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gogglesThe crew has returned to England after their adventures in America in The Girl in the Clockwork Collar but when Emily is kidnapped, the crew will have to pull together to figure out what happened to her. In The Girl with the Iron Touch  by Kady Cross, Emily is shocked to wake up underground in the control of some strange automatons. The automatons are trying to help The Machinist return after the crew defeated him in The Girl in the Clockwork Collar. 

Griffin is running into problems in the Aether and is trying to keep it from the crew. Sam is trying desperately to find Emily and Jasper has gone of to help on old friend from America. Jayne starts to worry that she won’t be able to get everyone together and working as a team in time to save Emily.

The Girl with the Iron Touch is a nice addition to the Steampunk Chronicles. The crew is growing up with all the characters having to make tough decisions and live with the consequences causing some regret but interesting character development. Unlike the previous three novels in the Steampunk ChroniclesThe Girl with the Iron Touch  rates as a four on the content rating. While there isn’t an actual descriptive sex scene, there is some descriptive making out and they refer to the scene without actually showing the scene think of it as the camera panning away. Steampunk Chronicles are a nice read for those interested in trying the Steampunk genre without getting into the hardcore steampunk genre.

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 (you can read my review here)

The Girl with the Iron Touch

the girl with the iron touchRating: Star 4copy

Content: favicon4 NB

Title: The Girl With the Iron Touch

Author: Kady Cross

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 384

AISN: B00BED2UB4

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Release Date: May 28, 2013

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**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.

akhenaten1Kiya has become the newest wife to the pharaoh King Akhenaten and hopefully the one that will prove strong enough to deliver an heir to the throne in the book “Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh” by Katie Hamstead. While being born Hebrew with the name Naomi, she must give up everything she has ever known in order to save her younger sisters. Shortly after her marriage to the pharaoh, she quickly rises and becomes one of his most favored wives. She also spends a lot of time learning under the Commander Horemheb. Throughout her time as a wife, she must work with Horemheb to uncover many plots against her husband. The Great Queen Nefertiti continually is jealous of Kiya and hopes to make her much less in the eyes of their husband. Akhenaten is a sickly pharaoh and Nefertiti hopes to make her daughters inherit the crown rather than a son, as it should be. Despite having so many wives and concubines, Kiya quickly sees how much Akhenaten loves each of them and only wishes to serve him. Her life was changed immensely in the one decision she made to save her sisters and she risks losing herself and her faith if she is not careful.

This novel involved many plot twists, some predictable but most not as predictable. Katie Hamstead truly is an incredible author and made the passing of time throughout this novel easy to understand. This story takes place over few years and the way it was written, it was not rough, but smoothly flowed. The story was very detailed and interesting. The story continued to impress me throughout and I never grew tired of it. I didn’t want to put the book down and luckily I was able to read it straight through. It is an excellent story and has a lot of interesting dilemmas that must be resolved.

Kiya/Naomi was a strong female character and I enjoyed the characteristics she contained and her ability to stick to her morals even when everything around her was changed so immensely. She is forced to worship her true faith in secrecy, must stick to her morals in her dealings with her husband, and she must fight to survive. She made many friends, few enemies, and even managed to find true love. Her story is well told and it is easy to like her in this novel.

KiyaRating: Star 4copy

Content: favicon4 NB

Title: Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh

Author: Katie Hamstead

Format: Paperback, ebook

Page Nos.: 258

ISBN: 978-1620072479

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Release Date: April 2013

Reviewer: Jillian

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What happened at Novel Reaction? Why have there been no postings for weeks? I know that I posted I would be doing regular reviews and Books-to-Movie Challenges again, and I really meant to. But in addition to everything I shared on my posting titled “We interrupt our regularly scheduled postings“, I am pregnant. Which is fabulous! My hubby and I are both very excited to be welcoming a new book worm to the family in October (and yes, I have already started buying books for him). B-U-T in addition to being pregnant I have been suffering from nausea, which means the last thing I want to do is turn my computer on.  I have joked with my hubby that lately I have become a bump on the couch, not moving much but the cat has sure been enjoying my inactivity. 🙂

So what does a bookworm do when she doesn’t feel good? She reads of course. But, I have found that when I am not feeling great I want to reread favorites. So while I have been flying through at least a book a day for the last month, they have all been rereads of old friends. Georgette Heyer, Betty Neels, Johanna Lindsey, Julia Quinn, Terry Pratchett, to name just a few. What about yourself? What do you read when not feeling fabulous?

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Why Ratings?
It is true you can't judge a book by its cover, you also can't judge a book's graphic content by its cover. NovelReaction's goal is to provide readers with a graphic content so they can make an informed decision regarding the books they want to read. (Also, to have a great place for people to discuss books.) So sit back, pull up a beverage, and read on!
Graphic Ratings*

1 = kissing
2 = kissing, some fondling
3 = descriptive stripping but no sex
4 = sex scene but not descriptive in details
5 = full descriptive sex scene

*I am rating a specific book by an author, not the author's style. If I am aware an author writes a specific way, I will let you know.

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