The Girl with the Iron Touch (Steampunk Chronicles Series)

The Girl with the Iron Touch (Steampunk Chronicles Series)

by Kady Cross


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ISBN-13: 9780373210855
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 05/28/2013
Series: Steampunk Chronicles Series
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.30(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 or on Twitter: @AlterKates.

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London, Autumn, 1897

A giant tentacle slapped the front of the submersible, driving the small craft backward in the water. A crack no wider than a hair split across the view screen as suckers the size of dinner plates pulled free.

"Mary and Joseph," Emily O'Brien muttered as murky water from the Thames began to seep in through that crack. A sound like breaking ice followed as pressure from the outside pushed against the glass, demanding to get inside like a rowdy drunkard at a tavern door.

"Goin' up!" she yelled. "The control room's been breached!" She shoved hard on the guiding lever, forcing the vehicle to rise quickly.

The crack grew.

Emily held her breath.

The glass popped—another crack shot downward. She should have covered the glass with a protective metal grid.

Water spilled onto the control panel. Sparks flew. Emily pulled her goggles down over her eyes and shoved against the lever, as though she could make the craft move faster with sheer force of will.

Well, actually she could probably do just that.

Water ran onto her boots. The glass was a spiderweb of cracks. Any second the entire thing would burst inward, cutting her to ribbons before she drowned.

Her jaw set stubbornly. Fear was for the weak. "This is not my day to die!" She tore off her gloves and set her bare hands against the sub's control panel. She took a deep breath, ignored the tiny trickles of icy water that ran beneath her palms and commanded the craft to rise. The mechanized workings of the craft recognized the order and jumped to do her bidding.

The sub shot upward so quickly she lost her footing, landing hard on the wet floor. Daylight flooded the cabin as the glass shattered. Daylight, not water.

"Emily!" cried a voice in her ear. "Em!"

"I'm all right," she replied. Later she'd smile over the worry in Sam's voice. With the amount of time she'd spent worrying over him, it was nice to have the tables turned.

Her enjoyment was brief. She rose up on her hands and knees only to slip on the wet metal beneath her boots. Pain exploded in her chest as she hit the metal floor. A tentacle as thick as her waist whipped the air where her head had been not two seconds earlier as she rolled to her back. Suckers attached to the ceiling and pulled. The submersible's nose pitched down, cold, pungent water spilling inside the jagged hole left by the shattered glass.

Emily grabbed hold of the foot of the ladder to keep from tumbling through that hole. Her chest hurt from the fall, and from her heart pounding against her ribs. Were they broken or just bruised? Would one pierce her lung?

It wouldn't matter if the beastie pulling her under the water succeeded in killing and probably devouring her. She'd take her chances on a punctured lung.

Cold, dirty water sloshed over the tops of her boots and soaked through her woolen trousers as she pulled herself to her knees. Clinging to the ladder, she rose to her feet and began to climb. Her sodden clothes and sloshing boots worked against her, keeping her movements slow and awkward.

She turned the wheel on the ceiling hatch, arms straining as she pushed against it. The Thames rushed into the craft over the jagged opening in the front of the craft. She had but seconds before it was completely pulled under. A tentacle brushed her leg. She shuddered, heart racing. Emily put all of her strength into opening the hatch, ignoring the burning in her chest and arms.

The lock disengaged with a thunk. She pushed the hatch open and scampered up the ladder as the tentacle reached for her once more. The rubbery flesh looped around her boot, but she yanked her leg up before it closed around her leg like a vice. She climbed onto the top of the submersible and slammed the hatch on the slick, gray appendage, amputating the tip. It slid away, leaving a bloody trail.

A roar escaped from the water. Emily looked up in time to see the Kraken rise out of the river. And though it had been a long time since she'd been to church, or even believed in God, she crossed herself.


It was Sam. He stood on the dock, the helmet off his underwater suit, a look of absolute terror on his rugged face. It was that look that decided her fate. She was not going to let him see her die. He might be physically the strongest person in the world, but inside he was as soft as a puppy.

And she loved him for it.

So Emily ran. The submersible shook as another tentacle hit—the Kraken was coming for her. She almost slipped but kept moving. Her fingers fumbled at her belt, pulled the gun strapped there free of its holster. She aimed it at a point just above Sam's head—the building behind him—and pulled the trigger.

