The Girl in the Clockwork Collar

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar

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...

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Title:The Girl in the Clockwork Collar
Author:Kady Cross
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The Girl in the Clockwork Collar Reviews

  • Lisa

    Originally posted at

    This is one of my favourite series so I was absolutely ecstatic to get my hands on this book! If you fell in love with Finley and her special crew in Steel Corset, you'll love Clockwork Collar because things get even more action-packed and exciting. Does the synopsis not capture your attention immediately? Jasper's been taken by a dangerous gang leader, Reno Dalton, and must find all of the pieces of a secret device he scattered around New Y

    Originally posted at

    This is one of my favourite series so I was absolutely ecstatic to get my hands on this book! If you fell in love with Finley and her special crew in Steel Corset, you'll love Clockwork Collar because things get even more action-packed and exciting. Does the synopsis not capture your attention immediately? Jasper's been taken by a dangerous gang leader, Reno Dalton, and must find all of the pieces of a secret device he scattered around New York last year after escaping. The clockwork collar around his past love's neck is quite literally one that will tighten and tighten. If anyone but Mei touches it, she'll die, simple as that. The stakes are high, yes? So strap yourselves in for another beautiful adventure with Kady Cross!

    While I loved the London setting in the previous book, New York was so much grittier and had this indescribable atmosphere about it. As always, I felt right back in the 19th century and was thoroughly sucked into the world! Of course, I was slightly sad that Jack Dandy got left behind but the other characters were more than enough to keep me satisfied! What I love about this series is how Cross manages to incorporate every single character into the storyline and let them have their own personal journeys parallel to Finley's. YA books often focus 99% on the main female lead, but Cross switches narrators throughout the book and makes all of her characters stand out because they're REAL and have lives outside of their interactions with Finley. When I first saw the synopsis, I admit I was slightly worried that the book would be boring and all about Jasper and Mei, but I found that it wasn't the case at all. We spend a significant amount of time with Finley's gang (although the two worlds overlap a lot!) but with the story Cross has written, I really don't think you'll mind reading an entire Jasper book anyway! He's a very fascinating person...

    What do I even say about Finley Jane? Her character becomes even stronger than before and it is always such a joy to experience new things with her. She and Griffin King, the gorgeous Duke of Greythorne, are still trying to resist each other for reasons completely unbeknownst to us! Boy likes girl and vice versa…What's the problem?! Oh Griffin's sense of morality. *shakes head* However, there are so many moments of absolute sweetness and adoration you just can't look past. It's completely obvious to us that Griffin's taken with Finley and we can see it in the way he behaves, the things he does for her and so much more! He's aware of Jack's interest in her too, which makes things even more exciting! Is he just going to stand by and watch his lady be charmed away or is he finally going to do something about it? ;) You will adore seeing him jealous. It's too cute.

    It was surprisingly very enjoyable to watch the Dalton/Mei/Jasper storyline unfold. Like I said, the time we do spend away from Finley is amazing and just as exhilarating! You wouldn't believe the fun I had with the other narrators. I refuse to spoil anything so just know that it's filled with danger, excitement, love and fear, all rolled in a bowl full of deception! Cross stays true to the adventure we're used to seeing and it honestly made me feel like jumping into a boxing ring to let out some excess badass! Clockwork Collar is truly one that involves you in the story and engages you completely. You'll be out of your seat and cheering for the heroes soon enough! Although…Dalton really isn't hard to look at. Why are the evil ones always good looking? *coughs* We like a bit of evil...right?

    Overall, Clockwork Collar is the kind of book that demands your attention. With its beautiful cast of characters who lead lives far more interesting than ours, there's no way it won't sweep you up off your feet! The romance and action had me fainting and squealing all over the place so watch out! Even though there are a few things that you know are going to happen, it doesn't make the ride any less enjoyable. Oh, the drama and mystery! I'm desperate for the third book now. I need to know what happens next! This is an absolutely must-read book so don't even think about giving it a miss!

  • Arooj

    So. Freakin'. AWESOME!

    I loved it.

    I want to

    it.

    GAAAHHH!

    - This book had a different plot line than the first one. Here, we follow Jasper's story. Usually I get overwhelmed when an author has more than one plot line in a series, but that wasn't the case here. Full of mystery, action and evil villains, this book was a joy to read!

