Book ReviewThe Girl with the Clockwork Collar

Reviewer's Rating: 
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
Harlequin Teen, 2012

BOOK TWO: THE STEAMPUNK CHRONICLES.  Sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne and her 'straynge band of mysfits' have journeyed from London to America to rescue their friend Jasper, hauled off by bounty hunters.  But Jasper is in the clutches of a devious former friend demanding a trade-the dangerous device Jasper stole from him...for the life of the girl Jasper loves.  One false move from Jasper and the strange clockwork collar around Mei's neck tightens and tightens.

From the rough streets of lower Manhattan to elegant Fifth Avenue, the motley crew of teens with supernatural abilities is on Japser's elusive trail.  And they're about to discover how far they'll go for friendship.

To be honest, my review of the first book in The Steampunk Chronicles, The Girl in the Steel Corset, was a bit lacklustre but that was how I felt when I finished the book.  My hope in continuing in the series was that the first book was a bit droll due to the initial set up requirements but that the rest would rise to the promise of great storytelling to come.  Happily, it did!

I quite enjoyed The Girl in the Clockwork Collar, woo hoo!  Three cheers for Kady!
This is a great cast of colourful characters and with their set up solidly behind us, we can now follow along in their adventures (and mishaps) and just sit back and enjoy the ride.  We have a few new minor characters to add to the mix and with them some nice plot twists.
I enjoyed the new setting of America from London with a touch more freedom for our budding romances which would have withered under society rules in England.  I also appreciated the back and forth love/hate relationship between Griffin and Finlay..but it seems to be finding some foundation now which bodes well for the rest of the series for us as readers.
Where this book was a wee bit disappointing was the flip character - someone who wasn't what they seemed.  I'm not sure if it was supposed to be a secret, but for me, I saw it early enough that by the time the characters had it all figured out I had rolled my eyes countless times.
Beyond that slip up, this is a solid, fun and rewarding adventure...if you like that kind of book!  As for me, I very  much look forward to the rest in this series.

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