I must have said this before, and IÃ?Â¢??ll say it again, I only keep reading The Steampunk Chronicles because I *adore* Sam and Emily, who are not the main charactersÃ?Â¢??-in fact, I couldnÃ?Â¢??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 bookÃ?Â¢??-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 heÃ?Â¢??s in the story, for real.
IÃ?Â¢??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 MilaÃ?Â¢??s reactions to a world where everything is like a pretty shiny object, and with the way Jack is so protective when she doesnÃ?Â¢??t even need protection. Also, how he doesnÃ?Â¢??t mind explaining things to herÃ?Â¢??-all the things. Her naÃ??Ã?Â¯vetÃ??Ã?Â© 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 bathÃ?Â¢??-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 IÃ?Â¢??m used to these type of heroes with lots of daddy and mommy issues, who think they donÃ?Â¢??t deserve good girls like Mila, even if they love them back, so I knew it was just a matter of *painful* time until heÃ?Â¢??d finally give up and allow himself to be happyÃ?Â¢??-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 itÃ?Â¢??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, IÃ?Â¢??m still trying to figure out who is the girl with the windup heartÃ?Â¢?Ã?Â¦?)
(I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley. Many thanks!)show more
by Carla *jen7waters*