    - That twist revealed near the end? TOTALLY SHOCKING. I had already begun to suspect it from all the clues that were given, but even then

    So. Freakin'. AWESOME!

    I loved it.

    I want to

    it.

    GAAAHHH!

    - This book had a different plot line than the first one. Here, we follow Jasper's story. Usually I get overwhelmed when an author has more than one plot line in a series, but that wasn't the case here. Full of mystery, action and evil villains, this book was a joy to read!

    - That twist revealed near the end? TOTALLY SHOCKING. I had already begun to suspect it from all the clues that were given, but even then I couldn't help but be surprised.

    - I'm in love with the cover. I'm tired of all these covers with girls in pretty dresses, most of which serve no purpose to the books, but the cover for this book is stunning. It actually has something to do with the book. I really love the dress Mei is wearing, as well as the clockwork collar. I WANT IT SO BADLY! Not the actual thing, of course, but maybe a replica. It's so pretty, right?

    - N/A

    - The romance finally had some development, but I wasn't all that impressed with it. Finley and Griffin kept having these stupid arguments where they're both trying to prove to the other that they're capable of handling things themselves and just want to protect the other person. I wanted to slap both of them on the head. Couldn't they see how this was ruining their relationship? However, because of some life threatening events, Finley and Griffin finally open up more to their feelings for each other. Also, I sensed a connection with Finley and Jasper. If Griffin weren't in the picture, I'd actually like the two of them together!

    - Finley was even more scarier then ever. In fact, she was really aggressive. I liked how bad ass she was, but at the same time, I couldn't help but be afraid of her. It was no secret that she liked being like this. She has both the good and bad sides of herself under control, but at times she went overboard. For example, when she went off to do something dangerous without even informing the others, then not even caring when they're worried. But in the end, it all paid off. I still very much like Finley, but she's one of those heroines who I'd rather not cross.

    - Griffin reminded me of those YA female leads who are always feeling helpless and self-conscious and complain about it all the time. I felt that Griffin should've had more confidence in himself and not try to be in control of everything all the time. I guess I'm used to reading books with guys doing most of the action that made Griffin seem a little tame, but I don't think he was as weak as he claimed himself to be. He's just a perfect gentlemen, one who's company I wouldn't mind being in.

    - Oh, my poor Jasper. I learned so much more about him here, and I can't help but feel sorry for him. Like Emily and Finley, I want to hug him. And never let go.

    - Mei. This girl...man, did she ever surprise me. By the end of the book, my opinion of her was

    different from what I first thought. If you've read the book, see the spoiler to see my full reaction towards her.

    - Dalton? I wanted to kick this son of a biscuit right in his jewels.

    The Girl in the Clockwork Collar is an insane book. A lot better than the previous one in the series. I highly recommend that you continue on the series with this book!

    Is there a third book? Please tell me there is. I need MORE.

  • Beks | The Little Fiction Fox

    1) The Girl In The Steel Corset ★★★★★

    2) The Girl In The Clockwork Collar ★★★★★

    3) The Girl With The Iron Touch ★★★★★

    4) The Girl With The Windup Heart ★★★★★

    One of the things I loved most about the first book was the sheer Britishness of it. I adored the Victorian London setting and I was a little unsure if I would enjoy this book as much with it being set elsewhere. I don't know why I was worried. Kady Cross has a way with world-building that gives you jus/>My

    1) The Girl In The Steel Corset ★★★★★

    2) The Girl In The Clockwork Collar ★★★★★

    3) The Girl With The Iron Touch ★★★★★

    4) The Girl With The Windup Heart ★★★★★

    One of the things I loved most about the first book was the sheer Britishness of it. I adored the Victorian London setting and I was a little unsure if I would enjoy this book as much with it being set elsewhere. I don't know why I was worried. Kady Cross has a way with world-building that gives you just enough detail to imagine it without being too overwhelmed. I loved the New York setting, and I loved the way Cross brought the Britishness with the characters to America. It was just great.

    I also still love the characters so dang much. Jasper was introduced in the first book, but he was very much on the sidelines until basically the end. He definitely intrigued me, though, so I was super interested in reading this sequel. Turns out, I love him. Despite being a flirt, he's got a heart of pure gold. He would do basically anything for the people he cares about, with Mei being evidence of that. In this story, Jasper must face his past to save his future and I just adore him so much.