A thin rope with a claw attachment on the end shot from the gun and latched on to the wooden building. Emily wrapped both hands around the pistol and pulled the trigger again. She was yanked off her feet just as a massive tentacle came smashing down on the top of the submersible, driving it completely underwater. She sailed through the air like she'd been shot from a cannon—right into Sam's arms.

He reached up and grabbed the taut line and pulled, yanking the claw free from the building so it could retract without pulling Emily any farther. Behind her, the monstrous sea beast thrashed in the Thames, sending waves as big as fishing boats crashing onto the dock.

Her shoulders hurt from being jerked like a fish on a hook. Sam's chest was warm and broad. I could stay here all day, Emily thought. She glanced up into intense eyes almost as dark as his hair. "Thanks, lad."

He didn't speak. He just held her. Her heart thumped. Was he going to kiss her? Because she would like that, very much, even if she did have the faint whiff of chamber pot about her from the river.

A sound like the igniting of a gas lamp—a hiss and pop—broke through the air, destroying the moment. What the devil…?

Both Emily and Sam turned to see Griffin, the Duke of Greythorne, in wet shirt and trousers, kneeling on the deck as though he'd been struck by more than just a foul-smelling wave.

"Bloody hell," Sam whispered.

Emily followed his gaze. Her jaw dropped. Bloody hell, indeed.

The Kraken hovered just above the surface of the Thames, trapped in a watery bubble of bluish light. It waved its tentacles but remained held. The thing was as big as several carriages stacked together, and yet it reminded her of the glass globes her mother used to admire—the ones that were filled with water and particles of white substance that looked like snow when shook. Only this globe held the largest sea creature she had ever seen, and made it seem as ineffectual as a delicate crystal novelty.

Finley Jayne, Emily's good friend and fellow member of Griffin's little group, ran forward to help him, yanking off the helmet of her underwater suit. Finley was a pretty girl—honey-colored hair with a streak of black in the front, and amber eyes. It was no secret she and Griffin had feelings for each other, though they'd continued dancing around them since returning from America a few months ago.

"I'm worried about him," Sam said as he released Emily.

She tried to hide her disappointment. "Griffin? Me, too. He looks so tired."

Together they approached the other couple. Jasper joined them. He was a blond, green-eyed American with more charm than sense and the ability to move faster than humanly possible. Like the rest of them, he wore a diving suit. He, Sam and Finley had tried to secure cables from Emily's craft to the Kraken, so they could capture it, but the monster had proved too wily. Griffin had remained on the dock to use his own abilities to assist.

He'd ended up capturing the bloody thing all by himself. His power was increasing—a fact that was as frightening as it was awesome.

Finley helped Griffin to his feet. His reddish hair was a damp mess and his gray-blue eyes were heavy. "Aetheric containment field," he told them. "It will hold it until the Royal Society gets here."

His friends exchanged glances. To have conjured such a huge amount of energy from the Aether and directed it so precisely was a remarkable feat. Griffin had been honing his skills like mad as of late, though he didn't care to explain why. That had everyone worried, because previously Griffin had said he was reluctant to give too much of himself to the Aether for fear it would consume him.

Emily worried it had begun to do just that.

"Tarnation," Jasper murmured, his attention turning to the thing in the Aether bubble. "A real live Kraken. I always thought the stories were just make believe."

So had Emily, though there'd been sailors about Ireland who'd told stories of seeing the giant octopuses on their travels. Kraken were monstrous creatures that could destroy a ship and devour its crew in as little as thirty minutes. Those who had seen one up close didn't often live to tell about it, which explained why they were believed to be more myth than fact.

The Kraken they'd caught was a small one if the accounts were to be taken as truth. It was said that a mature Kraken could make a frigate look like a toy. Those large ones could overpower and snap the large ship like dry tinder.

If this was a young one, she hoped its mama didn't come looking for it. It thrashed against its prison like a child in the middle of a tantrum, but Griffin's power held fast. He refused to allow Finley to support him, and wavered slightly as he stood on the dock, pale-faced.

Emily glanced back at the Kraken and at the energy that encased it. She shivered, and not just because of her damp clothes. Griffin's power scared her at times; there seemed to be no rules or boundaries to it. The Aether was not only the spirit realm, but was made up of pure lifeenergy. Everything, living and dead, was part of it, fed it.

And as much as it fed Griffin, it also fed off him.

