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
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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
The story has some pretty crazy Frankensteinish elements to it, which may not appeal to everyone, but I thought it was fun. The plot was fast-paced, and Finley was a thoroughly interesting heroine.
I've been riding the fence when it came to reading The Girl in the Steel Corset, mainly because I'm burned out...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
There weren't quite as many threads connecting it to the main story as you might hope, aside from a few near-miss...more
The Strange Case of Finley Jayne is the prequel to The Girl in the Steel Corset. I picked up this short novella as a free download from Kobo books. The title and the cover were attractive and its relatively short length encouraged me to read it. I'll admit that while I liked the story, I just wasn't wowed.
It seems to me that a lot of authors are jumping on the steampunk bandwagon. I enjoy the genre; I love the contraptions and gadgets. This story had all sorts of cool gadgets, from simple flush...more
As an appetizer for The Girl in the Steel Corset, this short story works really well. It gives a tantalizing glimpse into the life of sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne before the events of The Steampunk Chronicles series.
Finley lives in an alternate-universe Victorian England where familiar, modern-day technology exists, but with a brass-and-steam twist in keeping with the actual technology of the real Vict...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
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
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
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
She goes home to her mother and stepfather, Silas even though she'd rather not be a burden to them. B...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
The novella was a such a great introd...more
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The Strange Case of Finley Jayne, is a short story the gives the reader a background story to how Finley Jane becomes a bodyguard-detective. Within the backdrop of a steampunk inspired world, the reader is introduced to Finley Jane, a strong willed, charismatic woman. Recently fired from her position as a servant, due to her inability to control her temper Finley must find new employment. Finley isn't like other women; this allows her to use her extraordinary abilities to become a steampunk supe...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
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
Set in Victorian London, this has a unusual blend of historical and futuristic elements that correspond with the dual personality of the heroine, Finley Jayne.
The author does a decent job of writing in a British style of language and behavior, and I nearly thought that perhaps she was Engl...more
"...steampunk involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain—that incorporates prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature...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
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
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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
Anyway, I really liked thi...more
This is my first foray into "steampunk" and I wasn't sure what to expect. I liked the mix of tech and historical - I thought it was an interesting contrast. I'd be interested to read more like it to see what other stories have to offer.
There were some great moments in this book. I thought the concept of Finley's struggles with not being quite "normal" and how to make peace with who she is was both interesting and kind of a ... commentary on human na...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
This short story is a prelude to The Girl in the Steel Corset, the first in Kady Cross's Steampunk Chronicles. I have already read The Girl in the Steel Corset and really enjoyed it. This story is good filler as to how Finely gets to where she is in the beginning of The Girl in the Steel Corset. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it as a good sample of the author's writing style because there isn't a lot of back story in this short story.
Finley Jayne is different. Normally she is a good girl, but...more