Thursday, August 9, 2012 books

The Girl in the Steel Corset
by Kady Cross

The author:
Kady Cross is a pseudonym for USA Today bestselling author Kathryn Smith. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and a pride of cats. She likes singing with Rock Band on the 360, British guys, Vietnamese food, and makeup (she’s hopelessly addicted to YouTube makeup tutorials!). When she’s not writing Kady likes to catch up on her favorite TV shows, read a good book or make her own cosmetics.
source: Homepage

First sentences:
London, 1897

The moment she saw the young man walking down the darkened hall towards her, twirling his walking stick, Finley Jayne knew she’d be unemployed before the sun rose.

In 1897 England, 16-year-old Finley Jayne is convinced she's a freak. 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 . . . that she's one of "them."
source: Goodreads

My opinion:
Steampunk is a great genre and this book is one of the best I read in it so far!

Finley Jayne, a not so normal 16 year old girl in Victorian England, meets Griffin King and his friends, who are not quite normal themselves. She is the perfect addition to their little group.
It is the year of Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee and The Machinist – an evil mind – builds automatons which sometimes attack people. Griffin and his friends assume that he plans an attack on the Queen on her special day but is there a way to prevent this from happening?

Kady Cross manages to fill a whole book with lovely characters. Well okay, they are not all lovely but beautifully portrayed, life like and you can get totally lost in their stories. Finley is a great main character because we get to know Griffin's world through her eyes. She's a clever girl who is able to fight for her rights and doesn't take s**t from no one. Griffin, who takes Finley in, Emily and Sam, his friends, are all well established within the posher Victorian society while Finley is a simple girl and has to find her place in this world. She also has to fight for recognition within Griffin's “family”.

The story of the book keeps you on the edge at all times and I had a hard time setting it down to get on with my life because it's so gripping. The world is perfectly constructed and the use of Steampunk elements is just perfect. I cannot wait to read “The Girl in the Clockwork Collar”.

Everyone who is interested in Steampunk or wants a light introduction to this genre should pick up Kady Cross' Steampunk Chronicles. I can highly recommend this series to all of you!

The Books in the Steampunk Chronicles are:
      • The Strange Case of Finley Jayne (Steampunk Chronicles, #0.5)
      • The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles, #1
      • The Girl in the Clockwork Collar (Steampunk Chronicles, #2)
      • The Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy (Steampunk Chronicles, #2,5)
      • The Girl with the Iron Touch (Steampunk Chronicles, #3)
      • The Wild Adventure of Jasper Renn (Steampunk Chronicles, #3,5)
      • The Girl with the Windup Heart (Steampunk Chronicles, #4) 
        expected publication: May 20th, 2014
          For more information about Kady Cross visit her Homepage, her Blog, her Facebook or Twitter page.


          1. Steampunk is a genre I love. Have you read the Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare? They're wonderful, and outside of the YA genre, Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate.

            I enjoyed all three books and this is well-written steampunk, there have been some recent books that have been less than stellar, but I agree that Finley's world is vivid :-)

            1. oh and those less than stellar books aren't Kady's! :-)

          2. I am currently reading Clockwork Angel. I'm so sucked into the story that I read a bit during work today.
            And the Alexia Tarabotti novels are amazing - love them!
            Steampunk is such a wonderful genre and you'll always find better stories in each genre. Hope I'll never discover the really bad ones :-)

          3. Always wanted to try some Steampunk, now at least I know where to start.

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          4. I really need to get round to reading this. I haven't read much steampunk at all, but I've loved the little that I HAVE read.

            Plus the cover is beautiful :)