Monday, 25 April 2011

The Girl In The Steel Corset

Title: The Girl In The Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles #1)
Author: Kady Cross
Publication date: May 24, 2011
Published By: Harlequin Teen
Format: galley

*provided to me by Netgalley for review

In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one…except the "thing" inside her.
When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch….
Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she's special, says she's one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.
Griffin's investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help—and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.
But The Machinist wants to tear Griff's little company of strays apart, and it isn't long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she's on—even if it seems no one believes her.

My Thoughts
This is only the third book i've read in the steampunk genre and i gotta say i'm lovin it, ALMOST as much as i loved this book. Finley Jayne is a welcome change to the landscape of damsels in distress. The girl is Bad Ass, she fights like a bare knuckle boxer on super-steroids then transforms to a shy girl trying to find herself in the blink of an eye. The supporting cast is full of equally entertaining and unique character, I especially enjoyed the six gun slinging cowboy Jasper with his american accent. The mystery part of the plot wasn't as hard to unravel as i like them,  but it was cool to see how the characters lives and their current dilemma all wound itself together forming an even tighter bond amongst the group of lovable outcasts. This story was fun to read and kept me interested, and i'm hoping since their didn't seem to be an inescapable close to the storyline in the future this is one of those series that could go on for at least 5 more books. As long as Finley and her friends stay interesting and new mysteries pop up i could read about these guys for a long time to come. This book gets 5 out of 5.

Nothing to do with the book but if you like the world of steampunk i found a cool site with clothes and gadgets that i thought i'd share.

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