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The Girl in the Clockwork Collar (Steampunk Chronicles #2)

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In New York City, 1897, life has never been more thrilling-or dangerous Finley Jayne and her "straynge band of mysfits" have journeyed from London to America to rescue their friend Jasper from the clutches of a devious criminal 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
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Harlequin Teen
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Update 12/20: OMG THIS COVER IS AWESOME! I like that it's not the same model as the previous cover (who looked a whole heck of a lot like Megan Fox!). Can't wait to read this book!!


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I enjoyed Kady Cross's YA debut The Girl in the Steel Corset last year, so I was excited to get the sequel from NetGalley. And while most sequels tend to not be as good as the original book, I think
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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I did it: I finished this loooooong, dry book full of flat characters, endless repetition and tons of of the hated "showing not telling" way of expanding the history. Though my experience with round two of this "straynge band of mysfits" was sliiiightly better than with its predecessor The Girl in the Steel Corset, I want to express this loudly and clearly: This series is not a good example of steampunk. Also, why I am just griping: whyyy the rand
Mar 17, 2012 Hayden marked it as to-read-very-soon
That cover really doesn't appeal to me. At all.
For one, her midsection is bent and she looks fecking weird, and also, her head looks way too big for her body.
Ava Oceana
ARC supplied by NetGalley and Harlequin Teen in exchange for an honest review.

I live in South Florida, where it’s so hot you want to sit under the shade of a scrawny Jacaranda tree and hope to die quickly.

THE GIRL IN THE CLOCKWORK COLLAR is like a 16 oz-glass of vanilla ice-cream milkshake, a giant umbrella, a fan, and a pool magically appearing next to your sweltering body.

Okay, perhaps not that (really not that), but it was a good book.

It’s so refreshing, I couldn’t wait to continue reading it
Mar 18, 2013 Ferdy rated it it was ok
The Girl in the Clockwork Collar was predictable, cheesy, boring and frustrating. Why did I read it? Because I was in the mood for rubbish YA, I get like that sometimes.

My main issue was the lame characters and silly love triangles — they weren't exciting, entertaining or engrossing. The plot wasn't all that either - Jasper is forced to go to America and Finley, Griffin, Emily and that other dude follow him. The mystery surrounding Jasper's kidnapping wasn't remotely interesting - I knew what w
◕ ◡ ◕  Arooj
So. Freakin'. AWESOME!
I loved it.
I want to eat it.

The Good
- This book had a different plot line than the first one. Here, we follow Jasper's story. Usually I get overwhelmed when an author has more than one plot line in a series, but that wasn't the case here. Full of mystery, action and evil villains, this book was a joy to read!

- That twist revealed near the end? TOTALLY SHOCKING. I had already begun to suspect it from all the clues that were given, but even then I couldn't help but b
The first volume in this series, The Girl in the Steel Corset, had been so much fun. It was kind of ridiculous, vapid, action-laden, a bit trashy and inhabited by superhero-comic-like characters, but unquestionably fun. A perfect guilty-pleasure-combination of steampunk, fast action, mystery and bodice-ripping "light" (It seemed to me as if the "ripping" scenes had been "ripped" out of the novel to turn the soppy romance into something young-adult-appropriate - whatever that is).

At a first glan
Sandra (LadyGrey Reads)
A bit of a disappointment compared to the first book, but still highly entertaining. I liked the new setting and the new characters and for a long time I thought that it would be a 4.5-5 star book, but then it got closer to the end and... well, to be honest, the ending felt very rushed. (view spoiler) ...more
Shera (Book Whispers)
Ah. So good. Everything just clicked into place with this one. There was this one character that I hoped, and wished, that Cross would go there with. Sure I'd predicted the plot, but it would be soooooo cool. And Cross did go there. I love an author who isn't afraid to DO things with their characters. To throw them a situation that will forever alter them.

The Girl In the Clockwork Collar is the second book in the Steampunk Chronicles. While it swiftly picks up where the last book left off, our
4.5 stars

After reading The Girl in the Steel Corset, I became an instant fan of Kady Cross writing, so I was thrilled to see the sequel on Netgalley.
The Girl in the Clockwork Collar is even better!!

First off, I adore the way Cross writes! This is the stuff that makes historical fun and addicting. It's crisp, clever and cunning and I enjoyed every word.

