Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: The Girl with the Windup Heart

It's that time again. For this week's Waiting on Wednesday we're talking about Kady Cross's latest novel in the Steampunk Chronicles. We're talking about The Girl with the Windup Heart.

I've been a fan of this series from the second that I picked up the first book. It is a wonderful look at the Victorian era and has a thousand wonderful twists to follow. I love the automatons, the characters, the romance, and the mystery. Kady Cross truly is a master of the genre novel!

The newest book in the series brings into sharp relief a new character who was introduced in the previous book: Mila. An automaton girl who has a working human brain and organs, Mila has been set loose from the Machinist and his minions. Now she's joined our heroes, particularly in the company of the criminal Jack Dandy.

The pre-release synopsis, as posted on Goodreads and the other major book retailers, tells the full tale of what to expect in The Girl with the Windup Heart.

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 shows 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 fact-to-face with the destructive power he wields. 

The Girl with the Windup Heart is set to be released May 27th from Harlequin TEEN.

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