    I talked about Finley and Griffin in my review of the first book, but I just want to make a quick mention of them here. With the merging of Finley's two personalities comes a pretty badass character, in all honesty. Though she's sweet and kind most of the time, she's got a sharp tongue and would kick your arse if you looked at her funny. It's such a perfect blend and I absolutely adore her.

    There's still not a whole lot going on in the romance department, but it's clear to everyone but them that Finley and Griffin have feelings for each other. They both claim it's impossible for them to be together, and I think that's why I love this slow burn so much. You know they're meant for each other, but circumstance keeps pulling them apart. I just want them to get together already!

    Something I really appreciated about this story was the incorporation of real historical figures. Nikola Tesla was a pretty central character in this book, and Thomas Edison was mentioned a couple of times. I don't know why I loved this aspect so much, but I really did enjoy the realistic feel of not only the setting, but also the characters. It genuinely feels like these things could have happened in history, and I'm living for it.

    Normally I'm not the biggest fan of plots that feel quite slow, but for some reason I'm absolutely adoring the leisurely pace of this series so far. It's not necessarily that nothing exciting or action-packed happens, it's just something about the writing style that makes me want to learn more about these characters and the setting and that, in turn, is making me love the plot.

    Overall, I'm genuinely thrilled that I finally decided to continue with this series, and I think it's going to be one of my favourites of the year. The plot, the characters, the setting, the pacing, the writing style... it's all just woven together so dang well and I just love it so much.

  • Sandra (LadyGrey Reads)

    A bit of a disappointment compared to the first book, but still highly entertaining. I liked the new setting and the new characters and for a long time I thought that it would be a 4.5-5 star book, but then it got closer to the end and... well, to be honest, the ending felt very rushed.

  • Katie

    OMG THIS COVER IS AWESOME! I like that it's not the same model as the previous cover (who looked a whole heck of a lot like Megan Fox!). Can't wait to read this book!!

    Similar Books:

    by Gail Carriger,

    by Cassandra Clare,

    by Jaclyn Dolamore

    I enjoyed Kady Cross's YA debut The Girl in the Steel Corset last year, so I was excited to get the sequel from NetGalley. And while most sequels tend to not be as good as the original book, I think/>

    OMG THIS COVER IS AWESOME! I like that it's not the same model as the previous cover (who looked a whole heck of a lot like Megan Fox!). Can't wait to read this book!!

    Similar Books:

    by Gail Carriger,

    by Cassandra Clare,

    by Jaclyn Dolamore

    I enjoyed Kady Cross's YA debut The Girl in the Steel Corset last year, so I was excited to get the sequel from NetGalley. And while most sequels tend to not be as good as the original book, I think I liked this one even better than the first! (I'm also IN LOVE with the cover, but more on that later.)

    What was great about this book was the change of setting. You don't get many steampunk novels set in America, so it was really interesting to see Finley and the gang in New York City. This also gives them the opportunity to meet a very important inventor who plays a major role in the plot. (Hint: It's not Thomas Edison.)

    I also thought the characters really came into their own in this book. Finley still struggles with merging the two sides of herself, but she grows in confidence in who she is. I also loved how Griffin struggled with trusting her - he's afraid that she'll end up choosing to be bad instead of good. And he has a serious hero complex, but it was recognized as a character flaw rather than an asset, and I found that really interesting. He didn't really do it for me in the first book, but I ended up liking him a lot in this sequel! He's the brains behind the operation, and he binds everyone together. He struggles with letting go of the reins a little when it comes to Finley, letting her take more control of the situation - great conflict!

    And while we were introduced to Jasper's character in the previous book, he takes a much more central role in this book. He instantly became my favorite character. I adore a funny guy, and he was also really sweet and charming. It's adorable that he calls the girls Miss Finley or Miss Emily. And OMG he's a freakin COWBOY! I loved him. Seriously.

    But something I noticed was that all the characters felt a bit old. I'm not sure if it's because of the historical setting, where people grew up quicker or because there really aren't any adults in this book, but Griffin and Sam especially felt really mature. They came off as a 20-somethings to me. Not that that's bad, it just didn't seem to fit all that much with the YA genre, I guess. You can say Sam is 17 but if he acts 25, I'm going to think of him as 25.

