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    Review: The Girl with the Iron Touch

    The Girl with the Iron Touch


    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.


    Goodreads Description…

    *** 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.


    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.


    Review: The Girl in the Clockwork Collar

    The Girl in the Clockwork Collar


    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.



    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.

    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.


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


    Quickie Review: The Strange Case of Finley Jayne

    The Strange Case of Finley Jayne by Kady Cross is the prequel novella to The Girl in the Steel Corset. It was released in eBook format on May 1, 2011 in the U.S. and is currently available as a free download from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    The eBook is published by Harlequin TEEN.

    The Girl in the Steel Corset is the young adult debut for this best-selling author.

    Goodreads description:

    Finley Jayne knows she’s not ‘normal’. Normal girls don’t lose time, or have something inside them that makes them capable of remarkably violent things. Her behavior has already cost her one job, so when she’s offered the lofty position of companion to Phoebe, a debutante recently engaged to Lord Vincent, she accepts, despite having no experience.

    Lord Vincent is a man of science with his automatons and inventions, but Finley is suspicious of his motives where Phoebe is concerned. She will do anything to protect her new friend, but what she discovers is even more monstrous than anything she could have imagined…


    The Strange Case of Finley Jayne is the delightful, engaging and slightly creepy prequel novella to The Girl in the Steel Corset. This short story, which reads like a standalone tale, introduces readers to Finley Jayne, the main character in the full-length novel.

    In this story, which takes place just before the full-length novel begins, readers follow along with Finley as she takes a job as the companion to Phoebe, who is engaged to the much older, wealthy and slightly eccentric inventor, Lord Vincent. As her companion, Finley grows to care for and befriend Phoebe and begins to worry about Lord Vincent’s true intentions.

    The Strange Case of Finley Jayne offers up a few surprises about the main character and takes a few twists and turns as readers learn about just what Lord Vincent is up to.

    Author Kady Cross does a remarkable job in setting up this world filled with automatons and a wide assortment of steampunk inventions. Readers will get a feel for her characters and writing style, as she gradually reveals tidbits about Finley over the course of this story.

    The writing is elegant and has a great flow, and the author casually but so cleverly manages to drop in each new piece of the puzzle about Finley, while still teasing readers for the soon-to-be-released novel.

    This prequel novella is a great introduction to the author and The Girl in the Steel Corset and it is recommended to be read prior to reading the novel.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=4]

    On a personal note:

    I just loved this short story. This was my first taste of steampunk and I have to say I’m really intrigued and completely excited about starting The Girl in the Steel Corset. I can’t wait to know more about steampunk and delve deeper into Finley’s world.

    I was completely surprised the first time the author mentioned one of the inventions, as I was so caught up in the story that I forgot that there even was this aspect to it.

    And I absolutely loved that as time went on there were these casual mentions about Finley’s unique attributes that really made me wonder what more there is to know.

    All I can say about Lord Vincent is, “Ew, creepy!”

    I hope to see more about a certain character only briefly talked about, and although I’m sure things won’t get easier for Finley, I hope things end up okay in the end.

    I really got to like Finley over the course of this short story. She has a practical but caring nature and has both a good side and a bad side which appear depending on the situation. She is definitely a heroine I really want to know more about over the course of this new series.

    The Girl in the Steel Corset will be released in the U.S. on May 24, 2011.