The Strange Case of Finley Jayne (Steampunk Chronicles 0.5)
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...more
I haven't read Kady Cross before, but I bought "The Girl in the Steel Corset" and thought, since this little prequel was free on Kindle, that I'd pick it up and read it as well. The three words I used previous to describe it, highlight each of the three issues I found with this story.
First of all, steampunk is one of the most exciting genres to catch on in YA fiction thus far....more
There is enough background/introduction to make it alright as a stand-alone story; I didn't feel like I was missing anything substatial, but it was obvious that it was part of a series and Finley Jayne was more developed elsewhere. At least I hope it's part of a series, or else I m...more
It's not very subtle or very deep, but then, it is a short story/novella (not sure how many words it has and which exactly it qualifies as). Basically, it introduces the character of Finley Jayne, who is rapidly realising that she'...more
In this book, we are introduced to a heroine, Finley, who possesses supernatural strength and speed. She is a tough, unpretentious and smart girl that you are going to love. She protects those she loves with all her might.
This is a story full of action, suspense and mystery. I am intrigued to read book 1, not only to discover...more
The strange case of Finley Jayne is her supernatural strengths. She may not be able to control her temper sometimes but she (so far) uses this in a good way especially when protecting the people she serves or her loved ones. And in this new job, she protects her new companion, Lady Phoebe from the mad scientist/mechanic Lord Vincent and him marrying her.
The setting is in London which is a perfect lovely setting for this historical yet robotic era of aut...more
She was offered a position to be a companion to Miss Phoebe but she can not believe her ears, how can this be? She accepts the offer and her whole life is changed! Phoebe is such a rema...more
She goes home to her mother and stepfather, Silas even though she'd rather not be a burden to them. B...more
As a short story introduction to Finley Jayne before the events of the series proper, it did a great job of making me curious about Finley, her mysterious strengths and "other side" - she's certainly a girl with considerable spunk and I enjoyed the ways she exercised her talents without publically breaching social etiquette. The quick pace, acti...more
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The Strange Case of Finley Jayne is a fantastic prequel to The Steampunk Chronicles. It puts us in the perfect place to learn how Finley ended up in the first household, and to learn more about her parents and such.
I liked the little details that were dropped here and there, such as the colors of the gowns and how much Phoebe looked like Lord Vincent's late wife, etc. I enjoyed getting to know the characters bit by bit-- it appears that Phoebe we...more
C’est une nouvelle très...more
The story starts with Finley being fired for knocking out a governess who hit a child. She goes back home and is soon given a job by Lady Morton. The job is to be a companion to Lady Morton’s daughter Phoebe.
But this job isn’t usual either. Lady Morton is in awe of Finley’s “strength”. She hopes Finley will use it to watch over Phoebe....more
Cette nouvelle incisive et énergique va droit au but sans s'embarrasser du superflu. Elle pose les fondations d'une série pleine de mystères et de machinations et offre au lecteur (numérique uniquement !) une histoire exclusive, qui donne un bel aperçu de l'univers steampunk imaginé par Kady Cross.
The setting is a pretty generic steampunk world. It's 1897, there are mechanical horses and other clockwork automata, the heroine wears short skirts and leather corsets. Finley Jayne is the heroine, a maid who happens to possess mysterious super strength for no discernible reason. She ends up being hired by a family who treats her more like one of the family than a s...more
Some books have a slow start, but this book doesn't. It's punchy and full of action and interesting turns pretty much from the intro. Writing flows well too. The main heroine is great, she's tough but still femimine, she has wit and good instinct, and she kicks ass.
Really interesting storyline, though, the writer leaves too big clues of what is going to happen next, that sometimes you've figured out the plot and then the story takes ages to catch up with what you've figu...more
Anyway, we meet Ms. Jane as she is fired from one job for hitting the governess (yes, hitting, but hang with me) and then hired to become the companion of a young woman about to be married. Ms. Jane is welcomed into the family in a way we all wish would happen to us. She is paid more than she...more
After being fired from her position as a maid for hitting the governess after she made one of the small children cry Finley is worried that she won't be able to f...more
When I first picked up The Girl in the Steel Corset, I didn't realize that the paperback version had the prequel to the Steampunk series. Needless to say, it was an awesome surprise. :)
It was a fun, quick read that was a nice introduction to Miss Finley Janye. I didn't feel like I was missing anything, nor did I ever feel like I was being over-loaded with information. I think it would have been a more enjoyable read if I had read The Girl in the Stee...more
The novella was a such a great introd...more
The Strange Case of Finley Jayne is the prequel to The Girl in the Steel Corset (The Steampunk Chronicles). At just 78 pages it's a quick, fun read about a young girl's adventures in nineteenth-century London.
The characters made me love this book. I like Finley in particular because she is an unapologetic hell-raiser and fiercely independent. Prone to fits of aggression, Finley is capable of performing feats of strength and speed abnormal for a teenage girl. When she is...more
I started reading this when I was stalling at the beginning of its quasi-sequel, The Girl in the Steel Corset. Admittedly, I was wondering if I'd even finish the book - the writing was fine, and though I had to get "into" the whole gim...more
The novella is about Finley Jayne, who is awesome, smart, funny, kick-ass, and strong! I loved her at once. She is fiercely independent and uses her intelligence to get out of sticky situations. Sh...more
Finley is an engaging character with unexplained differences that I suspect relate to her mysterious father but are not resolved in the novella. These differences cause her nothing but trouble until she is approached by Lady Morton who, rather than being appalled by Finley’s abilities, wants to employ Finley because of her...more
Finley poses as a cousin of Pheobe’s while she is h...more
It was touching, rather sad really and while depressing, it was kind of shocking. I think I would have been more shocked by the story if I hadn't figured out what Lord Vincent was pla...more
This story, set before the events of The Girl In The Steel Corset, takes you right into the heart of this world and offers you a chance to see Finley before she began to grow accustomed to her abilities and duel personality.
Finley is very much the same girl as she was in The Girl In The Steel Corset, however a little more unsure about her abilities. Here she’s just getting used to them and really has no idea what they mean or the trouble they will ca...more
Finley is hardly home a day when a job opportunity lands in her lap. However why Lady Morton, a frie...more
See, young Finley has noticed that she's grown stronger, her eyesight and hearing keener, her ability to heal from injuries not at all that of a normal young woman. When her darker side rises, she can yield to an almost prete...more
When a governess hits a child, Finley Jayne reacts. A normal girl may have shouted or drug the child away. Finley is not a normal girl; she punches the governess straight in the mouth. Fired and back at home, she worries what will happen to her, but then Lady Morton offers her a job as a companion to her daughter Phoebe. Finley is suspicious at first, and soon it seems like she may have been hired because she is not normal.
A Bit of a Ramble
I have Cross' The Girl in the S...more