Review: The Girl in the Clockwork Collar

Title: The Girl in the Clockwork Collar
Author: Kady Cross
Source: Borrowed from my Library

Goodreads Summary and Cover:
In New York City, 1897, life has never been more thrilling - or dangerous.Sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne and her "straynge band of mysfits" have journeyed from London to America to rescue their friend Jasper, hauled off by bounty hunters. But Jasper is in the clutches of a devious former friend demanding a trade-the dangerous device Jasper stole from him...for the life of the girl Jasper loves.One false move from Jasper and the strange clockwork collar around Mei's neck tightens. And tightens.

My Thoughts:
The Girl in the Clockwork Collar was just as awesome as The Girl in the Steel Corset! I am so happy that Tiffani has talked these up to me so much and made me want to read them. I never thought that I would enjoy Steampunk novels, but I think the "Steampunk" is so minuscule, in a way, that it's not over-powering and leaving me lost.

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar had quite a bit of science in it with Tesla and I kind of just glazed over while I read those parts. I got the jist, but I am definitely no Emily!

I love Finley and her ballsy attitude. She knows she's tough, yet she also realizes she's still human. The way Griffin cares for her just makes me all sorts of, "Awwww!"

I honestly forget when I'm reading these that the characters are so young. Griffin is only 18, yet has so much power. That is definitely a difference between today's society and the Victorian Era, huh?

I am glad that the "group" followed Jasper to try to rescue him. The bond with Griffin, Sam, Emily, Finley, and Jasper is a true bond. Granted, they all have special abilities, but it's more than just that that connects them. They all, especially Finley, risked so much to save him in this book.

I don't want to give away anything or spoil the outcome, but my reactions towards the end were...
"Shame on her! How mean! EVIL wench!!!"
"Oh, she got what she deserved!"
"Forgive her? You're forgiving her?!?!"
"Poor ____. I hope ____ will be OK and join them in London again."

I do fear that Finley is going to have some major conflicts when they return to London. There, Jack Dandy will be in the picture again, drawing out the bad part of her. I am probably going to cry for Griffin a bit because Finley will quite possibly break his heart. Mostly because of the class hierarchy that they will face, but I do think it's inevitable for heart-break. They were very cute together at the end of The Girl in the Clockwork Collar, though. I hope she clings to that!

My Rating:
5 solid Steampunk Mickeys! I really enjoyed the New York adventure for the gang and the bonds that were formed and strengthened.


  1. I really enjoyed this book. I liked it even better than the last one. I hope she sticks with Griffin. I'm not a huge Jack fan when it comes to. I mean I like him as a character, but I don't like him with Finley. I think she and Griffin will end up together eventually, but it'll take time.

    I also forget how young the characters are because people had to grow up so fast back then. It's insane when you think about it.

    Anyway, great review! :D

    1. Exactly! I think they'll end up together as well, but she's scared of society. And Jack is going to get in the way because she will allow it. Griffin will think he's not as good as Jack. Sam will probably get pissed at Finley again. It's an ongoing cycle. I can feel it coming!!! Hehehe

      The age of the characters isn't really front and foremost, but it did mention in this book 2 or 3 times that Griffin was only 18. I forgot that Finley was only 16! Kady Cross doesn't write them as teenagers. They're such grown-up teenagers.