Review: ‘The Girl with the Iron Touch’ by Kady Cross

I received this book for free from requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘The Girl with the Iron Touch’ by Kady CrossThe Girl with the Iron Touch by Kady Cross
Series: Steampunk Chronicles #3
Published by Harlequin Teen on May 28th, 2013
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Historical, Love & Romance, Steampunk, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: requested from publisher
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, Finley turns to Jack Dandy, but trusting the master criminal is as dangerous as controlling her dark side. Meanwhile, Sam is searching everywhere for Emily. 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...

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Emily, the kind hearted, yet fierce genius is kidnapped by automatons, her friends stop at nothing to find out where she is and bring her back home safely. Full of mystery, romance and intrigue, Kady Cross writes with fervor adding yet another edition to her steam punk novels.

If you’re looking for mere romance in this one, you won’t find it. If you’re looking for a more deeper analysis of the characters that we have learned to grow and love, then this one is for you. I loved learning more about Emily. It’s told from her point of view as well as from a new character that I happened to enjoy reading from, an automaton that learns how to deal with humans and their emotions. I felt that this point of view was engaging enough that I was so into the book that I flew threw the pages.

The Girl with the Iron Touch starts off with a bang! I was on the edge of my seat reading the third book in the Steampunk Chronicles and I’m looking forward to more from this series!

Love the development of all the characters in this one, especially Emily.

Just right.

Kickass Emily on the cover rocking that green corset is just lovely.

Liking the mystery so much that I read it fairly quickly.

Overall, a must-read for any steampunk fan!


He might be physically the strongest person in the world, but inside he was as soft as a puppy. (13)
I’m not the fragile little doll everyone seems to think I am. (84)
You can’t keep putting yourself in danger when there are many reasons for you to live. (243)





  1. Christinabean

    August 15, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    I really enjoyed the first two books in this series. Thanks for the review! 🙂

  2. Diana Grace

    August 14, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Thanks for a great review! I have to say, I love that cover, 🙂

  3. Sophia Rose

    July 25, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    I’m new to Steampunk, but this series looks pretty good. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Amber @ Fall Into Books

    July 23, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    I loved this book and felt like it was the best one of the series so far. Great review!

  5. Ashleigh Swerdfeger (@AshleighSwerdfe)

    July 22, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    I like the plot of this book! I have never read steampunk before but it does sound very intriguing and something I would like. I like future cyborg stories- so why not try this out too lol. I also appreciate good character development~

  6. Jay @ Vailia's Page turner

    July 21, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    This looks like one I shall have to read!

  7. Cali W.

    July 21, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Cool review! I like these steampunk books. I like the quotes you chose too. <3

  8. Maida @ Literary Love Affair

    July 18, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    I have yet to start this series, but it sounds very interesting. I especially love how it takes place in past London (I have an appreciation after TID lol ;p) I am looking forward to picking this up and meeting the characters and experiencing the world! 😀

    Great review! Glad you enjoyed this!

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  9. Jaime Lynn

    July 18, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Like Jen, I have the book but haven’t read it yet. After reading your reviews of the series, I am looking forward to getting started. Sounds like it just keeps getting better and that is always a fantastic thing!

  10. Jen

    July 18, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    I have the first book but haven’t started reading the series yet. I need to do that.

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