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19 out of 20 people found this review helpful.
Loved this book!
I'm very stingy with my 5 parasol ratings. But this story totally deserves it and more. It's brilliantly written. Amazingly executed, this is the type of story that I love to read. It's Steampunk, It's romantic, It's got a gothic feel to it. There is danger lurking around every corner.
Griffin King is special as well. He can access the dead when necessary. So when Finley literally bumps into him and his friend Sam. He feels a connection to this girl and decides to bring her into his house. But you see, Griff is not what he seems. He is the Duke of Greythorne and is probably one of the wealthiest and most eligible bachelors in all of England. (Commence the swooning, Griff rocked my socks off!)
Griff's best friend, Sam is highly skeptical of this girl who is utterly dangerous living under the same roof. But he's got a reason to be skeptical. See Sam was fatally injured by an android-type thing and Emily (brilliant Em who lives with Griff and Sam and Sam is a bit sweet on) patched him together with the same material that tried to destroy him. Sam is not thinking well.
There were a few storylines here that tied up neatly and like I said it was all executed so well. Like a finely spun spiderweb. Griffin is still reeling from the deaths of his beloved mother and father and wants to find the killer at all cost. His attraction to Finley causes everyone to question his motives in keeping her around. But he seems to be the only one who can calm her two selves into one calm being.
I absolutely adored this story and would love to read more like this. This is Kady Cross' debut YA novel and highly recommend it.
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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
Nice beginning of a series!
The world that Kady Cross imagined is magnificent and well-done in its intricacies. Machines have been integrated into society, but not quite at the peak where they can think for themselves. Aether seems to hold endless possibilities - out-of-body traveling, dual personalities, ghostly visitations, impressive strength, fast healing times, and most likely even more to discover. It was awesome, and the best part is that the characters were also exploring the world that they live in so I didn't feel like the only one in the dark.
I enjoyed all the characters, most particularly Jack Dandy, but I wished we had spent a little more time with them! Each had their own spotlight, but it seemed to last a moment too short before rushing off to the next character, the next piece of the puzzle. I wanted a little more insight on what made Griffin tick. Orphaned, bred as a duke but not really elbow-deep in society and marriage prospects, full of mystery and emotions unknown, Griffin still seemed too stiff for me to root for. If Finley's heart boils down to Griffin and Jack, count me in as Team Jack!
The Girl In The Steel Corset reminds me of Kelley Armstrong's Darkest Powers trilogy without the paranormal aspect, but with similar group of characters who have powers unimaginable but also uncontrollable. This first installment has not quite dazzled me, but I look forward to seeing if the sequel will continue to expand this world and give these characters more edge now that the introductory stuff is done.
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Finley Jayne's on the run from her past. She just took care of a
Finley Jayne's on the run from her past. She just took care of a lord who molested her. Or more precisely, her bad side did. There are two sides battling for attention in Finley, one good and one evil. She's lucky young duke Griffin and his friends take her in and show her a new world, one filled with magic and solidarity.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
What starts with a kick-ass heroine in action gradually reverses into a series of trivial dialogues and unexciting scenes. Since we are given access to so many characters' perspectives, Finley, Griffin, Sam and some others, there is little chance for anticipation and wondering left. My attention was amiss more than once during the story.
Finley's and Griffin's love story is of the average kind, too few intense feelings and actual kissing scenes. A love triangle was purely unnecessary, so Jack Dandy, the man who Finley's dark side favours, was a character I just couldn't get acquainted with. Finley's biopolar personality is the most interesting aspect about THE GIRL IN THE STEEL CORSET because it made her such an unpredictable character
3/5 *** THE GIRL IN THE STEEL CORSET – A diverting 19th century stroll with rather weak performance on part of the clockwork automatons.
Victorian London is one of my favourite places for a story to be set. We will even be graced with Queen Victoria's presence. Evil master minds as enemies and clockwork automatons always promise to bring some excitement to the story, not so much in this case. THE GIRL IN THE STEEL CORSET is a historical fiction with fantastical elements I only enjoyed to a certain extend.
How could you book? Such a freaking tease, you are, leaving an ending like that for a sequel. None the less good set up. So as I mentioned lately, I can add this one to books I always wanted to read but haven't for some reason. I was hooked in right from the beginning, well a chapter or two in actually. I really loved the setting and characters. The main character especially you really feel for her and want her to be accepted with her new found friends. And can I just say how much I loved the fact that the romances weren't the main focus but still part of the story in the way. But now so much so that it puts the story in to a stop. I also liked how Finley and everyone learned to work together while investigating someone known as the Machinist and discover something about each other. Sam was adorable, Jasper was such a flirt, adored Jack Dandy and of course Griffin. And that steampunk setting. Not to mention the cover. I mean that dress was very pretty. I was reading a bunch of books, including this one but found myself wanting to come to this. Also the moments between Finley and Dandy, well their growing friendship if you will, reminded me of another book Emperor's Conspiracy, what with the MC having a friend in the crime underworld and what not. Anyway, very good start and I hope the other books in the series are just as good. And that the romance doesn't get in the way. While I loved the romance in this, I do appreciate the story moving forward as well.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 4, 2013
An intriguing Read
This novel has a little bit of mystery. A little Romance and a lot of adventure. This is a great introduction to Steampunk for anyone that wants to know what the genre is about. The reading is light and the humor is just right.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The character development is well done. Each of the characters are individualistic and real enough that the reader can identify the character and their motives. I am looking for the next book in the series.
