The Strange Case of Finley Jayne (Steampunk Chronicles Series)

The Strange Case of Finley Jayne (Steampunk Chronicles Series)

by Kady Cross

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Finley Jayne knows she's not 'normal'. Normal girls don't lose time, or have something inside them that makes them capable of remarkably violent things. Her behavior has already cost her one job, so when she's offered the lofty position of companion to Phoebe, a debutante recently engaged to Lord Vincent, she accepts, despite having no experience. Lord Vincent is a man of science with his automatons and inventions, but Finley is suspicious of his motives where Phoebe is concerned. She will do anything to protect her new friend, but what she discovers is even more monstrous than anything she could have imagined…

An ebook exclusive prequel to The Steampunk Chronicles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459204140
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 05/01/2011
Series: Steampunk Chronicles Series
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 348,550
File size: 577 KB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kady Cross, publishing under various names, is a USA TODAY bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Harlequin TEEN's Steampunk Chronicles. She is lucky enough to have a husband who shares her love for the slightly twisted and all things geek, and a houseful of cats with whom she shares her darkest secrets. Her love of books and makeup borders on addiction—of which she never, ever wants to be cured. Visit her on the web at or on Twitter: @AlterKates.

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The Strange Case of Finley Jayne 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 665 reviews.
Safari_Poet More than 1 year ago
This prequel introduces the main character of The Girl In the Steel Corset, Finley Jane. It's starts with her being fired for sticking up for a little boy, which right away tells me what kind of person she is. This is the second time she's been fired in a short time. She thinks something must be wrong with her and that she's evil because of her sometimes dark thoughts, super strength and hearing. She goes home to her mother and stepfather, Silas even though she'd rather not be a burden to them. Before she even starts to look for a job, Lady Morton shows up and offers her one to be her daughter's companion. Why Lady Morton wants her specifically despite her reputation makes her suspicions, but she can't past up the chance. Finley and Phoebe becomes friends and starts to worry about the true intentions of her fiance, the much older Lord Vincent. This is my first foray into Steampunk and I had no idea what to expect. I really enjoyed the mixture of a historical world with it's futuristic inventions. It was an interesting contrast. One of the reason I think I've stayed away from the genre is that I thought it wouldn't be easy to understand the world it's set in. Which wasn't the case. A lot happen in this prequel. It's a great introduction to the series. I really like Finley and can't wait to find out the mystery behind her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm stunned I liked this book after avoiding reading it for a while. Somehow it makes weird interesting. The characters are well developed & the story line in excellent. You find yourself rooting for Finley & booing the mean people in the story. I will certainly read another of this author's books.
peajhead More than 1 year ago
Nice quick lively read. It is a Novella 78 pages to be exact. Read it in a sitting.
Janice E Nelson More than 1 year ago
Clever, amusing, well written! I really enjoyed this short novel and thank the author for offering it as a free book. I now want to follow the series and will recommend to my friends and other readers.
Katrina Paschal More than 1 year ago
This isnt bad at all for a short novel. I'm looking forward to more of Ms. Cross's work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Left me wanting more. What an awesome movie this would be. Finley has won my heart.
GHott More than 1 year ago
Finley Jane has just been canned. Apparently, knocking the governess's teeth out is frowned upon. Even when said governess has smacked her young charge. Yes, Finley knows that it's it's inappropriate to do and say the things that she does, but, well, quite frankly, sometimes she doesn't even know they're coming until it's too late. Perhaps, the devil lives in her, as the latest housekeeper suggested. When a lady comes looking for Finley the following day, she can't help but wonder why on earth she's wanted. I SO can't wait for the next one in the series!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish it was longer but besides that pretty good.
Steph_G83 More than 1 year ago
Typically steampunk books don't interest me but the description of The Strange Case of Finley Jayne sounded good and I couldn't wait to start reading it. I'm glad that I decided to give this book a chance. I think I have found a new series to read! Good job Ms. Cross!
Christina Blair More than 1 year ago
