Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Short and Sweet Reviews Girl with the Iron Touch by Kady Cross and Dare You To by Katie McGarry and Giveaways

I know if you are a regular reader of my blog you don't think I can do it, but I'm thinking that you have probably read many reviews of these books by now and there really isn't anything pulling you here to read my reviews. So I thought I'd make mine short and sweet. Yes I can do it! Just watch! Oh and please, leave a meaningful comment and enter to win one of these two books!

 The Girl With The Iron Touch by Kady Cross
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 Publisher: Harlequin Teen
 Received From Publisher through NetGalley for                            review
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From Goodreads- 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, the young duke's sanity is close to the breaking point. Seeking help, Finley turns to Jack Dandy, but trusting the master criminal is as dangerous as controlling her dark side. When Jack kisses her, Finley must finally confront her true feelings for him...and for Griffin. 
Meanwhile, Sam is searching everywhere for Emily, from Whitechapel's desolate alleyways to Mayfair's elegant mansions. 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...

So here it is short and sweet-All the old characters are back with the addition of some new ones. Can't say who or it would ruin the book. I will say that I did like getting into Emily's head a little more. She's always seemed a bit untouchable before. But it was great getting to know what happened to her to shape her into who she is now. Though we got to see into Finley's head more, I almost didn't like it. She was too girly. Don't get me wrong, I love her and Griffin together and I loved where the story line went with them, but it seemed like they changed places with Griffin being more manly and Finley being much more worried with matters of the heart. I suppose that's how it should be, but not what I'm used to from Finley. Her kick a**edness was missing.

The story was great! Action packed and I was certainly guessing until the last possible moment as to how things would work out. I'm still worried for my favorite characters. Their arch nemesis can still get at them and destroy everything and I can't see how they are going to protect themselves now. As I stated above, I loved seeing into the mind of Emily and getting her back story and I did enjoy Finley's frustration at Griffin's aloofness. I just expected her to go beat Sam up rather than pout about it. The new machines and automatons and weapons introduced added to the depth of the steampunk layers that have been building throughout the series.

I highly recommend this series to fans of the other books in the series, to people just venturing into Steampunk, YA lovers, and Alt/Historical fiction. There is some romance and some Victorian talk about sex, more rather implied than stated.

I received a copy of the digital advanced reader's copy of this novel from the publisher for review. This did not affect my opinion of the novel or my review in any way. 



Dare You To by Katie McGarry
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Received from the Publisher for Review
Hardcover 462 pages
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From Goodreads- Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. "Dance with me, Beth."

"No." I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again....

"I dare you..."


If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all....     

Well, what can I say that hasn't already been said? This is one hell of a book. It had big shoes to follow- Pushing the Limits and it more than filled those shoes. It was Cinderella's glass slippers, those thigh high black boots you wore this winter, those platform stripper heels that made you feel so sexy when you wore them out at night. That was this book!

Ryan is the kind of boy you bring home to mama. He treats girls with respect, he listens to his mom and dad (too much) he hangs with his boys on the baseball team. He gets great grades, he's got his future all planned out. And he can read Beth like it's written all over her face. He is a good guy, really good!
And Becca, she's about as opposite as Ryan as you can get. But her motives are as pure as Ryan is. She's been the adult in her family for as long as she can remember carrying not only the physical burden of being the parent, but the emotional burdens of one parent's betrayal and the other's constant disappointment and failures. It's understandable that she runs like a scared rabbit every time someone tries to get close.

Small towns are so hard to live in, everyone knows everyone's business. Gossip goes around like a cold in an elementary school. And small minds tend to breed in small towns. So when gossip goes around about Beth, it's bound to flourish and undermine any good Beth has done or shown. 

The thing I like most about McGarry's writing is, that though there is drama, it's a believable kind of drama. Ryan's got the perfect life on the outside. But just underneath the surface, he's facing all kinds of turmoil. And it's very realistic, what's going on behind the scenes. It's probably happening in big and little cities all over the world as you read this. And Beth's story, while her exact story may have been a bit dramatic, the bottom line was, family and what she felt she owed her mother. Trying to save her, even if it hurt Beth in the process. That kind of thing happens all the time. People go down in flames all the time because they stayed too long for the kids, or tried to work it out, or trusted one too many times. McGarry's story shows the consequences of staying.

Like Pushing the Limits, this is definitely geared toward the more mature YA reader for it's drug use, violence and sex. I highly recommend this novel to anyone that enjoyed Pushing The Limits, loves contemporary YA, YA romance, and coming of age stories.

