Author: Kady Cross
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: May 22, 2012
Series: Steampunk Chronicles, book two
Source: e-gally from publisher through netgalley
About the Book: In New York City, 1897, life has never been more thrilling - or dangerous.
Sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne and her "straynge band of mysfits" have journeyed from London to America to rescue their friend Jasper, hauled off by bounty hunters. But Jasper is in the clutches of a devious former friend 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.
My Thoughts: The Girl in the Steel Corset was one of the first steampunk books I read. It was a wonderful introduction to the genre and just a good book in general. The Girl in the Clockwork Collar is a great addition to the series. I enjoyed it just as much as book one, if not more.
The Girl in the Clockwork Collar picks up shortly after book one ended. Finley, Griffin, Emily, and Sam are on a dirigible headed to New York. They're on their way to try and help Jasper. As much as I adored the steampunk London setting of book one it was fun to get to see a steampunk version of New York City too. I really liked how we get both the posh society that Griffin has access to as a duke and the seedy areas where the gangs rule.
And oh the delicious romantic tension! Finley and Griffin, Sam and Emily, Jasper and Mei! I loved it all! I'm particularly fond of the dynamics of Finley and Griffin's relationship. He's a duke. She's a commoner. Add in their "special abilities" and it becomes even more complicated. And of course there is the Jack Dandy factor as well! Like I said, delicious.
I could go on and on but I fear you'd get sick of reading. A quick list of a few things I loved that I just HAVE to mention:
*Multiple narrators (Finley, Griffin, Jasper)
*I love that Finley is a tough girl but oh man can she be reckless!
*Emily... she is just awesome. I love her spirit!
Basically you just need to read the book! The Girl in the Clockwork Collar a delightful blend of action, adventure, mystery, romance, and invention with a wonderful steampunk backdrop. I didn't want it to end.