“The classic tale of Dr. Jeykl and Mr. Hyde gets a steampunked reboot sure to thrill readers. Finley Jane knows she is no ordinary miss and when her employer's son attacks she defends herself with a strength she should never have been capable of. While fleeing the seen of the assault, Finley runs into Griffin King, leader of a motly band of teens whose special abilities are used in service to the Crown. Griffin and company take Finley in and begin to help her understand her unusual abilities, but she needs to learn quickly if she is to aid in defending the Queen against a nefarious plot. Wonderfly detailed and littered with interesting characters, Ms. Cross has penned a fabulous novel that will have readers enthralled. Very much looking forward to her next novel.”Lunanshee wrote this review Thursday, July 28, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a wonderful new series for young adults! The main character is young enough to be different, daring, and insecure.”Dianne wrote this review Wednesday, July 27, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“fantastic book for all. love the Steampunk genre, refreshing change from Wizards and Werewolves!”NEMO wrote this review Monday, July 25, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really enjoyed this book! I liked all of the strong female characters. Good read!”Anne Lee wrote this review Saturday, July 16, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“See my review on natashasshelf.blogspot.com.”Natasha H wrote this review Friday, June 24, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It took me forever to finish this book, but really that isn't a reflection of the book, I was jut very busy and had no time to read. I really really love Finley! She is fantastic. I loved the move the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, I've watched it a countless number of times (Sean Connery *swoon*) this story and group of characters had the same feel to them. I really wasn't excited about the steampunk aspect of this book at first, but I was quickly sucked in, and it changed my thoughts on steampunk as a genre. While I did enjoy the story I did feel that parts were a little predicable. My favorite thing here had to be the characters, there interactions were fun and at times had me grinning or chuckling. I also liked the direction that was taken with Finley's character. That was something I really wasn't expecting. Overall I really enjoyed this story and look forward to more books in this series. I give this one 4 stars.”Melby wrote this review Tuesday, June 7, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“2.5 out of 5 rating
Sigh, I really need to stay away from books that aren't in modern day. I never fully enjoy them. And then I can't truly appreciate them either. This book just didn't keep my interest. It wasn't horrible by any means. I just didn't find myself wanting to read it and it took me forever to get through it. Sure, there was plenty of action to keep things going, but I just had a hard time finding myself caring. And I hate feeling that way about a book.
I didn't really care about the setting or the plot, but I did enjoy the characters. I liked how strong Finley was and how kick-butt she was. I LOVED that Emily was so incredibly smart. And Griffin and Jack Dandy made a fun love triangle. So the book had the characters going for it.
I've read a lot of great reviews about the book. It just wasn't my style. But if you like steampunk, then I would give it a try. Chances are, you'll probably like it!
“Reviewed by Lori @ Romancing the Darkside:
A sexy, young female Jekyll & Hyde!
Finley Jayne is a young, sixteen year old girl trying to find her place in Victorian Steampunk England. Although she seems like any ordinary girl her age, Finley has a dark side that she keeps hidden deep inside, only unleashed when angered or provoked. While fleeing from the advances of her employer, Finley accidentally runs into Griffin King, someone just as unusual as her and who surprisingly has a calming effect on her dark side. Griffin is fascinated by Finley and offers her refuge in the home he shares with his friends: Sam, Emily and Jasper, who each have abilities just as unique as hers. She agrees and soon finds herself fitting in among Griffin and his friends, for the first time in her life she isn't an outsider.
When the monarchy of Queen Victoria is threatened by a notorious criminal known as the Machinist, Griffin and his gang must do everything in their power to stop this madman who almost took Sam's life in an attack not long ago. This journey will not only spark an attraction between Finley and Griffin, it will reveal a deeper connection that is linked to their past. The story cannot be complete without a second possible love interest for Finley who comes in the form of the dashing and mysterious Mr. Jack Dandy. He calls to her darker side, while Griffin soothes it and soon Finley is torn between giving into that dark side or containing it.
This was an original story with exciting characters that I feel lacked a quicker paced plot. I feel a lot of the book was spent giving the reader intricate details of clothing or places that might be beneficial to a reader new to the steampunk genre, but that I just found miscellaneous. After reading the prequel, The Strange Case of Finley Jayne, I was expecting less detail and more action in this book.
That being said, I did have a strong connection to all of the characters, one in particular, the sexy and mysterious Jack Dandy. He keeps you guessing what side he's really on and steals every scene with his snarky comments and flirtatious behavior. I wanted to know more about him and hope this isn't the last we see of him.
