The Girl in the Clockwork Collar (Steampunk Chronicles Series)

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar (Steampunk Chronicles Series)

by Kady Cross

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ISBN-13: 9780373210534
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 05/29/2012
Series: Steampunk Chronicles Series , #3
Edition description: Original
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 7.38(h) x 1.34(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kady Cross, publishing under various names, is a USA TODAY bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Harlequin TEEN's Steampunk Chronicles. She is lucky enough to have a husband who shares her love for the slightly twisted and all things geek, and a houseful of cats with whom she shares her darkest secrets. Her love of books and makeup borders on addiction—of which she never, ever wants to be cured. Visit her on the web at www.alterkate.com or on Twitter: @AlterKates.

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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?

"I…"

"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?

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The Girl in the Clockwork Collar 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
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.
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. very well written. It has a story I couldn't put down.
trulynightwing More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Still love the characters, good plot, a few bits rushed but not unforgivably so
JeniNicole83 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Finley, Griffen, Emily, and Sam are on their way to NYC to help save their friend Jasper. More inventions, a new country, and a new villian keeps the group on their toes. This book was just as exciting as the first! A must read that was hard to put down! I stayed up til 4 am reading even though I had to be at work the next morning! I read both book back to back, and where the last one ends, this one began. I love how Cross used the inventions from the time era plus added a lil something else to the mix!
hrose2931 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Can I just say I LOVE this series!!!! I am so in love with Finley and Griffin that I can't believe I went through a whole year waiting for this sequel! There will be mild spoilers for the first book Girl in the Steel Corset so you've been warned.Our quartet of friends, Finley, Griffin, Sam and Emily are after Jasper, determined to find the truth about Jasper. Did he kill a man in cold blood? Is their friend capable of murder? They are determined to find out. So without a plan, they fly off in Griffin's own personal dirigible to New York City. They stay at the Waldorf Astoria where Finley has flowers waiting for her from, guess who? And of course Griffin is jealous. I thought , God if this book goes back and forth like the last one about their feelings for each other, I may not be able to stand it. But, Finley makes and interesting comparison about her being Cinderella and Griffin the prince but then they aren't really like that at all. She just doesn't know where she stands. Circumstances in this one make them each take a stand in this one.Sam and Emily are their usual selves though they took a back seat a little more in this book. Finley is her usual bad a** self and plays a big role in this one. But she also sees the error of her ways when it comes to her darker side and evil. Set against the backdrop of an alternate New York City in the late 19th century, this novel delivers everything it promises and more. The ending was everything I wanted! I think this novel was even better than the first and I absolutely loved the first one! I hope Kady Cross continues to write this series for several more novels.
callmecayce on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I adored The Girl in the Steel Corset and was eager to read the sequel. Thankfully, Cross' second book lived up to the first. We follow Finley and her friends (including possibly love interest Griffin) across the America in search of their friend Jasper, last seen being taken away at the end of the first book. One of the things I simply love about Cross is that all her women are strong, from Finley to Emily, to the two other women we meet throughout the book. The main story, which focuses on the search for Jasper, is interesting enough and full of action. I also quite enjoyed the relationship between Sam and Emily, this is a fun side story that's entertaining to watch develop. But, really, I think I'm somewhat invested in the development love between Griffin and Finley. In a way, it reminds me of the possible relationship in Maureen McQuerry's The Peculiars. I'm rather fond of characters from different backgrounds somehow being together (see also, Westerfeld's Leviathan series). I can't wait for the next book.
Urbanfan on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This sequel was OK but not as thrilling to me as the first book. I do like how Finley is growing and coming into her own. We get to know Jasper more and he is now one of my favorite characters with his talents and good heart. Finley and Griffin get to know each other more without Jack Dandy in the mix. Emily and Sam are still cute although Sam doesn't really stick out in my mind now that I've finished the book. I'm more interested in getting everyone back to London to see what kind of mischief they can all find. I do hope Jasper decides to join them. He will makes a nice addition. Maybe with the return of Dandy, the element of elegant danger will return. I'm not saying Griffin should be left out in the cold but something was just missing for me in this book. Dalton just didn't play out as the proper villain for me. Maybe it's the dry wit I miss. All in all it was a good book if you are a fan of Finley and the beasties.
