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The Girl in the Clockwork Collar

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar is a YA steampunk alternative-Victorian-era adventure novel, the second in The Steampunk Chronicles, by Kady Cross.

Yes, it’s the second book in a series. You know the drill! If you haven’t read The Girl in the Steel Corset first, then read that review here instead.


Alrighty then! Let’s go over a brief synopsis first:

When at the end of The Girl in the Steel Corset sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne and her “straynge band of misfits” watched as their American friend Jasper was hauled off by bounty hunters, they knew they weren’t going to take that lying down!

After all, this is Finley Jayne, the girl with Jekyll/Hyde complex that is working to combine her two natures into one – with shocking strength and happily violent tendencies, all for the greater good of course. There’s Griffin, the powerful and wealthy English duke that found her and his ability to manipulate the Aether. Emily, their Irish lass with an innate connection to machines and a genius unmatched, and Sam – more machine than man after Emily fixed him up after being killed.

So, of course, they have traveled to New York to rescue Jasper! It’s 1897 and there are many danger and threats to fight as they make sure Jasper will be on his way back to London…

That’s really all I’m going to say in the way of plot. If you’ve read and enjoyed The Girl in the Steel Corset that should be enough.

I absolutely adored the escapism fun that was the first book, so I was THRILLED to get The Girl in the Clockwork Collar in my hands. And I’m happy to say I was NOT disappointed.

The alternative Victorian era that Kady Cross creates with automatons being a normal technological advance is awesome. The supernatural abilities? Beyond cool. This is a book that is rife with romantic tension, spunk, adventure, and pure entertainment!!

With our feisty Finley, brilliant Emily, affluent Griffin, haunted half-robot Sam, and imprisoned Jasper – this is like a new Scooby gang! The Girl in the Clockwork Collar is exciting and fun with a fast-paced, dangerous plot that is full of cloak and dagger scenes, fake identities, mystery, murder, and entanglements!

I did miss Griffin’s English manor and being in Britain, and I did keep hoping for more automatons (I find them fascinating) but it was still AWESOME!!!

I absolutely can’t wait for book three, and as I said before I can’t help but hope for a long-reaching series. I’m up for it, how ’bout you?


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