Title: The Girl in the Steel Corset
Author: Kady Cross
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: The Steampunk Chronicles, book one
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Action-packed, romantic, and dangerous, The Girl in the Steel Corset proves to be the first installment in a series that I can't wait to continue--one of my favorite steampunk novels of all time!
Finley Jayne is not like other sixteen year old English girls of her social class--not even close. She can toss grown men into the air like ragdolls--she has a tangible dark side that takes over when she is threatened or frightened--and one night while defending herself against an employee's son--she meets Griff King and his ragtag gang of misfits: Jasper, the American cowboy, Sam, the mechhead, Griff, the boy with unimaginable power, and Emily, the scientist. As well as finding the reason for her 'fits', Finley discovers a sinister plot is afoot--one that could affect the whole country.
What I enjoyed:
-Finley, and the way she seemed to have two separate personalities
-The setting of 1897 London
-The pacing of the novel--it flew even when bodies weren't flying
-The action--I couldn't put it down!
-Griff and the gang, especially Emily and the love triangle between her, Jasper, and Sam
-The magic of the novel--the Aether
-The writing style fit the time period perfectly
What I didn't enjoy:
-The ending--I want to read The Girl with the Clockwork Collar now!
I loved The Girl in the Steel Corset--it was definitely worth waiting for! Next on deck: Rebel Angels by Libba Bray!