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I've recently found that I like steampunk. Okay, that's really an understatement. I've recently discovered that I really, really enjoy steampunk novels, and the recent surge in teen steampunk novels has been a fascinating trend to observe. In my opinion, one of the frontrunners of that trend was the first novel in Kady Cross' Steampunk Chronicles series, The Girl in the Steel Corset. Between the quirky characters, steampunk backdrop and kick-butt heroine, nothing could go wrong.That same fun and adventure continues in the second book in the Steampunk Chronicles, The Girl in the Clockwork Collar. Young Finley Jayne, now with her own band of strangely gifted outsiders, is off to America to rescue her friend Jasper. Not only is Jasper's time running short, but the life of the girl he loves, Mei is in danger. Not to mention Finley's struggle with her dark side, which never seems to get any easier until she meets the mysterious Duke Griffin King, who might just have all the answers.Author Kady Cross doesn't miss a beat here. All of the fun, action and mystery from the first book is here. And now that Finley has been properly introduced, we can skip all of the exposition and dive into the real mysteries behind her dark powers, what they mean, and how she can handle them. More awesome heroine action, and more steampunk greatness here, which will keep readers flipping pages. Are you looking for good steampunk? Look no further.
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick and Dirty: Finley Jayne and company head to America to save their friend Jasper from a infamous criminal. Witty remarks, many action scenes (or threat of), and a WHOLE lot of steampunk! Opening Sentence: ¿What are you doing?¿The Review: Picking up right where Steel Corset left off, Finley and the gang are on their way to America in Griffin¿s fancy private flying machine. The gang still has their doubts about Jasper ¿ if he really is a murderer and all that jazz. So when they set up shop at a fancy hotel and scour the city for signs of Jasper, none of them (except maybe Sam) is surprised when they find him in the clutches of Dalton, a wanted criminal. He¿s being forced to collect parts of a mysterious machine that he hid before he left for England ¿ one that Dalton will do anything to get his hands on. Told from Jasper, Finley, and Griffin¿s point of view, this twisting, heart-breaking, steampunk-filled story is craftily written. Several questions and untold secrets are uncovered in the first chapter and not answered until the end. Although I missed Jack Dandy, I have hope he¿ll be in the next installment of the Steampunk Chronicles. His importance has switched with Jasper¿s from Steel Corset to Clockwork Collar. This book centers around Jasper, the American ¿cowboy¿ that helped out Finley and the gang back in England. In Steel Corset, Jasper was the comic relief, but in Clockwork Collar, he¿s the main conflict. Now he¿s angst-y and blind by love ¿ and it doesn¿t suit him. I missed the funny, light-hearted Jasper. In fact, this book needed some comic relief ¿ nothing major, just a few lines here and there that kept the book entertaining. This book was mainly drama-driven, so light-hearted banter every now and then would be much obliged. Jasper is being held captive because Dalton has Jasper¿s old love, Mei Xing (get it ¿ aMA-Zing?). Every time Mei tries to escape, the clockwork collar around her neck tightens and only Dalton can stop it. I admit, I really liked Mei ¿ until her and Finley met. She might seem sweet and ¿damsel-in-distress-y,¿ but BEWARE. She packs a mean punch. If you just read the beginning, you would not be able to tell the major twist that comes, but if you keep reading, Cross craftily drops several hints along the way. Although by the time it came, I was expecting it, but it still didn¿t ruin how absorbed I was with the characters. Now if any of you have read Steel Corset, you¿ve got to be wondering about Finley and Griffin¿s relationship. It¿s still the main love story throughout the book, so don¿t fret. There are plenty of Finley-Griffin moments that had me yelling ¿Kiss her already!