9/7/12

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar


Author: Kady Cross
Pages: 416
Publisher: Harlequin
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads)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.



My Summary
: A few days after their friend Jasper is dragged out of Griffin's house by American cops, Finley Jayne and her gang are on their way to New York. Sam, Emily, Griffin, and Finley are determined to rescue their friend and clear his name - no matter how far outside their element they may be.

But upon their arrival, the group discover something shocking: Jasper isn't being held in custody by the police at all. Instead, he's being blackmailed into working for his ex-boss: Dalton, the leader of a notorious gang. And Dalton has Jasper right where he wants him - he's placed a collar on the neck of the woman Jasper loves, and if Jasper doesn't follow orders the collar tightens until it kills her.

It seems as if Finley and her friends can do nothing to help Jasper...

If you can't beat em, join em.

My Thoughts: Another masterpiece by Kady Cross! The moment I saw that it had been returned to the library, I grabbed it off the shelf and sprinted for the check-out line. Go ahead and judge me all you want, but after the end of the last book I couldn't wait to find out what happened to poor ol' Jas.

There was a lot more romance in this installment, but I didn't mind at all. Nope, not me. The Sam and Emily moments made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, while Finley... well, let's just take a look at my favourite line, shall we?

"It was a terrible time to realize you were falling in love with someone - when you were kissing another bloke."

I'll just leave that there for those of you who haven't read this book yet to agonize over.

Once again, the author's effortless world-building and pacing were spot-on. This book was another one of the author's that I couldn't stand to put down until I was finished.

Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a little romance, steampunk, and fantasy with their YA. You'll definitely enjoy it if you're a fan of Cassandra Clare's Infernal Devices series!

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