“Last time we saw them Finley & Co. had defeated The Machinist and during their celebration some guys arrived to take Jasper back to US so he could face justice and pay for his crimes. Apparently, he had killed a man.
And after they took him Griffin, duke of Greythorne, decided that his friend, whom he trusted, couldn't have killed anybody... at least not without a good reason. So the collective decision was to follow him to the US and help clear his name.
The only problem was that, when they arrived they realized that Jasper's captors weren't working for the police and that actually he was missing.
With the help of their powers, money and firm resolution they would look for him until the end... or perish trying.
But none of them understood that sometimes, in the name of love, any man is capable of everything.
The Girl in the Clockwork Collar was the perfect sequel for The Girl in the Steel Corset. Kady Cross doesn't disappoint at all with the plot, the old and new characters, the twists and the feelings that she creates with this book.
If I need to say out loud two things I didn't like too much was the fact that I missed Jack a lot... somehow I got to like this bad boy for the things he didn't say rather that the ones he did say.
And my second complain would be the fact there was a scene that made me cringe with uneasiness thanks to the details... but I have to blame my vivid imagination for that.
Things I liked: the interactions between characters never failed to entertain, they were funny, clever, fierce and real. So far I think my favorite character, besides Jack of course, is Emily because I always feel like hugging her.
And as always Kady's way of describing the clothes and the surroundings made my imagination fly with every page. ”
“Simply AWESOME!!! I had great trepidation starting this book as I was totally dismayed by the first. However, the prequel, The Strange Case of Finely Jayne was fantastic. This sequel was action packed, fast paced and on the mark. It actually could be a stand alone as I've said previously. These are my initial thoughts but a full review of this book and all my recent reads will follow at weeks end.”Tia Faciane wrote this review Tuesday, June 12, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Girl in the Clockwork Collar is a magnificent read. Kady Cross again supplied her brilliance to magnificent characters that rock the pages. I specifically love the strength, courage and flat out heroism provided by the female characters, Finley and Emily! Sign me up for the next adventure, I wouldn't want to miss the next exciting journey.”Sailon wrote this review Friday, June 1, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved this book and was so sad when I finished. I just wanted it to go on and on. I love the characters and the world Kady Cross has invented. Now I have to wait another year for the next book :(”Veray C wrote this review Friday, May 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“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.”
“The Girl in the Clockwork Collar
Reviewed by Suz & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
Jasper Renn's past has finally caught up with him. Leaving his friends in England he returns to America to face charges of murder. Instead he finds himself being taken to an old friend turned ruthless enemy, who is threatening the girl he loves unless he returns a device he stole from him. A device that could be very dangerous in criminal hands. But Finley, Griffin and the gang are close behind determined to get to the bottom of the murder charges and help their friend. But when Finley infilitrates the criminal's gang Griff can't help but worry if her dark side will stop her from returning...
This was such a fun read. It had adventure, dastardly criminals and some fabulous dresses! I know the cover for this book isn't as striking as The Girl in the Steel Corset, but don't let that put you off, if anything I would say this book was slightly better.
I enjoyed this one a little more then the first one as I found the plot line a little more interesting, it was not only exciting but also gave us insight in to one of the characters, Jasper's, past. And, although I had guessed some of the revealations fairly early on in the book, I was still eager to turn the page and see what happened.
One of the other reasons I was eagerly turning pages was the relationship between Finley and Griffin. Watching them work out their feelings about each other and watching Finley struggle with her choices as both sides of her personality are starting to entwine was as interesting as seeing what would happen next with Jasper. However, this book does have a little love triangle and I can't wait to read the next book to see what the absent Jack has in store for them when they reach England again.
This was a great book, the characters are interesting and the plot was fast paced and I will definately be grabbing the next book when it comes out.
Four stars: More action, more steampunk and more danger in this sequel.
After Jasper Renn, the American Cowboy, was hauled off by a bunch of thug bounty hunters, the gang is in pursuit, headed to New York City. Jasper was taken prisoner accused of murder. Griffin and Finley refuse to believe their loyal friend is guilty of this crime. So they are currently aboard Griffin's airship gliding over the glittering city. Once Griffin, Finley, Sam and Emily settle in New York, they head to the jail in search of
Jasper. Strange he isn't at the jail.....Meanwhile, a battered and bruised Jasper is currently residing in the home of his former boss, Dalton. Dalton is the leader of a gang of ruffians and he is certainly not an upstanding citizen. It seems that Jasper double crossed Dalton by stealing and dismantling a strange invention that he helped Dalton procure. Jasper had no idea what the device was designed to do, but he had a feeling it wasn't anything good. Now, Jasper's criminal past has come back to haunt him and at a steep price. Dalton is demanding that he recover the pieces. If he fails to do so, the girl who once stole his heart, Mei Xing, may die, strangled by the clockwork collar she is forced to wear by Dalton. Enter in Finley and the rest of the gang. They plan to recover their friend and determine if he is indeed guilty. To do so, Finley infiltrates Dalton's gang and enters into a dangerous game of cat and mouse. Will she succeed in freeing the cowboy?
