The Girl with the Iron Touch by Kady Cross

May 28, 2013 Review 1 ★★★

The Girl with the Iron Touch by Kady CrossThe Girl with the Iron Touch by Kady Cross
Series: Steampunk Chronicles #3
Published by Harlequin TEEN on May 28, 2013
Genres: Romance, Steampunk, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley
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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....

I was excited to receive a copy of this book from NetGalley and Harlequin Teen because I’m a huge fan of the steampunk and young adult genres. The Girl with the Iron Touch turned out to be a decent book, and made for a good afternoon.

In this book Emily has been kidnapped while Griffin is being tormented in the aether. Finley Jayne is torn between helping the man she loves and rescuing her best friend. Of course, as such things must, these turn out to be the same thing and so Jayne and her friends are on a journey to save everyone once again.

I did enjoy this book, and there weren’t a lot of plot twists and turns to confuse or surprise the reader, making it a quick read that doesn’t need a lot of thought. Unfortunately, this made it almost predictable (of course the way to save Griffin and Emily are going to be the same thing!) and that means there weren’t any real shocks or surprises, either. It makes this a good book for a casual reader who is fine with putting down a book for a few days between chapters because there aren’t any red herrings or subtle hints you need to remember.

I did enjoy that we got to explore a bit more of the romance that Harlequin is so famous for. Emily and Sam’s relationship was touched on and was vastly entertaining, while Jayne and Griffin finally seem to make a solid move towards having an actual relationship, and in fact there are a few fade to black scenes. As this is a young adult novel I was really happy to see that it was a fade to black, rather than containing some full-blown sex scenes, so kudos to Kady Cross for that!

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