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The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles #1)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  15,417 ratings  ·  2,104 reviews
In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one...except the "thing" inside her.

When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man....

Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she's special, says she's one of "
ebook, 480 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Harlequin Teen (first published January 1st 2011)
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OhthankyouGodJesusit'sfinallyover!!!! Phew! Reading this book was a constant battle against narcolepsy.

The Girl in the Steel Corset pretty much embodies everything that is wrong with YA today. It's all about the packaging, and nothing to do with substance. This book had one of the most attention-grabbing titles I have seen this year; the cover moves beyond pretty into a new realm of gorgeous (notice the little clockwork design on the wallpaper? so awesome!); and it has a very enticing blurb/sy
Wendy Darling
This book is the first part in a new series called The Steampunk Chronicles, and there is some measure of success in some of the devices used here. The Organites in particular are pretty cool (if borrowing somewhat from Star Trek), as they are tiny life-giving creatures that can heal scars and mend bones. Many of the other steampunk elements are also fun, including the decorative but useful steel corset designed for Finley by her friend Emily.

But after awhile, there's almost too much technology
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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2 out of 5 stars and that's me, being very kind and generous towards a very trying, unoriginal and bland novel. This was quite nearly a DNF for me. Some books just read effortlessly and easily and some books are a struggle from the first page until the last and The Girl in the Steel Corset is definitely a member of the latter group. Only a few things could have kept me going in this four-hundred page mess and one of them was the immense, looming obl
Within the acknowledgments at the end of her book, Kady Cross describes her original desire to write The Girl in the Steel Corset as "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen meets teen X-Men." There's really no better way to describe this novel than that -- for Kady Cross did obviously want to write that novel. Her talent seems to rest in creating an interesting world and atmosphere where those kinds of elements can come together. The problem, though, is that a great number of other things seemed to f ...more
Steampunk-ery at it's best. This is one steam-tastic debut! Steam-erific.... okay I'm done.

This is my second "steampunk" novel and although it was quite a bit different than the other novel I read, I am finding myself enamored with this genre!

Finley. Wow, that girl can kick some butt. I think that I was immediately drawn to her because of that power she had. Seriously, I would love to be able to kick someone's ass like that! Well, when the occasion called for it.... being controlled by a darker
My copy of The Girl in the Steel Corset includes the prequel short The Strange Case of Finley Jayne, which I read first.

The Strange Case of Finley Jayne introduces us to the title character, a sixteen-year-old girl from a working class family in Victorian steampunk London. Finley can do things she shouldn't be able to do, like throw a man across a room and leap from a second story window. When she gets riled up, a darkness rises up inside her and makes her stronger than she should be and more ag
RATING: 2.5 stars.

The Girl in the Steel Corset. You look at the title and it makes you interested; if you're easily swayed by a cover (like I am) you'll be impressed with the beautiful red dress and the hint of the aforementioned steel corset. Then you read the synopsis... and you think "well, this definitely sounds good". I know that is what I thought. The neat packaging, the steampunk world and the fact that our main character is a strong female in Victorian times, a character that has a "Jeky
Sigh. I really wanted to love this one. I'm a sucker for pretty covers, the author was sweet as pie when I met her and the excerpt she read from the beginning of the book was great. Unfortunately, I only just barely liked it, and if it hadn't been for the fact that I'd received an advance copy of it, I probably wouldn't have finished it.

Things I liked about it:

Finley Jayne has the potential to be a great character. I was on board with the whole Jekyll/Hyde dichotomy and the battle for good and
I could list out all the things that just annoyed me. I could say its abrupt. With one thing after another and no breather in between it just become a series of unfortunate events. I could say the tech aspect was a bit too much. I could even say all that describing was too much. But I will go with this: I do not like characters that lack depth which is not really the problem here. Rather it's the complete opposite. I can tell you precisely what Finley, Griff, Sam and Emily all look like; I can t ...more
There’s been much talk amongst the blogosphere of a possible upcoming Steampunk craze in YA, in the wake of Cassandra Clare’s best-selling but incredibly mediocre foray into the genre. Kady Cross, the pseudonym for author Kathryn Smith, mentions in the acknowledgements for her book that she wanted to write a cross between “X Men” and “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” As a fan of both (I have a serious guilty pleasure love of the latter movie adaptation, even though I’m perfectly aware of ...more
the golden witch.
This is a gorgeous, wonderful book. I just have to say that right up front. It has all that I look for in this genre (alternate history/steampunk) – mad scientists, detectives, general paranormal activity, feisty females, and a little (but not too much) romance. Oh, and did I mention it also features a primitive version of Skynet?

