Fingers crossed for more Finley Jane!

The second (well, second full) installment in the Steampunk chronicles called The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross, was just as good as the first!  Thank goodness!  I just hope there is a third installment.  If everyone remembers, at the end of Corset,  Jasper was hauled away and our merry little band believe he was taken by the American authorities for murder.  Turns out Jasper was taken by an American criminal, Dalton, and his men because Dalton wants something from Jasper.  Dalton uses Mei, through the use of a clockwork collar that keeps her obedient, as leverage to get Jasper to get all the pieces of a machine that Jasper stole from Dalton again.  Looking for a way to save Jasper, Finley gets herself into Dalton’s gang through her fighting ability.  But she has reservations about Mei.  What our group wants is to stop Dalton from what ever scheme he has and rescue Jasper.

The author did a great job of taking the characters that she built in the first installment and let them continue to shine in the second.  There is just enough action to keep things exciting too.  A few fist fights, where the ladies are treated equally (go girl power!), enough to put Em’s mad first-aid skills to the test, some intrigue (is Mei on the side of Jasper and Co. or not? – even though it was a fairly obvious twist), some comedy (Finley’s “Mei Xing, as in A-mei-zing?” made me chuckle out loud), and topped off with just enough tension between Finley and Griffin to make it interesting…  awesome!

One of my favorite things about this series so far is its ability to live up to the name of the sub-genre it’s part of.  While I don’t focus on steampunk, I have read a decent amount of what is classified as such.  But very little has the imagination and ingenuity that that this series has so far.  Emily’s abilities and inventions are wonderful.  The world created has a balance of victorian era ambience with technological genius and advancement.  I want the next installment to see what great ideas Emily has as much as to see how Finley and Griffin progress.

While there is the promise of an overall story arc, since I assume/guess/hypothesize that the black ghostie-thingy is Machina from the first book (and that is purely my guess), I love that this has been the continuation and development of characters in really 3 stories (really, 2 and a half) which independent of one another.  The world is interconnected, and there are things that it is helpful to know if you started with book 2, but you could start with book 2 and not be totally lost.  I love that.  I really would love to see a third book, another villain popping up sending our group some place else to prevent a crime (even if the crime ends up ultimately orchestrated by or impacted by our not-so-friendly ghost).  It would be very Harry Potter-esque and those are my favorite types of stories.  Only problem is, (my trusty resource for all things release date and series numbering related), doesn’t list installment #3.  And a good scouring of Kady Cross’s website didn’t lead me to any either.

So… as the title says, fingers crossed for more Finley Jayne!

p.s.  Updated the Demonica/Lords of Deliverance by Larissa Ione page for Lethal Rider!!


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