Monday, 13 May 2013

The Girl with the Iron Touch (Steampunk Chronicles # 3) by Kady Cross - Book Review

Title: The Girl with the Iron Touch (Steampunk Chronicles # 3)
Author: Kady Cross
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: 28 May 2013
Pages: 384
Format: E-Book - PDF
Genre: Steampunk
Source: ARC via NetGalley

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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....
(Goodreads Synopsis)

I'd understood that The Girl with the Iron Touch was to be the final book in Cross' Steampunk Chronicles - but that doesn't seem to be the case. Certainly the book ended in such a way as to make a fourth instalment more than possible - inevitable, I would have thought - but I guess we shall have to wait and see.

I enjoyed this book more than the second. The action was fast paced, the storyline exciting and this time the new characters came across well - particularly Mila who I would love to hear more about in a future book.

All in all, this book was a delightful read that was hard to put down and I do hope Cross does decide to continue with this world and these characters in future writings.

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