When you throw all of the above mentioned features together and put it into an accessible YA package, you have my heart for life. This is a great adventure and relief t
I loved it
Quick Summary: Finley has tried to ignore the darkness that takes over her body whenever she's mad. The problem is, it's getting stronger and her situations keep leading her toward people that deserve to see her other side. After a particularly bad experience followed by almost being killed, she finds herself with strangers who may just hold the answer to what's wrong with her. The more she learns about them, the clearer it becomes that not only do they hold the answers, but they also
Colleen Houck
The red dress on the cover is absolutely gorgeous! Now I know what steampunk is! Kady's created a really cool main character and I love the little beasties that heal. Oh also I want one of those velocycles (right word?) they were so cool. I look forward to the next book in the series. So creative!
This book had all the tools to be great: good writing, an awesome concept and great packaging, I mean, look at that cover! But despite an awesome first couple of pages, my interest in this book declined faster than the IQ of anyone who loved Twilight, or something even worse like the House of Night series. The start reeled me in with unexpected force but then, somewhere between the totally pointless and forced love triangle, the flat characters with stereotyped personalities, the constant repeti ...more
The Girl in the Steel Corset is an imaginative and impressive story. Historical, Victorian, Steampunk, automaton, magic and mystery are all the wonderful elements you'll find locked with in these pages.
Those who know me, know I've always had issues when it comes to historical and I don't think I've read very many books to even know how I feel about steampunk, but, I really enjoyed this book!

Kady Cross, sets this story with gorgeous flow. Not once did it feel dull or dry, which sadly is my issue
Suzanne Lazear
Hot damn that was good. I really loved all the classic lit references. Lots of action, a little love, twists and turns. Yeah. I'd read it again. Can't wait for the next. (I don't give stars as a personal rule, but if I did, I've give it alot)

~Review below posted at Steamed -- ~

The Girl in the Steel Corset is steampunk YA by debut YA author Kady Cross (who’s written historical romance for adults under the name Kate Smith)

I love this book. I love this book so much it’s ha
This book was really not that good. Sure, the plot was an interesting idea and the characters were set to charm you, but that did not happen in my case.

The characters were nothing new in this situation. Main character is a girl who can protect herself in a sea of other fragile girls. Add on the two hot suitors, who not only do both pertain to a certain side of herself,(Dark, good) but she just can't decide which one she likes better.

Does this sounds familiar?

But, really, this could have been ver
The first thing that comes to mind when asked to describe The Girl in the Steel Corset is X-Men meets Steampunk in Victorian London - therefore: perfect for me :)
I loved the plot, fast paced, dark and constantly on the verge of changing course; I love the characters, a rag-tag band of youngsters from all social groups developing super-powers and working for Queen Victoria to keep the Empire safe plus a very charming criminal dandy that won my heart in stride; I love the little romances blooming
X-men meets The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Sounded good to me! And it was, too.
I probably would have rated it 4.5 stars, but I knocked a half star off just because love triangles annoy me. Other than that, I have no complaints...and for the record the Triangle wasn't an unbearable part of the story.

It's sad to think I probably wouldn't have given this book a second glance if I hadn't read the prequel novella, The Strange Case of Finley Jayne. Partially due to being burned out on the
Four Stars: This book is so much fun. Lots of steampunk, great characters and a mystery.

Dread washes over Finley Jayne as the son of her employer leers toward in the darkened hall. As a servant girl in the house, she is up late prepping a dress for her mistress. On the way back to her room, She runs into the drunk Lionel. He has one thing on his mind. Unfortunately for him, he doesn't know that Finley isn't a timid maid. He strikes her cheek, drawing blood. Finley's dark side awakens and strikes
Wow! I don't know where to start about how awesome this book is, and how much I want to read the next one *right now*!

