May 21, 2013

Book Review: The Girl with the Iron Touch

In 1897 London, something not quite human is about to awaken

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...

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This book really started out with a bang with Emily in danger of being killed by a kracken.  It didn't however continue with this level of tension even though more then one character is in danger at different times during the story.  Instead what we have is almost a coming of age story for this interesting group of young adults.

We get the opportunity to learn more about both Emily and Finley as they grapple with their thoughts and feelings as they fall in love.  They are both rather interesting young women and I very much enjoyed learning more about this and their band of misfits.  I am looking forward to the next book in this series because the characters are so intriguing.  Of course it being set in an alternate England doesn't hurt in the least.

I do recommend this book to anyone that enjoys the young adult genre.  Sex is mentioned but there is nothing graphic which really makes this a great book for teens of all ages.  I rate this book a 3.4.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

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