The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles #1)
The Strange Case of Finley Jayne -98 pages
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 ...more
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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 ...more
But after awhile, there's almost too much technology ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The main character was probably the main issue, she was entertaining except for when "the thing" took over her and even then she still had to talk about how awful she felt because she was defending herself from a man who tried to rape her. This constant monologue on how awful she was made the story drag and I wasn't much invested in the plot to care either.
#rainbowthon book one, nice plot and amazing characters but writing is dense and it took me a loonngg time to read. Solid start to a series
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Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
It had a really slow start but it had an impact anyway. It was really intricate and there were a lot of different things going on at the same time. There was action and science and mystery. I really enjoyed the paranormal aspects ...more
The girl in the steel corset is a rather light funny read with headstrong nice characters. The world building and language were good and I did not have problems with understanding what goes where. Characters are the strongest plus of this book. They were all nice and each one had a story to tell. I only had issues with the abundance of strange technology, maybe less of this machines would m...more
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Me while reading this book:
*Sigh* I so wanted to like this book. I wanted to read more steampunk and the premise of this story sounded interesting. If I would simply write down the story and characters, it would probably actually all sound pretty interesting, which is why I felt conflicted about the book. Because it's not much more than that. The idea of the characters and story is nice, but it never really goes much deeper. It's not fleshed out enough to feel like an o ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
ALERT: Fabulous kickass MC
TGITSC was a fairly interesting read! It was steampunk so we definitely had that action+sass+badassery vibe. I loved both of the male love interests- Jack Dandy and Griffin King. Hot. Finley Jayne and Emily were excellent. And I liked the world building. I felt the story was a little unfinished and incomplete. I mean fine I get it there's a sequel but what's the point of making someone read the first book if you don't give them enough story i ...more
|Is it just me?||4||55||Dec 21, 2015 02:13PM|
|YA Buddy Readers'...: Steampunk Chronicles by Kady Cross - Reading 'The Girl in the Steel Corset' starting August 14th, 2015||2||11||Aug 15, 2015 09:13AM|
|Disappointment?||4||19||Jun 24, 2015 03:57PM|
|Sci-Fi & Fantasy ...: May/June 2015 Group Read: The Girl in the Steel Corset||1||6||May 03, 2015 07:34PM|
|Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish||1||1||Feb 13, 2015 10:53AM|
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She grinned at him,causing blood to dribble down her chin.
"Then you're going to love me.”