Title: The Girl in the Clockwork Collar
Author: Kady Cross
Series: Steampunk Chronicles #2
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Steampunk, Strong women
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
5th sentence, 74th page: When they’d first stolen the thing, Daltonhad been as excited as a kid let loose in a sweetshop.
In 1897, New York City, life has never been more thrilling or dangerous. What happens when someone you love becomes a weapon to use against you…
I loved the contrast between the setting of this and The Girl in the Steel Corset. New York and England, both set in the 1800s, and filled with the beautiful imagery of the steampunk world. Finley’s ability to navigate this world is put to the test as not only her relationship with Griffin changes and evolves, but she struggles to understand more of Jasper’s convoluted history.
The past is something that we can never run from. Not only does it shape us, but it also haunts us in the worst possible moments. Jasper is forced to face up to this as the gang of misfits struggle to free him and clear his name. Yet, it is the woman who he loves that holds the key to his past (and possible future) more than anyone else. The girl who wears the clockwork collar is beguiling and somehow slightly off throughout this entire tale – most of the story, I thought that it was just because I prefer Finley and Emily, but, towards the end, I discovered that it was something more. There isn’t just Jasper’s continuous feeling of guilt, but that lingering feeling that things aren’t quite right definitely held true. You’ll just have to find out how by reading this amazing story yourself!
The stakes are slowly raised for Griffin as well. Not just in admitting what his feelings for Finley are, but also in understanding his own strengths, and weaknesses. In a time where men are supposed to be the protectors, his physical in capabilities constantly haunt him. But, it’s his ability to control the raw power of the aether which makes him such a potent enemy. Something that comes in handy towards the finale. And something that might be incredibly important in future stories, as it seems the Machinist isn’t quite finished with them…
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