    I also wished there could have been some more interplay between Sam and Emily. They really took a backseat in this book since Jasper became more prominent. And I understand that the Jasper/Mei and Griffin/Finley relationships were the important ones, but I missed Sam's awkwardness and Emily's scolding; they're precious.

    And OMG WHERE WAS JACK DANDY?! Okay, I get it - he's still in England. But he was sorely missed in this book. I think Cross tried to replace him with Dalton, the villain of this book, but I'm sorry - there is no comparison. While Jack really embodied the Cockney crook (how's that for alliteration?), Dalton didn't really feel all that much like a Southern gentleman when he was supposed to be from Virginia. I guess that surprised me since all the other characters really reflected their homes (like Jasper being a California cowboy and Emily's Irish-isms) with the exception of him. I guess it's better than being a caricature, but I wish he'd at least said 'y'all.'

    Overall, this was a solid sequel. I really enjoy a good steampunk, and I'm looking forward to the third book! But all I've got to say is there had BETTER be some more Jack Dandy!!!

  • Ava

    I live in South Florida, where it’s so hot you want to sit under the shade of a scrawny Jacaranda tree and hope to die quickly.

    THE GIRL IN THE CLOCKWORK COLLAR is like a 16 oz-glass of vanilla ice-cream milkshake, a giant umbrella, a fan, and a pool magically appearing next to your sweltering body.

    Okay, perhaps not that (really not that), but it was a good book.

    It’s so refreshing,

    I live in South Florida, where it’s so hot you want to sit under the shade of a scrawny Jacaranda tree and hope to die quickly.

    THE GIRL IN THE CLOCKWORK COLLAR is like a 16 oz-glass of vanilla ice-cream milkshake, a giant umbrella, a fan, and a pool magically appearing next to your sweltering body.

    Okay, perhaps not that (really not that), but it was a good book.

    It’s so refreshing, I couldn’t wait to continue reading it. It was nuts. I have 16 unread books to read on my Nook, the library, and from ARCs and B&N, and all I could think about was getting back to this one.

    Let me just say firstly that the cover - and the name - is absolutely gorgeous. I’m debating whether the first or the second cover is prettier, but the name for this one won me over. I mean, THE GIRL IN THE CLOCKWORK COLLAR. It’s so alluring. I wanted to eat the cover, but unfortunately the ARC version did not come with the cover so I could zoom in and out and stare at it.

    Damn it.

    THE GIRL IN THE CLOCKWORK COLLAR seems to be better then its preceder, THE GIRL IN THE STEEL COREST. We get more insight on the characters and introduced to new ones - like Mei Zing, the pretty Chinese girl with the unfortunate name, and Dalton, the vicious gang leader.

    = Finley Jayne

    Oh my god. Why can't all YA books, if the heroine is supposed to be strong and brave, be like Finley? Seriously? She is the definition of badassery. She won't give up, and she's no goddamn damsel in distress all the time. I mean, one time there was, but it was that sort of scene where you're squealing with happiness and tearing your hair out. I mean, sure, she has these totally amazing strength powers... but she also has a witty, sarcastic, and smart personality to match them.

    Griffin. Hehe. Hehehehehe. He's so

    . I love it. He's pretty much everything a good love interest should be for a girl: sweet, kind, concerned, the list goes on and on. Though boring. He's kind of boring.

    I hated Mei Zing from the start, but in that good way, if you know what I mean. When Finley decided to

    I was shrieking, "GO FINLEY TEACH THE BITCH A LESSON." But I also liked her in a girl-to-girl sort of way.

    I dunno. I'm a confused person.

    But of all things, I was not expecting that ending. At all.

    So, why did this book get 4 stars and not five?

    Because I missed *sniffle* my *sniffle* JACK DANDY. I MISSED HIM SO MUCH.

    There could have been some more action between Finley and Griffin. They barely do anything except shoot each other looks.

    And in the end I enjoyed TGITCC, but not insanely.

    *sighs*

  • Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)

    !

    I did it: I finished this loooooong, dry book full of flat characters, endless repetition and tons of of the hated "showing not telling" way of expanding the history. Though my experience with round two of this "straynge band of mysfits" was

    better than with its predecessor

    Corset, I want to express this loudly and clearly:

    . Also, why I am just griping: whyyy the random, painful bastardization o

    !