The story-line moves over to New York, where Finley, Griffin, Sam and Emily go to try to help out their friend Jasper who's been accused of murde
Jun 01, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
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This is one of my favourite series so I was absolutely ecstatic to get my hands on this book! If you fell in love with Finley and her special crew in Steel Corset, you'll love Clockwork Collar because things get even more action-packed and exciting. Does the synopsis not capture your attention immediately? Jasper's been taken by a dangerous gang leader, Reno Dalton, and must find all of the pieces of a secret device he scattered around New York las
Colleen Houck
Every time I read a Kady Cross book I get all excited about steampunk to the point where I think I might write one someday, then I remember that I'm too chicken to take it on and there's no way on earth I'm putting on a corset. Congrats Kady on another inspirational story!
Oct 13, 2012 Commodore rated it it was ok
I guess the moral of this one is, "Fool me once with a very pretty cover, Kady Cross, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."

I should've just put the book down right at the beginning, when Finley was all, "I'm flying, Jack Griffin." It all went downhill from there. I'm going to run down the highlights (lowlights) of the worst parts of the book.
* - If I had to hear about Emily's "ropy" hair one more time, I was going to hurl the book across the room. Being as I read it on Kindle, this is no l
Veronica Morfi
Jun 02, 2012 Veronica Morfi rated it it was amazing
In the second book of the Steampunk Chronicles Griffin, Finley, Emily and Sam travel to New York to save Jasper from prison. But soon they find out that Jasper isn't really at prison but has been held captive by an old 'friend' of his, Dalton. Dalton wants back all the pieces to a device Jasper was suppose to deliver to him a year ago and in order to do that he keeping Mei, Jasper's old love, with a clockwork collar around her neck. One mistep from Jasper and Mei may be dead.

I loved this book. I
May 21, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Four stars: More action, more steampunk and more danger in this sequel.

After Jasper Renn, the American Cowboy, was hauled off by a bunch of thug bounty hunters, the gang is in pursuit, headed to New York City. Jasper was taken prisoner accused of murder. Griffin and Finley refuse to believe their loyal friend is guilty of this crime. So they are currently aboard Griffin's airship gliding over the glittering city. Once Griffin, Finley, Sam and Emily settle in New York, they head to the jail in
Mar 19, 2012 Booknut rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone, even guys. Not so they could appreciate Griffin. But the storyline. So yes, everyone!
Recommended to Booknut by: Goodreads, Netgalley,
I remember reading the first book for this series and Just WOW! The setting, the world that Kady Cross has blows me away everytime I enter it. The inventions, the fight scenes, the bas-ass girls, the ballgowns and the raw human emotions create a world I want so badly to live in. Seriously! I would love to be apart of Finley's world ('s mainly because of Griffin!).

Book 2 picks up from where book 1 ended...Finley, Griffin (*sigh*) and the gang are travellin
Aug 31, 2012 Kristi rated it really liked it
The Girl in the Clockwork Collar begins just as it left of with The Girl in the Steel Corset. The team of Finley, Griffin, Sam & Emily are on their way to America. (For reasons I will not disclose in this review as to not be spoilery!) The group finds themselves up against another evil foe! One that won’t be easily stopped.

The girl in the clockwork collar is a new character to the series and due to her presence we get to learn a little bit more about the cowboy Jasper, that we met in The Gir
I really enjoyed The Girl in the Steel Corset so I'm not sure why it took me quite so long to get around to reading The Girl in the Clockwork Collar. The good thing about waiting is that all three books in the trilogy are now available so I'm going to be able to read the final instalment fairly quickly! I'd actually forgotten how much I liked Finley and the crazy group of misfits that she has become friends with and it was great to get back into the world that Kady Cross has created.

Finley is st

Um…where’s Jack Dandy?

*coughs* Anyhoo, Ms. Cross did it again. I loved and enjoyed The Girl in the Clockwork Collar as much as the first book. I tried putting it on hold so I can savor the moments (I mean, let’s face it; I need to wait another year for the third book. And that’s a torture. Plus I didn’t get my Jack Dandy fix). But I can’t help myself, I dig this book. I just need to read it. Like, right now! So with that, huge thanks to I got the chance to read the book this
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
Having no recollection of anything going on in this series since I read book two first I had high hopes for this novel. I'm glad it didn't let me down. We find Finley who is this insane, smart and fierce fighter who can take anyone whether there are man or woman, down. Her love interest Griffin is by her side and constantly worrying about her. She has a vulnerable side to her when it comes to Griffin and the two share a love that is rather sweet. Then there's Jasper who is trying to keep his lov ...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
May 10, 2012 Savannah (Books With Bite) rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the series and very explosive!!!

And they travel to the continental US to solve another murder and come into the brink of a deadly project. I really loved the plot. Fulfilling and exciting, each chapter leads to new people, new missions, and new betrayals. I loved that the plot is always moving. The reader learns more about the characters of Griffin, Finley and the others past. The friendship also blooms beautifully before the readers eyes.

