THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH (Steampunk Chronicles #3) by Kady Cross
384 pages, hardcover
Available May 28, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review
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….
First Date: Oh, Emily, you’re totally charming me with your brilliance. I love that you’ve created all these fantastic little mechanical creatures and that you’re able to whip up communicators and aether disrupters and whatever else your group might need. But, can I ask a silly question? Why do you call that adorable boy of yours (Sam) “lad”? It makes you sound like a crotchety old Scottish lady rather than the gorgeous wee lass that you are. At least Sam doesn’t seem to mind.
Second Date: What is up with this new character (I think I like her!)? She’s an automaton who’s got organites that are growing skin, creating organs and developing her brain…she’s becoming a “real” person with thoughts of her own yet she’s a prisoner who’s scheduled to die so someone else (someone REALLY BAD — ooh, I don’t like this baddie!!) can live. *insert evil cackle* There’s an awful lot going on in this third installment and, even though it’s probably doable, I don’t suggest starting with this book. All of our favorite characters are present, with their own little dramas (GRIFFIN!! WTH is going on with you?!? Finley really needs to kick your butt into shape.), but they come together to rescue Emily and solve the mysteries swirling around.
Third Date: Emily, you certainly keep everyone — including Sam — on their toes. You’re smart and kind, brave and fiercely protective of the ones you love. If you were a guy, I’d marry you. As it is, I’ll be throwing rice and cheering when you and Sam finally get married.
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