The Girl in the Clockwork Collar (Steampunk Chronicles Series)

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In New York City, 1897, life has never been more thrilling—or dangerous
Finley Jayne and her "straynge band of mysfits" have journeyed from London to America to rescue their friend Jasper from the clutches of a devious criminal 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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In New York City, 1897, life has never been more thrilling—or dangerous
Finley Jayne and her "straynge band of mysfits" have journeyed from London to America to rescue their friend Jasper from the clutches of a devious criminal 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.
From the rough streets of lower Manhattan to elegant Fifth Avenue, the motley crew of teens follows Jasper's elusive trail. And they're about to discover how far they'll go for friendship.
More than ever, Finley must rely on powerful English duke Griffin King to balance her dark magic with her good side. Yet Griffin is at war with himself over his secret attraction to Finley…and will risk his life and reputation to save her. Now, to help those she's come to care for so deeply, Finley must infiltrate the criminal gang. Only problem is, she might like the dark side a little too much….

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VOYA - Kelli Czarnecki
Part of The Steampunk Chronicles series, this book takes place in 1897. Soaring above the Atlantic Ocean in an airship named Helena, Finley and her friends, including Griffin King (the Duke of Greythorne) and part-human, part-machine Sam and Emily (who can talk to machines) are flying to New York from England. They plan to find Jasper Renn, their friend who has been accused of murder and taken by bounty hunters five days earlier. Dalton is the evil menace who is holding Jasper hostage. He wants a device that Jasper stole from him and hid around the city of Manhattan. Dalton is using Mei, Jasper's love, as leverage. He makes her wear a necklace of clockwork pieces around her throat, which is also the photo that graces the book cover. She tells Jasper if anyone touches it, it will slowly close around her neck to suffocate her. Even though Finley and her friends possess superhuman abilities, such as the strength to take down buildings, it is not enough to easily rescue Jasper. Teens will enjoy the fast-paced action as Finley and her friends try to outwit Dalton and his gang as well as figure out what Jasper is really up to. They soon discover that it may be more important to keep the device out of Dalton's hands than anything else. Readers will get to meet such inventors as Nicola Tesla and experience airships they know and love from Westerfeld's Leviathan series and Oppel's Airborn series. Reviewer: Kelli Czarnecki
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"Surprising, vivid and cohesive-the work of a pro." — Kirkus Review*Starred* review

"Teens will enjoy the fast-paced action ." — VOYA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780373210534
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 5/22/2012
  • Series: Steampunk Chronicles Series
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 252,657
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 7.38 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Meet the Author

In her other life, Kady Cross is a USA TODAY bestselling author of over 20 books. She lives with her husband who shares her love for the slightly twisted and all things geek, and a houseful of cats with whom she shares all her secrets. When not writing, she’s either trying to create the perfect lip gloss or teaching herself to solder. She has a weakness for all things girlie, sugar skulls and boots. Her love of books and makeup borders on addiction. Visit her at

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High above the Atlantic Ocean
July 1897