What I Liked:
*This book picks up right where the first leaves off. All the characters and elements I loved from The Girl in the Steel Corset return in this sequel. There are more interesting steampunk inventions as well as the continued camaraderie of the four friends. Finley Jayne is tough as nails and she find herself in the middle of numerous fights and scuffles. I love reading about this kick butt heroine.
*I liked that this book was full of surprises. I was caught off guard by several big reveals. First impressions are often wrong in this book!
*The romance is a more prevalent in this book, but it takes its sweet time. What started as small sparks between Finley and Griffin has turned into a smoldering tension that runs throughout the novel. The two dance around their kindling feelings, hesitating..and you are on the edge of your seat wondering if those smoldering sparks will ignite into a full blaze. Ms. Cross does an excellent job creating a romance that keeps you guessing. If you like romances that are slow building and wrought with tension, you will enjoy the dynamic between Finley and Griffin.
*I appreciate that this series not only has great characters, good story lines and fun steampunk elements but the best part is that the novels are written so that they can be stand alone books. There are no cliffhangers and they resolve neatly. Yet, they build upon each other. I am all for a series that avoids the dreaded non resolutive endings.
And The Not So Much:
*I just don't believe that any of the main characters are teenagers. I think Ms. Cross created them as teens so that this series could be labeled as Young Adult. The problem is that they do not act like teenagers, more like they are in their twenties. All four of the characters are mature, capable and dealing with issues more suited for adults. This series excels beyond the typical YA boundaries and I personally don't really see it fitting well into that classification. There is absolutely nothing appropriate about these books so they can be read by youth as well as adults. Don't let this keep you from reading these books, they are so much fun. Just don't expect a book with a typical teen related issues.
*I was excited that this book was coming to America and I especially wanted to see how the author envisioned New York City at the end of the 1800's. Unfortunately, the city is just a backdrop and there is little description or detail on New York during this time period. I wish that she had showcased New York City more.
*The final showdown felt a touch rushed. The book builds to this big climatic showdown and it is over in an instant. I was expecting a bit more in the final scene.
The Girl in the Clockwork Collar lives up to its predecessor. This is an action packed adventure set at the end of the 19th century in New York. When gangs dominated the city and guns and fists were often the way to settle disputes. Add in a dash of romance, a dose of steampunk and a strong camaraderie and you have the framework for an exciting sequel. If you have yet to dive into steampunk, The Steampunk Chronicles by Kady Cross are an excellent way to immerse yourself into the genre.
"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."
"New York looked like someone had captured the stars and dragged them down to Earth."
"Her mouth hung open like an old door off its hinge."
"When she moved around to the front of the desk, he saw that she was wearing and evening gown that fit her almost perfectly and and made her skin look as smooth as cream."
"I know thinking the worst of people makes it hurt less when they disappoint you, lad, but not everything is at it seems."
"Either she was a good actress or she truly didn't trust him any further than she could throw a buffalo."
"A fella couldn't outrun his past, no matter how fast he was."
"When the stormy blue of his gaze locked with her own, it was as though her heart fell over."
"The two of you are like a twister colliding with a mountain."
"You want a torch or a candle, maybe? You've got your head so far up your own arse, it must be dark in there."
"She tasted like the strawberries they'd had for dessert, and she smelled of fresh air and cinnamon."”
“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.”Julie B wrote this review Saturday, May 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Just as the first book was a wonderful jaunt in an alternate-history steampunk London, now we journey with Griffin, Finley, and the rest of the crew to America to find their comrade Jasper. This book was so much fun - Cross continues her story with just as much mad-scientist playfulness as she did in the first, and loses nothing in the process. No middle book syndrome here, folks. If you liked the first book, you simply must read "The Girl in the Clockwork Collar"!
Though there is a bit of a residual amount of semi-love triangle left over from the first book's storyline with Jack Dandy, I'm happy to say that it doesn't really continue past the first two or three chapters when more pressing matters come into play. Because of the urgency of having to find Jasper before he gets thrown into jail (or worse), it really polarizes all of the characters' actions (and their relationships with each other), and where in the first book there might have been too much pause in one scene or another, there's none of that here. This book is really fast paced, but excellently wrought where even I was getting anxious concerning Jasper, Mei, and her clockwork collar and with Finley and Griffin in terms of finding him.
