The Girl with the Windup Heart – Title Not Relevant

I’ve finished The Girls with the Windup Heart by Kady Cross. That’s pretty much the gist of it.

I’ve always had something good to say about Cross’ work, but I feel as if this “novel” was a cop-out. It was the final novel in her Steampunk Chronicles and it was the shortest. I’m sorry but in any good series the books get fatter, not thinner. My shelf is a testament to this fact.

Cross was too dependant on her reader already being invested in both her characters and the relationships the characters shared that she didn’t put much effort into them. Not to mention the whole Mila and Jack dynamic was just a way to force an end to the love triangle between Finnley, Jack, and Griffin. I mean, really.

Also, the title refers to Mila, who yes is a large part of the novel but at this point she has a real, blood pumping, fleshy heart. I do not like irrelevant titles. It irks me.

Cross still had her punchy writing style, which got me to finish, but clearly she’s done with the series and needed a way to end it. Cliches and predictability to sum up something she clearly no longer has interest in. I can’t blame her really, if you’re not passionate about it anymore, it’s really not worth it.

Anyways, my copy of Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas finally arrived! I pre-ordered the paperback. My copy of Throne of Glass is paperback and I can’t have a series in different covers, it kills me. Yes, I have issues. I’m well aware. I’m so excited to read it, and look! This instalment is thicker than the last! Maas, you do it right.

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Cross, Cross, Cross…

Huddled on my bed long before bedtime, I finished The Girl In the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross. So bloody good.

I found The Girl in the Clockwork Collar to be a vast improvement over Cross’ The Girl in the Steel Corset, the first novel in her series titled The Steampunk ChroniclesHer second novel was far less predictable than the first, but let’s take into account that it was her very first novel so I have to be somewhat forgiving. Surprising for me, isn’t it?

I absolutely loved how the characters developed from The Girl in the Steel Corset to The Girl in the Clockwork Collar. Cross did an amazing job of making these extraordinary characters feel like people and not just characters. Also, as the two halves of Finley (the main character) came together her sassy personality was one I utterly fell in love with. I love me some sass in my women.

I read through this novel very quickly and loved all of it. It was fast-paced, dangerous, punchy and fun. Well done Cross.

If you like fantasy give The Girl in the Clockwork Collar a go. The twists and turns will egg you on to finish and before you know it you’ll have turned the last page.

My first Steampunk

So, I gave up on The Shadow Children series. I got to a point where I felt as if I were torturing myself, so I decided it was time to put down the children’s fiction and move on to adolescent fantasy, which is much more entertaining.

I originally picked up The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross because of the awesome cover (yes, I faux pas-ed), then the title also intrigued me. I bought the copy which included “The Strange Case of Finely Jayne,” the short story that proceeds the novel. 

“The Strange Case of Finely Jayne” was alright. I was a little bit disappointed in its abrupt ending. It felt a little cut off, there should have been more of an explanation to some things. But it was entertaining to read none the less.

The Girl in the Steel Corset was a fun read, but only if you are anticipating classic fantasy action and the traditional love triangle. It’s technically a young adult novel so there’s no escaping the main female character debating with herself to choose the bad boy or the suitable boy.

However, the plot does have some interesting twists, but only when it came to understanding who the characters are. The main adventure plot is so obvious that I guessed the ending from page 10. Unfortunate, but if you’re looking for an entertaining read purely for mind numbing enjoyment’s sake you’ll like it.

The book is written very visually, although Cross does throw in a sensation or smell now and again. I found myself feeling as if I were watching a movie rather than being engulfed in a book. I find that the best reads are ones that accost all your senses and immerse you in a world entirely unlike your own where you can’t possibly sense anything around you. When the whole book is written visually I equate it with literary junk food, easy, fast, and pleasurable while you’re in the middle of it, but on occasion it can end with repercussions and it is in no way nourishing.

If you’re looking for a fast, entertaining escape into 19th century steampunk than you will love The Girl in the Steel Corset.