The Girl in the Clockwork Collar (Steampunk Chronicles #2) By Kady Cross Rating: 5+ “Finley?" His voice was weak, but there was no mistaking it. "Griffin?" Joy skipped in her chest. "You're awake." His forehead wrinkled, and his eyelashes fluttered. "Are you crying? My face is wet." "Of course not," she lied. "Sam was here before me. It must have been him.” The Girl in the Clockwork Collar picks up from where the last ended. Finley, Griffin and the gang are travelling to New York, in the hopes of rescuing their cowboy friend Jasper - though from what, the motley group do not know. But politics, parties and rescue missions aren't the only thing on their minds. Everyone has their own problems. Sam is trying his best to prove his trustworthiness to the gang, whilst Emily finds happiness in her love for Sam but still aches at the loss of Jasper. Finley is finally whole once more but the dark side seems more inviting than ever and Griffin...well, he doesn't know what to do about his growing love for Finley. Or his growing connection to the Aether. Both of which could prove dangerous not only to the gang but to the mission ahead. Old friends resurface...including the roguish Jack Dandy. But friends are not the only ones to make an appearance, as old enemies lie in wait, eager to exact their revenge. Join Finley, Griffin and the rest on the steampunk adventure of a lifetime, today! My thoughts on the book: The setting, the world that Kady Cross has created...it blows me away every time I enter it. The inventions, the fight scenes, the bas-ass girls, the ballgowns and the raw human emotions create a world I want so badly to live in. Jack reminds me of George from the Lioness books by Tamora Pierce...it could be the "love" and "lass" thing, he always does! Griffin's so green-eyed about Jack's friendship with Finley, it's hilarious how blind he is to Finley's feelings. Unlike some other books, the bringing in of new characters - such as Dalton and Mei - has not stopped the machine rolling, so to speak. Rather it has created a fast-paced, detailed, highly enjoyable adventure that rivals Girl in the Steel Corset and makes me long for what is to come. And I'm sure, whatever it is, will be great!