Monday, May 16, 2011

The Girl in the Steel Corset (ARC)

Author: Kady Cross
Genre: Young Adult - Steampunk
Publication Date: May 24, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Age Range: Young Adult
Pages: 336
Date Scoot Read: April 2011
: eGalley from
NetGalley & Harlequin Teen

Scoot's Rating: 10 – Amazing! Loved it. Read it now!

Synopsis (via Goodreads)
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.

Scoot’s Review:
After losing her last two jobs Finley Jayne just wants to keep her head down and stay employed.  Nevertheless, when forced into a bad situation she defends herself in the only way she can and has to run.  Griffin is a young Duke who is determined to solve a brewing mystery and protect his friends and his country.  Their worlds collide – literally – and they quickly become tangled up in solving a mystery that has them in over their heads.  They, along with their companions, will have to use all of their resources and special abilities to stop The Machinist in a race against time.  I loved this book! The story pulled me in from the first page and didn’t let go.  It starts off racing and never stops.  I loved the steampunk elements!  I always find the blending of historical and machinery elements fascinating.  Finley was a strong lead and I enjoyed watching her develop and change over the book.  However, she wasn’t the only strong lead character – each one (Griffin, Emily, Sam, Jack Dandy, Jasper, etc...) had depth and were well developed.  I think each character could lead their own novel and to mix them all in here together makes for a great read.  I really liked getting to know each character and their unique histories.  It was easy to connect emotionally with them and that enhanced the already intriguing plot.  The story was told through multiple perspectives that flowed well and didn’t feel disjointed.  I liked reading the story in alternate points of view. The subplots didn’t detract from the story, but added to the overall mysteries of The Machinist and of what exactly was wrong with Finley.  The romance elements felt real, weren’t rushed, and weren’t the main plot points.  It was a steampunk adventure with romance on the side – perfect! I was happy with how the overall story ended but it definitely left me wanting more!  I can’t wait to pick up the next novel.  The Girl in the Steel Corset is a great blend of mystery, adventure, steampunkery and romance that I highly recommend picking up when it releases on May 24th



Anonymous said...

AH! Holy Crap! I can't wait to read this! Awesome review hon!!!

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

This cover catches my attention every time. Fab review!

Natalie said...

I've been anxiously awaiting this one! I'm hoping that it goes on sale on amazon soon after it comes out so that I can justify buying myself a copy on my poor student budget lol :P


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