"What are you doing?"
Finley Jayne smiled in the darkness. She should have known Griffin would come looking for her. Gripping the slender prow with both hands, she glanced over her shoulder and saw him standing just inside the dirigible's softly lighted observation deck. The wind blew strands of hair into her face. "Finding out how it feels to fly," she replied.
"You're over three thousand feet in the air." His gravelly voice carried over the sound of the airship's engines. "Flying might prove fatal."
Finley laughed. That was his way of scolding her for having ignored the signs that warned passengers not to climb out the windows or over the protective railings. Griffin King was the Duke of Greythorne, and sometimes he carried the weight of the entire world on his shoulders. That he was worried about her was…sweet.
"We're going to be landing soon," he called, trying another tactic. "Why don't you come in and make sure you have all your things?"
"I'm packed and ready," she called back. "Why don't you come out here and see how beautiful New York City is at night?"
She didn't expect him to take her up on the dare. It wasn't that he was a coward—he was anything but. However, as a duke and an only child, it would be irresponsible of him to risk his life for no reason but a pretty view, just because she asked. No, Griffin wouldn't be so foolish, but Jack would.
Finley pushed the thought of the notorious criminal Jack Dandy from her mind. Jack was in London, and it wasn't fair of her to compare Griffin to him when neither of the young men had an equal.
There was a faint noise behind her, and the next thing she knew, Griffin was there, sitting with her on this narrow shaft. All that was below them was the ship's figurehead—a robust blonde woman of dubious virtue carved from wood—and thousands of miles of night.
"What are you doing?" Finley demanded, her tone a reflection of what his own had been—only slightly more panicked. She wasn't that breakable, but Griffin was. "You shouldn't be out here."
One of his legs brushed the back of hers. Beneath her striped stocking, her skin prickled. "I know, but I hear it's the only way to experience the sensation of flying." She could tell he was smiling without being able to see his handsome face. "It is magnificent, isn't it? Look, there's the Statue of Liberty."
It was magnificent, so much so that Finley couldn't find words to reply. Spread out before them—just beyond the ship's lanterns—was a blanket of lights. It looked like stars covered the ground, and set a short distance from it all was the largest lady she'd ever seen, the glow from her torch illuminating from her raised hand to just the top of her crowned head. The lights of the dirigible brought the rest of her into view.
"I asked the pilot to fly by her so we can have a better look," Griff said.
"Asked or told?" she teased. This was Griffin's private airship—the Helena, named after his mother. Someone else might fly it for him, but he was the one in charge.
He smiled. "Asked. What do you think of America so far?"
"It's grand." It came out a little more exuberant than she'd planned. She had never been outside England—never been outside London—so this was already the adventure of a lifetime for her. Never mind that only a fortnight ago, she'd been battling for the safety of all the world against a madman. That had been terrible and frightening and not really a proper adventure at all. But this—soaring above the vast Atlantic Ocean with the night wind in her hair and Griffin sitting behind her—was amazing.
She felt close to him, enough that it scared her a little. She didn't even know who she was inside, and he was a duke who could bring down buildings from the inside out by controlling the Aether. There could never be anything but friendship between them, but that didn't stop her from the occasional daydream. He made her feel like she could do anything she set her mind to—what girl wouldn't have a bit of a crush?
"Would you like to know how it really feels to fly?" he asked her.
Finley turned her head. Their perch was precarious at best.
One wrong move, and one, if not both, of them could tumble to their very death. Part of her was terrified at the thought and another part was thrilled by the danger. Recently, she'd started trying to reconcile the two very distinct halves of herself, and with Griffin's help she'd made incredible progress. But now she was left trying to ascertain just what sort of girl she was. Was she the sort of girl who truly wanted to know what it felt like to fly?
"Oy!" cried a strange voice from behind. "What in the blazes is you two up to? You're not allowed out there!"
"Caught." Griffin's voice held a trace of regret. "Let's go in before Emily and Sam come looking for us."
Finley waited until he'd slid away before inching along the polished wood. Griffin was waiting for her on the narrow expanse of deck to give her a hand up. Then he helped her through the window before easing his own body through.
