Author: Kady Cross
Published: May 28th 2013 by Harlequin TEEN
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Description: When mechanical genius Emily is kidnapped by rogue automatons, Finley Jayne and her fellow misfits fear the worst. What's left of their archenemy, The Machinist, hungers to be resurrected, and Emily must transplant his consciousness into one of his automatons—or forfeit her friends' lives. With Griffin being mysteriously tormented by the Aether, the young duke's sanity is close to the breaking point. Seeking help, Finley turns to Jack Dandy, but trusting the master criminal is as dangerous as controlling her dark side. When Jack kisses her, Finley must finally confront her true feelings for him...and for Griffin. Meanwhile, Sam is searching everywhere for Emily, from Whitechapel's desolate alleyways to Mayfair's elegant mansions. He would walk into hell for her, but the choice she must make will test them more than they could imagine. To save those she cares about, Emily must confront The Machinist's ultimate creation—an automaton more human than machine. And if she's to have any chance at triumphing, she must summon a strength even she doesn't know she has....
I Give This...
I honestly didn't think I would be continuing this series after the first book. But I'm so glad I gave the series another chance, because I loved the final book in the series!
It's always interesting to watch a male character go through so much to save everyone he knows and loves. Griffin definitely believes he needs to be the one to save everyone. The problem is that he often does this without any help. He's willing to risk his own life to protect them. Never admitting that outcome might have a higher rate of success if he lets them in on the plan. Thankfully his friends are able to get him to recognize that the aether will take him under before he can accomplish anything.
I love the Finley is still no nonsense. She doesn't need Griffin to complete. In face, she's completely kick ass on her own. However, she also knows the sometimes love is worth sacrificing a few things for. She just wants to know its worth is before she does. I also loved that we finally get a definite feel for Sam and Emily's relationship. I just was never sure what Sam would do for Emily. How deep that devotion actually ran.
The one aspect of steam punk that tends to get to me is the combination of Victorian age and modern technology. It sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. This time around, I was really able to separate the two and enjoy the book for what it was. Plus, the way the technology was used this time around was just down right creepy and that really drew me in. Deformed automatons and bodies barely kept alive by machines gave this story a totally different feel.
If you haven't read this series, I really recommend that you pick it up! I can't wait to see what Kady Cross comes up with next!