In 1897 London, something not quite human is about to awakenMy Thoughts: My soft spot for Steampunk-y goodness continues unabated! This time around, we have resident techno-touch Emily who has fallen into a bad situation and needs the support of her friends/family to help her out of it. Since the idea that family is more than blood is one thing I like to touch upon whenever it crops up, I'm going on record as saying that the entire dynamic of the group is wickedly fun. They fight but they don't hesitate to spring into action to support one another when the chips are down. They're still learning the ins and outs of having people to rely on -- all of them, from Griffin to Sam to Finley, struggle with leaning on others. While there were times I wanted to give them a good shake and tell them to accept help, I can understand where they were coming from.
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...
I do like that Sam and Emily have a relationship that has been building slowly through the books. They had things to work through before they could reach a point where they were comfortable being together but the framework was there. The downside is that those things the had to work through included what Emily did to Sam to save his life and Sam's aversion to sharing his feelings. No worries, folks. They manage.
Meanwhile, Griffin and Finley also have some relationship issues to iron out (sharing is caring, Griffin!) and Jasper hasn't quite integrated into their little family. Oh, and then there's Jack Dandy. Jack.Dandy. I like the guy. I'm hoping that events in this book bear fruit in the future because Jack is a fun character and I'd love to see more of him.
A gross bad guy, a wicked smart girl, a family made up of misfits and geniuses... did I mention the gross bad guy part? Because he's really gross. In a good, shiver-inducing sort of way.
Books in this series
0.5. The Strange Case of Finley Jayne
1. The Girl in the Steel Corset
2. The Girl in the Clockwork Collar
3. The Girl with the Iron Touch - Hardcover | Kindle
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The Girl with the Iron Touch was provided for review by Harlequin Teen through NetGalley.