Review: The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross (Steampunk Chronicles #1)

May 30, 2012 Review 1 ★★★

Review: The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross (Steampunk Chronicles #1)Release Date: May 24, 2011
Title: The Girl in the Steel Corset
Series: The Steampunk Chronicles #1
Author: Kady Cross
Pages: 480
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Owned
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: 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.
3 Stars

People have been talking about this book for ages. So I finally decided to jump on the bandwagon and read it.

I started with the prequel novella The Strange Case of Finley Jayne – and to be honest, I fell in love with Finley within the first few pages. And the expectations for the series were set – very very high.

Once I started reading The Girl in the Steel Corset, I enjoyed it. But the more I read, the more I disliked it. Dislike is not the right word – the book is fine. The book is even good. But the book is so… common.

Love triangles. There are two. And Finley (who is one of them) was sarcastic about the second one. *headdesk*

Finley’s character was completely different in the book than it was in the novella. I loved her in the novella. But she annoyed the ever lovin’ snot out of me in the book. In the novella, she was (mostly) confident. She didn’t know why she was the way that she was, but she stood up for good. In the book she had to grow into that part of her – which doesn’t make sense since the novella came first chronologically. And really, she never quite made it to where she was in the novella. She was far too unsure of herself.

Griff made me smile, but he had no depth. He is the carbon copy of every “Prince Charming” character in the world.

Sam made me want to punch a baby in the throat. How stupid can you be?

Emily was the only redeeming character in the whole book. Even then, she’s pretty much the spitting image of Kaylee from Firefly (beautiful girl who is awesome at tinkering with machines).

And the constant descriptions of the clothes were really annoying. Yes, it’s a steampunk setting. I GET IT. You don’t have to remind me every 5 pages.

Overall, it was a nice read. But I’m not jumping up and down to read the sequel.

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