Review: The Girl with the Iron Touch by Katy Cross

Title: The Girl with the Iron Touch
Steampunk Chronicles #3
Author: Katy Cross
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publish Date: May 28, 2013
Ebook, 384 pages

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I really enjoy Katy Cross' steampunk series. It was the first dose I had experience when it came to the steampunk era. It opened my eyes to more strong female characters who could kick butt and take names. But it also incorporates history and machinery, all of which adds to the wonderful world of fantasy.

The first two books in this series, I couldn't put down. They were worth of calling in sick for work, if that actually happened. Then the third book had a few moments of awe and surprise, but ended up being a bit of a letdown and as I guessed a lot of the plot.

This book was a good read, like spending the day with an old friend. Finley, the main female character in the book was just as wonderfully spriteful as always. She has a good romance going with Griffin. Emily and Sam are also in a good point of their newly found romance. The new character introduced, the girl with the iron touch Mila was a solid and sweet character. The machinery from the bad guys was intricate and a valid adversary, but honestly the book though left me a bit sad as I never got truly pulled in.

I will continue to read Katy Cross' books because they are good reads, but this book left me wanting more to imagine, more to reach for and more to uncover. As they say in the movie business (do they say this?), this is one I would recommend renting rather than seeing in the theaters.

Summary -
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 mysteriously tormented by the Aether, the young duke's sanity is close to the breaking point. Seeking help, 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 true feelings for him...and for Griffin.

Meanwhile, Sam is searching everywhere for Emily, from Whitechapel's desolate alleyways to Mayfair's elegant mansions. 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 even she doesn't know she has....

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