Sunday, April 21, 2013

ARC Review: The Girl with the Iron Touch by Kady Cross

Goodreads summary:

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....

My review:

The Girl with the Iron Touch is a charming book that continues the story of Finley, Griffin, Sam, and Emily.  I loved it!  I've really enjoyed the mixture of steampunk and historical aspects in this series.  Kady Cross is so talented at creating imaginative stories with a great cast of characters.

I was so excited that this story focuses on Emily a lot.  She's been one of my favorite characters in this series - she's sweet and sassy at the same time, and I like how clever she is with machinery.  I loved her in this one; especially the way she's always caring and levelheaded.  And the romance between her and Sam is adorable!

Besides Emily, we also get lots of Finley and Griffin.  In this book, they finally start forming a stronger relationship and commit to each other.  It is so refreshing that their romance, which begins in the first book, takes a realistic amount of time to develop.  I did get a little annoyed at times with the slight hints of a love triangle between Finley, Griffin, and Jack, but thankfully it doesn't take up too much of the story.

The plot is exciting and held my interest.  I was fascinated by the steampunk/sci-fi elements of the story, it's just flat-out fun to read about.  The storyline does lag a bit in some parts, but other than that it's mostly a quick read.  I also like how the author handles all the different POVs; it never feels thrown together.  I like that all the different characters are easy to keep track of.

If you haven't started this series yet, I'd recommend it for fans of steampunk and/or historical fiction looking for a quick, fun read!  I've enjoyed reading about these characters and their exciting adventures.  Great series!

* I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thanks!

My rating:  7 out of 10 (3.5 stars)

~ The Bookworm

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