Jul 14, 2013

Mini Review--The Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy by Kady Cross

Before he makes his appearance in The Girl with the Iron Touch, Jack Dandy had an adventure of his very own. Learn how his actions set the plot in motion in The Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy, a short teaser story from author Kady Cross's Steampunk Chronicles. 

Jack Dandy didn't become prince of the London underworld at barely twenty-one by being softhearted, even if a certain girl in a steel corset has wormed her way into his affections of late. He knows how to manipulate, charm and rob people blind. And if his criminal activities embarrass his aristocratic father, so much the better. 

So when a friend of Jack's father hires him for an underhanded job, Jack is happy to oblige—for an outrageous fee, of course. Delivering a mysterious crate seems like an easy task—until Jack realizes just what is inside… 

Don't miss the conclusion to Jack's escapade in The Girl with the Iron Touch by Kady Cross, available now from Harlequin TEEN. 

I was a little late to discover that Kady Cross had written this novella, The Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy! And anything to with Jack Dandy and The Steampunk Chronicles I am very much interested in reading!!

This one takes place prior to The Girl with the Iron Touch, a book I read months ago as an ARC, so my memory is a little poor--who'd thought memory gets worse when you read so much! But luckily, I remember that conclusion fairly well, so knowing the true ending to this little novella was great! But if you haven't read The Girl with the Iron Touch (TGWTIT) and plan to, I recommend reading this one first!

Basically, in this one we get to know the mission or job Jack performed that led to the events of TGWTIT. Jack is to deliver a large crate to a train station and that's it. The task is a little more difficult than it seems when he gets chased by humans and a few automatons as he's leaving!

While not much really happens in this one, we do get a little more insight to the man that is Jack Dandy. His feelings regarding Finley. A little bit of his past and relationship with his parents or lack thereof.

We also get to see what he thinks of the "item" that was in the box. I don't want to give it away in case some of you have yet to read TGWTIT. But it definitely makes me swoon for Jack a little bit more, if that's even possible! I am very much looking forward to the next book in the Steampunk Chronicles! Also, according to Amazon, there's to be another novella releasing in November, The Wild Adventure of Jasper Renn! That's bound to be another quick and intriguing tale!

Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars

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