The Girl in the Clockwork Collar (Steampunk Chronicles #2) by Kady Cross
Hardcover, 416 pgs.
Published May 22nd, 2012 by Harlequin TEEN
Source: NetGalley/ Harlequin
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.
I remember I really enjoyed the first book in the series, The Girl in the Steel Corset, but I didn't feel a complete connection to the story or characters. It was still awesome, but it was missing something. This book delivered those missing parts. I loved the characters and felt like they've really grown into something wonderful. Finley is totally kick butt and isn't really afraid of anything. She has a strong sense of right and wrong.
The story completely delivered for me. I never felt like I was missing anything or wanted more of anything. It was the perfect amount of everything! I loved the twists and turns and unexpected things that happened. While things were sometimes hinted at that had me wondering things I still felt surprised, or a sense of 'hah!, I KNEW it!' when it was revealed.
The steampunk aspects in this book were pretty easy to comprehend. I don't really remember ever feeling confused about how stuff works, it all was pretty straightforward. There was one bit of that part of the book dealing with Griffin and his ability and stuff that wasn't tied up by the end. I'm not sure if that means there's going to be more or not, but I hope so! But the ending of the book felt tied up. No major cliffhangers at all. That one aspect of the story was just a side issue but may be the link for the future book if there is one. (I'm not finding any info from my digging so if you know please let me know!)
I highly recommend this series if you enjoy Steampunk, Historical Fiction and Paranormal. It's great for teens and adults alike!
Disclosure: I received an e-arc of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.