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.
The Strange Case of Jane Finley (available for free on Kindle)
Title: The Girl in the Steel Corset
Author: Kady Cross
Format: Paperback, eBook
Page Nos.: 480
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: May 24, 2011
Available for purchase: Amazon, eHarlequin
**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.