A man in uniform stood on the glossy wood of the viewing gallery floor, a frown on his face. The man glared at her, then turned his attention to the young man beside her, who stood tall and lean in a dark gray suit, his reddish-brown hair mussed by the wind. A lopsided smile curved his lips as his stormy blue gaze settled on the officer. The man paled.
"Your Grace." His voice was hoarse.
Griffin's grin broadened. "Apologies, my good man. You were right to scold us. We'll give you no more worry." Then he turned to Finley. "Want to watch the landing?"
He offered her his arm, and she took it, allowing him to draw her toward the large glass window next to the one they'd just crawled through. It was so amazing that he owned all of this.
"You know, if you weren't a duke and this was a public ship, we'd be in a terrible spot of bother right now."
Griff made a scoffing noise. "If I weren't a duke and this were public, we wouldn't have been able to afford passage. Honestly, what they charge for a transatlantic voyage on these contraptions is akin to highway robbery."
"So you thought buying your own was the more economical choice?" She managed to keep a straight face but not the laughter out of her voice.
He shrugged, but she caught the smile he tried to hide. "They gave me a very good price. Besides, it was the only way I could make Sam fly. He has Emily check the mechanical parts before every voyage."
"Sam's a baby," she remarked, thinking the comparison fit. She didn't mean any insult—well, not much. Sam Morgan was Griff's best friend. He was also part machine, moody and the biggest lout she'd ever met. Still, he had a way of growing on a person, like mold on cheese.
She kind of liked knowing he was afraid of air travel. He was even harder to hurt than she was and wasn't afraid of much.
"Speak of the devil," Griff murmured, looking over the top of her head.
Finley turned and saw Sam and Emily walking toward them, both dressed for dinner. Sam looked uncomfortable in his black-and-white evening attire, though he looked decent enough with his long dark hair smoothed back. There seemed to be nothing that could be done for his perpetual frown. Emily, on the other hand, was like a ray of sunshine. Ropes of copper hair were wound into a loose bun on the back of her head, and her blue-green eyes were brightened by the russet-colored gown she wore. The four of them looked as though they were going to a ball rather than following a suspected murderer to a strange country.
Their friend Jasper Renn had been accused of murder and taken from Griff's house by bounty hunters five days earlier. They would have followed immediately after him if they could have, but despite having his own airship, it took Griffin almost a day to make preparations and get everything ready.
"Been sucking lemons again, Sam?" Finley asked when the other couple joined them.
The big lad arched a dark eyebrow at her but didn't speak. Since she'd saved his life—after him trying to kill her—he had been almost nice to her, which made her try to bait him all the harder.
"We came to watch the landing," Emily told them in her Irish lilt. "We heard that there were a couple of idiots out on the prow. Did you see them?" A slow smile curved her lips.
Finley and Griff laughed in unison, which made Sam's scowl deepen. "Idiots indeed," he said drily.
Emily started to roll her eyes, but then her head whipped toward the window. "Oh! There's the Statue of Liberty! Isn't she grand?"
Her excitement was contagious, and the four of them went to the glass to watch the Helena glide by the statue that Griffin had pointed out to her earlier. It was so big. So beautiful. They would set down on the island of Manhattan, on the landing field in Central Park, and from there, on to their hotel. Tomorrow morning they'd begin looking for Jasper. Surely it wouldn't be difficult, given that he'd been brought back to face criminal charges.
Finley couldn't believe Jasper would kill anyone—not in cold blood. There had to be some kind of mistake. Griffin was convinced he could fix this, but this wasn't England, and Americans might not be so impressed by his title and his fortune. And though each of them had their own unique abilities—evolutions, Emily had taken to calling them—they weren't above the law.
What if they couldn't save Jasper?
As far as prisons went, this one wasn't so bad. Jasper had certainly seen worse—been held in worse.
There were bars on the windows, but his understanding was that those were normally employed to keep folks out rather than in, as the case may be. Still, the bed was big and comfortable—an old four-poster monstrosity—and the room was big enough that he could walk around a bit and exercise.
Dalton—the fella in whose house he was now a "guest"—was an old "friend." Jasper fell in with his gang almost two years ago, when he was too young and stupid to know better. Dalton was a couple of years older and had spouted the usual romantic nonsense about being an outlaw, which sounded good to penniless boys.
