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July 27, 2014

Steampunk Sundays: The Girl with the Windup Heart by Kady Cross

Series: Steampunk Chronicles 4
Format: eGalley
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Recommended By: Novels on the Run
Genre: YA | Steampunk
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 to confront his greatest fear and finally come face-to-face with the destructive power he wields.


THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART, the 4th book in Kady Cross' YA fantasy series, Steampunk Chronicles, is my favorite installment ever! There are two stories in one book, a story arc closed (maybe), an awesome budding love story, and filled with action and fantastical things! 

So I mentioned that THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART is a two-in-one kind of thing therefore I'll focus on that and not bore you with the details that other bloggers have already mentioned. I'm sure other readers have already prodded and dissected this book to it's basest particle so I'll even be more subjective and a little vague for those of you who are unfamiliar with Steampunk Chronicles.

Griffin & The Machinist: These arch nemesis finally battled it out and it. Was. Pure. Suspense! These two have been dancing around each other since book 1 and the showdown finally happened! I have to admit, I was doubtful for a while there because The Machinist is one clever SOB and Griffin doesn't play dirty, the former brought the war to Griffin and took him to the Aether (like the spirit world, loose comparison) where he grew even more powerful. True, Griffin can manipulate the energies in this plane but so can The Machinist. Good news is Griffin's got a great team on his side and Finley likes to color outside the lines so they found a way to save him. Gosh, if I were the type who bites my nails, mine would be stumps by now. I was doubtful that Griffin and/or Finley would survive, KCross was relentless and kept things hanging on the edge. It was torture but I loved every minute of it!

The Crime Lord & The Automaton: I love Jack Dandy and Mila the snarky robot (oops, is that politically correct?) together! I was wishing THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART is Adult Steampunk instead of YA just so KCross can be liberal with Jack and Mila's budding romance. Simply put, the tension and delicious romantic push and pull we read in historicals, Jack and Mila have except for the blistering smex. Mila may be an automaton but she's wonderfully made, snarky, sexy, smart, and a quick study. She keeps Jack on his feet and undoubtedly his equal in so many things. Jack may invoke the fear of God in a lot of people but he's putty in Mila's hand. Who doesn't love a powerful and notorious man in love? These two are the unlikeliest couple but they work and so far, the most entertaining pair in the series. Forget Griffin and Finley, let's shift to Jack and Mila instead! Now it's important to mention that part of Jack's backstory has been revealed which made my jaw drop. I can't say I was surprised since it's been speculated and to avoid spoilers, I'll sum it up in one word: SCANDALOUS! 

Obviously THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART is a great series installment. I can't wait for the next one because I'm curious who the next super villain is and which character s/he will battle with. I hope it's not Griffin or Finley, let them rest for a bit, that way the other characters can shine and maybe Sam and Emily can redeem themselves, they were kinda boring in book 3, and allow the supporting cast to step up to the plate and shine on their own. Better yet, why not give us more of Jack and Mila? These two are firecrackers and I sure wouldn't mind more of the automaton and the dashing crime lord.


P.S. I was told that this is the last in the series. Obviously I've stepped out of the YA genre for far too long because I wasn't aware of this. I'm sad but at the same time, KCross ended this series well. I wish there's more!










41 comments:

  1. I still need to read Books 2 and 3, and 4. I'm glad you liked this SW. Steampunk is awesome.

    Grace
    Books of Love

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  2. I should read book 1...I think I got the prequel

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    1. Hmmm... was it you who didn't like book 1?

      The prequel was so much fun! I love those automaton horses!

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  3. I loved the first two i the series but sadly this is another fabulous series I lost track of. I so need to get caught up, I love this review!

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    1. Thanks and I hope you can find the time to read the next two :)

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  4. Oh yes that's true, I heard great things about this one as well but haven't tried the series yet. Too bad because I love books like that with steampunk elements. I'm glad to see you had a good time! Great review!

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    1. Thank you for checking it out! It's really great, if you've read Kate Locke you'll love this as it's the same writer.

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  5. I was sad to see this series end, and this book was indeed several mini stories, but I enjoyed it and will miss the characters.

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    1. This is the last one? Well that's a bummer! Thanks for the head's up :|

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  6. I haven't gotten to this series yet, but its on the list.

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  7. Something about this review makes me so happy! I think it's your enthusiasm.
    Anyway....I've always wanted to give this series a try. Hopefully I will eventually get back into a steampunk notion. Great review!

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    1. Whenever that happens, I hope you can squeeze KCross in!

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  8. You're excitement is so contagious! I've never read the first in the series, but I'll definitely check out the first one when I'm in the mood for something different and try Steampunk.

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    1. You haven't tried Steampunk?! Well, well, well, there's a few YA steamies out there, this is one of the best ones!

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  9. I always figured if I was going to love Steampunk it was going to be this series, but no. :( However, I am so happy this was the best of the series for you. I love the covers.

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    1. That's ok, I know you're not into this genre. Thanks for checking this out :)

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  10. Hmph. I am not so sure how I feel about the two story arcs but... this is a series I've been curious about for a long time and the romance between Jack and Mila has me so CURIOUS. I really do hope I get the chance to dive into this soon and will love it!

    Lovely review, Braine!! :)

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

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    1. It's well done. Apparently I'm so behind the news because this is the last book in the series hence the two-fold thing-y. It's well written though so don't you worry about it

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  11. This series seems so good, and I really don't know why I haven't started reading it yet. Now, with your awesome review, I want to make some time to at least read the first book :)
    Have a fantastic week, Braine :)

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. I hope you get to try it soon Lexxie, KCross knows her Steampunk, she won't disappoint.

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  12. Yay for the well done arcs helping to make it your favorite in the installment

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    1. Yup, I guess I have to amend my review because this is the ending and what a wonderful ending it was.

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  13. I'm always on the look-out for good Steampunk series, and the fact that book 4 was your fav installment to date definitely says it all. Thanks for the recommendation, Braine! Like I really needed more novels on my TBR pile. ;)

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    1. Psh, our book cravings will NEVER be satisfied. EVER!

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  14. IS there going to be another? I was under the impression that this was the final installment. I liked this one too but I agree, I didn't care about Griffin and Finley as I was all absorbed in Jack and MIla.

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    1. So sorry! Obviously I didn't know and you are right, this is the last one.

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  15. Aw Braine, so glad you enjoyed this one too! You aren't the first to say they wished it was adult.I think it's just SO close that she could have easily pushed it into adult.

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    1. Or MYA or NA. Man! I wish they get a spin-off!

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  16. This series sounds like it would really be a fun read. Thanks for the review :) Keeping this on my someday list.

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    1. Sigh! That someday list is another long list eh?

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  17. I read first two books in this series and loved them, but sadly I couldn't finished third book, I tried and tried and had to DNF it.... but after this review I really want to read this one, maybe I'll try to read it without reading third book... hopefully I won't be too lost.

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    1. Sadly I don't think you could skip book 3 to appreciate this. You'll miss out on something impt bet Griffin and The Machinist. But yeah, 3 was kinda meh.

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  18. Aw bummer it's the last but always good when they go out in style and do it right :)

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    1. Yeah better end things on a high note!

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  19. Great review Braine. I haven't read this series, but I have wanted to. It's a shame the series is finished, and you were left wanting more!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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    1. I wish she writes a spin-off about Dandy & Mila!

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  20. I need to read this I have on NG. Love that you loved it. Last one, sad I was loving this series, but all good things must come to an end :D

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