This story is a very tame romance with some action, mystery and great steampunk ingredients. The character and world building is exceptional and there's even a love triangle for those who like a little spice in their romance! Although a little lengthy for my taste, the storyline is enough to earn my praise. Young adult, historical romance and steampunk readers will all be equally delighted by The Girl In the Steel Corset!
This e-ARC was provided by the publisher (Harlequin Teen via NetGalley) for free in exchange for an honest review.”
“Kady Cross creates a deliciously believable Jules-Verne-worthy-“lite”-Victorian world that’s injected with imaginative steampunk elements, a riveting plot, and cast of characters that can’t help themselves but be endlessly hip. The Girl in the Steel Corset is a stunningly visual and innovative debut festooned with devices of all manner: velocycles, mandroids, steam phaetons, electro-disturbance pistols, automatons, and a mysterious girl who possesses a dangerous duality.
When Finley Jayne finds herself crossing paths with Griffin King, the young Duke of Greythorne on the midnight fog-enshrouded streets of Mayfair, it almost seems as if it’s too coincidental to be true. When Griffin brings her into his circle, he discovers an intriguing intersection between her origins and his own. And as Griffin digs deeper, his suspicions are realized; Finley Jayne is extraordinarily different, and could be an asset to his team.
For the troupe of Greythorne House, Griffin, Sam, Jasper and Emily have been hot on the trail of a mastermind who has the ability to control automatons…programming them to kill…and even enabling them to think on their own. After a deadly attack by an out-of-control metal maniac, and Sam’s near-death experience, Griffin and the team realize exactly how dangerous their nemesis is and what lengths he will go to thwart them. They’ll need more muscle…they’ll have to not underestimate him again…go into battle prepared…and…they’ll need Finley.
As Queen Victoria’s Jubilee approaches, the team suspects that The Machinist is bent disrupting the event, but as they follow the complicated trail of bread crumbs and suss out his master plan, they realize the very fate of the monarchy is in jeopardy. Queen Victoria’s very life is in danger.
The Girl in the Steel Corset was a non-stop adventure that positively drips with hipster chic and bleeds style all over the pages. It’s endlessly cool-veritable steampunk candy that has to be gobbled up. It’s great character relationships reminds me of Clary, Jace, Simon, Alec and Isabelle in Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series-each with their own internal conflicts, romantic ties, and a strong connection to each other through thick and thin.
Cross’s characters have that same sort of camaraderie and readers will find them hard to forget-and best of all…Cross has woven a delicious love triangle between Griffin, Finley and Jack Dandy, the sinister criminal from the wrong side of the tracks (Whitechapel) that will have some girls swooning.
Jack Dandy is an enigma in himself. Who is he really when he lapses from his common street brogue…or when he looks at Finley with both lust and careful calculation? Personally I am very, very, interested in Jack Dandy as a character and how Cross will approach this unresolved issue for Finley. Who will she end up choosing?
Everything that Kady Cross has devised for The Girl in the Steel Corset is endlessly cool, full of espionage-very au courant. I am completely hooked and I am DYING to read the sequel. Cross has opened the door to a new adventure at the end…when the team gets ready to take off to America to rescue Jasper Renn. I can totally envision what they will encounter either on the wild streets of New York, or in the wicked badlands of the West. I am already licking my chops in anticipation!
I highly recommend starting with The Strange Case of Finley Jayne, Cross’s prequel to the series and then moving onto The Girl in the Steel Corset. Fans of Cassandra Clare, Scott Westerfeld, Cherie Priest, and Chris Wooding will love this new debut series!
A Fiendishly Bookish Review (and one grumpy cat)
Fiendishly Bookish Top Eleven of 2011
“Wow. Fantastic Steampunk novel with everything you can imagine.
Finley is a mystery that I very much enjoyed reading. She is different from others out there and she knows it all to well. After another incident that causes Finley to hightail it her down and out luck finally changes.
The characters in this novel are phenomenal. Each character is tailored with his or her own history, abilities and personality. Author, Kady Cross has outdone herself. I am surely a fan of her work.
The highlight of The Girl in the Steel Corset is the storyline. The Machinist is out for blood and it is up to Griffin and his ragtag crew to piece together the puzzle and execute a solution. As the storyline unravels holes are filled and questions are answered. Another highlight is Finley herself. I thoroughly enjoyed her character and her potential suitors. Griffin and Jack Dandy are both riveting characters. Each bring something the other does not to the story and so I must read and and see where this goes. ”