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    The Girl with the Windup Heart (Steampunk Chronicles) (Hardback) By (author) Kady Cross

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    Description1897 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. 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


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  • Mila is fantastic3

    Carla *jen7waters* I must have said this before, and I’ll say it again, I only keep reading The Steampunk Chronicles because I *adore* Sam and Emily, who are not the main characters—-in fact, I couldn’t care less about Finley and Griffin.
    The thing is, I could never relate to Finley, or care about her, even when she was alone and in trouble in the first book—-I feel guilty about this, but to be fair, she makes it so easy to dislike her, being so annoying and whiny all the time. Meanwhile, Griffin is just plain boring and overall not interesting as a hero, most of the time I forget he’s in the story, for real.

    I’m being extremely negative, so let me change the topic to Mila and Dandy, because, sweet baby unicorn on a rainbow, what a match!
    I especially loved the flashbacks, Kady did a terrific job with Mila’s reactions to a world where everything is like a pretty shiny object, and with the way Jack is so protective when she doesn’t even need protection. Also, how he doesn’t mind explaining things to her—-all the things. Her naïveté is a delight (plus, extremely funny), and just the pure joy she gets from learning new stuff, and how to do the most ordinary tasks like, taking a bath—-I actually squealed when she pushed Jack into the bathtub with her. Squealed.

    Jack was driving me crazy with all the denial, but, hey, I read historical romance all the time so I’m used to these type of heroes with lots of daddy and mommy issues, who think they don’t deserve good girls like Mila, even if they love them back, so I knew it was just a matter of *painful* time until he’d finally give up and allow himself to be happy—-and it was SWEET.

    A shame Sam and Emily had only a few scenes, I was hoping to see some developments in their relationship, but it’s like Kady forgot about them in this book.

    It pains me to give this book a 3 stars rating because Mila and Dandy deserved more, but the lack of Sam and Em, plus the never-ending Finley-Griffin-The-Machinist drama stops me from going for a higher rating. (Also, I’m still trying to figure out who is the girl with the windup heart…?)

    (I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley. Many thanks!) by Carla *jen7waters*

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    3.5 stars4

    Sarah Elizabeth (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin TEEN and Netgalley.)
    Griffin has been taken into the aether by the machinist, and it is up to Finley to save him, even if it means giving her own life in the process.
    Mila is now living with Jack, but wants him to stop fooling around with is doxies, and admit his feelings for her.
    Can Finley save Griffin? And will Jack ever admit his feelings for Mila?


    This was a great end to the series, and I was glad that we finally got a happy ending!

    I liked that we got to see more of both Finley and Mila in this book, and almost had two interwoven stories. It was interesting to see how these two characters began to mirror each other a bit though, with both of them happily putting themselves in danger for the one they loved.

    The storyline in this was pretty good, although I did have some questions about how Griffinâ??s physical body ended up in the aether?? We basically had two stories in this book though â?? Mila and her trials with Jack, and Finley and her attempt to get Griffin back from the Machinist. The pace was good though, and this was an enjoyable end to the series.
    We did get a bit of romance, although it was annoying how Jack continued to deny his feelings for Mila. It was maybe a little unrealistic that the six of them paired off into couples, but it made for a nice happily-ever-after I suppose.
    The ending was pretty good, and everything worked out well. Iâ??m glad that I finally read this series, and I think I will definitely consider reading more steampunk in the future!
    Overall; good end to the series,
    7 out of 10. by Sarah Elizabeth

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