Friday, May 23, 2014

The Girl with the Iron Touch

The Girl with the Iron Touch is the third book in the YA steampunk series The Steampunk Chronicles by Kady Cross.

You will want to have read the first two books, The Girl in the Steel Corset and The Girl in the Clockwork Collar, before this one. If not, avoid this review and click on these titles to read the reviews of the earlier books. Deal?

The Girl with the Iron Touch resumes relatively quickly after where The Girl in the Clockwork Collar left off. They are back in London and romance is in the air.

Finley, with her light and dark side having merged mostly into one, and Griffin, whose powers over the Aether seems to be draining him more than ever, have moved forward with their feelings for each other – yet he continues to keep secrets from her and the rest of the group, frustrating her to no end.

Meanwhile, Emily, with her affinity for anything mechanical or technological, and Sam, with his super powered robotic parts, are still tiptoeing around their connection – but getting closer.

But when Emily is abducted and all evidence points toward automatons being behind the grab, the team has to pull together to rescue their red-haired teammate.

Even as clues reveal that her abduction may have to do with a former enemy.

An enemy they thought was dead…

I very much enjoyed The Girl in the Steel Corset and (too a slightly lesser degree) The Girl in the Clockwork Collar.

I still liked The Girl with the Iron Touch – but to yet a slightly lesser degree again.

Can’t say I’m loving this downward trend.

My problem is that Finley and Griffin’s relationship has always been one of the weaker parts of the books, for me. And a lot of focus was on that.

Oftentimes, there were some rather situationally inappropriate romantic interludes that just sort of irritated me. Like, really? You’re going to stop a share kiss now??

Also, there was no real mystery to The Girl with the Iron Touch. We know what’s going on with Emily as we see her point of view often, so the suspense just really wasn’t there.

Yet the automatons were very creepy and the plot involving them was both intriguing and disturbing.

So, I will definitely read the fourth book, which I think may be the last one, but I’m not as excited about it as I was for The Girl with the Iron Touch.

Which makes me sad.

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