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

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  17,243 Ratings  ·  2,253 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 with one punch...

Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she's special, says
Hardcover, 473 pages
Published May 24th 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
Jun 02, 2011 Kristi rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 16, 2012 Alexis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 20, 2011 tonya. rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, meh, 2011, arcs, steampunk
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
May 02, 2011 Isamlq rated it did not like it
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
Jan 17, 2016 Mila rated it it was ok
I was really bored while reading this and I'm not sure why since the concept was great.

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.
May 17, 2011 Ceilidh rated it it was ok
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
Jan 30, 2016 Nastassja rated it it was ok
Recommended to Nastassja by: Ileana
Another wonderful buddy read session with my pen friends. Thanks to Ileana for recommendation of this book.

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

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
May 09, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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
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
Karina Halle
Mar 21, 2012 Karina Halle rated it liked it
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
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
May 12, 2012 Nickey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, arcs, steampunk
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
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!
Apr 05, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 16, 2012 Anne rated it really liked it
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
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
May 19, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it
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
Mar 28, 2011 Mel rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 08, 2015 Esha rated it liked it
Shelves: buddy-reads

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
Sep 13, 2015 HurrikanKathrina rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-of-2015
Actual rating 2.5 stars

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
Shera (Book Whispers)
The Girl in the Steel Corset is everything I have been dying to find in a steampunk novel. The technology flavors the world perfectly and I love that there's so many different verities of fashion. This is a whole new reimagined world! One where 20 years prior an expedition lead by the Duke of Greythorne journeyed to the center of the earth. Discovery of the Cradle of Life, THE place were creation began. Strange things called The Organites where discovered. Tiny organisms that can mimic other thi ...more
Nicole D.
Jun 28, 2015 Nicole D. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finley Jayne isn't normal and can do things normal people can't. One night after being attacked by her employer and beating him up and knocking him out, she runs scared about what he might do to her when he wakes up. When she is making her escape she runs in front of a vehicle driven by Griffin King, Duke of Greythorne and she is knocked out. She wakes up at the Duke's house and finds out she is not the only abnormal one.

I loved Finley when I read about her in The Strange Case of Finley Jayne an
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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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