The The Girl with the Windup Heart (Steampunk Chronicles #4) by Kady Cross Published May 27th 2014 by Harlequin TEEN ARC from Netgalley Goodreads| Amazon| B & N | TBD
In 1897 London, a final showdown is about to begin. London's underworld is no place for a young woman, even one who is strong, smart and part-automaton like Mila. But when master criminal Jack Dandy inadvertently breaks her heart, she takes off, determined to find an independent life, one entirely her own. Her search takes her to the spangled shadows of the West End's most dazzling circus. Meanwhile, taken captive in the Aether, Griffin King is trapped in an inescapable prison, and at the mercy of his archenemy, The Machinist. If he breaks under the hellish torment, The Machinist will claim his powers and control of the Aether itself, and no one in either world will be safe-especially not Finley Jayne and her misfit band of friends. Finley plunges headlong into the Aether the only way she knows how, by temporarily dying. But she cannot parry The Machinist's maneuvers for long. To defeat him for good, Griffin will have to confront his greatest fear and finally come face-to-face with the destructive power he wields.
I love Mia, her innocence and her charming personality just won me over in The Girl with the Iron Touch. So when I found out that Kady Cross decided to feature her in the next installment of the series, I was beyond thrilled! I really thought that the series ended with the third book so it was indeed a pleasant surprise to read about the gang all over again. As I've said before, what I love most about this series are the various characters. Despite their differences, it is just amazing how they came together to function as a formidable team (kind of like the X-Men). However, I found myself craving for more of Mia and Jack Dandy and skipping parts involving Griffin King's battle against his archenemy; The Machinist. I just found it to be quite repetitive. Why is it so hard for the gang to kill Garibaldi a.k.a; The Machinist? If only they were new enemies or adventures for the gang to be involved with. For those of you who haven't started this series, I higly recommend you guys to read the first book or the third book before starting this. The second book is totally meh in my opinion and doesn't add much to the series.