Sunday, August 25, 2013

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

Recently I have been engrossed with diving into the genre or subgenre of Steampunk (ahem if you haven't noticed my videos in earlier posts). Naturally this would mean I would dive into the literature as well.
This is the first book in the Steampunk Chronicles. It follows Finley Jayne as she finds herself in trouble because of her dual personality in Victorian England, the discovery of why she has to selves in one body, her sudden love triangle with a duke and a crime lord, and all while trying to maintain her newly discovered friends as they try to stop a villain known as The Machinist who is trying to take over England and causing chaos with his automatons who he has manipulated to think freely and have human appearances. All while still at the age of sixteen.
However that is my quick sum up with a few spoilers (sorry!), this is what the book's cover says:
"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 whishes 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 Griffin'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."
It is a good read even if you consider yourself a plain 'goth' and not part of the 'steampunk' genre. It is after all nice to learn about your fellow darkly inclined neighbors. OvvO

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