Title: Girl in the Steel Corset
Author: Kady Cross
Details: e- arc, published in Hardcover 336 pgs
Published: May 24th, 2011 by Harlequin Teen
isbn: 0373210337 (ISBN13: 9780373210336)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: NetGalley, Harlequin Teen for review
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.
I was so excited about this book ever since I heard of it so I was pumped to dive into this Steampunk world full of automatons, gadgets and even the supernatural. And that cover, talk about beautiful!
This book gets into the action right away and I was completely sucked into the story. I have a lot of books on my shelf that I want to read right now, so I was afraid that whatever I picked up I would be impatient and have a hard time sticking with it. Well, it wasn’t like that at all with this one. I was clicking through those pages so fast that I’d sometimes find myself clicking the button on my kobo when I was only halfway through the page! I’ve never done that before, so that just tells you how I really was cruising through it.
Finley is a great character and I was eager to learn about her. The story isn’t told in first person so we were lucky enough to get to know each of the characters a bit more intimately then we would if Finley had been telling it and I think that definitely made it better. Because I think I felt a connection with all the characters more then I would have otherwise.
There was plenty of mystery to everything though at times I found things a bit predictable. I wouldn’t say it’s a big downside but there wasn’t that rush when you find out because well, you already knew. There was still more to find out though.
This book only has a touch of romance. You know where feelings have and are developing but they are still all getting to know one another as well as trying to figure out what The Machinist is up to so it didn’t have a chance to really develop. However, I think the next book will definitely take the romance a step further.
This was a clean read though at times I felt like it read more like an adult book. Perhaps it was because they didn’t really act like teenagers most of the time and they never had to answer to adults. There’s a reason behind most of it but I still kind of felt like it was a bit unrealistic that they were completely free to do whatever they wanted. Other then that there was no cursing or sex and the violence was the necessary sort, mostly against machines.
The book ended very well. It was a conclusion to the mystery, but opens up with a new one. It’s not a real cliff hanger, but has me very anxious for the next one!
Disclosure: I received a free copy of an e-arc of this book from Netgalley and Harlequin Teen for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.