Friday, 4 May 2012

Review: The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar (Steampunk Chronicles #2)
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: 22nd May 2012
Source: eGalley for review from Netgalley
Rating: 2/5

Goodreads Description:

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:

I have come to realise that the main appeal of The Girl in the Steel Corset was, in fact, Jack Dandy. And therefore, without him, my enjoyment of this book was considerably lower.  

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar starts shortly after the end of the previous book, with Finley and co off to NYC to find Jasper. I did have high hopes for this book, but felt it was let down by bad writing and ultimately, a formulaic and highly predictable plot.

You can pretty much tell what will eventually happen from the offset, and I found that quite irritaing. Whilst lots of attention is paid to historical accuracy, steampunk gadgets and descriptions of outfits, the plot seems like an afterthought, an inconvenience. This was definitely a disappointment. I found myself reading it more to see if my suspicions would be correct than out of enjoyment for it.

The writing also felt fairly sloppy to me, it's not bad, it's just not good. The POV jumps around depending on which character it suits the author to speak through which I didn't like. It didn't feel as though there was much consistency as far as the narration went. 

There was little to no progress as far as the romantic subplots went. Finley and Griffin remain at an impasse; neither one apparently prepared to make the first move despite seeming to realise their feelings for each other. Finley constantly puts this down to Griffin's social ranking, but it seems more like a flimsy excuse than a genuine reason. Any relationship between Sam and Emily seemed forgotten, Jack Dandy was out of the picture (and lets be honest, he was never really an option in the first place, was he?) and Jasper is suitably distracted. 

I did like some of the characters we were introduced to, such as Wildcat who was pretty awesome. We learnt more about Jasper and he does seem like a pretty decent guy. Griffin is a bit too nice for me, and Finley had lost some of her appeal now the two sides of herself are pretty much reconciled, though she got into some awesome fights, both verbal and physical in this book.

Like I say, Kady Cross paints a wonderful picture of Victorian New York turned Steampunk, but I was disappointed by this book as a whole. 


  1. Sorry you didn't like this one! It's always annoying when the plot's predictable. And the lack of romance is a shame too. I must say though, I do love the name Jack Dandy :P. Thanks for the review! :)

  2. I own the first one but have yet to read it, maybe I'll only read it and forgo this one and the rest of the series.

  3. Oh No! I've had the Netgalley ARC for awhile but I've been stuck about a third of the way through. I was hoping to hear it picked up to give me a push to get TGITCC read and reviewed. I think you're right about Jack Dandy, I was hoping to hear that he showed up at some point, sorry to hear he doesn't
    Thanks for the review!

  4. Aw, pity you didn't like it, but thanks for the honest review anyway! I won't be reading this one, historical novels don't appeal to me, and I don't think I could stand if the writing was bad!

  5. Awww, it's a shame you didn't enjoy this! I actually loved it, even with Jack's sad absence. Thanks for the review :)

  6. OH NOES. Not. Good. I love me some Jack Dandy. And the whole impasse bit? PLEASE GOD NO. I was seriously hoping for some real romance... ANYWHERE, whether with Jack or Griffin, I didn't care. And I was a little worried Finley wouldn't be as cool because of the lack of real darkness. That's a bummer. I had trouble with the plot in the last one too, AND NOW YOU TELL ME IT'S GOING TO BE WORSE. Oh, boy. I'm mentally bracing myself.

  7. Shame you didn't enjoy it...I really liked this. I do wish there was some more of Jack in this. I don't really like Griffin. Great review though.

  8. I wasn't a huuuuge fan of Steel Corset. It was okay, but it didn't wow me, and I guessed part of the mystery the minute it began, so it's not great to hear this was also predictable. I'm really not sure if I'm going to continue on with Clockwork Collar. Although where the lack of Jack annoyed you, I think it might please me a little because his accent annoyed the hell out of me while reading LOL. Sucks that this didn't live up to expectations for you :(

  9. I haven't read the first one, but it sounds like this is a let down for a second book. I don't like books that are predictable either, so I don't know that I will read this series. Great review.


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