Title: The Girl with the Iron Touch
Author: Kady Cross
Genre: YA Steampunk
Series: The Steampunk Chronicles (Book 3)
Publication Date: May 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover, 384 Pages
ISBN-10: 037321085X (HarlequinTeen)
ISBN-13: 978-0373210855 (HarlequinTeen)
Reviewed by: Kayla
In 1897 London, sometihng 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 of triumph, she must summon a strength even she doesn’t know she has….
Quick & Dirty: A romantic and odd conclusion to the Steampunk Chronicles. Really, this book just ties up loose ends, but it still leaves some hanging.
Opening Sentence: A giant tentacle slapped the front of the submersible, driving the small craft backward in the water.
In the possibly last installment of the Steampunk Chronicles, Finley and the gang have just gotten back from America and are recovering from the disaster there. Only not everyone seems to be recovering. Griffin holes himself away for hours and sometimes days at a time inside his room, and every time he comes out he looks more frail and exhausted. He won’t talk to anyone, not even Finley. Meanwhile Emily and Sam have finally let each other know how they feel about each other, and it seems to be all fine and dandy when out of the blue Emily gets kidnapped. Now forced to either watch her loved ones die or build a host body for the evil – barely alive – Machinist (see first book). While everyone tries to hunt down who could have possibly taken Emily and for what reason, Emily has discovered a phenomenon that would shock the scientific community – and cause the Machinist to come back healthy and new. This epic conclusion (or is it?) of the Steampunk Chronicles is one of a kind – intriguing you while at the same time creeping you out.
I wouldn’t say that this book is predictable – far from it. This book however goes into some randomly strewn about plot points that are sometimes hard to follow and unnecessary to the main character arc. These random and far-fetched plot points drew out the book and lulled this potentially fast-paced book. For example: the Machinist?? Really? He was dead. Period. Robots could not have kept him alive this long. Another example: Jasper? As much as I love the character, he really wasn’t necessary. His story arc doesn’t even conclude and all of his actions are vague and unimportant. (This is where I see a novella coming out about him, describing all of his shenanigans while the rest of the crew were hunting for Emily.)
Now on to the good stuff. The romance. The machines. And the heroines. At long last everyone has admitted their feelings for each other and now the only problem is commitment. Since the very beginning of the series these romances brewed (and every now and then boiled), never in the lime light until now. Well done Cross for creating such developed character/romances. The machines have always been a favorite part for me. There are always multiple clever contraptions that make their way into the books, and I have always enjoyed how this steampunk world grows and develops. Also, the heroines (Emily and Finley) can kick butt as much as (if not better) than the guys in this book. Strong-willed and stubborn, both girls have what it takes to tear down a mastermind’s plans by themselves.
For a so-called ending to the Steampunk Chronicles, I would have been satisfied with the ending. There are still pieces unfinished and could possibly be great for novellas, the way the book ended all of the major plot lines were wrapped up and tied neatly in a bow. For those of you who like the odd and strange, this series is perfect for you.
She walked up to him and placed her hands on either side of his face so he would be forced to look at her. “I might take Jack soup if he was ill, maybe even sit with him. I would not bathe him. I would not wash his hair, and when I look at him I do not think about kissing him.” Impulsively, she traced the bow of his
lower lip with her thumb. “There’s only one mouth I think about kissing.”
Griffin’s gaze warmed beneath his heavy lids. He had a way of looking at a girl that made her want to toss propriety and virtue to the wind. “Whose mouth
is that?” His voice was low and rough as his fingers hooked into the front lacing of her corset and pulled her closer.
“Yours, you great daft article. Not Jack’s, only yours. Will you stop being jealous of him now?”
“He’s rich, handsome and dangerous. You like that.”
She smiled at the uncharacteristic lack of self-confidence in his tone. “My dear duke. You are rich, handsome and dangerous.”
His lips lifted on one side. “I would never describe myself as dangerous.”
“Could you maybe stop talking? I’d like to kiss you but your lips won’t stay still.”
The Steampunk Chronicles:
2.5 The Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy (July 1, 2013)
FTC Advisory: HarlequinTeen provided me with a copy of The Girl with the Iron Touch. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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