Monday, September 2, 2013

Book Review: The Girl with the Iron Touch by Kady Cross


The Girl with the Iron Touch

NOTE: I received the book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was really impressed by the cover design. Just like the other two before it, TGWTIT looks fabulous! Which is why I was seriously afraid to start reading it. I mean, the cover is fantastic, and the previous volumes were good (especially Clockwork Collar which I adored), I wasn't exactly sure how Iron Touch would hold up.

Then I started reading and was terrified! What - the book was narrated through Emily's POV? Arghh! I was not brave enough to turn the pages until the end of chapter one! But in the end I did, and whew! There it was - a switch of POV's and finally, my Finley was back. There they were, her thoughts on the page and I was finally able to exhale. A shared book I could definitely handle.

That had been close!

But wait, just when I thought I could relax and just read on, what happens? I'm thoroughly disappointed by the story itself. It feels weak and silly in places. It feels rushed and lacking precision. It's a bit upped in the intimacy/passion department and honestly, I did like those scenes between Finley and Griffin, but the rest of it felt under-done.

I did like Mila somewhat. She is this automaton who's got human organs and flesh and feelings even. Who she was and why she was important was even more bizarre, but I guess that author saw it was the right approach.

I can't say I agree. The whole plot lacked coherency and in my opinion could've been done in a more intriguing way.

Concerning Emily and Sam... well, I was never really intrigued by those two. Although, Sam does seem to be on the verge of some sort of evolution/development. That remains to be seen however.

My rating: 3/5