The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
Release Date ~ 4/24/11
Format ~ Hardcover
Publisher ~ Harlequin Teen
Source ~ Publisher for Review
Purchase: The Book Depository
She thought there was something wrong with her. She was right. Finley Jayne has known for quite some time that she isn’t ‘normal,’ but when she beats up the son of her employer and is forced to flee, she stumbles into a world where there are bigger freaks than her. They take her in, treat her like family and demand her trust. How can Finley trust them when she can’t trust herself? And why is she drawn to the powerful Griffin as well as the dangerous Jack? She has to get herself under control before she gets into trouble she can’t get out of.
Griffin King is one of the most powerful men in Britain but he couldn’t save his best friend from almost dying. He is determined to save Finley and help her become the person he knows she can be, but there’s evil afoot in London. Machines have attacked humans under the orders of a nefarious criminal called The Machinist. He has sworn to protect his country against such a threat, but he’s never faced any foe like this. However, when he discovers The Machinist’s connection to his past, Griffin vows to end the villain once and for all — but he’ll need the help of all his friends, including the beautiful Finley Jayne – the girl in the steel corset.
Kady Cross's The Girl in the Steel Corset was Sherlock Holmes (the new movie version) meets The Infernal Devices. That means, by nature it was really incredible!
It didn't start off slow, in fact, there was a lot of action in the first 80 or so pages. The problem? The problems weren't really introduced til page 100, which caused all that action to be pretty much meaningless. But after page 100 it was a whirlwind of plot development, character transformation, and epic fight scenes that will have you on the end of your seat. *puts seat out from under you* *you fall* Mwhahahaha!
The main character, Finley Jane, was really someone that I grew to like. In fact, she may be one of my new favorite YA heroines! She didn't whine when the problem came along, something so many other books suffer from.
I don't like love triangles in most books, but in The Girl in the Steel Corset, I really enjoyed the tension between Finley and her love interest Jack and Griffin. I'm team Griffin though (I don't really like the bad boys too much) but both characters were really well written!
The Girl in the Steel Corset is exactly what a steampunk should be! A really fun, interesting, and quick paced read that will leave you guessing!
Cover Comments: The red dress goes nicely with the gray steel corset!
This book counts in the following reading challenges:
Review Copy Clean-up Reading Challenge : 4
TBR Pile Reading Challenge: 9
ARC Reading Challenge: 18
Steampunk Reading Challenge: 2
1st in a Series Reading Challenge: 15