But what really is at the heart of this story is Finley's continued struggle with her Jekyll and Hyde light and dark sides. They may have been united into one solid personality with help from Griffin at the end of book one, but the struggle to behave continues and really eats away at Finley the entire time. The way Cross handles this is great, gives Finley an out that isn't too easy, but at the same time, isn't too hard on her, either. It even extends to Griffin - can he rely on Finley not to give into her dark side? Can he trust her to pick him and the good fight over a glamorous life of crime? The reader worries along with him, yet at the same time has a blast kicking ass alongside Finley as she works with Jasper to get him away from the past that's caught up with him.
The characters feel even fuller this time around, with more complexities added to them, and the more minor characters that make up Griffin's band of misfits (Sam, Emily, and Jasper) get more face time with the audience. We know more about their pasts, and they all got a good rounding out in general. The world expanded to America, and we got to see more of what this moment in time in this alternate history might look like (Nicola Tesla still running his tests, but Five Points still existing in New York - thanks to Cross' notes at the end of the book).
The ending, though, is something I really didn't see coming (though it had crossed my mind very faintly). I love what Cross did - it's something straight out of a western, and yet with the sci-fi/fantasy angle, it totally worked. By the time I reached the last page, all I could think about was book three, and wondering when it would be out. That's how much I love this world's she created, and the characters she's let loose upon the literary scene. I definitely want more misadventures with everyone in this series (okay, maybe not Mei, but you get the idea) and soon.
"The Girl in the Clockwork Collar" is out May 22, 2012 in North America from HarlequinTeen. It's made my best of 2012 so far list, so definitely check it out when it hits bookstores then. It's full of adventure, mischief, and magic - what more could you want? You definitely cannot miss this sequel if you're a fan of the first book!
(posted to goodreads, shelfari, librarything, and birthofanewwitch.wordpress.com)”
“Kady Cross right off let us into what we had been last encountering in The Girl In the Steel Corset (The Steampunk Chronicles #2). That is we along with Griffin, Finley, Emily, and Sam are on the rescue of Jasper Renn. Jasper as we all know had previously been taken from London, England to New York in America of 1897. It comes to light soon enough that Jasper hasn't been taken into custody by the authorities looking for a crime he may have committed in cold-blood against a . What really has happened is much more complicated involving an old partner in-crime of Jasper's who has a score to settle with him. Jasper on his last job with, Reno Dalton, a dangerous criminal didn't finish a job when he didn't give Dalton a stolen machine he had wanted to possess. Jasper from what we can see from his perspective isn't so thrilled by the direction of events. He lets Dalton know he was entitled to run for it without delivering the stolen machine from the job since Dalton had only paid him half for the the job done but Dalton believes as far as he's concerned Jasper deserved nothing else. Above everything else he wants the stolen machine Jasper stole so many years back. Jasper doesn't quite know what the machine does but knows that Dalton is a viscous man who really can't possibly have something he seems to be obsessed over with a calculated purpose. He lets Dalton that he gaining possession of the machine would never happen outright. Dalton though quickly surprises him by showing him a captured , Mei Xing, a Chinese girl that Jasper had loved in the past while he lived in America. Dalton has put a clockwork collar around Mei's neck to ensure Jasper cooperates or else it will choke her if Jasper doesn't. Having no other choice , he sees no other way but to be manipulated to give Dalton the machine he wants if Mei is to walk away unharmed. Jasper isn't alone at all in trying to free himself and Mei though! Griffin, Finley, Emily, and Sam are fiercely trying to infiltrate Dalton's gang to get a foothold to help Jasper out of this mess. At the very end, plans don't exactly go as originally planned.
THE STEAMPUNK CHRONICLES have to say are just amazing! So many interesting developments involved this time around. Had a great plot yet again in an even more different setting - New York, America of 1897- instead of London, England of 1897 which we saw in The Girl In the Steel Corset (The Steampunk Chronicles #2). The new villain - Reno Dalton- poses a rather grim threat for not only Jasper but all the friends of Griffin especially Finley. To Griffin he's a threat to Finley's recovery from her darker personalitie's side. She is having a hard time to just keep it under control. Finley very much wants to choose the side of light knowing Griffin wishes her , so she wont become like her father the inspiration for Jekyll & Hyde but she likes the danger! You do get to see Finley with good (her light side) and bad (her dark side) which was an intriguing aspect of THE STEAMPUNK CHRONICLES. Really like how it comes along.
Overall: Amazing reading!
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Steampunk, Historical Fiction, Robots, Androids, Superhumans
--Full, non-spoiler review courtesy at -http://bmdimension.blogspot.com/2012/03/advance-reader-review-of-girl-in.html--”