The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross
Published: May 22nd, 2012 (HarlequinTEEN)
Source: for review from NetGalley
Challenge: Sophomore Reading Challenge
Series: Steampunk Chronicles, #2
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Note: this is not the first book in a series, and can therefore contain (minor) spoilers for the previous book(s) in the series. Reading of this review is at your own risk.
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.
After loving The Girl in the Steel Corset, I was very excited to get my hands on a galley for this one. And boy did it deliver!
Kady Cross manages to weave a great tale, this time set in America, full of intrigue, mystery and ass-kicking. Griffin is his usual charming self, Finley is still the awesome heroine we got to know in the first book and Sam and Emily are still the best and loyal friends ever. I loved how this focused on Jasper, a character we've seen glimpses of in Steel Corset, but who hasn't gotten his moment in the spotlight just yet. During the story, we also see things from his point of view and I really enjoyed that!
It's the kind of book that makes me go all Sherlock myself; trying to figure out plots and people before the story does. I particularly liked that none of the characters were really stupid to make something happen. Sure, there were small things, but there were no major mess-ups just to make a certain element of the plot happen. Me gusta!
With this excellent follow-up to her YA debut, Kady Cross has managed to make this series my number 1 steampunk series, and I'm already anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. Is there a releasedate yet?