“On the outside "The Girl in the Steel Corset" seems like an amazing book, like it has everything. However, the saying 'don't judge a book by its cover' has never been more true than in this story's case. While the plot itself isn't completely awfull, it is ver VERY cliche. Its probably been used more than the superhero plot line every was! It's one of those save-the-world storys, you know, the ones where if the main character doesn't do something and soon, all will be doomed. Now, this plot in and of itself isn't completely awful, in fact it can be downright amazing IF the writing and characters are above par, and in this case they weren't. All of the characters were weak and there was next to no character development. Finley Jayne, the main character, was always portrayed as weak and helpless, even in her strong second personality. And for a main character, she didn't really feel like one. Because she was always portayed as so helpless, she never REALLY did anything. And when the going got tough, what did she do? She ran away. NOT the best quality for a main character! The character who DID feel like a main character was Griffin King, who did just about everything for the group, reasearch and everything else. However, he still wasn't a very strong character and there was no character development. The other 'main' character was Sam. I'm not sure why Sam was a main character because he didn't really do anything except hate Finley Jayne for no specific reason. Literally, she ran into the road and he hated her. The rest of the characters were weak and seemed to serve almost no purpose. Even the "bad guy" who wanted to take over England or whatever was very weak, and his motive was especially so - he was angry because people didn't listen to him. This is bad on it's own but the breaking point was the writing. The novel felt like a rough, or first draft, not something that should have been published. There are many examples of this in the novel, and it felt ,like I should have been editing the manuscript instead of reading a 'finished' novel.
In the end, this book was not worth reading. The only reason that I gave it two stars was for the steampunk element. That is the one thing the author did right.
This book is reccomended to steampunk beginners because it has some good examples of the fashion.”