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Review: The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

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The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles #1)
      by: Kady Cross

Publication Date: May 24, 2011
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Genre: Steampunk
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: Borrowed from e-Library
Page Count: 473 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 5/5 stars

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.

            -goodreads.com description

My second experience with the steampunk genre (after Cassie Clare's Infernal Devices). I really liked this book. Finley is such a unique character who is similar to Jekyll and Hyde. Her 'dark' side is a complete badass. Yet, she is just looking for somewhere to belong. She finds that with Griffin, Emily, Sam and Jasper. Griffin works to help her bring both of her sides together. Of course, they are drawn to each other. Finley's 'dark' side however is also drawn to the notorious Jack Dandy.

I liked that this was set during Victorian London and also involved the whole machine/futuristic aspect. It was a really neat read.

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