The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross reviewed by Heather

Title: The Girl in the Steel Corset
Author: Kady Cross
Release Date: May 24, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 473
Source: NetGalley

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady CrossThank you to Harlequin Teen for giving me the opportunity to read this ARC.

First off, the cover of The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross is beautiful. It was the first thing that drew me to read it. Then I read the synopsis and became intrigued. This was the first book I’ve read in the steampunk genre and while I haven’t fully fallen in love with this type of book, I’ve definitely grown fond of the characters.

Sixteen year old Finley Jane often finds herself battling with something inside her. When she is attacked by a lord, she unleashes her darker side and is able to knock the man out, something no normal Victorian girl should be able to do. But Finley found it easy.

When she runs into Griffin King after the mishap with the lord he is able to see the ‘something’ inside her. He takes her under his wing and tells her that she is one of ‘them.’ ‘Them’ consists of a group of people who have bonded together; Emily, another young woman who has special abilities of her own, Sam who is half robot, and Jasper, a young American Cowboy.

The group is investigating a criminal who is called The Machinist. The Machinist is able to control some automatons and has made them attack humans. When they find out the criminal is up to something big, Finley decides to help the group in their investigation. When some of the group aren’t sure if they should allow her to help, will Finely be able to prove to them that she belongs there?

It was hard, at first, for this book to hold my attention. I don’t understand the whole steampunk genre. Why not just set the book in modern times? But like I said before, this was my first Steampunk book. I won’t completely write off Steampunk until I at least give other books in the genre a chance.

I also wish this book had a tad bit more romance. I felt like right when Finley and Griffin possibly made a connection, Dandy was thrown in there to shake it up. I am not a fan of love triangles, but that’s just me. But overall, The Girl in the Steel Corset was enjoyable and I look forward to the next book in the series.

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