    I did it: I finished this loooooong, dry book full of flat characters, endless repetition and tons of of the hated "showing not telling" way of expanding the history. Though my experience with round two of this "straynge band of mysfits" was

    better than with its predecessor

    Corset, I want to express this loudly and clearly:

    . Also, why I am just griping: whyyy the random, painful bastardization of "strange band of misfits"? (SPOILER for first in the series) If you've read book one, you know that "Jayne" is not in fact Finley's surname, nor does she go by it at all during this novel... So enough with the strange application of "y"'s. A lot of my issues from the first are present oce again here: Finley herself continued to be a bit of a disappointment and an erratic and brainless main character, continuing my lack of enthusiasm for her, most of the background characters remain flat and one-dimensional, and the villain/twist is telegraphed very early on in the book. This review might get a little long and

    , or even a lot, so keep your eyes elsewhere unless that's what you want.

    I think some of the problem with this series is that it wants to be X-Men but with a steampunk background. On the surface it seems to sort-of/maybe fit the mold cast by Charles Xavier and his motley crew: there are a bunch of mutated kids with special abilities like super strength and speed and healing, the ability to talk to machines, dual natures, etc. that all live together in a big mansion, owned by a family with a lot of money. But such a comparison starts to fall apart upon closer inspection - most aspects of this historical steampunk young-adult novel are rather run-of-the-mill and cliched, easy to find in slightly different forms all over the paranormal teen novel market.

    Though this takes place merely a fortnight after the events of the first book, a lot of the superficial details have changed, including the cast of characters. At first I was, well, not really excited, but less apprehensive to start this based on the cover. For one - it's not a generic, whitewashed cover. Mei is an important part of the plot - in fact the whole book falls apart without her participation - and I'm really happy that an Asian young woman was selected to show and advertise for ya novel. But there's always a but, and here is no exception. Mei is a new character and her race makes her stand out in this largely English cast, but I'm bothered and disappointed that the author chose to name her "Mei Xing." As in the word

    - how awkward and shallow of a choice! But that was just the first of many character issues I found here. I also wish there had been more subtlety with her role in the plot (subtlety from the woman who named her main male character/love interest Griffin King? My bad) - while I wasn't sure at first, it's rapidly apparent what's going on. A lot little more authorial sleight of hand would make the unraveling of the plot and characters much more engrossing to read.

    Main character Finley has been a problem from me since early on in the first chapter of

    and sadly, she is no better here in round two. Her previous problem of acting brainlessly and without thought for repercussion shows up early and often but good ol' Fin now drags her friend Emily into her messes. I know that the big 'deal' with Finley is constantly-battling dual nature, but the author's depiction of her lead's

    -type tendencies is really over the top here. She's supposed to dance on the fence of morality and legality, but considering backhanding another girl

    ? That's extreme and just makes Finley look like a judgmental and unhinged maniac - not a fiercely protective and loving friend, which is I think what the author was trying to impart? I may have missed the finer point of it because Finley was devolving into an autocratic violence machine.

    Once again I felt there was a superfluous amount of POVs used here - just like I thought for the first book; Finley's alone would be sufficient if grating on my nerves. So much of the text feels like repetition - even if it's Finley, or Jasper or Griff, they all think along the same lines. I mean, Jasper explains and re-explains his plans to hide a device multiple times. It gets old, quick. It must be said that Jasper's voice is the most identifiable, but that's largely because of his affected and annoying accent. (Also? Being from San Francisco and wearing a ten-gallon hat does not make one a cowboy. OK?) The lack of Jack Dandy is lamentable, but at least the love triangle tension and drama was slightly scaled down as well. The charming but fake Cockney crime lord is one of my few liked characters, even if Griff is slowly climbing his way up in my estimations to give him a run.

    In the end, I'd have to say that

    is ultimately just as energy-sapping and time-consuming as its immediate predecessor. It's also just as frustrating to slough through for over 400 pages. It feels amateurish, characters haven't grown or evolved, there's too much focus on fripperies instead of potential awesomeness, and infodumps and love triangles run rampant. There seems to be some love-connection type resolution for Finley and Griff (until she gets back to London

    ...) as well as the main storyline. With a rushed ending that was over veeery quickly, I can't say I'm sad to say "goodbye!" to this series - for forever - even if there's a book three.

