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.
The Strange Case of Jane Finley (available for free on Kindle)
Author: Kady Cross
Format: Paperback, eBook
Page Nos.: 416
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: May 23, 2012
Available for purchase: Amazon
**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.