The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross Review

Jane Finley knows that she is different from other girls but she worries that her difference is going to get someone killed. Set in 1897 England The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross takes place during a time of great invetions and greater peril. Finley knows that there is a “thing” inside her that takes over and is violent. Finley accepts Griffin King’s offer of employment even though she worries about losing control and harming those around her.

Griffin King is the head of a band of misfits who are investigating the criminal activities of an individual called “The Machinist”, a creator of automation’s that are attacking humans. Griffin’s investigations bring him closer to the truth about his parent’s death and closer to Jane. But will Jane’s other side overpower her gentle side  or will Jane be able to death with both sides of her nature.

I loved The Girl in the Steel Corset! A steam-punk Victorian novel Kady Cross has done a great job weaving an believable case in a fictional world. Her descriptions of the steampunk machines were easy for m to visualize but the descriptions did not overpower the story. I devoured The Girl in the Steel Corset in about two days, not wanting to put it down. Cross did a great job of weaving traditional fictional characters and stories into her novel, giving us snatches of Journey to the Center of the Earth and Jekyll and Hyde. The novel is written from several of the characters’ points of view, giving the reader insight into the story line without long-winded dialogue. I eagerly look forward to the next novel in the series.

You can read an excerpt here.

Steampunk Chronicles:

The Strange Case of Jane Finley (available for free on Kindle)

The Girl in the Steel Corset

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Title: The Girl in the Steel Corset

Author: Kady Cross

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 480

ISBN: 978-0373210336

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Release Date: May 24, 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon, eHarlequin

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalleybut was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.


Loyalty’s Web by Joyce DiPastena Review

King Henry II of England has just crushed the rebellion of his sons and their followers and is trying to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Unfortunately, that makes Hugh de Bury, Earl of Gunthar’s life a little more complicated. In Loyalty’s Web by Joyce DiPastena, it is his job to make sure the men that rebelled are following along with the peace treaty the king set into place. He usually enjoys making sure that everything is in order, but the King has sent him with a personal request to Baron de Laurent, he wants him to marry his eldest daughter, Clothilde.

Helene de Laurent is nothing like her older sister, Clothilde, in looks or personality. Where Clothilde is curvy, Helene is straight. Where Clothilde is eye catching and the talk of men far and wide, Helene is hardly known at all. But, where Clothilde is quiet and submissive, Helene is spunky and stubborn. Helene is also a very passionate woman and is willing to do anything to make sure that her father’s castle and land stays that way.

Helene is trying to find out why someone wants Gunthar dead and trying to keep her father from being called a traitor. She ends up working with Gunthar to try and figure out what is going on and who is responsible, but she ends up falling for him. He is promised to her older sister, but seems to have the same feelings toward Helene. Can he put his feelings aside and follow the King’s orders to marry her sister, or will he go against everything he knows to have the one he loves?

Loyalty’s Web is very good and such a fun read. I am drawn to Helene and her budding relationship with Gunthar and find myself hoping that he will choose her, but can feel her pain as she realizes that it may not happen. Joyce DiPastena has done such a great job of pulling you into the story, I couldn’t put the book down! I enjoyed the 12th Century date of the book and was intrigued at the history that went along with the story.

I can’t wait to read another of Joyce DiPastena’s books and have recommended this book already to some friends. It is clean without any swearing or sex scenes. It is one I would recommend to anyone, including preteens. I hope you will read this and find out who Gunthar ends up with!

You can read an excerpt here.

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Title: Loyalty’s Web

Author: Joyce DiPastena

Format: Paperback,  eBook

Page Nos.: 352

ISBN: B003JMEMNW

Publisher: Leatherwood Press

Release Date: April 2010

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jocee

 

**I received a copy of this book from the Book Bloggers & Publishers Online Conference but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.