Review: The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross

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. 

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  1. You have no idea how happy I am to read the first paragraph of your review! While I enjoyed the first book, too, I felt like there was missing something that would’ve made me love it – so I’m glad that this changes in the second book.

    Lovely review. Thanks for sharing!

    Fictional Distraction

  2. I just started Girl in the Steel Corset last night and then I am reading this. I am glad this was a good read. I love steampunk and like that the inclusions are easy to understand. Love that there is no cliffhanger!

  3. Well, I totally loved the first book, so I’m guessing the second is going to be an even bigger treat for me! I can’t wait to get started on it! Great Review! Thanks for not giving anything away!


  4. I need my steampunk to be easy to follow or else I lose interest. Good to know that it’s not too overwhelming here.

    I still haven’t read book one, but I’m glad the follow up provides the much needed answers. I don’t like to be kept guessing for long. LOL

  5. Try as I may, I just can’t seem to really get into Steampunk… But if it was fairly easy to understand (as that’s usually my main issue! Lol) maybe I should give it a go!!!

  6. I love that you still read bk 2 and didn’t give up even though the first bk. was lacking! I have The Girl in the Steel Corset sitting in my tbr pile, I plan to read it this summer:)

  7. Funny how you said that you couldn’t connect to the characters in Book 1. I loved them all so much! I’m so excited to read this. That’s awesome that you really enjoyed this even more! Book 1 was near-perfect for me, it was just so much fun and delicious and I couldn’t get enough of it. Loved Finley, she’s just amazing. Same with…the other girl (I’m terrible with names) and the guys. I got so AS@FUI annoyed with Sam (?) though…

  8. So glad to see your review. I loved the prequel but I didn’t love the first book quite as much, feeling that something was missing. But I was still excited about this book (especially with its gorgeous cover!) Can’t wait to read this now.

  9. Mei–*shakes head*–she drove me insane with her poor little abused girl schtick. Love all the other character and a great plotline.

  10. My friend is obsessed with the first book in this series but I have yet to read it. Sounds like the second book is even better than the first.

    I don’t think I’ve read any steampunk stories yet so I might just have to dive in to see what the world is like. :)

    Thanks for the awesome review, I hope there is another book so you can get all the loose ends tied up.

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