Buy Now From: Amazon
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.”
I’m still quite a newbie when it comes to steampunk in literature — the newest craze, it seems. In fact, I’m still not entirely sure what it is myself, so when people ask me, I say that it’s in Victorian times, but there are machines.
Clearly, I know what I’m talking about.
When I cracked open Kady Cross’s The Girl In The Steel Corset, I was expecting something similar to Cassandra Clare’s The Clockwork Angel, but it was something different entirely. While Clare’s work has an elegance and grace to it, Cross’s is quite … fun. I mean, there’s fighting and crazy machines, and a little bit of X-Men going on.
The story is about Finley Jayne, who is just trying to be normal, but every so often a darkness erupts from her … in the form of physical strength. She knows she’s different and eventually winds up at the door of Griffin King who knows exactly what being “different” feels like.
This was definitely a fun novel. I really enjoyed Finley’s character and how she discovered more about herself and her relationships as the story goes on. I loved her and Griffin’s relationship, as well as her and Emily’s relationship. The characters were very well written and I loved the addition of the machines and various un-Victorian era “things.” That being said, I also really liked the history of it all and how easy it was to see the setting in my head as I read.
My only problem with this novel was that it seemed a little predictable. From early on, it was easy to see what was happening and who was behind it. It didn’t stop me from reading the book, but I wish that there had been a few more twists and turns that weren’t so obvious to the reader. The other issue that I had was with Sam. He seemed to have such problems with Finley and they were just so persistent, even after she was proving herself to be a worthy character, that it was irritating.
The big selling point for me in this book was the cover — the gorgeous red dress that completely takes over the cover and what looks like a steel corset peeking out from underneath? LOVE IT. The font is gorgeous and so well-balanced, and I love the incorporation of the gears grinding on the well — they’re subtle but it’s a nice hint to the steampunk nature of the book.
Even though I had some hesitations while reading, I do really look forward to reading the next story in this series, The Girl in the Clockwork Collar. The characters can only get better as the story continues.
Read More Reviews of This Book
Read More of My Kady Cross Reviews
© 2012, Reading In Winter. All rights reserved.