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The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles Series)

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19 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

Loved this book!

Finley Jayne is a bit of an enigma. When angered she becomes this fighting machine and can take down just about any bloody bugger she wants. Watching her fight is cool too. But for Finley, she can't control it and it's getting worse. A bit like Jekyll & Hyde, this s...
Finley Jayne is a bit of an enigma. When angered she becomes this fighting machine and can take down just about any bloody bugger she wants. Watching her fight is cool too. But for Finley, she can't control it and it's getting worse. A bit like Jekyll & Hyde, this story is amazing.

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.

posted by Laurab68 on April 6, 2011

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Nice beginning of a series!

I have to say that most of my steampunk experience involves zombies and werewolves and other delightful bumps in the night. While The Girl In The Steel Corset lacks in this domain, it tackles steampunk in its most basic of essences and gives us a fantastic world where D...
I have to say that most of my steampunk experience involves zombies and werewolves and other delightful bumps in the night. While The Girl In The Steel Corset lacks in this domain, it tackles steampunk in its most basic of essences and gives us a fantastic world where Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde, and artificial intelligence battle for supremacy.

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.

posted by epicrat on May 28, 2011

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    Live To Read

    This is part of a new genre, Steampunk. The reader's first impression of the novel will be...that not much is different from, say, fantasy or just plain young adult. This novel was interesting in that the author seemed to know a fair amount about machines; however, it was very confusing in some parts. The main character, Finley, is a ballsy character in some portions of the novel, and, at random, it will seem as if her courage peters out...for instance, there is a fight with her and another character that just seemed very unwarranted and silly. The secondary characters are interesting to meet, but not necessarily fun characters to read about...Jasper was amusing though.


    The plot was different, the reader kind of has to figure out the plot though...he/she will probably catch on in the middle of the book. The ending was a little disappointing too, it doesn't always have to be HEA (happily ever after), but it was a little of a non sequitur. This book was overall ok, but it probably won't make the reader "awed" by this new genre.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2012

    For a series that is called "The Steampunk Chronicles"

    For a series that is called "The Steampunk Chronicles" the world lacked a lot of steampunk ideas. One big idea for steampunk books is learning how the world adapted differently than ours did and how integrated these steam inventions are into everyday life. In this book, the invention that it is titled after, the steel corset, has nothing really to due with steam workings and is described as having working and moving gears, yet serves no other function than a pretty piece of armor, thus making the gears decoration, an idea very un-steampunk. Also, instead of coming up with clever ideas for lighting and power, it is all explained away with a "mysterious ore" that powers everything, with no other explanation. The inventions that were more classically steampunk were unoriginal and hardly explained.

    As for the story itself, though interesting in concept, a lot of the plot points seemed to happen to the characters rather than the characters doing something for themselves. Finley's conflicting emotions are very shallow and seem to only be in place to create a tension that seems to be missing for the plot of the book. Each character seems to have an interesting story and powers, and yet everyone seems to only be superficially explored. Even the villain could have been explored at a greater length, better understanding why he did what he did, but once again the reader is left with nothing more than a shallow understanding. Though I was hoping for an interesting plot with maybe some romance on the side, or at least have the romance intertwined with the plot, instead I found it was more of a romance that just happened to have other things going on in the background.


    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2011

    A huge disappointment

    This books starts with a great deal of promise, but about midway through, quickly takes a turn for the worse. The premise of the book is interesting and in the beginning the dialogue and story grabs you, but that does not last. The writing becomes too wordy, the characters seem ridiculously childish & immature, there is too much repetitive descriptors (ropey was used to describe Emily's hair oh, about a zillion times), the "love triangle" never develops at all, the "action" is about as anticlimatic as you can get. If you figure a book as a line, there should be many peaks and valleys in that line. This books was about as straight a line as you can get. The only high point to the book was Jack Dandy (one third of the supposed love triangle). He is intriquing and mysterious and we don't learn much about him and I definitely would've liked to know more, for example...why is his speech so mangled when he can speak flawlessly at times? What is he hiding? There seems to be a great deal of depth to him, but we don't learn anything and as bad as this book ended, I won't be reading the sequel if there is one. I had to force myself to finish this book & skipped over many passages and only read the sentences that were actually dialogue. I was sorely disappointed in this book, which was even more disappointing since the beginning seemed to have so much potential.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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