Obviously Dalton had done well for himself, if this house was any indication. It was nice—nicer than anything Jasper had seen during his time in the gang. Did Dalton think of himself as some kind of gentleman now? Was he rubbin' elbows with the same kind of people from whom he stole? The Bowery neighborhood was close enough to Five Points to give him an in with the criminal set, but removed just enough to have a little respectability.
Respectable, however, Dalton was not. And it was painfully apparent that his old boss hadn't forgiven him for running off. The tender bruises that covered Jasper from face to hip were proof of that. He had a perfect impression of the sole of someone's boot on his left side. Must've been Little Hank—he was the only varmint in Dalton's outfit with feet that big.
If he had some of Miss Emily's salve, he'd be set to rights; but he didn't, and so he had to heal the old-fashioned way instead of letting her "beasties" do it for him.
He thought of his new friends often since he'd been forcibly taken from Griffin's mansion by men claiming they were going to bring him to America to face murder charges.
Jasper went willingly, almost eager to face his past, maybe clear his name in the process. It wasn't until he was on the airship, without any chance of escape, that he discovered the men worked for Dalton.
Once they'd landed, he had tried to run. It had been stupid, but he had to try. They caught him, beat him, trussed him up and brought him here, where'd he'd been for more than twenty-four hours.
Finally there came the sound of a key in the lock. Jasper moved to the dresser, a heavy piece of furniture he could dive behind if someone started shooting.
It was Little Hank's huge form that filled the doorway. Over six and a half feet tall and as wide as a bull through the chest, Little Hank was Dalton's chief muscle. He was strong and surprisingly fast. Jasper's only advantage came in being faster, but he didn't want Dalton to know just how fast he had gotten.
Little Hank ducked his head into the room. "Boss wants to see you."
"Now's not a good time for me," Jasper replied, words as stiff as his jaw. "Come back later."
The behemoth hesitated, clearly uncertain of what to do. Jasper would have smiled if he thought it wouldn't hurt so much. Then a scowl settled over Hank's heavy-boned face and he glared at him. "Still a jackass."
Jasper shrugged. "Sometimes a fella has to live up to expectations." He moved stiffly toward the door. Dread twisted in his belly, but he refused to let it show.
Little Hank seized him by the back of the neck, practically dragged him out of the room, along the hall and down the scuffed staircase. From there they took a right turn and ended up in a parlor, where Jasper was finally released. He might not exactly like Griff's friend Sam Morgan, but he wished the large fellow was there at the moment. He'd teach Little Hank a lesson in manners.
Then again, Morgan was just as likely to sit back and smile while Jasper was pounded senseless. Miss Finley, then. She'd knock Hank on his gigantic backside. Jasper would have no problem letting a girl rescue him, but Finley was in London. They thought he'd been taken in by the law and had no idea that it was just the opposite.
Reno Dalton stood at the window, puffing on a cigarillo. He was a little shorter than Jasper's height of six feet. Leaner, too. He was what in a woman might be called pretty, with longish dark brown hair and ice-blue eyes. He wore a perfectly tailored gray suit that made him appear a gentleman.
In truth he was more like a sleeping rattlesnake. There was just as much chance that Dalton would leave you alone as there was that he'd kill you—and with very little thought to, either.
"Ah, Jasper." A cold smile curved Dalton's lips. He was around twenty, but lines fanned out from his eyes—a sign of time spent out of doors. "Looking none the worse for wear, see."
If Jasper had been wearing his hat he would have tipped it. "I look good in black and blue."
Dalton waved a negligent hand. "The ladies will be back to swooning over you soon enough. Have a seat."
"I'd rather stand."
The smile vanished. Finally the rattler revealed himself.
Little Hank shoved him into a nearby chair before Jasper could reply. It was spindly and felt as though it might split apart if he sneezed. He jerked free of Hank's hand—flinching at the pain that followed—and fixed his gaze on the man before him.
"All right, I'm sitting."
Dalton was back to looking pleasant. "Good." His voice had a slight Southern accent. Years of living in San Francisco had almost erased all traces of the poor kid from Virginia Territory. "We have business to discuss, you and I."
Cold—heavy and menacing—settled in Jasper's stomach. He ignored it. "'Fraid I don't know what you're talking about."

