In New York City, 1897, life has never been more thrilling – or dangerous.
Sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne and her “straynge band of mysfits” have journeyed from London to America to rescue their friend Jasper, hauled off by bounty hunters. But Jasper is in the clutches of a devious former friend demanding a trade-the dangerous device Jasper stole from him…for the life of the girl Jasper loves.
One false move from Jasper and the strange clockwork collar around Mei’s neck tightens. And tightens.
Just to warn you, Jack Dandy isn’t in this one. I mean, he’s mentioned, but he never actually shows up. He’s like a specter that haunts the tome. Or, rather, Finley and Griffin’s budding are they or aren’t they.
I probably should’ve said spoiler alert there, but since this one takes place in New York City (did anyone else just hear that Salsa add?) and Dandy is running a criminal enterprise in London, it was kind of a given he’d be absent.
Still didn’t stop a girl from hoping.
Instead, for the nefarious element, we get Reno Dalton. Dalton is the bad guy that Dandy pretends to be. He lies, he cheats, he steals, he kills, and all because he can. Basically, he’s a dick, and I kept waiting for someone, ANYONE to kill him. Painfully if possible. Maybe involving fire.
In the end, the mystery isn’t much of a mystery and the twist isn’t much of a twist. It’s the characters that make this series, and their growth does not disappoint. Finley is coming to terms with her darker instincts and deciding if she wants to be a bad guy or a good guy. Griffin is struggling with his feelings for Finley. Finley is struggling with the impossibility of caring for a Duke. Emily is standing up for herself, and Sam is learning to not be such a giant dill weed. We get to know a few new faces, namely Whip Kirby (who is “really old, like 30 or something” *kills self*) and Wildcat (who I want more of. Prz?). Nikola Tesla even makes an appearance.
And then there’s Jasper. Oh Jasper. As the plot is half Finley coming into her own with the “will they or won’t they” thrown in, and the other half is all the stuff happening to Jasper, I really can’t tell you what happens to him, or why. What I will say is that if Dandy wasn’t in these books, Jasper would be my favorite. Actually, he still might be anyways.
Let’s do the math:
Finley Jane still being all that is bad and still managing to do good – 12
Spunky Irish Scientist BFF -8
Hunky Duke with mad crazy powers and the hots for the damaged former maid – 9
Sam no longer being too stupid to live – 8
Moments with Tesla – 5
Jasper doing things I can’t reveal in the review – 15
Being able to be cryptic and secretive in a review – 4
Wildcat – 10
Crappy twist – Minus 1 stars
Maybe just a bit too much will they or won’t they (we get it, romance is hard) – 1 star
No Jack Dandy – Minus 65 stars
Total : 4 stars.
It’s steampunk YA with romantic tension and asskicking. What more could a girl ask for?