Friday, April 24, 2015

The Girl with the Windup Heart

Today’s post is on The Girl with the Windup Heart by Kady Cross. It is the fourth in her Steampunk Chronicles. It is 396 pages long and is published by Harlequin Teen. The cover has one of the characters on it looking very pretty. The intended reader is someone who has read the other three, likes steampunk, and young adult. There is implied sex, mild language, and violence in this book. The story is told from the third person close of the main character’s moving from one to the next as the story progresses. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the dust jacket- 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 dazzling circus.
Meanwhile, taken captive in the Aether, Griffin King is trapped in an inescapable prison, and at the mercy of his archenemy The Machinist. If he breaks under the hellish torment, The Machinist will claim his powers and control of the Aether itself, and no one in either world will be safe- especially not Finley Jayne and her misfit band of friends.
Finley plunges headlong into the Aether the only way she knows how, by temporarily dying. But she cannot parry The Machinist’s maneuvers for long. To defeat him for good, Griffin will have confront his greatest fear and finally come face to face with the destructive power he wields.

Review- I think that this is going to be the last book Cross’ Steampunk series. She wraps up the major problems from the first three books. The plot is very fast in this one everything happens in three days, with some flash backs for Jack and Mila. But they are not the many focus of the story. It is really about finishing off The Machinist and Griffin stop being afraid of his power. Even through the plots is so fast I was bored for much of this book. I think that is because Cross is done with this series. She may want to write more with these characters at a later point in their lives but she is done with this part. Also I never had an doubt about Griffin making it out alive or that Jack and Mila would make up. Maybe I am just too old to be reading this series.

I give this book Three stars out of Five. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.