By Kady Cross
Editions: ebook, hardcover
Published May 22nd 2012 by Harlequin
Genre: Steampunk YA
In New York City, 1897, life has never been more thrilling – or dangerous.
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.
~ Goodreads Blurb
First off, let me tell you this was one of those really, really rare situations when I managed to read the prequel short story, then the first book of the series, then the second! I mean, it all flowed so awesomely well because of it, you know?
Before we move along then, let me just mention that both the prequel and the book #1 of this series were straight up, no-nonsense 5 butterflies reads for me.
Now, the odd thing about reading this novel was the fact it took me incredibly long. I generally tend to read books I really like in one sitting, and read them and only them at the time. However, this lovely title happened to find me in one of my odd moments, when my reading moods swing like crazy and I get itchy and twitchy unless I’m reading like 3 other titles during a 4th. This has a lot to do with the coming of real summer temperatures where I am, and it’s a 25 – 30 °C, or 30+ moment of the year. I dunno if I’ve ever mentioned this, but I hate high temps and summer. I wish I was born in London, or, you know, Siberia. That’s a climate I could work with, lol!
But anyways, with the heat turning up a lot, I get really moody and I tend to have very, very little patience with anything for more then 30 minutes at a time. So I read this title, though I loved it, in like 2 weeks or more 😐
Now, the story developed from book #1, it was trickier I felt, more layered, more complicated. The degree of scheming and planning and undercover grew as well, and that really kept me super hooked. The one elements I felt I got less of was the romance angle, there were a couple of moments when I just felt like grabbing Griffin and Finely and throwing them in a room without doors and aether-less or something, so they could sort the thing out once and for all! I was scoffing and snorting a lot when this part of the story went on, that much I can tell you. Griffin, man…seriously. Get a move on, it’s getting frustrating even for me, lol!
That being said, I was thrilled with all the steampunk elements both of this series, and of this particular book in it. I mean, you can’t get any cooler then Nikola Tesla, you have to admit! The man was an absolute genius and incredible visionary mind, and he makes an appearance in the plot. Seriously awesome, no doubt about it!
Another aspect I really loved were the characters, particularly the villain-ish but not quite tone of some of them. Like Dandy in book #1, for instance. The bad guys of these stories are utterly charming and charismatic, and this is an aspect I seriously and thoroughly loved.
Next up, the writing – pretty much fantastic, and somehow that description doesn’t do it justice. The characters had distinctively personal voices, the tone of writing was absolutely charming, with the right amount of humor and charm, particularly awesome style of speech (steampunk era-adapted in the best way possible), all around fabulousness.
All in all, this is a must read in my opinion, the whole series is. I’m truly and utterly looking forward to the next one!
Have you guys read this, or book #1? Were you rooting for Dandy or for Griffin, seriously? xD