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  • Posted May 23, 2012

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    When I read Kady Cross’s first novel in her Steampunk Chro

    When I read Kady Cross’s first novel in her Steampunk Chronicles The Girl in the Steel Corset I wasn’t impressed, simply because I felt the Steampunk elements far outweighed the romance. And I wanted more romance to balance out the heavy plot. But I did love the six characters in the Steampunk Chronicles. Now with that said, I really enjoyed Kady Cross' sequel The Girl in the Clockwork Collar . So I would like to give Kady Cross praise on this second novel. I love the Steampunk storyline, her talent as a writing, and some much loved, swoon-worthy moments.

    Finley is off to America with Griffin and the rest of Griffin's crew to rescue Jasper from the bounty hunters that came to England to arrest him for a murder that they claim he did back in America. When Finley and Griffin arrive in New York, they find out what Jasper was hiding from them in England, and murder is the least of Jasper's problems.

    Jasper, who I loved so much in the first book, with his fun attitude, he's hilarious sense of humor was the comic relief. But this time, he brought me tears instead of laughs. Mei is the girl Jasper left behind in America when he went to hide out in England. He thought this would protect Mei from his criminal past that he was running away from. Jasper is going to find out love is blind and even when you see the truth you can't tell your heart to stop loving.

    Jack Dandy was the only character not in this sequel novel. I really missed Jack. He's the cool bad/good guy. I hope he will be in the next novel. The rest are all here: Finley, Griffin, Sam, Emily and Jasper. Even though this was Jasper’s story, Finley and Griffin finally did acknowledge their feelings for each other and I would love to see their romance go deeper in the next novel.

    If you enjoy Steampunk, you will not want to miss out on The Girl in the Clockwork Collar. I recommend as fantastic Steampunk read.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2012

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    I loved this book. very well written. It has a story I couldn't

    I loved this book. very well written. It has a story I couldn't put down.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2012

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    Set aside some quality time to enjoy this quality read

    I was hesitant to read Kady Cross' latest book in her Steampunk Chronicles series, The Girl In the Clockwork Collar. Her first one, The Girl In the Steel Corset, was so well written and engaging that I did not think she could do it again. I was wrong. This one is even better. From the first paragraph, the reader is swept into the world of the “strange band of Mysfits” as they take over a New York that did not actually exist in 1897, but should have.

    Those who have read the first book are already familiar with Finley Jayne and her compatriots, a crew of people with talents most people don't suspect even exist. Those who are new to the series are in for a treat as they meet the group for the first time. In either case, set some time aside and stock up on snacks, because you're not going to put this book down until the oh-my-goodness-how-did-that-happen ending.

    The surface plot revolves around proving the innocence of one of their team, Jasper Renn. To do so, first they must rescue him from the men who abducted him while he was visiting them in England. Along the way, Finley falls in love, or does she, with a rogue named Dalton, leading Griffin King, the leader of the group, to outlandish feats of bravery, or perhaps he would have done them anyway, to show his love for Finley, a love he cannot confess anymore than she can confess that she loves him. Then there's the tumultuous relationship between Emily, who can communicate with machines, and Sam, who she turned into a part-machine. And, just for spice, add a touch of lying female assassin and help from Tesla himself. This is all melded seamlessly into a tale that will leaving you regretfully turning the last page, hoping for more.

    And yes, this book *can* stand on its own, you don't need to have already read The Girl In the Steel Corset. But, if you have not read the first book yet, you are very lucky. You will have something to occupy your time while the rest of us are whining and begging for the next book in the series. Though, now I think on it, mayhaps a re-reading of both books would be an admirable idea while waiting for Kady Cross' next masterpiece in the Steampunk Chronicles series.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    Doesn't Disappoint

    Yeah, I know the cover says it but it's true! I am just truly in love with Kady Cross's writing. These characters are amazing & I absolutely adore Steampunk b/c of Kady. This book picks up only days after The Girl In The Steel Corset ends with Jasper being taken away back to America! I fell a little bit in love with Jasper while learning his story! I also really loved seeing some of the other relationships develop! Can't wait for more in the series!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

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    awesome characters and amazing gadgetry

    The year is 1897, and the tale picks up right where the Girl in the Steel Corset ended. Finley Jane our sixteen year old protagonist is traveling to America via air. Along with her are Griffin, Sam and Emily. In the last novel Jasper was arrested for murder and taken to America. The gang is headed there to clear his name. When they arrive Finley is in awe of their living accommodations. Griffin has secured them each a room at the Waldorf-Astoria. When they arrive at the tomes, they discover Jasper hasn't been arrested. They meet a lawman from San Francisco who searching for Jasper and learn that he may be involved with a shady character named Dalton. As the team searches for Dalton and Jasper they discover he is in serious trouble. He seems to be protecting a girl in a clockwork collar named Mei. Finley manages to get herself caught up in the thick of things, and Griffin may just lose it. A side plot has a dark entity warning Griffin and I look forward to seeing that plot progress. The tale kept me on edge as they worked to solve the mystery, stop Dalton, and save Jasper. I adore the characters Cross has created. While I didn’t see a lot of character growth, I did feel Cross did a great job of fleshing them out more and bringing them to life. I connected with all of them on some level. Jasper has a lot on his plate, and the go lucky, fun loving personality I’d come to love didn’t present itself as much. His relationship with Griffin, Sam, Emily and Finley grew as he realized they believed in him. Emily loves Sam but is jealous of anyone who pays attention to Jasper and I found it hilarious. She’s like a kid in a playroom hoarding toys and yelling mine. Griffin has a lot to deal with and almost faces death in this novel. He is evaluating his feelings for Finley and trying to determine if he can trust her. I laughed as it’s so obvious he cannot live without her. Finley adores Griffin, wants Griffin, and needs Griffin, but thinks herself beneath him socially and as a person. While the romance between them didn’t progress much, the dance was still fun and I look forward to seeing what happens next. The new characters we meet made the plot feel genuine and added to my overall enjoyment of the tale. I loved Cross's use of historical figure Nickola Tesela as the inventor residing in the Gerlach Hotel. Sadly, Jack was not present in this novel although he still managed to create a wedge in Griffin and Finley’s relationship.*giggles* The world-building was amazing-tasitc! (Yep, I know it’s not a real word) I loved her use of multiple POV's and found it helped me connect with the characters and tale. Cross combines historical facts and characters, while weaving the Victorian era through her plot keeping me enthralled. From the Waldorf to the Points Five neighborhood this novel is steeped in history. While she herself admits she has taken liberty with the timeline, the actual descriptions were delightfully accurate. The steampunk gadgetry was stunning and I gobbled it up. I am looking forward to the next installment of this series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2013

