"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 clockwork collar around Mei's neck tightens and tightens. From the rough streets of lower Manhattan to elegant Fifth Avenue, the motley crew of teens follows Jasper's elusive trail. And they're about to discover how far they'll go for friendship. More than ever, Finley must rely on powerful English duke Griffin King to balance her dark magic with her good side. Yet Griffin is at war with himself over his secret attraction to Finley...and will risk his life and reputation to save her. Now, to help those she's come to care for so deeply, Finley must infiltrate the criminal gang. Only problem is, she might like the dark side a little too much...."
The Girl in the Clockwork Collar is as unique as The Girl in a Steel Corset. It's strange. It's beautiful. It's one of a kind. I enjoyed it greatly. It's an amazing rollercoaster that will take readers up and down, down and up to the very last page. It doesn't rest frequently, but when it does, don't breathe in relief. Breathe with suspicions and fears. I see no faults.
The plot is twisty and amazing. If you read the first book, you'll understand. But The Girl in the Clockwork Collar is twice as badass as The Girl in a Steel Corset. The Steampunk Chronicles is a must, must read, people!
One amazing feature I adore is the author's ability to bring us back to the eighteen hundreds. I feel as if I'm there, fighting with Finley or struggling with Griffin. The wording and style is so wonderful and so eighteen hundreds-ish. But then, of course it has to be.
The ending of The Girl in the Clockwork Collar is driving me crazy! Do you, Kady Cross, have to do that to us? I recommend readers to read this book after the release of the final book. The Girl With the Iron Touch is rumored to not be the last. (How wonderful!...kidding, it's a freaking long wait...maybe another year or so until the last?)
Griffin King is seriously going to be kissed in the mouth by me. If he doesn't stop to do that lovable magic, I swear I'll punch Finley and claim him myself. If Finley chooses Jack, he's mine. Okay, that's a small fangirl moment. Sorry guys. Griffin King is so charming and dashing. He's every bit of a fairy tale prince with imperfections. He has his own problems, but they attract girls like a charm! Don't worry ladies, he's not dead yet, but neither is Finley.
Finley Jayne is a remarkable character. She's strong, tough, and smart. Everything I want to be. I can't help but admire her. She's so amazing and unmistakable. Other than the fact that her two personalities are coming together, she's still similar to the girl we met in the beginning. She's just a little stronger. She's a little smarter. She's a little more wild.
Rating: Five out of Five