Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

Genre: steampunk, science fiction
Series and Book #: Steampunk Chronicles #1
Pages: 480

In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one…except the “thing” inside her
When a young lord tried 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.

This kind of reminds me of X-Men, in a way. A band of "freaks" that are brought together by a man that seems to know more about them than they do, and can help them focus their powers into something good. They use these power in order to better society and rid the world of those who do harm. *Shrugs*

I must admit this book was more than I was hoping for. I didn't expect this very intricate plot line that includes a lot of mystery surrounding Finley, yes, but also around Griffin's family as well. I haven't read much steampunk (that's an overstatement: I don't think I've read any steampunk) but Kady did it very well. Modern technology in a past setting seems odd but she made it believable.

Ugh. Why do authors insist on creating love triangles? Finley's darker side liked Jack Dandy, the delicious bad boy who had a soft side for Finley, but she also had feelings for Griff, but he was almost too absorbed in the mystery surrounding the Machinist to notice. Both boys were wonderful and I don't even care who she chooses: but don't keep us in suspense!

Overall, I really did like this. Though the Machinist's identity was pretty obvious to me in the beginning, Finley trying to combat her Jekyll and Hyde multi-personality disorder was cool. Her and Jack Dandy made a fetching couple, don't you agree? I liked how Kady connected Griffin and Finley's families. But the idea is almost tired. Interested to see what's going to happen in book two.

The Cover: What really drew me to the book was the cover. The model is gorgeous and I love the exposed corset against the beautiful vivid red of the dress.

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