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    Every time book, every time I toss between 4.5 to 5 stars with you. Now with the sequel, its 5 stars baby. And I'm just gushing about this series. Two books in and I love it even more. The characters make the story for me as the writing and can't over well paced the series is. It really helps when I keep thinking, okay just one more chapter. Then I found myself reading like, hmmm, reading 3 more chapters than I realized. Okay enough fangirling. So, this one concerns Griffin and co going to New York to help their cowboy friend Jasper. And let's say from there, it goes deeper than they thought. Boy was this quite the sequel. New characters introduced, good and bad so that was a nice balance. Moments where I couldn't help but smile, moments where I was like, would you man up already and moments where I was like, don't do this to me book. To me that's a good book where you're rooting for the main characters, going along for the ride as they set for their next adventure. Severely absent however was Jack Dandy. Miss that guy. Oh and Emily, was awesome in this. Also Dalton, so reminded me of Fassbender for some reason. Mei, all I can And love that the sequel explored Finley's different side, well, dark side if you will. Even Jasper. Thank you for the character development. Much appreciative. Uh, alrighty then. Near the end, got to say I was like, oh that's a bad miss then that's not a pretty picture. But at the end, end, I was like freaking finally! Looking forward to the next book, obviously.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013


    I love this series; it is seriously amazing! I recently read the first bool about a week ago, and I looked everywhere and it never said there was a sequel, let alone two! So when I just found out by looking on my Nook for the first time in a couple weeks that it was here, I automatically bought it! Amazing.

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  • Posted August 2, 2013

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    Great for young adult readers

    I can appreciate a good YA book when one hits the shelves, especially when a series hits the shelves that doesn't revolve around sparkling vampires. I found this series to be an especially quick read, but I found myself engaged with it throughout the duration. I think that there are some moments of plot holes and some things seem to happen without much explaining but overall I loved the steampunk theme and the focus on a mature, self-reliant woman trying to battle enemies and her first love. Great read for young adults, and those interested in a victorian era steampunk adventure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2013

    Does jack kiss finley in his one?

    Answer please

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

    If you enjoyed the first...

    You'll probably enjoy this one. We pick up where we left off at the end of the Girl in the Steel Corset and find ourselves winging away to New York where Finley and her motley crew go in search of their missing comrade, Jasper.

    While the story itself is a bit predictable in parts it's an overall fun read. It has a similar feel and flow as the first book and if you enjoyed it The Girl in the Clockwork Collar is more of the same steampunk romp.

    It's a fun series and I suggest that anyone interested grab a sample and see for yourself.

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  • Posted January 19, 2013

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    Finley and her "strange band of mysfits" are back, and

    Finley and her "strange band of mysfits" are back, and this time they're headed for America. 

    Their team is headed for the states to save Jasper, who has found himself in the hands of an old,
    dangerous friend. Jasper was one of my favorites because he was always the light hearted and
    comical friend. The deeper the story goes the more we find out about his troubled past. While digging
    into his past we find out about Mei. She was the girl he left behind and the person being used as
    leverage against him. 

