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Guest Review: Girl with the Wind-Up Heart by Kady Cross

gues-revew-meme*Guest Review by Kelsey

Plot Summary:

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 received this book from NetGalley for an honest review.

To be honest, I was a bit lost when I first started reading this book. It’s the last in the Steampunk Chronicles series and it was obvious from the first few paragraphs that this book was going to be all about tying up loose ends.

But, after reading a few chapters and becoming somewhat aware of what was going on, I began to enjoy The Girl with the Wind-Up Heart. The characters are interesting and believable. I enjoyed reading the story revolving around Jack and Mila much more than the story with Griffin and Finley. I don’t think that was the author’s intention, but it certainly was the case with me.

I found the whole “there’s a bunch of teenagers living together in a house” very unbelievable. Especially considering that this book takes place in Victorian England. There is no way that would have worked. And the fact that they were all romantically involved and paired off is also unbelievable; things never work out that way. I do realize this is fiction and it doesn’t have to be realistic, but it really bothered me. As did all the “steampunk” aspects. I struggled some with the whole modern technologies in the Victorian age. I found it distracting and borderline frustrating.

Also frustrating was one of the main characters, Finley. She was annoying and either didn’t think too much about her actions or thought too much. And when she did one or the other, it really should have been the opposite. She was also whiney and didn’t really seem to understand (or care) that her friends were just as concerned about Griffin as she was. She just took over and did whatever it took to get her boyfriend back, no matter the consequences, even if it could have meant death.

I did enjoy reading this book for the most part, despite my lack of knowledge and understanding of what happened in the past books and getting past the whiney Finley.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has read the other books in the Steampunk Chronicles or someone interested in young adult, science fiction/fantasy books.

3.5 out of 5 stars (I can’t give this a higher rating only because I enjoyed the short story of Jack and Mila immensely more than the actual storyline)

Interested in pre-ordering (will be published on May 27) this book?  Amazon or Barnes & Noble




  1. I have read the first book in the series and wasn’t very impressed either. I haven’t been motivated to read any of the others.

    • Yeah, not a series I’m motivated to try in the near future.

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