The Girl with the Iron Touch

By Kady Cross
Published on May 28th 2013
Published by Harlequin TEEN

Source: Netgalley
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....
Ugh I am so disappointed with this one. I am disappointed that I am disappointed with this one too.  I love Emily as a character, but I really didn't click with this book.  The first two books were incredibly high action.  I felt as though there was one fight after another and the entire book was unmerciful to the main characters.  This book was different.  There was more talking, and less intense scenes.  I am not sure if it is because the first two books are about Finley and she is much more of a punch now, talk later type of character, but the book seemed to drag at times.

I love Emily's character.  The sad thing is, I feel like I really didn't get to know her any better than I knew her in earlier books.  I would say 70- 75% of this book is from Emily's view point (and if it wasn't literally that, it felt that way to me).  As much as I wasn't always a fan of Finley as a person, dare I say it, she was more interesting.  I think it is because I really couldn't connect with Emily (which was and is incredibly frustrating to me).

The end of the book was pretty high on the action, and I enjoyed that there was a nice big fight.  All in all it was a decent book, but it was not at all my favorite of the series.  Perhaps if the first two hadn't been so amazing, I wouldn't be so disappointed.  I am hoping the series continues and I am also hoping that Finley takes the main reigns again as lead narrator.

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