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**3.5 Stars** MY OVERVIEW: I was originally going to give this
**3.5 Stars**Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
MY OVERVIEW: I was originally going to give this book a 4 star review, then upon consideration decided to go with 3.5. I picked up this book hoping for a lot of steampunk, and instead got a lot of awkward romance.
PROS: I really enjoyed the steampunk aspects of the book, as well as the mystery. In my opinion Emily is the strongest and most developed character. She seemed to have some depth that the other characters lacked. Except for maybe Sam. His character was pretty complex.
CONS: It was hard to get a good understanding of who Finley was. Because of her personality separation, you never really get a good grasp on her. She was also getting annoying with her “I like Griffin. No, I like Jack Dandy. I can’t be with Griffin. I shouldn’t be with Jack.” Arg. Love triangle.
MY FINAL THOUGHTS: Will I read the next one? Probably, but it is somewhat low on my priority list. I will most likely pick it up when I feel like reading a steampunk-lite book.
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When I first got this from library, I almost didn't read it. I did finally pick it up and was instantly hooked. I had never before read a steampunk novel before, but this was amazing. Finley is the kind of character you can't help but like. Especially because she is portrayed as a girl who can take care of herself. She isn't a damsel in distress. I have read the book several times and never seem to tire of it. I reccommend it to anyone who likes action and adventure. This book never has a dull moment. Please read it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 16, 2013
Steampunk, the Supernatural, Action, and Romance. Oh my! I have
Steampunk, the Supernatural, Action, and Romance. Oh my!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I have to say that this is one the best steampunk novels for teens that I have read. (the other being the Leviathan Trilogy). The majority of "steampunk" teen books I have come across claim to be part of the genre but have more werewolves and vampires in them than the Twilight series. The only connection to their so-called steampunk classification is that they take place in Victorian London but end up lacking the alternate steam-powered reality that is steampunk. I am glad to say that the first installment in The Steampunk Chronicles, The Girl in the Steel Corset, sticks with the title of the series. It truly is a steampunk novel.
That is not to say that there is none of the supernatural at work here. Quite the contrary, in fact. Finley Jayne (the main character) has quite a problem with her "other" self (a bit like Jekyll & Hyde) when she is literally run over by the Duke of Greythorne. She then realizes she isn't the only one with strange abilities. The supernatural aspect of this series is quite unique relative to the genre (like said above, none of this immortal vampire nonsense) but more along the lines of something like a genetic mutation.
Finley isn’t the type of girl to stand by and watch while other fight. More accurately, she is the one to cause that fight. Finley’s darker half can cause quite a bit of trouble, and with trouble you know action is soon to follow. Because of this she gets in quite a few messes but has her new friends, who posses abilities like hers, to help.
Griffin King: The Duke of Greythorne. He has the ability to connect to Aether – the shadow world where energy flows. He can speak with the dead, but when he does so he risks absorbing too much energy from the Aetheric plane, which can cause quite a problem for him -- and anyone in the immediate vicinity -- if not handled correctly.
Sam: he seems pretty distant for the majority of the book, but don’t worry. Things come together at the climax. As for Sam’s ability? He is super strong and on the inside he is quite different from a normal human, much to his own horror.
Emily: quite a lovable character, the little Irish redhead. She seems fairly normal, except the fact that she is so talented in the ways of science that her inventions are at least 40 years ahead of their time. Besides being a genius, her ability comes in handy considering her affinity for machines.
Jasper Renn: an American Cowboy who is loyal to Griffin and has unmatched speed, but what did he do that made him want to leave America so badly? When his past comes back to haunt him, will he stand idly by? Or leave his friends to protect them from the danger that follows him?
Where do their abilities come from? Why do they have them? Those questions can only be answered by reading the book.
What would a book aimed at teens be if it didn’t involve at least a little romance? Luckily, this book has a couple of love triangles that add to the suspense and drama. Can the knots in their friendships be untied before their affections to others destroy them? Will everyone make amends and team up before it is too late?
The ending of the first book leads right into the second and left me eager for more. As soon as I finished, I ran right over to my local B&N and got the second in the series that is planned to be five (plus a prequel, which is included in the first book).
Time for The Girl In the Clockwork Collar!
I loved this book! Although it wouldn't be appropriate of the e
I loved this book!
Although it wouldn't be appropriate of the era, Finley and Griffin should have gotten together earlier.
...Although what to do about Jack Dandy? A rebel? Murdering the English language? Who could resist?
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Posted January 19, 2013
I want MORE!!!
Finley Jane is amazing. I truly enjoyed these books. Have read all that are currently available. If you like for the books you read to hold your attention, then this is a series for you! Read it and you'll see why!! :-)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 13, 2013