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The Girl in the Clockwork Collar

(Steampunk Chronicles #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  10,068 ratings  ·  967 reviews
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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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 random
Aug 20, 2011 rated it liked it
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!!


Similar Books: Soulless by Gail Carriger, Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore

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
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
In this YA steampunk fiction, the great cast of characters from The Girl in the Steel Corset are back. Finley and Griffin are fighting an attraction to each other. The device around Mei's neck continues to tighten and Jasper is desperate to save her. The science and steampunk aspects of all the different inventions and forces brewing in this novel were especially interesting and well done. I did wish there had been a bit more romance, to be honest. After so much longing in book one, I had expect ...more
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
Jun 04, 2012 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
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
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
Oct 12, 2012 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
Oct 11, 2011 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
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
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
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! ...more
May 18, 2012 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
Griffin, Finley, Emily, and Sam travel from London to NYC to try to help Jasper who is suspected of murder, only they discover that Jasper wasn't taken by the police but instead a gang leader named, Dalton. Dalton is blackmailing Jasper into retrieving parts of a mysterious device by holding Mei Xing (who Jasper is in love with) captive. The Duke's group must first determine if they trust Jasper and then how to help him out of this predicament. It all comes down to the wire when the machine is f ...more
Veronica Morfi
Mar 06, 2012 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
Bec (booktineus)
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The Good Things
+ A reread for me! I first read this series when they were being released (starting back in 2011-ish). I’ve been filled with so much nostalgia rereading.

+ Do recommend if you enjoy steampunk! There are some really fun and interesting inventions in this one. And this was set in New York, which was interesting.

+ The fantasy elements are really interesting too! We’re slowly getting more of a glimpse into the aether and strang
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
Jul 14, 2011 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 Girl in
Mar 14, 2012 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 thinking...wow. Just WOW! The setting, the world that Kady Cross has created...it 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 (granted...it's mainly because of Griffin!).

Book 2 picks up from where book 1 ended...Finley, Griffin (*sigh*) and the gang are travellin

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 netgalley.com. I got the chance to read the book this
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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This and my other reviews can be found at http://amethystbookwyrm.blogspot.co.uk/

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
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)
Jan 20, 2012 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
Jun 04, 2012 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
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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“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
Jan 04, 2013 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.
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was so much fun! I really like the fact that the two main women are strong and smart and able to kick some ass. I liked how the relationship between Finley and Griffin slowly develops. I thought the steampunk elements in this book are amazing and I would like to own some of the contraptions myself.
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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. ...more

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“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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