"You all right, Miss Emmy?" Jasper asked. While their plan had been for the underwater team to secure the Kraken, and keep it from attacking the dock, Emily had been charged with the task of trying to drive the thing to breach for capture. If that failed, the plan had been to try to force the thing out to sea once more.

"Right as rain, lad," she replied. "Though I'm a wee bit concerned about the submersible. I don't think there'll be any saving her."

The cowboy smiled. "Better to replace a ship than you, darlin'." He winked and then walked toward a group of people who had just arrived in a large vehicle pulled by several automaton horses. The back of the vehicle was a huge metal tank.

"Looks like the Royal Society has arrived," Sam announced. He hadn't even bristled when Jasper flirted with her. While this was a good sign, showing that he trusted her and was secure in their relationship, a little jealousy wouldn't have been unwelcome. She was becoming one of those foolish girls who wanted to be the center of the universe.

"That tank's not very big." She frowned. "It will fit, but just barely."

He shrugged his incredibly broad shoulders. "It should hold until they get to the aquarium. It won't be our problem regardless."

He had a point. And perhaps it was for the best if the beast had limited movement for those giant tentacles could crush a man to death with the ease of snapping a twig.

To say the society people were amazed would be an understatement. They stared openly—not just at the Kraken but at the containment bubble, as well.

The Royal Society was scientifically driven, of course they'd be enthralled by what Griffin had conjured. Griffin didn't look the least bit concerned—another disturbing fact. He had always stressed the need for secrecy, knowing full well that society would either fear them or exploit them for what they could do.

The Society's driver backed the vehicle as close to the edge of the dock as was safe. Two men scampered up iron ladders bolted to the side of the tank to turn matching wheels. A loud clang—almost like that of a church bell too close to your head—sounded as the lid of the tank flipped open.

"How the devil do we get it into the tank?" One of the lady members asked.

A group of spectators had gathered round. Emily wasn't the least bit surprised. There seemed to be nothing Londoners liked better than a scenario in which someone might get maimed or—if the onlookers were very fortunate—killed. Unfortunately, a crowd made the chance of an accident all too great.

"Maybe I can tip the carriage over the edge of the dock," Sam suggested. "It would make driving the thing into the tank easier."

Griffin shook his head at Sam and straightened his spine. He even waved Finley off as she tried to offer him support. Emily's chest tightened. She'd known Griffin quite a while now, and she knew that stubborn expression on his face. What was he about?

The bubble containing the Kraken began to float toward the society's vehicle. The crowd gasped in unison.

"Bloody hell!" someone gasped.

Sam scowled. "Now he's just showing off."

Emily stared as the water-filled Aether field slid down into the tank as carefully and precisely as though gently placed there by a giant, invisible hand rather than the force of Griffin's will. The men on the tank slammed the top down as the bubble burst and water splashed over the side.

One of the men from the society turned to Emily and Sam, his eyes wide. "What did that?" His mustache twitched.

"It's a new scientific advancement for the navy," Emily lied, jaw clenched. "A device meant to save sinking ships or drowning men. It's still being tested."

"Brilliant," the man replied, looking slightly dazed. "Simply brilliant. Who built it? I would very much like to ask the fellow to speak at one of our gatherings."

Blast. "I cannot tell you that, sir. Only His Grace has that information, and you know how close he likes to hold such things." And she was going to kick His Grace's backside for such a blatant display of his abilities.

The man nodded and set off toward Griffin, who looked as though he might fall down at any moment. He swiped at his nose with a handkerchief, then shoved the linen in his pocket, but not before Emily saw the blood on it.

Damn fool. He wouldn't learn his limits until his brain slid out his nostrils.

