In Clockwork Angel, we are introduced to Tessa, who ventures off to Victorian London, after receiving a ticket and a letter from her brother, NathanieIn Clockwork Angel, we are introduced to Tessa, who ventures off to Victorian London, after receiving a ticket and a letter from her brother, Nathaniel. Because she is alone and has no other family in America, she goes aboard the ship to England. Once there, she doesn't see her brother, but she does meet the Dark Sisters - two women who kidnap her to work on her ability. Tessa can transform in another person at will, and this makes her a disirable person to the mysterious Magister. After leaving the Dark Sisters, she lives in the Institute, which is the home to Shadowhunters.
Let me say first, that I haven't read any of the books in the Mortal Instruments series. This book can function as a standalone book from TMI and that's why I decided to read it first.
I had a hard time getting into the story. The first 150 pages were sort of boring, only showing Tessa and her ability, and the Institute. Even though I understand it's to set up the story, I found myself having a hard time reading the book and I was seriously considering putting the book down. It took so incredibly long to get somewhere. Around page 200 or so, we finally get to see some action. That's where it started getting interesting!
We see Shadowhunters, Downworlders and just Mundanes (I liked to think of them as Muggles), who are humans, and we get action. Yes, finally action! After that, the pace picked up quickly and I had a hard time putting the book down when I finally got past the 250/300 page mark or so. Cassandra Clare wrote some pretty nice action scenes, which I really enjoyed reading.
I want to point out that I had a hard time imagining what the other characters were like. Will was gorgeous, yet incredibly annoying, selfish and arrogant, and I have the feel that we haven't seen half of Jem yet, which makes it hard to see what he's really like while reading scenes with him. The back of the book tells me that Tessa is torn between the two best friends, but if she is, it doens't transfer from the pages to me as the reader.
Having said that (Hi, Simon Cowell!), I want to say that I actually really enjoyed reading the second half of the book. It left room for the sequel, Clockwork Prince, which I will be picking up when it comes out.
3,5 stars for Clockwork Angel - because the second half of the book made up a lot to the boring first part of the book.
My favorite Steampunk! This book has by far the most references to clockwork and the like from the Steampunk books I've read so far.
Finley is a kick-aMy favorite Steampunk! This book has by far the most references to clockwork and the like from the Steampunk books I've read so far.
Finley is a kick-ass herione. She's not going to stand there while she's being assaulted by a young lord. No! Instead, she kicks his butt and on her flight out of the mansion, she stumbles into Griffin, who takes her in and tells her she's one of 'them'. She was easy to follow around and I liked that she wasn't a damsel in distress.
She proves to be a loyal character as well when she decides to go after Sam, even though the two of them are not exactly friends. The relationships in the book are building (yay!) and forming as time goes by. Someone I've particularly grown fond of, is Griffin. He may be a Duke, but he's down to earth, loyal, friendly, smart and always has a plan for whatever is coming up. I have to add that I think he was a really good looking Duke, at that.
Cross' writing style was nice and I finished this book in no time. I've heard some people saying that they had some difficulty with the amount of 'robot-stuff' in the book, but I didn't. I loved every single part of it! And the tension... Ooooh the tension!
My overall rating: 5/5
Five fully automated stars for The Girl in the Steel Corset!
It was a bit slow for my liking, and it was annoying that Aoife didn't want any of the offered help, but I'm still intrigued with the world. DID NOT LIt was a bit slow for my liking, and it was annoying that Aoife didn't want any of the offered help, but I'm still intrigued with the world. DID NOT LIKE WHAT HAPPRNED NEAR THE END!!
After reading and enjoying The Iron Thorn last year, I couldn't wait to get my hands on its sequel. Now that I've read it, I'm still fascinating by the world Kittredge has created with The Iron Codex series. But I can't help but feel a bit disappointed, since this book didn't live up to my expectations.
I won't go into detail on what happens in this book as that would probably spoil some of the things that happen in The Iron Thorn, so I'll try to work around it. Aoife was a strong young woman in the first book, but in this one she's mainly a stubborn 16 year old girl. Every time she was offered help, she would decline it, or worse, destroy some things and run away, which was really annoying. I described her as a little stubborn in the first book, but it's ten times worse in this one. Cal (who didn't nearly get enough attention in this book if you ask me) tried to help her, but was turned down. He was ignored throughout most of the book, which bothered me because he is such a lovely character.
Having said that, the storytelling in this book was just as good as it was in the first book. I liked all the twists and turns the story was taking, even though I didn't think Aoife made the right (or even reasonable) decisions. In the end, I guess I can say she paid for it, but that's not a nice thing to say if you know what happens at the end.
Anyhoo, if you've read and enjoyed The Iron Thorn, I'm positive you'll be able to enjoy this book as well. It's just as captivating and twisty, but with a heroine with a mind of her own that tends to get her into (unnecessary) trouble. I know I'll be awaiting the third installment to find out what happens next, because I sure as heck want to know..
I loved The Girl in the Steel Corset and I loved to see how Finley got where we saw her there! Finley has had problems with controlling her 'other sidI loved The Girl in the Steel Corset and I loved to see how Finley got where we saw her there! Finley has had problems with controlling her 'other side' but instead of being feared, she is asked to be the companion of Phoebe, a debutante who is engaged to a man Phoebe's mother doesn't trust. Finley will have to find out what she is up against before it's too late.
It was a short story, but I really liked reading it. It showed us a little bit of Finley's background and even gave us a few glimpses of Griffin.. Who you will see more of in the first book, of course ;)
It's currently free for Kindle so you can't go wrong by getting it!
My overall rating: 4/5
Four stars for the lovely Finley! And I want more, more, more...
After loving The Girl in the Steel Corset, I was very excited to get my hands on a galley for this one. And boy did it deliver!
Kady Cross manages to wAfter loving The Girl in the Steel Corset, I was very excited to get my hands on a galley for this one. And boy did it deliver!
Kady Cross manages to weave a great tale, this time set in America, full of intrigue, mystery and ass-kicking. Griffin is his usual charming self, Finley is still the awesome heroine we got to know in the first book and Sam and Emily are still the best and loyal friends ever. I loved how this focused on Jasper, a character we've seen glimpses of in Steel Corset, but who hasn't gotten his moment in the spotlight just yet. During the story, we also see things from his point of view and I really enjoyed that!
It's the kind of book that makes me go all Sherlock myself; trying to figure out plots and people before the story does. I particularly liked that none of the characters were really stupid to make something happen. Sure, there were small things, but there were no major mess-ups just to make a certain element of the plot happen. Me gusta!
With this excellent follow-up to her YA debut, Kady Cross has managed to make this series my number 1 steampunk series, and I'm already anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. Is there a releasedate yet?