Thursday 8 January 2015

Review: The Girl with the Iron Touch - Kady Cross

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 tormented by the Aether, 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 feelings for him . . . and for Griffin.

Meanwhile, Sam is searching everywhere for Emily. 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 she doesn't know she has . . .

The Steampunk Chronicles:
The Strange Case of Finely Jayne (Novella)
The Girl in the Steel Corset
The Girl in the Clockwork Collar
The Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy (Novella)
The Girl with the Iron Touch
The Wild Adventure of Jasper Renn (Novella)
The Girl with the Windup Heart

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I really enjoy this series so it was great to pick up The Girl with the Iron Touch and catch up with Finley, Griff, Emily, Sam, Jasper and Jack. I love the way Kady Cross manages to give all the characters a chance to shine. This story gives both Emily and Sam a much larger role but we still get to see how the others are doing. Griff is struggling to cope after the events in the previous book, he has pulled back into himself and is keeping secrets from the others which is worrying everyone and upsetting Finley in particular. Finley is desperate to find out what is happening with him and she's scared that she's losing him. Jasper is also struggling after everything he went through, he isn't his usual fun loving self and we see a lot less of him in this story but I'm hoping he'll have a bigger role to play in future novels. Jack is also a little on the scarce side in this story, we see more of him than Jasper but I'm such a huge Jack fan that I wanted more.

Emily has always loved Sam but she worried he would never forgive her for making him part machine to save his life. Sam has resented what he is ever since the first book but we finally saw him start to accept himself in the previous book and I was pleased to see that change continue here. Sam loves Emily too but because he couldn't accept himself he was never able to begin a relationship with her. It was so lovely to finally see them start to get closer again, unfortunately they don't get much time to decide what is happening between them before Emily is kidnapped. Sam is desperate to find her and will risk everything if it means getting her back with them but Emily is facing a dangerous enemy, one who could kill everyone she knows if she isn't smart enough to outwit him. I don't want to say too much about what actually happens with Emily but I loved seeing her use her brain to get out of the situation, she has some fun abilities that really come into play in this book and it made for a lot of edge of your seat reading.

The Girl with the Iron Touch is an action packed instalment to the series and I enjoyed every minute of it. It introduces us to a particularly interesting new character who I think will be the star of the next book and I'm definitely eager to dive back into this world again to see how things play out.

Source: Received from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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