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The Girl with the Iron Touch 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
I love the Steampunk Chronicles by Kady Cross so of course I broke into my book happy dance when Harlequin Teen sent me this ARC. I am happy to say, I wasn’t disappointed, The Girl with the Iron Touch ROCKED! This is Emily’s adventure and in Kady Cross style the whole gain came out to play. Emily gets kidnapped by automatons to transplant Leonardo Garibaldi brain into a newly created sentient automaton. Of course Emily doesn’t want to resurrect Machinist since he is pure evil and their nemesis but Emily also has developed feelings for this new being called 312. Threatened with the well fair of her friends, Emily must use all her wits to escape or hold on until her friends find her. Griffin is being tormented and since he is unused to sharing hardships he tries to handle the situation on his own. He doesn’t share his difficulties until they become life threatening. Together they pool their resources to find Emily, Finely even goes to Jack Dandy for help.  Things are definitely heating up between Sam and Emily as well as Finely and Griffin. Each character has issues that they must overcome but I was thrilled with the character’s progression. I loved this book. It was fast paced, action packed. I found the plot exciting and mysterious. I enjoyed the steampunk flare. But I think my favorite part was the seriously hot headway on the relationship front all around. I am thrilled with the turn of events and the new characters that came into play. I can’t wait to see what role Jack will be playing and the impact from their secretive American visitor.  Don’t miss this brilliant young adult steampunk story by Kady Cross. The Girl with the Iron Touch is a drop everything and read into the wee-hours kind of book. This ARC copy of The Girl with the Iron Touch was given to me by Harlequin Teen in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication May 28, 2013.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book admazed me i thote it would turn out bab but it was acteele really good not good amazing i loved it alot wonderful book u know its hard to find books i like but found one this book is awsome fantastic amazing off the charts out of this world over the top sky high well thats my apining whats urs
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
I love this series. 3 books in and I give them 5 stars. This Anyway, this has the gang try to find and rescue kidnapped Emily who a certain enemy of theirs wants the Irish red head for her skills. Throughout, there's times I'm thinking, you two (Finley and Griffin), remember Emily, you're friend, little red read, their tension was off the charts. Its like, priorities please. Sam you are adorable, find your woman dude! I wasn't sure I was going to like Mila, but she grows on ya. Yay more Jasper and Jack Dandy, than you. And hints of romance all around for everyone? Okay then. Still loved this one. I was going to give this a 4.5 but 5 stars because of the ending, well near the ending to be honest. Love the covers. First one was red, second was purple and this one green. Cool combo. So good sequel and wonder where the gang will be up to next.
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arbjamesAJ More than 1 year ago
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.
jwitt33 More than 1 year ago
Awesome conclusion to an amazing trilogy! My Opinion: I was so excited when I got to read this book because Steampunk Chronicles is one of my favorite series, and I love Kady Cross's writing. I thought it tied things up nicely in most cases, but I felt bad for poor Jasper, one of my fave characters, who really didn't have much to do in this book and was just kind of hanging around. Fortunately, I got to see lots of Finley and Griffin, and Emily and Sam, with some awesome Jack Dandy thrown in for good measure, so I was a happy camper! The gang has returned to England from their trip to and adventures in America, and everybody's trying to recuperate from that. Unfortunately, Griffin isn't doing too well, but he won't share what's going on with any of them, which really irks Finley. Emily and Sam are getting closer and are finally going to admit how they feel to one another when Emily is kidnapped, and the rest of them have to find her and bring her back, while keeping Sam under some control because he's totally losing it.  Since I already told you how much I love this series, it's not surprising that I loved all of the characters, and enjoyed going back and visiting them again. The writing was, as usual, exciting and the pacing was perfect. I have to say that I am going to miss these guys a lot!  I thought this was a good conclusion to the Steampunk Chronicles series and I give it an enthusiastic 5 stars. I  highly recommend it to fans of YA steampunk :D I received a copy of this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
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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Kady Cross is a literary genius. If you love the Steampunk then this is the book for you. Griffin and his band of misfit teens are full of life and character they're what make the books come alive. It's almost like you're in the book with them. Suspense, drama, mystery, with a pinch of superpowers left me wanting more.
Read4YA More than 1 year ago
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.
BookishThings More than 1 year ago
