Title: The Girl with the Windup Heart (Steampunk Chronicles # 4)
Author: Kady Cross
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: 27 May 2014
Format: E-Book - PDF
Genre: YA Steampunk
Source: ARC via NetGalley
London's underworld is
no place for a young woman, even one who is strong, smart and
part-automaton like Mila. But when master criminal Jack Dandy
inadvertently breaks her heart, she takes off, determined to find an
independent life, one entirely her own. Her search takes her to the
spangled shadows of the West End's most dazzling circus.
taken captive in the Aether, Griffin King is trapped in an inescapable
prison, and at the mercy of his archenemy, The Machinist. If he breaks
under the hellish torment, The Machinist will claim his powers and
control of the Aether itself, and no one in either world will be
safe-especially not Finley Jayne and her misfit band of friends.
plunges headlong into the Aether the only way she knows how, by
temporarily dying. But she cannot parry The Machinist's maneuvers for
long. To defeat him for good, Griffin will have to confront his greatest
fear and finally come face-to-face with the destructive power he
wields. (Goodreads Synopsis)
I found Girl with the Windup Heart to be a fitting end to the series. It tied up the storylines well, if a little predictably, and gave satisfaction to the reader that all had been finalised. The characters arcs were nicely wrapped up with happy endings for all who deserved them and it felt like there was nothing more to be said.
I have the odd gripe about Cross' prose and some of dialogue, which at times jars with unbelievability and cliché. But setting that aside, this is still a very enjoyable series for any steampunk fans and a nice, easy afternoon read.