Described by the author as "League of Extraordinary Gentleman" meets teen "X-Men," it's that and more. Set in a steampunk Victorian England, we meet Finley, who is a bit different than your typical nanny. She has a temper, and let's just say Jekyll and Hyde have nothing on her. Soon enough, she's on the run, and she stumbles into an enclave of people who may turn out to be just
I loved this story and look forward to reading more of Kady Cross in the future. I'm pretty stingy with my 5 star reviews, but this one totally deserves it. I adored Finley, Griffin, Emily, Sam, Jack Dandy and Jasper Renn! All these characters were amazing.
They say don’t judge a book by its cover. They were right.

I read this after reading the free short story The Strange Case of Finley Jane, and I enjoyed it. Not that I didn’t (somewhat) enjoy this, I was just disappointed.

First of all, it started out pretty boring. After reading the first few chapters it took me like three weeks to pick it up again. I didn’t want to give up on it, and it did get better as I read it, but still. Also, I wasn’t invested in a single character; they all felt flat to
Holy shibbolies. o.o This book was amazing! :O

I think this is probably my second steampunk novel that I've read -- and I'm finding that I very much enjoy this sub-genre -- my first being the Infernal Devices.

Lordie, I've always wanted a book with a heroine that can fend for herself and not want to rely on others/be a damsel-in-distress. Finley Jayne was physically strong, and perhaps she started out a bit mentally weak at first, but she developed her personality and therefore created herself to
Savannah (Books With Bite)
OMG! I know I say this plenty of times but, WOW! I really, really, LOVED this book! Steampunk is becoming my new favorite genre.

What I like most about this book is the plot. The plot instantly grabbed you and took you away. The plot starts off fast sucking you into the world of 1897. I adored walking in the shoes of Finley. She was so strong and courageous! As the storyline unfolds, you see begin to find answers to the questions that are popping up in your head. What I also like are the several
Karina Halle
Now, I’m not the type of person to read books that I know I’ll dislike – frankly, though reading for yuks may be entertainment for some, I don’t have a lot of time to waste (but I will watch a million episodes of Mystery Science Theatre 3000 for yuks – go figure). I’m also always writing at any given time, and I don’t want my prose and choices influenced by shoddy material.

So, when I pick books, I pick books I think I will enjoy. I ignore the hype (one reason why I’m scared to read Angelfall) a
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
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Finley Janye is not a normal 16 year old girl, when her boss’s son tries to take advantage of her; she fights him off and wins. This is because she has a darker side, which is stronger than most men and more daring than most girls in 1897 England. When fleeing the sense, she runs into Griffin King an orphan Duke who has a unique power of his own, he can control Aether. Finley joins the Dukes group of misfits includi
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I’ve decided I really am a , ‘steampunk’, lover at heart. If you enjoyed reading Cassandra Clare’s, ‘Clockwork Angel’, then this is the book for you.

Kady Cross has me badly wanting to read her next book in the ‘Steampunk Chronicles ‘, series. I shall have to settle for her #0.5 , ‘The Strange Case Of Finley Jayne’ until I can get another fix.

London 1897, Finley Jayne ( awesome name for a character) has got herself in a pickle with the gropey , Lo
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Too much, too much, too much. The book had potential, but was lost in a lengthy and overworked story. I love steampunk, but almost felt like the steampunk aspect was being crammed in my face, just in case I happened to forget that the book was steampunk.

I didn't have an intense dislike for the book, but couldn't find a lot to like about it either. I really wanted to like this one because the first few chapters grabbed me right off the bat, but something stalled out for me around chapter 7 or so
2.5 stars

Potential. That's how I'd describe Kady Cross' new series The Steampunk Chronicles. What's not to like? Steampunk gadgets, a likeable cast of characters, some supernatural powers, and a compelling setting have the potential to mesh into a unique, engaging series. However, The Girl in the Steel Corset reads like a historical romance (minus the tawdry love scenes) with some steampunk and paranormal elements hot glued onto the outside.

Overdone. The recipe for The Girl in the Steel Corset c
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Kady Cross is a pseudonym for USA Today bestselling author Kathryn Smith. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and a pride of cats. She likes singing with Rock Band on the 360, British guys, Vietnamese food, and makeup (she’s hopelessly addicted to YouTube makeup tutorials!). When she’s not writing Kady likes to catch up on her favorite TV shows, read a good book or make her own cosmetics.
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