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At the end of The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross (you can read my review here), Jasper was arrested for murder and taken back to America to stand trial. The Girl in the Clockwork Collar begins with Jasper being transported to America and Jayne Finley and the rest of the crew following behind to do what they can to assist Jasper to defend against the murder charge. But when the crew arrives by dirigible  in New York City they realize that Jasper isn’t in jail and now they need to track him down.

Jasper realized pretty quickly that the individuals transporting him back to America are from Dalton, the crime lord Jasper used to work for. Once Jasper reaches New York, Dalton wants Jasper to return the machine Jasper stole from him before Jasper left for England. To get Jasper to comply with his orders, Dalton has captured Mei, the girl Jasper loves and put her in a clockwork collar that tightens whenever it is touched. To save Mei, Jasper is going to have to retrieve the pieces of the machine he stole from Dalton despite Jasper’s misgivings about Dalton’s use of the machine.

I have to admit that the steampunk genre is very hit or miss for me, some novels I love and some are not so great but  Kady Cross’s Steampunk Chronicles is definitely a great read. The Girl in the Clockwork Collar is told from the viewpoints of different characters so we get to spend more time with Jayne. Kady’s blending of the steampunk elements with traditional Victorian era genre is seamless and endlessly entertaining. And dang Ms. Cross totally threw a zinger in at the end that I didn’t expect (I’m not going to share because I don’t want to give it away but bravo Ms. Cross, bravo).  I searched for a photo of just the amazing collar on the cover of the book but wasn’t able to find one so I ended up posted the cover of the book twice because it is beautiful. I have to admit part of the reason I picked up The Girl in the Steel Corset  was because of the amazing cover art and The Girl in the Clockwork Collar keeps up with that amazing cover.  If you are fan of steampunk I think you will enjoy the Steampunk Chronicles and if you haven’t tried steam punk before this is a good series to dip your toes into the water.

You can read an excerpt here.

Steampunk Chronicles:

The Strange Case of Jane Finley (available for free on Kindle)

The Girl in the Steel Corset (you can read my review here)

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar

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Title: The Girl in the Clockwork Collar

Author: Kady Cross

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 416

ISBN: 978-0373210534

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Release Date: May 23, 2012

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

 

Louise loves fashion especially vintage.  In The Time Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetsky, Louise receives an odd invitation to an exclusive trunk show of vintage clothing and knowing there are treasures to be found Louise makes plans to be there.  At the show Louise is attended by two odd ladies who seemed more vintage than any of the dresses.  Louise is drawn to a beautiful gown from the early 1900’s and as she is trying it on something strange happens.  She is transported to another time on board a luxurious ship.  Louise finds out that she is now Alice Baxter famous actress from the same era as the dress Louise is wearing.  Louise is caught up in the luxury of having a maid, and new friend, anything she wants she can have and her closet is amazing!  All her dreams our interrupted when Louise finds out she is aboard the famous ship Titanic.  Knowing what will happen Louise tries to change history and save those on board.  Will she be able to?

I liked the idea of this novel.  A dress that takes you back in time to the horrific event of the Titanic is quite interesting.  The author was too stuck on the fashion and not the story that it was hard to care for the characters.  It had beautiful illustrations of the outfits Louise wears but if the author would have put as much effort into Louise herself the story would have been great!  I also think Louise was a bit young to be thrown into a scenario that extreme.  Being thirteen and transplanted into the body of a eighteen year old was a little weird for Louise and me.  If you like fashion I would check this book out for the wonderful illustrations and fashion descriptions.

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Title: The Time Traveling Fashionista
Author: Bianca Turetsky
Format:Hardcover
Page #’s: 272
ISBN: 0316105422
Publisher: Poppy
Release Date: April 2011

Available: Amazon
Reviewer: Megan

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

I thought that today I would share one of my all-time favorite quotes by one of my favorite authors.

“We’re living in momentous times, Garion. The events of a thousand years and more have all focused on these very days. The world, I’m told, is like that. Centuries pass when nothing happens, and then in a few short years events of such tremendous importance take place that the world is never the same again.”
“I think that if I had my choice, I’d prefer one of those quiet centuries,” Garion said glumly.
“Oh, no,” Silk said, his lips drawing back in a ferretlike grin. “Now’s the time to be alive – to see it all happen, to be a part of it. That makes the blood race, and each breath is an adventure.”

-Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings

 

What if you had the ability to change everything that has happened in your life with just one dream? Would you take that chance and also change all the good? Déjà Vu by Monique O’Conner makes you wonder if you could have a second chance at life.  After witnessing her Boyfriend’s death from an overdose, Darby Lambert wanted to bring the love of her life back from the dead. Darby found that, after her suicide attempt, she can change the outcome of her dreams to change what has happened in reality. Her worst enemy, Matt, also wanted Kasey back from the dead and begged her to change it. Unfortunately there are consequences to every choice we make. Darby and Matt have some big ones to face for changing fate.

Kasey isn’t the same person he was before his death. He came back a completely different person. The memories of him being with Darby are gone and he doesn’t remember her at all. In an attempt to help Kasey return to normal, Darby starts to fall for Matt and has uncovered the truth about all of their pasts. Every page has a twist and makes it hard to put Déjà vu down.

I really enjoyed Déjà Vu even though I was really confused at the beginning. I loved the characters and felt I was in the story with them. The author did a great job in capturing her audience in the words. I was mesmerized the whole way through and was very upset when I finished the book. One thing I didn’t like about this book is that towards the end I felt like the author was rushing for an ending. It was at the climax of the story and it had a really intense part than all of a sudden the book ended. In my opinion, the ending could have been added a little more to so it had a little smoother conclusion to it.

The character Darby was very easy to relate to. A young girl who has fallen desperately in love with a boy who dies and she will do anything to bring him back. I think everyone can relate to that because we have all had someone die in our lives that we want more than anything to have them back. You also can’t help but feel compassion for Darby because her whole life has been a lie and the only constant she has is Matt whom she once hated. My favorite character by far though has to be Matt. He seems very rough and heartless at first but by the end of the book you have to love him for who he is. He is a very passionate character and has a lot of love for Darby and Kasey.

You can read an excerpt here.

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Jamais Vu

Déjà Vu

 

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Title: Déjà Vu

Author: Monique O’Conner James

Format: eBook

Page Nos: 192

ISBN: 978-1-936852-89-5

Publisher: Astraea Press

Release date: January 2012

Available for Purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Kylee

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

 

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