¿ Most of the conflict between them are Victorian Era related. Since Finley is still lower class, she can¿t be seen around Griffin unless he wants to be shunned from society (in London anyway. In America they can pretend that social status doesn¿t matter). Finley constantly is on the lookout for ways to try to prove to Griffin (and Emily to Sam) that girls can get the job done as well ¿ if not better ¿ than guys. And I totally approve. With life-or-death situations, Finley¿s ¿other half¿ becoming more dominant, and a Miss Astor-Prynn trying to catch herself a duke, Finley and the gang have a lot to deal with in a seemingly short amount of time. Although the ending doesn¿t leave a lot of conflict for the next book, there¿s still enough of a cliffhanger (don¿t worry it can hardly be called a cliffhanger) to prompt you to read the next book. Great romance + a thrilling conflict = great book! Notable Scene: ¿I don¿t think you want to talk at all,¿ she remarked drily as his gaze traveled over the length of her. Dalton chuckled, and for a moment, his features were transformed into something truly beautiful. It was almost painful to look at him. Angels had to weep at the sight of his face. ¿No,¿ he agreed quietly. ¿I don¿t want to talk.¿ She was prepared for the kiss, braced for it even. It was
AmberFIB on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The Girl in the Clockwork Collar is an action-packed thrill ride that you don't want to miss. This novel picks up right where Steel Corset left off. Griffin, Finley, and the gang are on their way to find Jasper and get him out of jail. Once they arrive in New York, however, they realize that Jasper is not being held at the Tombs (jail in New York), but instead, he's being held by a former friend who makes Jack Dandy look like an angel. Finley is forced to infiltrate this gang of evil-doers in order to save Jasper, but will committing real criminal acts be enough to make the dark side of her personality take over for good?I really enjoyed Clockwork Collar. The book was excellent. This novel uses free indirect discourse, a narration POV that Jane Austen employed in almost all of her novels, and that gives the book a more Victorian feel. Therefore, the narrator slides in and out of various characters' minds, and when the narrator is in one person's mind, then he/she speaks the way that person speaks. When the narrator switches to another person, the narrator's voice switches as well. The narration slips between Finley, Griffin, and Jasper.The dialogue is a bit more relaxed and Americanized than an English Victorian novel would be, but I kind of like that because it's not as stiff. Since Griffin and co. are rebelling against the British class system and ways of life to an extent, it'd make sense that their dialogue would be a bit more relaxed. Cross does throw in quite a few British phrases to make the novel feel more authentic, though. I also liked her comparisons between Victorian Era America versus Victorian Era England. That helped give me a sense of place.Finley and Griffin both grew a lot as characters over the course of Clockwork Collar, and all of their changes were for the better. I'm interested to see how these changes continue once they return to London. One of the things I like about this series is that Cross shows over and over again that these characters are, in fact, teenagers. However, these teenagers are more rational than most and realize that even though they love someone it may not be some everlasting thing. They reject the idea of marriage at an early age, at least for the man. That is also ideal for the time.The action in this book is nonstop, and I was kept on the edge of my seat for the entire novel. The pacing is super fast, and Clockwork Collar flew by, but nothing felt rushed. The ending tied up most of the questions raised in this book, but it left room for a sequel. Thankfully, there was no cliffhanger. Also, there were no new love interests introduced for Finley in this novel. It's nice that some authors don't use the cliffhanger/increased number of love interests plot device in the second book.Things that people may not like about this book:- There is no Jack Dandy. I kept waiting for him to appear, but he didn't. Jack Dandy fans will be a bit disappointed in this, I'm sure. However, he wasn't forgotten. He makes his presence known, and I'm sure he'll be back in the story as soon as they return to London.- One of the mysteries isn't exactly mysterious. There's one character who's pretty transparent.Okay, those two things are the only things I can think of that may put someone off a bit about this novel. I actually enjoyed Clockwork Collar more than I enjoyed Steel Corset, though I love them both. I feel that Cross grew as an author quite a bit between the two books. I can't wait to see what happens next. I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good steam punk story. Fans of Cassandra Clare's Infernal Devices series will love these books!