I received an electronic copy of the advanced readers copy of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review. This did not affect my review or influence my opinions of the novel.

Giveaway

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a meaningful comment below and some way for me to contact you either through your blog or your email. The winner can choose either book as their prize. Yes, it's open internationally. Contest ends May 31st at midnight!


35 comments:

  1. I still haven't read any books by Kady Cross yet but seeing how you loved it I may have to give it a try sometime. I LOVE Katie McGarry and I really loved Noah and Echo. I'm not that big of a fan of Beth but I will be reading Dare You To :) Can't wait for Isaiah's book :) Thanks for your reviews and giveaway!

    Janhvi
    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

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    1. Oh you'll like Beth in this one. She's still got something against Echo, but it doesn't bother her. Noah and Echo are very peripherally in this novel. You'll understand Beth at least in this novel and it's the link to Isaiah's book. His book couldn't happen without this one. And there's a sneak peek of it in this one.

      You should give Kady Cross a try. I wouldn't say I'm a huge steampunk fan, but to me it seems so light on the steampunk and gradually introduces more through the series. I feel like she's teaching me without me knowing it.

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  2. Kady Cross is really a wonder for bringing us amazing books like the Steampunk chronicles series.....oh i loved this 3rd book so much too....Finley and Griffin were seriously very cute together here...and Sam and Emily were just brilliant....

    do check my review of the girl with the iron touch if you have time here

    I haven't read the Katie McGarry books yet but i plan to after i finished with my arcs.



    Thanks a bunch for this giveaway
    Aparajita @Le' Grande Codex
    aparajita_19@hotmail.com

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    1. Oh, do we ever get finished with our arcs? Don't we always request, agree to, get more?? You need to read Katie McGarry's books if you like Contemporary Romances. Pushing the Limits was Bad Boy/Good Girl. Dare You To is Good Boy/Bad Girl, but they are actually grey areas to both of them. Great stories!

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  3. Well these are both great new books. I'm more familiar with Katie McGarry's work but I've heard great things about Kady Cross's books too. Although they're both very different I think I'd have a hard time choosing between them. Here's hoping I have to make that hard decision. Thanks for the giveaway. carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

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    1. They are both great books and definitely different genres. Still very awesome so that's why they are in the same category! I hope you have to make the decision as well!

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  4. Both of Katie McGarry's books are on my summer TBR pile. I cannot wait to get started!

    books4susie@aol.com

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    1. Great picks for summer reads!! They will keep you busy! She also has an e-book only called Crossing The Line which is really good, too!

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  5. I just wanted more Emily in Kady's book. Still loved it and can't wait for more Jack Dandy! Finley did need to be more kick@ss than she was. Still a good edition.

    Loved Dare To You, but had some time before I could like Ryan. He did win me over in the end.

    Both great reviews! I enjoyed those books as well!

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    1. Oh and don't enter me, I've read the books! :D

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    2. I have too, but I still had to own them! They will be rereads for me!

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  6. I have yet to read a Kady Cross book but after your review I will have to check her out! They sound terrific.

    Katie McGarry on the other hand I have read and I am so read to get my paws on Dare You To! Like YESTERDAY! (Not yelling just excited to read it!)

    Thanks so much!
    mmafsmith AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Dare You To is so great! I think it's better than Pushing the Limits! Even if you don't win, you have to read it!!

      And I absolutely recommend Kady Cross' series! God for the covers alone! But the stories are so awesome. Finley Jane rocks and Griffin is great. Sam and Emily..You just need to read this series!

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  7. Thanks for the chance to win!
    I can't wait to read both of these books!!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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    1. I can tell you they are both awesome! I had to get both for myself even though I read the ARC's.

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  8. Wow, two very different books, but they both sound like really great stories. I really want to get started on the Steampunk Chronicles especially.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

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    1. Well if you choose this one, you'll have to read the first two books before you read this one. You'll be totally lost otherwise. But I promise you, they are worth it!

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  9. I know what you mean about reviewing a book that has hit the blog whore slutty status. I have Dare You To and I want to read it but I am so unenthusiastic about reviewing it because it has been around the block a few times. I guess I will read it on a Saturday. I am still enjoy Cross' series. I am glad Finley and Griffin quit pussyfooting around.

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    1. Yes, agree about Finley and Griffin. You can only go so long in a series with them dancing around the elephant in the room.

