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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross 5*

The Girl in the Steel Corset-NET GALLEY

Title: The Girl in the Steel Corset
Author: Kady Cross
Genre: YA Steampunk
Rating: * * * * *
Publishers Date: May 31, 2011
Hardback: 480 pages
ISBN: 0373210337
FTC Disclosure: Net Galley

“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.”

Absolutely, the best YA Steampunk I’ve read to date. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Set in the late 1890’s it contained everything I love about that London era, throw in the steampunk gadgets and it is a solid winner. It has super power action figures (well kinda of), a bit of romance, mystery, drama, and a cast of characters that were all wonderful in their own right. Finley Jayne (don’t you just love that name) has a bit of a Jekyll/Hyde type of personality and when her rich employer’s son tries to push himself on her, that personality takes over. While escaping from him she is injured in a velocycle accident and Griff’s menagerie of strays takes her in. She quickly discovers that this group of people have many other powers and secrets.
Griff’s group is working with the Queen of England to flush out the Machinist, an individual they suspect of turning the machines/androids against the humans. Though the book was told from several POV’s, I was never lost and this book moved at a very fast pace. At nearly 500 pages, it ended way to quickly for me. I’m glad that this is to be a series as I can’t wait to see where their adventures and hopefully romance take them next. Though a young adult book, I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to readers of Cassandra Clare’s books. It was simply awesome! As I read it as an e-book, I didn’t get to drool over the cover too much (it is gorgeous), but I’ve got a copy on order as I know this is one I’ll want to reread and share with others.


Anonymous said...

I absolutely love the cover, it's so pretty. It sounds really interesting. I didn't know it was going to be part of a series but I'm glad cause your review made the book interesting and hopefully, more pretty covers.

Renee Ann said...

This is an interesting genre and storyline. Sounds like you got lost in the story, and the cover's gorgeous! Great review!

meggerfly said...

Thank you for the review. I really enjoyed it.

Oregon Kimm said...

I really enjoyed it too. It was my first steampunk read ever. Have you read Clockwork Angel? See any similarities? I referenced that in my blog review.

My keeper shelf said...

I've been meaning to read this, I really will need to pick it up sometime soon.

Rabid Fox said...

Visiting via Cym's blog:

I'm still trying to warm up to steampunk. It's been hit or miss with me so far. Not sure if this would be a hit or miss with me, though.

Anonymous said...

Hey Lisa! Nice to have found you and your blog...thanks for this review. It's on my TBR list, sounds like I need toget reading it this weekend!

SiNn said...

i agree the cover is awesome ty for the review sounds great

TheReadingOwl said...

Wow! This book sounds really cool. Thanks for the review! Made me want to read the book even more!

Chen Yan Chang said...

Oh, this looks like an awesome book! The cover is beautiful. I love the steampunkness of Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. And I loved that one episode of Castle had a steampunk party scene. I should definitely check this book out!