Author: Kady Cross Website
Genre: YA Fiction/Steampunk
Publisher: Harlequin Teen May 24th, 2011
e-ARC*: 447 pages
Available on: Amazon | Barnes&Noble
My Rating: 4/5
Description from GoodReads:
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.
Why haven't I read more Steampunk novels? I read The Strange Case of Finley Jayne before this one and loved the characters Kady Cross created. Do I recommend reading that one before this one? It's up to you, I enjoyed knowing a little about Finley before reading TGitSC but it is not necessary.
Finley Jayne was unlike any female character I have read in a long time. She was a strong independent girl and yet at the same time just wanted to belong. I loved the duality of her character. The rest of the characters were also amazing. In TGitSC we meet intelligent Emily, angry Sam, and flirtatious cowboy Jasper along with other fascinating characters. Let's not forget we also meet Griffin and Jack who are both handsome and share an interests for Finley but that is as far as their similarities go. We don't get one handsome love interest but two in this story. One for each of her "personalities". So we as readers can have our pick. I am inclined a little more towards Griffin because I know more about him but I am hoping Jack plays a part in the next installments of this series. I love bad boys with a soft loving side in my books.
I recommend this book if you enjoyed Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angel. This book also reminded me of X-men with all of the young character having special super human abilities. The Girl in the Steel Corset is a great read if you are looking for a book with a strong heroine, action packed story, and a little romance.
*Disclosure: This e-ARC was provided by the publisher (Harlequin Teen via NetGalley) for free in exchange for an honest review.