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.
The girl in the steel corset is an excellent introduction of steampunk to the YA world. Kady Cross has sucessfully created a convincing world where women still wear corsets, men wear cravats, all machinery is powered by steam (or other means besides electricity)while balancing the intricasies of a love triangle.
Finely Jane is a believable an relatable character who battles an interanl darker version of herself while two boys vie for the attention of her opposing sides. It’s a story that has captivated my attention with action and romance and I look forward to the next installment to what looks to be an interesting series.
I would give this 4.5 heart, the only part I disliked about the book was the many descriptions of what everyone was wearing. Fashion plays a large role in Steampunk but for my taste there was a few too many tellings of who was wearing what.
*Lindsay is a friend of mine who wanted to post some reviews from time to time on Pages of Forbidden Love. I’m thrilled to have her on the blog today and can’t wait to see what she reads in the future. I hope you all enjoyed her review and that you check out her review in the future.