Title: The Girl In The Steel Corset
Author: Kady Cross
Synopsis: 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.
Rating: 5 Stars
Review: I was feeling in a steampunk mood last night, so I decided to look on Overdrive for something to curb my cravings for this particular genre – which I have only rarely dipped into in the last while – and that’s when I discovered this little gem of a book. I was absolutely riveted, and I finished it in less than twenty-four hours – I downloaded it at about half nine last night, and it’s only just after half nine in the morning now. Oops.
The story follows Finley, a working-class girl with a dark side – think Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – that surfaces when she’s under duress, or being attacked. When her smarmy, sleazy new boss, the young Lord Felix, makes sexual advances on her, she defends herself, and then runs – if she’s caught attacking her boss, a noble, she knows she’ll get arrested, or at the very least fired again. When she runs, she literally runs into Griffin King and Sam Morgan, two of the people she’ll grow to appreciate. All too soon, she gets caught up in a world of automations, and Cockney crime lords who are surprisingly sweet, and a tangled web of secrets and lies.
Confession time; I know Griffin is meant to be the love interest, and I’m guessing Finley/Griffin is endgame in a further novel, but I don’t really ship them that much. I’d much rather have Finley get together with the dastardly handsome Jack Dandy. His Cockney accent just gets me right in my little shippers heart! Ooh!
It’s just such an amazing read, and a refreshing change to the crappy books I’ve been reading lately. I’m definitely going to try and find the other books in the series to read, and I’d recommend this to anyone who likes Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices series, or just loves reading steampunk.