Monday, 8 August 2011

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross


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 fight 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 street 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 and 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. 

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross was my second ever steampunk book. I wasn't sure about buying it, as the blurb on the back on my copy of the book was not the above and was very vague. I bought the book based on the fact that it was steampunk :P 

The characters throughout the story were very strong, I like strong and complicated characters, it makes them more interesting and relatable. I enjoyed reading from everyone perspective and that the story wasn't just about Finley and Griffin, it was also about Sam and Emily and Jasper and Jack. 
Finley is a very strong female lead, something I also enjoy very much. She is strong and independent and always sticks up for herself. 

This book is sort of like X-men meets Batman meets Dr. Jekel and Mr. Hyde set in the 1800's. X-men because of the powers, Batman because Griffin is out for revenge on the people who killed his parents and trying to rid the world of evil, and Dr. Jekel and Mr. Hyde because of the very interesting Finley Jayne. So if that sounds like your cup of tea then you should definitely go and pick it up :)

Jammie the Book Nerd

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