Author: Kady Cross
Publish Date: May 22, 2012
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. ~ Courtesy of Goodreads
After falling in love with Kady Cross's The Girl in the Steel Corset last year, I was anxiously awaiting this sequel. And I'm going to tell you right now, it didn't let me down. That's always a fear with sequels. Can they live up to the original? But The Girl in the Clockwork Collar definitely does. While, at first, I felt the story was a little slow to get going (mostly because I was getting used to having the character's in a new enviroment) the book picks up a few chapters in, achieving all the action that made me love the first book so much.
Cross has created such a great cast of characters who all play off of each other so well. The characters relationships and attitudes have changed just enough from The Girl in the Steel Corset to allow you to grow with the characters. It's fun to see two people who disliked each other in book 1, begin to develop a friendly relationship in book 2. The characters are all so loyal, not just to their leader Griffin, but to one another. They would die, or at least take a bullet, for any of their friends. Cross does a wonderful job of making the reader feel what her characters are feeling. Suspicion, dislike, sympathy. I felt it all.
The technology was even more intriguing in The Girl in the Clockwork Collar then it was in the Steel Corset. Emily's brilliant mind and inventions were pretty awesome, but Nikola Tesla's Aether machines and Dalton's wicked devices were just so cool. I'll admit, I don't read much Steampunk, but I just love the idea of it. Of this sort of vintage technology. It's just so much fun to see characters in the nineteenth century able to communicate via a cell phone like device. And after seeing Cross's version of Victorian London, it was a treat to see her take on New York City.
Finley is such a strong, kickass heroine it's impossible not to love her. Now that her personality has merged together, I think I like her even more. Now it's not good Finley and bad Finley, it's just Finley and she needs to decide who she's going to become. That was one of my favorite things about The Girl in the Clockwork Collar. Finley wasn't quite sure who and what she wanted to be, and that sparked some mistrust between her and Griffin. But that mistrust sparked a lot of character growth in the both of them and their relationship.
The only thing I can possibly say that disappointed me about this book was that there wasn't enough Sam! Of course, Cross could write a book staring just Sam and Sam alone and I'd probably still say there just wasn't enough Sam. I love, love, love me some Sam!
I have to recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sci fi, historical fiction, paranormal romance... pretty much anything. If you enjoy reading, you'll enjoy The Girl in the Clockwork Collar! And if you haven't read The Girl in the Steel Corset yet, what are you waiting for?! You won't know what your missing until you give it a try, no matter how I praise it, so go!