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The Girl with the Windup Heart

(Steampunk Chronicles #4)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  3,416 ratings  ·  370 reviews
In 1897 London, a final showdown is about to begin.

London's underworld is no place for a young woman, even one who is strong, smart and part-automaton like Mila. But when master criminal Jack Dandy inadvertently breaks her heart, she takes off, determined to find an independent life, one entirely her own. Her search takes her to the spangled shadows of the West End's most
Hardcover, 396 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Harlequin TEEN
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Nov 29, 2013 marked it as to-read
Haven't even read the third one yet. It's sitting in my hands. LEMME READ THIS ONE NOW!!!

Bleh, a boring end to a boring series. The story was super predictable, there were no exciting twists or turns, everything just dragged and dragged.

-Most of the characters were bland or unlikeable. Finley was an annoying shrew who wanted to hit people whenever things weren't going her way, Griffin had very little personality, Jack was cliched and read like most other unrealistic YA love interests, and Jasper/Wildcat were rather pointless. I guess, Emily and Sam were somewhat decent char
Sandra (LadyGrey Reads)
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Actual rating: 4.5/5 stars

Oh, yes, I'm happy about this ending!

I love Mila's character and her relationship with Jack - honestly, they became one of my favorite ships of all time when I read this. Mila's naivete and fresh eyes are an amazing addition to the dysfunctional group of main characters in this series, which was exactly what was needed after the past 2 books. If things had continued the same way and Mila had been differ
nidah05 (SleepDreamWrite)
Well, this took me longer to finish than I thought. Mostly because I wasn't in the mood for it and was kind of losing interest. After finishing this, I thought how could I?

This series is awesome with interesting characters, the writing fast paced and well the steampunk elements along with the story is also pretty good. Oh and the covers are gorgeous.

Anyway I found I liked this one a little bit more for the second half. Where the characters came together. The first half started off good but then
Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
2.5 Stars

What's worse than ending a series with the worst written book in the series?..... When it is also the story of your favourite character within the series....

Jack has been my favourite character in this series since The Girl with the Steel Corset. He is a perfectly inappropriate rake and I love it!! So I was looking forward to his story, A LOT!

The two main plots did NOT work for me. It reads too jumpy and confused. The editing was really shoddy - especially in the first half.

I have not
God, that was such a sweet ending. I'm gonna miss this series so much.
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It is amazing a few years ago, I didn't even know what Steampunk its one of my go to choices for favorite genres. Kady Cross's Steampunk Chronicles is a series I devotedly follow. The Girl with the Windup Heart is a wonderful addition to this collection.

It is about time someone really took Jack Dandy on, and Mila was a splendid match. Her basic naivety was refreshing and quite humorous. I loved watching her experience the world with such a fresh and excited demeanor while we got deep i
Colleen Houck
I'm so glad everyone was left in a good place by the end of this book. I've grown to love all these characters. Especially have a soft spot for Jack Dandy. Also really love Griffin and Finley. My love for steampunk I can trace exactly to Kady Cross!
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Griffin is abducted by the Machinist and held a prisoner in the Aether, slowly being drained of power while Finley and the gang determine how to rescue him and defeat the Machinist for good. Meanwhile, Mila decides she is tired of Jack not seeing her as a real girl so she leaves his house and has an adventure of her own in the city.

As much as I have adored this series for its strong female characters that often save the men in their lives, I actually liked that Griffin saved himself in this one
Vanessa J.
May 04, 2014 marked it as lost-interest
Okay, let's begin.


Last year, I added this book to my to-read shelf, and I left it there untouched until now. I'm no longer interested in it. The previous installments were all predictable, insipid and boring... in other words, they were "meh." I didn't hate them nor loved them.

The problem is that I let so much time pass between my adding this book and now. They say time cures. Well, I don't agree with that in 100% of the cases, but it certainly wiped away my interest for this series. I ha
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
**I received this book for free from Netgalley/Harlequin Teen in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Steampunk
*Rating* 3.5-4


In the beginning, there was The Strange Case of 16 year old Finley Jayne Sheppard and her unnatural abilities to stomp anyone who attempted to harm her. Having lost her father Thomas at an early age, Finley fought the two sides of her personality which made her an outcast among London'
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a great conclusion to a series I loved. I was very happy with all of it! I'm kind of sad to say goodbye to some of my favorite characters! I think that's what really made this series fun, along with an original concept (The Aether) and great action!
May 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars: A book about tying up loose ends that ends up being a bit too hurried.

Griffin, Finley, Sam, Jasper, Wildcat and Emily are hunting down the latest menace to London society. When Griffin taps into the Aether to control the threat, all hell breaks loose. The Machinist appears from the Aether and snatches Griffin. Finley is desperate to recover Griffin. She knows that the Machinist will slowly torture and then kill Griffin. If it means dying to retrieve him, then so be it...
*Digital Galley provided by Netgalley

I have been so excited to see how Cross would end this series!

Mila has grown beyond her Machinist roots and matured as a real woman who has developed deep feelings for the disreputable Jack Dandy. However, when she feels like Jack will never be able to see her truly as the woman she has become, she decides to strike off on her own. While Mila is learning to live independently, her friends at Griffin Manor are fighting their own battle. Griffin has been kidna
Morgan Duplechin
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
I am so sad to see this series end! I'm not a big steampunk fan, the whole idea of mixing history with modern technology just always seemed unrealistic to me. My views of steampunk changed a lot after reading this series.