  • oliviasbooks

    The first volume in this series,

    , had been so much fun. It was kind of ridiculous, vapid, action-laden, a bit trashy and inhabited by superhero-comic-like characters, but unquestionably fun. A perfect guilty-pleasure-combination of steampunk, fast action, mystery and bodice-ripping "light" (It seemed to me as if the "ripping" scenes had been "ripped" out of the novel to turn the soppy romance into something young-adult-appropriate - whatever that is).

    At a first glance the

    The first volume in this series,

    , had been so much fun. It was kind of ridiculous, vapid, action-laden, a bit trashy and inhabited by superhero-comic-like characters, but unquestionably fun. A perfect guilty-pleasure-combination of steampunk, fast action, mystery and bodice-ripping "light" (It seemed to me as if the "ripping" scenes had been "ripped" out of the novel to turn the soppy romance into something young-adult-appropriate - whatever that is).

    At a first glance the sequel - including cover and title - does not stray very far from the former, successful recipe. There are the same old supernatural, monetarily independent teens clinging to the same old love-triangles and I-should-not-confess-my-feelings-resolves, displaying the same old sets of faults and and playing around with fantastically steampunky devices (i.e. armor, mobile phones, weapons and transportation objects) that one of them constructs in the course of one night from thin air if they are needed to facilitate or liven up the otherwise thin plot.

    There are tiny variations, though, which caused the pudding to taste stale and unbearably boring to me: The even stronger focus on the romantic problems and multiple inner monologues of the tormented parties and the lack of danger and pepper and mystery. Around the middle of the story I grew antsy, because nothing really riveting happened, because of the repetitions and because the characters proved themselves to be pretty see-through and black-and-white

    .

    I never would have thought I would consider not finishing this book. Yet, here I am, burying the file in a dusty folder in the depths of my Kindle and shifting the writer into the blind spot of my consciousness: As it is I do not see sense in trying one of her future works.

  • Ferdy

    was predictable, cheesy, boring and frustrating. Why did I read it? Because I was in the mood for rubbish YA, I get like that sometimes.

    My main issue was the lame characters and silly love triangles — they weren't exciting, entertaining or engrossing. The plot wasn't all that either - Jasper is forced to go to America and Finley, Griffin, Emily and that other dude follow him. The mystery surrounding Jasper's kidnapping wasn't remotely interesting - I knew what was goi

    was predictable, cheesy, boring and frustrating. Why did I read it? Because I was in the mood for rubbish YA, I get like that sometimes.

    My main issue was the lame characters and silly love triangles — they weren't exciting, entertaining or engrossing. The plot wasn't all that either - Jasper is forced to go to America and Finley, Griffin, Emily and that other dude follow him. The mystery surrounding Jasper's kidnapping wasn't remotely interesting - I knew what was going on and I was frustrated with all the dumb characters being dumb.

    I quite liked Jasper in the first book but because he turned into the typical manslut, I hated him. The idiot seemed to fall for every girl he laid his eyes on and for some reason they fell for him even though he was playing away with other girls. Ugh.

    The worst character was super speshul snowflake Mary Sue, Finley. She was the strongest, the baddest and the sexiest of them all… Ugh. I hated how everyone fawned over her and acted like she was amazing — she was bland and annoying. The way she acted around Griffin was off putting — it's clear that he likes her but she just strings him along whilst getting lusty over guys that have a bit of a bad streak. I hope Griffin finds someone else.

    Emily and that other guy(?) were okay… But that other guy was a bit of thicko when it came to their potential romance.

    Another disappointment was the world building… It didn't seem very steampunky… The characters acted too modern and all the gadgets and devices came across as too high tech rather than steampunkish.

    All in all, meh.

  • Commodore

    I guess the moral of this one is, "Fool me once with a very pretty cover, Kady Cross, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."

    I should've just put the book down right at the beginning, when Finley was all, "I'm flying,

    Griffin." It all went downhill from there. I'm going to run down the highlights (lowlights) of the worst parts of the book.

    * - If I had to hear about Emily's "ropy" hair one more time, I was going to hurl the book across the room. Being as I read it on Kindle, this

    I guess the moral of this one is, "Fool me once with a very pretty cover, Kady Cross, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."

