ARC Review: The Girl with the Iron Touch

May 27, 2013 Review 9 ★★★★

ARC Review: The Girl with the Iron Touch
The Girl with the Iron Touch by Kady Cross
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Publisher: Harlequin Teen Australia
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 384
Release Date: May 28th 2013
Series: The Steampunk Chronicles #3
Genres: Paranormal, Steampunk, Young Adult
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n 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 received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH is going to be a hard book to review. Mainly because I love this series and characters and world so much I’m struggling to think of anything sensible to say. So many emotions are connected to this book, where old characters return and adventures ensue. And there are dire situations where you are left wondering if that character just died or not. My mind right now is a cycle of OMG ACTION OMG WHAT JUST HAPPENED

OMG JACK DANDY OMG THIS CAN”T BE HAPPENING OMG MY OTPSSSSS

So as you can probably tell, this is going to be interesting.
Like the first two Steampunk Chronicles novels (if I remember correctly), THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH opens with an awesome action scene. Krakens. KRAKENS is all I will say about it. And that I wish it set the pace for the rest of the novel, but it didn’t. The plot of this took a while to get going. It was still moving, just at a nice easy pace. Nothing rushed, but nothing too attention grabbing either. Once we got to the promised kidnapping of Emily however, things definitely picked up.
Old villains return in this, characters I had almost forgotten about. They had been present in the other books, only in forms that you couldn’t suspect their true identity. To see the truth revealed in this book and learn that their plans have not been stopped is very concerning for the world of the novel. They have made a new creation, a new automaton that, when I think about it, I’m not sure should exist because dang, it could be incredibly destructive. New complications have arisen because of its existence and the plans the villains have for it. It’ll be interesting to see what the evil plans have developed in the next book, because I don’t think we’ve quite seen the end of our villains yet.
Jack Dandy is another character that returns. And I must say,
I  missed the bloke in THE GIRL IN THE CLOCKWORK COLLAR. He’s so hilarious, and charming, and dark, and goddamn attractive. It was so good to see him have a larger role in this book than the others, and to come to the realisation that there is a lot more depth to Jack than I ever expected. He slips in and out of a low class, cockney accent which can be annoying to read, until you realise that, uh… (This  might be a slight spoiler for those who haven’t observed it so highlight to read the white text) it’s not his real accent. He’s putting it on to annoy Griffin/for his own reasons.That realisation and the observations made by a new character made me realise that there is a lot more to Jack than we know. I hope his whole history is revealed soon because I need to know why he deliberately portrays himself the way he does.
Romance is another aspect of THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH that was more at the forefront than it was in the other two books. This is a development I loved! I’ve been wanting to see more romance between these characters since the first novel, and the relationships have finally developed to a level where the characters can be together properly. IT”S ABOUT DAMN TIME. THE TENSION HAS BEEN DRIVING ME INSANE. This is probably one of my favourite aspects of the novel because I’ve been waiting for something for so long. Seeing it develop slowly to this stage where my shipper romance heart goes berserk reading glorious scenes better than I could have imagined, I just

Yeah.

 

Basically I really liked THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH. Though I don’t think I conveyed it well, I really loved the developments of the story. Romance came to the forefront, which I am really happy about, and old characters returned. Action wise, this is probably slower than the previous novels, and it does pick up. With the open ending in which our happiness is replaced by OMG WHAT??!! feelings (for a little while, the ending scene is so happy and good and aihfjsakhfajklshf), I’m pretty sure there’s going to be at least one more book. I need it in my life right now.

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Overall: 4.2

9 Responses to “ARC Review: The Girl with the Iron Touch”

  1. Jackie

    O.O I want to read this sooooo bad! I’ve seen it on so many blogs. So glad you liked it(: Now I HAVE to read it..Lol
    Great Review,
    Jackie

  2. Aman

    Oh, man! The only steampunk I’ve read is The Infernal Devices, but you make this series sound so good. I’ll definitely add it to my tbr. Thanks for the awesome review, Bec!

    • Bec

      Steampunk is a really awesome genre. I haven’t read much, but some of my favourite novels are from it. The Steampunk Chronicles is one of my favourite series. Thanks :D

  3. Kezia D

    I haven’t started this series yet… I’m not that into historical fiction or steampunk. Probably the only steampunk I’m dying to read is Clare’s TID. But automaton? Is there’s robot or something? Lol, no wonder you use Edward Elric GIF ;)

    • Bec

      ahaha, they are robots, yes. TID is actually more historical fantasy with steampunk elements only in the automatons. But still a fantastic series. The Steampunk Chronicles has a lot of action, mystery and paranormal elements as well, if that interests you :)

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