Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Girl With the Windup Heart by Kady Cross

To read my reviews of the other books in this series, click here: The Girl in the Steel Corset, The Girl With the Clockwork Collar and The Girl With the Iron Touch.


Title: The Girl With the Windup Heart (Steampunk Chronicles #4)
Author: Kady Cross
Reviewer: Karen
Genre: YA Fiction/Steampunk
Rating: Love
Alerts/Warnings: There were references to sex, but surprisingly at a high level (keep in mind this book is published through Harlequin TEEN).  There is moderate swearing and some horror aspects.
Premise: "In 1897, part-automaton Mila seeks an independent life in London's West End while Finley Jane plunges headlong into the Aether, hoping to outmaneuver the Machinist who has taken Griffin King captive" (King County Library System).
Opinions: I liked this book a lot better than the last one, The Girl With the Iron Touch. The Girl With the Windup Heart happily answered many questions that I've had throughout the series, and even ones that I didn't know had bothered me until now.  I still struggled to remember that these characters ranged from 18-21 in age. They were more adult, skilled/professional, and had greater depth of history than many people I know twice their age.  Though I wondered if that that might just be part of the steampunk genre. (I'm still pretty new to this style of book.)

I felt this book twisted steampunk with some horror aspects which made it twice as intriguing to me. The concepts were fun, the answers mostly satisfying, and I have to admit that several point made me laugh out loud, and another particular moment made me out and out bawl.  Overall, though I had difficulties reconciling the characters ages and some of their decisions, I really enjoyed reading this book and felt it was a satisfactory resolution to the series.