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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Review: The Girl In The Steel Corset

Title: The Girl In The Steel Corset 
Author: Kady Cross
Series: Steampunk Chronicles #1
Publisher: Harlequin
Published: May 24th 2011
Source: 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.

*Sorry guys, Blogger auto-posted this. I completely forgot I had set this since it was done so long ago. The review was posted before it was completely ready so apologies! Oh, how embarrassing.*

The Girl In The Steel Corset is the second steampunk novel I've read, the first being Clockwork Angel, which I loved.
Steampunk: A genre of science fiction set in Victorian times when steam was the main source of machine power
I've heard the term used a lot but up until now, haven't had a clear idea of what it was so if you were like me, there you go. I think I can officially call myself a steampunk fan now. The two books that I've read so far from the genre….instantaneous love. 

As the summary states, the novel begins with a young Finley Jayne having an altercation with Lord Felix, her boss's son who has a history of taking advantage of the female workers. Instead of running like a normal girl would, a dark force inside of Finley encourages her to hurt him, to kill him. Somehow, she calms this urge and flees, running, very literally, into Griffin King who's riding by on his velocycle. He takes her back to his house and nurtures her back to health. There, Finley meets his friends, all of whom have a special talent, and together the group find love, defeat bad guys and learn more about themselves than they ever dreamed of.

The Girl In The Steel Corset has a enchanting and intricately-woven plot. The writing is very descriptive but it only pull the reader deeper into the world. I truly felt that I was in the Victorian era, not only from the dialogue but from the mannerisms and narration style as well. It's told in the third person point of view so we're able to follow the stories of every single character, which I loved! Each has an interesting story that is spotlighted and that I want to explore further. There is great characterisation so by the end of the book, you'll know and love the whole group, guaranteed. While he isn't part of Griffin's group, Jack Dandy is a main character who surprisingly becomes smitten with our little Finley. She sees the criminal as just a friend but does trust and care for him…somewhat. I'm very excited to see where this relationship goes in the next few books. It's no typical love triangle, that's for sure! While I did predict the twists in the novel, the characters and writing style still make this novel an easy favourite. 

I think everyone should go out and buy this book. It is just brilliant and will have you engrossed within seconds. The characters are developed so well and the plot is kept interesting throughout. The way machines are written about in this novel is fascinating - it's all part of the steampunk lure. If you haven't ventured into this genre before, do so now. This gem should not be missed by anyone! I will be eagerly awaiting more from Kady Cross and definitely won't be stalking the Harlequin office……………

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Have you read this book? What did you think? Team Griffin or Team Jack? ;)

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