Double Novella Reviews: A Killer First Date and The Strange Case of Finley Jayne

A Killer First Date (Drake Chronicles novella) by Alyxandra Harvey
Young Adult
kindle ebook, 40 pgs (I think)
Published Feb. 14th, 2012 by Bloomsbury

Nicholas and Lucy have known each other for most of their lives, but now that they’ve finally admitted their feelings for each other, Nicholas wants to take her on their official first date-away from all the life-and-death drama that has surrounded them lately. Is it too much to ask for just a fun double date at the local carnival with his older brother, Quinn, and Quinn’s new girlfriend, Hunter?

I love the Drake Chronicle books and so was very excited for this enovella.  It was quite short even for a novella but it was an excellent reminder of why I love these books so much.  

There’s constant action through the whole thing because you know that Lucy and Nicholas cannot have an actual date without being attacked.  And same thing with Quinn and Hunter.  So they are all at a carnival and suddenly there are Hel-Blar (bad scary vamps) everywhere.  On top of that there’s someone that has another kind of power that could cause some major damage.  So the dates weren’t all kissy face, but more like kick some ass… 

If you haven’t yet read these books I highly suggest you do so.  Talk about yummy, yummy men…

4/5 stars 

The Strange Case of Finley Jayne (Steampunk Chronicles 0.5) by Kady Cross
kindle edition, 78 pgs.
Published May 1st, 2011 

Finley Jayne knows she’s not ‘normal’. Normal girls don’t lose time, or have something inside them that makes them capable of remarkably violent things. Her behavior has already cost her one job, so when she’s offered the lofty position of companion to Phoebe, a debutante recently engaged to Lord Vincent, she accepts, despite having no experience. Lord Vincent is a man of science with his automatons and inventions, but Finley is suspicious of his motives where Phoebe is concerned. She will do anything to protect her new friend, but what she discovers is even more monstrous than anything she could have imagined…
An ebook exclusive prequel to The Steampunk Chronicles.

While this is a prequel to The Steampunk Chronicles this is a great one for ‘sampling’.  As far as novella’s go this one was pretty amazing because it completely holds it’s own story within.   Sometimes you need to be introduced a bit more to a new world but I’m quite sure that even with knowing very little about this world you would be able to get a good idea by the brief descriptions provided.

I think I may have liked Finley more in this one then in The Girl in the Steel Corset, though it has been awhile, so perhaps not.   I just know I did like her, quite a lot!  She really has very little fear and has a strong sense of right and wrong.  She will certainly go out of her way to make things right, when they are wrong.

This is a short mystery (sort of) where Finley is determined to figure out why this old man wants to marry this young lady.  She’s quite certain he has some evil plan.  And in doing her investigating comes upon some strange stuff indeed…

Loved this one!
5/5 stars!

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  1. While I haven’t read any of the Drake Chronicles (might have to check that series out), I loved Finley! That ebook was really good, too. Like you, I was glad to see a full story within that novella, one that could be read without reading the novel. Finley is one kick-butt chick!

  2. I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Drake Chronicles, I really need to read those. I’ve yet to read an Alyxandra Harvey book. Shame on me! I really want to read the Girl in the Steel Corset too, but maybe I should start with this novella since it got such high marks:)

  3. I’ve read Girl in the Steel Corset and loved Finley Jane! I have this one to read. Maybe I’ll take a break and read it this weekend. Great review of it.

    I haven’t heard of the Drake Chronicles but I do know Harvey. Maybe I’ll give those a try.


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