      That's why I didn't do a full on review for these like I've recently been doing. I just couldn't when all the blogs I follow have just reviewed these books. But Dare You To is awesome. I just avoided reading the reviews. I didn't want to copy anyone's review. And I didn't want to read any spoilers. A couple of reviewers I follow do sometimes include spoilers. I'm sure it's unintentional but I'll be reading and BLAM there it is. (It's not you)

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  10. Although I've seen Kady Cross's series around the blogosphere, I haven't read many reviews for it--until now. I've been meaning to try out steampunk (I tried with Gail Carringer's Soulless, and was bored out of my mind after forty pages.)

    Lilian @ A Novel Toybox
    lilianxcheng AT gmail.com

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    1. Lilian- I agree completely with Soulless. I couldn't get into it. But this Steampunk is very light. The machines get more intricate and more present as the series goes on, but cutting your teeth on The Girl in the Steel Corset is a great way to start and I promise it is not boring!

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  11. Great reviews, Heather! I haven't read a single thing from Kady Cross, but I'm definitely intrigued now that you said that it was great. I'm posting my review of Dare You To next week, and I love how you touched on the believability of the drama because that's what sells me on a contemporary story. Again - great reviews! :)

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    1. Thanks Melissa! A lot of contemporary isn't so believable or it's just so much drama you're doing the eye roll thing until you strain your eyes. But I felt like with Dare You To, even though Beth had a lot of drama, it was all the same issue so it made it believable. Some contemps are so silly with the drama it's ridiculous. I didn't feel that way with this one. Hope you enjoyed it!

      Oh, and you need to read Kady Cross! Delicious characters, great story line, fun dialogue!

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  12. Sadly, I have yet to read anything by either of these authors. Not that I don't want to because believe me, I do. I haven't read any steampunk yet either but I'm more than excited to give it a try. I'm hoping to fall in love with it, therefore having a ton of new reads to pine after :) And of course I'm dying to read Dare You to because it has only been all over the place for the last few weeks and everyone is raving about it. Crossing my fingers!

    jaidahsmommy(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. I think Kady Cross' series is a great way to cut your teeth on Steampunk. It's not difficult to understand at all, it's light on the gadgets and contraptions in the first book and gradually adds things in. And of course it's fabulous characters and writing.

      And I think I even loved Dare You To even more than Pushing The Limits so it's a great book.

      Either way though, especially with Kady Cross' series, you have to read the previous books first.
      Hope you win! Come on Random Org right??

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  13. I really enjoyed The Girl with the Iron Touch too. Finley wasn't her normal self, but it didn't really bother me. I just love Jack Dandy!

    I loved Pushing the Limits and I know I really want to read Dare You Too but I think I might want to wait until the buzz dies down, I've gotten a little burnt out on it already and I think it's just cause EVERYONE is reviewing it this week. I'm glad it was amazing and I'm sure I'll love it too!

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    1. I have kept from reading the reviews of Dare You To just because of the buzz and I didn't want it to ruin my reading experience or my review. Now I can go back and read them. I also avoided the reviews of Girl with the Iron Touch. It's easier to write the review when you don't have those other reviews influencing your own.

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  14. I haven't read either of these books yet. I must say that the cover for "The Girl With The Iron Touch" by Kady Cross does draw me in. Great reviews thank you. Most helpful.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. All of the covers in the series are like that. Check out the cover for the Girl in the Steel Corset and the Girl in the Clockwork Collar. Great covers and stories!

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  15. I liked both of these books too with DYT pleasing me even more than PTL-I think the balance of dramas was pretty effective and Ryan was just my kind of book boy!

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  16. I've been recommended to your blog from this week's Feature & Follow Friday post :D Brandi from Blkosiner's Book Blog has mentioned that from all the book bloggers she'd love to meet you :D

    I'm glad that Brandi recommended you on her blog as I have enjoyed your review of The Girl with the Iron Touch and Dare you to, both books that I have in my Netgalley…must read it soon. So many books so little time :(

    Thank you for the fantastic giveaway!

    paperbackprincess@yahoo.com

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  17. Missed it, waaah!! I've been wanting to read the kady cross series. i actually read pushing the limits but it wasn't for me.

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  18. The Girl with the Iron Touch has a kick-butt cover!

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  19. Short and sweet. I loooooved Dare You To. I'm going to post my review this week, I think. I met Katie McGarry at BEA this week and I was SO EXCITED about it! :):)

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  20. I loved it too! You are so lucky!!! We are having baseball drama here at my house and I just keep thinking about Ryan, there are no boys on my son's high school team that look anything like Ryan. They still look like little boys.
    How am I supposed to get writing inspiration from skinny little boys? There aren't even any girls that come to the games. Of course, the point is now moot as he was cut.

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