Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Girl in the Steel Corset

Genre:  YA Steampunk Fiction
The Steampunk Chronicles, Book 1

Description (taken from Kady Cross' website):
She thought there was something wrong with her. She was right. Finley Jayne has known for quite some time that she isn’t ‘normal,’ but when she beats up the son of her employer and is forced to flee, she stumbles into a world where there are bigger freaks than her. They take her in, treat her like family and demand her trust. How can Finley trust them when she can’t trust herself? And why is she drawn to the powerful Griffin as well as the dangerous Jack? She has to get herself under control before she gets into trouble she can’t get out of.

Griffin King is one of the most powerful men in Britain but he couldn’t save his best friend from almost dying. He is determined to save Finley and help her become the person he knows she can be, but there’s evil afoot in London. Machines have attacked humans under the orders of a nefarious criminal called The Machinist. He has sworn to protect his country against such a threat, but he’s never faced any foe like this. However, when he discovers The Machinist’s connection to his past, Griffin vows to end the villain once and for all — but he’ll need the help of all his friends, including the beautiful Finley Jayne – the girl in the steel corset.

When I picked up this book, I was expecting to read a story about a girl, Finley.  Instead, I got a story about a whole group of characters:  Griffin, Sam, Jasper, Emily, etc.  I really enjoyed the setting in old time London.  And the machines; kind of reminiscent to Cassandra Clare's new series.  I enjoyed the love triangles and the plot.  But I wanted more.  More emotion and background from the characters.  Why was Griffin so attracted to Finley?  Why put up with Sam's issues and bullyness?  I felt the explanations the book gave weren't enough for me to relate to the characters.  I wanted more dynamic I guess.

Besides my complaints, I enjoyed the story and the characters.  I will definitely continue this series (because I'm a sucker for these kinds of books).  Anyone who likes Cassandra Clare's Infernal Devices series will most likely enjoy this book.

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