The love interest is particula
Chelsea (Books for Thought)
Reread December 2015

Read May 2013
This was a very good sequel! I’m really impressed! The plot was definitely different from the first book and it was still really good. I like how she told Jasper’s story, it was a really nice change. The plot was very nicely paced and kept me entertained the whole time. The plot twist near the end was fantastic! I liked that the romance between Finley and Griffin developed a little but I still wasn’t overall impressed with how it was going. Hopefully we see some
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
Sep 13, 2013 Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm) rated it really liked it
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Finley, Griffin, Emily and Sam are travelling to New York to save Jasper, who they believe has been arrested for murder. However, Jasper is not with the Police he is being held captive by his former gang. If Jasper returns the machine he stole from the gang’s leader Dalton, then Jasper’s first love Mia will not be killed by the mysterious clockwork collar around her neck. Finley goes undercover to help save Jasper a
Jun 19, 2012 Laura rated it it was ok
First of all, I'm not a huge fan of the whole steampunk genre. I just don't get it. The obsession with Aether and mechanical things and dirigibles? Does nothing for me. However, as many of my reader-friends have informed me, I'm clearly out of my mind. So bear that in mind when you see that this was only a 2-star book.

Second, if this book hadn't been a steampunk book, it still would have only gotten 3-3.5 stars. Why? Because the plot just didn't work for me. For example, Griffin is only 18? That
3.5 stars

I didn't think it was as good as The Girl in the Steel Corset, but it was still a decent read.

Finley just isn't as exciting now that she doesn't black out and go all Mr. Hyde on people. I mean, I happy for her now that her two personalities have sort of merged, but it would be nice to see her get super crazy again. Am I wrong to want that?
Also, she and Griff need to shit or get off the pot. Their relationship was too wishy-washy for me to get into it. Again, I may be wrong, but I sort o
Mallory Heart Recommends
May 21, 2012 Mallory Heart Recommends rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Mallory Heart Recommends by: Great Minds Think Aloud
“The Girl in the Clockwork Collar” is an endearing story in the Steampunk sub-genre, set in Victorian England and America. Full of science, magic, romance, suspense, gangsters, history, settings galore, this novel will keep the reader riffling those pages without realizing the passage of time. You will want to read this at one sitting because it’s just too compelling to put down. This is such a captivating novel that I immediately determined to read the prior books in the series (this is #2). Ka ...more
Stephanie Bibb
Jan 26, 2015 Stephanie Bibb rated it really liked it
I picked up The Girl in the Clockwork Collar after reading The Girl with the Iron Touch (yes, I'm effectively reading the series backwards), which I got for a Christmas present. I really enjoyed Iron Touch, and I was definitely interested in reading more of the series and finding out what led to the events in the third book (knowing how a certain character died, for instance).

Needless to say, I enjoyed Clockwork Collar. Maybe not quite as much as Iron Touch (I think it was the better book, but t
Jan 05, 2013 Thamy rated it it was amazing
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Ohhhh I'm in love with Kady Cross, when I finished with book 1 I was amazed with how much I loved The Girl in Steel Corset and I stared book 2 in the same day, I was afraid I wouldn't like it as much but I loved it even more, forget 5 stars this book deserves 10 bright supernovas. It was that good.

Can't wait for the third book, May can't come quick enough.
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Nicole D.
Jul 01, 2015 Nicole D. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jasper having been taken in the last book back to America to stand trial for a crime his friends know he didn't comment, Finley and the crew follow him there to try and help him. Turns out Jasper hasn't been taken by the law but the old gang of criminals he was in but wised up and got out of. Before he left he hide a dangerous device the leader of the gang Dalten wants very badly and now he is using Jasper's ex-girlfriend Mei Xing to make him hand it over.

You learn a ton about Jasper's past in t
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Kady Cross is a pseudonym for USA Today bestselling author Kathryn Smith. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and a pride of cats. She likes singing with Rock Band on the 360, British guys, Vietnamese food, and makeup (she’s hopelessly addicted to YouTube makeup tutorials!). When she’s not writing Kady likes to catch up on her favorite TV shows, read a good book or make her own cosmetics.
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“Don't you dare die. You have to live so I can curse you up and down for scaring me like this” 46 likes
“She refused to leave your side all bloody night", Sam remarked, with something that sounded like respect.
"She's a good friend," Griffin replied.

His old friend stared at him in amused disgust. "Griff, I'm your friend and even I wasn't about to sit here and watch you heal."

Griffin looked away, annoyed by the sudden heat in his cheeks. "Yes, well, she was a much prettier sight to wake up to than your ugly head."
"I'll have you know I've been told my eyes are like a night sky," came the mock-indignant reply.”
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