rhonda1111 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Saturday, May 26, 2012Review:The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross 4 STARSI believe this is the second book in this series but the first one I have read. I enjoyed reading it and had a hard time puting it down till I finshed it. I hope some day to go and read The girl in the Steel Corset.Thier was some things the book hinted at that I would like to know more about. But I feel the book stands alone alright.I had to look up what was Steampunk. I found it takes in the era of steam engines and blends in somemodern stuff and combines it.Griffen King is the Duke of Greythorne and is rich but also an orphan. He has gathered a bunch of friends that have extra powers together to make a difference. Right now they have come from London to New York riding in his private airship. His friend Jasper was brought back over to face charge of murder. With him is Finley Jayne she is very strong, can fight and heals fast. Finley now works for him.She likes him a lot. Griffen likes her too but they are afraid to really show each other how much they like the other.Sam is strong and part machine. I gather he was hurt badly but Emily fixed him with machine parts in the first book.Emily can control machines and talk to them. She is really smart.Jasper is a cowboy who met the others in England. He is accused of murder in San Francisco.Jasper is really fast and excellent shot with his pistels.They are a bunch of talented teens working together. When they get to the jail to help Jasper theyfind out that it was not police who came over to England after him but crooks.Dalton is in charge of the gang and wants the machine Jasper had stolen from him. He has capturedJasper's old girl friend Mei and as a collar around her neck and if she leaves or does somthing he does not like he can make the collar tighten and can kill her. Jasper does not know what the machine does but he took it apart and hid it around New York.Finley goes undercover and gets Dalton to hire her to work for him to see whats going on with Jasper.Science was fun and different. Lots of action and drama. I would love to read more about these teensand see whats happens to them next.I was given this ebook to read in exchange for honest review from Netgalley.05/29/2012 PUB Harlequin HarlequinTEEN
krau0098 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is the second book in the Steampunk Chronicles series. As with the first book, this book reads more like a romance than a straight steampunk novel. This novel takes place in America and I missed the London setting. Still there were plenty of twists and turns here to keep the reader engaged.Jasper¿s been taken back to America by a bounty hunter and Finley Jayne and crew hop aboard Griffin¿s airship to journey to America to rescue him. Jasper is in the hands of an evil man who wants Jasper to recover a powerful device. An old flame of Jasper¿s named Mei is being held as well to keep Jasper in check; she wears a creepy clockwork collar that tightens when she misbehaves. Finley will have to journey into the underbelly of the city if she has any hope of rescuing Jasper. I really didn¿t like this book as much as the last one. First let me say what I liked about the book. I liked that Finley found some balance, she¿s developed into a kick-butt strong female character. It was also to see Emily share some of the fun action scenes. The plot has some excellent twists and turns as well.There is a lot about this book that wasn¿t as well done as the first book. There really isn¿t any more of that Jekyl and Hyde vibe with Finley; there is some talk about her being drawn more to her darker nature with her undercover work in the gang that has Jasper. But Finley very much has one personality in this book; that of someone who is spunky and full of trouble. It was nice to see her find harmony between her two halves...but at the same time it made the story a lot less interesting.As for Finley and Griffin as a couple...I just wasn¿t feeling it. They don¿t respect each other enough and the scenes between them are awkward. The other characters were all okay, but I didn¿t feel as much energy from them and they weren¿t as engaging as in the first book. Maybe part of it was that the charm of the London setting was gone and they all seemed a bit displaced.There were an absolute ton of POVs in this book; the story bounced all around between Griffin and Finley and Jasper and others. It was distracting and made it hard to get really engaged in the story. There are some books that do multiple POVs well (think epic fantasy like The Wheel of Time series), but in fluffy books like this one it really doesn¿t do much for the story outside of fracture it.This book reads more like a romance than a steampunk novel. In fact there isn¿t much steampunk in here at all. There is mention of the clockwork collar and the steam carriages. Griffin does his thing with the aether...that¿s pretty much it. The plot is much more driven by who loves who and who is trying to save who, not awesome steampunk things.Lastly the book was wordy. There is a lot of unnecessary words in here that don¿t do much except make parts of the book kind of boring. The book ends well enough with room for another future story.Overall I was super excited to read this book because I thought the first book was a fun light read, but I ended up being disappointed. The characters fell flat for me, the numerous POVs made the story feel fractured, there isn¿t much steampunk at all, the plot is mostly romance driven, and the book gets wordy and boring at points. I just was not feeling this book like I did the first one. If you want to read steampunk check out The Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld, The Iron Codex by Caitlin Kittredge, or Cinder by Marissa Mayer...all of those are much better steampunk books than this one.
