Book 2 in the Steampunk Chronicles
Genre: Young Adult Steampunk
Number of books in the series: 4 plus 3 novellas
Summary from Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne and her “straynge band of mysfits” have journeyed from London to America to rescue their friend Jasper, hauled off by bounty hunters. But Jasper is in the clutches of a devious former friend demanding a trade–the dangerous device Jasper stole from him…for the life of the girl Jasper loves.One false move from Jasper and the strange clockwork collar around Mei’s neck tightens. And “tightens.”
From the rough streets of lower Manhattan to elegant Fifth Avenue, the motley crew of teens with supernatural abilities is on Jasper’s elusive trail. And they’re about to discover how far they’ll go for friendship.
More than ever, Finley Jayne will rely on powerful English duke Griffin King to balance her dark magic with her good side. Yet Griffin is at war with himself over his secret attraction to Finley…and will risk his life and reputation to save her. Sam, more machine than man, finds his moody heart tested by Irish lass Emily–whose own special abilities are no match for the darkness she discovers on the streets.
Now, to help those she’s come to care for so deeply, Finley Jayne must infiltrate a criminal gang. Only problem is, she might like the dark side a little too much….
Jasper having been taken in the last book back to America to stand trial for a crime his friends know he didn’t comment, Finley and the crew follow him there to try and help him. Turns out Jasper hasn’t been taken by the law but the old gang of criminals he was in but wised up and got out of. Before he left he hide a dangerous device the leader of the gang Dalten wants very badly and now he is using Jasper’s ex-girlfriend Mei Xing to make him hand it over.
You learn a ton about Jasper’s past in this book and I was very excited to learn more about his character. I loved the introduction of Jasper’s old flame Mei Xing. I also think there is still a spark between them. Griffin and Finley butt heads over their growing attraction to each other. I loved watching them work everything out and learn to trust each other. It is plain as pikestaff that Griffin and Finley are in love with each other. Griffin is very jealous of Finley’s friendship with Jack Dandy. I missed Jack in this book and hope he is in the next one more. Finley is really finding out who she is and merging her sides is going better than I thought it would. While Griffin’s connection to the aether seems be growing and becoming more unstable. This is going to be a big plot device thought the rest of the series I think.
Sam seems to have learned from his mistakes in the last book. He seems to have grown and is learning to trust both Finley and Jasper. He also seems much more comfortable in his own skin. Emily is a genius and I love seeing all her inventions. I am very intersected in Emily past and hope it is disclosed in book 3. The author even wove Nikola Tesla into the story. I love when authors have real historical people in their books. It shows that the author did a lot of research into the period and persons living in that period. I loved Jasper’s other ex Wildcat. She is tough,smart,and still in love with Jasper. I hope she shows up in later books. She seems to have special abilities also. All the characters make personal growth as well as growth in their friendships, and their romantic relationships. Danger lurks around every corner in this fast-paced, unputdownable, exciting steampunk adventure.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Content Rating: PG-13