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Review | The Girl with the Iron Touch (Steampunk Chronicles, #3) by Kady Cross


The Girl with the Iron Touch (Steampunk Chronicles, #3) by Kady Cross
HarequinTEEN | May 28, 2013 | 384 pages


eARC via NetGalley

My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 5

Writing: 5

Originality: 5

Characters: 5

Romance: 5

Overall: 30/30 Perfection!

Title/Cover Bonus: 5


A perfect installment to the Steampunk Chronicles.


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…


None at time of review.

First Line

A giant tentacle slapped the front of the submersible, driving the small craft backward in the water.

–eARC edition

Most Memorable Scene

When Jack Dandy shows up on Finley’s balcony in the middle of the night.


The issue at hand is a continuation from the previous book; therefore, I feel like I will not be able to talk too much about this. Let is suffice that the plot was great. Lots of action, mysteriousness, a few new automatons and characters.


The group is back at Greythorne with Griffin King playing host. Nothing too new is expressed other than the main setting that Emily discovers herself in, which was described brilliantly.


Gosh, I love Kady’s writing style. I love that she switches back and forth between the characters with no guessing who she’s going to be viewing the scene fro next. I especially loved Emily’s point of view and Griffin too.


As far a steampunk paranormal goes this is probably one of my favorite YA series with these elements. The main plot proves to show Kady’s creativity and her skill of expressing it perfectly to her readers. I was always pleasantly surprised to discover the next invention of Griffin’s or Emily’s and the other not so nice character.


Emily and Sam are too cute for words! I loved seeing their relationship evolve. Sam is awesome and Emily is dear.

Griffin and Finley also had their fair share of relationship evolution, to say the least. They have  gone through so much and I’m pretty certain it is only going to keep going. I can’t wait to read the next book!

Jack Dandy is one of my most favorite characters. EVER. He played a vital role in this book and I can’t wait to see more of him!


The sexual tension is tangible in this book! I am not sure which relationship had more Emily and Sam or Griffin and Finley. There were more than a few meetings rudely interrupted!

Title/Cover Bonus

The title is perfection. Of course the title is talking about Emily. The girl on the front of the cover certainly has red hair like Emily but she doesn’t look as gentle as I picture Emily. Either way, it’s a great cover.


Boy, the last few pages are amazing. I wanted a better ending scene between Emily and Sam but Griffin and Finley’s ending scene was…….perfection.


This certainly can’t be the last book because there’s totally some unfinished business. However, I can’t find any information on the next book yet.

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