Fyi it does start out a little slow but once the action does start it never stops! Keep on reading its so worth it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A finely written and engrossing page turner. It will make you want to read the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short not indepth but a pleasent read. Odd at times but i enjoyed it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. I just wish they would have explained a little bit why she has the powers she has. Im guessing they are saving that for the other books, still it would have been nice to have a tiny glimpse into it. The plot was ok, a bit predictable, but it was ok. I do look forward to reading the other books, hopefully they are alot deeper with the charactors than this. I know its hard to cram all that into 84 pages but i think the writer could have done better than that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The good thing about this prequel is that it is better than the book that follows. The bad thing is that she is the same Finley that is so difficult to like in that book. An unrealistic and irritating heroine is the smallest problem here. It is an easy and quick read, but I am glad it was free. Typos, grammar and punctuation troubles, dialogue that is almost is a lot to swallow. To credit the author, the world she has created is interesting and complex, and I would like to see what she can do with it in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Prequel to a steampunk series. Very short but enjoyable read. Average writing; above average concept.
Anchoress More than 1 year ago
Adorable Short Story I don’t read novellas, I don’t even download books onto my reading device if they are less than 200 pages in length, but obviously I made a mistake when downloading this short story. By the time I realized this was a short story I was already on page 10 of 84 and had been roped into the storyline which much to my surprise had already gotten interesting. The story opens with Finley getting kicked out of and fired from her latest place of employment as a maid. She had punched the governess (Miss Clarke) in the mouth and knocked out some of the poor woman’s teeth after Finley saw her slap young master Fenton when he tried to take a fourth biscuit from the tea tray. Luckily Finley had a place to go to and did not have to sleep on the London streets in late April of 1897. Finley stays at her mother & stepfather’s book shop for a few days until she can find other suitable employment options. Imagine her surprise when Lady Morton arrives at the bookshop the next morning and offers her a position as a companion to her youngest daughter Phoebe. Although Finley knows this position is absolutely above her social class or experience, she is unfortunately not in a position to turn down the offer. The working conditions and the pay promise a level of security and comfort Finley cannot refuse at this time. Finley was right to be suspicious about this new position, and as events began to unravel she slowly starts to realize exactly why she was sought out for this particular position. Her employer, Lady Morton knows about her special abilities and sought her out to protect Phoebe from Harris Spencer-White, Earl Vincent, Phoebe’s fiancé. Find out why Lady Morton is right to be distrustful of Lord Vincent, and how Finley fits into resolving this spine-chilling situation. Lovers of reading steampunk, mystery, paranormal, science fiction, and historical genera’s will appreciate diving between the pages of this adorable short story.
TheBumbleGirl1 More than 1 year ago
Usually before I read any novellas or short stories, I read the first book to the series in case of any spoilers, misunderstandings and such... however, this time, I decided to just go for it and read this novella first. I'm happy I did - it gave me a wonderful insight to Finley Jayne and the adventures that Finely would be facing throughout the Steampunk Chronicles...  The novella starts with Finley being fired for unjust reasons and has to move back home with her parents, but is soon called upon by Lady Morton, who wants to employ her as a companion to her daughter, Phoebe. Soon, Finley realizes that her job is just more to accompany Lady Phoebe - her reputation precedes her and Lady Morton expects more from Finley, much more than anyone realizes.  Finely is such a strong and wild character, who can also be very thoughtful, caring and feminine - a very well rounded character that only the brilliant Kady Cross could create and bring to life. The world building and steampunk touches in this short story are just the beginning to it all! I highly recommend reading this free novella and diving in to Finley's world and the Steampunk Chronicles! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this short story. Am looking forward to getting into the novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not much of a reader. But I couldn't out it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice little read :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not my cup of tea; found it a bit boring
Babble_Girl More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure if I wanted to read Girl in the Steel Corset, but this short story has me sure that it's my cuppa tea. Good build, not too fast or too slow (hard in a short story). Good character development. Good wrap up (really hard with a prequel without giving stuff away). I don't feel like I've learned anything that will effect the full novel, but I feel satisfied with the short story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For it being a short story I fell in love. I would like to see whatever is going to happen to Finley and what her past is. I was excited right out of the gate. The mystery that is the lovely Finley Jayne. I will find more by this author. Love this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it. I thought I'd b lost in the genre but it drew me in. Very short but definitely worth the read. The heroine is the kind of girl I would want to befriend, whichever side. :) Worth checking out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a very cute book, I had it figured out but all in all a great read.