The Girl With the Iron Touch (The Steampunk Chronicles #3) by Kady Cross
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected Publication: May 28th, 2013 by Harlequin TEEN
In 1897 London, something not quite human is about to awaken
When mechanical genius Emily is kidnapped by rogue automatons, Finley Jayne and her fellow misfits fear the worst. What's left of their archenemy, The Machinist, hungers to be resurrected, and Emily must transplant his consciousness into one of his automatons—or forfeit her friends' lives.
With Griffin being mysteriously tormented by the Aether, the young duke's sanity is close to the breaking point. Seeking help, Finley turns to Jack Dandy, but trusting the master criminal is as dangerous as controlling her dark side. When Jack kisses her, Finley must finally confront her true feelings for him...and for Griffin.
Meanwhile, Sam is searching everywhere for Emily, from Whitechapel's desolate alleyways to Mayfair's elegant mansions. He would walk into hell for her, but the choice she must make will test them more than they could imagine.
To save those she cares about, Emily must confront The Machinist's ultimate creation—an automaton more human than machine. And if she's to have any chance at triumphing, she must summon a strength even she doesn't know she has....
I have really been enjoying this series a lot and have read them each year diligently before they are released (that never happens, I almost ALWAYS fall behind). I love the world created in the books and the setting. The last book took place in America and in this one we are back in London. Surprisingly I loved the American setting in the last book, but I still found myself happy to be back in London. Not only that, but Jack Dandy is in London and that is a character that I love to read about!
Now that description hints at a love triangle. Well, more than hints, and there's not really one. Finley already knows who her heart belongs to and the person who it doesn't belong to is someone she still cares about but he also understands that she's made her decision. There's not really any drama concerning them anymore.
The previous books seemed to focus on Finley more and in this one Emily was much more center stage. We still know what's going on with Finley and all that, but Emily is the one kidnapped and we see everything she goes through and just get to know her better. She's a really strong and kick butt character and I loved getting to know her better.
I love all the characters in this series. Finley is great and I loved where the romance started to go in this one. Not a new turn or anything, it just moves forward. And Griffin has some major issues to deal with but I felt like we barely touched on them and that will be the focus of the next book. Sam has grown as a character in finding to accept himself. In this book Jasper is pretty absent. When he was there, he wasn't really there. That made me sad and I hope that we see more of him in the next book and that he might find his HEA. And Jack Dandy, oh I think Jack Dandy is my most favorite character of all! It might be that lovely cockney accent (faked accent?) or his terminology and mannerisms, but he is a character I would love to read more about! We see that Jack may end up with his own HEA... but that's yet to be seen, just my prediction. Because my lovelies, there's a new character introduced in this book and my lips are sealed! You must just wait to meet her yourself!
The steampunk aspects of this series are pretty great. For the most part I really love them. The things that bug me a tad are that there's some rather 'convenient' devices so they can get in touch (like cell phones, but not) and some other inventions that just seemed a bit out of place and felt more convenient than anything. It's not a big issue for me though.
The plot of this one moves along rather quickly. I was surprised at how fast I devoured the book and was never bored or wanting to put the book down. I'm most definitely eager for the next book, it's sure to be intense!
Disclosure: I received this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.