    I should've just put the book down right at the beginning, when Finley was all, "I'm flying,

    Griffin." It all went downhill from there. I'm going to run down the highlights (lowlights) of the worst parts of the book.

    * - If I had to hear about Emily's "ropy" hair one more time, I was going to hurl the book across the room. Being as I read it on Kindle, this is no light claim I make. Also, Cross puts her in a maroon dress in the beginning, saying it did wonders for her skin, but why on earth would you put a redhead in that color?

    * - There's never any real danger. STEAMPUNK FIXES EVERYTHING. Need to communicate and you're not in the same room? STEAMPUNK EARBUDS. Need to communicate and you're in different parts of the city? STEAMPUNK CELL PHONE. Need to get out of your high-rise hotel room stat? STEAMPUNK CAT-HELICOPTER-MOTORCYCLE HYBRID. Got the shit beaten out of you but need to do more work later today? STEAMPUNK NEOSPORIN.

    * -

    Particularly given that a lot of the gang members were first-generation Americans, it was doubtful they'd give two shits (excuse me,

    , because they're from England, remember? I don't know if you remember, but they're from England.) about some taser-handed ginger telling them that Ireland would be so disappointed in their behavior, especially after said ginger's friend had just spent the last five minutes beating up on them.

    * - Finley's awful faux-minism. She pisses and moans Griffin not treating her and Emily as "capable women," (which mostly just means, "Why do you get angry when I don't consult you about my plans, which are for the most part really foolhardy and based solely on my ability to punch things.") and we're supposed to buy her as super-progressive. That sort of falls apart, however, when you realize every other female character mentioned in the series for more than a few sentences with the exception of Emily is put in direct conflict with Finley one way or another. Let's count it off, shall we?

    Lydia Astor-Prynn - Is bad because she wants to marry the guy Finley has a crush on (which, socially speaking, makes more sense. Finley even knows this), wasn't raised unconventionally as Griffin's group, and sees the girl who punched Griffin in the jaw and knocked him out at a dress shop--a stupid, convoluted story to put forth for someone who has jumped out of two story windows in the past without a scratch--trying to use Griffin's name to buy her dress and rightfully calls her out. Sorry Finley, you act like a hardened criminal, you can't be pissed off if someone calls you on it, even if you were only pretending. Even if the girl calling you out can't punch through a wall or make taser-gloves.

    Wildcat - She's like Finley--fighty, sassy, lower classy--but not as good. After all, it's not

    who saves everyone in the end, is it?

    Mei - My god, Mei. See, I really liked Mei when I thought she

    I'm a sucker for characters who don't like the main character, but are still on the same side (see: Johanna from the Hunger Games). So Mei could be "a proper cow" to Finley, and they could be working towards the same goal, but for totally different reasons. Or they both hate each other, but want Jasper to be free, so they decide to put their differences aside for the time being. See? Tension! Conflict! People being people! But what really happens instead is that because Mei is mean to Finley, it's indicative of the later, deeper betrayal. Because if you're a girl who doesn't like Finley, you're obviously either weak, jealous, evil, or all three.

    * - That whole line where Jasper "falls in love with Finley a little bit" when she tells him she save him and only him if it came down to it. Really? How hard is it to say that he felt gratitude, or was happy he had such a good friend in this mess? That line coupled with that "Jasper was her new favorite person" business, I'm inclined to think Cross just wants to diversify her readers' shipping choices so she can go along and read the fanfiction later.

    * - Whatever Finley was wearing, it wasn't a corset. Corsets do not move that way. Also, you wear corsets

    your clothing. Though it would be kind of funny if it turned out Cross was making a joke about superheroes wearing their underwear on the outside of their clothes, a la Superman and Batman, I highly doubt she's that clever or capable of that kind of subtlety.

    * - "Oh, that Whip Kirby. He's handsome for an old dude. He's got to be at least

    ." I'm sorry, what?

    * -

    (And uh, Sam? You might want to cool it on being jelly of Emily and Tesla's great science-y love, since dude hated germs so much he was celibate.)

    And the adding of the Dead Rabbits was so fanfiction-y, and that stupid note in the end about "an Italian actor portraying an Irish character, and an Irish actor portraying an Italian one." Yes, Kady, we all thought that was super interesting when we read it on IMDB.

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