Monday, August 22, 2011

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross


Summary: 

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 fullgrown 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.
 
About the Author:
In her other life, Kady Cross is a USA TODAY bestselling author of more than twenty books. She is lucky enough to have a husband who shares her love for the slightly twisted and all things geek, and a houseful of cats with whom she shares her darkest secrets. When she’s not listening to the characters in her head, she’s either trying to formulate the perfect lip gloss or teaching herself to solder. She has a weakness for all things girlie, sugar skulls and boots. Her love of books and makeup borders on addiction—of which she never, ever wants to be cured.
 
My Thoughts: I know, I know...I'm not a huge romance fan, so what possessed me to request a Harlequin Teen for review? It was the Steampunk aspect, baby. The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross is full of automatons and inventions, as well as crazy characters with cool powers. I couldn't resist.

The book opens with an attack on a servant girl. Only this is no ordinary servant girl and the lord who thinks he shall have his way with her discovers she's much more than he can handle. Finley's something of a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and when her dark side takes over, there's no stopping her. She fights him off and runs into the street, straight into the Duke of Greythorne, a young man with more than a few secrets himself. Soon she's joined with him and his friends in their fight against The Machinist, and she learns there are even more secrets to be revealed, shared secrets that affect them all...and maybe the whole world if they can't put a stop to things in time.

Sound like an enjoyable read? In many ways, it is. The storyline is fun, if a bit predictable, but the writing fell a bit flat for me. The plot and characters stayed two dimensional throughout and I never had trouble putting the book down when needed. Sometimes I like that. Sometimes I want something to occupy my mind for a short time while I'm waiting for something else, without drawing me in so that I lose focus on life around me. This was a good choice for a busy week, an entertaining story in many ways- but I'm not sure I'll follow through to the next in the series.


If you'd like to check it out for yourself, the Harlequin ebook store is currently offering the prequel to the story, The Strange Case of Finley Jayne, for FREE. Download it and see what you think!


*Disclosure: I received the ebook version through NetGalley.  A positive review was not required.  As always, all opinions are my own.*

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