Thursday, May 15, 2014

Review: The Girl with the Windup Heart

The Girl with the Windup Heart
The Girl with the Windup Heart by Kady Cross

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mila may be part automaton, but she is now a woman with a woman’s feelings. When her feelings toward Jack Dandy don’t seem to be reciprocated, she flees with her broken heart. As she strives for her independence away from her mentor and protector, she discovers her talents are loved in the West End’s circus. During this time, Finley Jayne and her friends are entering the Aether in order to rescue Griffin King. He is being held prisoner by The Machinist, but Finley will not accept defeat, especially when Griffin is at stake. Finley discovers truths about herself in the Aether and Griffin must face his greatest fear in order to possibly defeat The Machinist and leave the Aether.

The Girl with the Windup Heart is the fourth book in the Steampunk Chronicles. Readers who have followed Finley through the previous three books will quickly discover that this book is not mainly about her. The majority of the content is about Mila, but Cross does a superb job wrapping up the story lines that have been weaving in and out of the books. The Girl with the Windup Heart finishes as if the series is complete, but readers can see that Cross has created a group of characters so deep that additional stories or a spin off series could be possible. A satisfying read, but I don’t recommend any readers start with this book. Find the first book and read everything.

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