The plot:
The plot is always very simple in these books. If you actually think about it after you read it you realize there isn't much that actually occurred, yet I never felt bored with it.

The characters:
I love the characters in these books so much. They were all relatable in t
Sep 28, 2013 rated it liked it
A good ending to a good serie.
Dec 18, 2013 marked it as to-read-arc-or-galley
I'm overdue for a marathon of this respective series. But I love the cover (favorite color, beautiful dress, etc).
Nicole D.
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Garibladi is back and seems to be more powerful now he is dead. He has kidnapped Griffin into the Aether and Finley and his friends will do anything to get him back. Jack is teaching Mila about life and she has fallen in love with him. When she leaves to go out on her own will Jack finally see her as a woman and not a child.

There are two plot lines going on in this book. Jack and Mila's and the Griffin/Garibaldi's showdown. I am really happy to finally be able to talk about Mila. It was great th
Chelsea Gouin
Aug 18, 2014 rated it liked it
And so the Steampunk Chronicles come to a close. Unfortunately the series...excuse the pun, lost it's steam. This book wasn't bad, per se...but it could have been so much more. I felt like this was two novellas shoved together to make one book and it's a shame. If they had been kept seperate, given the proper time to expand then it would have been so much better. Let's break it down....
Emily/Sam: Almost non-existant in this book. Which is a shame, because Emily is amazing and as this was a "fina
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read the first three books of The Steampunk Chronicle and felt like the third one perfectly set up a fourth book. Of course by the time I got around to reading this, I had forgotten exactly why. Happily as I dove back into the world, the characters kept me engaged regardless of how much I remembered of the series.

Quite simply there were two main threads in this plot. One focuses on our heroes of earlier book: Finley, Emily, Sam, and Jasper as they tackle previously introduced villain Garibald
Mar 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, while I've had my ups and downs with this series, but I still wanted to read this book for the sake of finishing it and to see what happens to the characters in the end of it all. On one hand, I liked the book and the conclusion the author gave to her characters which were both very nice and very fitting for all involved, but on the hand too, I also didn't feel . . . that oomph from the story and its characters either. But in any case, it was a good ending to the series and if you're al ...more
Amy Bradley
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
The final book in The Steampunk Chronicles. After the Machinist's death in the last book, he gained strength in the Aether - strength enough to kidnap Griffin's physical body and imprison him in the Aether.

This series was interesting - steampunk romance, with a strong-headed heroine. The ending felt a bit... Not sure what to say, romance novels are not quite for me I guess. (I picked it up for the steampunk aspects, not cluing in until the third book that it was by an imprint of Harlequin)
Even though this felt a bit rushed, I still enjoyed this book a lot and I thought it was a nice ending to this series.
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Shazza Maddog
Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Coming into the fourth book of a series, I wasn't quite as confused by the storyline as I could've been. There are a lot of characters but two main sets - Mila and Jack and Finley and Griffin. This being a steampunk book with a bit of magic thrown in as well as ghost hunting, it made sense in its own way. The worldbuilding seemed pretty solid, the characters as well.

The characters are all somewhat otherworldly, though. Mila is an automaton turned human. Finley's father was working on a "Mr. Hyd
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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The Girl with the Windup Heart by Kady Cross
Book Four of the Steampunk Chronicles
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Publication Date: May 27, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

In 1897 London, a final showdown is about to begin.

London's underworld is no place for a young woman, even one who is strong, smart and part-automaton like Mila. But when master criminal Jack Dandy inadvertently breaks her heart, she takes off, deter
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good ending to the series, a bit predictable but still pretty good story line. I enjoyed how each chapter left us in suspense in regards to the 2 stories going on simultaneously between Fin & Griffin and Mila & Dandy. This book was definitely more of a page turner since it is hopping between both of the storyline and it also does some flashbacks. The scenes in the "Aether" or ghostly realm were very interesting as well, I think the author did a good job creating that world. I wish there had been ...more
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good ending

Awesome series! In this book we find out more about jack and his happy ending. Finley meets her father and every one becomes closer together
Loved it!!

Originally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on May 27th 2014:

Fluttering Thoughts:
Worldbuilding: The Girl with the Windup Heart‘s wonderful world, and that of the Steampunk Chronicles was just as rich as I might have hoped. All the steampunk & paranormal elements were beautifully entwined and made for a captivating world I’d never want to stop exploring, from the Aether, to the fantastical beings living in London.
Characters: Finley, Griffin, Jack, Mila, Emily and Sam, even Jasper and C
Amber at Fall Into Books
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Girl with the Windup Heart is a fantastic end to a terrific series. As many of you know, I absolutely adore steampunk, and Kady Cross is the author who got me into this genre. I was incredibly pleased that Jack Dandy finally got a book of his own, and his story did not disappoint. The character development in this novel is top-notch, and Cross' world-building when discussing the Aether is perfect. The pacing is spot-on, and the switching points-of-view flowed nicely. This book (and series) i ...more
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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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