    Coming to the USA is just another playing field for Finley. New faces, new enemies, and new territories.
    She’s the same strong headed girl but now with even more drive behind her from her new friends. In
    order to help find Jasper, Finley sacrafices herself by joining the very group that kidnapped him. Finley
    playing the bad guy could only make this more interesting.

    There is so much tension between Grffin and Finley. It's quite amusing seeing these two pining for
    each other but neither willing to admit it. Jack Dandy isn’t mentioned as often, but he's always be in the
    back of Griffin's mind. There's a silent competition between Jack and him for Finley.

    The story is fast paced and filled with the same entertainment and fun from the first novel. The action
    is even more intense and the mystery continues to runs after the pages end.

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  • Posted October 13, 2012

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    Another Great Book!!

    Kady Cross made me fall in love with the whole Steampunk genre with her first book in the Steampunk Chronicles, and the second does not disappoint. I love all the fantastic contraptions and the suspense in this book really keeps you interested. The best thing is that you dont have to have read the first book in the series to understand this sequel, it stands on its own merits, but if you have read it, you understand the dynamics of the group better. I cant wait to see what happens to Finley next when they get back to England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012


    Enjoyed this one! Felt the plot got rushed at the end, though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2012

    The girl in the clockworkk The girl in the clockwork collar

    It was very good i throughly enjoied the fact that finley and griffin finally got together. The only thing i eish is that jasper would have had someone to set his heart on now that he has lost his only love. I am looking forward to a sequel.

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  • Posted September 20, 2012

    This is the second in the Steampunk Chronicle series by Kady Cr

    This is the second in the Steampunk Chronicle series by Kady Cross. This series is some of the best steampunk that I have ever read. It's got the clever machinery, some magic, great heroes, very evil villains - and a little romance!

    Finley, the heroine, is more secure in herself than she was in the first novel, The Girl in the Steel Corset. She seems less afraid to get out there and kick some evil-doer's butt, yet she is still learning how to work her "talent." She is a character that is very easy to like and root for throughout the story. And of course, the book would be nothing without her gang, who are right there to help out... or make fun of her, whichever is more appropriate at the time.

    The Girl in the Clockwork Collar is a fun romp through New York City at the turn of the 19th century. If you like steampunk, you'll definitely want to read this, but start with the first book. If you've never read any steampunk, start out with this series!

    Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted September 2, 2012

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    Review: The Girl in the Clockwork Collar

    wasn't sure if I was going to read this. I had a hard time with the first in the series but not for reasons most people would think. I strictly had an issue with the steam punk aspect of the story. I was beginning to think that the genre wasn't for me. But, I decided to give it one more shot.

    Maybe it's because there's a little less steam punk elements in this book, or maybe it's something else. Either way, I liked this book way more than the first. I liked that Jasper gets a lot of mention in this book. He's got a really interesting past and we really get to see that. The people he used to associate with in the US compared to the people he came to associate with in England show the difference in his values and what was important to him. I like to see that kind of change in a character. His devotion to Mei is also sweet and the fact that he is willing to go to such lows to keep her safe shows how much she meant to him.

    I love the development of the relationships of the other characters. I sometimes wanted to bop Griffin and Finley on the head. They are both too stubborn and refuse to recognize how they feel about each other. But, it also makes for excellent tension in the book. Sam and Emily are also very sweet. The gang as a whole is becoming more comfortable together. I love that.

    The action of the story is really interesting. Dalton is a great villain. I love how he pushes the others because it makes for some great scenes. I love the part in 5 points were Jasper has to take on a gang and then the leader (who is a scorned ex). It's just exciting.

    After this installment, I will be reading the next. I'm so glad I decided to give this series another try!

