to try and cheat the system, not only will all my giveaways going forward be Rafflecopter only, I will also stop giving away any ARCs except to blogger friends. So, please. One entry only. Don’t spoil it for everyone. Thank you.

    {No one is penalized for accidentally entering more than once. It’s obvious when someone has made a mistake versus trying to get away with something.}

    To enter, fill out the form below:

    The giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone who entered. I will be running the names through Random tomorrow and announcing the winner here in this post. Stay tuned and GOOD LUCK!

    Congratulations Jen! You’re the winner for the ARC of The Girl in the Clockwork Collar. I will be notifying you by email and you will have 48 hours to respond or I will have to choose another winner.

    Thanks so much to everyone who entered. I will be having another giveaway in a few days….

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