kmartin802 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This story begins with Griffin, Finley, Emily and Sam on their way to America to try to rescue their friend Jasper Renn who was grabbed by bounty hunters and accused of murder. They are traveling on an airship the Griffin owns. When they arrive in New York, they discover that Jasper is not in the Tombs and have to begin a search to find out where he is.The viewpoint switches to Jasper and we learn that the bounty hunters were hired by Reno Dalton who wanted Jasper because he stole a valuable machine from him when he left. Dalton is using a former friend of Jasper's - Ma Xing - to guarantee Jasper's good behavior. Dalton has attached a device to Mei that is the clockwork collar of the title. If she gets too far away from Dalton, the collar tightens and strangles her is Dalton doesn't turn it off in time. The story is filled with adventures as the gang tries to locate and rescue Jasper and as Jasper tried to recover the device and free Mei. Emily creates all kinds of marvelous machines including a cat that can turn into a personal flying machine and a motorcycle. Finley fights her way into Dalton's gang and has to wonder if she is letting her dark side control her. Griffin has to learn more about the aether as he battles some sort of creature in it. Both Emily and Griffin consult with Nikola Tesla who has invented a number of machines including the one that Dalton is trying to recover and use for his nefarious purposes. Griffin also has to deal with social climbing debutantes as he becomes a very desirable guest since he is a Duke. Griffin and Finley also have to work more on their relationship. Griffin and Finley aren't in the same social class. He is an aristocrat, in fact, a duke; she is a member of the middle class and has acted as a lady's maid and companion. Despite that, they are attracted to each other.This story was entertaining and exciting. I recommend it to those who enjoyed the first book in the Steampunk Chronicles - The Girl in the Steel Corset.
Jibar on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Even though I loved The Girl in the Steel Corset so much, I was extremely hesitant to start this one. Maybe I was afraid of disappointment, since I was a little dubious whether Cross would be able to pull me in like that a second time. I needn't have worried.The book starts off strong, with a scene of Finley and Griffin flying above New York. If you have read my review of the first installment in this series, you know that while I like Griffin (because let's be honest: Who wouldn't like him?) I preferred Jack Dandy quite a lot. Sadly, he is only mentioned briefly once and doesn't make an appearance. I feel that Cross sought to replace him with someone equally alluring, because it's obvious that with the crew in New York there was no legit way to get Dandy there as well. Still, I missed Dandy a lot since he was a possible second route for Finley. With him out of the picture at such an important time ... well, the decision was obvious.The plot was strong and I detected no holes as far as casual reading goes. Most characters were likeable/despisable (?) enough. However, I feel that Steampunk is connected with Victorian England and it would be quite a feat to completely remove it from that setting without losing Steampunk. It wasn't completely lost in this case, because as much as they deny it American and English culture was not that different back then. Personally I am of the opinion though that this book would have worked better, had it been set in London as well. There were also quite a few words that weren't in existence then and while this book doesn't need to be written in 19th century English, some words should be avoided in my opinion.In the first book, I didn't particularly care about Jasper Renn. He was kind of just there. This book did a lot to change my opinion. When I first read that The Girl in the Clockwork Collar would me more or less centered around Renn's problems, I was unsure whether I should read it. It worked out well and was much more interesting than I could have thought! So, if you didn't get on with Jasper in the first book, this still might be for you. Cross has an ability to make you like characters, even if you don't really want to.
Nightwing on LibraryThing 8 months ago
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.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is the second book in the series and very explosive!!!And they travel to the continental US to solve another murder and come into the brink of a deadly project. I really loved the plot. Fulfilling and exciting, each chapter leads to new people, new missions, and new betrayals. I loved that the plot is always moving. The reader learns more about the characters of Griffin, Finley and the others past. The friendship also blooms beautifully before the readers eyes.The love interest is particular exciting in this book! I am happy to report that Griffin and Finley finally see each other. Even while they were fighting against each other all the time, you can tell deep down they are meant to be. They cringed with the other got hurt, got angry when the other did something stupid. It is funny to read and to see the adoration in their eyes.The betrayals in the book are so HOT! Half-way through the book I thought I knew where it head but oh no, the author pulled a fast one on me. The turn at the end, with the literal picture of a heart-breaking ahhhhhhhh! Priceless. I did not see that coming and boy was it a breath stealer.The Girl In The Clockwork Collar slams right into the readers mind with the perfect combination of action, desire, and lies. The plot flows beautifully with surprises at every corner. With deeper and richer plot, The Girl In The Clockwork Collar takes your breathe away!
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
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 say...wow. 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Lady_Lizbeth More than 1 year ago
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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gloomcookie613 More than 1 year ago
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.