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  • Posted August 17, 2012

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    Ever since I began reading Kady Cross's work I know very well I

    Ever since I began reading Kady Cross's work I know very well I will be
    entertained. The plot pulses with action, mystery, romance, and above
    all, there is fluidity. I am pleased to see this awesome adventure
    continues in the US. Griffin, Finley, Emily and Sam take of to the
    Americas in search of their friend Jasper. Being the loyal bunch that
    they are, they trust in Jasper's innocence and work to save and clear
    his name. In the America's Jasper reunites with an old flame and
    friend, Mei, who is held hostage by Dalton. Dalton is a criminal at
    best and a creep every other day. The entire Griffin gang scouts the
    dangerous streets looking for any information that will lead them to
    Jasper. Finley and Sam joins an underground fighting ring just so that
    they could have an inside man. As twists occur in the plot, true
    motives and feelings become known. For instance, Griffin and Finley
    still have the chemistry in which draws me and has me screaming.....
    "Kiss already!" Emily and Sam are an interesting read as
    well. But what is surprising is the re-visit of what Jasper and Mei had
    in the past. More so, what's most interesting is the betrayal that is
    soon discovered between the two. I am thoroughly pleased with Kady
    Cross's Steampunk Chronicles. So far, the prequel, book one and this
    book has been well worth a read. Those who enjoy romance, mystery,
    action with a tough of humor are in for a treat with this series.
    Highly recommend this YA series!

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  • Posted August 3, 2012

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    I just love steampunk. I can't get enough of the genre, and Kady

    I just love steampunk. I can't get enough of the genre, and Kady Cross is a master of the gadgetry and the atmosphere that makes it so wonderful. I loved The Girl in the Steel Corset (I've read it three times), so I was ridiculously excited to get this one and it did not in any way whatsoever disappoint.

    All of the characters from the first book were as wonderful as ever, and it was so much fun to see more of Jasper. Finley gets to let her wild side out, Griffin gets to work a little bit of romance on her... ;) You also get to meet some marvelous new characters from Jasper's past. The lovely, endangered Mei who carries a bad attitude and many secrets.Wildcat, whose heart was broken by Jasper (I really, really want to see more of her). Then you've got Whip Kirby, the lawman who may not be entirely what he seems.

    The story was fantastic, full of blackmail and intrigue and, of course, it wouldn't be steampunk without a hefty dose of peculiar gadgets. These books make me happy. :)

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  • Posted July 23, 2012

    Isn't It Grand? 4.25stars I liked this installment more than the

    Isn't It Grand? 4.25stars
    I liked this installment more than the last. Possibly because now I know that it’s the (Steam)Punk-Men instead of just Finley or maybe because this story picks up immediately after and I was enjoying that storyline. Whatever the reason this entry of Finley and her pals find them crossing the pond on a mission to save Jasper.

    Cynic that I am, some of the elements seemed telegraphed – but I am a cynic. Either way it did not stop the enjoyment of this fast paced read. The characters were so well defined they were visual, they stayed true to the established character traits and the storyline framed well against their strengths. There was a promise of more to come but I appreciated not being left with a bold cliffhanger. One thing that really got under my skin was the transition. It was rattling that as we switched from character POV to character POV there was no break or signal. The first few times I thought something was wrong with my copy.

    I don’t think you’d be too badly off if this series isn’t read in strict order but it would make more sense and you would be able to see a lot of growth in the characters. As a stand-alone this book could work if hard pressed but would present difficulty in a couple of places

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  • Posted July 8, 2012

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    Perfect Blend of Fantasy, Action, Romance & History Brought

    Perfect Blend of Fantasy, Action, Romance & History

    Brought to you by OBS reviewer Angie

    I have never read a “steampunk” novel and truthfully I wasn’t sure what I was getting into. To be honest, I was a little surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It took a few chapters for me to suspend my conventional understanding of the Victorian era and accept the strange machinery and fantasy in this ‘alternate universe.’ What struck me first was the excellent writing in the book. The characters are well developed and the relationships between them are deep and thorough.

    I enjoyed seeing Finley’s struggle to be the powerful woman she wants to be with the more delicate intricacies of a girl in love.

    I didn’t have the benefit of reading the first book in the series before reading this one (something I’ve NEVER done) so I felt a little at a disadvantage. Cross adequately explained events in the first book throughout the story so that, although I hadn’t read it for myself, I felt as if I understood the gist of what was going on. I loved that she included factual characters, places, and events to provide more realism to the story.

    This story had a perfect blend of fantasy, action, romance and history. I LOVED it and I look forward to exploring the steampunk world a little deeper.

    This review and more at openbooksociety dot com

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