Monday 7 April 2014

Book Review: The Girl with the Windup Heart by Kady Cross

Title: The Girl with the Windup Heart (Steampunk Chronicles # 4)
Author: Kady Cross
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: 27 May 2014
Pages: 396
Format: E-Book - PDF
Genre: YA Steampunk
Source: ARC via NetGalley
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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.

Meanwhile, 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.

Finley 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.

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