4.5 Oh, how I've missed these guys. They are by far my favorite group of steampunk characters. They never fail to amaze me. Iron Touch starts off with action. I've come to love that in Kady Cross's writing. She grabs you from the very beginning and refuses to let you go. The plot is very fast paced. Although some of the events are predictable, some take you completely by surprise. We are also introduced to a new character. I'm not going to say much about this person, as it would spoil some things, but I can't wait to see where they go in the storyline. The characters as usual are great. I absolutely adore Emily, Sam, Jasper, Finley, and Griffin. After everything they have been through, their relationships with each other are kind of up in the air. They don't know the right things to say, and when they do, they are interrupted. There are so many times I wanted to slap the mess out of Griffin. For such a smart guy, he can be very dumb. I also loved seeing a gentler side to Sam. Although it is so much fun seeing him and Finley go head to head. Emily is stronger than anyone thinks. She's known for making the logical decision at all times, but finds herself making choices on the fly. We also get a bit of Jack Dandy. I love this man. He's awesome, and I hope as the series progresses we get to see a little more about him. Fans of this series or steampunk will love this book. Also keep an eye out for The Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy. It's supposed to be released July 1, 2013.
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Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Girl with the Iron Touch by Kady Cross Publisher: Harlequin TEEN Publication Date: May 28, 2013 Rating: 5 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): In 1897 London, something not quite human is about to awaken  When mechanical genius Emily is kidnapped by rogue automatons, Finley Jayne and her fellow misfits fear the worst. What's left of their archenemy, The Machinist, hungers to be resurrected, and Emily must transplant his consciousness into one of his automatons—or forfeit her friends' lives.  With Griffin being mysteriously tormented by the Aether, the young duke's sanity is close to the breaking point. Seeking help, Finley turns to Jack Dandy, but trusting the master criminal is as dangerous as controlling her dark side. When Jack kisses her, Finley must finally confront her true feelings for him...and for Griffin.  Meanwhile, Sam is searching everywhere for Emily, from Whitechapel's desolate alleyways to Mayfair's elegant mansions. He would walk into hell for her, but the choice she must make will test them more than they could imagine.  To save those she cares about, Emily must confront The Machinist's ultimate creation—an automaton more human than machine. And if she's to have any chance at triumphing, she must summon a strength even she doesn't know she has... What I Liked: I honestly cannot believe just how much I absolutely LOVED this book. I read The Girl in the Steel Corset, the first book a few years ago (i.e., a really long time ago, in which I don't remember much of what happened). I was not impressed with the first book. I gave it just about three stars - but on the low end of three stars. It was somewhat boring, very slow-paced, and only minimally interesting.  The Girl in the Clockwork Collar, the second book, was better. There was more action, a faster pace to the story, and, well, MORE. I liked that book so much more than the first book, and I gave it four stars. This book was AMAZING. I almost can't believe that this book is in the same series as the first book. This book is so different from the first book. Things actually happen! There is more characterization! I can finally see the underlying plot that connects the books! I honestly thought this series was more of a companion series, and not a continuation series. I was so impressed by the plot! It felt like action or scheming or SOMETHING was happening, page by page. I found the story easy to follow, despite the much faster pace. The plot took twists and turns and made me guess right until the end. When I said characterization happened, I meant it. This book is "Emily's" book, so we get to see more of Emily and transitively, more of Sam. I liked finally being able to get into the Irish girl's head, and understanding her thoughts. Emily is no longer a mystery to readers. I really like her! And I like the pair of Emily and Sam even more now. All of the characters seem to undergo some characterization. By the end, Griffin is more open about what is happening to him, Finley is more caring towards everyone, and Jack is more caring to certain people, and less invasive to others. I think one of the biggest reasons why I loved this book so much more than the first book and the second book is the romance. Emily and Sam are truly a couple now (as if there were any doubts). But Finley and Griffin! Despite Griffin's secretiveness, Finley is consistent and keeps harrowing away at his walls. They FINALLY do stuff! I'm so happy to see their relationship take a new level.  The scenes with Finley and Griffin almost getting close, but get interrupted, are my FAVORITE. It always seems to be Sam barging in at the wrong moment. But I love those scenes! I love Griffin even more (despite his secrecy), and I compliment Finley on her persistence. The plot and the ending of this book are so well written. I am so happy that I stuck with this series, because now I cannot wait to read the next book, The Girl with the Wind-Up Heart! What I Did Not Like: There really isn't much I can say here. I know, I am as shocked as you are! I didn't think I would like this book at all, but instead, I loved it so much! Would I Recommend It: YES YES YES! If you've already started the series, stick with it! You may not have liked the first and/or second book (or maybe you did!), but trust me when I say that you will LOVE this one! I hope you do! Rating: 5 stars - I keep saying it is rare for me to give a book five stars, but here I am giving books five stars left and right! It seems like this year has some amazing books, and I am thrilled to be reading books that I love!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Screw the long description of the book, that's what the overveiw is for! This series is the best thing since color tv! I love the romance and 'bad-assery' that this story creates. This story makes me wish we lived in a steampunk world (not that i dont wish that anyway). I give this book and everyone before it a top of the line rating.
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CherylM-M More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so good
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Swer above
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope this book is good.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When does he kiss finley