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The Girl with the Iron Touch (Steampunk Chronicles Series)

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  • Posted May 28, 2013

    The combination of science, technology, robotics and the futuris

    The combination of science, technology, robotics and the futuristic melding with a bit of transcendental Aether manipulation is what makes this book worth a second glance. Unfortunately that spark of brilliance by Cross is let down by her need to make everything a teenage angsty romance like read.
    In the middle of a rescue scene characters will suddenly halt and discuss their amorous intentions. Two if their comrades are missing and instead of looking for them Finley and Griffin decide to explore each other. Priorities need to be reevaluated big time.
    Talking about priorities I think Cross needs to concentrate more on the steampunk and less on the steam between the couples.ce
    Finley has this completely self-obsessed notion that everyone should fancy her and her man should be jealous of all other men, because according to her that is healthy and makes her feel good. Who thinks like that?
    One of the things that grated on me the most, like a cheese grater rubbing against my cells, was Jack. To be precise Jack of all trades and his unusual accent affliction. What on earth was the point of making him sound like Fagin from Oliver Twist, actually he sounded more like a London gangster from Lock, Stck and Two Smokin Barrels, despite the fact he really talks like a well-spoken gentleman? To make a clearer separation of class distinction between Jack and Griffin? .
    The whole set in the period after Jack the Ripper does not gel well with the futuristic technology or some of the statements made.
    Mila was the highlight of this book and I look forward to seeing where both the author and the technology will take her.
    Overall I enjoyed the book for the nuance of Steampunk creativity that Cross harbours within her tales, but think the author would be better off letting that creativity flow more and locking up the romance bot in nice shiny metal box.
    I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2013

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    Finley, Griffin, Sam, Jasper, and Emily are surprised to learn t

    Finley, Griffin, Sam, Jasper, and Emily are surprised to learn that The Machinist is alive and well (ok, well, at least alive!) and still plotting.  Finely and Griffin are drifting apart as Griffin battles his (literal!) demons alone, while Emily and Sam are getting closer.  When the evil genius kidnaps Emily to force her to assist him in his diabolical schemes, will her friends be able to put aside their individual personal issues and come together to save her and the rest of mankind?

    I think I liked this third volume in the series better than the first two.  I think this was largely to do with the character development in this one.  You can really see how the characters have grown and matured.  Jack Dandy is still something of an enigma, although the end of this one sets up for some future potentially interesting developments.

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

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    Steampunk fans rejoice. This series just keeps getting better an

    Steampunk fans rejoice. This series just keeps getting better and better.

    Plot: I really loved how the plot is getting deeper with emotions and secrets. It moves well along with the characters giving them growth and depth. The plot also moves with political affairs and of course, the struggle for power. As the plot thickens, all the characters are tested, some quit hiding and others take chances.

    Love: I'm happy to announce that there is finally some movement with Finely and Griffin. They have been doing the same tango for so long I wanted nothing more then for them to be together. YES! We have movement. It's not exactly all there but it sure is something to look forward to.

    Steampunk: There are many new machines and other new minor characters that come into play. I really loved watching this aspect of the story. Seeing them use what they have for good or at least to help one another makes them stronger together.

    Jack: All I can say is, I want to learn more of this character. I have a feeling that there are things we the readers don't know yet.

    The Girl With The Iron Touch is a moving story with lots of action. Creating a great world full of many destinations, The Girl With The Iron Touch is awesome.

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  • Posted June 20, 2013

    Finley, Griffin, and the rest of the gang are back in England af

    Finley, Griffin, and the rest of the gang are back in England after their American adventures in the second book. Naturally, there’s trouble on the horizon as The Machinist is still around and causing trouble.
    I love how this book focuses a bit more on Emily without deviating from the other characters. Emily’s story comes to the forefront as she’s kidnapped by some bad automatons. We get her backstory without slowing the narrative. Smooth transitions such as this make all of Kady Cross’s books assessable and easy to read.
    Another thing to love is the growth of the characters. With the exception of Jasper who was absent for much of the book, each character learns something new about their limitations or lack there of. I don’t deny my love for all things Griffin and really enjoy where his story is heading. Finley has experiences the most growth. By the third book, she knows who she is and what she wants. Most surprising is Jack Dandy. I can’t wait to read more about him.
    If you’re looking for something paranormal, but you’re tired of the same old thing, pick this series up. The books are a lot of fun.

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